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New National Flower for Israel~ Meanings

It is interesting to see how certain flowers become the emblem of a place,
and usually this occurs through public ballot.
To then look at the energetic  attributes of the selected flower is such a
rewarding experience because naturally these will have an effect on place
much as the do on people.

For those of you, like me, who study these things, here is a fantastic opportunity to
explore as this week, Israel selects the
Red Calanit ~ The Red Poppy Anemone (Anemone coronaria) as it's national flower. 


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Calanit (anemone) flower Photo: Dov Greenblatt


The selection marked the 60th anniversary of the Society for the Protection of Nature's  (SPNI) campaign

launch to protect the nations wildflowers. It won the vote in an online election ahead of second placed cyclamen and third purple iris. 

 
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So let's look closely at the attributes of this flower.... 

In Hebrew the Flower is known as Calanit metzouya and it means
Calanit: BRIDE and was so named 

because of the beauty and majesty of a Bride on her wedding day. 
Metzouya means COMMON and is so attributed as it is a
very common Wildflower throughout the country.


According to  Floriography (The Victorian Language of Flower Communication) 
the flower means: FORSAKEN
Very Interesting correlation. 


Energetically the flower works on regeneration and instills the motivation
to succeed when times are tough. Changes negative thought patterns.
A change stimulator. 
As a physical healer:  regeneration from scarring, detox from chemical and metal
poisons, a physical cleanser as well as an etheric one. 

I am not going to go into a political debate about the new emblem,
I do see it as a Wildflower that will, as they do, bring a lot of good and balance. 
I feel it is a fantastic affirmation of the power and the connections that
Gaia makes with us all. 
It will be of great interest to watch this Wildflower and it's appearance over
the coming months and years now she is so closly defined with the identity of place. 


Sunflower Psychic Attack Protection ~ Wildflower Spell Postcard

Plants, especially Flowers are wonderful healers, supporters and messengers but they are also amazing and to me, vital elements in Spellcasting. I get asked for Flower Spells very often and have provided more than a few here on my blog. You can find more by Searching in the SEARCH field to the right OR by going through the CATEGORIES listings. 

This Spell features an image I created last week and she came at the right time, when a need was there for additional protection for a loved one. I don't create my Wildflower Art randomly, I am drawn to each new image for a very good reason. 

Let us look at the SUNFLOWER! 
I say she, I know, when I am speaking of my friends the Flowers, but really Sunflower is deeply connected with masculine energy. That heavy crown of a multitude of seeds lifted high above the Earth ready to burst forth with it's power, surrounded by the rays of its maker, the Sun. 

The Solar Pelux is connected with self and identity and so it is little wonder that this chakra is very closely aligned with Sunflower.  I often will eat Sunflower seeds in moments when I need a self-confidence boost. As the holder of the imprint of what will become, the seeds are a wonderful way to grow the energetic qualities of Sunflower within pretty much your solar plexus area. 

Aspects that this Flower can assist with are  ego, self-confidence, courage, ambition & fears of rejection. Father and Paternal relationships benefit greatly with the influence of Sunflower.

What I find Sunflower incredibly powerful for in Spellcasting is Psychic Protection. It illuminates the issue and it strengthens you at the same time. There is not much use in just deflecting attacks from mind game playing people or those who would draw your energy unless you can strengthen your core and stand above it. Nothing switches the light on for personal energy as strong as Sunflower.

In his darkness remember Van Gogh was drawn to paint them continuously. They express self, individuality, strength and the light and power of the Sun. The Flower of the Gods, especially Helios and Ra. 

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If you click on the image, you will be taken to a full sized high resolution image. 
TO KEEP/PRINT:
right click and "save image as"
You are welcome to save and print
and to even share on the internet
​but please do not alter in any way.

SPELLCASTING, INTENTION, PROTECTION & GROUNDING:

Intention is so important in Spellcasting & Blessings. 
If you are not 100% focused on your Intentions and the work you are doing to create your blessing or spell, then it will not be successful. Think clearly and FOCUS. 

Protection can be in the form you find works for you or simply by surrounding yourself with pure white light from above. 

