The season of Fall brings challenges and blessings, and in this episode we talk about flower essences we have found helpful for this time of change, loss, and going inward.
Flower Essences discussed during the show:
- Oak – Bach
- Walnut – Bach
- Rock Water – Bach
- California Mugwort
- Artemesia – Flora of Asia
- Mountain Wormwood – Alaskan Essences
- Sagebrush – Flower Essence Society
- Honeysuckle – Bach
- Morrow’s Honeysuckle – Flora of Asia
- California Poppy – Flower Essence Society
- Cerato – Bach
- Queen Anne’s Lace – Flower Essence Society
- Blackberry – Flower Essence Society
- Clematis – Bach
- Cat’s Ear
Oak, The Frame of Civilization by William Logan
[00:00:10] Welcome to the Flower Essence Podcast and join us on an exploration of the healing wisdom of flowers. With combined decades of experience in the study and practice of flower essence therapy, Kathleen Aspenns and co-host Rochana Felde guide you to reconnect to nature with these potent vibrational remedies.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:00:44] Hi I’m Kathleen Aspenns and I’m here with Rochana Felde. Today we’re going to be talking about the season of fall. It’s a surprisingly challenging season for a lot of people because it brings up emotions of grief, loss and change. It is in the nature of the season to have these feelings and to experience them deeply. Fall is the season that we associate with going back to school as well. So there are elements of change, and moving into new places, and losing old parts of ourselves, and then, moving into new types of being. There are many flower essences that can help support us in fall, so let’s get started Ro.
Rochana Felde [00:01:33] Hi Kathleen it’s great to be here as always. And we are smack dab in the middle, or really technically, at the beginning of fall because the autumn equinox just happened yesterday in the northern hemisphere. This is a time when the sun moves from the astrological sign of Virgo to Libra and starts to seek balance. And some of the themes about this time, especially in the wheel of the year, which is a term used for the seasons and how they were celebrated in ancient cultures all over the world. And in modern times the various Pagan groups have tried to recreate what they think our ancient ancestors took part in when it came to celebrating the seasons and the cycles of the year and with fall. It’s a time that is ruled by the direction of the West and the element of water. There are themes of slowing down, of looking within, letting go of old stuff no longer needed. And we add in that we start to make decisions about what we want to keep, what we want to harvest, and we want to prepare for winter. So it’s getting back into balance from that big outward energy of the summer and getting ready for the going inward of winter. And we’re sort of in in that in-between place. The light starts to change and it starts to trigger our body for for going deeper within and getting our things in order and getting ready.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:03:33] I think about the fall from the angle of Chinese Medicine, and the really interesting pieces is that at the equinox in the Chinese Medicine conception of seasons, that’s actually the middle of the fall season. So it’s not the beginning of fall, and I think that, for me, it’s really obvious that fall started some time ago. Iif you’re paying attention, the light started to shift a month ago. And in the area where we live, in Northern California, it becomes really clear that things are preparing for a change. And now we’re definitely in the middle of it. You know, with the animals, they all start shedding their coats – the horses started shedding their coats a good month ago, the dogs are shedding like crazy at my house, as are the birds. This is when we find a lot of feathers because the birds are starting to create new feathers for the winter. And so if you go walking out in nature you’ll find feathers of different birds dropping. And so that’s kind of part of this whole concept of fall, letting go of this whole season that we had before us, the whole summer of expansion and growth, and deciding what we let go of, deciding what to release and recycle.
Rochana Felde [00:04:53] Yeah and it’s so interesting here in Northern California. Because right now we’re having this hot late summer, but also fall has started. The oak trees around me, the leaves started getting brown about a month ago. I mean those are usually the first trees around here to start losing their leaves and there are leaves everywhere around me. But at the same time, we have these heatwaves. It’s going to be in the 90s today and then it’ll shift back down to the 50s tonight. So there are these wide swings of temperature as the seasons like trying to shift – it’s like the summer doesn’t want to let go. And then then it’s dry you know and it won’t rain for a while. So in Northern California the energy of the season – I always find really interesting. I have this feeling of really looking forward to the weather getting cooler when we have these dry heat waves especially with the tension and anxiety of fire season upon us.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:06:07] No kidding. Yeah. Yeah, it’s really a challenging season. The spring and the fall are both considered to be really challenging seasons physically, because in the fall the energy has switched and now instead of going up and out with the summertime expansive energy, the tide changed and so now the energies are going in and sinking down. And when we have these heat waves, when we have this more extreme weather, it’s actually bringing it more into our bodies so it impacts us more negatively than it might have if it was the same temperature a month or two months ago. So it tends to flare a lot of situations for people, if they have inflammatory conditions in their lungs or other things like that. They tend to flare up at this time of year.
