Flower Reading Cards Feed

🌼🍄FLOWER OF THE DAY 🌹🌻 Sweet Peas (Lathyrus odoratus)



Sweet pea webcard
They connect strongly to the Faery Realm and they are also indicators of strong female power and they tell of an opportunity to settle down if you have had issues with finding what you would think of as 'home' or people you feel are family, true friends or those you would like to work with.
Sweet Peas are all about finding your true place in the world. When Sweet Pea blossoms in a place, we can feel at home. If someone gives you Sweet Peas, it means they think of you as family. As a Flower Oracle they will indicate harmony, good luck, protection and gratitude but they will also indicate that you may need to take responsibility for something you have done (make things right) or that more is expected of you.
Sweet Pea are summer blooming native of the Mediterranean and are thought to have originated in Sicily. Sow in Autumn (Fall) after soaking in warm water overnight. You will need to provide a trellis or support of some sort for them to grow on as they are a climber.
There is a lovely tradition in Australia of planting our Sweet Peas on St Patricks Day in temperate to warmer areas. In cooler climates, you may need to wait until Spring.
bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌸
 
card from 'Flower Reading Cards' Oracle Deck, (the flowers of sacred places around the world) written & illustrated in Block print by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing

 

Sweet Peas are pictured on this card at the Temple of Hera in The Valley of Temples, Selinunte, Sicily

Florasphere Creative ~ New Beginning Bunting

I love bunting in my home and studio. 
Often, I'll string a line near to the place I'm working in and add all sorts of finds, pieces of ephemera, photos and artworks to inspire me and to add a mood or atmosphere to my space. 

This collection is meant to be starter for you to add your own bits and pieces, finds and treasures to and is perfect for bringing new energy to the New Year and particularly helpful if you are beginning new projects or paths at the moment. I've selected flowers based on their meanings from my Flower Reading Card Oracle Deck. The artwork I created for my deck is painted carved block print and features flowers in Sacred places around the world. 

To use the bunting: 
Click on the image below and that will take you to a full sized image. 
Right click to save to your computer. 
Print out onto paper and then cut alone solid lines. 
Fold over on dotted lines on a piece of string to hang. Add your own treasures too! 
This bunting prints on an A4 piece of paper. You can resize each individual flags if you would like larger bunting. 


You have permission to share this post and the sheet online and in-person but you must not change it and it is for personal, non-commercial use only. 

Bunting one cheralyn darcey


🌻FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Rafflesia (Rafflesia arnoldii)

Those seeking progression, answers and an improvement in situations will benefit with connecting with Rafflesia. You probably do not have access to the largest flower in the world and wouldn't want to live with its rotting flesh 'perfume', but you can certainly connect with the powerful energy of this flower through images, artworks, flower essences and visual meditations.


Rafflesia Flower webcards

As a Flower Oracle, Rafflesia indicates a return to a state that is better for you. This includes physical health, mental stability and emotional peace. Learning opportunities and greater, deeper understandings are possible at present. Make sure that you are fully aware of the motivation of others and there is a chance you could become ungrounded while exploring a future project or path.

Rafflesia is not at all a 'common' garden flower but rather a somewhat rare parasitic plant found in the rainforests of Malaysia, Southern Philippines, Borneo, Sumatra, Java and Thailand. The Flower has been reported to growing up to 1m in diameter and weighing up to 11kgs.

bunches of blessings,
Cheralyn 🌻

card from 'Flower Reading Cards' Oracle Deck (The Flowers of Sacred Places), written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey in block print and published by Rockpool Publishing
Rafflesia is pictured at Mount Sibayak, Indonesia


To answer my mail - how to be successful at this...