Grounding can also be as you see fit or by visualizing yourself connected to earth and then spreading roots deep within the earth to the warm glowing core.
Bring the energy back to you and feel it beat with your intentions. REALLY focus on wht you want to happen and be positive with your energy! 

After your spellcasting, send the light back, release your attachment to the core of earth, shake, clap, yell, stamp your feet!
Come back to now and here.

 


Creative Meditation Tutorial

 

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oil on canvas
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After a lifetime of creating Art, I find the process itself to be a meditative activity. 
Easily I find myself in the state of mind which feels very much like deep meditation 
as I create. I do realize that this takes time, practice and development. 

It is also the Gateway to creating Art and Crafts which are more closely aligned
with your Spiritual self. To help you find that space, I have developed a little 
meditation exercise which ANYONE can do. It also helps unlock creative blocks
(yes even you "I'm not at all Creative" types!) 

Here is my little creativity visualization and meditation exercise for you
to try that will help you find your creative space . 
This Meditation is in two parts. 

The first, which you can use on it's own as a relaxation meditation,
features a walk through the forest. 

Part two is an 'awake' meditation.
Make sure you do part one first to lower yourself into the frame of mind
and calm centered focus to enable you to benefit deeply from part two.

You will need:
A comfy quiet place to sit or lie.
A big blank sheet of paper A3 or bigger!
One of those cardboard sheets from the newsagent cut in half is a great size.
A collection of coloured pencils, markers or crayons 
(I LOVE crayons for this as the texture and blending works wonderfully!


AUDIO FILE PART ONE:

Creative Witchery Meditation Forest Relaxtion with Cheralyn Darcey

AUDIO FILE PART TWO:

Creative Witchery - Creative Meditation Exercise with Cheralyn Darcey

I would LOVE to see your results and hear about your experiences!
Post in the comment field below and links to pictures PLEASE :)  

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Ellis Rowan ~ The Flower Hunter

The largest collection of any single artist held
by one institution in the world is who and where??

I'm off this morning to stand in the modern temple which
houses this incredible collection.

The National Library, Canberra which is home to this amazing collection
of the works of Australian Artist

Ellis Rowan.
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Inspiration for my work with Flowers comes from connections made many years ago
in my youth that where confirmed on my trip to the UK earlier this year.
The Lady of Flowers has always been there guiding me and as many of you
know the strangest set of very fast and perfect coincidences lead me on that Journey.

My mentor is The Flower Hunter Ellis Rowan......
I make it to Canberra often to research, to explore and to connect because
just being there with her energetically powerful art fills me
with so much love and inspiration.
I almost hid my love of flowers as a young girl as they
seemed too frivolous and I was the gothic/punk try hard. :)
Then one day I saw an old book about Ellis Rowan, then explored and then fell in
love with this brave, strong and amazing woman.
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The fact that her name is practically unknown is a terrible travesty.
She was an incredibly gifted artist,
a wonderful, though I admit colourful writer,
an inspirational woman of her time. I just adore her!
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Ellis Rowan 1848 - 1922

otherwise known as "The Flower Hunter"

She is such a inspirational kin-spirit to me and if you
love stories about art, women pushing boundaries,
Australian stories, well you have to explore this amazing
and inspirational woman's life and works.

Fast Fact... the largest single collection of ANY artist
in the WORLD is the one held by the National Library in Canberra, Australia
of Ellis Rowan's work! 970 pieces. 
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She adored flowers and would travel to the most remote
locations imaginable, all over Australia and then overseas
to find her beloved subjects.

But wait!... Ellis did all this mostly alone in her corsets,
flowing dresses and parasol.

To boot her most famous adventure was during the First World War
when she set out to paint all 72 know Bird of Paradise flowers
in New Guinea... amazing?
Well yes... but astounding as she was 70 at the time.

