“Blossom by blossom the spring begins.” Algernon Charles Swinburne
Branches and blossoms of trees differ from the Language of Flowers, though some varieties may appear in it. Trees have their own language, blossoms are a great way to start that journey. Often before flowers bloom, branches start the show and can be brought inside for the grand finale. It’s a nice way to say hi to your tree or your neighbor’s tree. Pick branches as they are just displaying their blooms. Always include unopened buds among the blooming ones, as they represent life’s continuous journey. Check for critters before bringing into your home.
Almonds, (Prunus dulcis) when they are just flowering offer hope, giddiness, heedlessness. As the blossoms extend, they promise thoughtfulness, and a lover’s charm. They are a tree of divination, wisdom, abiding love and friendship.
Apple (Malus pumila) blossoms, the second popular of spring bloomers display brilliant shades of white to pink. The blossoms symbolize beauty, love, healing, and immortality. Pink blossoms accentuate all of those emotions. White is a symbol of fertility. Celtic bedchambers were decorated with blossoms for fertility and as a tribute to beauty.
Blossoms produced a constant fragrant adding oxygen to the ozone and attracting pollinators. Use them as incense, perfume, or herb-candles for hand-fasting. Their slight and intense scent is uplifting and a true sign of spring.
Sir James Frazer reports on a folktale where in April a figure of a straw-man is placed in the oldest apple tree. When it finished blooming, he was cast into the water and floated away to honor the natural cycle.
Blossoms and branches are a symbol of May Day baskets or bouquets celebrating spring. In Celtic practices branches were carried by shamans and poets as symbols of their office known as Craobh Ciuil, meaning Branch of Reason. In the English language, the Silver Bough allowed visitations to other realms. Its bare blossoms and fruit were in the shape of bells and made music when shaken. The music lured humans into an enchanted sleep or offered safe passage to the Otherworld before the appointed hour of death. These same boughs opened the doorways into the Fey’s land offering shelter while traveling. The trees themselves represent peace-loving.
Cherries(Prunus avium) are one of the most famous of spring bloomers. Cherry blossoms have a unique cleft at the tip of their petals. Their long stems attach to the branch from a single bud. The blossoms mean power, feminine and spiritual beauty and sexuality. From Japan they mean the transience of life and China feminine beauty. A single blossom is education, endurance, and the celebration of new beginnings. Their short bloom time is a reminder of the fleeting beauty of youth. White can mean deception.
Dogwoods (Genus Cornus) with their wonderful blooms tell another that you admire their personality and social abilities. In general, they mean charm, finesse, and durability.
Hawthorn branches of the English Hawthorn (Crataegus laevigata) bloom with white flowers. All parts were used in witchcraft and meant caution or hostility. As a tree there are many meanings; hope, love and marriage, protection and overcome harshness. Woven branches made wreaths and flowers for baskets on May Day.
Magnolia (Genus Magnolia) trees are spectacular and remarkable. A planetary tree for its age and ability to adapt through the earth’s climate and geological changes. This tree dates back to 20 million years. It uniquely adapted its flower from pollination by beetles to present day bees. This behavior has led to one of its meanings of endurance, eternity, and long life. Its long relationship with the earth has contributed to many meanings by multiple cultures in Asia and the Americans. The meaning beautiful woman may have originated from the southern states. The Chinese have cultivated the magnolia known as the Jade Orchid, Magnolia denudata, for thousands of years. Meaning certainly when used in the beginning of a sentiment. The flowers are symbols of purity and nobility. Called Hanakotoba in the Japanese system of messaging magnolia flowers represent the sublime, natural, and love for nature.
Fragrant blooms in many colors are describe as follows; white for purity and perfection; pink for youth, innocence, and joy; green or yellow for joy, health, luck, & good fortune and purple that sends out vibrations for achieving wishes of luck and health.
In America, the flower is the messenger of spring’s arrival. Victorians used the flowers to symbolized dignity, nobility, poise, and pride. The strength of its bloom indicates self-respect and self-esteem. Their durability, strength of character, and bearing, make them a desired flower for wedding bouquets. Their long life gave them yet another association of working with the life force and were sent in bouquets to celebrate births.
Quince (Chaenomeles) shrubs are found in Asia and the Americans. Branches means rebirth. Quince blossoms come in wonderful colors of peach to orange or hot pink. he blooms mean temptation, represents a choice or abundance a symbol of love or sincerity.
Peach (Prunus persica) trees represents longevity and are a sacred tree of immortality. In Taoist mythology the sacred peach tree grew in the garden of Hsi wang mu. Peach blossom petals are in shades of pale pink with a deep magenta center. They have short stems with two flowers sprouting from the same branch. The petals are an indication of intense love. The blossoms bring luck, or I am yours or you hold me captive.
Plum (Prunus domestica) trees indicate genius and keeping your promise. The first blooms of snowy white signals the end of winter. Butterflies are associated with plums indicative of beauty and long-life. The blossoms grow out from the branch and is absent of stems. Blossoms mean strong personality and the individual is unafraid of difficulties. Each single blossom means I am yours; you hold me captive.
Say thanks to the tree and the elementals caring for the branches and blossoms you pick or buy.
The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers.
– Basho (Japanese poet, 17th century)
As Spring approaches, those in the northern climates actively search for bright, bold, and enchanting colors. Each blooming pop may make you wonder what they mean.
The language of flowers goes as far back as the Assyrians, Chinese, and Egyptians. It includes flowers and tree blossoms and branches. They were used in courting, diplomatic discussions, weddings, and monthly correspondences. Spring was birth, rebirth after winter or life after death. In the autumn as flowers faded quickly death was followed by rebirth or moving to heaven. Planting of flowers on graves, shrines, and churches mimic this message. General meanings of colors spoke of white representing purity and death, while red symbolized passion, energy, and blood. Yellow captured gold or the sun or enlightenment. The Taoist tradition shows a golden flower growing from the top of the head.
The Chinese New year celebrates with the peony. A flower symbolizing good fortune and friendship. At one time they were only available to the emperor or the elite class. Peonies represent wealth, feminine beauty and during the middle ages the Christians used them to mean healing.
It was Cleopatra obsession with roses and her use as love symbolism that prompted growth and popularity around the world. It could be why it is called the Queen of Flowers. When roses are present, it could mean that the corresponding god or goddess was nearby. The variety of shades are used to describe many types of love. White – true love, pink – innocence, yellow – friendship, red – symbol of love, or purple – love at first site.
Many legends exist about the rose. In Greek mythology, Chloris the Goddess of Flowers created roses. She found the lifeless body of a nymph and turned her into a flower. She called upon Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, who gave the flower beauty. And Dionysus, the God of Wine added nectar to give it sweet fragrance. Zephyrus, God of the West Wind, blew the clouds away so Apollo, God of the Sun could shine. The petals opened like the sun’s ray to mimic the center of the universe.
During the time of the Ottomans the artistic messaging was perfected. Süleyman I’s reign contained over two hundred flower shops in the 16th century selling bulbs and cut flowers. Messages of love, good wishes, hatreds, and resentment were passed through flowers. A house with a yellow flower near the window meant a sick person was in the home and please be quiet. A red flower meant a young girl who had reached the age of marriage.
The wife of the English ambassador, Lady Mary Wortley Montague introduced this practice to England in her Turkish Lettersof 1763. It the Victorians who developed an even more detailed list of messaging with flowers. There was such a great interest in this type of communication, several books were written, and the original meanings got a bit diverted. In Kate & Leopold, Hugh Jackman 19th century character explains the messaging of flowers to the young 20th century man.
Where I live in the PNW, tulips are king. The land breathes in their textures, colors, and occasional scents. The crowds come every April and swamp the country roads to see fields of tulips. Did that happen in Turkey where they originated? The name comes from the Persian word for turban due to their resemblances when blooming.
They mean perfect love, told in Turkish and Persian legends about the love between Farhad and Shirin. In one story, Farhad was a prince who fell in love with a beautiful girl named Shirin. She is murdered and, in his despair, rode his horse off a cliff. A red tulip grew where his blood touched the ground – the symbol for perfect love.
Sultan Ahmed III (1703-1730) held a special place for tulips. So much so his reign is called the Tulip Era. Three hundred years before Dutch and British horticulture societies proposed the first classified list of tulip names. The Flourist-in-Chief judged new cultivars of tulips and their names. Fanciful and poetic examples were Those that Burn the Heart, Matchless Pearl, Increaser of Joy,Big Scarlet,Diamond Envy, or Light of the Mind. Only the most flawless cultivars were entered into the official tulip list.
The Turkish florist standards preferred tulips that were tall thin, narrowly contoured and with narrow-pointed tips. The pedals had to be smooth, stiff, of one color, the exact size and length, and with no gaps.
“Gravitation is not responsible for people falling in love.” Albert Einstein
But trees may be. Trees contribute to finding, protecting and long relationships. They love, love creating a connection to the seen and unseen world – pushing us beyond comfort levels and opening us up. The below list is a sampling of trees that want to help in the area of love and romance.
Almond (Prunus dulcis)
An elegant and romantic tree. The Moorish King al-Mu’tamid planted almond trees for his beloved wife. She missed snow and the blossoms gave her joy every winter at the Court of Cordoba, Spain. Pink almonds are planted near St. Valentine’s grave in the Church of Praxedes in Rome.
Phyllis and Demophon of Greek myth are a story of love taking a few turns. There are many stories of who did whom wrong. Demophon had to leave on their wedding day due to war, father dying or other reasons and promised to return. He did not arrive back home at the appointed time. Phyllis got depressed and died. The gods took pity and turn her into an almond tree. Demophon did returned and overcome with guilt or grief, hugged the tree in which its bare branches blossomed creating the first almond tree. This myth gave almonds the emblem of true love inextinguishable by death and hope.
Almonds come in two groups; sweet almonds that are edible, roasted, or pressed for the oil. And bitter almonds (P. dulcis variety amara) used for food flavorings or in oils. Bitter almonds contain traces of prussic or hydrocyanic acid which can be lethal to animals and humans. Through developed processes the toxic is removed for safe use.
