eta: a very different Molly's word tincture: Molly Sheehan of Green Hope Farm Essences.
Yesterday in the later afternoon I got a text from J. who was elsewhere in the house or yard. He said it was going to start raining in about an hour and a half and was predicted to keep going for four days. That's how I wound up in the way-back machine of my searching for the specific lede pic today. Am glad for the rain since we had so little snow. The more rain inches we can soak into the ground the better it will be once micro-droughts define themselves. But perpetual low-light will not make for compelling blog documentation.
Am currently putting together a super concrete - you need these things and then you do these specific steps - type of How to Make a Flower Essence post. Once it's published this will link back to all the posts that are previously filed under that category. The pragmatic how-to post is meant to be amplified by all those other posts in both direct content and more deep-reading between the lines. So far as I can tell, anyone who openly shares something authentic about themselves in relation to this blog has quite an adept feeling for their organic landscape and its specific spirit(s) of place. Not to mention a special affinity for many of the plants and trees that grow there.
All such affinity is, in effect, an integral part of how-to make/co-create an essence. This type of high-crisis moment - at a nuts and bolts level - is an awesome time for anyone who wants to participate in healing themselves, their environments, and their own growing spaces to actively do something that crystallizes the spark in their heart's dreams and healing wishes for All That Is on our beautiful and increasingly broken-apart home here on earth.
Above is a blended-flower bowl that yielded a wonderfully comprehensive remedy called Mellow Yellow. The essence came to life on the hillside where I kept a plot specifically devoted to raising flowers I wished to prepare as flower essence mother stocks. If you follow the link you'll land on one of the first posts I made here. You'll see a picture of me from '05 looking equally content and determined. Same pitchfork but now I wear shoes with hard shells like a sensible person. Or wait to do whatever until I am wearing them.
for the curious and knowledgeable alike - here's a thumbnail synopsis of the bowl's contents.
Broccoli - Scours the psyche in a way that allows us to see how/when/why we interpret the actions of others as personalized victimization. Offers psychic and emotional fortitude to deal with that skew IF we've a mind to.
Marigold - Very supportive of neural circuitry and its vibrancy level. This essence - in whatever form of flower variety and color - has been indispensable in essence combinations that are geared to supporting integration with the larger/higher/faster frequency that so many of us tend to 'catch' even if we keep our awareness of it deliberately small or convince ourselves it's merely wish fulfillment or Nothing At All.
Nasturtium - boosts the circuitry of the electrical body. A boon for those who tend to fade somewhere between the 6th and 8th inning stretch of any given day.
Pumpkin - Helps support our subtle and physical bodies' need to galvanize under duress/situations focused on The Choice of No Choice. Helps you locate whatever you need energetically to do whatever it takes mentally & physically in order to bring a necessary project to a timely conclusion.
Snapdragon - to smooth the bite in your communicative style if you've normally got one. To help you keep from developing such bite under duress - especially when thrown into a situation where you personally have little to no control and it angers you.
Vatican Tomato - Tomato's healing signature addresses situations in which we've actively allowed patterns of self-sabotage to become normalized behavior to you.
Moon and Stars Watermelon - psychic birthing & midwifery to support life's expansive changes and creative hot streaks. Times two thanks to the above contributor.
Yellow Wood Sorrel - hydrates physical and emotional burnout associated with hypersensitivity.
Zucchini - supports kinder & gentler self-care initiation than we generally allow ourselves.
The above packets hold the remainder of the other seeds I've started under lights in the basement - rattling all the way. Lincoln leeks and basket flowers are regular must-grows for me. African foxgloves are fairly well known to me in their purple form. They've grown with a gorgeously prolific branching pattern on various parts of the property but never taller than 3 - 3.5 feet. Am trying the white variety because they reach 5 -6 feet when they're happy. Was thinking I'd inter-plant with Indigo Spires salvia here and there within the Evolving Sanctuary bed. I really love gracefully architectural combos that intermix white and blue flowering plants - arranged in a visual chain that stays embedded in the mind's eye most vividly right before dusk. This I learned from a wonderful garden design book called Color Echoes in the Garden.
One day about a month ago an early morning dream spirit advised I grow Sweet Thai basil rather than my favored cinnamon variety. The latter has been indispensable for decades as our family dinner iced beverage of choice during the summer months. Couldn't find any on offer at any of my preferred seed sources when I finally ordered. So that turned out to be an on-point lucid swerve from the Beyond. Never heard of this bergamot variety before. It's capable of reaching maturity in a single season in this hardiness zone range. If it doesn't then I won't see what the flowers are like in relation to our bee, butterfly, hawkmoth and hummingbird contingents. Not unless I can figure out how to successfully winter it over somewhere in the garage ...