This morning was rough. After spending time yesterday with a very ill friend, I found myself last eve surrounded by grief. This grief wove its way around my heart and into my sleep, where I slept fitfully and without rest. I awoke feeling stressed and teary.
I took a walk in the woods and let nature do its magic. The heaviness of the trees, rocks and plants held me in a cocoon of love and connection with spirit, its moist presence reminding me of the Starfish who appeared in a recent shamanic journey. The Starfish is an emblem of moving through life with a heightened sense of touch, as they do not see or hear, but merely feel their way through the world. This is my medicine, my gift for both myself and others. Through feeling, whether it be pain or joy, healing and transformation can alchemize.
As I took my walk I thought about the ways I am expanding and changing my beloved garden. I have planted many Roses, with the intention of making my own Rose Essential Oil. More plantings of Roses are to come. As I walked, full of grief for my friend and joy for my own ways of stepping into my role as Priestess and Shaman, I realized that Roses are not enough. I must do more, cultivate more, for the purposes of healing and bringing joy. Both Jasmine (I have 4) and Lavender (I have 3) will join be joining Rose, in the future of my garden as a generator of sight, smell, healing and touch.
I am excited to share my journey with you as a Scent Priestess who both grows and creates her own oil to use on the Beloveds that cross my path. I become charged and impassioned just thinking about it! What began as a walk with grief ended with fervor for the flowers and oils that will be entrusted to my care. I am truly a witness to my own evolution.
Photography by April Aronoff