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🌽 My little corn corner of the garden! How are you going growing Corn? Even if you do not not have this addition to your garden, you can still immerse in the energies simply through creating and cooking with corn. Sweet Corn (Zea mays) has a deep connection with ritual, return, divination, luck, offerings and fertility.
🌽 GARDENING NOTES
Sweet Corn can be planted in tropical and temperate climates at any frost-free time and in colder zones from autumn through to early summer. It will need to be planted in a block to facilitate fertilisation in a full sun position with friable rich soil. Harvest can be undertaken once the cobs are standing out from the main stem, the silks are turning brown and the kernels release a creamy juice if pressed.
🌽 GARDEN ORACLE
Though there may be unknown forces surrounding and working for you at present, you are being prompted to join in through dedicated study and physical action. Beneficial esoteric teachings are worthwhile pursuing and a deeper connection with another is being forged, perhaps without you even realising it. Be careful of secrets and confidential knowledge that may cause harm.
🌽 MAGICKAL CORRESPONDENCES
Uses: return, divination, luck, offerings, fertility Deities: Quetzalcoatl, The Corn Maiden Celestial: Venus Astrological Sign: Leo
🌽 GOOD LUCK SPELL
This kitchen spell will bring good fortune to all who join in. Gather popping corn, covered pan and oil. Following corn instructions, heat oil, place corn in pan and secure lid. Once about half has popped, remove lid and let popcorn fly. Catching a popped corn will bring you luck. If this proves too dangerous, simply toss a cup full of popped corn into the air.
bunches of blessings, Cheralyn 🌿
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STOCK (Matthiola incana)
Stock will offer confidence, calm and a centred place to rest amid turmoil and change. Time to focus, to think more deeply and slow down. Your personal truth needs some attention at present so don’t let it get lost in your present dealings. Stock will also indicate and lead you to a balanced place in emotional swings. Be careful of losing yourself amid the behaviours of others.
Plant in tropical places from mid-summer to the end of autumn, in temperate areas from mid-summer until early winter and in colder climates plant stock from mid-summer until mid-autumn. Stock is a biennial that is generally grown as an annual in most gardens and needs a rich soil that is friable. They do not like a soggy soil and the best position is a sunny one. Flowers will appear in about 20 weeks and vase life is 5 to 7 days.
Uses: relaxation, completion, contentment, slow down, affection
Deities: Nox, Zephyros, Flora
Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
Create an essence to induce calm, balance and focus.
Gather a bowl of water, Stock flowers, a spray bottle and vegetable glycerine.
Place the bowl of water in the sun and add the Stock flowers. Leave for at least an hour. Sieve and decant into a spray bottle with a dash of vegetable glycerine. Spritz in areas when you need to instil calm, balance and focus.
CARD: Green Witch Oracle, Cheralyn Darcey, Rockpool Publishing
THE MAGICK & POWER OF APPLES (Malus domestica). This fruit can help you connect with energies to assure a brighter future. Apple helps build and hold hope stronger in your heart. If you are working on your future, on goals and re-evaluating past decisions, this powerful fruit will be a strong ally. Those wanting to align with the energy of love and especially on bringing romantic bonds closer together can use apple via essences, cooking, imagery and magic to assist. Apple also beckons us tp look at the individual elements of situations a little more closely and be sure that you do not lose your unique qualities.
Plant apple trees from early winter to mid-spring in tropical zones (suitable cultivars) and late autumn through to late spring in all other areas. Grow in a sheltered, full sun position with a free-draining and fertile soil. Ensure that the young tree is very well watered in the first few weeks. Apples benefit from a nitrogen-based fertiliser each year before fruiting. Harvest apples when they smell and taste ripe.
Uses: immortality, prosperity, love, spirit realm, blockages
Deities: Hera, Athena, Aphrodite, Pomona, Gaia, Morgan le Fay, Idunn, Olwen
Astrological Sign: Capricorn
AN APPLE SPELL
Apples hide a pentagram within, so use this natural magick in a dried fruit display.
Gather 3 apples, ½ cup lemon juice, 1.5 tablespoons salt. Core apples, slice 5mm (.20 inch) thick. Soak for 15 minutes in a mix of 2 cups lemon juice and 3 tablespoons salt. Pat dry then dry on a baking sheet for about 6 hours at in an oven at 150 degrees. Keep the oven door slightly ajar to ensure good air circulation. Turn the slices when they start to curl.
I know a lot of you love Flora as much as I do so here is a full sized print to keep.
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This is my beloved Rosemary plant below that I've had for about 8 years now. In flower on this rainy morning and here are a few cuttings I took a couple of weeks back and a bit of advice on how you can do that and I've shared how Rosemary can enhance and support you!
ROSEMARY (Rosmarinus officinalis)
You need the nodes! One of these cuttings have been removed correctly, one has not. Spot the difference? It will help you create the best cuttings.
