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.
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