I haven't been around much over the past couple of months. True. 
Mostly because I have contractual deadlines for a new book series and two new Flower decks and I also have my novel to complete this year. That is a lot of work and I really am not in the position to pay/ask someone, or to actually want to have someone, run my social media for me. I can only do so much in a day and it means I'm too busy to post videos, photos and blog posts about what is going on because the reality is, when you have a lot of work to do, you have no additional time to do much else. 
Then there is this thing called, LIFE. Relationships to tend to, dogs getting sick, kids having life changes, bathrooms to paint, cars to fix, gardens to love, books to read, health to look after, places to to go, people to see, just like everyone else does. I'm ok, I'm just busy! :) 

Cheralyn Garden 1

My work with Botanical History also takes a lot of research and what you see published this month, was planted years before and ended up with my publisher at least six months to a year before it sat on bookshelf. People who do not read my work, constantly ask me if I channel or make up meanings and messages or if I have someone else help me. No I do not. All my work is researched back through history, through to the very first indication of each plant on earth and then back through the multitude of ways the plant has been used and has been a part of the Ethnobotanical relationship for me to then include it in whatever I am writing. That takes a lot of care, a lot of time and all of my focus.

My blog post today is actually prompted by an increasing amount of email I receive asking for help to be an author. Nearly all tell me they have a brilliant idea for a book or deck but haven't started it and won't start it until they get a contract or are sure it will sell. Then there are the next lot of people who have started their project but haven't finished and want to know if what they are doing will sell and if not what I think they should be writing instead to get a publishing contract/sell lots of copies and so on. I very occasionally get correspondence from someone who is dedicated to a passion and they just want tips on how to have their passion shared and hopefully get published. The rest are dedicated to the passion of success. Nothing wrong with that, but I am the wrong person to ask. 

I am not measurably successful by everyones standards with everything I create because I do not follow trends or look for 'gaps in the market'. I don't know how many people click on my social media posts. I am too time-poor to work at 'engaging an audience', I do not change my fonts, colours or content inline with analytics and I do not look at similar pages and people to myself in order to expand the audience I have. BUT, and this is very very important, there is nothing wrong with all of that! I just do not have the resources for it and I adore my botanical history research, writing and art creating and then there is my garden which, as any of you who garden know, takes a huge amount of my time but I give it lovingly. 

I simply can not give up any part of what I love doing for what I probably need to do in order for me to do more of what I love. My choice. 
Garden sept

This time next year, I will have eleven published titles worldwide. 10 will be focused on flowers, one on a type of plant. Eleven in the fours years since I became a published author. This is because my passion is exploring Botanical History, particularly the Language of Flowers, Ethnobotany and Gardening. Plants are my focus. I have written about plants and created art about plants for decades and so when it came to becoming published, I was ready. Ready to share what I had already completed, ready to create new projects and when people approach me with their ideas for me, 99% of the times, I had already done it, started it or planned it out. Why? because I was already living my passion with focus. 

Focus like this makes following your passion very easy but it is not the easy road at all. 

Not everyone will like what you do, they won't want to publish it, buy it, talk about it. They will have expectations for your work which has nothing to do with why you created something in a certain way. (I wrote a dictionary, Flowerpaedia, of a 1,000 flower meanings completed translated both ways like a human language translation dictionary with instructions of how to view the flowers online if one wished so people could carry it around with them but some just can't grasp the concept that having it illustrated would mean it was coffee table sized tomb at 4 times the price). This will happen to you if you put yourself out there with what you believe in, not everyone will like what you do or how you do it but if what you do is really your passion, then trust me, you will bob back up with lessons learned (or simply shrug off it off) and set yourself on that road again. If you can not? Then it was never your passion to begin with. 

None of the time you spend on your real passion is wasted! 
A lot of people tell me they are worried that they are wasting their time on their passion and could I suggest a better subject they could be doing. I have created artwork, written parts of books and decks for things which haven't seen the light of day yet but they might later on. They are still what I am passionate about, they are still part of the conversation that I engage in every single day. Nothing is wasted if it is what you are meant to be doing. 
Live your life in your passion. The amount of people who approach me telling me that they want to write/create decks about the meanings of plants and flowers as well and would I kindly share my booklist so they can find the meanings too is staggering. Seriously staggering. I do have a cheeky response, "Go and ask your garden" to which I sadly and usually get the response, "Oh I have a brown thumb". Then what is it that you do have an affinity with? That is probably where your true voice can be found. 