She as described by writer Winifred Scott:
"....the painter was more wonderful than her work
and that is saying a great deal.
The first impression was of fiery, intense vitality
in a seemingly most fragile personality....
She had a power of endurance which strong men might envy....
and worked as if upheld by some power greater than any inherent
in human flesh and blood" 

Loving her yet? Well not everyone shared that at the time...
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Ellis Rowan wrote  newspaper articles entitled "The Flower Hunter"
about her adventures. It was wildly exciting and popular,
something that would bring her under scrutiny.
Her writings where embellished, as she would later admit,
to maintain interest in what can at times be a monotonous process.
She used the media of her time, understood its power and
keen sense of what the public wanted to hear. 

You have to remember at the time being an artist was not
something encouraged in women.
 In fact Flower Painting WAS, but it was the pursuit of ladies
in parlours with cut specimens from tended gardens.
Ellis not only took to adventuring to seek out her subjects,
she wrote newspaper articles, a book, won many Art Prizes
and was a household name and so was bound to upset not only
society but especially the male art establishment.
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Although she was her times 'Blogger', using the media
of the time to promote her work and herself it was in
fact a projection of herself, as she was a very private person
and did not at all like people getting too close.
It can be hard to unrave lthe real Ellis, but her work and what
we do know of her life stand as that of great artistic accomplishment,
a life lived with passion and adventure.

I adore her paintings, although her work was mainly Botanical Art,
she infused such passion and drama into her paintings that the line
between Scientific art and Fine art overlapped divinely.
Her connection with flowers is very much something I relate to.
She also painted animals, birds!,  insects and landscapes.
I began my own art journey as a fine art 'Flower' painter when
I lived in Avalon in Sydney many moons ago.
Flowers have never left me... I wear them in my hair because
 I love them and because I strongly believe in the benefits of colour therapy.
 Can't resist a floral dress or in fact anything covered with Gaia's gift of love. 

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Few more Ellis snippets....
*Her portrait (1929) by Longstaff was the first National Portrait of a Woman!
(paid for by the people)
*She held the largest solo exhibition ever seen at the time in Sydney
in 1920 featuring 1000 works!
*Ellis spent 10 years in the UK, held successful exhibitions,
and attracted many admirers including royality, even Queen Victoria herself
acquired three paintings. 
*She travelled the USA painting wildflowers for seven years on her quest.
Ellis wrote three books on the subject in collaboration with Alice Lounsberry. 
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Time for you to go exploring.....
excellent website created for the 2003 exhibition held by the National Library

and I adore this book "The Flower Hunter" by Christine and Michael Morton-Evans 
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Poppies ~ Lest We Forget

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Today, around the World is Remembrance Day. 
Whatever you feel or believe, it is a time to remember those
who have lost their lives
and to pray, wish, meditate on Peace to end Wars. 

You will notice Poppies everywhere today. People wear them, they adorn the internet, 
postcards, memorial wreaths and do so as part of a very long tradition
which began on Armistice Day.....

The  wearing of a Flanders poppy is a  ritual that marks the Armistice of 11 November 1918. 
During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to flower in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium.
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It was believed that the brilliant red poppies came from the blood
of the fallen after it had soaked into the ground.

The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders fields ~ 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow

 Moina Michael, who worked for the American YMCA, read McCrae's poem just before the Armistice. She was so moved by it that she wrote a poem in reply

We Shall Keep the Faith
by Moina Michael, November 1918

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Oh! you who sleep in Flanders Fields,
Sleep sweet - to rise anew!
We caught the torch you threw
And holding high, we keep the Faith
With All who died.

We cherish, too, the poppy red
That grows on fields where valor led;
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies,
But lends a lustre to the red
Of the flower that blooms above the dead
In Flanders Fields.

And now the Torch and Poppy Red
We wear in honor of our dead.
Fear not that ye have died for naught;
We'll teach the lesson that ye wrought
In Flanders Fields.

Moina decided to wear a red poppy always as a way of keeping faith.
At a meeting of YMCA secretaries from other countries, held in November 1918, she talked about the poem and her poppies. Anna Guérin, the French YMCA secretary, took the idea further by selling poppies to raise money for widows, orphans, and needy veterans and their families.

 If you can make it to a service today the listings for Australia can be found here at the RSL 
http://rsl.org.au
If you are outside of Australia, look to your local community organisations. 

