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