I’ve just returned from being away at a cabin in Cle Elum, WA for two nights with my beloved family to celebrate the holidays. Even though Christmas is not a holiday that I support for its religious nor consumerist associations, I deeply value the love, beauty and incomparable magic of spending time with those of my blood; my family.
We were out on a morning walk yesterday along the Yakima River. I could hear the plant spirits singing and felt the wintering Fae dancing on the crystals of the snowflakes as they fell. I could feel them calling me somewhere in particular. I dropped into my heart and kept it open there, invited my psychic senses and intuition to continue to unfold and guide me, and held on to the intention of being guided to the most perfect plants. Something stirred inside and I looked up to see a field of Cattails, growing not where they are usually found which is along a body of water. I humbly approached and asked permission to harvest, they sang permission to my heart.
You see not a week ago Cattail visited me in the dreamtime. I had never worked with the plant specifically though I had been introduced to it. In a dream, my spirit guides had me invoke the Cattail to facilitate a cord cutting between myself and an old lover. Upon waking I did some research and found that Cattail is used for cleansing and breaking up stagnant energy. It is burned during house clearings and house blessings to signal to the inhabiting spirits that the time for transition is approaching. I received permission to harvest four cattail wands and will dry them and save for ceremonial use in energy clearing, house clearing and cord cutting ceremonies in the future.
May 2014 end as a blessing way for you each!