June 17, 2018

Lupine


The Spruce
I've been so inspired by the impressive cornflower blue, heather, grape and berry colors of Lupine. It is native to California and Oregon, where it grows along the coast and in dry and open meadows, prairies and forest clearings. It's breathtaking to walk through a field of Lupine. If you are in California you can see expansive fields of Lupine in July & August, sometimes earlier depending on the drought or rain conditions.

https://www.theoutbound.com/lake-tahoe/photography/photograph-the-lupine-at-lake-forest-beach

I also found an beautiful poem by poem by Denel Kessler to celebrate Lupine season comin
g.

LUPINE
It is not enough to see
a soul will manifest
what has been sown
immortal purple flame
gnarled roots in stone
the truth of nature
an external blooming
expression of the world

a flourishing vision
voraciously spreads
animating the meadow 
with honey-scented breeze
steep slopes sweetened
magnificent blossoms
open lavender wings
to conquer the sky

here the air is thin
windblown seeds
so carelessly thrown
to harsh alpine soil
become willful weeds
persistently untamed
internally unchained
forever wild flowers

The lupines – also known as the bluebonnets – are associated with a Native American legend. The story tells of a tribe suffering from the extreme effects of drought and famine. Many members of the tribe have already perished. Concern for survival creates even greater states of hardening and selfishness in the tribe, rather than community service and generosity. The tribe receives spiritual guidance that acts of giving and sacrifice are necessary, but no one is able to perform such deeds willingly. A young girl who is an orphan holds on to her precious doll, the only item she possesses as a memory of her family. She climbs up a hill and offers her doll. Where she places her doll, rain begins to fall and the lupines spring up. And so, says the legend, this is how the lupines came to appear on earth.
Indigenous stories like this contain deep wisdom. For the lupine is indeed, a plant that brings much healing to a parched and devastated earth. As a flower essence, lupine challenges the human soul to greater acts of generosity and selflessness. It is especially needed for just those times when the giving heart is hardened, or the sense of one’s own needs and self-preservation obscures ways in which we can minister to a larger community or social structure. (source fesflowers)
 A celebration of purple in my newest 4-piece stack inspired by the gorgeous tapestry of Lupine color can be found on my website shopbloom.co 


January 24, 2018

January's Affirmation

January carefully made her way down a forgotten path. Thin branches covered in crusty patches of moss and lichen crunched underfoot. Her cheeks were stinging and strawberry colored from the frozen air. Icicles dripped from the branches of birch and oak trees dazzling her with shimmering flashes from sunlight streaming through them. She arrived to the edge of the crest and here she could see the entire valley below her glimmering with frost like an ancient bed of sea salt. 

January reached into her pocket and clutched the large chunk of quartz. It had absorbed some of the heat of her body and her hand felt warm from its energy. January was quiet and listened intently. The wind rushed and howled along the edge of the hill she had climbed to reach as close as she could to Father Sun. The renewal of Earth was coming. Signaled soon, by the flight of snow geese whose long journey home would commence the celebration of the enormous power of Spring. 

All of this felt very clear to January who stood with her feet well grounded in the Mother as she reached upward with her hands as high as she could overhead. She called out to them in a song whose long and delicate tones carried across the valley and lifted upward toward the Heavens. She could hear the crackling sound of feathers slicing through the atmosphere. 

Slowly and magnificently the snow geese appeared from the center of the sun, swirling into a diamond formation, and began to descend toward January’s open arms. The sound of clarity whistled through her ears as each snow goose barreled above her. January’s fingers brushed the breast feathers and wing tips as each passed. She stood motionless as ice cicles shuddered and dropped from the birch tree forest into a multitude of sounds like bells and tinkling glass. Branches freed from their frozen encasement of ice began to transmit the ancient knowledge found within the heated sap as Earth’s heart opened to January’s doorway.

Purity & Earth Renewal 
Spirit Keeper of the North Star

 BLACKFOOT  
DECEMBER - IS-STA-M-SII-WA - COLD MONTH 
JANUARY - KAA-TOO-Yll - SNOW BLINDNESS 
ANIMAL: SNOW GOOSE 
MINERAL: QUARTZ CRYSTAL 
COLORS: WHITE, CLEAR and variations of MAUVE & STRAWBERRY 
PLANT: BIRCH TREE ELEMENT 
EARTH AFFIRMATION SEQUENCE: I am clarity. I fly from earth to star and back again. My heart is open starlight. My mind is free. I am harmony. 

Spirit Keeper of the North begins at the time of the winter solstice when Father Sun returns from his journey South and begins to bring the warmth that quickens growth in the Earth Mother and all her children. The clear quartz crystal representing this is placed one quarter of the way to the East in the northern quadrant, and moves clockwise. The mineral totem for the Earth Renewal is the quartz crystal, the plant is the birch tree, and the animal is the snow goose. The color is white. Earth Renewal teaches you to be as clear a receiver and transmitter of universal energy as the crystal, as important a communicator of the ancient knowledge as the birch tree, and as respectful of tradition and ritual as the snow goose. This is a position with the potential for great power. The Earth Renewal teaches you to be fluid, yet proper in conduct as well as clear, adaptable, prudent, and wise. People in this position have keen vision, are very accomplished at ceremony, and can take large steps in their personal evolution though the use of magic. Snow goose people need to guard against becoming blocked, against using their enormous power incorrectly, and against being so perfectionist they never have time for fun.