The Ten of Air energies prompt: Compost your plans and allow new ideas to sprout. breaking down leads to renewed fertility. Let your studies lie fallow. Replenish and begin again.
Ten of Air: Swords
The Ten of Air energies manifest in Alfalfa.
Renewal follows release. You may have reached your limit. Alfalfa is planted to restore worn out, degraded, and fallow land.
Rest and replenish so your experience can take flight.
Take a break and spend some time in reflection to refresh your love of learning. Alfalfa is among the oldest of healing foods. You have the wisdom of the ancients within you.
Sift through your knowledge and let go of pieces that do not resonate. Do not be afraid to use the scythe on what you have grown. Alfalfa adds nutrients into the soil as it breaks down; what you leave behind enriches new growth.
pulling yourself together
learning from past hardship
fears coming true
inability to cope
hitting a wall
nail in the coffin
Crafting With the Ten of Air
The Tens feature herbs that are used as composting plants and cover crops. Grown for their ability to nourish and restore soil, they are the healers of the earth. These plants are deeply rooting, accumulating nutrients in the dirt as they grow. The parts above ground are cut and strewn over garden beds or made into compost teas. As the stems and leaves break down, the vitamins and minerals they contain are absorbed again into the earth, creating a rich environment where other plants can thrive.
Coming after the three minidramas, the Tens are cards of transition. The herbs of the Tens offer the herbcrafter a chance to stop and refill her emotional and spiritual basket before she begins another turn on the wheel. The earth and her spirit have given what they can. It is time to allow the soil to restore itself and for the herbcrafter to replenish herself. After letting the earth rest, we circle back to the Aces – the weeds that are usually the first to grow. The Tens reflect on past accomplishments while anticipating future growth.
- Grow alfalfa sprouts in a countertop jar. Eat them and wait for new ideas to sprout within.
- Plant a garden of renewal. Journal about what is broken down in your life. Plant your pages in a small pot beneath the seeds of a nourishing herb. Enjoy tea from this plant as it grows.
- Use alfalfa in magical practice for good fortune and prosperity or to encourage recuperation.
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.
Never let bitterness make a home in your heart; raise the rent and kick it out.Matshona Dhliwayo