Apple blossoms and trees stand for love. It is always in love – wanting to be loved and providing love. A tree with lots of personality, charm, and the energy of perpetual youth. It is called the Tree of Love or The tree of Avalon. A name that conjures up romance for this feminine sign ruled by the planet Venus.
Venus and Aphrodite, the Roman and Greek Goddesses of Love rule apples and uses them as their symbol. Olwen, the Celtic Goddess of Love walks by apples to set them blooming.
One of the most famous battles of all times was for love, the Greek’s Trojan Wars. Aphrodite suggested a competition between Hera (Goddess of Marriage and Queen of Olympus), Athena (Goddess of War and Wisdom) and herself. Aphrodite gave Paris (the hero) three golden apples to pick the most beautiful woman on earth. Paris went with Helen of Troy instead of the goddesses. Hera and Athena decided a little war was appropriate payback. The innocence apple became known as the Apple of Choice and Beauty and in another vein, the Apple of Discord.
The Feast of St. Thomas in Austria is celebrated on December 21st. This is the night that a maiden cut open an apple and counts the number of seeds. An even number indicated she would marry soon. Cutting one of the seeds meant, she would have a difficult life and end up a widow. When there were several suitors, the seeds were removed and thrown into the fire, reciting the name of each suitor. The seed that popped was the one to marry.
Place dry apple peels in sachets to attract love. Looking for love? Twist the stem of an apple while calling out the letters of the alphabet, the stem will break on the first letter of the name of your future lover. Or peel an apple in one long strip and tossed backwards over the left shoulder. The shape made by the peel shows the initial of the future spouse.
In the name of love Alder offers protection. In Irish legend, Deirdre of the Sorrows fled Ireland to Scotland to escape the marriage with King Conchobar of Ulster. Hiding with her lover Naoise, they found shelter in the alders at Glen Etive.
Alders have three planetary rulers and exhibits masculine and feminine energies. Venus, the goddess, watches over lovers and outlaws who take refuge in the spring groves and need protection. Mars, Roman God of War; helps these two to move rapidly and with the speed of experience warriors. Neptune, Roman God of the Sea, exhibits feminine energy with his ability to balance the compassionate nature of filtering the truth at a slower rate. Physically the alder’s catkins show this balance with male and female growing on the same branch blending strengths to move forward in one’s life. You can see the past, present and future on an alder branch: last year’s empty cones, this year’s cones, and next year’s catkins.
Mystical creatures frolic among alders. The water spirits, white fairy horse and unicorns love this tree.
Alders are unique in that all the elements along with a fifth – charcoal are present. They are integrated through the Goddesses of Spinning. Ask the Goddess Venus to assist in creating the dye and weaving magic into the fabric.
Cupid, the God of Desire, Attraction and Affection. He is Roman. His counterparts in Greek are Eros and in Latin Amor. The first arrows of love were from the wood of ash trees.
Ash’s seeds are used in love divination. If the seeds do not appear the owner is unlucky in love. Venus of the Woods is the name given to the spring-time blooms of ash. The Goddess Venus lends her name to this activity. She oversees many hopes of lovers. In this English verse, the inquirer would soon have the identity of their intended revealed,
“Even-ash, even-ash, I pluck thee, This night my own true love to see, Neither in his bed nor in the bare, But in the clothes he does every day wear.”
Placing ash leaves under a maiden’s pillow encouraged dreams of her future lover. An ash leaf placed in a shoe of a maiden and then recites the following rhyme, will tell her the name of her future husband.
“Even, even, ash
I pluck thee off the tree.
The first young man that I do meet,
My lover he shall be.”
The Greek story of Philemon and Baucis appear again in Norwegian myths of Axel Thordsen and Fair Valdborg. When dying they were buried close to each other with ashes on either side. The trees grew and formed one.
Birches shine bright in the winter sky with the light of the stars and the moon. Lammas, the Celtic festival of harvest catches the sun in the sky. All three; the sun, stars and moon symbolize that summer will always return. Romantic thoughts for sure.
Maypoles were used for this festival. In parts of Germany, young men placed decorated birch trees in front of the home of their love interests on the night of May 1st . Wreaths were given as gifts by lovers. In Wales, men and women would exchange birch garlands to show their interest in each other.
Chestnuts are about honesty, love, and a symbol of longevity. A tree of beauty with its glorious floral display and in the Language of Flowers means grandeur. The wood brings success and love. Zeus had many flings and used his sacred wood to move around. Druids made staffs of chestnuts to draw longevity and gain energy from the earth. Place a piece of wood or carving under a distressed couple’s bed to ease disputes and relationship problems.
Sweet chestnuts are edible and can be confused with the horse chestnut, not edible. The planet Jupiter rules this expansive and large tree.
Hazelnuts are extraordinary charming and very understanding. Full of inspiration, pen your poem under a hazelnut or surround yourself with its branches. Known for wisdom, this tree with help you with understanding, making impressions and dealing with a capricious lover. Hazelnuts bring change and the talent to expression yourself in love.
The fruit of hazelnuts are the power source of this tree providing important nourishment. It is tree with an auspicious sign that love and new projects will have the magical ingredients for success.
September 14th is Nutting Day in the British Isles. Held until WWI, it was a day that the nuts were considered perfect for foraging by children. Out-a-nutting, was a chance to be alone in the woods with a lover.
Spiritually linked to the heart chakra, several goddesses are intertwined with the hazelnut. In Roman and Greek myth, Venus and Aphrodite, Goddesses of Love. For the Elves, the Goddess of the Enchanting Power of Beauty. The Celtic Goddess Arianrhod, (Ardiana by the Elves) works through the hazelnut as The Tree of Wishes.
The flowers tend be male and female on a single tree as its energy. If for some reason the flowers are borne on separate trees, they forecast a lover’s meeting. In the language of flowers, hazelnuts are about reconciliation.
An early bloomer that cleanse the heart of negativity, stimulates love, and forgiveness. Hawthorns helps to heal broken hearts and provide hope once again.
Blodeuwedd, Welsh Goddess of Spring. She protects women who are forced to marry, aiding them to choose their own love. Hawthorn’s flowers mean temporary beauty. Their fleeting presence reminds us of the autumn.
Plant hawthorn at crossroads. Humans, earth spirits, fairies will meet under hawthorns. Travelers and lovers hang bits of clothing as a prayer flag or to make wishes in health, luck, love, and success.
Synonymous with the capital R for Romance and classic charm. Sultan Ahmed III pursued an uncommon passion for flowers. One being lilacs. He is credited with gifting the fragrant lilac to the Europeans.
Syringa was a beautiful wood nymph in Greek mythology. The God Pan spied her one day, lusted for her and took chase. Depending on the version of the story, to get away from him, she either transformed herself into a reed or a lilac bush, both of which make great flutes. Ultimately, Pan won because he made a flute from her disguise and it never left his side from then on.
In the Victorian Language of Flowers, lilacs are a symbol of first love. So many colors, so many meanings. In the theme of love and romance, the lighter shade of purple is associated with one’s first love or the first time one feels love for someone. Pink is associated with love and strong friendship and white symbolized innocence.
The Serbian King, Uroš I Nemanjić, welcome his future queen, Helen of Anjou with lilacs planted along the Ibar River to remind her of Provence. Now called the Valley of Lilacs it still enchants and delights visitors.
Lilacs are long-lived and even in death provide romance. Burning the wood fills the air with its fragrance.
Magnolia ( family Magnoliaceae)
The flowers of magnolias represent a love of nature. One of the first plants to reproduce using flowers pollinated by insects. They are a classic beauty.
Napoleon’s first love Josephine over saw the breeding of the pink Magnolia X soulangiana. Soulangiana was the founder of the National Historical Society in France.
Myrtle (Myrtus) (family Myrtaceae)
Myrtles are evergreen, fragrant, with white, star-shaped flowers. A symbol of love and marriage. Sacred to Hathor, the Egyptian Goddess of Love, Joy, Childbirth, Heaven, Music, and Women. Then to Greek Goddess Aphrodite. Venus wears a crown of myrtle leaves. Myrtle blossoms and leaves were used to create wreaths for Roman brides to wear. Queen Victoria started the tradition of using myrtle flowers in royal family bouquets. Named the Osborne Myrtle, every royal bride has a piece of myrtle since then.
Maples (Acer spp.)
Trees of diversity with their barks, leaf-color, and winter structure. They represent love, longevity, and prosperity to the home and your sacred space. Ruled by Jupiter they bring expansive and happy energy to situations.
Maples are a tree of divination and awakening intuition. Its energy balances the male and female in one’s relationship. Balance that makes the relationship grow stronger and an over-all healthier.
Seeing the seen and unseen world, maple spirits ground individuals psychically and spiritually. The help to find practical ways to form expression. They activate the chakras in the arches of the feet, keeping individuals grounded. A much need ability in matters of love.
Myths tell us that Sugar Maple’s (Acer saccharum ) leaves will bring love and prosperity in spells or create financial abundance. The Gypsies repeat this theme of bringing gold. Eating the seeds draws love.
Oak (Querus spp)
Drop your acorns in the water to see how the relationship will progress. If they float together, the couple will marry. If they drift apart, so will the relationship.
Cybele the Greek Goddess of Love change her unfaithful lover Attis to a pine. Her son, Zeus, saw her sadness and made the pine green throughout the year as a consolation. When the wind blows through the pines, it is speaking of a new future. Roman mythology associated pine cones with Venus, Goddess of Love and Fertility.
Weeping Willow (Salix babylonica)
Love runs the gamut of emotions and the willows relay this. In the western world, they are considered unlucky. A traditional folk song from the southern Appalachian Mountains explains:
“Bury me beneath the willow,
‘neath the weepin willow tree,
for when she hears that I am sleepin’
maybe then she’ll think of me.”