Rochana Felde [00:07:00] Yeah I totally agree and see that a lot definitely.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:07:05] So one of the big challenges of fall that we talked about quite recently, we did an episode on grief. And I think that that’s a really worthwhile thing to think about this time of year as we hit the equinox. We are really looking at fall in its most intense stage which really does bring up a lot of experiences of grief for a lot of us. So if you’re interested in that topic we did cover it pretty well with a lot of different essences and options on what might be useful for helping you with grief.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:07:40] And then we can talk about kind of a broader picture of what we can do for ourselves this season, which is the process of adapting to change. You know, nobody really loves change. It doesn’t tend to be super popular because it’s always a little stressful, because you’re walking into territory that you don’t really know. You don’t know what’s going on, and letting go of old things can be really really tough. So for a kid, moving from one type of school to the next – that’s pretty stressful.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:08:14] You can also just have issues of of recognizing that what was working for you this summer.. If your schedule isn’t going to be working for you now, and you need to change the whole premise of the way you set up your work, or your life schedule.. And now it’s a really good time to to make those sorts of changes. Do you have some thoughts on adapting to change?
Rochana Felde [00:08:34] Yeah and I like to look to nature to give us clues and wisdom for how to deal with the changes that fall brings, or for changes in general. For example, the deciduous trees, the trees that lose their leaves, are showing us how to let go of things. And oak is such a great example we’ve talked about it several times in previous podcasts. So, some of the oak that are are deciduous in this area, like the black oak and the white oak. There are other deciduous trees around here like the big leaf maple as well. We’ve talked about how much they support life. Especially throughout the spring and summer, they have these ecosystems that support all of this animal and insect life. And they start creating massive amounts of acorns. So they’re feeding droves of squirrels and humans. I would like to collect them and process those acorns. But as it’s doing so the leaves start to get brown and dry up and fall to the ground. And I I feel that it’s showing us that we can share our abundance, and then let go of what no longer serves us so we can prepare to rest and have a resting period before giving too much of ourselves again. So we have that sense of balance, it’s telling us that we can certainly create all of this abundance, and share it, and support people and support ourselves, but we also have to rest and we can just let ourselves do that. And then when those leaves fall down it’s really not a death. The leaf is just moving from the tree to the ground. You know it’s just changing its place in the environment. So it’s just part of nature’s cycle. And the other thing I wanted to mention about oak is that the way it provides shade in the summer but is bare in the winter to let the light in. So it’s really again providing a nice balance for what’s needed in the entire environment so that what we learn from this is that when we adapt to changes it’s not just for our own self-preservation, it’s a way to be in balance with the whole system.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:11:21] I think oaks are really great teachers for helping us to recognize our place in the ecosystem, our place in the world. There is a really fascinating book I read not too long ago called Oak, The Frame of Civilization. And it talks about the theory that humans and human civilizations all developed in areas that grow oaks, that are habitable to oaks. And this author’s premise was that humans developed around oaks rather than that culture developed around agriculture and the cultivation of grain. What he says is that humans have always lived on oak (acorns). It’s a great nourishing foodstuff, and also that you can build with the wood. So it’s an interesting book that is all about oaks, and all about our historical interactions with oaks all the way through the historical record. It’s very interesting.
Rochana Felde [00:12:30] Wow that sounds great. So we’ll post that book in the show notes. Adding to my list, my lists always grow.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:12:42] Another one that I really like to think about for this premise of change and letting go is Walnut. And I know that we’ve talked about walnut before. Dr. Bach made the English Walnut. And his word keywords for it were the “link breaker”. And that’s really what we’re talking about as we’re talking about altering previous patterns, altering previous systems and ways of doing things, in favor of something different. And a lot of times something has to be released in order for us to create something different. So the Walnut really helps you to allow that shift and allow that change so that you can start thinking towards something new.
