I’ve been discussing some suggestions for getting to know your green ally – a plant that will be your guide and friend as you deepen your connection to the Plant world itself.
Based on recommendations from that marvelous Priestess of the Green, Susun Weed, take some time to observe the conditions that your green ally chooses to live in. Does your ally grow near populated areas? Perhaps this indicates that it prefers human company, and there is a close, friendly relationship with our race. On the other hand, it may be in a more isolated area, and so on the whole, it may be a more solitary soul. In the latter case, you would perhaps want to be more gentle and even formal as you get to know each other.
Does your ally live in a shady spot, enjoying the cool, or a sunny one, preferring to be warm? In a wet area or dry? In rich soil or poor soil? Plants make alkaloids and glycosides in rich soils; resins and essential oils in poor soils.
By this time you should also have been doing some research about your ally. Knowing the names of your green guide, including folk names, as well as its proper Latin name, are important. Your particular plant may also have a personal name that it has shared with you, if you are fortunate.
As your relationship deepens, you are going to want to know how to reliably communicate with your ally. And your ally is very likely to begin introducing you to other forms of Nature consciousness – devas, Nature spirits, for example. There are several ways that you can develop the conversation, despite the obvious differences in our physical bodies.
When I return from my upcoming retreat and vision quest, I will come back to this subject and offer you some practical ways to converse with your ally, as well as the Overlighting Spirits of your locale, if you feel called to do so.