The Ten of Fire energies prompt: There can be too much of a good thing. Stop. Step Away. Soothe yourself. Cut it down and it roars back to life.
Ten of Fire: Wands
The Ten of Fire energies manifests in Comfrey
Peace follows overwhelm. You may be overextended. The shelves on this room are full, yet the crafting continues.
Rest and replenish so your experiences can take root.
Refresh your love of creating by releasing some self-imposed responsibilities. Comfrey quickly becomes burdensome and difficult to manage, but it will regenerate after harsh cutting.
Even a small amount can quickly flourish into a new plant. Commit to just a few tasks and set the rest aside. Pushing too hard will lead to waste and exhaustion. Do not be afraid to give away some of your creative ideas. When you harvest too much, let what you cannot use feed the soil for next season’s growth.
flogging a dead horse
resigned to fate
wanting excessive control of other people’s lives
weight on shoulders
taken for granted
taking on too much
Crafting With the Ten of Fire
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.
- Write down what you need to release, soil it tightly in a comfrey leaf, and burn the leaf when it is dry.
- Make comfrey salve for burns, bruises, and injuries. Each time you use the salve, let it be an invitation to rest and soothe your overworked spirit.
- Use comfrey in magical practice, on an altar or in spells, to inspire you to come back to life.
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.
Former U.S. Senator Byron Dorgan
“You can delegate authority, but you cannot delegate responsibility.