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Discover the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โŠ•๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐, an astrological & illustrative journey exploring various medicinal plants curated to support our overall well-being. From adaptogens like ashwagandha and Asian ginseng, to nervines like passionflower and dandelion, to nootropics like lion’s mane and ginkgo biloba, this three volume collection offers a carefully curated selection of beneficial species from around the world. The cards are adorned with intricate illustrations that capture the beauty and essence of each plant, tree, or fungi with additional astrological resonances.  Every Volume of ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ consists of 42 Tarot sized cards, each featuring a hand-illustrated depiction of the commonly used parts of the plant, and includes the vernacular name of the plant, it’s botanical name, planetary ruler, zodiacal resonance, elemental class, as well as guiding words inspired by the plant’s unique inherit properties. The cards will be printed within the United States on 310 GSM + Linen Texture finish, each volume packaged in it’s own custom tuck box designed in the style of a vintage book. Only 100 Oracle Decks will be produced for each Volume of ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ. With this in mind, 90 Decks are exclusively made available through this Kickstarter campaign only. I repeat, this Kickstarter will be the only time to acquire the Artisan Editions of the first three Volumes of the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โŠ•๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐.   There is no true healing unless there is a change in outlook, peace of mind & inner happiness”โ€• Edward Bach  In early 2020, I established the goal of utilizing art to educate & bring attention to our connection to the Natural world. Research & development began on a ๐น๐ฟ๐’ช๐’ฒ๐ธ๐‘… ๐ธ๐’ฎ๐’ฎ๐ธ๐’ฉ๐’ž๐ธ๐’ฎ แดส€แด€แด„สŸแด‡ แด…แด‡แด„แด‹ prior to all other cards, leading to multiple illustrative iterations of the original Bach Flower Essences.  โ€œThe lymphatic system is the vehicle through which the immune system acts.โ€ โ€• Matthew Wood In May of 2022, numerous tissue masses were discovered shifting towards a sudden concern for my well-being to improve my health, in turn delaying various projects that were in development. Solace was found in broadening my knowledge of Herbalism where the incredible ability of various foods, herbs, tree barks, & mushrooms that are capable to guide us in troubled times birthed new answers to my healing journey.  All artwork is Hand Illustrated using an ‘Ink & Charcoal’ Process Thus, ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โŠ•๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ has culminated as the first three volumes of several artisan decks to serve as tools to enrich the minds of those who also share a deep appreciation of Nature, its innate ability to provide a plethora of benefits, Astrology, and the traditional practice of the Illustrative Arts.  “Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.” โ€• Frank Lloyd Wright โ€œFlowers are for our souls to enjoyโ€  โ€“ Sioux proverb It was priority for the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โŠ•๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ that I return to my roots as a traditional artist. Leonardo da Vinci states that “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.” With that principle in mind, all artwork has been expertly illustrated on toned kraft paper utilizing Pigma Micron ink pens & white charcoal pencil, two mediums that I have been working with for over two decades. With the wake of artificial intelligence overtaking the digital art scene, I am more called to preserve both the hand illustrated practice & the authentic touch our soul adds to Creation. โœฟ ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โœฟ  แด แดสŸแดœแดแด‡ ษช โœฟ features 42 Illustrative Cards themed around various plants, trees, fungi, or resin from around the world that have a rich cultural & traditional history of medicinal usage to support overall well being. โœฟ ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โœฟ  แด แดสŸแดœแดแด‡ ษชษช โœฟ features 42 Illustrative Cards themed around various vegetables, fruits, herbs, or fungi from around the world that have a rich cultural & traditional history of culinary usage; while also serving beneficial support towards overall well being. โœฟ ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ โœฟ  แด แดสŸแดœแดแด‡ ษชษชษช โœฟ takes a different approach. Titled ๐น๐ฟ๐’ช๐’ฒ๐ธ๐‘… ๐ธ๐’ฎ๐’ฎ๐ธ๐’ฉ๐’ž๐ธ๐’ฎ, the 42 Illustrative Cards are themed around Dr. Edward Bach’s research into ๐น๐ฟ๐’ช๐’ฒ๐ธ๐‘… ๐ธ๐’ฎ๐’ฎ๐ธ๐’ฉ๐’ž๐ธ floral infusions with a few additions. A new approach was taken to assign a positive attribute to each flower’s unique essence. Whether you’re seeking guidance on a specific issue or simply looking to enhance your meditation practice, this deck’s affirmations offer a gentle and nurturing approach to self-care.  “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature.” โ€• Frank Lloyd Wright Aloha! Thy name given is Eric Tecce, and I’m a polymathic artist & illustrator harboring a deep respect to Mother Nature’s fractal presence, lessons, & inherit abilities. Having honed my passions over the years in various mediums as a one-man studio, I’ve rekindled my original love of inkmanship & toned illustration to cultivate my latest passion project with you. I thank you for joining me on this journey, and I look forward to sharing more of my work with you in the future. “Tree of Life” Illustration from my “Visual Awakenings” Collection, Circa 2015 My previous crowdfunded works include a collection titled “๐•๐ข๐ฌ๐ฎ๐š๐ฅ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ค๐ž๐ง๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ” that embedded esoteric knowledge through Illustrative Art. This collection was released in three unique waves as screenprinted apparel under the brand “ีผสŠ-ฦˆฦกษฑษฑึ…ีผ ส‚ษ›ีผส‚ษ›” between 2013 & 2015. The following year, I’d create a series of handcrafted & sculptural Earthcrafts under “๐•‹โ„๐”ผ ๐”ป๐”ผ๐”ผโ„™ ๐”ฝ๐•†โ„๐”ผ๐•Š๐•‹” studio. Thereafter, my first two Tarot Decks, ๐”–๐”ฅ๐”ž๐”ฌ๐”ก๐”ด ๐”๐”ฆ๐”ค๐”ฅ๐”ฑ ๐”—๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฌ๐”ฑ & ๐”š๐”ž๐”ซ๐”ก๐”ข๐”ฏ ๐”๐”ฆ๐”ค๐”ฅ๐”ฑ ๐”—๐”ž๐”ฏ๐”ฌ๐”ฑ, were completed & crowdfunded in 2018 through my ฯ‰ฮฑะบฮนฮทg ยขฮฑฮทฮฝฮฑั• studio. Afterwards, I would then briefly develop a follow up oracle deck, ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ฟ๐ผ๐’ข๐ป๐’ฏ โŠ•๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„, exploring mapping the Constellations & Astrological resonances before switching over to develop a full-color follow up Tarot Deck, titled ๐ฟ๐’ฐ๐’ž๐ผ๐’Ÿ ๐ฟ๐ผ๐’ข๐ป๐’ฏ ๐’ฏ๐’œ๐‘…๐’ช๐’ฏ. In recent years, unforeseen health issues became the forefront of focus cultivating a renewed traditional approach of hand illustrated art birthing the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ present with us today. Full-Color Tarot Deck Followup, ๐ฟ๐’ฐ๐’ž๐ผ๐’Ÿ ๐ฟ๐ผ๐’ข๐ป๐’ฏ ๐’ฏ๐’œ๐‘…๐’ช๐’ฏ โ€œStop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.โ€ โ€• Rumi With over a decade of experience practicing both Geo-Solar (Western) & True Star (Sidereal) Astrological analyses, I offer a unique perspective into the core representation of resonances & planetary placements to provide a comprehensible overview of interpreting the amplifying Light waves that permeate our fractal fields. As Above, So Below metaphorically enlightens us into the Nature of our reality, & further embody this knowledge into the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐. For the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐, planetary, zodiacal, & elemental attributes have been assigned to each plant based it’s known medicinal properties. This classification may differ from Alchemy & Medical Astrology as I focus on the plant’s gifts & personality rather than the function or season. In this case, I utilize the Astrological resonances as an example of an infinite spectrum of Nature/Light. This serves as a symbolic language to communicate the complex hues of reality.  ‘Astro Light’ Artwork, Circa 2018 For interpreters of Light resonances, allow me to express the Nature of my BEing. The central source Light of my Geo-Solar Astrological Birth Light expresses a Sagittarian resonance to my detail oriented 6th house Sun, Venus & Lilith stellium, with my Moon sitting in it’s home of Cancerian resonance, followed by my Rising (also known as Ascendant) tunneling my experience through a late Gemini perspective. My mental Mercury harnesses the strategic 7th house Capricorn resonance forming a grounded yet intuitive processing stellium with Saturn, Uranus & Neptune. As we reach beyond the Earthly realm, further influences such as the passion drive of Mars carries the duality of a spiritually focused 12th house Gemini, followed by my expansive Leo Jupiter forming a harmonious Trine with my Sun & Venus placements. The final main planetary of Rebirth & transformation, Pluto, is placed within it’s own resonance of Scorpio.  โ€œKnowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.โ€ โ€“ Aristotle Exploring your Natal Chart will dive deep to provide insight into your strengths & inherit gifts. For example, my chart reinterpreted based off True-Star Astrology shows that my Sun is in the sector of Scorpio known as the snake bearer, Ophiuchus yet still retain my Gemini AC. As you can see, many known signs we identify in the seasonal Geo-Solar Astrological model can shift back 22 degrees & show us the true source of Light. I like to think in terms of a comet & it’s tail, or a pitcher vs their curve ball. These studies will be examined and explored for generations beyond my own. If one wishes for me to interpret their Birth Light, I am available for Astrological Analysis services @ shop.ERICTECCE.com “Nature is the source of all true knowledge.” โ€• Leonardo da Vinci  As a natural born philosopher of the Nature of our waking reality, Art & Creation speak to you by its true essence. I state that “Nature Speaks to Those who Listen” & in many ways, Nature is the art of synchronicity. It is the Great Teacher that is always present & willing to give the opportunity of Life. “Wisdom is the daughter of experience.” โ€• Leonardo da Vinci  With Nature the forefront of my philosophy, such wonders provides all the necessary lessons to understand, in great depth, the macro & micro of our ever present world. It is without a doubt that the more you explore Nature in it’s purity, the more likely are you to discover yourself. With this, providing educational materials that dawn insight into the versatile offerings of Nature assists towards the potential to enrich present & future generations’ appreciation of the natural world. โ€œLet yourself be drawn by the stronger pull of that which you truly love.โ€ โ€• Rumi Upon completion of the campaign, ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐Ž๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ will begin printing & production within the United States. Only 100 Oracle Decks will be produced for each Volume. With this in mind, 90 Decks are exclusively made available through this Kickstarter campaign only. I repeat, this Kickstarter will be the only time to acquire the Artisan Editions of the first three Volumes of the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐Ž๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐. Production should conclude within 6-8 Weeks & shipped to my studio. Upon arrival, each reward will be hand packaged & sent out to be fulfilled (as long as shipping is paid). Of course, Tracking & Shipping confirmations are provided to your email attached to your pledge, and project updates will be offered every major step of the way.  “Only to him who stands where the barley stands & listens well will it speak, and tell, for his sake, what man is.”  โ€• Masanobu Fukuoka Production & shipping costs of the ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐Ž๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ totals to about 77% of the campaign’s financial goal. The remaining 23% is allocated to Fees collected by Kickstarter, Stripe (Card Processing), & Backerkit (Post-Campaign Pledge Manager). The remaining will be reserved for Taxes. Total production of Oracle Decks has been scaled down to 100 per Volume. In addition, over $9,000 in development costs for software, hardware, materials, and prototypes have been excluded from the campaign’s financial goal. Finally, over 700 logged hours were recorded over the course of development, which all financial compensation has also been excluded from the campaign’s financial goal. With these cuts, a more affordable goal will prioritize production as development continues towards future works of art. If successful funding is reached, any additional raised funds will compensate the aforementioned excluded costs, followed by potential increase of production quantity from 100 per Volume to 250 per Volume if funds raised exceed $12.51K. “In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.” โ€• Leonardo da Vinci  All ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐Ž๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ rewards, domestically & internationally, will be shipped through United States Postal Service (USPS). All shipping costs will be collected after the campaign ends through an emailed survey sent out via Backerkit post-campaing manager.  Note that you are responsible for any customs fees that may occur and packages can not be sent as anything other than merchandise.  As a precaution to avoid any other potential delays, I wish to note the following to ensure that the rewards make it along your journey as swiftly as possible : Please ensure your email address is valid & frequently checked so that you receive updates as they come. When the Kickstarter completes, I will be sending out a survey to collect & organize any information I may need to collect shipping costs & process your reward(s0. To ensure all details are correct, I will not be able to send your reward until your information is received through the survey & all shipping costs have been paid for.    Please ensure your address is formatted properly & correctly spelled. In the event your package is returned to me due to an invalid address, shipping will have to be recharged. Due to protection of supporterโ€™s rewards, I will not ship to PO Boxes or International Address Forwarders, if this is an issue ask a friend or relative if you can have your reward shipped to them.    Please ensure your credit card & payment info is up to date or your pledge will not go through when the funding ends.  If you do not log in and confirm your pledge within 4 weeks of our notification via email to do so, you agree that I have fulfilled the obligations to you in full for payment or donations received. If contacted to confirm your pledge after the 4 week window has elapsed, I may choose to either refund or ship your pledge at chosen discretion When you confirm your pledge within the aforementioned 4 week window, you agree that my responsibility to you is to ship your order as entered into the pledge management system and you agree that title and risk passes to you upon delivery to a common carrier for such shipment. Thank you! “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” โ€• Leonardo da Vinci *All fonts featured in ๐’œ๐’ฎ๐’ฏ๐‘…โ˜‰ ๐ป๐ธ๐‘…๐ต๐’œ๐ฟ ๐Ž๐‘๐€๐‚๐‹๐„ ๐ƒ๐„๐‚๐Š ๐‚๐Ž๐‹๐‹๐„๐‚๐“๐ˆ๐Ž๐ were created or are within Public Domain.*All other work, fonts, banners, video copyright Eric Tecce, 2024*Trailer Music by Alexander Nakarada 2024 Images & themes in this project serve as a tool to encourage users to explore one’s own unique Nature through personal reflection, self-awareness, and introspection. Any images or themes present within either deck are not intended to make or imply any medical or therapeutic claims and/or promises. To clarify, Oracle cards & Divination are not tools to diagnose, treat, cure, mitigate, or prevent any disease as defined by the United States’ Dietary Supplement Health Education Act (DSHEA) of 1994 as regulated by the Food and Drug Association (FDA). The information provided is for educational & artistic purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. It is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional before taking any dietary supplement, including herbs.  [...]
Welcome back to The Deep Forest! Our latest tutorial video takes you on a journey of crafting a magical Mushroom Lantern under the skillful guidance of EarthCraft artist Tory Lee herself for all our beloved patrons at the $25 tier.. Are you ready to embark upon an exciting adventure filled with moss, mischief, and pure enchantment? In this exclusive, step-by-step video, you will see exactly what goes into making one of our signature pieces: a magnificent Mushroom Lantern! All your wildest dreams of having a touch of otherworldly charm in your dwellings could soon be fulfilled right from the comfort of your home. Using readily accessible materials such as a classic metal lamp base, vibrant moss, iridescent gems, hand-sculpted Amanita Mascaria mushrooms, and a dash of flora flair, this DIY project promises to elevate your interior design game to a whole new level. Observe Tory Lee’s exquisite craftsmanship in action as she breathe life into a delicate ceramic butterfly poised gracefully atop your newly minted Mushroom Lantern. Don’t just imagine, experience the tranquility and delight that comes with owning an original creation made with love and passion. Join us today & embrace your inner fae spirit, spreading joy wherever your heart leads you. Remember, every purchase supports not only artistic growth but also sustainable practices that ensure future generations can appreciate the wonders of Mother Nature’s endless offerings. It’s never too late to ignite your inner artist and let your creativity soar – become part of our extended family of Earthcrafters.Mushroom Sculpture Lantern Tutorial [...]
Embark on an enchanting journey with The Deep Forest’s latest Patreon exclusive tutorial video featuring the spellbinding “Mushroom Skull Dome” creation. As a true patron of innovation and artistry, Eric Tecce, the polymathic artist and EarthCraft maestro, invites you to immerse yourself in an exquisitely handcrafted miniature sculpture. The “Mushroom Skull Dome” promises to transport you to another dimension, blending the eerie charm of a minx skull with luminous amethyst crystals, verdant moss, and exquisitely preserved fungi. Embracing the rich tradition of non-verbal storytelling, we offer a visually immersive tutorial designed specifically for our esteemed $25 Tier patrons. Eager learners can embark on a step-by-step odyssey, guided by images rather than words alone, through the extraordinary process behind this unique woodland creation. From the initial shaping of the minks skull to the deft incorporation of crystalline accents, every moment of transformation becomes palpable in a seamless cinematic experience. The true highlight arrives when you learn to arrange genuine preserved mushrooms strategically amidst the intricately designed moss-adorned skull. Watch in wonder as your surroundings are transformed into a whimsical wonderland, bursting with character and charm. Embodying the very spirit of The Deep Forest, every element harmoniously blends, resulting in nothing short of sheer magic. Join us today as an esteemed patron, relishing access to this mesmerizing tutorial and more awaiting surprises. As our collaborator, witness firsthand The Deep Forest’s commitment to merge Creativity & Mother Nature for all ages. Don’t miss this chance to create an enigmatic piece of artistry forged with love and care – become part of The Deep Forest community now!Mushroom Skull Curiosity Dome Tutorial [...]
Welcome, dear patrons of The Deep Forest! As a token of our gratitude for your unwavering support, we’re excited to present yet another treat exclusively for our valued community members on Patreon. Today, we unveil the latest addition to our family of tutorials – a non-verbal guided journey dedicated to mastering the art of crafting exquisite crystal wands imbued with magical energies. Ladies and gentlemen, allow us to introduce the newest patron-exclusive, step-by-step demonstration focused on the creation of enchanted artifacts that blend ancient wisdom with modern techniques: “DIY: Rune Burned Crystal Wands.” Celebrated for their versatility and symbolism across cultures and belief systems, crystals have captured the imagination of seekers throughout history. Now, it’s your turn to harness their power through these personalized, one-of-a-kind tools imprinted with celestial symbology. As avid explorers of alternative modes of communication, our team prides itself on providing inclusive education tailored to everyone. With this goal firmly in mind, we proudly present an engaging visual experience that transcends language barriers, perfect for individuals from all walks of life seeking to deepen their appreciation for the esoteric arts. This mesmerizing tutorial unfolds over several stages, each detailing a critical aspect of wand construction. First, we take you on a brief treasure hunt for precious gems that resonate strongly with your intentions, followed by preparatory measures involving crystal cleansing and charging rituals. Next, we embark upon meticulous metalwork as soldering techniques merge artisanal skill with cutting-edge technology, allowing you to infuse raw energy into your creations. After attaching the core components, comes the opportunity to embrace your inner leathermaker by adorning your wand with sumptuous faux-leather wrap finished off with an array of dazzling accoutrements to suit your preferences. Accompanied with any adornments you desire like feathers & beads. In continuance of our previous efforts, we arrive at the stage where your wands become conduits for channeling and concentrating magickal energies. This segment represents a fusion of the past and future as age-old practices join forces with contemporary embellishments. Thus begins your initiation into the heritage of runes, the pictographic script of Northern European peoples steeped in mythos, spirituality, and the interconnectedness of all beings. Employing the trusty ally known as pyrography, you will etch onto the surface of your wand not only protective sigils but also ancestral motifs infused with potent meanings. Your talisman now contains within its structure the secret keys to the mysteries you wish to illuminate and the secrets of your soul yearn to reveal. This act transforms your creation into both a tool of empowerment and a confidant on your path towards self-discovery. We invite those among you who possess a desire for self-expression through design and a penchant for refinement to participate in this clandestine fellowship of Earthcraft and Alchemy, bound together beneath the banner of The Deep Forest. Enroll today and discover the hidden realms held within the sanctum of our studio. May the blessings of the Astral Light illuminate your journey! Crystal Rune Wands Tutorial [...]
