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Gardening - The Balance Point
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My mate often jokes that someday he'll come home to find the entire yard landscaped...and it may not be that far off from the truth. After spending hour upon hour in front of a computer, and living in Western NY, I yearn for spring and summer -- and that special time with "Mom" that's unmatched by any other experience. If you go out to wherever your garden is going to be, and just meditate and listen, the land tells you what it wants. Sometimes it takes very little effort to change the energy flow -- unfortunately that wasn't the case for us. An above-ground pool blocked everything along with very unhealthy shrubs (of course my getting the "magickal gardening bug" didn't help either!). So about two years ago the pool went away. In it's place, a Zen sand and stone garden surrounded by flowers and a waterfall-pond with rosebush backing, all manner of tiny touches and pink patio block grew. At the front of what became a giant yin-yang symbol stands a rough stone statue of Kwan Yin, our household protectress, with Japanese flowers at her feet. It might sound like a lot of work for an area where we can only enjoy the view for a few brief months -- ah, but the glory of those months! Our entire family actually rejoices in spring yard cleaning -- in planting the organic vegetable garden, pruning the miniature plum trees and re-planting hanging pots. We look forward to the sight of our neighbors doing likewise and exchanging those moments of friendship across the fence. Perhaps this isn't "magickal" to someone else -- but for us it's an amazing blessing. In the middle of a busy street and a very popular neighborhood, we have a little sanctuary that's as sacred as any church. The way the energy moves now is different -- softer, warmer, welcoming, happy. Where once I couldn't get my children to play, we now can't keep them inside no matter the season. The birds love it, the bees love it, and I am totally in love. The retreat this space offers, the magick it provides, heals us, holds us, and renews us when most needed.
I know that not everyone has the time or space for something like this -- but you can scale it down. Find a theme that inspires you. Find plants that thrive in your environment. Talk to the spirits of nature (but listen more). Consider making a patterned garden, either with the plants themselves or by using stones and other objects to manifest a personally meaningful design. But one word of warning here. A wise woman once said that, "The trouble with gardening is that it does not remain an avocation. It becomes an obsession." -- Phyllis McGinley (this tends to be very true!).
For those who feel they have a proverbial black thumb, old time gardening lore may help:
Gardening isn't an activity that should be rushed (typically you'll find that it only frustrates you and the plants!). Try to set aside time each week just for you and Mother Nature. Think of it as a spiritual date! Meditate on Gaia as you work the soil and get to know Her signs and ways of communicating. As people who hold the land sacred, this connection and communication is nothing less than vital. Bless your lands and seeds. Name each seed after something you wish to likewise tend and cultivate in your own life. Additionally, there's no reason not to combine this with other necessary activities like weeding and applying natural insect repellants. The pragmatics of "kitchen witchery" certainly don't have to stop at your garden's foothold! Ah, but we're not done yet! Dance your garden and fill it with joy. Sit and appreciate its beauty and the wonder of nature's storehouse. Harvest during auspicious moonsigns to increase the magickal power of what you've lovingly grown. Then use those things in all manner of mystical activities so you can enjoy them in body, mind and spirit.
- Keep a moss agate in your pocket or put a few small ones in your plant's soil. This stone is reputed to be a gardener's ally. Alternative stones include a bloodstone to improve your harvest, coral to keep insects away and jade to support the overall health of your plants.
- Work growth or abundance oriented magicks in or near your garden so they benefit from the energy overflow.
- Skip clockwise around your garden sprinkling it with water as you move. The upward movement of skipping is considered a sympathetic magick that encourages the plants to likewise grow upward.
- Plant lettuce or marjoram in your gardens to protect them, peony to safeguard against storm damage, and sunflowers to generate anti-bug energies.
- Bless your soil using a libation of cider. This is a very ancient custom. If you want the cider to also deter insects, gently steep some tomato leaves therein along with other strong aromatics like cedar.
- For flowerpots or windowsill gardens, find crystal beads or points that you can hang above the holders. This way the plants grow toward a specific type of energy and are continually saturated with it. Just make sure to match the crystal(s) to the plant's purpose in your magick. For example, amethyst blends well with lavender, fire agate with sunflowers, citrine with chamomile, aventurine with mint, sunstone with marigolds or daisy, and so forth.
- Don't forget alternatives like hydroponics, water gardens, air gardens etc. It may take a few tries, but nearly everyone can eventually find a form of gardening that works well with their schedules, space, and magickal goals.
If you walk gently and thoughtfully you'll find that nature returns the courtesy in kind and you'll have a wonderland of magickal adventures -- be they a window ledge or acres.
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