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Dreaming Time Tea with Mugwort and Hops for Pisces Season

It doesn’t matter what your Sun sign is – during Pisces season (which is generally around February 19th to March 20th, though these dates will vary), we are all steeped in this time of great compassion, imagination, dissolution and connection to all. In this article, I am going to show you how an herbal dream tea with Mugwort and Hops can help you take advantage of the boundaryless tone of Pisces season by cultivating a deeper connection to your dreams.

Pisces rules illusory, in-between, states – like dreaming

The boundaries that make us who we are as individuals and groups are wavy at best – they ebb and flow during Pisces time. This leads to Pisces season being a prime time for getting in touch with your dreams. In dreams we are held by no limits – anything is possible. And we accept this, unlike other areas of our life. If we fly in a dream, we don’t deny it or waste time saying it can’t be so. 

One of the reasons I love working with dreams (and simply having them, even if I don’t actively work with them) is that they plug us into our guidance. They tell us things that we need to know that we would be hard off gaining a good understanding of in waking life. 

Many times dreams tell us about mundane, day-to-day things, especially about things regarding our family and health. Other times, dreams can tell us about the big leaps and great healings, or even bring us visions for humanity or for our time.

For this reason, I always encourage people I work with in my acupuncture practice to pay attention to their dreams. It’s FREE guidance, right from the source.

Once I had a dream about a big aqua blue glowing sphere against a dark starry sky. The sphere was emanating a dazzling, swirling euphoria. Like a psychedelic drug trip, the fleeting experience cannot be put into words. When I woke, I realized the big aqua ball was Neptune (who happens to be the modern co-ruler of Pisces!), and the feeling I had from the dream showed me more about what this planet than decades of study.

I love learning and study, but dreams are a way to receive information right from the source. And they are just as valid.

So during the dreamy Pisces time of year, I love to spend a little extra time cultivating my relationships with dreams, and one of my favorite ways to do that is with a Mugwort and Hops dream tea.

silver tray altar with hops shells quartz

How to make your own dream tea for Pisces Season with what is accessible to you

What I write is just a starting place, a jumping off point. Follow what draws you in.There is no one way to do this or anything.

If you have access to Mugwort and Hops, that is great! Start with them and add in any herbs you have around for flavor and to further aid the relaxing properties. 

You can even use grocery store boxed herbal teas – buy a couple boxes to experiment with creating your own blends (my favorite boxed tea blend is equal parts Chamomile and Peppermint – yum). As a clinical herbalist who started my herbal journey 18 years ago (and folk, and magical, and intuitive, and Chinese herbalist), I love boxed tea and brew it all the time. I have Celestial Seasons Peach tea almost everyday – don’t ask me why, but I love it. Sleepy teas are also a good place to start.

Settle into feeling how Pisces energy arrives in your body

I like to take a few breaths and settle into my body, and then ask the question “what does this Pisces season feel like for me?”.

Tuning into my physical body is my favorite form of divination. I drop in and see what comes up: thoughts, feelings (emotions or physical sensations), random snippets of songs, images – whatever. Those are data points that help me connect the dots about what is going on for me.

Take note of how you feel. Yes, this post is specifically about creating a dream tea for Pisces season, because it is probably the best time to do so, but if you are called to doing something different – go for it.

Gather any info, if needed

If you want some inspiration, look at the keywords for Pisces Season and a lot more in this Pisces Season Embodiment article, and if you have the guide (you can download it above and below), note anything about Pisces energy that calls to you or makes you feel something, anything

My Astrological Resources for you:

Check out my free 12 page Pisces Season Guide!

This Pisces Season Embodiment workbook includes: 

  • Info about how the Pisces style may come show up for the different parts of ourselves including:
    • embodiment for the physical body, food and eating and movement
    • emotional body, mental body, spiritual and energetic body
    • stones, colors and herbs
  • Self-tending style of Pisces season
  • Journal prompts
  • Postseason reflection questions
  • Pisces Keywords

pisces season guide next to mugwort

Why is Pisces time so dreamy?

Pisces is the last sign of the 12 sign cycle. It dissolves what has come before it into a primordial soup, and the whole cycle starts again with a new iteration of bursting out into form with Aries.

Let’s look at the rulerships, elements and quality of Pisces:

Traditional Ruler: Jupiter. Expansive Jupiter as the Pisces ruler seeks ultimate freedom from earthly bounds and mental/emotional/spiritual constraint.

Modern Co-Ruler: Neptune Neptune symbolizes extreme receptivity as a riff on Venus energy, intense emotional sharpness, impressionability and inspiration; it is the planet of mediums, mystics and religious faith.

Element: Water Empathy, intuition, feeling.

Modality: Mutable Ending a season, flexible, evolving, changing, dissolution.

All these things make Pisces extra dreamy (I talk about these qualities in the free guide, download it here). Jupiter gives it a hugeness, a vastness in its proclivity to meld; Neptune the affinity with all that is opposite of earthly, typical reality states of feeling.

jar of hops and basket of mugwort
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Start with the Dreaming Herbs of Folk Herbalism: Mugwort and Hops

There are MANY herbs for dreaming. You can get sophisticated with assessing a person’s dreaming from an herbal perspective, especially if you are a part of a folk dreaming or magical tradition.