But simply at 11am today, just go outside,
stand on the Earth and Remember those who have gone before
and add a simple Blessings for no more.

Lest we Forget.  


Free Wildflower Oracle "Seed" Readings


For many years I have been sent photos and sketches of Flowers to read for people. 
Personally I find that my connection with Earth, the Universe and everything is so much better understood by what is here and available to us all, Natures Oracle, The Wildflowers. 
They Heal, they Balance, they hold Witness to Sacred Times, they line the Paths of our Journeys affirming and guiding us.

In their various forms as fresh growing wildflowers, posies that are given and received, artistic renditions, the pure essences through which they share their energy, the aromatherapy they extend with their perfumes, they reach out to speak with us, to connect. 

I have developed "Wildflower Oracle Seed Readings" 
These are free readings which are available to anyone at all. 
They are short as they are the seeds which will start your growth to understanding the spiritual and magickal connection that Wildflowers have for you.
I do not speak for the Wildflowers, they are speaking to you already, but I can offer you a bit of clarity so you can explore deeper and GROW! 

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YOUR WILDFLOWER
ORACLE SEED READING

from Cheralyn
will provide you with 
Keywords, Short Answers, a Path to Grow.

If you have a Wildflower that you are feeling a connection with and would like a free Oracle Seed Reading to get you exploring more of the Magick and Insight of Wildflowers 

TO RECIEVE A READING:
join my Facebook Page "The Wildflower Oracle"

CLICK THIS LINK TO TAKE YOU THERE

www.facebook.com/thewildfloweroracle

Once you have LIKED the Page, 
post a photo or sketch. 



Wildflowers As Oracles ~ What Does THIS Flower Mean?

I get A LOT of messages and emails asking me what certain flowers mean
when found in dreams, in people's gardens and when constantly in their thoughts.

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As with any message from Nature, A Higher Source, Elemental and the Universe,
Your Intuition, Thoughts, Feelings and Inner Knowledge are much more in tune with what it
means for you. Looking deeper later with Oracle Cards, Books and other resources with usually confirm and also add additional layers to your personal experiences with your message.

Learning and research will have you more readily prepared to read and see your messages too.
The more you learn about the metaphysics of nature, the more easily and instantly you will recognise when she has something to say to you!

Yesterday I was on my usual Bike ride around Narrabeen Lake in Sydney. I go at least 4 days per week and have been enjoying this for months. I hadn't thought or planned to make this post or the video so didn't have my video camera with me, so yes it is a tad misty as its shot on my phone.

The wonderful, powerful messages I recieved from this little Wildflower where ABOUT to be confirmed when I turned the track on my bike and came across a huge glistening red bellied black snake making her way across the track right in front of me.


 *snakes are very much about change and new cycles so it was a wonderful affirmation of what was going on inside my head a few minutes before as I was filming your little film below.

My decision to film came earlier as I was peddling around and thinking, dreaming, meditating. I had answered a few more  emails before I left on what flowers had meant to the senders and I thought no was the time to start teaching you all to be Wildflower Oracles! The Wildflowers are not talking to me, they are talking to YOU! So I want you to listen and hear right there and then what they are whispering to you........ 
 
 

READING YOUR WILDFLOWER

What where you thinking, doing and feeling at the time?
How did you feel as soon as you saw it?
What was the first thing you noticed?
The colour that first took your eye?  
What is happening around this flower/s?
Is there a scent you can detect? 
How many petals does it have? 
Do you know what it is and what it means? 

I don't pick Wildflowers and neither should you! 
That's like bringing the snake home I saw straight after filming this! 
Picking Wildflowers is actually against the law in most places in the World and energetically, you are killing it. While it is true I do grow and harvest flowers, I do not upset the energetic balance of Nature. 

Keep sending your videos and photos of your Wildflowers STILL... I really love hearing your journey and how you are connecting with Wildflowers, but I want to hear what you are learning and hearing from the Wildflowers too. 

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What exactly are WILDflowers?

Yes GREAT question! 
Are they different than 'ordinary flowers' or 'natives' or even 'exotics'
and what does the term mean!? 