Willows the genus of plants (Salix) are indicators of spring and nature’s starting its annual life cycle. In Asia, eternal friendship, patience, perseverance are symbols.
They help us to encourages the expression of deep emotions, including grief and sadness through tears. Willows teach the value and consequences of love and loss. It symbolically tells us that even through great loss; there is the ability to grow. There is the potential for something new.
The colors of willow display great symbolism. Brown symbolizes stability, structure, and support. Green leaves growth, fertility, and life. As a tree it is about balance, learning, and harmony.
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*I use many references in my work. This section is only an indication of where I found unique information.
“Trees with Heart Speak Hopefully, Quietly, and Strongly ” – D MacPherson
There is a group of trees with leaves that appear heart-shaped. They span many botanical families, are deciduous, and fill the air with their delectable scents. Many do well in the landscape. Classified as heart-shape, they help with new love, old love, and broken love. Their fruits or nuts are often paired with chocolate.
Bo Tree–Ficus Religosa
The fig leaves of the World Tree share its knowledge and grace with us. The leaves flutter under moonlight and light breezes. Elephants and silk worms enjoy munching on them. Figs are a symbol of fertility, propagation, vegetation, and immortality.
Its energy is very masculine. Under this fig Prince Siddhartha Gautama sat and became enlighten. He became Buddha and created the practice of Buddhism’s. The Greek God Dionysus in his role as a fertility god could be found near a fig tree. Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were nursed under a fig tree. The Hindu God Vishnu was born under Ficus indica and became part of the triad with Brahma and Shiva.
Figs are known by many names. Bodhi means historic events. Tree of Enlightenment or Awakened One. Tree of Knowledge. Tree of Buddha.
Ruled by the element earth and the sun. Both keep the fig grounded and looking to the sky for wisdom and inspiration.
A round and dense tree maturing to 100 feet that provides wonderful shade and beauty. Leaves start as a romantic pink then bloom out to green. Followed by yellow clusters of flowers and black berries. Native to the subtropics of Asia.
Valued in China where all parts are used in healing remedies. Individuals who hurt these trees were put to death. Camphor helps in heart problems, especially with break-ups. You will recognize this tree’s crushed leaves as the scent of moth-balls. A natural repellent for moths giving the tree one of its names – Moth Ball Tree.
Camphor is ruled by the feminine energy of the Moon and Moon Goddesses. Give her a gift on the new moon and ask her to help. A water element, camphor will feel your needs and help you work through them.
There are two types; Northern (Catalpha speciose) and Southern (Catalpha bignoniodes). Native to the Americans. They can reach a height of 40 to 60 feet with short trunks and rounded crowns. The trunks are gray and red, respectively. Fast growers and short-lived. It is an interesting tree in the landscape.
Flowers are white with a touch of rich gold. As the leaves open, they feel velvety and appear paper thin. The green and black caterpillar of the Catalpa Sphinx Moth loves the leaves. Wood is slightly aromatic. The seedpods are its most distinguishing features giving them the names of Indian-bean or Cigar Tree. Children used the seed pods in sword-fighting.
Catalpha is aligned with the realm of Spirit and will help to bring angels, fairies, deities, and ancestors to your sacred space. A tree of masculine energy it is ruled by Uranus.
Cherries – Prunus spp
Native Americans call cherries the Tree of the Heart. Medium growers and short-lived they are a landscape and food-source. Many of the edible cherries are from modern-day cultivars breed from Prunus avium and Prunus cerasu. Black cherries, Prunus serotina is a 60-foot tree with edible black fruit. The bark, leaves and seeds are toxic.
Cherries are celebrated for their spring blooms of white, red, or pink. Reflective of its ruling planet Venus and feminine energy the blossoms are part of the angelic realm of the cherubs. They are sacred to the Japanese emperor. Called sakura blossoms is the national flower of Japan. From Japanese folklore and now spread worldwide; blossoms are the symbol of love and joy. Their short bloom time reminds us that life is short. Do your best to live it well and to the fullest. Burning incense will attract or strengthen love.
The Japanese Goddess Konohanasakuya-hime is the blossom-princess and symbol of its delicate earthly life. She is part of wedding rituals. Every part of her presence with blossoms vibrates love. Cherry trees symbolize the shortness of life and how precious it is.
The Ho-ho bird is one of four types of firebirds in Asian mythology. Firebirds (phoenix) are reflective of the fire element. They are messengers of goodwill from the sun.
Dogwoods are many. Native Americans cherish dogwoods and their white blooms. Their appearance signals the arrival of spring and time to plant crops. The varieties are smaller and don’t match the height of the Pacific Dogwood (Cornus nuttalli)–a pure delight when you run across them in bloom. Their mass display of white is striking when tucked in with their conifer cousins.
The wonderful flowers called bracts delight many an observer. The true flowers are at the center of this configuration. Its fall foliage lights up the area wherever it stands with the fruit becoming scarlet.
The name dogwood is a discussion point. Cornus sanquinea, the English variety, was an ingredient in washes for dogs and some claim to befriend dogs. The name dagwood is short for daggerwood. Dogwood is hard, durable, and dense – used for weapons and skewers.
The planetary ruler Saturn rules structure and dogwoods. Plant dogwood as a boundary tree. In the language of trees, it means endurance. A tree that helps with broken or sad hearts. A Cherokee story tells of a princess killed because she refused the advances of a warrior. Wounded, she reached for a dogwood flower hoping to stop the bleeding. The pink tips in the flower show her bravery.
In another Cherokee tale, the element of spirit appears. The Dogwood People are elementals that help to teach harmony with the earth and protect the tribe. Dogwoods are masculine energy.
Empress Tree – Paulownia tomentosa
The Empress Tree is known by many names; foxglove tree, princess tree, and royalpaulownia. A native to China and valued for its many uses; medicinal, ornamental, or timber. Reaching a height of 50 feet it provides shade to everything under its canopy. The leaves are large, showy, and velvety enticing its use as a worldwide ornamental. The tube-shaped flowers of white to purple spread their jasmine or vanilla-like fragrance.
This is the time that love is in the air perhaps the influence of its ruling planet Venus. Very much a tree of feminine energy. A fast grower that is planted when a girl is born. When she is ready to marry the tree is cut down, and the wood used to create her dowry chest.
The fruit is egg-shaped forming seed pods that turn brown in winter and stay until the following spring. The bark is rough and gray-brown interlaced with smooth and shiny areas. This tree self-sows and survives by fire, sending out new shoots in the spring. Like the phoenix rising from the flame both are symbolic of the element of fire.
Introduced to the United States by the Dutch East India Company in the 1830s it is invasive. Catalpa and Empress Trees have a similar look. Look to the flowers and seed pods for clear identification.
Hazelwood – Corylus spp.
A small and mighty tree full of magical power. Short trees with leaves that alternate and are toothed. The Turkish filbert, Corylis coluna is the exception growing to heights of 80 feet.
Connected to the heart chakra it is well-suited to magic of wisdom, beauty, charm, love, stars, navigation, and creativity. The Tree of Wishes it will help with fertility, luck, and the power to grant the heart’s desire. Both feminine and masculine energies are present in Hazelwood. It is sacred to Aphrodite, the Greek Goddess of Love and the Norse God Thor for immortality.
Hazelwood is sacred in many cultures; guarding sacred wells, aligning to gods, and providing treasured food. When you dream of hazelnuts, they are telling you of treasure coming your way. Cracking and then eating the nuts mean riches and content after toil.
Tied to the element of spirit and its planetary ruler Mercury the three components provide communication and messages from the other side to share with the mortal world. It is a tree known for knowledge. Knowledge is a way to communicate. In Irish myths, it was the salmon that shared its knowledge with the Celts after eating hazelnuts.
A showy tree described as divine beauty and elegance. A nice addition to a landscape. Leaves are purple in spring turning to green in summer and gold in the fall. It is in the fall that their fragrance of warm caramel or maple scones fills the air.
A good shade tree that likes moist and well-drained soils with full sun to part-shade. Katsura trees are fast growers. Another wonderful benefit of these trees is their lack of any serious pests or diseases. Prone to leaf scorch if planted in areas of drought and full sun.
The planetary bodies Venus (love) and the Moon (mystery) rule over Katsura. Japanese folklore tells us Katsura grew on the moon. Its energy is ethereal and otherworldly. Sit with it under moonlight with a moonstone crystal and think romantic thoughts.
Katsura is a fire element with masculine and feminine energies.
Linden – (Tilla spp.)
A fast-growing tree reaching 60 to 100 feet, forming wonderful crowns. Clusters of highly fragrant flowers appear in early June and the leaves turn yellow in fall. When young they have a smooth and light gray bark. As it matures, the bark becomes bumpy and closer to brown. Native to Europe and the United States.
A joyous tree for dancing around. The Tree of Love or Lovers. Scythia soothsayers twisted the leaves to tell of the prophecies that came from the trees. Lindens are a symbol of martial love and fidelity. Nowhere is this better displayed than in the Greek/Roman story of Baucis and Philemon. Jupiter(Zeus) and his messenger, Mercury(Hermes), were traveling in disguise and this elderly couple were the only ones to show them hospitality. As a turn of thankfulness, the gods turned Baucis into an oak and Philemon a linden tree when they died. The branches of the two trees intertwined and became inseparable.
French folklore repeats this theme and the linden’s property of masculine and feminine energy. If the groom passed under two linden trees that had their treetops woven together, the marriage never fell apart. Napoleon married his second wife Marie Louise under linden trees. He had them planted along the roads to the entrance of Logatec, Slovenia. Lindens are often used in street tree planting. Careful though when in bloom; aphids love this tree and create a honeydew sap that drips down on everything.
Lindens are a water element ruled by the planet Uranus. Together they capture the emotions and high functionality (law, justices, administration) of societies. Lindens were often used as community decision trees.