For this reason I am going to keep herbs for dreaming at a most introductory, basic level, and use herbs that are some of the most time-tested and reliable ones for dreaming: Mugwort and Hops. Both have been used in folk herbalism to invite vivid dreams, and are quite relaxing to promote a good night’s sleep.

I could’ve selected Mugwort as the sole dreaming herb of this tea, because it is perhaps the #1 herb known for dreaming with a long tradition and use thereof. But I also love Hops for dreaming, and find the two together augment the state of relaxation and settling into the body. When the body feels safe and settled, the spirit (or consciousness, depending on your beliefs) is freed to explore there dreaming realm.

Mugwort: (Artemisia vulgaris) Artemisia Family

Mugwort is an herb of the night and the moon. Judith Berger describes it as such:

“Known to many as an herb of magic, mugwort allows us to live in several worlds at once, expanding and nourishing the habit of drawing our gaze before us to that which is visible, and behind us to that which is invisible.”

Hops (Humulus lupusCannabinaceae or Hemp family

Hops is a more than a relaxing nervine, it is a hypnotic herb. Hops permits a deep sense of relaxation and tranquility, is thought to be trophorestoritive to cerebrospinal fluid (though I have not seen that myself…I should look into this use because).

Medicinally for nervous digestive upsets. A very bitter herb; strong anti-spasmodic effect on smooth muscle, presumably by mediating the nervous supply to the gut.

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Select your supporting herbs for action and flavor

Years ago I would write herbal recipes and formulas as if everyone out there was a clinical herbalist with a full apothecary, or at least access to purchase from one nearby. I do not think that is who is reading my blog nowadays…although I could be wrong – you let me know. 

Now I think more about these things when it comes to herbal recipes and formulation:

  • Which herbs do you have on hand? 
  • Which herbs can you get nearby, whether from your yard or the story?
  • More than anything: What are you drawn to, and why?

Follow your own intuition, ease of use and accessibility. The herbs are less important than the reasons why you chose them. Formulations and recipes illustrate concepts, not dogma or rules.

Here are some ideas for supporting relaxing nerving herbs. Not only are all of these calming, they many (Skullcap and Passionflower are not particularly tasty, but blend well with others) can help improving the flavor, because Mugwort, and particularly Hops, are quite bitter!

There are so many supportive herbs; here are just a few for inspiration.

  • Tulsi – mild aromatic adaptogen to help with general nervous system building 
  • Rose – protects the heart so it can open, helps hold grief, and regulates the emotions
  • Chamomile – when stress gets into the belly and turns into anxiety, as calming as Valium
  • Lavender – really calming to the mind and vents off stuck emotions to let us feel suuuuper calm
  • Melissa – the bright and sunny gladdening herb, when emotions get stuck deep in the gut
  • Mint – overall relaxing nervine, mood lifter (great with black tea) takes off tension, refreshing 
  • Catnip – stress and anxiety going in the gut, for when we get mean and crabby, mild mind shifter
  • Skullcap – worn to a frazzle, super tense body, wired and tired
  • Passionflower – helps with transitions and overthinking for highly sensitive stimulated people
  • St. John’s Wort – direct action on the nerves themselves, regulating to the digestive system
  • Hawthorn Leaf, Flower and Berry – like Rose protects the heart for emotions and deep healing
  • Linden – angelic first-line grief support, cultivates appreciation and gratitude

Flavor herbs:

Other flavor-helping, aromatic herbs (and also helpful for harmonizing a blend, adjusting the energetic temperature of the formula, and to help the herbs move around) are Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Ginger, Licorice, Cardamom and Fennel.

Prepare your dream tea

Which herbs did you choose and why? How do they tie into dreaming, or Pisces season?

This is the tea I made this time around:

Mugwort and Hops Dream Tea:

  • Mugwort
  • Hops
  • Lavender
  • Chamomile
  • Peppermint
  • Ginger, Cinnamon and Licorice

Directions :

Steep 1 tablespoon in 1 cup just-boiled water, covered, for 15-30 mins for best results. Sweeten if desired.

If you make a batch of this or any time at one time, shake or stir your dried tea before each use, as heavy herbs tend to settle on the bottom.

mugwort hops dream tea steeping in owl mug

Make a tea ritual for dreaming

Simply making and drinking a cup of tea is like a ritual in an of itself. Tea brings together various elements in an alchemical process of transformation, which results in you reveling in a moment, all senses on board.

If you’d like to create a more “formal” or intentional herbal tea ritual for Pisces season, or for dreaming in general, it is quite easy to do so. You are probably doing most of the steps anyways. When you actively create a ritual, things feel more playful, more alive, and and you more engaged. It feels magical, like anything can happen and you have some authority or direction of your daily affairs (that’s the special properties of both intention and gratitude :).

