The Four of Fire energies prompt: Make a little magic, stir up a special ceremony. Holy helpers guide you and lend you power. Honor the beings who guard the liminal places.
Four of Fire: Wands
The Four of Fire energies manifest in the Elder
Create a safe space to make a little magic. Elder provides protection from stormy weather to small creatures and tender plants. It is a striking hedgerow plant steeped in mystical lore.
Invoke the aid of holy helpers, like the energies who live within the elder tree, guarding the portal between the land of the living and the realm of the dead.
They appear in the frothy white blossoms of summer and the dark berries of fall. Practice the biblical alchemical arts and move between the worlds. Honor the Old Ones. Elderberry syrup is a sweet remedy that heals a body weakened by invaders. Build a foundation that will sustain your work so you can create the life you desire.
community or family coming together
a pause t relax
Crafting With the Four of Fire
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.
- Hang elder boughs above the door to your creative space to honor the threshold.
- Craft a wand of power; the creative process of making magical tools is transformative.
- Make elderberry elixir; drink it during a dark moon and listen for guidance through 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.
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.