The Deep Green Christian’s Spring Equinox

Once more we come to a time of balance in the Wheel of the Year. The darkness is quickly giving way to the light, which shone albeit weakly, throughout wintertime. The light arises, poised to overtake darkness. Shadows are becoming shorter; days are getting longer; our Brother Sun fervently grows in strength once more upon … More The Deep Green Christian’s Spring Equinox

Plants Meditation – 12. Yew

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name: Yew  Symbolism: Everlasting Life Survival after death  Information: This tree hollows out over time to give stability and durability over hundreds of years, regenerating from below. Its longevity is extended into perpetual life by the growth of daughter shoots which flourish around the mother tree as she gradually … More Plants Meditation – 12. Yew

Plants Meditation – 11. Ivy

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name: Ivy  Symbolism: Connection Dependence Friendship Immortality  Information: Ivy is an evergreen plant, surviving even the hardest of winters, and is immortalised in the ancient carol, “The Holly and the Ivy”. Its association with the winter comes from the bringing in of evergreen plants into places of worship to … More Plants Meditation – 11. Ivy

Plants Meditation – 10. Silver Birch

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Silver Birch  Symbolism: Pioneering Fire Resilience  Information: Birch is one of the first deciduous trees to wake after the Winter and since ancient times has been seen as representing renewal and new beginnings. The birch tree sheds part of itself almost constantly, whether catkins, leaves, twigs or seeds. … More Plants Meditation – 10. Silver Birch

Plants Meditation – 9. Hawthorn

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Hawthorn  Symbolism: Abundance Fertility & New Life Toughness  Information: This is a very hard wood, tough enough for making wheels, gear cogs and milling. It burns well, even when green, giving a beautiful light to all around. Traditionally it has also been used as a boundary marker for … More Plants Meditation – 9. Hawthorn

Plants Meditation – 7. Periwinkle

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Purity  Symbolism: Purity Opportunity Grace  Information: The periwinkle is a fast growing ground cover plant, whose stems take root when upon touching the ground. Some varieties are evergreen, but others die back to the roots during the winter season. As the number five is associated with grace, the … More Plants Meditation – 7. Periwinkle

Plants Meditation – 6. Aquelegia / Columbine

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Aquelegia / Columbine  Symbolism: Innocence Foolishness Gifts of the Spirit  Information: The unmistakable columbine is an incredibly varied species, with thousands of varieties, each delicately painted in many different colour combinations. It is the microscopic changes in the cell shapes of its flowers which produce the dramatic changes … More Plants Meditation – 6. Aquelegia / Columbine

Plants Meditation – 5. Poppy

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Poppy  Symbolism: Sleep Peace Death Resurrection  Information: Poppies are versatile plants which thrive in disturbed soil. This explains why many fields which have not been treated with herbicides are shot through with swathes of red in the summer. One single poppy seed-head may contain up to 17000 individual … More Plants Meditation – 5. Poppy

Plants Meditation – 4. Lavender

 Plants Meditation Image: Wikimedia Commons  Plant Name:  Lavender  Symbolism: Peace & Calm Tranquility Healing  Information: Lavender is a wonderful plant in anyone’s garden both for its sheer beauty in colour and fragrance, which can be distilled into an important essential oil which should be a part of any home medicine chest, effective in so many … More Plants Meditation – 4. Lavender