1. Brew your tea with intentions

As I boil the tea water, I thank the herbs for their healing properties and teachings. When I pour the water, I set the intentions for that cup of tea, or period of time. What is it that you are wishing to invite into your life? In the case of a dreaming tea, it is probably to bring dreams into your awareness that are easily recalled and within your ability to understand, which bring guidance about something in particular.

It can be hard, but as with divination, I try not to be super general with intentions. I don’t say “tell me anything you think I need to know”. You have to meet the guidance with a little discernment and passion otherwise your guidance will be as wishy-washy as your inquiry. 

Sophisticated questions lead to sophisticated answers. If you can’t get super specific, at least think of an area of your life you that are inviting guidance for.

2. Gather and tend your dreaming assets and space

This is definitely an excellent time to begin a dream journal if you don’t have one already. If you do have a dream journal, spend some time with it. Keep it close by. Read it. Read past dream journals.

Set up your dreaming space, which for most of us is simply spending a little bit of extra time tidying up the area around your bed. Add an altar or decorations if you wish.

I recently changed my bedding, cleaned under my bed, and dusted the walls and ceilings in my bedroom – oh, there is nothing like tucking into new sheets in a freshened up bedroom.

3. Drink your tea and feel into your dreaming body

Let this be self-guided. Ask curious questions of your body. 

Where in your body is your dreaming coming from? 

What size and shape or color is your dreaming body?

How is your dreaming body? What does it need, or desire, if anything?

Consider the dreams you have had lately. Visit your dream journal if you can. Explore anyway you are called. 

4. Relax and prepare for dreamland

Go along with your bedtime proceedings and set your dreaming intentions before bed. If you’d like, you can write them in your dream journal or on a piece of paper to place under your pillow. 

5. See what happens!

You never know what’s going to happen with dreams, but it is still worth the effort to strengthen your relationship with the instant guidance that can come from dreams. Repeat the Mugwort and Hops dream tea as often as you’d like.

dream tea in black owl mug

Dreaming tips from a lifelong dream lover

I’ve been obsessed with dreams since I was 4 or 5. I used to remember all of my dreams as a little kid by reciting them to myself, often while acting them out. Then when I was 7 I started recording them in a dream journal, which I still do to this day, 30 years later.

What I loved about dreams is that they connect me to a source of creativity. I was not (and still am not) a dramatic or storytelling type of person – I couldn’t write fiction to save my life. Yet my dreams create their own stories; even if those stories don’t make sense, they are still something created from me, and is incredibly interesting to me.

Dreams can help with all sorts of things; healing for one. I have learned many things about my body and life from dreams. But still it is the process of creativity that gets me about dreaming, and why I pay attention to them.

Although this could be its own post, here are 2 tips about dreaming:

1. Stick with dreaming – the return on investment is immeasurable 

If this is your first foray into connecting with your dreaming self, if may take a while to get the hang of it. But it is VERY doable to learn to remember your dreams. The vast majority of us dream all night long, we just don’t remember them.

Keeping a dream journal is key to remembering your dreams. It helps create the habit for you – the more you pay attention to them, the more easily they arrive.

The other key to dreaming is intentions, which is also a part of increasing your attention on them.

Years ago, I was in a graduate level dream class where we had to lucid dream for the final project. If you couldn’t lucid dream, you had to explain why it didn’t work. As was the case almost every year, everyone in the class could learn to lucid dream by the end of the class.

Lucid dreaming is not something I’m intersted in – although it is cool to be able to do things in your dreams for sure. I feel that an overemphasis on “peak” achievements is not supportive of the general day-to-day guidance that comes from “regular” dreams.

To me, working with everyday dreams is much more powerful and helpful. If you’d like to delve more deeply into dreams, check out the work of Robert Moss, one of my favorite dream teachers. I often get his audiobooks from the library or for purchase, and listen to them on repeat (often before going to sleep) – they are so worth it.

2. Yes, Mugwort and Hops dream tea can help, but you have to meet them halfway

A Mugwort and Hops dream tea help us connect to the dreaming parts of us a little more. With their help – or any herbs you chose – we can lean into our own dreaming magic that is at peak during Pisces season.

I really love Mugwort herbal oil, too. It is easy to make and brings out the magical, protective and mending properties of Mugwort.

But keep your dream journal ready, keep making intentions, keep writing in your dream journal even if you didn’t recall a dream to get into the habit.

Clean your space and create a dreaming sanctuary. A little clearing with lemon juice, sea salt and bay leaf water can reset the space. Feng Shui your room, too. If something is stuck in your space and you can’t change it, it’s not doomed. Do what you can.

Happy Dreaming!

Here’s the my Pisces Season Guide:

If you are curious of how Pisces season might feel for you, download my free guide.

  • Info about how the Pisces style may come show up for the different parts of ourselves including:
    • embodiment for the physical body, food and eating and movement
    • emotional body, mental body, spiritual and energetic body
    • stones, colors and herbs
  • Self-tending style of Pisces season
  • Journal prompts
  • Postseason reflection questions
  • Pisces Keywords

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