During the three days of the Summer Solstice we had the loveliest of weather and thanks to the Goddess it is continuing. Hurray!
Have you noticed how the energy has changed? Something has definitely changed or shifted since last Friday. On Friday I found myself skipping up and down kerbs in the city. I was having wonderful conversations in my head and noticed I was gesticulating as if I was having a REAL conversation and I had to cop on to myself otherwise I would have had some funny looks. I could feel energy or excitement brimming up inside of me and I wanted to dance along the streets, laugh, hug people. I felt SO happy! It was such a great feeling. I felt as giddy as a teenager because I felt so full of light. It must have been the solstice and the sun spot activity. Or perhaps it was due to all the treasure I had recently found.
All too often we rush through life,,looking ahead to the next chore or activity. We are always running out of time and dashing about doing. I can be as guilty of this as anyone but fortunately, because where I live is so beautiful, I am regularly reminded to slow down and take it all in.
Looking around and looking down, I discover Devil’s Bit Scabious, English Stonecrop, Hawkweed and different types of grass.
The purple of Self-Heal next to the white of Clover and the yellow of Dandelion make me think of treasure. There are more treasures to be enjoyed if I keep looking down.
The colours of Red Clover and Hawkweed along with the pale pink of the Blackberry flower and the blue of Devil’s Bit Scabious are like bright gems strewn in the grass.
There are so many stories within our folklore and within modern “morality” tales about people who are so busy searching for what they think is precious or is treasure, that they often don’t recognise it when it is right in front of them.
English Stonecrop looks like a scattering of fallen stars and Wild Thyme adds bright colour which stands out so beautifully against the green of the grass. Our wild flowers are a treasure trove that we can enjoy if we go head down rather than looking ahead to what is coming next. So many of these plants are medicinal or have been included in tales in our shared folk history. The variety and diversity of size, shape, colour and possible use is quite amazing to see on a short walk.
Cow Parsnip with lacy umbels look so fresh and delicate.
I say treasure our wild flowers and keep your head down – so that you can see them. Be a friend to them…which reminds me; if you would like to make a friend of a wild flower consider coming to my double workshop on Saturday 13 July – Finding a Plant Ally and Making a Flower Essence. Details here,
And remember, when you are out walking, if you really look, there are many types of friends to be made.