Greetings wanderers of nature’s mysterious pathways and devoted builders of Middle-earth, welcome once again to The Deep Forest – a place where curiosity blends seamlessly with knowledge and where the heart of EarthCraft beats fiercer each day. We hope your journey thus far has been filled with adventure, discovery, and maybe even a few hobbits along the way!As passionate guardians of this studio founded by the talented duo of Eric Tecce and Tory Lee, we are thrilled to share today’s announcement: the continued introduction of our Non-Verbal Exclusive Tutorial Series at the $25 tier level on Patreon!For those who yearn to expand beyond building tiny homes for small folk, brace yourselves for the possibility of undertakings grand and magnificent. This series will guide you through the intricate steps required to bring your larger-than-life interpretations of iconic structures and dwellings straight out of J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium. From the rustic charms of Bilbo Baggins’ tranquil halls to the imposing grandeur of Minas Tirith’s bastion walls, you’ll soon unlock secrets long hidden among these fertile depths of The Deep Forest.These instructional videos feature a visual narrative that speaks volumes without any need for spoken languages. Like an elvish scroll unfolding before your eyes, step-by-step methods emerge as natural extensions of artistry. Each stroke of the spade, delicate placement of moss, and strategic arrangement of stones becomes a story waiting to be told in this serene, immersive environment.And so, we invite you now to join us in this epic quest towards mastering the arts of EarthCraft. Every contribution, no matter how great or small, allows The Deep Forest to bloom further, nurtured by the generous hearts of the many and shaped by the skilled hands of the chosen ones. In return, a wealth of knowledge and endless fascination await, as the boundaries between human and nature dissolve into unity, bridging the gap between fantasy and reality.Large Model Hobbit Home Tutorial [...]
Journey deeper into the wondrous world of EarthCraft, where traditional materials merge harmoniously with natural elements to produce stunning works of art. Watch as seasoned artisans guide you through layering moss, manipulating wood, arranging rocks, shaping clay, and blending binding agents to sculpt your very own miniature Hobbit haven. Their expertise will leave you inspired and eager to emulate each intricate detail.Available solely for our valued supporters at the $25 patronage tier, The Deep Forest proudly announces an exquisite addition to its Patreon catalog. Discover a visually enthralling, non-verbal tutorial video uncovering the secrets behind crafting your very own miniature Hobbit home. From carefully selecting moss as greenery to skillfully harnessing rock formations as structural supports, every step of your tiny abode’s construction journey remains within reach through our step by step video into our Earthcraft artistry.By joining our patronage family, you’ll gain immediate access to this visually enthralling presentation, whereby artistic expressions rendered in silence provide an inclusive experience open to viewers of all backgrounds and preferences. Our goal here is to create a universal language of creation, transcending boundaries and inspiring makers across the globe.Your support ensures The Deep Forest remains a perpetual source of innovative tutorials and thought-provoking discussions. With our focus on delivering top-notch visual content, it aligns perfectly with our commitment to broadening horizons awithin the EarthCraft community.Together, we can continue to cultivate a dynamic space brimming with novel concepts, breathtaking projects, and boundless inspiration. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to discover new dimensions of creativity while supporting the magic behind every EarthCrafter’s visionary spirit.In return, we promise to keep delivering our very best & to provide our captured creations to the world to learn from. Together we continue the tradition of merging art & nature.Miniature Hobbit Home Tutorial 1Miniature Hobbit Home Tutorial 2 [...]
Are you ready to learn how to create your own wearable books, perfect for keeping notes or writing down your thoughts wherever you go? Look no further than the latest exclusive tutorial video from The Deep Forest studio, where multitalented artists Eric Tecce and Tory Lee come together to bring you the secrets behind their fantastical craftsmanship! In this exciting new non-verbal video, Tory will show you step-by-step instructions on how to make your very own miniature bound and stitched books to keep close to your heart or display as a beautiful memento. Utilizing real sketch pages and a cover fashioned out of high-quality faux leather adorned with enchanting illustrations drawn by none other than Eric himself, these handmade books promise to become cherished treasures in anyone’s collection. Are you looking to create something truly special and meaningful? Do you appreciate the beauty of homemade goods and the effort put into making each item unique? If so, we invite you to join The Deep Forest studio on Patreon, where multitalented artists Eric Tecce and Tory Lee are bringing back the tradition of genuine craftsmanship through a range of exciting tutorials and projects available exclusively for our supporters. If you want to unlock the magic of creating these mini masterpieces yourself, then become a patron at the $25 tier level on Patreon. In doing so, you help to cover costs of the Studio as we continue our passions of Earthly Creations. As always, we are grateful for all the support thus far & yet to come – THANK YOU!Miniature Bound Book Tutorial [...]
Welcome to The Deep Forest, where nature meets artistry! Today, we’d like to spotlight a fantastic opportunity to support two talented earthcrafters, Eric Tecce and Tory Lee, via their newly launched Patreon page. As an advocate for following you passions, each exquisite piece bears testament to the skill, patience, and imagination. Yet, beyond the awe-inspiring finished products lies something even more significant โ€“ a pathway to learning the secrets behind such marvels. For just $25 per month, supporters can gain access to exclusive video tutorials featuring an array of fascinating earthcrafts, including mushroom lanterns, mushroom skull domes, hobbit home domes, and many others! Each tutorial offers valuable insights into the techniques used to bring these imaginative designs to life, ensuring viewers can learn and benefit from these skills directly. By choosing to stand alongside The Deep Forest’s mission to share the splendor of EarthCraft with the masses, you fuel both individual growth and the collective expansion of this extraordinary artistic realm. So, take hold of this remarkable opportunity to elevate your abilities, broaden your perspectives, and help bring enchantment to the forefront of modern culture. Every contribution counts toward igniting this joint endeavor, leading to a brighter future for all things EarthCraft! [...]
Chicken of the woods (Laetiporus sulphureus) is a distinctive bright orange bracket fungus found primarily on hardwood trees throughout North America. While its name may not sound appealing, this wild mushroom has become popular among chefs for its robust earthy yet pleasant taste profile and exceptionally soft texture after cooking. But what many people do not realize is that chicken of the woods holds a wealth of nutritional benefits that make it one of nature’s most valuable forest produce. In this guide, we will explore why incorporating wild chicken of the woods mushrooms into our diets can bring about positive changes in our health. Why Wild Chicken of the Woods Mushrooms Are Worth HarvestingNative Americans had long recognized the value of wild Chicken of the Woods, employing its use for both medical purposes and food consumption. Some tribal groups would dry the entire fruit bodies of the fungus, making them easy to store for later usage during the winter months when resources became scarcer. They considered this mushroom useful in treating various diseases including ulcers, tumors, and swollen joints through either topical application or internal ingestion. Some tribes even believed ingested chicken of the woods provided resistance to viruses. Additionally, they appreciated its palatability, deeming it suitable for use in soup or stew preparations, or simply roasted and consumed alone. By preserving this tradition and respecting their knowledge, modern society has an opportunity to rediscover and learn from ancient wisdom surrounding natural remedies and sustenance. Through embracing historical teachings in combination with contemporary scientific research, we continue to unlock new potential applications for this prized wild mushroom. Modern science supports these practices by confirming the presence of various compounds responsible for chicken of the woods notable therapeutic attributes. Notably, polysaccharides KS2035B1 and Laetiporus saponins present in the fungus display potent antioxidant activity, which helps neutralize potentially damaging free radicals generated within cells under oxidative stress conditions. The same organosulfur components also exhibit anti-inflammatory action at low dosages without causing gastrointestinal irritation, a common side effect of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. These traits can lower systemic inflammation levels, thus preventing chronic illnesses linked to persistent activation of the body’s defensive response mechanism, particularly cardiovascular issues like high blood pressure and endocrine disorders like type 2 diabetes mellitus. Furthermore, certain triterpenoid alcohols present in the wild chicken of the woods help suppress platelet aggregation and activate the coagulation cascade, implying this fungus could aid in promoting healthier blood flow throughout the body. How to Prepare Wild Chicken of the Woods MushroomsBefore consuming any wild mushroom, including chicken of the woods, it is essential to properly identify them to avoid any adverse reactions or misidentification with poisonous species. Once you have established that you are dealing with the authentic L. sulphureus variety, cleaning and processing can begin. Start by trimming off tough pores and removing the stem, if desired. Then slice the mushroom thinly before cooking. To ensure the best flavor, sear chicken of the woods over high heat until each side develops golden brown crispy edges, then finish them slowly until tender. Its versatility allows you to integrate this delicious mushroom into a wide array of culinary creations such as sautรฉed, added to pasta sauce, used as seasoning, or made into soups. Always practice caution and remember to only consume fully confirmed edible mushrooms. ConclusionWild Chicken of the Woods mushroom holds immense promise for improving our lives. As a rich source of nutrients and bioactive components, this unique fungus offers tremendous health benefits when consumed as a functional food. With ongoing research aimed towards elucidating its full range of medicinal effects, chances are good that we will discover additional ways in which Chicken of the Woods helps us maintain optimal well-being. From reducing inflammation to protecting heart health, this valuable resource should be celebrated and utilized to promote overall vitality. While proper identification remains crucial for safe incorporation into one’s diet, those who dare to venture deeper into nature might just unearth something truly special — nourishing sustenance straight out of the forest itself! After all, learning how to harvest, cleanse, and prepare Chicken of the Woods effectively not only grants access to its numerous advantages but also reinforces our intimate connection with the living world around us. So why settle for ordinary fare when nature provides superfoods right here under our noses? Let us embrace the wondrous possibilities represented by this fascinating specimen and open ourselves to the boundless bounty held within our planet’s wilds. Who knows what next exciting discovery lies hidden amongst those vibrant green hues of emerging growth beneath towering trees come Springtime — or perhaps nestled amidst rustling decay in autumnal woodlands. Embrace the adventurer within, step forward and join the growing ranks of dedicated seekers hunting for the precious prize known as Lenzites, the true “Chickens” of the forest. Happy foraging and bon appรฉtit! [...]
