Today I was planting Fritillaria bulbs (Fritillaria meleagris) and it reminded me of the essence I made from it in the Spring –those fabulous chequered downward facing bulbs. The ones that I’ve noticed men feel Ok about saying they really like, the ones with a complicated structure and very slim stems.
When we make an essence there are several ways that we work out what it’s for –there are lots of clues in the colour, the herbal uses, the shape of the plant, intuition as well as personal experience and trialling it out on others
I sent this essence out as a trial ,mostly to followers of mine on Twitter as well as a group of students at L’Ecole Lyonnaise des Plantes Medicinales (who all trialled it as a group and, according to their teacher Cathy Skipper ,would come into her class discussing how it made them feel). I had a lot of feedback forms to process to get a clearer picture of what the Fritillaria has to teach us and like trying to describe a person everyone has a different take on it. I have found everything in this game we call life is subjective and contains lots of it mirrors of who we are deep inside.
It seems that Fritillaria, with its chequerboard pattern is a lot to do with how we play ‘the game’, how we notice and use power and what stance we take amongst the other players, how aware we are of others, what we need to do to ‘win’ and how comfortable we are to take up our place.
Many people were energised to get on but also more relaxed and less stressed, many were more aware of others and their interaction with them. Some went back to old roles and patterns they had played, almost as if needing to find out why that ‘role’ didn’t work, to understand why they had changed positions. Some seemed comfortable in the roles they are playing and others wanted to change
It also bought up lots of stuff about yin/yang (black/white) roles and how comfortable we are with the balance of these energies within us.
For me personally, I not only picked up on the power struggles, game playing aspects of this plant (and myself) but also the ‘snakeshead’/Scorpionic aspects .I found it to bring awareness to the darker aspects of my personality which wasn’t easy or pretty but interesting none the less, and found myself questioning why and how I play my life the way I do. Once the doors to awareness are opened there is no closing them again !
As with all plants which store their energy in bulbs it is a grounding essence. It helps us to hold/transmute our energies in the earth and come back to play another day –whether to win or lose who decides?
So this isn’t necessarily an easy essence, not a light number but a very powerful transformative one which, I feel, could be very useful for those who need awareness of how they, and others, deal with power and roles and how they can best transform to win the game for us all.
We haven’t launched this essence on our website yet but if you want to try it please email me ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).We also have other essences that need trialling if you dare :) …. and are VERY grateful for those who took part in the trialling of this essence –thanks guys !