Wednesday, March 28, 2012
antlers bittersweet hawthorn poplar
Not such a bad start to Spring after all . In amongst just recovering from ds11 thyroid problem we awoke yesterday with pinkeye , cat/dog vomit & crap , then dh came home from work only to say he has the flu !
Trying to not focus on the illness just keep going , we eventually all will be well .
We went out to our land last weekend .I miss it so much when we stay away more then two weeks .
It turned out to be a beautiful sunny but crispy cold day . It also turned into a wonderful spiritual celebration of gratitude for new life gifts .
dh went off for yet another one of his walking the property . He is beginning to know it well and walks and checks on the boundaries just as I check for what is popping up how plants are fairing etc.
well he returned with this young Buck antler !
I love how smooth antlers are . This is what Indigenous peoples used to rake the ground in prep for planting , tying two antlers together makes a perfect rake ☺
Everyone had to check out this new find lol
However we knew whom it was meant to be gifted to .
Adventure Boy ! aka He who gives Joy
Yes he has a thing where he encounters deer alot and he also has found several antlers himself always smaller than this one .
Then wow one that is showing growth and change , coming of age .
How appropriate is that ? Also that his Dad gave it to him ☺
Our ds16 has this same gift with the Eagle , finding feathers and uses his gift of sight well .
We were able to have our first Spring fire too
I brought out my traveling smudge
We then smudged the antler thanking Deer for this beautiful gift and many thanks for being helper , guide & teacher for our ds .
He then had discover the many ways to use it of course lol here he is lifting pieces of ice
I went off on my own in search of several tree gifts I'd been trying to be patient and wait for the right picking time ;-)
polar buds / balm of gilead so I could make the salve for healing
I came across a nice little grove that was not to high up for picking
I then found the Bittersweet vine for my shaman belt
I love the berries how they open into little flowers and they are such a bright joy to find in the middle of a winter white .
I then moved on to Hawthorn that great hedge of protection .
I am totally in love with Hawthorn right now , those thorns are absolutely gorgeous
I collected quite a few buds & thorns
I then ended the outing with a tobacco offering
Truly it seems we do need experience illness , suffering and all the other negative junk in order we can fully grasp the really good and true blessings given .
For all of what life has to offer both good & bad I am extremely grateful .