Nature offers various remedies, and sometimes it requires minimal effort to access their benefits. Foraging for wild edible mushrooms such as morel, maitake, and lion’s mane, and including them in your cuisine can lead to remarkable outcomes. Let us delve deeper into how each of these fungi can contribute positively to human well-being. Medicinal Benefits of Morel MushroomsThe morel species are highly sought due to their unique flavor, rarity, and culinary versatility. They also possess several health benefits. Native Americans used the spongy fleshy stalks as natural antibiotics for treating wounds and coughs. Today, morel extracts are being investigated for applications related to cancer therapy as well as reducing inflammation in autoimmune diseases. Medicinal Benefits of Maitake MushroomsMaitake mushrooms have been utilized in Japanese traditional medicine for centuries, but only recently gained worldwide recognition due to their incredible immune-boosting capacities. Studies carried out on individuals infected with HIV showed improvement in CD4 T-cell count following prolonged consumption of dried maitake fruit bodies. Researchers are exploring maitakes as complementary treatment for breast cancer thanks to their ability to enhance anticancer drug sensitivity. Medicinal Benefits of Lion’s Mane MushroomsLion’s mane mushrooms closely resemble a fluffy white shag carpet, and while their appearance might be humorous, don’t let that fool you. This fungus contains multiple bioactive substances that promote brain development, reduce anxiety, and provide anti-diabetic effects. Nerve growth factor (NGF), a crucial molecule for maintaining neurons, is naturally occurring in lion’s mane mushrooms. Animal studies demonstrate improved nerve regrowth, and there’s even evidence showing lion’s mane consumption improves cognition and decreases beta-amyloid plaque accumulation associated with Alzheimerโ€™s disease progression in mice. Additionally, oral administration of lionโ€™s mane alleviates depressive symptoms in chronic mild stress mouse models. The collective data highlights lionโ€™s mane potential usefulness in combating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsonโ€™s and depression when consumed regularly.Lion’s mane mushrooms closely resemble a fluffy white shag carpet, and while their appearance might be humorous, don’t let that fool you. This fungus contains multiple bioactive substances that promote brain development, reduce anxiety, and provide anti-diabetic effects. Nerve growth factor (NGF), a crucial molecule for maintaining neurons, is naturally occurring in lion’s mane mushrooms. Animal studies demonstrate improved nerve regrowth, and there’s even evidence showing lion’s mane consumption improves cognition and decreases beta-amyloid plaque accumulation associated with Alzheimerโ€™s disease progression in mice. Additionally, oral administration of lionโ€™s mane alleviates depressive symptoms in chronic mild stress mouse models. The collective data highlights lionโ€™s mane potential usefulness in combating neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinsonโ€™s and depression when consumed regularly. Conclusion Foraging for and integrating wild edible mushrooms like morels, maitakes, and lionโ€™s manes into your meals may provide numerous unexpected advantages. From enhancing immunity and nourishing nerves to reducing chronic illness risks and promoting cognitive function, these fungi offer tremendous opportunities for optimizing personal wellness through accessible means. With careful identification and proper preparation techniques, embracing natureโ€™s abundant bounty via wild mushroom use can unlock new dimensions of vitality and contentment. Bon appรฉtit! [...]
The Lionโ€™s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceus) has become renowned among culinary enthusiasts and scientists alike due to its flavor profile and unique appearance resembling a majestic mane. However, few people realize the tremendous health benefits of including this fungi in oneโ€™s diet. Letโ€™s explore some reasons why you should consider adding Lionโ€™s Mane to your menu. First off, let us understand the origin and history of this fascinating food source. With roots grounded in Eastern Asia, Lionโ€™s Mane mushrooms have been employed as a nutrient-dense delicacy and valued herbal remedy for over 500 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) often uses it to address digestive issues, coughs, fevers, and parasites. Furthermore, ancient Japanese practitioners utilized Lionโ€™s Mane to boost overall vitality and prolong life expectancy. Nutritionally speaking, Lionโ€™s Mane boasts substantial quantities of minerals and vitamins. For instance, iron content far exceeds conventional edible mushrooms while B vitamin profiles compare favorably to brown rice. Its polysaccharide complex consists of beta-glucans believed to stimulate innate immunity via activation of immune cells. In recent decades, scientific investigations focused on assessing Lionโ€™s Mane effects on human diseases yielded exciting results. Foremost, it displays remarkable neuroprotective capabilities crucial in shielding against Parkinsonโ€™s, Alzheimerโ€™s, stroke, seizures, and neuropathy. NGF (nerve growth factor) mediates many neurodegenerative processes whereby Lionโ€™s Mane elevates its synthesis in our brains, thereby preserving nervous membrane integrity and improving synapse formation to support memory retention and normal reflexes. The exact mechanisms involve alterations in DNA methylation patterns controlling gene regulation along with reduction of amyloid precursor protein aggregation responsible for amyloidosis (brain plaque buildup). Additionally, Lionโ€™s Mane acts as a formidable adaptogen enhancing psychological wellness and reducing anxious feelings by harmonizing cortisol concentrations and facilitating hippocampus-dependent memory acquisition. When confronted with persistent hardships, chronic disturbances can upset the hormonal balance, leading to emotional imbalances and cognitive decline. Consumption of Lionโ€™s Mane extracts or whole fruit bodies could potentially mitigate these unfavorable circumstances by moderating the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis response to stressors. A study published in Biomedicine & Pharmacy found that subjects with mild depression demonstrated marked improvements in their Hamilton Depression Rating Scale ratings after six weeks of ingesting a standardized 3.6% ethanol extract. Another primary benefit stems from Lionโ€™s Mane impact on gut microbiota composition and intestinal barrier functionality. Preliminary research indicates potential prebiotic properties stemming from oligosaccharides present within the fruit bodyโ€™s flesh. Concurrently, water soluble fractions derived from mycelia showcase positive influences on Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium bacterial populations, creating a symbiotic environment for optimal nutrient absorption and systemic immunocompetence. Additionally, hepatoprotective and pancreas-regenerative effects have emerged from clinical trials with type II diabetic patients receiving 1.0 gram dosages thrice daily for four months. These observations suggest prospective probiotic applications beyond the scope of nutritious supplementation. [...]
