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  • Plant study: Queen Anne's Lace
    Steiner suggests in the plant world the physical and etheric forms are visible and present here on earth while the astral aspect and egohood of the plants dwell peripherally in the invisible world the spiritual world I imagine the archetype of the Umbelliferae family as being the Egohood of that family Steiner describes that in the Spiritual World before birth and after death we are in relationship with the Archetypes of minerals plants and animals and also the Archetype of Mankind How remarkable Here is my imagination of the Archetype of the Umbelliferae Family She is a living Queen wearing a starry gown that has patterns in constant movement intricate geometric rays that extend from large to small to smaller to smallest and back again in an unending progression of growth and interrelationship akin to the dendritic patterns within the human nervous system Her colors of face hair gown aura are predominantly radiant white with blushes of pink light green light yellow punctuated by the mysterious presence of deep purple in an unpredictable pattern that offers life touched by deep purple moments of infertility This Queen is a formidable force She intends her power to be used in service of all creation Her beloved companions from the animal kingdom know respect and honor her She wishes to be known by human beings and so she appears in great flower communities wherever human community abounds She accompanies human communities throughout the Northern Hemisphere Her physical needs are minimal she thrives in harsh dry infertile conditions Her earthly flowers nod and wave with the slightest breeze Air is where her strength grace and power abound Of course she holds a scepter made from a dry wild hemlock stem that is so airy and hollow and branches with such grace and geometry Her scepter holds within its form a musicality that is intricate and reveals the occult geometry within all creation Her flower family is of such service yet she offers her gifts in humility to whomever among animals and mankind is wise enough to recognize her She is a great Angelic Queen and her angel servants are found in the flower faces of her radiant umbels nodding in the breeze a companion alongside human beings Her promise is to offer a map of paths that lead us from every angle of her raying umbels to points connected and interconnected throughout the created material and spiritual worlds This Archetypal Flower Queen has a mysterious power over water such that she can use it and apparently control it She hovers above water and maintains her beauty and fecundity without being in need of water Water appears minimal in her expression she utilizes it so well that she appears to barely need any This Flower Queen offers sacred geometry interconnectedness pathways to use in our approach toward the infinite and the same pathways lead back to the exquisite structure of her reassuringly commonplace presence in our lives in the airy warmth of summertime here on earth in the Northern Hemisphere She is a radiant white Queen of mystery in service to us all Literature Review Some say Queen Anne s Lace was named for Anne Mother of Mary Grandmother of Jesus Others say that she was growing in the royal gardens when Queen Anne became bride to James I Queen Anne was an accomplished lace maker She challenged her ladies in waiting to a contest to see who could make lace as beautiful as the flower The Queen won the contest and the flower won her name Queen Anne s Lace is a biennial but can form a rosette and bloom in the same season if nutrients and conditions are ideal But often the Queen will grow a rosette in her first year overwinter then grow stem and flowers in the second summer 1 The Umbelliferae Family There are wonderful words that describe this plant family umbellifer umbel umbrella shaped compound inflorescence small umbels growing from the end of a ray of the primary umbel bracts The Umbelliferae resemble each other closely but mistaken identification is unwise since there are poisonous members of the family poison hemlock fool s parsley cowbane As a structure or type the umbel stands between inflorescence and blossom Many culinary herbs belong to the Umbelliferae family parsley dill caraway chervil fennel aniseed lovage and coriander And much fine eating is derived from this family carrots and parsnips give us their large tap roots celery its stems and leaves and celeriac its globe like root The Umbelliferous plants do not have seductive scents or colors their flowers are predominantly white greenish yellow light yellow or pink tones They never have strong dark or bright colors In the Umbelliferae family the flowering impulse appears checked or held back leaves roots and seeds have strong aroma rising from essential oils But the scent is not on the surface and must be crushed or chewed to be experienced The oil glands are not on the outer skin as in the Labiate Family but the astral forces are active in the vegetative part of the plant The poisonous ones have an astrality taken in so deeply and dammed up with the plant The distance separating spices and poisons in plants is not great Only a few seeds of archangelic caraway or fennel prove fatal to force fed sparrows In the Umbelliferae family there are hardly any woody plants which is rather surprising considering that they can grow as tall as small trees Not even the 100 year old Antarctic Azorellas are woody though their cushions are so tight and tough that a revolver bullet ricochets off them There are no Umbels in tropical lowlands or rainforests and only a few in tropical mountains But they abound in the dry Northern Hemisphere Air is their Element 2 Just as when you look Into the eyes of another human being You get a glimpse of their soul So also when you look deeply Into the heart of