Quaking Aspen–Populus tremula
Aspens are short-lived as individuals but as a community tree can live for millennial. They can grow to a height of 50 feet. Young bark is narrow, straight, and white. Maturing bark turns black near the bottom of the trunk. Leaves turn shades of gold in the fall. A community tree as they grow in groves and can replace itself within 50 years. A tree that at one time grew everywhere in North America. An important tree in forest succession, they are the first to appear after a fire or a deforested area. They provide the much-needed shade for the next group of trees in succession, the sub-alpine firs.
Its moving leaves are considered magical. Mercury and Jupiter share co-rulership of quaking aspens. A fitting symbol with its leaves in constant motion and its large and expansive nature. Pando is the largest Quaking Aspen community. Meaning Trembling Giant or in Latin, I spread out. Several centuries old, the community is dying.
A tree of masculine energy, called the Tree of Heroes or the Shield Tree. Its leaves give heroes or shamans power to transport back and forth between this world and others. The lightweight wood is pliable for shields that gave magical properties protecting buried treasures. Wreaths made of gold shaped aspen leaves were found in several graves in Mesopotamia. Aspen’s physical strength protected warriors from harm and helped individuals work through physical and spiritual fears.
Redbuds are native to eastern and central North America. The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) or the Western Redbud (Cercidiphyllum japonicum).
This trees truly have a four-season interest. Flowers liken to the shape of hummingbirds that burst out in intense red color fading to a warm pink. The blossoms adore branches that attract pollinators. Green leaves turn yellow, gold, or red in the fall. The leaves emit a sugar-cookie scent attesting to its name the Caramel Tree. Winter brings symmetrical branching with scaly and shaggy bark.
Redbuds are aligned to the Divine-Feminine. Pallas is the ruling Goddess of Redbuds and the Goddess of Marriage. Plant redbuds to support long-term partnership or enduring romantic relationships. The element of fire rules over redbuds.
Please Plant Responsibly.
Leaves – In Myth, Magic & Medicine. Alice Thomas Vitale, Sweet, Tabori & Chang, NY, 1997
Football is a type of sacred activity. For a bit of fun, I thought I would inspire a perspective from my local team – Seattle Seahawks. They are moving along in the playoffs. Thanks Pete, the team, and the twelves. Go Hawks.
The team colors are chartreuse and blue. My neighborhood has some devoted fans and have taken their support to their yards. I will say they inspired me to create this blog. One of my favorites are the Seahawk Flamingos. These are exquisitely painted and are a nice change from the pink ones.
Another is lighting up the evening sky.
Sacred spaces are best viewed with visuals and here are a few ideas for integrating these colors. Devoted fans probably know of team fonts. There are two for the Seahawks are the flat font and pattern font. I have used them in the below photos.
Here are ideas for building your Seahawk sacred space. Containers can capture the colors when plants are out-of-bloom or not available. Art pieces are a fabulous addition. Furniture, pillows or even painting a piece of your sacred space. All work to bring the team colors in.
A couple of plants types that support year-round enthusiasm and do well in containers or the landscape. The Heucheras of Lime Rickey and Electric Lime contribute to the magical chartreuse color. Heathers of lime green; Erica carnea ‘Aurea’, or Calluna vulgaris Alicia or Athene. One of my favorites – Lime Glade. Sydney for its true chartreuse foliage. The Green Pom Pom Chrysanthemum or Dianthus Green Ball round out this quick overview of selections.
A variety of plants called Gentians are just the best blues ever. Great trumpet shapes that just shout the joy of a Seahawk fan. King’s Scepter Gentian is one variety and these days we have more in the PNW to choose from. The Delphiniums Blue Nile with their white eyes, Diamond Blue, or a smaller version in Planet Blue.
This is a great time for the blue conifers, the Sub-alpine firs, Arizona fir, and the Lawsons Blue Gem. Their texture and shades highlight the many moods we all go through while watching the Seahawks.
Remember that sacred spaces are all about what works for you. Blue can be brought in through containers, glasses, raised beds or other art pieces. Even something as small as my former Seahawk gnome on a stick works.
White appears in the Seahawks’ uniform. This shade can be captured in Delphiniums of Centurion White or Guardian White. White Roses. Dogwoods (Cornus florida) with their spring bloom of white flowers. Another heather Erica carnea ‘Springwood White’ adds that perennial touch of white.
The study of trees for Yuletide and Christmas are remarkable. Modern day Christmas has evolved from many festivities and celebrations. Solstice celebrations represent death, birth, and new beginnings. The original festivals celebrated the natural environment and how the light change. Winter Solstice is the time when The Light begins its return in the northern hemisphere. The sun as a great wheel of fire rolls away from the earth creating darkness. At the solstice it rolls back toward the earth creating more light on its annual journey.
Ra, the Sun God of Egypt recovers from his seasonal illness. His power passes through the blazing disk in his crown. Rushes from the palm (an evergreen tree) filled homes symbolizing the triumph of life over death. Romans marked the solstice by honoring Saturn, the God of Agriculture. The early festival of Saturnalia used evergreens branches of firs, holm oaks, or hollies brought inside to mimic nature. They wore garlands of greens in the streets passing on wishes of prosperity and good will.
The season of Yule started with the Germanic tribes who celebrated over a two-month period. Christianity in its process of conversion,control and calendars brought Christmas,Twelfth Night, New Year’s, and Winter Solstice together. For example, January 6th was the original Christmas Day in England. A celebration that started on December 24th and ended on the Twelfth night, January 5th. The Julian Calendar (35 BC) transition to the Gregorian Calendar (1582) creating changes to the celebration dates. The Julian Calendar runs 13 days behind the Gregorian Calendar and is still in used for winter holiday festivities.
Evergreen trees are those that keep their leaves year-round and flourish during the Winter and Christmas festivities. The varieties are many. In the northern hemisphere, evergreen trees stand for life, rebirth, and stamina. The branches of the Yew, Taxus, when brought inside to represent fertility and immortally. Balder, the Viking Sun God enjoyed the company of evergreens. They offer protection in winter against the coldest day. Some cultures believe evil spirits are at their strongest during this time.
Pines(Pinus) are one of the favorites trees for winter celebrations. Brought inside in Chinese and Western homes, their representation of long-life and prosperity make them cherished additions to the season. The Druids in Scotland used the Scots Pine, Pinus sylvestris, to celebrate the winter solstice. Celts expressed what they wished for in the coming year. Fruits for a successful harvest, love charms for happiness, nuts for fertility, and coins for wealth adorn the trees.
Christianity has a special tie to pines. Jesus and his family were fleeing to Egypt. Many plants offer to hide them. Just as Herod’s soldiers passed by an old pine (Pinus pinea, Umbrella Pine ) gave them shelter in its inner trunk and folded its branches around them. Jesus blessed the pine leaving an imprint of his hand within the pine cones. Cut the cone lengthwise to see his print.
Firs (Abies) are a symbol of springtime and immortality. They are the first Christmas trees dating back to 1500 years ago in northern Europe and the first to be displayed inside homes. Their cones grow upright reflecting candle light. Fir branches intertwine make great wreaths or mantle decorations. They are the first trees found hanging upside down from ceilings or chandeliers. Crushing the firs’ leaves gives us that wonderful fragrance associated with the winter season. All parts of fir trees are helpful to humans. The oil creates an antiseptic that kills airborne germs and bacteria and supports respiratory health. The wood is excellent firewood. They reach for the sky while growing. The species used during the winter celebrations are Balsam Fir, Abies balsamea, Fraser Fir, Abies fraseri,Grand Fir, Abies grandis, Noble Fir,Abies procera, and Silver Fir, Abies spp.
Apple trees, in modern day, play an unknown and huge role in yuletide and winter solstice festivals. The round shape of apples represents a turning wheel. The wheel in turn represents earth. At the winter solstice the wheel turns toward the sun. If shining through the branches on December 25th there would be a healthy crop the following summer.
Deciduous trees, those that lose their leaves. The hawthorn tree at Glastonbury Tor in England is famous as a Christmas tree because of Joseph of Arimathea. He arrived at Worral Hill in 597 A.D. carrying two sacred vessels said to contain the blood and sweat of Jesus. Thrusting his staff into the ground, it sprouted and grew into a thorn tree. The Glastonbury Thorn (Crataegus monogyna ‘Biflora’)flowers twice a year in winter and spring, just around Christmas and Easter.
Blooming about the same time and a cousin of the hawthorn is the Blackthorn tree, Prunus spinosa. Folklore tells us this tree will bloom when cold is coming. Blackthorn symbolizes the body and spirit and how death follows rebirth. One of the guardians of winter in the druid practices. Villagers burned crowns woven with mistletoe in the New Year’s fire. The ashes bring luck in the coming year and providing nutrients for next year’s crop. Sloe berries of the blackthorn are the main ingredient in the Sloe Gin drink.
Use these guidelines when harvesting apples. Leave three apples on each tree for the fairies. The Hesperides Nymphs in Greek mythology will bless you by managing good pollination for the next year’s crop. When eating apples stored through the winter always keep enough to make an apple pie for the sheep shearers in May.
Hanging apples from the orchard transition to an indoor ritual. Local practices hung apples as ornaments on trees. Christianity used this practice to help convert pagans. The English started the custom of adding apples and evergreens to the bough along with ribbons,baubles, and mistletoe. The bough is hung under doorways and became the present-day custom of kissing under the mistletoe.
Twelfth Night ended with Wassailing, an older festival celebrating apples. Wassail itself is a hard cider warmed with spices over a small fire. Whole apples would burst and produce a white foam over the liquid. The celebration started in Wales and then spread throughout Britain and Ireland. The tree-spirit known as The Apple Tree Man needed to wake from his sleep. He protected the local people against bad health, misfortune and ensured a good harvest the following year. Villagers serenaded him with chants, rhymes, or speeches that praised his gifts of the current year and fruitfulness from earlier years. They struck the trunk and any branches with sticks until the sap flowed, signaling he was awake. Toasted bread soaked in Wassail were tossed or place in the forks of the branches or hollows of the tree. This offering frightens away evil spirits lurking in the branches. Any remaining liquid spread over the roots and trunks to honor its blessings.