Medicinal mushrooms have gained popularity in recent years due to their potential health benefits and ability to boost the immune system. In particular, three types of medicinal mushrooms stand out – Chaga, Reishi, and Turkey Tail. Each of them has unique properties that can provide significant health benefits. CHAGAChaga mushroom, also known as Inonotus Obliquus, is a type of fungus commonly found on birch trees in cold regions like Siberia and Alaska. For many centuries, its use has been intertwined with traditions, both ancient Scandinavian and contemporary Eastern European cultures. Russian Izhmorie and Komi shaman had established extensive knowledge on Chaga’s anti-inflammatory, analgesic and even aphrodisiac traits. There are at least five major factors that make Chaga arguable one of the most effective medicinal mushrooms on immunity. The Betulinic Acid which blocks enzyme therapeutically targeted by pharmaceutical chemotherapeutics & renders tumors inactive so serving as the body prefers self-defense system which could significantly magnify from supplementation via Chaga alone. The main component responsible for its effectiveness is beta glucans, which help activate the innate immune response.Chaga contains potent compounds with antioxidant capacity and possess an array of beneficial effects like boosting host defenses against cancer development, with the objective being interference with carcinogenic processes amidst a backdrop supportive to T-cell reactivity and minimizing wasting away of vitality related to chronic diseases. Lab tests illuminate how chaga mushrooms contain numerous constituents whose interactions likely drive effectiveness and control activities related to the activation, migration/adhesion, survival and cytokine secretion patterns collectively referred to as tumor microenvironment modulation – a key component contributing towards determining the directionality of whether conditions are amenable to disease regression vs. continued spreading since tumors cannot grow without appropriately deploying these functions. REISHIReishi (Ganoderma lucidum) is another of the top medicinal mushrooms known to provide therapeutic benefits. Extracts from both cultured and wild varieties of G. lucidum reveal potential impacts on reducing tumor size through specific mechanisms of action, via an innate immunomodulatory property distinctively different from mushroom species that primarily act via adaptive immunity actions. Therefore, reishi mushroom can contribute to the establishment of anti-inflammatory and anticancer environments within living systems by targeting leukocytes and reactive oxygen intermediate mediators typically associated with neurologically degenerative symptoms of concern such as Alzheimer’s, while also exhibiting growth suppression towards leukemia cells and fibrosarcoma lineage. Furthermore, as tumorigenesis remains a dynamic process shaped by multiple genetic factors impacted by environmental influences, whole Ganoderma preparations demonstrate enhanced antitumoral effects over pure components isolated in earlier investigations (e.g., triterpene fraction), implying complex polyphenol synergism compensates for otherwise individually insignificant contributions to bring overall additive effects often equal to or exceeding single agent impacts achieved alone.Overall, pharmacological examination into Ganoderma activities unveil fascinating prospects towards utilization of safer, readily available natural sources like dietary supplements, functional food ingredients or complementary medicine strategies as a part of comprehensive treatment approaches developed alongside modern targeted therapies and optimal nutrition principles in combating disorders characterized by maladaptive inflammation.As one of the oldest recorded tonics in Chinese naturalism called “Ling Zhi,” Reishi holds elevated regard within traditional East Asian therapeutic philosophies because of the purported favorable consequences distributed via 1300 substances detected throughout four dozen diverse fractions characterizing this polysaccharide-rich complex fruiting body. Although much early documentation depends on folklore gathering experiences passed down over generations using animal tales, reverent symbolisms, allegories, and dream interpretations, modern enthusiasts maintaining several holistic healing perspectives marvel at Ling Zhi for promoting relaxation, sleep regulation, cardiovascular harmony, digestive regeneration, external beauty enhancement, and stronger all-around adaptability to detoxify and strengthen the immune system functions. TURKEY TAIL The turkey tail (Coriolus versicolor) mushroom has been used medicinally in Asia for thousands of years and is considered one of the top medicinal mushrooms. Here are some of its known medicinal benefits: Immune Boost: One of the main reasons people take turkey tail is because it helps strengthen your immune system. It does this by increasing the number of white blood cells called Natural Killer Cells (NK cells). Cancer Treatment: Studies suggest that turkey tail may help slow down the progression of cancer and improve quality of life during conventional cancer therapy such as chemotherapy. In fact, it has undergone clinical trials for breast cancer patients who have completed surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or hormonal therapy and was found safe and tolerable with no serious adverse events reported. Liver Protection: Turkey tail has demonstrated hepatoprotective effects against liver damage caused by toxicity and oxidative stress. This benefit can come from taking either raw whole extract or hot water extracts of the fungus. Cardiovascular Benefits: Several animal experiments indicate Coriolus Versicolor polysaccharide peptide may reduce cholesterol levels while attenuating cardiac hypertrophy following MI. This protein might also lower serum creatinine, plasma urea nitrogen, and lipid peroxidation along with improving heart function rate 6 months postinfarction. Antiviral Effects: Turkey tail demonstrates antiviral properties in vitro using influenza A virus as a reference pathogen. However, there isn’t any direct application yet due to the lack of experimentation into animal models and eventually human trials. CONCLUSIONThe medicinal mushrooms Chaga, Reishi, and Turkeytail have been used in traditional medicine practices for centuries due to their powerful health promoting properties. Scientific research has confirmed that these mushrooms offer numerous health benefits including: anti-inflammatory effects, enhancement of immunity, reduction of oxidative stress, improvement in cardiovascular health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels, stimulating liver function, supporting digestive balance, increased energy production, regulation of gut microbiota, aiding in recovery from chemotherapy side effects, improving sleep, reducing joint pain and arthritis symptoms, strengthening bones and cartilages, fighting fungal, viral and bacterial infections and many others. These mushrooms can be consumed through tea, capsules, extracts, smoothie mix powders, beer, syrups, milks, etc. Itโ€™s very important to consult a qualified expert and proper dosing guidelines prior to consuming them to achieve desired results and avoid any harmful consequences. The Medicinal properties of Chaga, Reishi, and Turkeytails make them one of nature’s most powerful gifts to humanity, accessible for everyday heath purposes throughout our lives. Let us celebrate this joy by incorporating it to everyone we know, helping each other enjoy all the beautiful things life has given us as long as we take care of ourselves. We should remember these plants while remembering โ€œold age and skin worms, hair turns grey- but nonetheless these magnificent fungi will always be here to help youโ€. [...]
As we continue to learn about the complexities of the human body and mind, scientific research has identified several natural agents capable of enhancing brain and neuron health. These remarkable substances work synergistically to keep us mentally fit and actively engaged throughout our lifespan. In this review, six notable examples will be discussed with respect to their distinct contributions toward boosting brain power while mitigating the risks of age-related cognitive decline and neurodegenerative diseases. To begin, we must first recognize that different communities around the world have utilized these botanical remedies in their diets or as ingredients in remedial preparations for generations. In various studies, these plants have been scientifically proven to contribute towards maintaining mental fitness and ensuring optimal neurological development. In some cases, these herbs served as an alternative source of antioxidants necessary for upkeep of nerve cells and prevention of neural inflammation. In others, the chemical compounds present inside were key components in improving the transmission of electrical signals between individual neurons. With these known plants, we can further understand the gifts of Nature that is readily available to all of us to heal the brain. Lion’s Mane Mushroom The edible fungi is known for its ability to boost nerve growth factor and help regenerate damaged nerves. Studies show it may also assist in reducing anxiety, depression, and fatigue while sharpening focus and cognitive abilities. Its long history traces back to traditional medicine practices in China and Japan where it was considered both culinary and therapeutic. It was even reported to be one of the ‘Foods of the Gods’, used by elite Buddhists residing at high altitudes in Tibet. This mushroom has been part of folklore and traditional remedies in various parts of East Asia, North America, and Russia.Recommendation: FreshCap Lion’s Mane Supplements (Amazon) or cooked fresh from Grocery Store Phosphatidylcholine (PC) Found widely in nature, especially seafood, Phosphatidylcholine plays a crucial role in preserving cell membrane integrity. Discoveries in neuroscience show significant evidence of phosphatidylcholine contributing positively toward maintaining cell membranes and preserving the structure of the bodyโ€™s organs. Phospholipids are essential to forming myelin sheaths surrounding neural fibres that increase electrical signal conductivity. Phosphatidylcholine additionally functions to promote better neuroprotection from injury as well as safeguarding against degenerative processes, maintaining proper acetylcholine signaling vital for human cognition and sleep quality.Recommendation: Double Wood brand supplements (Amazon) Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) Brahmi exerts antidepressant effects while mitigating oxidative stress damage and supporting critical neurotransmitter synthesis, thereby fostering synaptic plasticity and dendritic growth. By targeting crucial physiological pathways integral to our cognitive function, Bacopa empowers us towards heightened intellectual activity and clarity. Consuming adequate amounts of Brahmi provides enduring protection for our fragile neural circuitry against premature wear and tear, allowing for extended maintenance of mental vitality. Comprehensively researched as an adaptogen and nootropic, Brahmi stands out as a prime botanical supplement worthy of recognition. A key ingredient in countless Ayurvedic formulations and traditional medicines, Bacopa boasts verbal learning, attention span, visual processing, and spatial working memory; owing much of its efficacy to its flavonoid and saponin content.Recommendation: Himalaya brand supplements (Amazon) Ginkgo Biloba One of nature’s most renowned memory enhancers is derived from leaves of the ancient Ginkgo tree. An array of bioactive constituents present in Ginkgo biloba extract supports various aspects of brain function, especially cerebral microcirculation and oxygen supply to neurons. Numerous human clinical trials have demonstrated potential improvements in memory recall, general cognitive function, and even reduced signs of cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease. Furthermore, recent findings propose mechanisms behind Ginkgo’s beneficial effect might involve inhibiting proinflammatory pathways implicated in chronic brain conditions.Recommendation: Beljanski brand supplements (Amazon) Rauwolfia vomitoria Commonly recognized as Yohimbe, this West African evergreen tree has been traditionally utilized for treating mental afflictions, such as anxiety and depression. Modern studies attribute Yohimbe’s positive effects on the brain due to its ability to raise levels of certain neurotransmitters including dopamine, noradrenoepinephrine (norepinephrine), and serotonin in specific parts of the brain. Additionally, scientists speculate that the flavonoid compounds found in the tree may possess antioxidant attributes that could help defend against free radical-induced neuronal harm, further promoting normal brain health.Recommendation: Beljanski brand supplements (Amazon) Nattokinase This potent blood clotting enzyme isolated from fermented soybeans plays an important role in supporting vascular integrity and reducing the risk of cardiovascular events associated with poor blood flow to the brain. While not directly linked to brain function, research shows that adequate blood delivery to the brain significantly influences its metabolism and physiology. By improving endothelial health and blood viscosity, Nattokinase indirectly contributes to optimal cerebrovascular nutrition, potentially reducing the incidence of age-associated cognitive dysfunction and other neurological concerns. However, more investigations must delve deeper into the connections between Nattokinase and brain health outcomes before concrete conclusions can be drawn.Recommendation: Double Wood brand supplements (Amazon) Conclusion From the mighty Lion’s Mane mushroom to the humble but effective Nattokinase, each natural compound showcases unique abilities to preserve brain structure and function. The combined use of these agents could represent an advanced approach to optimizing long-term cognitive capacity alongside emotional equilibrium. As modern science continues to validate traditional remedies and explore novel therapeutics inspired by nature, empowering your neural network will become easier than ever. With proper guidance and responsible consumption, incorporating these smart nutrients into daily habits may very well serve as a gateway to better living throughout life’s journey. [...]
