A late spring '19 glimpse of the space that holds everyThing described below. Two Components of the profiled remedy recipe are visible in this informal garden portrait: Milkweed and red Sweet William flowers.
This blend has a less all-purpose/inclusive vibration. The recipe was designed for far more specific but arguably equally significant purposes. The remedy's energetics are focused on 4 vibrational signatures belonging to cultivated "domestic" flowers I introduced into the large perennial bed that was part of the property's original landscaping. The fifth flower in the combination is indigenous and blessedly widespread in this region.. Milkweed started appearing with increasing numbers and vigor once it was clear the colonies would be allowed to develop and thrive where once had been - I'm not sure exactly. Yet more stella d'oro daylilies is my best guess. But instead J. has dug and I have pitchforked and we've both sifted-out and through innumerable pounds of fragmented goldenrod runners.
Our efforts have produced a vibrant t-square corridor holding what I hope is a well-considered integration of one person's notion of a garden worth having with my own. I've actively (even though I didn't plot it out in advance I just worked a few diligent pitchfork's worth of clearing space at a time) created a garden-within-a-garden - planting things that hummingbirds and bees love as well as plants that produce seeds of value to the nearby sparrow colony. Thus all five flowers in this blend are part of this area's evolving (as opposed to embedded/indigenous) vibrational pulse.
The flowers' combined healing and illumination signatures relate to leading by example in unorthodox ways and/or for deeply personal reasons of significant scope and detail. The idea seemed to occur out of nowhere and then I thought in the next split second of Jude Hill. Soft Leadership. I thought of a few other people in my friendship circle. In the midst of those thoughts I found myself moving into a deeper place of greenworld co-creation. In that illuminated caul I focused on the regenerative and light-collecting needs of people who inspire others to go forth and, well, multiply - their own fields and scope of inspirational prowess and engagement. This specific type of inspiration is a regular part of their Thing. It magnetizes the gathering of those who lead in equally soft yet distinct ways.
The Evolving Sanctuary healing & Illumination blend
Comprised of five flowers:
The sweet and distinctive scent of milkweed flowers on a late spring evening is a luxury anyone can enjoy if they're lucky enough to live in close proximity. This beauty grew at the edges of gardens I loved as a child but it wasn't until we moved to central MA that I had an opportunity to share an eco-system. Milkweed = monarchs in the wild - at least the scrubby wild places of my memories. This past summer was the first time we've had any of these sacred butterflies in 5 or 6 years.
Milkweed's classic flower remedy signature relates to healing and dissolving any strong or trace ties to patterns of addiction. In my mid-forties I concluded addiction of innumerable forms was a by-product of allegedly civilized living. I contacted a few friends and associates who tend to be intrigued by these kind of ideas. I proposed that we all work with milkweed flower essence as a constitutional for an entire path of 13 lunar cycles. We'd each work with the essence in whatever private ways - giving no pre-programming concerning "addiction" and whatever that word did or didn't mean to us.
Over the course of the year I came to appreciate how beautifully gentle the Milkweed healing signature is - how it cleanses the subtle and earthen bodies as well as mindspace. There were a handful of things I 'stopped doing' during that particularly mindful year. Some were spontaneous and fairly superficial if time-liberating (I don't ever want to watch another crime/police procedural drama again in my life, so I won't*) and some were laborious due to the problem-area's tenacity (carbohydrate 'therapy') Other friends reported similar stoppages that were mixed between pro-activation and spontaneously choosing to abandon habits of time-filling/numbing agent indulgences.
red Sweet William
Plentiful multi-colored six packs of Sweet William plants are a very popular garden center staple. Have been planting them since childhood. The years when I don't - I miss their clusters of spicy sweetness. The flowers in the picture above are from years ago in my previous home's garden space. The flowers in the essence bowl were gathered from a volunteer colony I'd been delighted to discover a month or so earlier.
Any flower in the carnation family is going to have a bit of kick-ass fumigation and cleansing property. Within that canon Sweet William energetics manage to be both mild and substantive. It's the energy of Mercy and the blessing of clearing-away what no longer serves the highest good of All. In this particular blend I've begun to consider the Sweet William component the psychic and auric equivalent of hand/body sanitizer. It's also a uniquely soothing 'antibiotic' for the inevitable snips and snags of personality entanglement.
(image borrowed from friend's garden archives)
The pinks flowers included in this remedy are the floral inspiration and co-creative guidance system for the remedy. I planted twelve and the snails slowly but surely decimated all but one. The single plant that remained suffered breakage twice from marauding wood rats. The more unlikely larkspur inclusion seemed the more I cast about for a replacement flower in the emergent recipe. And then, from the center of a cluster of leafy basket flower seedlings, a wispy candelabra of larkspur flower stalks emerged. Apparently one of the decimated stems hadn't been cut too far to prevent emergence of side shoots. They didn't show themselves until it was nearly time to co-create.
and then all the open flowers gave themselves. Thirteen beauties very much like the one above. Am grateful I was able to secure a stand-in portrait on short notice. Every other color and variation of larkspur are in my own archives but I could find no pink. Maybe I never grew them before? Not this beautiful double-flowered variety, anyway...
Larkspur remedies always relate to the specific healing and illuminatory needs of those in leadership positions. Pink flowers speak of heart-centered affinity. In my experience and observation Larkspur essence feels subtle and perhaps ineffective until we start to notice significant cumulative effects.
I'd never noticed or heard of this plant before I found a mostly shriveled offering marked down to $1.75 at the farm co-op in mid-October. The past summer was her third year of growth. Since her unremarkable beginning she's become a lovely 7 x 5 sized bush beloved to wasps, certain butterflies, and very small green flies - but thankfully not the vicious biting kind. Her blooms have no distinct scent but their visual presence is more than enough. On warm evenings their glow lingers as the indigo sky begins to squelch the presence of less vivid light-holders.
White flowers always speak - at least in part- of purification and protection. And although it's quite on the nose I think this addition speaks directly to Softness as well as the leadership capacity to assimilate fairly rapid growth of ideas and 'suddenly' manifested opportunities for personal expansion that exceed what was planned or expected.
These biennial flowers are my inner eye's notion of the perfect blue. The color of a luscious pigment-heavy cobalt wash and Madonnas' undimmed robes in innumerable fresco paintings. Italian Alkanet is a member of the borage family with hairy leaves and stems - and generous multi-branching growing habits. The flowers grow in clusters that attract both butterflies and hummingbirds. The plants will faithfully re-seed provided goldfinches don't pluck-up every one. That's what happened here after the second season of goldfinches realizing the plants had [intended to ...] become a regular feature. Last summer was the first time since that I successfully overwintered a plant. In comparative terms the plentiful blooms in the bowl misrepresented a discouragingly small number of flowers before the plant expired in a shriveled clump. Climate change is strongly impacting what has thrived and failed in the past 5-6 year window.
Italian Alkanet's illumination signature relates to clear and rich Sight. Of what range and scope depends on the particular leader working with the remedy. This signature is both specific and limitless. In relation to Italian Alkanet's healing range the human capacity to maintain high-functioning Sight ranges is supported and nourished - especially when those working with the remedy support and nourish aspects of this gift they've grown accustomed to taking for granted.