A herb favoured for the qualities which it's common name indicates (reducer of fevers), Feverfew has been used for various issues, usually of the head and is a modern herbal remedy for migraine. Magickally, carrying the plant on your person is a guard against accidents and viral illnesses.
To give to another indicates a pledge of protection.
bunches of blessings,
IMAGE: Flora Flower, Cheralyn Darcey (2017)
Feverfew: Flore médicale, vol. 4: t. 227, Chaumeton, F.P., (1830)
*information for educational purposes only.
Never take or use any botanical material topically unless under the direct supervision of a registered professional.
Will Assist You In ~
Remaining optimistic, obtaining a victory, in being successful in a hard or long drawn out issue of conflict and most importantly will offer you ways to increase your personal vitality.
The Language of Flowers Oracle ~
Success is indicated as it a boost in resources. You are being warned to watch over your personal energy because although there is almost an abundance of it, you could waste it or let others zap too much from you.
Gardening Notes ~
Oh so easy to grow and can actually take over if you are not careful. they will self~seed everywhere! Most types are edible and make a very yummy peppery addition especially in summer salads when they are at their peek.
My photo here shows Nasturtium growing wild along the shore of the Lake near my home last night. I would not advise eating any found like this as councils do spray with pesticides.
They don't like frost or very cold areas but will tolerant shade exceptionally well. Best results are in well draining sunny positions.
Botanical History & Traditions ~
Originating in Peru, the Incas referred to Nasturtium as 'Golden Nuggets' due to their role in an almost Indiana Jones style legend of stolen gold, mountain chases, a vengeful God and a good man protecting what was right. Along the way Nature stepped in and disguised hidden gold as bright yellow Nasturtiums so it wouldn't be taken by Spanish Conquistadors and so it was eventually returned to the Incas.
The name 'nasturtium' translates from Latin as 'twisted nose' referring to it's rather strong and perhaps not so nice scent.
Now this is one tradition I personally practice ~ plant three red nasturtiums (some traditions call for black) to ensure protection unwanted visitors do not set foot in your home. I once lived in an apartment without a garden and had three small hanging baskets of bright red nasturtiums at my doorway, perfect!
The Flowers and Plants of Hecate.
Lovely people contact me at least once a week asking which Gods and Goddesses are connected with flowers and plants and visa versa. These are featured in an upcoming title of mine that I have been working on for years now, so you will all have this information on hand whenever you wish.
Today I was asked about Hecate and as she comes up so often here are just a few flower and plants associated with her:
Hemlock, Black Poplar, Garlic, Monkshood, Oak, Willow, Yew
and of course ~ Cyclamen.
Off the drying racks in the dawn, white roses for spiritual knowledge, higher learning and devotion. To connect with white roses can mean a message has been shown to you.
They also indicate a need to be compassionate.
May nature bless you today with such gifts xx
Go to Canberra in Winter?!
Not only does my oldest and one of my dearest friends live there but Canberra in winter is just gorgeous! Sunny, brilliant pure blue skies, rust leaves, glass flat lake, quiet bike and hiking trails, toasty fires and the ever present national institutions which are my friends in research.
Last week, I spent 4 days in Canberra, riding Petal my bike through the forests and around the Lake with Mr Darcey. I did do the 'whole' circuit.... 24km in one session (have sore bum to prove it!)
I'm getting better at the longer bike rides and loving them.
Stopping off along our way at various gardens and spots gave way for research, sketching, photography and just time to think. I have a deck and a book I am working on at present and places like these, available to us all, make such work so much more accessible. I'm such a 'fan' of Canberra for this. I have been lucky enough to travel and to live internationally but I can't always. Time, family and let's face it, money prevent me from throwing pens at maps. Most capital cities have libraries, gardens and intuitions, stores and resources you can access. Be a tourist, be an adventurer, a researcher in your own home. I bet you will surprised at what you find.
WHY, thats a lovely installation at the National Art Gallery!
"Man Off Bike wanting Launch BEFORE Gallery visit" 2015
We stay with my friend Jan when we visit Canberra, apart from her being an very dear friend and great company, she lives in Kingston and it's accessible to everything! Taking our bikes, it's so easy to get to the Gallery, Library and more. Rug up though, sunny but chilly chilly! ( I have TWO scarves on in this shot!)
I love the crispness and freshness of Winter in Canberra. The light is so bright and the air so clean.
Of course this trip we picked up our beautiful fountain by Annie Storey. www.anniestorey.com.au
This remarkable Artist creates sculptures and fountain sculptures from recycled metals. She uses old hot water heaters plumbing pipes and more. So inspiring!
I was so taken with her work and her, on a trip last October and Mr Darcey and I have been planning to make one of her creations a focal point for our new home. I can't wait for our move next month and to have this treasure in her place in our garden...
See you next time Canberra & thank you! xx
Working very hard today but feeling a bit lost as something very dear to me is finding a difficult time finding it's place in the world. Focusing on what I must do to make it happen and looking for the 'way' to do it. I am not one to ask favours or support so I push forward.
Sometimes I look at this creation that is so entwined with everything I hold true and think: why do so many people embrace it and yet I can not find a place for it?
Today I wish for the answers, for a bit of illumination to come through on this path of difficult trials and for those of you who are feeling the same right now, of course I wish it for you as well.
So a little Tea Tree magic for us my friends ~
May you always be a blessing to Nature,
... and another way to use the Australian Wildflower Reading Cards that I created.
Right now I am in the final stages before the release of my next Nature based Deck. It's an exciting time, it's an incredibly busy time as well. The artwork for my deck is still A4 linocut paintings so the actual physical work is very challenging as well as time consuming. Each takes about 3 full days to create and lots of bits of my fingers! :)
The writing occurs as I go. I keep notes on my research, I go back through old journals and with all this I form the Guidebook which accompanies the deck.
Often it is hard to identify flowers for flower reading, but here is one way to connect with basic meanings and begin exploring for yourself while you develop a closer relationship and and understanding of the environment around you.
In this short Video I share with you some insights into Flower Reading and the Language of Flowers.
Oh Good Morning!!
In my home as I get my day started ~
Unfurling slowly is one of my Peace Lilies (Spathiphyllum wallisii)
Meaning: Protection is required right now, you must wake up and see a situation with more clarity, things will be revealed soon, remove what no longer serves you.
Interpretation: Look at the flowers still sleeping on their spadix under the white protective bracts there, silently awaiting their turn to arise. Slowly revealing what awaits to be seen and understood. Personally? I am feeling 'in the dark' re a situation. I know that noticing Peace Lily in this state this morning tells me, (particularly when I was pondering the situation) that I don't know everything but it will soon be revealed. I am missing seeing something for what it really is or failing to admit that I need to move on and leave it behind.
May your day bring you all you need to know too
and may Nature always Bless you! xx
spadix: (the cluster of flowers, this is the yellow spike in a Peace Lily)
bracts (the white 'petal', actually modified leaves)
I hope your day is going to be rather wonderful and here is a Wishing Tea that you can create to bring a little extra boost to you or someone you know. Thank you bunches for all the messages asking for MORE of my Flower friend (I think she's called FLORA!) Next year, I'll be sharing a bit more of her but i am very over deadline with a few things right now so I need to clear the decks first.
It really does make my heart happy to see her bringing joy to others.
May Nature Bless you with all that you seek & need my friends! xx
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