Hormonal imbalances can lead to various physical and mental problems, affecting men and women alike. While Western medical treatment focuses on pharmaceutical interventions, traditional Eastern medicines often recommend natural remedies from local plants and flowers. Fortunately, there are several botanical solutions available that can help regulate hormone levels naturally. This article will discuss four such plants – Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Pine Pollen (Pinus massoniana) and Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica). Ashwaganda Ashwaganda, also known as ‘Indian Ginseng’, is considered one of the most potent herbs for alleviating stress, anxiety, and exhaustion. Native to India and parts of Africa, this perennial shrub has been used in Ayurveda medicine since ancient times to restore vigor and vitality. One of the primary reasons for its effectiveness lies in its ability to regulate cortisol levels, a hormone released during moments of intense stress. By reducing cortisol, Ashwaganda allows the body to produce more testosterone, thus improving overall physical strength and mental alertness. Furthermore, studies have found that Ashwaganda increases fertility, sperm quality and quantity, and even reduces inflammation. Shatavari Shatavari, another popular herbal medicine, offers benefits specifically tailored towards womenโ€™s needs. However, shatavari can be equally helpful for men seeking to restore their reproductive capabilities or overcome hormonal imbalances caused by aging. This climbing vine produces branched leaves and yellow blooms and is particularly rich in saponins, phytosterols, and bioavailable calciumโ€”all critical elements necessary for healthy hormone production. Consumed regularly, shatavari helps amplify progesterone levels, alleviate the symptoms of andropause, and augment overall vitality and fertility. Some suggest including Shatavari in one’s dietary routine helps amplify testicular mitochondrial output, leading to more efficient conversion of cholesterol into pregnenalone and eventually testosterone. Pine Pollen Pine pollen, obtained from pine trees, has gained recognition as a potent source of nutritional content, including all eight essential amino acids, antioxidants, vitamin D3, healthy fats, and nearly two dozen trace minerals. Historians credit the Taoist monks of old China for pioneering pine pollen use. Known across Asia as “the manly tonic,” pine pollen boasts testosterone-boosting properties, making it suitable for men seeking better hormonal balance. This comes via a natural blend of trace elements like zinc and magnesium alongside phytosterols, which convert to testosterone once ingested. Research shows that consuming pine pollen may increase testosterone levels in men by up to 60% within three days of taking it. Not only does this help enhance athletic performance and overall energy levels, but it can also lead to better sexual function and cognitive function. Stinging Nettle Common in Europe and North America, stinging nettle possesses unique abilities that rival those of conventional hormone modulating drugs without negative side effects. Combining Pine Pollen and Stinging Nettle creates dual action for both promoting healthy hormone levels and preventing future disease states associated with dysregulated hormone production. Stinging nettle is well-known for its anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce systemic oxidative stress throughout the entire body. Oxidative stress is the primary cause of hormone imbalances in males, so consuming stinging nettle alongside pine pollen further supports restoring your endocrine system to optimal levels. Plus, recent clinical studies demonstrate that stinging nettle root extract leads to significant reductions in serum levels of specific growth factors associated with increased risk of prostate cancer development. Conclusion Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Pine Pollen, and Stinging Nettle are four exceptional plants whose use dates back hundreds of years. While modern science continues to unveil their mechanisms of action, there’s no denying the fact that our ancestors had access to these potent plants that could restore harmony in the human body. From improving sleep quality to increasing muscle mass and libido, these plants offer diverse benefits that complement one another to create a synergistic effect. It’s time to look beyond synthetic alternatives and embrace the power of Mother Nature to overcome hormonal issues and achieve optimal health. Whether it be through herbal supplements or tea preparations, integrate these magical plants into your lifestyle today and witness the transformation for yourself. [...]
As a polymathic artist, I am excited to announce my participation in the upcoming 2023 MUM Expo, taking place on May 20th and 21st at AG Hall located at 302 N 17th St, Allentown, PA 18104. This exposition promises to bring together those seeking deeper understanding through introspection, bringing meaningful changes into your life journey. With tickets priced at only $10 per day or $18 for both days, it truly offers something for everyone. Additionally, veterans, active service members, and even children under 10 years old can attend completely free of charge. As part of The Deep Forest, along with fellow creative soul Tory Lee, we will showcase the fruits of our passion – earthly creations that aim to celebrate nature while connecting us back to ourselves. My own offerings include two unique black and white artisan tarot decks: the Shadow Light Tarot Deck and the Wander Light Tarot Deck. Avid collectors might appreciate art prints, limited edition apparel, and even woven tapestries featuring original designs based on my artwork. These items not only make excellent gifts but act as powerful talismans capable of imbuing meaningful qualities. All this awaits visitors eager to explore their spiritually curious side during these two magical days. Please visit us at our booth where interesting conversations await. After interacting, grab your exclusive convention merchandise available nowhere else before returning home enriched by wisdom gained. Click here for further details about the Expo lineup including other vendors, lecturers, readers and healers Eric Tecce is a prolific artist whose practice spans multiple mediums and genres, ranging from painting and photography to music composition and video production. His work often incorporates elements of mysticism, symbolism, and esoterica, reflecting his deep interest in spirituality and metaphysics. In addition to being co-founder of The Deep Forest, Eric Tecce also posts daily on his Youtube channel. Tory Lee is an artistic visionary known for her intricate handmade craftsmanship. Drawing upon inspiration from the natural world, she carefully constructs whimsical sculptures, dream catchers, and wearable art pieces that embody the essence of magic and mystery. Her work as creator of her earthcraft studio under the name Taurian Spirits speaks to her reverence for the divine feminine, plant medicine, and indigenous cultures. Lee combines a multitude of materials sourced from sustainable providers whenever possible, making each item offered by The Deep Forest truly unique in character and appearance. Working collaboratively under The Deep Forest umbrella, they both strive to provide transformational experiences via multi-sensory activations. Such offerings range from metaphysical divinitive decks & earthcrafts to educational workshops, lectures, and interactive ceremonies. Their efforts serve as conduits for helping participants reconnect to the divine within themselves and the planet. To learn more about The Deep Forest studio and its mission, please visit them online at www.TheDeepForest.org. [...]
As passionate Earthcrafters and Polymathic artists respectively, our goal is to bring a whimsical yet practical touch to handmade Earthy Creations. Our creations range from cozy Hobbit Homes to intricate Mushroom Skull Curiosities and magical Woodland Dreamcatchers. We source our materials from the beautiful forests of Pennsylvania & preserve all our moss, mushrooms & wild elements ourselves. By honoring our Nature through Nature, we aim to help cultivate a strong sense of interconnectedness between humanity and the living Earth. Our journey began several years ago, where each of our complimentary creative passions brought us to form our artistry. Ever since, we have both been wandering The Deep Forest gathering for the Nature which calls to us. This process of selecting just the right elements often involves foraging excursions filled with joyous exploration throughout our nearby forest sanctuaries. To capture the essence of these precious ingredients requires patience, perseverance, and perhaps even a dash of alchemical magic. Mosses and lichens, once plucked with care, find new life within our handmade homes; each crevice, nook, and cranny adorned to resemble miniature fungal metropolises complete with diminutive denizens. Our Dreamcatchers become vessels of dreamtime lucidity, each filament delicately threaded with feathers, wood, and gemstones whispering ancient secrets of peaceful restorative slumber. Our Tarot cards, likewise, feature hand illustrated mystical images drawn from an extensive background of esoteric art & holistic design. In every creation lies our devotion to honoring both the beauty of Nature’s infinite forms and the inherent sacredness each holds. So come, dear friends, and partake in our world of wonder. Join us in celebrating the rich tapestry binding us all within this incredible planetary playground. Allow the magic of The Deep Forest to guide you toward greater understanding, reverence, and love for the very Nature we are born to Be. [...]
