Spirit Gardening 101: A Message From the Family

Here begins our discourse concerning the spirits of plants, their natures, conditions, various properties, uses, and humours. Let all those who would dwell in woe read no further, for the Alliance of the Green is a family of harmonious interdependence: intersupporting, yet maintaining each member thereof its complete integrity, whereby men and women might learn from this economy.

And let all those who would seek an end to mystery read no further, for that which we present is but a shadow of what there is to be known of our green blooded cousins.

Knowing, therefore, that experience is the best teacher, we urge our readers to test the informations we give in these utterances; to [retain] what seems [useful] and to discard what seems not. And we ask Isis and Osiris, Pomona and Vertumnis, Maria and Yeshua, Flora and Ceres, Rhea, Demeter and Ops, all the consciousnesses of forest, fields, vacant lot, roadside, streamside, and dung heap—all these we ask to guide us we write, that our words may accurately represent the world as They view it.

  • If there is a plant whose virtues you wish to discover, it is first necessary to identify it as accurately as possible. For this, the botanies are invaluable.
  • Take note of the date and time you discovered the plant; the location and placement of it; its leaf and flower color, if any; how the leaves are arranged on the stem; how tall it is, and how broad; whether it springs up from the roots or from fleshy underground storage organs; whether it looks healthy and happy or ill and sad; whether it is insect-riddled or has suffered little damage from predators.
  • Observe also whether there are others of its kind dwelling nearby, or if it is a solitary specimen.
  • Do not pick it. If you are no artist, or cannot capture the plant’s image on film, one or two leaves it is permitted to take; but in your world of vanishing plant-forms it should be considered as criminal to kill or harm a green sibling for mere curiosity’s sake as it would be to kill or maim an animal for the same reason.
  • Go home to your botanies, and seek the plant therein. Ask the plant in meditation to help you to identify it. Talk to locals. The information will present itself in due course.

A Water For Improving the Understanding of the Hidden

  • 1 pint pure Rainwater or Distilled Water
  • 1/2 pound fresh Rosemary tops, taken equally from young and old [parts of the plant]; or 1/4 pound dried Rosemary leaves

If the Rosemary is in flower when you gather it, that is best. When you gather it, say, “Rosemary, dew of the sea, guide me into memory of the mystery I seek. Rosemary, my elder sibling, guide me; and as you give up your flesh to my knife, I honor you. And I will return your flesh to the Earth when I have put it to the use I intend.”

Next, distil the Rosemary with the water in a Bain-Marie. [Permit to cool, then] apply as a mist or splash to the Throat Chakra.

Additions:

  • To understand religious or spiritual mysteries, add to the Rosemary the shredded root of the Vetiver plant or Khus-Khus.
  • To understand the needs and motivations of human persons or beasts, add to the Rosemary [chopped leaf of] Juniper.
  • For understanding the causes and solutions of practical problems, add [the crushed dried buds of] Clove.
  • For understanding the next step in the progress of an artwork, [literary endeavour], or creative project, add [both flowers and leaves of] Lavender.
  • For understanding the proper time to do something, add [flowers of] Chamomile.
  • For understanding the speech of [beasts], birds, and plants, add [the flowers or leaves of] Thyme.
  • For understanding your self, add nothing, [but employ the Rosemary only].

The [true, pure, unadulterated essential] oils [of the above plants] may be used [instead of their parts], no more than 8 drops to [each] pint Rosemary Water.

When applying [the Water to your Throat Chakra], say, “Awaken, awaken, awaken.”

 

 

 

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

The Legend of the Christmas Rat

Image courtesy Wikimedia Comoons

Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons

The story goes that when Mary and Joseph were waiting in the stable for the baby Jesus to be born, they realized that they had run out of food. “Mary will be hungry after the baby is born,” thought Joseph. “But where will I find food at this hour? All the inns are full.” The cows in the stable were concerned for the Holy Family, but all they had to offer the Virgin Mother was straw. “And I do not think that humans eat straw,” said the head cow.

In a chink in the stable wall lived a family of rats. All the other animals despised them as vermin, and so did the humans of Bethlehem. But the head rat, observing the plight of the Holy Family, said to her family, “We must help these folk, for the One Who is coming into the world this night brings the love of God to all creatures, even the most lowly.” So she had the other rats burrow down to their underground storehouse, where they had grain hidden; and as quietly as possible they brought the grain up into the stable, where they piled it not far from the pallet of straw upon which Mary was lying.

When Joseph saw the rats, he brandished his staff and began to chase them away. But the Virgin said, “No, husband; stay your hand; for surely these beasts would not act in this way were the Holy One’s hand not upon them.” And so Joseph relented, and the rats continued to pile grain before the Holy Couple, until there was enough for a meal.

Joseph took the grain, and put it into a pot with water, and boiled it for porridge; and doing so, blessed the rats for their lovingkindness. “For there are none so lowly,” he declared, “that the Spirit of God does not dwell within their hearts.”