Rochana Felde [00:13:26] Yeah. Love the walnut and how it does help with that reprogramming.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:13:34] Yeah I think that another essence that we might think about.. this might even be a piece of what you were talking about earlier, with that elemental attribution of water (which is different than the Chinese medicine attribution of fall being of air or metal elements). So it’s interesting how, I’m sure, there’s quite a lot of overlap in if we kind of got right down to it, but I think Rock Water, one of Dr. Bach’s essences, is another one that really helps with that piece of of releasing. It helps when we hold on to the way things “should be” or the way that we believe things are. It prevents us from being able to flow with how things actually are. So we tend to grip down and hold on really tight. And Rock Water can restore us in that flow of what life really is. And we we really can’t fight it. You can’t fight the tide. You can’t fight water – it will go right through your hands. It’s very flexible and flowing. I think Rock Water is a good essence to use this time of year.
Rochana Felde [00:14:44] Yeah. Another another one along that line is the California Mugwort or Artemesia douglasiana. And she teaches us a similar message that helps us to understand, accepting and gain strength from natural cycles, and to go with the flow. And it that water energy, that plant in the wild likes to grow along creek beds around here. And the nature of mugwort, it’s sort of a moon plant, and follows that rhythm of the earth, and the moon energy. And then mugwort also helps to clear obstacles and release old stuff that no longer serves us. The way mugwort does that is by pulling it down and out of our body. It’s got an energy of pulling down. And you can see that in the herbal action, it helps bring on the menses herbally, and really has that feeling of just pulling pulling down. But also because of the moon aspect it heightens the senses and expands perception, and people use it in dream work and visioning.
Rochana Felde [00:15:55] So I you know as part of the artemesia family there’s a few that I like for the subject, and the artemesias in general. I think they all have this quality of going deeper into the psyche to do this processing. What do you think about that? I know that you work with some artemesias as well.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:16:20] Yeah, I think that they have a natural relevance to the season because a lot of them are blooming now or are in their peak in the drier season. I know that the moxa is blooming now, and the Artemesia that I’ve made, the Artemesia momiyamae, is blooming now. And so I think that there’s a kind of a natural affinity with end of summer and fall. So that’s a good starting point if you’re thinking about flower essences – what is really in its prime in a certain season, or what is really “doing its thing”, whatever that thing might be, in the season of fall.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:17:02] And artemesias are really powerful medicinals. That wherever they grow they’re used medicinally or herbally in the cultures wherever they’re growing. And so they’re very powerful plants and the Artemesia that I use the most, from my Flora of Asia line… the keywords that I use for it are for your “inner child’s temper tantrums”. Because when we just won’t accept how things are, and we figuratively stomp our feet and say “I had a plan” and “this is how it was supposed to be”. Artemesia says, “Yeah. Well, that’s not how it actually is. So maybe let go of that.” You know that parent part steps in and says, “yeah that’s not happening right now, I’m really sorry”. “But you know, let’s move on now” And the Artemesia has such a good way of helping to soothe that kid part that’s so darn mad that this just didn’t work the way he or she wanted. I think that it’s very useful in this case.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:18:10] The other one that I use quite a bit is theMountain Wormwood from the Alaskan Essences and that has this quality – Jane Bell talks about it as “releasing the worms of discontent”. You know there’s this frustration, and once again we get into this temper tantrum kind of thing. “This is not what I wanted. This isn’t what my plan was.” And it helps to move those out so you don’t have to fight them so much.
Rochana Felde [00:18:41] That’s interesting. The Wormwood I work with is the Artemesia absynthium, the classic European wormwood that was used to make absinthe. But it has the long history of being a digestive bitter and a digestive tonic and used to clear the body from worms and parasites. And so energetically it’s really got that clearing energy. You know I like to think of it as “psychic scrubbing bubbles”. I feel that it really clears that stuck energy. Like polishing your chakras.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:19:28] That’s a really good image for it. If you think about it – sort of silvery in the moonlight, and it has the quality of clarity, you know it’s when everything’s kind of dry and grungy you can really see how clear and bright and shiny it is. It’s a powerful kind of an herb, right?