Lucid dreaming refers to the phenomenon wherein a person becomes aware that they are dreaming while still inside a dream state. This heightened level of consciousness allows dreamers to exert greater control over their surroundings and even change aspects of their own behavior or perception within the dream environment. Such experiences provide fertile soil for introspection, self-exploration, and creativity, making lucid dreaming highly valuable to our personal growth journey. In this piece, we will explore what lucid dreaming entails, why it holds tremendous potential for personal development, and some practical techniques you might find helpful. Why is lucid dreaming essential for evolution? Our subconscious minds contain vast amounts of information, memories, habits, belief systems, and emotional patterns that shape our waking experience. By accessing deeper layers of our psychological landscape during dream states, lucid dreamers gain precious opportunities to confront hidden fears and neuroses, challenge limiting thought patterns, rehearse desired behaviors, and practice new problem-solving strategies in virtual realities tailored specifically to each dreamer’s unique needs. Furthermore, the profound sense of agency experienced in lucid dreams helps build confidence, courage, and resilience by providing a safe space to experiment with new skills and personas without any significant risk to one’s ego or reputation. Ultimately, intentional exploration of our internal landscapes via lucid dreaming expeditions promotes growth, integration, and positive transformation at the core of our being. What are some effective methods for inducing lucid dreams? Several proven tools can enhance your chances of experiencing lucid dreams. To start, you may want to invest in high-quality blue-light blocking glasses (Bulletproof makes excellent options). Using these devices during regular daytime hours, especially in the evening, helps regulate your circadian rhythms by reducing exposure to artificial light sources that supports a balance between mental relaxation and alertness. Additionally, you can integrate calming herbal supplements like valerian root, passionflower, or chamomile tea into your sleep routine to support serene conditions conducive to vivid dream recall. Other plant extracts like Schisandra berry fruit, which contains lignans shown to promote deeper restfulness, and Mugwort leaves, traditionally used for enhancing dream clarity and intensity, may be considered when incorporated into teas or capsule formulations alongside additional adaptogens like Rhodiola rosea or Ashwagandha. These botanical allies often work synergistically with other practices, allowing you to fine-tune your approach based on individual preferences. Remember to consult with a qualified practitioner before introducing new substances to your regimen. One crucial component that should not be overlooked when embarking on the path toward increased lucidity during slumber is the maintenance of a detailed dream journal. Writing down the intricacies of both ordinary dreams and successful lucid episodes provides multiple benefits. Recording fleeting visions can aid memory retention, potentially facilitating recognition of recurring symbols, characters, or situations relevant to your waking life or unaddressed concerns. Documenting your lucid dreams enables tracking progress, identifying areas needing improvement, as well as serving as an archived database for later reference. The simple act of journalling about dream experiences also fosters reflectiveness, stimulating contemplation about connections linking seemingly disjointed occurrences within yourself and your external reality. As such, regularly committing dream narratives to paper creates another tool that bolsters overall awareness and psychological insight – indispensable precursors to attaining more frequent lucid dreams.In summary, lucid dreaming represents a vital aspect of our continued personal growth. It offers access to otherwise hard-to-reach psychological depths, furnishing us opportunities to evolve through confronting deeply ingrained facets of ourselves. Implementing diverse means, whether physical or metaphysical, enables individuals to develop their innate abilities in this domain, strengthening characteristics useful beyond just dream time. From setting up appropriate light conditions to intentionally ingesting herbs or using affirmations, anyone willing to make modest adjustments to daily routines can improve their likelihood of achieving and better navigating lucid dreams. Keeping a dream journal supplies numerous advantages, enabling the construction of a strong foundation for sustained success in consciously traversing the twilight zone. We encourage you to venture forth boldly into your dream worlds, knowing that every step taken now sets you on an illuminated path blazed with exciting possibilities. Embrace your inner dreamer, and discover boundless treasures waiting to transform who you become! [...]
As we delve deeper into the realm of sacred geometry, one form deserves special attention – the mesmerizing Vesica Piscis. From ancient Rome to modern times, this enigmatic shape boasts significant impact across diverse disciplines such as history, art, spirituality, and astronomy. Although originally associated with fish-related remedies, renowned figures like Leonardo da Vinci imbued rich metaphysical connotations, making it a fundamental design element in architecture, artwork, and religious monuments alike. Recently, scientists and creatives have revived the correlation between artistry and science via sacred geometry studies. A pivotal player in bridging these seemingly opposite fields stands the Vesica Piscis, a centralized elliptical structure generated from intersecting two equal circles. By examining its multi-faceted applications and underlying principles, remember that the interconnected nature of sacred geometry overrides barriers erected by human categorization. Within its geometry lies encoded information on universal patterns, which makes deciphering its essence vital in unlocking long-standing mysteries preserved by former civilizations utilizing this evocative emblem. The ancient, primordial Mother Goddess tradition (represented by the Vesica Piscis) provides transformative insights. The emergence of enduring mythological themes worldwide serves as the foundation for uniting cultures through holistic comprehension. Explorations of esoteric dimensions are essential components of personal and collective growth. Integrating perennial philosophies enable us to evolve consciousness together. [...]
“Beauty is not caused, It Is.” -Emily Dickinson As a polymathic artist, I have always been fascinated by the power of sacred geometry and how it relates to our consciousness. Sacred geometry is found in nature, art, and architecture, and it has captivated humans for thousands of years. It plays a crucial role in evoking emotions and creating beauty that resonates deeply with our souls. One of the most famous examples of sacred geometry in art and architecture is the Golden Ratio, also known as Phi. This ratio was used extensively by Leonardo da Vinci in his paintings, and it continues to be applied in modern-day designs and constructions. Many believe that the Golden Ratio creates harmony, balance, and proportion in any given structure. It is said that it activates certain brain functions associated with creativity and higher mental processing. What makes sacred geometry so special and relevant today is how it taps into our deepest subconscious memories and emotions. When we view images containing elements of sacred geometry, our brains perceive them differently than regular shapes or structures. They trigger hidden memories and feelings, which helps explain why certain pieces of art are universally appreciated and remembered. The effects of sacred geometry go beyond the visual realm; they also impact our spiritual and metaphysical experiences. As an artist, incorporating sacred geometry into my work allows me to create art that not only looks visually appealing but also triggers powerful responses within viewers. By using specific proportions, colors, and shapes, I aim to tap into people’s instinctual appreciation of divine forms. Whether it’s through painting, sculpture, or even installation art, sacred geometry remains an integral part of my craft. Overall, sacred geometry serves as an unspoken language connecting us across different cultures, religions, and ages. It guides us toward a deeper understanding of our place in the cosmos and supports the creation of more sustainable, balanced environments for future generations. From art to science, math to spirituality, sacred geometry continues to reveal its multifaceted presence in every aspect of our lives. Thus, it is up to us to observe, understand, respect, and apply these divine templates effectively whenever possible, ensuring our shared harmony, prosperity, and longevity. [...]
Eric Tecce is a modern-day polymath; he excels in a wide variety of endeavors, united by his fascination with the esoteric world and its mysteries. His passion encompasses tarology, photography, design, illustration, penmanship, sculpture, philosophy and even animal husbandry while residing in a tiny homestead in the Deep Forest of Pennsylvania. As an author, artist, and holistic creator, Ericโ€™s life mission seems dedicated towards exploring hidden realms often shrouded behind veils of darkness. One can see evidence of his work in his self-published “Shadow Light Tarot deck”, a testament to his talent and interest in cartomancy, symbolism, mythological archetypes, alchemy and nature lore, which reflect a deep connection between human experience and the arcane wisdom contained within cards drawn at random. The book provides readers with insightful interpretations of each card’s significance, uplifting affirmations, and meditative reflections to inspire introspection, self-discovery, and inner peace. This ambitious project, rooted in occult traditions, represents merely one facet of his genius. Ericโ€™s photographic eye captures breathtaking moments from Mother Natureโ€™s vast tapestries via panoramas, macro views, and scenic depictions, allowing us mere mortals a chance to peer into the depths of primordial secrets etched upon landscape features, living entities or cosmic phenomena we seldom notice daily. These photographs serve as both educational and awe-evoking material, inviting contemplation about our place amidst celestial bodies, mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, and animal kingdom while revealing beauty often overlooked. By sharing them online, Eric shares his love of the universe. Alongside his interests lies holistic home design where artistic flair meets practicality, offering clients a harmonious fusion of esthetics and ergonomics. As a philosopher, speaker, and writer, Eric discusses his beliefs concerning life, consciousness, reality and offers alternative perspectives on issues relating to environmental concerns, social justice, mental health, self-improvement, and spiritual matters. [...]
“For once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you long to return.” -Leonardo Da Vinci “Nothing in nature is random. Every event happens because other events cause it. Events happen in fairness. Nature is neutral. There is neither male nor female. All opposites are equal to nature.” -Walter Russell As two great minds who have transcended time and space, Leonardo da Vinci and Walter Russell hold distinct perspectives, yet their core messages echo timeless truths. Leonardo’s journals speak volumes about his insatiable curiosity and desire to understand everything within our world and beyond. Meanwhile, Walter Russell focuses on universal laws, emphasizing interdependence among all things. Their similarities stem from the recognition of the infinite potential locked inside each atom, and the idea that knowledge is power when channeled correctly. While Walter expands upon Leonardo’s vision of exploring uncharted territories through unity and cohesion, Leonardo dares to question the boundaries set forth by societal norms. Both men challenge conventions in order to facilitate growth. Walter views the universe as a holistic entity, where every action causes ripples that affect everything else, whereas Leonardo encourages individuals to explore their own paths towards self-discovery. To paraphrase Leonardo, “It would seem impossible to build without knowing whyโ€ฆThe greatest deception men suffer is from their own opinions.” It’s crucial to recognize the limitations of preconceived notions when pursuing wisdom.By blending Walter’s cosmic consciousness with Leonardo’s quest for comprehension, one realizes that true intelligence comes from channeling intuition and reason together in harmony. Unlike blind faith or rigid dogmas, this synergy allows one to adapt dynamically while maintaining integrity. According to Walter, “Man is ever seeking more and finding less, striving for greater happiness and attaining fear.” By incorporating a Leonardo-inspired willingness to explore uncharted waters alongside Walter’s trust in Universal Law, one can better navigate choppy seas of chaos and confusion in a world filled with complex problems waiting to be solved. Ultimately, Leonardo Da Vinci and Walter Russell offer complementary tools on individual journeys toward understanding ourselves and the universe around us. While Leonardo asks us to consider the vast unknowns lying outside our current understanding, Walter encourages expanding awareness through contemplation and connection. When bridging the gap between our limited selves and infinite potential, their messages converge into a powerful force capable of changing not only our destinies but the entire course of humankind. [...]