After the Wassailing, villagers returned to their homes to enjoy all things apple. They layered cakes and baked apples with sugar in a special wassail bowl with twelve handles. Warm spiced beer covered the mixture. On New Year’s Day the bowl traveled to neighbors wishing them good health and prosperity for the upcoming year. Stories,songs, and dances were part of the festivities.
The history of the Yule log goes back to the Iron Age in Europe. A tree was picked to stand for the solstice and the end of the winter season. When lit the yule log cleanses last year’s energy and ushers in spring. Folklore tells us that each variety of yule log has its own magic. Yule logs represent the god and goddess being reunited. The traditional trees, oak (masculine)brought healing, strength and wisdom or the ash (masculine) brought protection,prosperity, and health. To honor the log, decorations of holly, mistletoe, pine-cones, ivy, and evergreens covered its length.
Other trees represented yule logs. Aspen (masculine) invoked understanding of the grand design of life; birch (feminine) brings new beginnings; holly(masculine) inspired visions and revealed past lives; pine signified prosperity and growth and the willow (feminine) invoked the Goddess to achieve desires. Each tree produced a great fire creating ashes that were spread on the soil reinvigorating it for the next year’s growing season. Spreading them after Christmas Day brought luck your way. Ashes protected against evil and lighting. Wearing a touch from the yule log when in a storm.
Hazelnuts are a favorite food during the holidays. Found in chocolate and hazelnut butter and a Christmas delicacy made by Ferrero Rocher. (side note – Palm Oil is used in the making of this holiday chocolate. The company is engaged in responsible sustainability for its product. Which makes Palm trees a Winter Holiday Tree.)
Other practices of the season included carrying hawthorn or cherry branches inside to flower. Cherries celebrated The Feast of St. Barbara December 4th. She was the daughter of a wealthy Greek merchant who converted to Christianity against her father’s wishes.
A long history of use in the winter celebrations, holly branches and Ivy provide the green and red in many homes. Represented in the well-known song, The Holly & The Ivy. Holly is masculine and provides protection. Ivy is feminine and represent fidelity and love. Together holly and ivy are another representation of the god and goddess uniting during this time of year.
The first recorded display of a decorated Christmas Tree was in 1510, Riga, Latvia. By the 1700’s, the tradition of celebrating the holidays with a decorated tree spread throughout Europe. On Greek islands villagers would create wreaths of myrtle, olive, and orange leaves. Or carry poles of young pears,cheese and candles to households sharing its bounty.
Hessian(German) mercenaries brought the tradition to the United States during the Revolutionary War. In 1804, soldiers stationed at Fort Dearborn, Michigan used evergreen trees in their barracks. From North Dakota is the story of the cedar tree. One tree is planted next to the medicine lodge and decorated with moccasins, shawls, or other treasures to celebrate the season. Members of the tribes would share the during summer to fall. President Franklin Pierce in 1856 brought the Christmas Tree tradition to the White House.
“Those who plants kindness gather love” St. Basil the Great
Archangels provide another component to sacred spaces. A brief introduction follows. They have never been human though have appeared in human form while delivering messages. Their frequency is higher than the human eye can detect. When archangels travel through the ultraviolet frequency they are visible to infants, insects, and pets. Those who are empathic, or clairvoyant can sense or see their presence. They will arrive by flashes of light, a sudden movement through the corner of your eye, music, smells, or a voice inside your head. Or a bust of innovation or creativity. Or in dreams or meditations.
In keeping with my theme of colors, each archangel works with specific colors. They will appear in white, the color of just straight up energy. Depending on climate condition or the conditions of your eyes, they can appear as different colors with their own meaning and role in your life. Humans see between infrared and ultraviolet frequencies.
If you ask for help, they will come, they are here to help humans and the planet. Don’t be shy asking for help. As non-linear beings, they move between time and space and have appeared in almost every culture in the world. Archangels are the supreme beings within the Angelic Realm, able to help people and areas at the same time. They are gender-less and can appear different to everyone. Over time archangels have been seen as male or female. Again, don’t be shy in asking for help. Always say thank you.
Archangels’ mission is to guide and protect one during their earthly existence. Helping with spiritual needs, they are another form of spirit that can help with a sacred space. I am discussing just a handful of the archangels whose colors and talents lend to sacred spaces.
Archangels in their shades of cool colors (blue, green, purple, white and silver) help to keep chi within sacred spaces. If you have a small space this group of colors is the best combination adding their special touch of healing, restfulness, new beginnings or reflection.
Blue flowers create a contemplative mood by the virtue of their cooling and calming effect conveying love and wants. Various shades are believed to lower the metabolic rate. Examples are delphinium, lithodora, gentians, hydrangeas.
Archangel Gabriel is the Angel of Guidance. When working with the color of blue, communications and expressions are clearer. An organizer; she helps with planting, weeding, or pruning in a sacred space. She will help plan and design specific area based on function. If you are wondering if you have creative talents place your artistic corner in the west for Gabriel to help inspire you and discover your talents. Add a water feature and plant a pear or bay tree nearby. Add the long-blooming wallflower.
Gabriel works with white and silver in her role as the Archangel of the Moon. White flowers are a favorite especially when planted in a moon or night garden. White roses and jasmine will bring in soft and enticing fragrances. Gabriel is fond of fruit trees that bear stone fruit called drupes (melon, pear, papaya, coconut) and trees almond, hazelnut, and weeping willow.
Raphael is He who heals, and green is his color. Green is about the heart and healing, joy and love, nature and inner peace. He is the healing angel, and green is the Master Healing Color. Face the east when seeking his advice where new beginnings are said to start. Some of his favorite plants are the iris, hazelnut, myrtle and mulberry trees.
Springtime and healing sacred spaces will call Raphael to your side. He is the Archangel of Health & Healing and will take the mentoring role when planting. When planting ask him to infuse health and healing properties into the plants. He is the all-purpose healer to call when creating healing spaces or horticultural therapy gardens. He takes the role of Angelic Mentor and will advise you well.
Raphael as the Angelic Ambassador for Travelers watches over travelers guiding and protecting those who request his help with any aspect of physical travel and/or spiritual journeys. Set aside an area of your sacred space for weary bones. Raphael will release spirits and clear negative thought forms collected from the journeys. Add a bit of humor through figurines, whimsy structures or great quotes and he will laugh out loud with you.
Zadkiel is the Archangel of Comfort, Prayer and Abundance. Using the color indigo, he applies wind, weather, birds, stars, and inner wisdom to your sacred space. He is known as the Bringer of Joy and will aid you in your sacred space when you are in despair. Plant the oak, ash or cedar and talk to them for help. They all reach for the sky and reflect the sky-blue that Zadkiel works with capturing intellect and spirituality.
Another angel fond of children, plant violets in a child’s sacred space invites him to appear. Sweet violets’ (viola odorata) leaves are heart-shape. Their fragrance and flowers shaped like happy faces lighten a child’s despair. They comfort those in distressed or going through emotional changes. This is a plant of the heart gifting its ability to comfort and pass heartache and grief with compassion. They connect to everything and create spiritual bliss.
Violets have played a role in improving memory and works with Zadkiel together in a healing scared space. Call in the Angel of Comfort when needing help with abundance (be it spiritual or material) and improving memory. If you are like me and have not seen a particular plant for a while and not discussed it recently, I forget its properties. I now know to call on Zadkiel, Angel of Memory to help me remember. Blue plants that help with memory are rosemary and forget-me-nots.
Azrael oversees Nature’s cycles. Associated with honoring ancestors within sacred spaces. Use his help in setting memorial gardens and transiting through life’s cycles. Ask him to help identify plants you want to use in memorial or remembrance settings. Use his energy through plants like cedar, pine or chrysanthemum that capture and protect memories. Creamy white, white, or purple are his favorite colors.
Haniel, is the angel for nighttime gardens, especially those that face the west wind when the softer winds carry night blooming fragrances. Venus, the Goddess of Beauty works with Haniel. Together they energize children, healing and metaphysical spaces. Ask her help for adding humor to your space and can’t decide on the pieces.
Roses and soft lights bring Haniel to help you enjoy the evening garden. Take time to look at the stars. Her ancient work from Babylonian times may filter down to you. If you are creating a knowledge space such as medicine garden, arboretum or forest, she will share that ancient knowledge.
The Warm colors provide warmth and stabilizing characterizes and can often be found in the background supporting others. Use pink to keep chi in with plants or structures. In a child’s garden it contributes to creating adventure and tranquility, all at the same time. Made of red and white pigments where red is for exploring and white for insight. Copper is the color to use when your sacred space needs a boost from the earth. A great color for a therapeutic garden.
Ariel oversees and works with all trees and elementals. The archangel of the natural world partnering with Raphael when healing the earth and elementals. She reminds us that magical healing energy is found in Nature. Its energy is restorative and rejuvenates the body, mind and spirit. When one is out in nature they come back home again with a clearer perspective and different outlook on life.
Her colors are copper, gold, indigo, orange, pink and white. When working in your sacred space on Saturdays – give her a shout out. That is her day. Ask her to guard your space and all included. She’ll help you navigate through the nature realm where you can meet the elementals of the land and water. Introduce the color copper through artwork, irises, rhododendrons, or day-lilies. Interesting rocks and water features will help draw the elementals to your space.
Chamuel, the Angel of Love and overseeing children’s sacred spaces. Pink is his color. Other colors are ruby red or pale green. He will help to repair relationships or increase vibrations to experience and create positive, healthy relationships. Plant mixed lettuce, carrots, white and red zinnias and petunias to call Chamuel.
The Hot Colors as a group provide vitality, forward movement, the symbolism of the forcefulness of the sun and conversation. Red represents inner-strength and bursts of energy. Orange is forward movement and socializing. Yellow supports and stimulate intellectual activities, self-worth, self-confidence, self-esteem and feelings of self-power.
