Monday, May 20, 2024

The Child of Darkness, His Angels, and His Mother Wisdom created the Earth and All That is Upon and Immediately Around it. This site is about an In-Depth Study of That and Its Relevance to All of Us

Inner Bible Alchemy

Four of Earth

The Four of Earth energies manifest prompts: Be a wise steward of your resources. Be flexible yet sturdy. Strong roots help young sprouts grow.

The Four of Earth: Pentacles

The Four of Earth energies manifest in the Willow.

Willow

Conservation is key to sustainability. Take time to gather your resources respectfully and carefully; tend them well. Create space to preserve what you have gained. As a border plant, willow protects a natural area and creates sanctuary in the underbrush for small animals.

Young trees can be shaped and curved to fit the location. The pliable and hearty stems are prized by basket makers.

Making tools for today is medicine for tomorrow.

Build a foundation for future harvests. A tea made from willow branches is used as a rooting hormone that helps other plants grow. Give thanks to those who have given your life roots. Be as generous in sharing your gifts as your teachers have been with you.

Qualities

Neutral: PositiveNeutral: Negative
shedding the old
letting go of people, possessions or issues
generosity
sharing greed
unwarranted fear of poverty
holding on to people/ possessions/ issues
deep seated/ past issues
hoarding
stinginess
control
possessiveness
financial stability
financial security
saving for big purchases or retirement
greed
materialism
wealth

Crafting With the Four of Earth

The Four cards feature herbs used as border or hedgerow plants. They are shaped and managed to keep what is wanted inside the space and what is not wanted outside the space. These plants introduce the herbcrafter to thresholds and portals. Guarding the ecosystem, they ensure that what grows inside the border thrives. They are gateways to a deeper connection to the plants.

In the second mini-drama (4 -5 -6) the herbcrafter begins to cultivate community. This takes her out of her own experiences to build a bigger world. After the abundance of the Threes, the herbs of the Fours teach her about edges and boundaries. She becomes aware of external factors that affect her journey and thus learns how to create sacred space. Discernment, intention, and mutuality become important as she seeks to protect the ancient ways. The Fours ask the herbcrafter to create a threshold and walk through it.

Craft

  • Frame an altar with willow branches. Place objects representing what you want to protect inside.
  • Weave a willow bracelet around your wrist. Wear it to be flexible and strong.
  • Shower your teachers with gratitude. Send a gift of natural art using willow.

Mini Meditation

Meditation

Get into a relaxing position and close your eyes, make sure you are a comfortable temperature and not likely to be interrupted.

  • Take three deep breaths
  • Feel your tension melting away.

Imagine yourself doing one of the crafts mentioned above. Use your imagination. Make it as elaborate or as simple as you like. Have whomever you would like to be there come and share the time with you.

Imagine what it would look and feel like, as if it were really happening. Use your five senses and imagine all the sensory details as though you are really there.

Be creative and indulge in this moment.

Spend as long as you like in this visualization and feel the benefits of crafting with nature. Think about your meditation as often as you like as you go through your day. If possible, create it in reality.

meditation

The Herbcrafter

Herbcrafter

An herbcrafter is an afficianada of the botanical realm. She is in love with plants and longs to know them more deeply.

Her approach is driven by a playful, wild spirit.

The herbcrafter embraces the plant world as her teacher and friend through observation and botany, gardening and wildcrafting, medicine and kitchen craft, fiber arts and weaving, art and magic.

She recognizes herself as part of nature. She seeks reciprocity in all things. Through the relationship with the botanical world, she learns how plants and people can be of service to one another.

Resource

“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.

Maya Angelou

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