I created these cuttings of my Rosemary by taking semi-ripe cuttings about two weeks ago. To do this, you ensure that you select non-flowering tips from your plant that are beginning to harden and turn brown (you should be able to see what that looks like in my photo). I snipped my cuttings just below a nod (a bumpy bit) on the stem and then striped off all the lower leaves as you can see.
I dipped my cuttings in honey and set in small glass vases to shoot and had about a 70% success rate
Rosemary is a perennial shrub that can be planted from late autumn to late winter in the tropics, from early spring through to late autumn in temperate zones and mid-spring to early autumn in colder places. Plant in garden beds or containers in most free-draining soils and although rosemary will grow in semi-shade, it usually does better in full sun. Harvest leaves as required.
THE POWER OF ROSEMARY
Rosemary helps develop deeper levels of connection with people, concepts and plans. It enables you to keep in touch with your inner wisdom, paying heed to the past and to clear what needs to be released. Rosemary also warns of gossip and those who are false in their appearance or word.
HEALTH & WELLBEING
Rosemary can be used to improve memory and provides mental clarity, so helpful when studying. Best used as an essential oil for this or even (as I do), work inside a locket or as a small spring. It does taste so zingy and yummy on food but it also improves digestion so is perfect added to meals latter in the day or perhaps those larger festive dishes. Rosemary contains anti-flammatory elements and antioxidants and can be used to assist health issues that could benefit from these qualities.
Uses: the mind, cleansing, consecration, psychic development, lust
Deities: Elves, Virgin Mary, Hecate, Helios, Sea Spirits
Astrological Sign: Leo
A ROSEMARY SPELL
This herb can easily be used as a smudge stick to cleanse the mind and areas.
Gather a bunch of rosemary and natural string or yarn. Trim as many sprigs as you please to an even length that you feel will create a smudge stick of the size and appearance you want.With the string, wrap the cut end of the stems a few times and tie to secure and then tightly in a crisscross fashion to the end and the tie off. Hang to in a cool dry place until dry.
"Flora Grows Cos Lettuce" Cheralyn Darcey 2020
watercolour, pen, white ink, pencil on paper
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This vegetable will help you find fulfilment in many areas of your life. It will help you overcome challenges and find new ways to obtain financial gain or recovery. Cos Lettuce helps us get better physically and emotionally and so asks that we watch the way we are caring for ourselves and to be careful about what it is we are focused on.
Usually planted in spring or autumn in most areas or late winter through to mid spring in cold zones. Before sowing, lay on wet paper towels and refrigerate for two days before sowing. Keep well-watered once sown or seedlings are planted out. Lettuce grow best in full sun with an open soil that is rich and kept moist. Although all are annuals, many types are ‘cut and come again’ so can be harvested as they grow until the end of their season.
Uses: lust, renewal, recovery, love, fertility, desire
Deities: Venus, Min
Celestial: The Moon
Astrological Sign: Cancer
Renew your skin and boost your desirability while bring what you desire closer.
Gather 2 tablespoons finely shredded lettuce, 1 teaspoon of corn flour, 1 tablespoon of rolled oats, 1 tablespoon of dried milk, 1 tablespoon fine powered clay and 1 drop of rose oil.
Place in a red bowl and mix together while visualising what it is you desire. Pat onto a clean face, leave for 30 mins then rinse off.
This print is one of my hand carved block prints.
This week Pete Little and Cheralyn Darcey chat all things raised garden beds, starting your first veggie garden, gardening indoors and Cheralyn helps some listeners with tips on removing mushroom fairy rings in your lawn (if you want to) and how to stop your celery going yellow in the garden.
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A little isolation helping hand ~
Day Three of printing up my old blocks and putting their images up for you to paint or colour with pencils and other mediums. Love to see what you create, tag me on social media with hashtags: #aplantprintaday or #cheralyn and I'll find you!
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Will assist you in ~
Overcoming situations in which you feel momentarily powerless by enabling you to accept and move on. Support for those who are taking things too personally. Sturt's Desert Pea gives great perspective in all things and offers emotional healing.
Plant & Flower Meanings ~
You need to let something go. You may not be able to sustain long term improvement or change so it may be better to count your loses and move on. Be very careful of giving too much of yourself at the moment as you could open yourself up to emotional hurt. You do not know all the facts to a situation.
To give to another ~
"I am sorry for your loss"
"Wishing you well again" (emotional or mental healing)
"I support you"
Gardening Notes ~
You are in for a challenge. I have heard you ""treat them mean to keep them keen" is in order but I like to love my plants so I rather look at this as providing the thought environment which they are used to!
Do not fertile or water too much. Soil should be sandy, open and, well, like the desert! I've grown them once in a pot successfully on a hot window sill. They like it hot and they like it dry. On my list for this Spring in our new home!
Plant in Spring from seeds.
bunches of love,