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  • Plant study: Queen Anne's Lace
    Anne s Lace is so vigorous and full of life that it can easily survive on abandoned roadsides and other dry places with little water and in poor soils while continuing to produce ample flowering activity through the long hot days of summer These primary features of the Queen Anne Lace lead us to a core archetypal gesture the dynamic relationship between the upper and lower regions of the plant At the very center of the plant s heavenly white inflorescence is its intriguing single purple flower a kind of spiritual eye that orients itself to the cosmos while a vibrant strong root system sustains and grounds its intense activity The Queen s Anne Lace also known as wild carrot is the progenitor of the nutritious food called the carrot In the development of the carrot we can see that the earthly polarity of the plant is further emphasized As the wild carrot has been cultivated and domesticated for food the spiritual eye is no longer visible but instead these forces have gone into the further development of the central tap root to become the carrot we love to eat endowed with golden color and delicious aroma The carrot is one of the most nourishing of foods rich in beta carotene the precursor of Vitamin A which is so regenerating for the physical eye and for the general health of the brain and sensory life Holding this archetypal picture we can understand why the predominant healing quality of the Queen Anne s Lace flower essence involves balancing the polar relationship between the physical senses and soul consciousness For example the Queen Anne s Lace flower essence can be very helpful for those who suffer from a variety of disturbances in the physical eyesight especially when the body and soul struggle between unconscious clairvoyance and related psychic experiences and what is objectively perceived and understood through the conscious mind At a deeper level this struggle for insight and objectivity can lead to a condition called psychic projection Here the personality can be tempted to substitute its own subjectively distorted sense of self image rather than the objective reality or truth of one s situation This seeing often involves a struggle for consciousness regarding the lower life pole energy centers of the body soul For example certain aspects of the personality particularly with regard to one s sexuality may assume unlawful or untruthful presentation This is a phenomena well known in our modern day world when teachers political leaders or spiritual authorities may publicly project a higher personality and yet have another hidden side of sexual activity that runs counter to the more ideal self that has been imaged into the public arena Though we can be aware of extreme examples in popular culture the temptations are common to all who work to unfold higher centers of awareness As the soul struggles for a more spiritualized form of consciousness many aspects in the sense desire nature of the personality must be consciously

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  • Archetypal Character Study: Michael Jackson and Pretty Face
    there was a lot of make up on his pillow and that he got up quickly out of bed each morning to fix it not even letting her see his actual appearance He had his 3rd rhinoplasty in 1984 Right before he had it Jackson stated Did you see the way it looked on the American Music Awards when I was standing next to Diana Hers was so thin and mine looked so fat I hated it He scheduled his 4th rhinoplasty in 1986 and also planned to have a cleft put in his chin His mother told him he was going overboard To that he said it was the greatest joy I ever had was knowing I had a choice about my face He also said to a friend who was considering having plastic surgery Once you have it done you ll never stop looking in the mirror That s how great you ll feel about yourself Michael spent his whole life studying pictures of himself and dancing in front of mirrors and watching videos There were those who also thought he was just trying to not look like his father and that was the point of all of his surgeries Others thought he wanted to look less African American and more Caucasian When seen in public during the last decade of his life he often wore a surgical face mask It is reported that he did this because it was too difficult to wear his prosthetic nose Finally though he denied it vehemently it is obvious to me that he used skin whitening products He may have suffered from Vitiligo but even if he did his skin was whiter from the use of bleaching products Several people confirmed the use of them He also wore lots of pancake make up which made him appear even paler Over time his nose changed very much his lips got thinner his eyebrows got higher and he got a cleft chin He also looks much more like a woman than a man At the time of his death he was bald and wore wigs as well The Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates writes of Jackson after his death I think he wanted to be a symbol of universalism and he erroneously thought that his skin color hair texture the length of his nose and shape of his chin inhibited that You could say he was appealing to the universal but there is no way of escaping that it s a function of Negro self hatred and self loathing which is a function of slavery Jim Crow segregation and racism which made Blacks hate the very things that make them beautiful Many people thought that Michael Jackson was proud to be black but Professor Gates introduces a good argument He perhaps wanted to appear whiter to find success as his family was so poor before they became famous in the music industry Michael Jackson could have desperately used the Flower Essence Pretty Face

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  • Spring 2010 - Terra Flora
    world particularly the tropical rain forest The valuable textile silk comes from the larvae of a different moth family the Bombycidae The ceanothus silk moth lives in the nearby chaparral covered hillsides of Northern CA The larva caterpillar feeds primarily on species of California lilac Ceanothus The larvae are also known to feed on other native shrubs including laurel sumac Malosma laurina mountain mahogany Cercocarpus minutiflorus and manzanita Arctostaphylos species Above photos by Jon Enos Steller s Jay Nest with Eggs This is a nest of Steller s Jays not Blue Jays Steller s are more common west of the Rockies although we do have Blue s here too Wikipedia says Blue Jays typically form monogamous pair bonds for life Both sexes build the nest and rear the young though only the female broods them That has been my observation The male feeds the female while she is brooding the eggs There are usually 4 5 eggs laid and incubated over 16 18 days The young fledge usually between 17 21 days after hatching After the juveniles fledge the family travels and forages together until early fall when the young birds disperse to avoid competition for food during the winter