Walter Russell was a true renaissance man whose contributions to science, philosophy, art, music, and literature have left a lasting impact on our understanding of reality. A renowned natural scientist, chemist, physicist, mystic, and writer, Russell dedicated his life to exploring the secrets of the universe and sharing his discoveries with others. Russell’s groundbreaking book “The Universal One,” published in 1926, outlines his unified theory of magnetism, which posited that everything in nature is composed of light waves and electric currents that form magnetic structures. According to Russell, these magnetic structures are not static, but rather constantly moving and interacting with one another according to laws of balance and harmony. In addition to his scientific works, Russell authored several books exploring metaphysical and philosophical topics such as consciousness, spiritual development, and cosmic evolution. His holistic approach to learning inspired him to develop a comprehensive home study course, The University of Science and Philosophy, designed to promote individual growth and awakening. Throughout his life, Walter Russell sought to connect people with nature and remind them of their inherent power. Inspired by the interconnectivity and infinite possibilities of the natural world, he believed everyone had the ability to harness the forces of energy within themselves to create a brighter future for all humankind. As an advocate of lifelong learning and self-discovery, Walter Russell believed that humanity has only scratched the surface of its collective potential. Through his writings, teachings, and inventions, he aimed to help individuals understand the fundamental principles governing the physical universe so they could apply those principles to their daily lives. Despite facing resistance from mainstream academia throughout much of his career, Walter Russell persisted in spreading his message of unity and cooperation. Today, many of his ideas have been validated through advances in quantum physics, molecular biology, and other fields, and his vision of a sustainable and equitable global community continues to resonate with seekers of truth and transformation alike. At the heart of Walter Russell’s philosophy lies the concept of Light. For him, Light represented the animating principle of the universe, the source of all motion, rhythm, sound, color, texture, taste, smell, and feeling. It was the ultimate expression of divine intelligence and the key to unlocking human potential. Russell believed that we must learn to control and release light energy within ourselves if we hope to evolve as a species. This requires recognizing the universal brotherhood of humanity, honoring the sacred feminine aspect of creation, and developing a deep reverence for nature as the mirror reflection of God. By aligning himself with the natural order of things and following the inner guidance of his intuition, Walter Russell achieved great success despite the numerous obstacles placed before him. His dedication to sharing his knowledge and insights can serve as an inspiring example to anyone who yearns to make a difference in the world while staying true to oneself. Let us remember the significance of light and the importance of uniting mind, matter, and soul in pursuit of a healthier, happier, and more prosperous future for all. [...]
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 โ€“ 1519) was an Italian Renaissance master known equally well for his prowess in painting and drawing as for his inventions, scientific studies, writing, and knowledge of engineering. Born near the city of Florence in Anchiano, Italy, Leonardo demonstrated exceptional abilities early in life; during his apprenticeship under Andrea del Verrocchio, he learned how to manipulate perspective, tone, form, color, composition, and subject matter. Over his lifetime, he produced over sixty paintings and hundreds of drawings that profoundly affected Western art. Leonardo Da Vinci, born in 1452 in Anchiano, Italy, became famous both as a painter and scientist. As a youth, he trained in Florence under the sculptor Andrea Del Verocchio where he learnt about line, light, colour and shadow. He progressively developed a style using these principles which has influenced generations of artists since. Leonardo created fewer than sixty paintings but left many hundreds of drawings behind. His skills were diverse beyond art. Through obsessive observation he recorded details of nature and technology making thousands of pages of notes. The content ranges across topics such as botany, hydrology, astronomy, physics and military strategy. He applied the empirical method to human physiology, performing experiments and taking copious notes of his findings. A key project focused around ten years of dissection of cadavers at hospitals for religious institutions. His innovation allowed accurate mapping of the internal physical structures of humans. Notably he discovered that arteries contained oxygenated blood rather than air (as previously believed). He also pioneered techniques related to proportion and depth perception in his depictions of human form and movement, revolutionizing figurative art. For example, most of us are familiar with the iconic image he painted called the “Mona Lisa”. Although we cannot see her smile, it still seems somehow enigmatic. Sadly, a number of his works were destroyed due to his preference for mixing oil and tempera media onto wooden surfaces. Today many of those surviving are located in museums including Paris, London, New York, Madrid, Berlin and Moscow. Due in part to these losses, there exist no truly complete record of his output. Despite that situation, the impact of his artistic methods are still used by professional fine artists globally to create beautiful images nearly six centuries after they were first conceived As an artist myself, I find Leonardo da Vinci to be one of the most fascinating figures throughout history. His boundless curiosity and ability to observe the natural world with fresh eyes continues to inspire countless generations of artists, scientists, inventors, engineers, philosophersโ€ฆthe list goes on. What excites me the most is how much we still have left to discover and learn about this remarkable man and his work โ€“ even centuries after his passing. There remains such mystery surrounding many aspects of his life and artwork. This leaves so much room for interpretation and creation, enabling artists like myself to continue engaging with him in meaningful ways. One notable example lies in the famous Mona Lisa painting which, despite being perhaps the most renowned piece of Western art globally, has intrigued experts and enthusiasts alike since its creation. Countless theories abound regarding her identity and facial expression, leading viewers to project their imaginings onto the canvas. In essence, Leonardo da Vinci’s impact on my creative process derives from his enduring legacy as an iconoclastic polymath. By defying convention and relentlessly asking questions, he established himself as both a cultural and historical pioneer who refuses to fade away. Instead, he fuels contemporary dialogues across multiple disciplines, offering limitless opportunities for collaboration, experimentation, reflection, innovation, and personal discovery. [...]
A “polymath” refers to an individual who possesses expertise in multiple fields of study and disciplines. The term comes from Greek roots meaning “having learned much.” Polymaths typically have diverse interests, aptitudes, and knowledge spanning different domains, including but not limited to art, literature, music, philosophy, mathematics, physics, history, engineering, politics, business, linguistics, and many others. This breadth of intellectual pursuit often leads them to contribute innovative insights across distinct areas, fostering creativity, problem-solving abilities, adaptability, and critical thinking. A “polymathic artist,” then, would refer to someone whose multidisciplinary talents include fine arts, performing arts, design, writing, media production, and any other forms of creation, along with their technical mastery and proficiency in several academic subjects. They are artists capable of transcending traditional boundaries and merging seemingly disparate areas of inquiry to produce original ideas and works reflecting deep understanding and synthesis. By embracing diversity and cultivating a broad range of skills, polymathic artists bring unique perspectives to their endeavors, enriching society and redefining established norms in their respective spheres. It is possible for someone who works in multiple disciplines within the creative industry to be referred to as a polymath. A polymath is generally defined as someone with expertise across many subject areas, rather than just one. Therefore, someone who is highly skilled in multiple aspects of craft making, design, fine arts, product creation, writing and photography could potentially fall under this category. Another term to describe this type of individual might be a “renaissance man” or “woman,” which refers to someone who possesses knowledge and skills across multiple domains, similar to the renaissance thinkers of ancient times. However, it depends on the level of mastery each discipline requires, also how much time he/she has spent studying those fields, as being called a polymath would indicate near-expert levels in every field of study involved. But again, it is up to personal interpretation and there are no strict rules to define whether somebody can be classified as a polymath. As an polymathic artist, I am deeply inspired by the works and approach of historical greats such as Leonardo da Vinci. His status as a quintessential polymathic figure sets him apart from many others who focused solely on creating masterpieces within their respective mediums. Instead, he excelled not only in painting but also areas spanning mathematics, engineering, anatomy, and much more. My first encounter with Leonardo Da Vinci remains etched in memory, sparking an insatiable thirst for knowledge and creation. He transcended artificial boundaries between fine arts, sciences, and technologies, merging distinct fields to achieve previously unfathomable heights. Exploring his copious notes, paintings, designs, and diagrams motivates me to break down similar walls hindering progress today. While studying his intricate techniques and theories allows me to enhance my own skills, his daring experiments encourage me to take calculated risks during problem solving and ideation processes. In turn, immersing myself within Leonardo’s vast body of work pushes me to diversify my experiences, cultivate new abilities, and become an active agent driving positive change in society. Therefore, experiencing his legacy serves as an indispensable catalyst fueling my aspiration to be a transformational force, just as he embodied in countless arenas centuries ago. Another Polymathic Artist, Walter Russell immediately captivated me as a fascinating case study. He effortlessly straddled the roles of painter, philosopher, mathematician, composer, social reformist, and inventor while maintaining deep convictions and bold originality throughout his eclectic career. These traits resonate with my own dedication to expanding horizons through integration and synthesis, regardless of established conventions. Studying his achievements compels me toward continued innovation in everything I pursue. Like Walter Russell, I refuse to let compartmentalization curtail my boundless imagination, remaining steadfast in seeking novel solutions and expressive manifestations. Learning from trailblazers like him enriches my journey, offering direction when faced with seemingly impossible objectives yet refusing defeat until my full potential is realized. Ultimately, understanding and absorbing the spirit of Walter Russell enables me to remain resolute amidst challenges and persistently strive for excellence far beyond expectations.” Similarly, my own practice incorporates elements of entwining multi-faceted skillsets where I see opportunity for creative self-expression or imaginative experimentation. As an avowed lover of polymathism, my passions know no bounds, confined neither by traditional disciplines nor common perceptions limiting human potential. I endeavor to entwine diverse proficiencies wherever opportunities arise, each intersection fostering greater depth and versatility. Nurturing these polymathic interests empowers personal growth in all directions, ensuring constant evolution as an innovator and thinker, always hungry for more wisdom and connection underpinning this extraordinary existence. [...]

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