Rochana Felde [00:19:52] All the Artemesias are, it’s really one of my favorite plant families. I mean there’s not just the sense of power, and healing power, and there’s also a sense of magic with all of them, especially the mugworts. But, back to the Wormwood. You know, it also deals with chaos and helping us to feel at ease in chaos. And so you know I think the lesson is if we don’t fight it, or have fear, then being in chaos is as natural as being anywhere else. And so I think that goes along with some of your messages about not accepting things, and learning to accept them.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:20:41] Yeah I think that’s a part of this overarching pattern of the Artemesia family, and the one that has the next piece that I’m thinking of is the Sagebrush, which is not actually a sage. It’s from the Flower Essence Society. They make Artemesia tridentata under the name of Sagebrush. And what it really speaks to is this passing away of what was, what the old ways of being were, our old conceptions of self, our old ways that we used to live, and really letting it go for whatever is coming. And whatever is coming may not be as big and grand or whatever, as it you might have wanted. But it’s important to release what the old pattern was because it’s it’s dead. You’re trying to hang on to dead leaves. You need to let those go because they’re just holding you down.
Rochana Felde [00:21:34] Yeah. And I have a similar essence from Artemesia californica with similar energy. So the native California sagebrush, you know it’s such a lovely plant, it’s got that silvery foliage but it’s very soft. It’s a very different leaf pattern than the mugwort and wormwood that we’ve been talking about. It’s kind of soft and fuzzy. So it has a sense of softness and flexibility. Yet it is so strong, and then the aroma is just incredible. It smells so good. What I think it teaches us you.. It has this type of Crone energy that’s ancient and wise and witnesses the cycles of life death and rebirth. But you know she’s seen it all and knows how to survive. So it taps into the strength and helps when we’ve suffered a loss or a hardship, and feeling like we’re left bare. California Sagebrush gives us the courage to face it. And at the same time it helps us shed the ego while cleansing our perceptions so that we can see clearly what’s in front of us and give courage to what must be done. That’s really another favorite of mine.
Rochana Felde [00:23:07] I think it’s really interesting, the correlations it has with the other sagebrush, which I haven’t worked with.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:23:17] Everybody in the same botanical family has a lot of overlap, they speak the same message. I think it’s always really interesting to sort of study laterally within a plant family. It’s always very interesting to compare the experiences of what each one does within the botanical family and see where there’s the harmony, where is the similarity, and then also where are the special qualities that each one might have, which quality makes it the right fit for a particular client. This particular one is the one that’s resonating with what’s going on with you right now, versus one of the others. So it’s really nice to have a broad swath of different essences to work with. The piece that I think that maybe is next is, not just the releasing piece, but also the releasing mentally of what was the past. You know there’s, a there’s a tendency sometimes to be excessively past focused and not being able to kind of release what was a previous way of life, what was a previous situation, in order to move forward. And I think that Honeysuckle is one that is a really important essence, and maybe doesn’t get quite as much attention as some of the other essences do. Honeysuckle is one that Dr. Bach created, and it’s all about taking your eyes off of the past, off of the rose tinted glasses where everything was perfect back then.. whatever time that was, whatever age you were, or whatever situation it was, and helping you to recognize that was your past but not to live in it, to be able to move forward with some enthusiasm or positivity towards your future, rather than spending all of your time really brooding on what you had in the past.
Rochana Felde [00:25:12] Yeah, I think you’re right. Honeysuckle is under used.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:25:18] Yeah it’s really interesting. I’ve worked with the Morrow’s Honeysuckle, which is one of my Flora of Asia essences, and it has even more of a piece of that letting go of attachment. The plant itself grows in a really shrubby little form and it just won’t drop anything – the flowers hang on for ages after they’re dead, and little stems hang on for ever. And I think this is part of the Honeysuckle thing as well, because if you think of the Japanese honeysuckle, you know if you look underneath those top leaves it’s just a scruffy little mess underneath there. And I think that’s a piece of the honeysuckle signature – hanging on a little bit too long.. A lot too long perhaps. And so the Morrow’s has that element of of helping you release what is really not serving you anymore. And I think that’s a piece of the fall energy, looking at what to keep, looking at what to let go of.
