Sacred Spaces (Gardening) is the art that uses flowers & plants as paint, and the soil and sky as canvas Elizabeth Murray
I am doing a bit of self-promotion with this blog post. I have recently completed a five-year project in completing my second book. My original content took just a few months to write and then another 4 years to organize. Along the way, I learn photography and worked on improving my sentence structure.
I’m a plant person and to use the modern term “a creative”. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and researching the elements of composition that go into creating sacred spaces. The elements can be location, art pieces, containers, plants, and the colors that weave through them. When looking for additional insight, I apply knowledge from metaphysical sources (the language of flowers, mythology, crystals, astrology, and Feng Shui.)
I’ve created this guide to help in developing your sacred space or looking at it with a new set of eyes. There is an extensive discussion on how colors influence you and the sacred space you seek.
In Western Astrology and herbal practices, plants are influenced by the planets that rule them. I’ve included two tools in this guide to help you in your design. A floral calendar that introduces a view of the astrological wheel with the four seasons and a sample of the plants ruled by the astrological signs. You will find a synopsis of the constellations that shine above their astrological symbol.
Complimentary complementing this wheel of walking the plants through the planets are extensive charts with their corresponding planetary ruler and the plants they rule. The plants are described by their common and botanical names. The charts are presented by edible and non-edible properties and their designation as members of the Plantae or Fungi Kingdoms.
Notes pages are available to incorporate your observations, thoughts, or sketches. I’ve included an extensive reference section for those who want to pursue more on colors, sacred spaces, and mythology of planets and their effects.
If you are interested in my guide, please contact me at email@example.com. My guide is available as a pdf for $10 and as a hard copy for $15 (shipping to the U.S. and Canada only).
Wishing you a joyful and serene walk through your sacred space.
“Those who plants kindness gather love ” St. Basil the Great
Crystals are born of the earth and the stars and share their beneficial properties with us. They are valuable, kind and insightful in healing the body, mind, and the earth itself. In this post crystals, minerals and gems are used interchangeably to mean the same object. They are used for many purposes such as in healing the human body or aid in easing a troubled mind, but my focus is sacred spaces. When I visit clients, I like to partner with them and the space tuning into both with permission and always showing grace and respect when visiting.
I am of the belief that everything is energy and is frequently in motion. The plant kingdom and its many members are no different. They partner with crystals to heal physical ailments within themselves, the earth, or your sacred space. Each crystal has its own properties and in the next 2 to 3 posts, I will explore those that work in sacred spaces to make them more productive, healthy, and beautiful.
My definition of sacred space is broad. It is always small spaces, containers, urban balconies, cottage gardens in the country or flower beds in urban areas. It can be the one tree you absolutely love, a sitting area or a large space. Your statue, art work or water feature are all part of a sacred space. Crystals can partner with all of them in short spurts or for several years. One of my standard practices is to place quartz crystals in the four corners of one’s property offering protection, a healthy space and vivacious plants.
This post includes ideas and why partnering with gems would be of help. Like plants and sacred spaces, I believe crystals speak to the individual. If you are wandering in a shop, ask what crystals help with my space today and where would I place it? Sparkling gems are always magical for humans, birds and plants. Remember crows love sparkling things–if your crystals have gone traveling–crows are gifting them.
Sacred spaces flourish when using the energy of the Earth. Copper is a great example of this. As a mineral, color and gem it speaks to the earth, and anything near it. It is one of the 8 micronutrients required for plant life. It directs energy from the earth to the plant. This is one role of crystals, the ability to send specific energies that support growth and vibrancy. They enhance nurturing to plants helping them to grow.
Crystals in a sacred space channel the energy of its properties or attributes and where they can be the most beneficial. In partnering with our plants and crystals we are respecting the gifts of the Earth’s Cycle of Giving. An example is several years ago, a crystal called Earthkeepers appeared on the surface of the planet. Rumored to exist but never found, Earthkeepers with their advance vibration are here to help the earth and bring future protection and peace to humans and the earth. They believe their properties can now be respected and worked with successfully. These crystals are still hard to find. I was lucky enough to be in a class to seen them and buy one. It is a constant stay in my sacred spaces.
Giving Sacred Spaces a helping hand
All crystal work begins with cleared and charged gems. They can be ‘programmed’ though meditation and intention or in conversation with the spiritual entities of your sacred space and plants. You can program a crystal to supplement the vital energies of plant growth. When sowing seeds in the spring. Ask them what crystals will work for the current situation. Choose crystals that speak to you. Place in a grid formation or as a border around plants, shrubs or trees. Blend sand, high in quartz composition with potting soil. Evoke the elements (air, fire, water, earth, spirit) by coordinating your space with crystals associated with each season and direction. Crystals can be used in plant food, but you will want to place them in the mixture 24 hours before use. Include gems in flower bouquets and potted plants when you give them as a gift.
To give the roots and the rest of the plant a helping hand, stick part of the crystal into the soil about 2 inches away from the main stalk or trunk. When a tree limb or branch needs more healing, wrap the gem directly to the branch with soft copper wire. Leave in place until health is restored, two weeks or longer depending on the condition. Another technique is to soak a gem in warm water charging the liquid, making it an effective irrigator for sick plants.
For potted plants, place crystals into the soil or when re-potting place, a gem in the bottom of a pot.
Look for gems that reflect the colors of water, earth, and sun or the stars. You can store the collection in a pretty bowl placing them next to a fountain, aligning them in a windowsill, or place them in the ground.
Use the right size gem for the task at hand. Example small container, small gem, small plant; a small moss agate for an orchid is perfect. If a plant is struggling health wise, a larger stone may bring more vitality and strength to the plant. Larger stones are important if your sacred space is near power lines or electrical equipment with EMF (Electric Magnetic Fields ).
The field of Geobotany explores the natural relationship between plants and crystals. Lychinis alpina, found under these common names (Arctic Campion, Alpine Campion, Alpine Catchfly) is a small plant with pink flowers, indicating copper deposits. A shrub named Haumaniastrum katagense is found nearby depending on its location. Diamonds and Pandanus candelabrum, Chandelier Tree are another example. This screw palm with spiny thorns grows just above sites where diamonds are located.
Another example is quartz, jasper and agate that are excellent choices and are hardy enough to endure the watering without damaging the crystal. Clear Quartz raises vibrational energy and working with amethyst become super healers. Apatite when partner with citrine and peridot works well on quince production.
Amethyst is a great partnering gem working with sage, blueberries, lavender and basil to increase food production levels and often bumper crops. Or with lepidolite enriching purple plants (lavender, purple sage, plums, eggplant, etc.) in their health and color. And yet another example is partnering with green calcite for stressed and anxious plants. Place them in the soil around the roots and bless them with healing energy.
Set up a bowl of tumble crystals of amethyst, tourmaline, quartz, and moonstone as a gift to earth elements. Dig a shallow hole and place your crystals within the dirt where they make direct contact with the plant’s roots.
To add sparkle, scatter quartz chips on the ground. The sparkling may confuse predatory insects.
Many stewards wear or carry their favorite gem on their person while performing the tasks related to sustaining their sacred space. Jet when wore partners with plants to make them flourish. More direct ways to use crystals and gem in harmonious partnership with plants can be through bury a crystal in the middle of your sacred space. Place crystals at the four corners of a specific area to ward off pests, disease or bring calm to the plants.
From Feng Shui practices the crystals quartz, rose quartz, amethyst, and tiger eyes all help in protecting and stopping weeds. Some of these crystals are said to protect your sacred space from large scale disasters.
Thank them for their service.