The Devil energies prompt: Sweet berries, sharp brambles, Beware. Let awareness awaken the power of choice. Break free of the desires that keep you trapped.
The Devil and Blackberries
The Devil energy can be embodied by a man, a woman or a situation. The Devil represents our base nature grasping for security; he controls us through the irreconcilable differences which exist in our male/female nature. The positive side of this card is sexual attraction and the expression of passionate desire.
The positive Devil energies manifest in Blackberries
Knowing what keeps you bound can set you free. You may be feeling trapped by something you love. It feels good, yet you are depleted. Blackberries are delicious, but the vines strangle everything in their path.
Do not become ensnared by the sweet fruit of pleasure while ignoring your true needs
In “Sleeping Beauty,” bramble creeps over the land, protecting the people while they slumber. Blackberry can be a safe but destructive hedge; consider what desires you are indulging. Are they keeping you from seeing the light? Be your own prince and cut them away. Wake up and choose transformation.
The Devil Energy Manifestations
In this world, things we think are working against us are really working for us. When we overcome obstacles we learn valuable lessons that will be of service to us. Some of the ways the Devil energy manifests are:
- mental health
- finding it hard to let go
- the power of negative thinking
Crafting With the Devil
The botanical world is rich with mythology and medicine that spans across countries, eras and ideologies.
- Go foraging for wild blackberries. Delight in their sweet delicious taste. Mind the thorns.
- Place a crown of blackberry vines on your altar to loosen yourself from the pursuit of adoration.
- Make a blackberry sugar scrub; invite release as you cleanse your body.
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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.
Sweet berries, sharp brambles. Beware. Let awareness awaken the power of choice. Break free of the desires that keep you trapped.