Rochana Felde [00:26:18] Yeah, absolutely. And there’s this sense of balance. You know the balancing act of fall again. Looking at flowers that are blooming at this time, I think they really show us the qualities that we can cultivate right now and that quality of of balance I see with the California Poppy, which is still blooming. And we’ve talked about that before, it’s a nice one for stress that we that we talked about in the stress episode. So the real lesson with that one is that balance between activity and rest as shown by the flower how it opens for the sunlight and closes when the sun goes away. So it’s always opening and closing every day and and resting and opening you know it gives us that clue that we need to do the same thing not burn the candle at both ends like we tend to do especially in the summer when the days are light for so long. So as the light starts to become less and less up to the autumn equinox, where the days and nights are roughly equal. And then after the autumn equinox there’s more dark than there is light in a given 24 hour period. So California Poppy helps us get back into that cycle. So we’re just not constantly on the “go go go”. And I feel like that’s a really good one for this time of year.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:28:04] I think that was the first essence that Richard Katz made at the very early days of the Flower Essence Society. And I think that if I am remembering correctly, what he was talking about was his desire, his motivations were always really expansive, and the California poppy helped him become more grounded. California Poppy helps to ground those elevated spiritual notions into actual real life, 3D living here, reality land.
Rochana Felde [00:28:44] That’s neat I hadn’t heard that story. What was the first essence you made? I’m curious.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:28:51] Oh that’s an interesting question. The first one that I ever made alone was a type of Iris. Yeah, it’s always fun to think back. The first essence for me – that was such a long time ago. But Iris is really always about creativity, so they’re often a good choice, not that I chose it – it chose me for a first essence – and you?
Rochana Felde [00:29:15] Queen Anne’s Lace, the wild carrot. Yeah definitely it shows me that is the funny part of this journey of making essences and working with essences the different ones that call you in. So we’ll have to talk more about our our experiences like that. Definitely.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:29:37] Yeah. It’d be a fun topic. I like Cerato a lot.
Rochana Felde [00:29:43] I haven’t made an essence with that.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:29:45] Well Cerato it’s one of the Bach essences, and it was it was one of the first essences that I made at the garden for the Flora of Asia line. It’s really intriguing because Dr. Bach, for the most part, made plants that were native to England or native to Europe. And when he made the Cerato.. You know, looking at Julian Barnard’s research on the Cerato, there could only have been a very few plants in England at all. But for some reason he was so profoundly drawn to it that he made something that was really quite rare – and it was only growing in a garden or two in England because it had just only recently been brought to England from the Himalayas. Its native range is the Himalayas, Tibet and parts of China. So when I when I first started going to this garden with all these plants that grow in China, having the Cerato there was was a bit of a bridge between Dr. Bach’s work.
Rochana Felde [00:30:55] And you’re talking about the Quarryhill Botanical Gardens in Sonoma California.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:31:01] Yeah, it’s a special place. And Cerato is just such a special essence. It really helps to connect your soul parts into your body. Because what happens in the negative pattern with Cerato is you end up going around asking for advice from everyone. You ask one person and you get good advice maybe or maybe not. And then you just go to the next person, and the next person, and the next person – you wind up going in a circle. You just go around and around, and you never come to a decision place. And what Cerato helps you do is to recognize that the answers are not outside of you. You need to stop asking. Maybe you can get good advice from certain people if you’re selective, but most of the time the answers to what you’re seeking are only within you. And connecting to your your inner knowing is what the gift of Cerato is. And for me to be able to bridge by connecting to Cerato – you know in that long lineage it was really beautiful to really recognize that, yes, I am really being guided, I am really doing the work that I’m supposed to be doing here.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:32:14] I think that once again it’s one of those that’s kind of a hard sell because most of time if you recommended Cerato for somebody they are just gonna go and ask somebody else what’s the essence for them. It’s really difficult but there’s just something really special about that particular essence.
Rochana Felde [00:32:29] Yeah and I had only learned recently that it was not a European plant, which I probably assumed because of it being part of the Bach essences.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:32:41] And he said in his notes that that he had been looking for an alternative for Cerato but hadn’t found one. So there’s some interesting pieces, that when we’re thinking about universality. That the habitat of the planet is a shared habitat with all of us, and there are gifts and lessons and essences from all around the world, whatever habitats there might be. There’s something really special even if it’s maybe not your home habitat.
