WitchVox Community Essay Series for April 2004
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by Blue Scarrab
When I was a young child and more open to the energies that nature provided it seemed I could grow anything. I would take a dry bean from my mother's pantry and put it in a sandwich bag with a wet paper towel and wait. In no time at all I would have a bean plant and I loved it. I've always enjoyed attempting to grow my own garden, but as I got older and my life more cluttered it seemed that I just could not get a seed to start. After some ten years of trying and failing I moved on to simply buying plants that had already been started. A busy life and a central lack of focus had me soon failing with those as well.
Within the past year I finally realized that I had been following others beliefs and faiths for far too long. I began following my own solitary eclectic path. I began meditation and began to clear the clutter and was able to once again feel the energy around me as well as my own, which had seemed absent for so long. Having a renewed sense of confidence and communion with nature, I once again attempted to make a start with seeds.
I live in an inner city area where, unfortunately, the favorite pastime of the youth is destroying other people's property. So, having an outdoor potted garden is impossible, and the little ground we have is coated in perpetual shade. So my garden was to be an indoor garden. I have a large, lovely picture window in the front that gets a vast amount of sunshine, so I placed plant stands in front of it.
I planted my seeds in my sacred place on Ostara after much meditation. I sang as I did so and made use of mini-greenhouses for their starting. I placed them on a sunny windowsill and felt the peace and joy in accomplishment that I have been missing for so long. The Goddess has blessed my endeavor and I now have the herb garden I've always wanted. No more store bought herbs! In just the short time since I planted my seeds (a little over two weeks) I have already had to transplant most of them from the mini- greenhouse to the lovely flowerpots that I bought. The only trouble I've had so far is keeping my pair of cats out of the catnip!
It just proves that when things seem impossible to accomplish all you have to do is search, and you will find a way. I can actually feel the life force of these plants throughout my home, and I feel negative energies leaving, as the positive takes over.
Since I have had these lovely plants in my home I have found that I do not have to cleanse my living space quite as often. The inhabitants of my home as well as those who visit seem to have brighter outlooks and cheerier attitudes. There is nothing quite like a happy patch of green within the confines of the concrete jungle that a large portion of us live in. It seems that, day by day, our society devours up all of the earth's natural resources and we seem unwilling to replace them or find some way to give back. Wouldn't the world be a better place to live if everyone took a moment to thank the earth for her gifts, or an afternoon to plant something and give back a portion of what we have taken? Is an ounce of water a day to water a houseplant really too much to give? Take my advice and plant something. You'll feel better, the earth will be a brighter place, and those around you will notice the difference. If you are gifted in the gardening department and know someone who isn't, start a plant for them and give it as a gift. Can you think of a better gift? Anyone who gives flowers on birthdays or anniversaries, give a plant instead. It doesn't die in three days and it will put a smile on the face of someone dear to you. The more plants there are on earth, the better everyone breathes.
If you cannot seem to justify the expenditure for a garden for spiritual reasons, then let me tell you about the practical benefits. If you have the space for a vegetable garden just think of the savings on your grocery bill. Produce is expensive and seeds are only like a dollar a pack. You could grow them with no pesticides and save the added expense for those of you who buy only organic produce. My husband and I shop at both regular and organic food stores and the prices are high when you compare them to growing them yourself.
I realize that a good many of you are like me and don't have the space for a vegetable garden. I grow herbs. Have you seen the prices of spices recently? Wow, are they high! Not to mention the fact that there is just no comparison to being able to walk up to your own plant and just snip off what you need. The taste of fresh herbs in your cooking just can't be matched with the dried, flavorless herbs you get in the store for exorbitant prices. And I haven't even gotten to the magickal benefits of growing your own herbs. When you grow them yourself you transfer some of your energy into the plant with the most casual of care. I am looking forward to the added power when they become mature enough to harvest.
When I'm feeling over-stressed, over-worked, or over-tired and can't sleep I work with my plants or I just sit and talk to them. I realize to some that might sound crazy, but it works. Plants never talk back and the carbon dioxide that you exhale actually helps the plants to grow as they inhale. It's very relaxing and healthy for both you and the plant. So take a moment to enjoy nature, whether it's inside or out.
Bright blessings to all!
Bio: Learn about Blue Scarrab at her Witches of the World Profile.
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