Inspiring Enchantment & Illumination with Tarot & Intuitive Guidance

Opening the Garden Gate

The Great Way has no gate.
Clear water has no taste.

The tongue has no bone.

In complete stillness, a stone girl is dancing.

— Seung Sahn

In the garden, we are able to encounter so many aspects of the Divine and the magical. There we may encounter thresholds to other realms, beyond the everyday concerns of the human community. In many places, like Perelandra and the Findhorn Community, these connections are being intentionally and extensively developed.

But access to the “overlighting spirits” of plants and the land itself is not reserved only for a few special humans. It is available to anyone who is willing, open and awakened. (By awakened, I mean anyone who is psychically aware, working directly with spirit consciousness, and has moved beyond the hypnotic dream-walking trance that our war/consumer culture tells us is reality.)

In the Perelandra Garden Workbook, Machaelle Small Wright offers detailed instructions about contacting the devas in your own garden. Again, I want to emphasize that you don’t have to be landed gentry to have a garden or work with the Nature energies. If you can grow houseplants in a sunny window, or cultivate potted plants on a balcony or deck, you can work with the Green Allies.

And if even this is a stretch, you can still develop your bond with the Green. Herbalist and Wise Woman, Susun Weed suggests, “Choose a plant that grows very near to you . . no more than a one-minute walk from your door. You don’t need to know the name of the plant, or anything about it. You will be sitting with your plant every day, so, if possible, choose one that grows in a quiet and lovely place . . . in a pot on your balcony is just fine . . . in a park is great . . . so is an alley. . . or a backyard.

“You can read about the plant you’ve chosen if you do know the name, but it isn’t necessary. The point is to develop a special caring, nurturing, relationship with your green ally.”

In her experience, Susun has seen that it is usually one special ally that is our first teacher, and that opens us to the magic of the Green.

Perhaps you already have this guide, and have already worked many years with the plants and energies of the growing worlds. Even so, when was the last time you touched base with this original teacher, to give thanks?

And if not, drop back by tomorrow and I’ll suggest some additional ways to begin to attune to the devas and Other realms that can be discovered through the magical garden gate.

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  • May 26, 2007, 7:59 pm libramoon

    In the garden
    rags and broken bits,
    trailing paper ribbons,
    shards and excrement,
    weave a picture, a scene
    a thumbreel of protected vision.
    The garden grows
    though abandoned by light
    and conscious thought.
    Tangles give way to magical gates.
    Imaginary flowers bloom,
    twisting absurd
    mangling shapes,
    evoking scents
    unknowable in common categories.
    Once the garden was ripe and lush,
    fed legions,
    earned prizes in the canons
    of great literature.
    If other gardens vied in performance,
    it was for the grander glory of gardenhood.
    Abundance
    Lovers trysting
    Children’s play
    Old philosophers walking,
    speaking deliberately, deeply,
    breathing in heaven.
    A garden of substance,
    tradition and grace
    where sore of heart might
    find tender comfort, growing wild
    in sweet evening breeze,
    a calming call to prayer,
    mending meditation
    on the ways of Earth and sky and rain.
    Walking the garden,
    old, papery, withered of breath,
    dreaming yesterdays, tomorrows,
    screaming silently
    a hope too desperate to speak
    for vibrant new seeds
    to take root.

    (c) May 5, 2007 Laurie Corzett

  • May 27, 2007, 6:09 am Beth Owl's Daughter

    Wow! This is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you SO much for sharing it!
    – Beth