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  • Animal Case Study: Using Flower Essences for Adjusting to New Family Dynamics
    clearer and brighter and she wants to spend more time with her owners She will also chew on bones something that she has not done in some time Lucky has been a little more assertive around the other dogs and on occasion will go near them to pick up a bone This is also something that she would NOT do previously In addition on occasion Lucky has been getting on the bed at night and will sleep with the other dogs near her Her owner points out that this is important since Lucky does not normally like being touched by the other dogs and previously would prefer to sleep by herself on the sofa Her owner notes Truly a dramatic change in a short amount of time amazing Shifting group dynamics Lucky is still food possessive and can be grouchy with the other dogs She wants to interact with the other dogs on her terms only She will antagonize the other dogs at times but she can t take it from them Her owner would like to see Lucky s energy improve even more In addition the group dynamics with all the dogs have changed now that Lucky is improving and the fights among the dogs has increased from approximately 1 time per week to 2 times per week Although Lucky doesn t back down as much as she used to her owner notes that Lucky will still shy away from confrontation and needs to stick up for herself more than she does now Flower essence formula Beech was selected to remedy Lucky s inability to tolerate the other dogs and to help with her apparent allergies Centaury was used for Lucky s submissiveness and lack of assertiveness Holly was chosen for its ability to remedy jealousy which Lucky seems to feel toward the newest dog in the family Quaking Grass was included in the formula to assist the group of dogs live together in harmony Wild Rose was retained from the previous formula to remedy apathy and to help her to not be cranky with the younger more lively dogs In order for all the dogs to benefit from the essences directed at group harmony Lucky s owner was instructed to place four drops in the dogs community water bowl She was also instructed to administer the essences before bedtime and upon rising 3rd session January 31 Due to scheduling conflicts and the holidays more time lapsed between sessions than usual Brief phone and e mail contact was made during this time and Lucky s owner confirmed continued progress and continual use of the essences A refill of the same formula was provided Return of vitality Lucky s owners are noticing that she is acting more like a puppy such as getting into things and gnawing on the pine Christmas tree branches She is also sleeping on the bed more which her owners feel is an improvement over her previous state Lucky also seems to have regained some of her attachment to her owners The owners have noticed a little more confidence in Lucky and feel that she is not as much as a pushover Lucky has taken a stand as to where she will sleep She used to allow the other dogs to lie next to her owner but now Lucky has taken that spot for herself Lack of confidence and depression due to grief Although Lucky is exhibiting a little more confidence at times she still lets the other dogs push her around Her owner says that although Lucky never starts the scuffles she may innocently do something that sets the other dogs off creating a scuffle She estimates that Lucky is involved in about 30 of the scuffles Her owner reports that when the newest dog came along Lucky was pushed into the background as the youngest dog craves attention She also noted that Lucky would cower when someone is angry and she seems to be upset or afraid even if the anger is not directed at her After our session Lucky s owner called me with an inspiration She told me that she feels that Lucky is depressed and that the cause may be that she misses her dog pal Chessie that passed away suddenly over two years ago She also feels that the other dogs in the household were not her type She reported that Lucky and Chessie were buddies for 2 3 years One of the other two dogs that live with her currently was also part of the pack at that time The owner told me that Lucky moped around and was depressed after Chessie s death Flower essence formula Borage was used to assist Lucky in dealing with her grief and depression of losing her friend Holly was retained in the formula to remedy jealousy Pine was added for guilt exhibited by cowering in response to owner s emotional upset whether related to the animal or not Quaking Grass was retained for group harmony Wild Rose was retained to help Lucky cope with the younger animal pestering her 4th session March 11 Lucky returns to playing One and a half weeks ago Lucky picked up a ball Her owner said that this is remarkable because she stopped playing or even picking up balls approximately 4 years ago There have also been two instances where Lucky engaged one of the other dogs in activity She has also chewed a bone a few times which is a great improvement Lucky is getting more curious For example she will go into the bathroom and look around like she used to do Her owner has noticed an improvement in her depression her eyes are brighter she is more active and her ears have perked up She also seems happy as she has been wagging her tail and prancing around Finding her place in the family with tolerance of others and confidence Although Lucky had taken to sleeping on her owner s legs the youngest dog