Again, there is nothing wrong with wanting to be successful financially or in popularity and some of the most successful people on this planet are successful for just being successful. Yeah that's a lot of the word successful! :D If that is what you are looking for, them you need to seek out people who are more the entrepreneur. Everyone's measure of success is different and so is mine. None are 'better' than the other, they are just different. My personal measure of success is not how many people come and see me at talks and workshops, its not even how many titles I sell or where, it is the completion of a body of work that I have created no matter if it is published/exhibited or not. I think it is very important to share that because there are a lot of people I meet who also measure their success and contentment on this very same scale. You are not better than others, just different. Again, your measure of success is personal and if it is dollars in the bank, clicks on a social media post, bums on seats, completion of a novel, discovery of a concept, whatever it is, it is no more meaningful than the next person because it is what makes you jump out of bed each morning, makes you tick, what make you personally content and drives you forward. 

So what if you fail?
I have a deck which hasn't done as well as the rest of my work but I love that deck. It is everything I wanted it to be, a collection of the Flowers which grow at Sacred Places around the world. It is the oracle deck Flower Reading Cards. Maybe the title didn't really 'sell it' that well, maybe the colours and fonts didn't cut it, perhaps my lino-print artwork was too loud, bright or just didn't resonate, maybe everyone else just thinks it is crap, but I don't. I think that deck of Flowers is wonderful. The work to put it together was immense and exciting and filled my days with so much joy as I was lead down ever expanding paths through history on the trail of each flower and the places it originated from. Because my measure of success wasn't how many it sold, it was what I did every day and what I still do with that work, I look at that body of work as incredibly successful. 
Pyramidal orchid WEBCARDS paint

Don't work in response to others. 
I work very hard at my passion and nothing I ever create or share is in response to anything or anyone else except 'The Work' that I do. There is zero room for that sort of energy in my life and I often see others doing it and believe me, they are never happy. Its a never-ending game of one upmanship. Walk, no run, away from that energy. Head down, tail up and onward my friend. Blinkers on because believe me, the minute you step foot out there someone will tell you that they thought of what you are doing every single day. Usually they will not of stepped out there with this similar work themselves but even if they have, (or quickly do in response to you work!),  if you are creating authentically and with focus then what you are doing can not be battered or dented with such energy. 

So to be at success at whatever it is that you want to be successful in, you need to sit down and define your measure of success first.
Don't be shy about it and be honest. Find your passion (hint, it's what makes your heart beat a little faster when you come across it.)
Then live it with focus every day. 


bunches of love, 
Cheralyn 


🌸 FlowerScope 12th ~ 18th December 2016


Flowerscope 12th December


Select a flower you feel particularly drawn to find guidance and insight into your week ahead by clicking on the link next to that Flower.

You may wish to select a different Flower each morning or just one for the week.

How does Florasphere FlowerScope Work?
I carefully select the Flowers each Sunday evening which I feel connect with the energies of the coming week using the Language of Flowers.
This is based on Traditional Flower Reading and the energies of Nature.
Your selection will indicate which of these energies particularly relate to you and give you support and assistance in navigating the week ahead.

How Can I Connect with My Flower?
There are many ways to connect with your Flowerscope Flower simply thinking about the flower, meditating on it, drawing it, downloading an image to keep beside you, growing it and creating flower essences and botanical products to use as well. Hold your flower close all week to tap into the Natural Energies and gets of support and insight.