Rochana Felde [00:33:14] You’re right. Exactly. And that of course happens here with invasive plants and that are not native Californian plants and we have quite a few of them along our roadsides everywhere – the brooms and even the wild carrot, even though it’s been naturalized, and there is a smaller native version of it and they’re all kind of mixed up in this area. So you know that just grows everywhere and what that really forced me to do when I first started making essences and working with the plants was really learn the apiaceae family really well. Of course it’s the family with poison hemlock and other treacherous genus and species.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:34:15] Yeah that would be a fun topic to to cover at some point. That’s that whole family because it really does run the gamut of wonderful incredible medicinal and also pretty darn toxic. So you should know what you’re doing when you are harvesting.
Rochana Felde [00:34:33] You really need to get good at plant identification. Queen Anne’s Lace, I could go on and on and on about it. So many plants show us the life cycle of birth and maturation, growth and then decline and death. Queen Anne’s lace flower stalk has this umbrella kind of flower cluster. And then as they turn into seeds, there’s a symbol there’s an umbel underneath the flower that kind of turns into a bird cage kind of container and the flower closes up and it protects its seeds. It’s really it’s really a neat cycle to watch and nothing else is quite like that I know of flower wise, the way that it cages its seed head. And I just harvested a whole bunch of them from a from a plant that I’m growing here. But it’s interesting watching that life cycle and the seeds for the next generation. The annual and the biennial plants give us that information.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:35:55] You know every plant really does have those qualities, if we’re watching. If we reintroduce ourselves to nature we recognize that one day is not like the next. And we are part of this cycle. We’re part of this ecosystem and we don’t stay the same. We are not static. We are always shifting and changing and aging. And nature helps us do that more gracefully, helps us connect to that part of ourselves that – you know,we’re not 20 anymore. Hopefully some of our listeners are 20 and they’re getting on this journey early but we’re all going down this trajectory and eventually we’re going to be bio degrading and the plants come close to release in us the concepts of what was appropriate and useful back then but sure isn’t now and I think that piece of adapting to change is really a piece that’s highlighted this season. I have a few thoughts on on this this concept of balance and decisiveness and embracing change. I think that it’s it’s really worthwhile to meditate on this a little bit this season because we’re we’re looking at this releasing and dropping down in. I think that it’s something that runs very counter to the culture. In this Western culture we’re supposed to look exactly the same forever as much as possible right. You know, maintain that youthful appearance and you know, no wrinkles and no anything. We pretend that we never change or look any different. And economically our culture feels we need to be making more money all the time, always making more. Always being more productive, always being more growth oriented. And yet there are these inherent seasons to things and if we’re always fighting the season we’re really doing our own bodies and our energetic systems a disservice because we’re constantly fighting the flow of things. I like to think about the essences as being aids to getting us in flow and sometimes the flow is expansive and wild and sometimes it’s more thoughtful and quiet and going inward. Do you have thoughts on this?
Rochana Felde [00:38:18] Yeah I I agree, when the light starts changing and the days start getting shorter. And by far you know the biggest complaint I hear people say is they miss having the daylight. And that’s actually why so many people are in favor of of Daylight Savings Time as we practice it here and they don’t want to turn the clock back in the fall. I think we should not have daylight savings. I think the time changes makes the change that we’re going through even harder on our bodies. It’s been shown to have increased traffic accidents and workplace accidents. But back to your point is that it’s related to wanting to be up and out all the time wanting to be active all the time that the concept of youth fall autumn is used as an idiom for you know the autumn of someone’s life for aging and then winter is akin to death and nobody in this culture wants to face that. You know we don’t want to age and we don’t want to die and we think we’re going to live forever. I think that that people have trouble accepting the seasonal shift because we have trouble accepting our own mortality. You know, on a deeper level.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:39:57] Exactly. It’s really kind of a soul sickness. I think we covered this a little bit when we talked about grief and how no one is comfortable with anybody being around someone who’s grieving. We just want it to go away, just make it make it invisible and make it go away, make it never happen. “I’m never going to die. I never want to face anybody else dying so I don’t go to funerals.” It’s that mindset that we just don’t want to think about it or look at or talk about or be with it at all. And its something worthwhile to become more friendly with perhaps and have a little bit more familiarity with. And this is a natural season to think about those things.
