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Attracting plant devas

Plants to attract the Fae to your garden.

If you feel the need to have a garden that attracts the plant devas and to start a relationships with them there are certain things you need to do. 

One make a place that has water in it. You need to have a bird bath or fountain or some way for the devas to access water. 

Certain plants attract them but truly all plants will attract some one. If you look up lists of plants that attract butterflies or hummingbirds you will attract active plant spirits. 

So plant things that smell good or have bright colours, things attract the child in you.

You can start with rosemary, sage, columbine, osmanthus, roses, abutilons, lantana, morning glory, ivy, coleus and coral bells all work. 

Vines and Lianas are great, like solanacea, moonflower, bignonia.

Trees that bear fruit and flower like citrus and the stone fruits, acacia. 

Think about planting something and letting it go wild in one corner, you never know who might move in.

If you find you are attracting the neighborhood wildlife you will know you are on the right track especially if it is animals you wouldn’t normally find in an urban yard like large hawks or other raptors. 

Start spending time sitting in your garden. Learn who the regular visitors are. The corbie family of birds recognize people and will communicate with you. Hummingbirds will buzz you and let you know they are there. Never put a hummingbird feeder up. They kill more hummers than they help. The sugar syrup goes bad quickly and breeds harmful bacteria which kill the hummers. It also makes them dependent on human and if you aren’t there to fill it they can starve. A hummer can starve in 4 hours if not feedindg. They hibernate in cold rainy weather and are the only birds known to do that. 

Plant plants they can get sustenance from. Don’t plant double flowers unless you are also going to plant plants that are singles. Double plants are difficult if not impossible for insects and birds to drink from. 

If your yard is wet enough for it put a toad house in and see if you can get one to move in. Difficult in Southern California but not other places.

Put a bat box up. A single small bat can eat 1000 mosquitos an hour and some larger ones can eat more. They are very good for the environment and you. And don’t be discouraged if you only get squirrels at first. Squirrels are the vanguard. If they are happy the others will come too.

Oh, and use no pesticides or harmful products is a given.

Anyway, those are some helpful hints to start you out.

30 days of devotion for Brighid

Yeah, monkey see monkey do. there will be breaks because I don’t have internet access every day.

  1. A basic introduction of the deity

A lot has been written about Brighid who has traveled across many lands and been called many names in her travels. Brighid is a mostly Scottish version of the Goddess for me with bits of Ireland thrown in for good measure. The two countries have different views of her and her roles. For example in Scottish tradition she has a seasonal link as what some people insist on calling the Cailleach but in the old literature isn’t a separate Goddess but more a spirit of place and each place having a different hag or old woman. Not one over arching Cailleach, she doesn’t exist that way in tradition there. And I’ve heard some practioners go off on people who say she does. Ireland doesn’t view her in that way and she is seen as related to St Brigit. Since Scots aren’t big on saints in public this is just one of her many faces and only with Catholics.

Brighid, sometimes described as a blond, sometimes as a redhead. I suspect most Scots think she’s a redhead, after all they are the country with more redheads than anywhere else on the planet and she is linked to red and white spotted cows. Almost always she is seen with a green mantle.

Brighid is not a Maiden, Mother, Crone goddess, she is a triple function goddess. Those functions most commonly are Smithcraft and artisanship, Poetry or Bardcraft, and healing and Midwifery. Some also say she is sometimes the queen of the Fae in some areas.

It is good to note that the Celtic gods were not worshipped in the way Christianity worships, Jesus, God or the Holy Ghost. The Celtic gods were more human and were to be worked with and not to be something to be subservient to. They wanted you to do the work and they would help. This makes a lot of sense. They aren’t some big faery godmother to grant wishes. You have to put some backbone into it. Or as my grandma said, god helps those who help themselves. This is the culture that embraced Presbyterianism and Calvinism after all. Anything foo foo was deemed Papist and suspect if not out right evil and distracting from your purpose. They believed all should learn to read to be able to study and to question what they knew. This attitude couldn’t have begun out of thin air.

Anyway, Brighid is a friend, a workmate, a confidant. Someone who assists you nor does thing for you but like any friend will help when asked and will also kick you in the backside when you need a wakeup call.

The flame that is tended by 19 women and later 19 nuns in Kildare is still be tended there after being restored in 1993 after the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII the flame was smuggled to Norway where it was kept until it’s return. Now there are several organization organized in cells with 19 members who tend the flame and Brighid who tends on the 20thday. Now there are male Flamekeepers but traditionally the legend was that they would go crazy if they came in contact with her flame.

This wandered more places than I thought it was going to.

Gifts of the Green Man – Perennial Patience

The first year it sleeps, the second year it creeps and the third year it leaps

What does it mean? I thought I’d share some gardening stuff today about growing perennials and shrubs.

This is one of the most frustrating things about gardening in the long term. Annuals are the instant gratification portion of gardening. Perennials and other longer lived plants take patience and when you are a brand new gardener you want to see growth. Gardening teaches patience. So when growing things keep in mind that it may take awhile to see anything happening.

First year growth is under the ground. Plants are growing roots and strengthening their stems and trunks so that future growth can be supported. This can annoy the crap out you. We are too trained now to want to see things grow NOW! Not going to happen. If you can’t deal with it, only plant annuals or biennials like artichokes and foxgloves.

The second year it creeps. You will start to see some growth but it won’t be much. The plant is still working on support issues and the gathering of nutrients in the roots but you will get a few blooms on a flowering shrub and if you are very lucky a few fruits but not an enormous amount.

The third year? Watch out! The plant, given enough water and nutrients and not being clobbered by things like late frosts and other weather calamities, it’s going to go boom all over. Vines in particular will go wild. Our solanceae (potato vine) and our Pandora vine looked like they were doing nothing for two years and made me nuts. Now I have to be ruthless with the clippers. Be prepared to start pruning judiciously so it doesn’t get out of hand. And enjoy the perks of enduring the wait.