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  • Learning to Read the Book of Nature
    through the plant This is a path of modern alchemical meditation and study a re creation in the microcosm of our own consciousness of the archetypal forces working through the plant so that we can understand the healing forces at work in the plant remedy The Madia flower appears to our mind s eye as a mandala a meditation form that pulls our awareness into its center as an exercise in concentration The centering quality is further enhanced if we then inwardly follow the enfolding movement of the flower its ray flowers curling into its center Madia s Botanical Family Having commenced a living connection with the plant we now have a context in which for further observation research and consideration of cultural botanical medicinal nutritional environmental and other properties of the plant 6 A closer examination of the Madia flower perhaps aided by a botanical glass reveals that each flower head is actually a field of flowers in itself It is a composite of five petaled tubular disk florets mounded in the center surrounded by the yellow ray florets each three lobed at their terminus with red or maroon spots at the origins forming a ring around the central disk florets Thus it is apparent that Madia belongs to the Sunflower or Daisy plant family The name Daisy is derived from Day s Eye Its modern official name is Asteraceae after the genus Aster meaning star These solar and stellar names for the family recognize the flower s radial structure but it is the composite quality that is its most characteristic signature and thus the traditional family name Compositae The structured orderliness of the composite flower head is both efficient and aesthetic revealed especially in the intersecting spiral formed by the central disc florets exhibiting the growth ratios of the Fibonacci series seen in the Shasta Daisy image on the right Thus the many parts of the composite flower its central disk or tubular florets and its outer ray or linguate tongue like florets are organized into one coherent whole In the orderliness of the composite flowers we can recognize a key healing signature of the Asteraceae flower essences In the human being the central organizing principle is our essential individuality our Spiritual Self or higher Ego and thus the Asteraceae essences assist our relationship with our spiritual identity our sun self or star self They are primarily flower essences that develop our consciousness Within that overarching theme there is much variation in the composite flower essences just as in the plant family the commonality of the composite flower structure is modulated by a multiplicity of growth habits leaf shapes and so on 7 Madia s expression of the composite theme is the way it brings our consciousness to the polarity of expansion and contraction growth and containment Habitat and History of Madia Madia elegans is a California native annual wildflower also found in Oregon with the subspecies elegans which blooms in the mid to late summer most common

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  • Whole by Josep-Manel Princep
    is certified as a practicioner in NLPt Neuro Linguist Programming and at present is studying to get a Masters degree in NLPt After 13 years working at a telecommunications multinational company he decided to quit his job and devote himself fully to flower essence therapy Josep Manel serves as a volunteer flower essence therapist for ATAGAM Associació Trastorns d Ansietat Grups d Ajuda Mútua whose main objective is to help

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  • then a second garden cart load to overflowing The smells around our noses the oils on our hands the sonorous buzz of clouds of bees the harvest was a heady experience But part of the headiness in addition to the power of Mother Mugwort herself was the sheer amount of her Neither Ian nor I had ever taken so much volume of herb before In both the harvest and then in the processing and hanging of bundles of herb for drying it kept coming into our minds how much there was how wonderful it was how blessed the bounty of a good harvest This led me to consider the ideas mentioned above about intentionality If appealing poetry makes a prayer more powerful if exciting imagery makes a ceremony more engaging if awe inspiring goals imbue an action with profound respect then the potency of human intentions are ramped up in keeping with the level of metal excitement Having so much abundance as an aspect of the Mugwort harvest being thankful for it being amazed by it added I think to the experience of working with the plant Ian and Jon at right stripping the dried Mugwort leaves and flowers from the plant stems Considering that this powerful herb its spirit its essence and its physical medicine are going into oils which will be used for healing and blessing it struck me as being particularly auspicious that abundance as both an idea in our collective consciousness and as an actual fact was a factor in our working with it By directly contradicting the subliminal sense of scarcity often present when working with precious herbs abundance becomes a potent factor in the magic of the process Daniel former FES gardener described a similar experience with last year s overwhelming St John s harvest He found himself in a gigantic field of it in Camptonville and had more than his quota in a surprisingly short period of time and had barely made a dent in the amount available He was excited by abundance and I think this came through in the oils made from it rich red jewels brimming with vibrancy I expect this year s Mugwort pressing to be particularly powerful and I believe that one factor in that potency will be the concept of abundance which was present in our minds and celebrated by our hearts as we worked the harvest Though we must sometimes be very careful pick and choose and ration the herbs with which we work in those seasons when we are blessed with abundance the gratitude and excitement of that very fact in itself become a factor in the working a factor which may often be missed but which now seems essential in working with medicines and a factor much in need during this time of crisis Mugwort leaves and flowers infusing in olive oil in preparation for the Seasons of the Soul Mugwort Moon Magic After thoughts for Jon from Patricia Kaminski The insight you had

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