Jophiel, is the Archangel of Creative Power, Illumination and Beauty. What a great group of talents to call on when creating a sacred space or redesigning one. A guardian of the Tree of Knowledge. Loves shades of pink and yellow found in carnations and calla lilies. Marigolds add that punch of brilliance.
Raziel is the Angel of Secret Gardens. Secret gardens are a great touch to a sacred space. He loves rainbows and all its colors. Be sure to add that symbol in your scared space. Plants like boxwood and yews help with making secluded or mysterious lines. When you are taking your walk on that foggy day along the hedges, Raziel is present and it’s a good time to chat. Or if you think you see Merlin or Gandalf for that is the energy of this angel with all their use of natural magic and great colors they produce. Japanese Maples are a wonderful addition that works with Raziel.
The below chart summarizes some of the fun items regarding archangels. When writing myths and contents such as I do; the resources are varied. They are volumes, slim or views with many experiences. I hope you enjoy the findings.
“Show me your garden and I shall tell you what you are. Alfred Austin”
The zodiac of western astrology is another option in working with colors and sacred spaces. Lilies, lavender, roses and poppies touch every sign. Lilies are sexy and passionate with their deep, nectar-coated throats. Lavender and roses fill the air with their wonderful fragrances. Poppies offer a plethora of color and textures. Taurus and Leo signs need to give their monies to a helpful friend. They will buy every plant they see, touch or feel.
Western Astrology plays an integral part of the relationship between plants, planets and humans. Elements influence all them – Fire, Earth, Air and Water. The fifth element (Wood) from eastern views facilitates people’s connection with nature and the universe. I use element and sign as the same within this blog. An example is that Aries is a Fire Sign and belongs to the Fire Element.
Birth sign flower brings luck and harmony. Each month has a flower(s) associated with it. Signs cross two months and I have presented both.
Planting under the zodiac
The Moon is the key ruler of planting activities. Leading the Water Elements, the moon acts on behalf of all growing things and is most effective when in a compatible sign. Planting when the Moon is moving through one of the six signs of femininity and fertility will yield hardier plants, greater yields and larger produce or flowers. The water signs (Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces) and the earth signs (Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn).
The non-planting signs of the Fire Elements (Aires, Leo, Sagittarius) and Air Elements (Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.) These signs are infertile. Vegetables will fail under these planting tips.
An exception is those signs ruled by the planet Venus (Taurus, Libra) the planet of beauty and fragrance.
When designing sacred spaces, the Earth signs of Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn like practically. The cushions for the outdoor furniture are textured, soft, appear lived-in and comfy. Colors of earth signs are brown, bronze, copper, and green.
The Water signs of Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces need quiet and calm. Lifting spirits in tones of blues, greens, indigo or purples provide the needed relaxation and calmness. Coastal looking furniture and colors of white-washed are present in their sacred space. Touches of sea shells, driftwood or pebbles placed in containers brings in the call of water.
The Fire signs of Aires, Leo, and Sagittarius build spaces of spontaneity, passionate pops with a touch of romance. Sacred spaces are from any age, caves to modern styles. Colors of burgundy, red, terra cotta; warm shades of orange and gold and accents of dark woods.
The Air signs of Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are intellectual, highly communicative and objective. Their sacred space style is modern or minimalist that are bright and airy. Colors of yellows, quiet neutrals, pastel, creams and palest blues.
The cycle starts withAries, (March 21st – April 19th) ruled by the planet Mars and the 1st house of the zodiac, Beginnings. Spring starts.
A Fire sign, individuals are confident, fierce and full of energy. Always on the move, Aires like to explore and always picks the road less taken. The plants will match individuals’ enthusiasm, zeal and passionate characteristics.
A pioneering sign Aires are drawn to the newest plant varieties. Plants survive in difficult situations and grow under adversity. They are large, pleasant; red with sharp and pointed leaves. Edible fruit or herbs are spicy or bitter. The flowers of Aires in March are daffodils and in April sweet peas, daisies and lilies.
In a sacred space, plants shimmer with hues of red or orange. The flowers are self-confidence and contain unbridled energy. The paths are wide and straight red brick or rough gravel, both of which embody the dynamic energy of this sign. A generous space for lawn games of croquet, touch football, or lawn darts are required.
Aries rules the head, eyes and face. Plants that purify the blood, stimulate the adrenal glands, or are high in iron (ruled by Mars). The herbs generate heat to the body. Examples of plants for this sign are amaranth, beets, bryony, chestnut, gentian, sweet woodruff, and wild-tiger-lily.
Taurus, (April 20th -May 20th) ruled by Venus and the 2nd house of finance and structure.
Taurus individuals are stubborn, headstrong and romantic (think Ferdinand the Bull). Very sensual, they remain practical and grounded. Ruled by the plant Venus (beauty and finances), comfort and pleasure are important to them.
They are the best gardeners of the zodiac. An Earth element that fits snugly into the rhythm of the soil, keeping their hands in the soil, touching plants, fragrances and textures. They need to recharge through the earth and the green world radiating both strength and calm. This sign wants every plant they see.
Taurus plants are abundant with enticing fragrances, gorgeous blooms displaying flirty structures. Lilies are an example. The blooms meaning their a is love for nature. They are dramatic and sensual symbolize the romanticism. A lover of many colors, pastel shades of blues, green and pinks are complemented by orange, red, or russet. The flowers of Taurus in April are sweet pea, daisies and lilies and for May lily-of-the-valley and hawthorn tree.
Great growers of vegetables and a talent for preserving them. Taureans are practical needing consistency and stability. It is important for them to feel the earth under their feet. Using tried-and-true plants of heirloom varieties is a must.
The sacred space entrance faces the southwest. Include a sunken part help with feeling close to the earth. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater house is a great example of a Taurus sacred space. The trees grow enough to form canopies. The furniture is low and chunky with comfortable cushions.
Taurus rules the throat and ears. The plants are soothing to the throat or calm the digestive system. The herbs are flavorful, cooling and cleansing. Examples of plants of Taurus ruled by Venus are eucalyptus, foxglove, mint, golden rod, olives, raspberry, and sweetgum.
Gemini, (May 21st – June 20th) ruled by Mercury and the 3rd house of communications and restlessness.
Gemini the Twins are the most versatile individuals of the zodiac. Energetic, lively, and generators of new ideas. An Air sign loving and showing their sociable, clever and creative side. They move from one activity to another as if they are on the wind.
Gemini love blooms, the prettier the better. They are the sign that will intently use the Language of Flowers to send messages and feelings. Roses are a favorite and symbolizes love and companionship. The flowers for Gemini for May are the lily-of-the-valley and hawthorn tree and June are roses and honeysuckles.
Gemini tend their plants daily helping to keep them grounded. Their space is luxurious with total functionality. The infrastructure works, the arbors are in plant and the composite is functional and out of site. elongated shapes found in the cubism form, capturing the Geminis energy and sociability work well in a sacred space. Sophisticated and streamlined style with a touch of movement (swings, slides).
Sacred Spaces face the east filling with light and air for a spacious and infinite ideas. A comfortable wooden swing is present where this sign can indulge in flights of fancy. The colors of pastels, Nile Green and silvery tints can be found in plants and art pieces. Yellow and orange flowers are placed in sprinkles around the area.
Mercury rules the lungs, shoulders, arms, and hands. The plants under this sign strengthen the lungs and respiratory system. Air is a thinking element and is repeated in the fruit of nut trees that reflect the human brain. The leaves are thin or fuzzy and a subtle fragrance. They are finely divided leaves or stems (like the bronchi of lungs).
Examples of plants of this sign are carrots, jack-in-the-pulpit, lavender, lilies-of- the-valley, maidenhair fern, oats, roses, and southernwood.
Cancer, (June 21st – July 22nd) is ruled by the Moon and the 4th House of home. Summer starts.
Cancer individuals are hopeless romantics and the most emotional sign of the zodiac. Their feelings and senses are always present. They want to appear very strong and rigid but are very vulnerable. They symbolized the home, are social, loving and patience.
A Water sign ruled by the Moon, Cancer love to feed and nourish itself and others. The plant petals are soft or well-define. The leaves moon-shaped containing moisture. The flowers for Cancer in June are roses and honeysuckles and in July larkspur and water lily.
Cancer’s sacred space is quiet and contemplative and is an extension of their home. Small areas that need detail care are great for Cancers and will nourish them. Let the rest go wild or low maintenance. An asymmetrical pond with curve paths and flowerbeds with natural contours and low foliage are subtlety in place. Curve benches are placed in shady spots.
The colors of silver-gray, pale yellow and white are prominent in moon gardens (evening primroses, evening stock, and night-blooming cereus) where evening fragrances bridge the consciousness and the subconscious.
Cancer rules the stomach, breasts, diaphragm, and liver. Plants aid digestion or the subconscious. Example of plants that support this sign live by the water and are rich in potassium; hydrangeas, night jasmine, peppermint, and saxifrage. Trees share their sap – birches, limes, maples and palms.
Leo, (July 23rd – August 22nd) is ruled by the Sun and the 5th house of creativity.
Gregarious and dominant of all the signs. Leo are leaders or want to be. Warm, loving, strong, confident and generous are part of their nature. They think and act big.
The mindset “Right Plant, Right Place” firmly applies to a Leo. Endless shoppers excited by the many offerings, They will go crazy in a nursery. A very practical friend needs to watch the selections and the budget. Ensuring growth and blooms for their future home. Unless they have a conservatory, remind them to hire a consultant.
These are the beautiful folks, loving beauty and sunshine. Their sacred space entrance faces the south to capture the sun’s vitality. Always the most beautiful in the area. (Biltmore, Balmoral, Versailles). It will contain amazing seating areas. Wide areas for walking, flowerbeds of red and pink roses, and French-style groves. Massive and extensive displays grace front walkways and patio beds. A fire or outdoor stove or tiki lights, fairy lights surround the seating area.
