The Seven of Air energies prompt: Trust in reason. Do not be swayed by popular opinion. Respond with integrity.
Seven of Air: Swords
The Seven of Air energies manifest in Eucalyptus.
Information is key to understanding. Trust in reason; discern fact from feeling. When your assumptions are challenged, learn more before taking further action.
Essential oils may provide quick relief but are a resource-intensive medicine. Hundreds of pounds of plant material are needed to make one ounce of oil. As botanicals desirable for the essential oils such as eucalyptus are planted, native species are pushed out, devastating local ecosystems.
Eucalyptus teaches us that what comes easily usually comes with a hidden cost.
It is often said that the greatest enemy of learning is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. Distill information to the essence of clarity; act ethically whether or not anyone knows. Just as Eucalyptus clears the lungs, you will breathe easy once again. Truth will give you direction.
turning over new leaf
conscience kicking in
enemy masquerading as a friend
lack of conscience
Crafting With the Seven of Air
The Sevens feature visionary trees. They contribute to the ecosystem, acting as grandmothers and nurse plants for other organisms. They require great care and attention to be sustainably grown and harvested. As storied tree medicines used by the humans of antiquity, they are gateways to mastery. They are planted in the garden to live far beyond our lifetimes. We grow them for our descendants.
In the final mini-drama (7 -8 -9), the herbcrafter begins a deeper study and looks toward the future. The Sevens initiate her into specific fields of herbcraft. With the introduction of these plants, she becomes curious about the ancient mysteries of the botanical world. She looks toward the ancestors as she seeks a visionary experience. They point her toward a journey of introspection that leads to a higher calling. She is rooted in the soul, reaching for the stars.
- Seek the answer to your inquiry using the scientific method.
- Gather Eucalyptus leaves and hang them for your shower to find clarity.
- Learn to make hydrosols at home. Be patient with the process.
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.
Strategy is figuring out what not to do.Steve Jobs