There is a very good reason I call my work WILDflowers and not JUST Flowers.
My Decks, the ones I have created and am working on now are not the Australian FLOWER Deck
or the Avalon FLOWER Deck etc but WILDFLOWER decks.
The Talismans I create, the meditations I have used with you in workshops, the essences I make, anything at all are all WILDflowers. Not Native, not Exotic, not just Flowers even. 

Ok so the term sounds pretty good, I admit. "Wild" conjures up lots of images for me and I'm sure for you too.... freedom, unrestrained activity, even rest ~ to do what you want at any time, joy, magick.......and I could fill this page really couldn't I? 

Wildflowers are an actual term for a group of flowers. It's one of those terms that is not really 'official' and gets debated hotly around the traps but I find it fits the sense of what I am doing with my work perfectly!

I use this term because my work is completely aligned with what it refers to ~ 
A Wildflower of an area is any flower
which grows without human assistance in that area. 


The term for most INCLUDES Native/Indigenous Flowers (these have grow naturally in the area ) AND those introduced by humans. I use the term as such (including both) as I work with what is flourishing, thriving, connected with the land I am aligning with while creating .

I would most certainly add that for the purpose of magickal, spiritual and healing modality workings, it would a plant which connected in some way to flourish in an aspect that proved its 
connection with the land. 

I DO need to know which ARE indigenous plants and which are introduced as well but I do need to know if they are connected.  That they work here in this land, this area, because in this there is great magick, healing notes and understands to be learned from such introduced flowers.

Some Flowers haven't fared so well and at times they have required a bit of help and I guess this is how we come to debate the topic. In my heart I find that such flowers which have become so entwined with the magick of place deserve inclusion and have become somehow Wildflowers for a time against the odds because they had work to do with the land, time and space. 

So I do not use the term Wildflowers lightly. 
I have considered every aspect of this flower when including it in a body of work and creating a tool such as an Oracle Deck or a Talisman. I work with Wildflowers because they work with the energies I am seeking to include right now. 

A PEFECT example which really tests the concept of Wildflowers
 is the Holy Thorn or Glastonbury Thorn. 
I don't think any other flower immediately springs to mind above this magikal flower when one starts to think of Avalon, of Glasonbury and yet Crataegus monogyna is not 'native' to this area. It was introduced in a very magikal way when Joseph of Arimathea visited Glastonbury and thrust his staff into Wearyall Hill,  which then grew into the original thorn tree at Glastonbury . 

Did it flourish? Well for a time and I have included it with my
Avalon Wildflowers as it had it's time and sacred space within the workings of Avalon. 
The most validating reason I found to include The Holy Thorn was that it connected with
the land, not in it's ability to flourish but that it flowered TWICE a year. 
The ONLY one of its kind to do so, once in late Spring as is usual and the other time 
just after midwinter and this was always JUST after the harshest period. 

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Holy Thorn ~ Avalon Wildflower Oracle, Cheralyn Darcey


Wildflower energy is such a deep, connected and nature~strong magick and the spiritual and healing work that you can find are incredibly blessed. Have a look at want you may find on your Wildflower travels. It is so interesting to see what you may even connect deeply as being 'of a place' to find that in fact it is not. One Australian Wildflower I can think of right now is the very beloved Protea. She is not at all an Australian Native, but how perfectly does she work with our land and with all of us? 
Wildflowers are born everyday.... flourish where YOU are planted Wildflower because YOU have work to do here too and what you have to share is valid, it is worthy and the Earth wants you to connect.......... 
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Dia de los Muertos!

Dia de los Muertos! 
I was so Blessed to live in San Diego for a few years
and so be a part of these celebrations in Mexico on my travels. 
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Marigolds are the Traditional Flower associated with
"Day of the Dead" Celebrations in Mexico today.....
The scent of these Wildflowers brings the Dead back to Earth
for this reunion day with with their families and friends.
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You see them prolifically adorning graveyards and altars in homes and churches. 
In arches around home doorways they are an invitation for the dead to visit.

They can be used with protection and care by you too for this purpose today. 

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