The plants are large heart-shaped leaves or a radiating shape. The flowers for July are the larkspur and water lily and August gladiola and poppies. The colors are bright, large, warm and aromatic. They lift the spirit with their strong shades of orange, reddish-orange, or yellow can be found in the metal gold and copper. The artist Klimt and his ‘Golden Phase’ is an excellent example. Use in structure, art and you can divert Leo’s symbols by planting sunflowers or orange trees.
Leo rules the heart and circulation and the plants that regulate blood pressure. Examples of plants that fall under this sign are angelica, barley, garlic, ginger, junipers, marigolds, mulberries, peonies, and sunflowers.
Virgo, (August 23rd – September 22nd) ruled by Mercury and the 6th House of work.
These individuals are modest and shy and witty, interested in socializing and understanding those around them. Diligent and meticulous at work.
An Earth sign ruled by Mercury, Goddess of the Grain is the traditional sign of the harvest. An excellent gardener with deft hands and capacity to work hard. A thinking caretaker, before beginning a project, a plan is devised. Then revisited along with the overall strategy. Gloves are always near during the growing season.
Their sacred space faces west. It is tidy and structured. Well-trimmed lawns with wide paths or a prairie will stimulate Virgo’s intellect. Everything is planted along straight lines, and hedges are trimmed neatly. Rows of vegetables are neat and trim. Integrated pest management and organic weeds are activated by this sign. Circular flower beds and potted plants condense and join energy. A circular metal table surrounded by round-backed chairs as an invitation to sitting and taking a break.
The flowers for Virgo August gladiola and poppies and September morning glory and asters. The plants are finely divided leaves or petals emitting subtle odors. Small flowers of bright hues in blues, brown, green, and yellows.
This sign is a big believer in herbal remedies. The most beneficial plants for Virgo are high in potassium and help to calm the nerves. Examples of plants for this sign are buttercups, fennel, endive, hazelnuts, narcissus, pansies, and walnuts.
Libra, (September 23rd – October 22nd) is ruled by Venus and the 7th house of balance. Fall begins.
The sign of balance and harmony, individuals are charming, calm and kind. Rule by Venus (beauty and love), they will create a wonderful sacred space that is made for social activities. The space must be organized, semi-formal and under cover with amenities nearby.
An Air sign, the plants are light, lovely flowers of extraordinary beauty and gorgeous scents. The herbs are fragrance or exhibit sensory quality. Most fruit blossoms are ruled by the planet Venus. Trees and plants have small, delicate leaves, because they’ll make music when the breeze wafts through them.
The flowers for Libra in September are morning glory and asters. October is calendula and cosmos. Colors range from bright to subtle shades. They are blue, mauve or soft hues, ranges of green-white to pinks.
A delicate sign that appreciates its sacred space but will need to hire help to form a place of grace and refinement. A graceful statue or shiny gazing ball is the perfect final touch for this garden, as even-handed Libra is attracted to both natural and manmade beauty. personification of the intelligence. They are really very attractive. A cooking area nearby that is melted into the scene.
Libra rules the kidneys and the adrenals. Plants help with blood pressure and lift the spirit bringing balance to these areas of the body. Examples of plants for this sign are apples, bergamot, cherries, primrose, strawberries, rose (white) trilliums, and violets.
Scorpio, (October 23rd – November 21st) ruled by Pluto and the 8th House of deep transformation, rebirth, regeneration and the transformation of energy.
Individuals born under this sign are complex and intense (of all the signs). They are powerful and passionate, very strong willpower, amazing ability to persuade, and deep emotions. Not a follower and neither are the plant behavior of this sign.
Mars and Pluto co-rule this sign. The plants under this water sign are found in remote places or underground. They are vigorous, spicy or bitter and may have thorns. Unique in colors, that can appear green and dark all at once, midnight blue, red, dark red, maroon, turquoise or purple.
The flowers for Scorpio are in October calendula and cosmos and November the chrysanthemum. Scorpions have a flair for drama and enjoy eye-catching plants and flowers. Vines cling and trail, plants appear wild and will thrive, they partner well with Nature.
Unique sacred spaces that are entered from the north with mysterious nooks and recesses. A water feature like a bird bath or fountain is always favored for the space. Curved paths. There is always a plan, successive plantings are a key requirement.
Scorpio rules reproductive organs. Plants that fall under this sign anthurium, basil, blackthorn, mushrooms, rhubarb, stinging nettles and woad.
Sagittarius, (November 22nd – December 21st) ruled by Jupiter and the 9th house of discovery and expansion.
Sags depict the combination between man and horse (Centaurs) displaying intellect and strength. Individuals are strong, independent and energetic. They are open-minded and always seeking new adventures. Optimistic individuals that can charge one with positive emotions.
Jupiter is the most bountiful of planets, plants need space to grow. They are large, conspicuous, and have a pleasant scent. Wildly spreading out and seeming free. This planet rules annuals that produce flowers all summer. Many species of evergreens that shows their majesty. Jupiter’s influence is to get one to looking upward to capture the sky’s latest visions.
The flowers for Sagittarius are in November chrysanthemum and in December are holly, ivy and poinsettia. Floral arrangements in worship services are under the domain of Jupiter. The flowers that adorn altars perfectly suits your spiritual aspirations, and carmine encourages the expression of your inner fire. Colors are cobalt-blue, deep purple, light or purplish-blue, purple, or tan.
They view sacred spaces as having a piece of nature in the home. A physically strong sign that does not shun physical work. One may even mention audacity when referring to their understanding of gardens. Comfortable wooden Adirondack chairs and a long picnic table part of the seating area while viewing the outdoors.
The plants support the liver, are high in the mineral silica, and promote a positive frame of mind and expansion. Examples of plants for this sign are bamboo, cattail, dahlias, gladiolas, Indian grass, oatstraw and passionflowers.
Capricorn, (December 22nd – January 19th) ruled by Saturn and the 10th house of details and structure. Winter starts.
Individuals are stable, caring and reliable. Deeply rooted and comfortable when everything is in its place. Independent, disciplined and serious. Appreciative of beauty and luxury. Never amateurish they will plan, review and review again. An organized soul the plantings are formal in their sacred space. They are comfortable having space for leisure activity. A formal patio covered in flagstones with a square table surrounded by well-back chairs.
The vegetable gardens are field-stone pathways between neat rows. They do their research and start from the ground up – literally. As a conscientious and disciplined steward, they plan for the long season and year-round activity.
The plants are shade tolerant or will grow in extremely dry conditions. Simple shapes that are hardy, long-lived with short bloom times. The thorns are elongated and can stand severe cold. Growing where they want, they are woody, knobby and produce annual rings. Saturn rules plants with long lives and slow growth. He rules vegetation that taste bitter or acrid, and poisonous plants that are deadly and medicinal powerful.
The flowers for Capricorn are in December – holly, ivy and poinsettia and in January – carnations and snowdrops. Colors of black, blue, blue-violet, chocolate-brown, dark gray, indigo, gray shades.
A sign that uniquely reflects the nature life-cycle of plants. To bloom from the depths of the dark, Capricorn and Saturn provide the cold, dry and quiet spaces. Then follows to drying and finally the withering and dying process.
Capricorn rules the skeleton. Saturn rules the skin, bones and teeth. Plants treat broken bones, strains, sprains or bruises. Examples of plants for this sign are comfrey, cucumbers, mullein, oaks, pole beans, radicchio, solomon’s seal, tulips, and Japanese white pines.
Aquarius, (January 20th – February 18th) ruled by Uranus and the 11th House of Friendship and personal goals.
Aquarians fiercely independent and eccentric. The sign of originality, sacred spaces are built on inspiration. As an Air sign ruled by Uranus, plants will grow in unusual places and may vary in appearance wanting to be realistic or inspirational.
The plants may grow a bit wonky with strange scents. They must show your originality and how they are placed. The ability to rejuvenate, meditate, and nurture your humanistic and pacifist tendency works in hand by the principle of Zen garden. Trees stand strong and embrace the winter cold.
The flowers for Aquarius January carnations and snowdrops and February violet and primrose. Colors are turquoise and violet. Sacred spaces are easy-care meandering plants alongside walkways and patios. Water features to offer those moments of tranquility.
Uranus rules sudden changes. It oversees plants that help with circulation, relax the nervous system, or promote inspiration. Example of plants for this sign are cinnamon, cloves, elderberry, kava kava, rowan, snow peas, and thyme.
Pisces, (February 19th – March 20th) co-ruled by Neptune and Jupiter and the 12th House of Mysteries (subconscious mind, dreams, instincts)
Pisceans are caring, generous and compassionate, tending to follow the heart rather than the mind. They love greenery of any sort and will garden by intuition and their unique relationship with Nature.
Another sign that needs to hire help to do the heavy lifting in a sacred space. A member of the Water elements and ruled by co-ruler Neptune, a water feature is a must combine with artistic flair. Impressionist style is theme for Pisces.
Individuals can sense change and the plants are no different. Large and graceful, and hard to find. Rainbow of colors soft sea greens, purple or red-violet are brilliantly placed at the front and alongside walkways. The flowers for Pisces are the February violet and primrose and March’s daffodils.
Many of the plants grow near water promoting health, awareness and positivity. Their healing plants abilities are to strengthen the immune system or have an antibacterial effect. The herbs are helpful in dream work or bringing physical concepts to the next plane. Examples of plants of Pisces ruled by both Neptune and Jupiter are coffee tree, hops, lupines, melons, mosses, orchids, skullcap, and willows.
Hot colors are masculine energies that provide vitality and forward motion. They represent the force of the sun and love conversations. Colors and gems that engaged in sharing ideas, communication or new thinking. In a sacred space they are the attention grabbers; rousing the senses, bringing large spaces to an intimate level and help when human eyes are fading.
Red offer supports and creation of one’s inner strength. It gives a boost of energy. Red takes on properties of surrounding colors and is best used in small quantities.
Bloodstone is a chalcedony that in ancient times was called Heliotrope, the Sun Stone. This gem supports berry plants in their growth and production. It works with fluids including enchanting water quality. Bloodstone is recharged by running under water or sitting in the sun. Fond of scarlet pimpernel, red carnations and snapdragons.
