Well, I am a very happy woman as I write this evening. I really didn’t expect to get such a positive response to my exhibition held during Clifden Art’s Festival. I had been prompted to do it by the plants and having done it, taken the photos and written the book, what happened next was in the lap of the goddesses. It was such a thrill to get positive feedback from people and I sold out the book!!! (I had secretly hoped to sell about half but never expected to SELL OUT!!!)
The best part of it all was that people really looked at the photographs and recognised some of the plants. Finally, they had a name for those weeds that were all over their gardens. Other people were fascinated and quite shocked to find out that the weeds were medicinal and could be used for their health; still more people could remember the plants being used by their grannies when they were small children but they couldn’t remember how or why. Hopefully this will be the start of their return to connecting with Mother Nature.
My birthday coincided with the end of the festival, on the Autumn Equinox, a time of equal night and equal day; a time of balance. My birthday always feel like a fresh beginning -perhaps everyone feels like that – I think it was because the school year always started just before my birthday and everything was new and just beginning again. Then I worked as a teacher so I had the same feelings. The change of season and the equinox always make me feel that I am about to head off into some new adventure, that new opportunities are waiting and life feels refreshed.
Light balanced with the dark.
The sun rising on the morning of my birthday, spreading beautiful rays of light towards me.
This year has been no different. The weather has improved, there is that expectation of change in the air and mornings and evenings are getting cooler. My friend Colette, of Bealtaine Cottage, was visiting and gave me lots of motivational and inspirational ideas and suggestions and advised me to spend my birthday evening thinking about what I want this next year to be about. She had made a video about me for her You Tube channel which led to even more sales of the book. I have had to have it reprinted!! You can watch her video here
After reflection, I have made a decision about what I am going to do with the rest of my life. I am going to believe in myself, I am not going to take NO for an answer anymore, I am ready for action, I am going to strike while the iron is hot and I am devoting myself to plants, the herbs, which are a gift from the Goddess.
With all this excitement about the coming year, all the plans and ideas about how to get the world to recognise the wonder of plants, I am busy, busy busy. My husband has to finish building my “herb shed” and I am planning to produce a digital course about herbs which will include their metaphysical qualities. I have been asked to guide a Herb Walk for a local Green festival and I will be planting lots more herbs in my herb garden – and not to mention I will be writing The Weed Handbook Volume 2. It’s great to have so much to look forward to.
The sun is setting after a lovely Autumn day spent working in the garden. I am so grateful for having had a very fulfilling week, selling books, meeting lovely people and talking about herbs. The Libran full moon is in Aries which is possibly giving me the balance, drive and energy to make the decisions I have mentioned. This moon is a great time to put head and heart together to move in the same direction and so I am putting energy into what I really want to do, what my inner soul really wants to do. I am making a wish on the Full Moon tonight, that my inner power, strength and energy will lead head and heart to follow my soul’s destiny.
What will you wish for? Let me know in the comment box below. Happy Full Moon!