Gardenia button

Hong kong orchid button

Orange banksia button

Flowerscope Coneflower Button

Gymea lily button


Sunflower Wild


Angel trumpet button


bunches of love,
Cheralyn ❀ xx


 


❀ FlowerScope 28th November ~ 4th December 2016



Flowerscope web 28th Nov

Select a flower you feel particularly drawn to find guidance and insight into your week ahead by clicking on the link next to that Flower.
You may wish to select a different Flower each morning or just one for the week.

How does Florasphere FlowerScope Work?
I carefully select the Flowers each Sunday evening which I feel connect with the energies of the coming week using the Language of Flowers.
This is based on Traditional Flower Reading and the energies of Nature.
Your selection will indicate which of these energies particularly relate to you and give you support and assistance in navigating the week ahead.

How Can I Connect with My Flower?
There are many ways to connect with your Flowerscope Flower simply thinking about the flower, meditating on it, drawing it, downloading an image to keep beside you, growing it and creating flower essences and botanical products to use as well. Hold your flower close all week to tap into the Natural Energies and gets of support and insight.


Fairy Iris button

Red rose button

Waratah button

Kangaroo paw button

Magnolia button

Queen of the night button

Thyme button

bunches of love, 

Cheralyn ❀ xx 


❁ Flower of the Day ~ Lavender (Lavandula stoechas)


New cards lavender




Will Assist You In ~

The cleansing of negativity and the easing of physical and earthly burdens. Giving you the opportunity and ability to find, understand and express your inner wisdom. Offers protection on all levels.

The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
All is well and you should be able to see improvement soon. A time of relaxation, blessed solitude and purification. Emotional equilibrium and spiritually sensitivity which is of great personal benefit will be available. Admiration, trust and healing are all indicated. Be mindful of protecting yourself and not becoming gullible, especially falling for the same issue again by not learning from the past.

Gardening Notes:
Flowering most of the year, Lavender originates from the Mediterranean and as such prefers a full sun, alkaline soil and do not over water or over feed. Avoid shade or partial shade was you run the risk of rangy growth. Ensure you dead head regularly to encourage new blooms.

may you be blessed with flower wisdom always!
Cheralyn ❁

image: card from Flower Reading Cards Oracle Deck (Facebook Page)
artwork: 'Lavender, Ratapignata Pyramid, France'
linocut and gouache on paper
Cheralyn Darcey


FLOWER OF THE DAY ❁ Frangipani (Plumeria alba)

Flower Affirmation ~ "I am happy and free"

Frangipani new photo webcards



Will Assist You ~
by helping boost your confidence and showing you where you may find greater freedoms and harmony. Releasing you from what holds you. If you are looking at taking a break or a holiday, Frangipani helps you to really enjoy yourself and to recharge.
Language of Nature, Flowers and Plants Oracle ~
The true feelings of yourself or another are in focus at the moment so be sure that you take notice. If you are looking for the answer to something, it is yes or positive in it's outcome.
Opportunities for holidays, rest, as well as renewal and even beginnings is surfacing for you.
Be very careful not to take anything at face value right now and step carefully because you will be fully held accountable for your actions at this time.
Gardening Note ~
So easy to grow in most warmer climates. They do not like the cold and prefer a war sunny spot for best growth. I've always grown mine from the cuttings and found that although you can just stick them in the ground, for the best and strongest growth, dry them out in a cool dry place for 6 weeks and then plant on top of a fish in sandy soil or you could just use Seasol :)
Flower Lore ~
Oh there are so many wondrous histories connected with Frangipani. Two of my favourites which I practice myself ~
you must wake them up each morning as some Asian Monks do by gentle knocking on them.
Another, from South America, is to always plant them at the front of cemeteries or your home so that evil spirits are confused by their scent and pass by.

May Nature Bless you always,
Cheralyn Darcey xx

card ~ Flower Reading Cards, Rockpool Publishing, author and artist Cheralyn Darcey
artwork ~ 'Plumeria alba, Ceremonial Ball Courts, Capuana, Puerto Rico. Block print and gouache on paper, Cheralyn Darcey 2014