Tiger Iron is a combination of Golden Brown Tiger Eye, hematite, and red jasper. Called the Stone of Strength, it is charismatic and works well with plants that grew by bulbs. A grounding gem for plants. Recommended to use in plant groupings and strong plants types of alliums, garlic or lilies. It works well with pansies, grapes, gladioli and daffodils.
Orange is called Joy Bringer and is the number one color for moving forward. It seeks to help you while promoting peace and harmony. In sacred spaces use this color near a seating area to encourage socializing and spontaneity. Or add a touch in a private space where personal energy is needed. Orange support the Southern direction.
Orange Calcite is a wonderful gem of light, vitality and joy. Looking like it captures sunshine, the Baltic Sun Goddess Saule uses this calcite to shower her journey across the sky. This is the gem to use when developing new sacred spaces. Use its warm and playful energy to create a gathering place where it will give confidence and vital energy in designing the space. Fond of nasturtiums, orange and peach blossoms.
Carnelian is a dense and translucent form of chalcedony. It is a joyful gem that feels very secure in its essence and transmits the same warmth, protection, and inner security to its surroundings. It will increase the energy flow in any space. A gem that will preserve sacred sites. Place in your Love and Relationship area of the Bagua.
Carnelian fuels fiery flavors in peppers found in the Nightshade family. It brings a touch of spice to those in the Monarda family (mint, bee balm) while bringing energy boosts as they grow. Fond of carnations, chrysanthemums, peonies, poppies and nasturtiums.
Gold is a color that protects and enlightens, is generous and compassionate, loves wisdom and knowledge sharing and provides vital energies to its surroundings. It attracts prosperity to the home. Within sacred spaces, gold adds a richness and warmth illuminating objects or plants nearby.
Citrine is a quartz of yellow to brownish-red coloring found in igneous rocks. The sun’s energy acts as a heat treatment to form citrine within amethyst or smoky quartz deposits. Sometimes found naturally in amethyst groupings.
It is highly protective gem and can prevent negativity from harming your sacred space, transmuting the negative energy into positive energy. Known as the Prosperity or Merchant’s Stone, citrine will manifest personal power and abundance. Place in the Wealth and Abundance corner of your sacred space where it will bring vitality to your plants and finances. It will warm the space, cleanse it, energize and enhances plant production. This gem uniquely grounds plants and is fond of citrus trees increasing their scent and taste.
Goldstone, a copper silicate well-known for being created by the Italian monks and is can be called Monkstone. In a sacred space, it deflects unintentional energy. It is a healing stone. A masculine energy when found with gold flecks and feminine when blue and purple are present.
Yellow is The Great Communicator. Use yellow in a space where you can sit and reflect, mass plantings in the distance or afternoon corners that are darken as the sun moves through the day. Yellow supports chi energy in the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest directions.
Tiger’s Eye is a chatoyant gem that is usually a metamorphic rock with bands of yellow-gold. Called The Stone of Courage and Strength. Tiger’s Eye supports strong root growth and prevents plant diseases. A gem for harmony, place a crystal in the Wealth and Abundance area of your sacred space. Fond of buttercups, peonies and sunflowers.
Yellow Fluorite supports weaken plants and restores them to strength and robustness. This crystal is fragile, so place gently in your sacred space. Placing close to plants that need to rebuild their internal structures works best for this gem.
Sphene, titanite-mixed form, is an interesting mineral that grows in plate-like or wedge-shaped forms and when in growing grids encourages growth. It can be found in gray, green, red to red-brown or yellow.
Jarostie, a hydrous sulfate of potassium and iron. A yellow-brown mineral with an interesting link to the Rover expeditions to Mars. Jarostie is found in acid sulfate soil and is a natural fertilizer required for plant growth. As such it plays a role in cross-fertilization of plants and flowers. Named for Jara, a Spanish flower belonging to the Genus Cistu, it encourages fruit production and heals plants that live underwater.
Side Note: Mars is thought to have water on it. The findings of this mineral on the Rover expeditions have reinforced the theory of life on Mars.
“I love the color pink. It makes a bold statement.” Samuel Larsen
Warm colors of black, brown, copper and pink are captured in this quote by Antoni Gaudi, “Color in certain places has the great value of making the outlines and structural planes seem more energetic.” They bring structure, warmth and stability to sacred spaces. They are feminine colors and energies except for brown who carries both masculine and feminine (Wicca) energy. In Sacred Spaces they bring other colors closer and stay in the background taking a supporting role to other plants, artwork or paths.
Black is the color of mystery, linking the unknown or the unseen. It creates a sense of possibility and barriers from the outside world where you can rest and be comforted.
Native Americans view black as life-giving reflecting the color of soil. In a sacred space it will create restfulness and restorative energy adding depth, sophistication and glamour to a space.
Black agates will remove any negativity from plants that are struggling with illness or lack of energy when there does not seem to be logical reasons. Place next to plant to clear negative energies.
Pop Stones are known as Boji Stones1. Composed of pyrite and palladium their appearance is smooth on one side with small protrusions on the other. They reflect and balance yin (female) and yang (male) energies. These stones help growth and encourage telecommunication between plants. In sacred spaces their nutritional gifts disintegrate into the soil supporting health and growth. A fun stone that gives to flowers and loves the people who love flowers. Fond of almond blossoms, edelweiss and gardenias.
Fossils are formed from soft organic materials (the bone structures of animals, insects or shells). The word itself means dug up. They provide a rich volume of minerals needed for plants and soil. Fossils are stamps from the past and work as an adornment in any space, indoor or outdoor potted plants. Fond of foxglove, mimosa and red clover.
Lodolite, Lodalite or Lodelite is a quartz infused with chlorite, calcite, feldspar or magnesium aluminum silicate–almost always with iron. The gem mimics scenes of gardens, landscapes or underwater views. Lodolite is a grounding crystal used to manifest dreams and desires by bringing the gentle strength of earth into your life. Known by many names; Scenic, Landscape, or Garden Quartz emphasizing its connection to the natural earth. An excellent gem for healing and displaying its strong energy.
Obsidian is volcanic glass forming when magma hit the earth and cools rapidly. Bury two black crystals flanking the front door and the back door of the home. If you cannot bury them, then place in a pot. Fond of primula, thistles and tulips.
Onyx is a black agate. If you are struggling to keep pests away from prized plants, onyx will help. A grounding crystal that works well against chemical waste in polluted rivers. Fond of blackthorn and wild cherry trees and edelweiss.
Brown is the color found in bark, stone or wood. It stabilizes a location by adding structure and support. An elemental representative of Earth and a masculine energy except in Wicca (feminine). Brown adds depth and grounding in a small space. The color supports the South and Southwest directions in the Bagua and the North for Wicca. When you need creative thoughts, call in Air and Fire Elements place a symbol of brown in the Southeast.
Rhyolite is an alkaline feldspar mixed with quartz forming an extrusive igneous rock. Found in different colors; predominantly brown, orange-tan, caramel, yellow, or green. A dense and structural gem that builds up strong preservation attributes for spaces in transition or living in severe climates. Rhyolite connects to plants in the harshest conditions, succulent plants are a good example. It deepens your connection with the Earth and all its inhabitants. Use this crystal when ready for change, sparking creative energies and balancing acceptance and strength. Leave outside on a windy day to recharge. Fond of blue poppies and yellow iris.
Rainforest Jasper is a type of rhyolite with many names; Australian Rainforest Jasper, Rainforest Rhyolite, Spherulitic Rhyolite, Agatized Rhyolite, and Green Rhyolite. Rainforest Jasper is a natural healer reaching far into the green world’s memory activating healing knowledge from the past and the healing ability of plants. A memory crystal passing on its knowledge through ancestral matriarchal lines. Attracts devas and other nature spirits to your sacred space.
Tree Agate is an agate that protects the balance between earth’s energy and the green world’s growing requirements. It forms a safe environment that fosters plant growth, boost the viability of seedlings, strengthen mature plants, or increase harvests. This is another gem that will work with flowers or plants growing in difficult conditions. Tree Agate is useful for tuning in to the wisdom of trees. Activate it by sunlight and place in the soil or a container.
Copper is a healing color when changing from old to new ways. An energetic color wanting you to pick your own path and fulfill your life. Several ancient goddesses; Ishtar, Aphrodite and Venus display their power of love, balance, beauty and artistic skills with copper. A feminine color that showers nurturing and youthful attributes of women. As a mineral, copper is one of eight micro-nutrients required for plant life and photosynthesis.
In your sacred space use copper (mineral form) or the color to receive a boost from the earth. Copper helps to mitigate arthritis and rheumatism and is great in a therapeutic space. Keep a touch of copper nearby to help with clear communication
Daphnite is a type of chlorite. A crystal of transformation and transmutation it has long been used by commercial growers for plant production. The crystal manages communication within the plant world and enhances green life in many types of spaces. It protects plant growth from pests and digging (i.e. dogs, rodents, elk).
Pink is the highest vibrational color for balancing and maintaining healthy relationships of all kinds. Mix it with colors of dark blue, green, black or gray tones to highlight their vibrations and that of the guardian angels. In a child’s garden, pink contributes to adventures and tranquility. Made up of the colors red (for exploring) and white (for insight). Pink keeps chi in your sacred space. Use plants or structures of this shade if you need help.
Pink Tourmaline promotes joy and peace during periods of change and growth. All tourmaline attracts devic energies and are extremely beneficial for the sacred spaces and plants. Fond of amaryllis, hydrangeas and rhododendrons.
Rose Quartz promotes longer bloom times, keeping flower edges from turning brown. Add this gem near heart-base flowers like bleeding hearts, roses or jasmine for an extra glow. The plants themselves bring balance, peace and a sense of being loved. This quartz supports a plant’s natural healing abilities. Place next to ones who appear ill. Rose quartz placed in a polluted area will clear the space. Fond of apple blossoms, daisies, lilacs and roses.
1 a registered ‘trademark of stones’ discovered in Colorado.
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