Rochana Felde [00:40:41] It is and I definitely agree that it’s a good time to really just stick with these changes in a meditative way. However that looks for you. And learning how to just be present with it.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:40:59] And the next the piece that I’m thinking of.. if I was working with somebody and this was really up for them, this whole issue was up and some of these essences that we’ve talked about already were folded into a formula.. I think that we can really use that encouragement, that fortitude and strength, because it’s pretty easy to lose momentum. This going inward process can feel very passive and could feel tiring or something along those lines. But there is a need to be countered by this with uprising inner strength, this fortitude. And I think Oak is is a natural fit for that because it has that inherently strong quality. And really any of the trees fit into that category. I think that looking at maybe something like a Blackberry would also be useful because it meets those two places, it meets that inward going with a heart fullness, with an open hearted enthusiasm and endurance. I think that that would be useful. And then one of the other pieces I think of is Clematis for this scenario because Clematis is really helpful for helping us get grounded and present. The Clematis type tends to want to be really dreamy and sort of like…if I’m not doing anything, I’m just going to be laying here and fantasizing about whatever… It might be not actually engaging. The energy of fall requires engagement. It requires us to make decisions that requires us to say “yep letting this go. Yep. You know Cleaning Out My Closet. Yep changing out for my sweaters” or whatever it is. But that requires a certain engagement even as we are feeling that heaviness or grief or release or sadness. So there’s that tension between those two poles of that active energy of of bringing in the harvest or letting something go. And then also in that energy of coming inward and downward.
Rochana Felde [00:43:19] Yeah. The two poles of the energy and the fortitude and strength that you need to muster up to deal with what needs to be dealt with this time of year. And part of that is getting ready for harsher times. I mean even if we don’t live in a harsh climate I think it’s in our DNA, especially those of us with the ancestry of harsher climates. Know for me I think the European and the Northern ancestry.. You know I’ve grown up in California my entire life, I’ve never lived in snow. But I feel like going into winter I have to prepare for it.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:44:05] Your ancestors are saying get ready now, winter is coming right?
Rochana Felde [00:44:12] Yeah Game of Thrones really resonated. Yeah essence of Blackberry is perfect for that. Blackberry has so much strength. It’s finished its fruiting by now. But the vines they keep growing. You know we have to cut them down a lot on my property and it doesn’t matter what time of year it is. They just keep right on growing and so there’s a sense of persistence. They just are doing their thing and they’re gonna keep doing it. And it’s a matter of accepting that. But also on the flip side, as you’re talking about that sense of acceptance, I like the Cat’s Ear, the Hypochaeris radicata, as an essence to help be present. And again, going back to that meditation for this time of year. And that flower really helps us hold intention and shine our light, just to show up and be present. It helps increase our own energy field so when we feel the sun energy dwindling that doesn’t mean our own personal spiritual energy field needs to also dwindle, we just we just need to access it.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:45:43] As we come to this place of embracing the fall I think that we’ve talked about a lot of essences that really speak to these qualities. Aspects of grief, aspects of adaptation and releasing, and and preparing with that strength of of moving into the winter. We’ve covered a lot of different bases and a lot of different aspects and I think that even with what we’re doing now, thinking about seasons, and what’s blooming now, and the pieces of of your environment around you at this time of year, what plants are in your ecosystem that are preparing for fall or doing their thing in fall. A lot of them are really blooming right now like the Asters and the Artemesias. So I think that it’s worthwhile to just spend some time in nature this time of year and and look and watch what’s going around you, and admire the berries and the different leaves that are changing and the different the way the ecosystem is preparing for fall. And that can really advise you on on inner preparations for fall as well.
Rochana Felde [00:47:00] I love looking at the plants that are preparing, like losing their leaves, or the plants that are dropping their seeds and their acorns, even the plants that are flowering. But also look at the evergreens that are not really changing too much. Even the Redwoods lose some leaves during this time of year. The evergreens have a message in that. Not only can we survive the seasons we can thrive. And I like to have that as sort of a constant. It’s our constant you know through the changes. There’s a steadiness to it.
Kathleen Aspenns [00:47:46] That’s that eternal and solid and grounded and also prepared for for whatever comes. And I think that’s a beautiful thing to have in any formula, having an evergreen tree that really helps to bring in that quality of fortitude. So I think we’ll bring it together at this point. I think that we’ve covered quite a bit of ground in this meditation on fall and the meaning of the season and the different plant allies and aspects that we can come together with nature in harmony with nature and taking care of ourselves as well.
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