December Garden, Portal and Personal Updates

As we ease into the other side of this powerful eclipse and New Moon in Sagittarius, I thought I’d share some grounding photos from the indoor garden. These ones show how the indoors blends with the outside garden, which is largely put to bed for Winter. You can still see various types of kale, collards, parsley, rosemary and green onions outside, but things are mostly sleeping until Spring.

Inside, the Christmas cacti have begun to bloom:

With such short days, lettuce, parsley, cilantro, spinach and onion spouts grow slowly. But they do grow! I turn the trays every other day so that they don’t get lopsided stretching for more light.

I also decided to try my hand at growing indoor mushrooms. This set from ETSY is on Step 2. Per the Mushroom Man LLC’s video, I let the white mycelium grow for about three weeks — until the inside looked mostly white. Last night, David and I sliced open the package and “roughed up the mycelium” with a fork before soaking the substrate for 24 hours:

Later today, I’ll drain the plate and flip things around to start growing pink oyster mushrooms on our kitchen countertop. We’ll see how it goes! Supposedly, we should get two flushes. This is totally an experiment. I love exotic and medicinal mushrooms and thought the pink might perk things up when nothing’s blooming outside.

I do have another blooming plant right now. I always forget what it’s called, but this one reliably puts forth flowers much of the year:

Today also marks the time to paint the garden portion of my next commissioned portal painting. This one has spent a long time in the planning stages, but its timing ties in with the Solar Eclipse. The degree of this extremely karmic eclipse conjuncts the patron’s South Node, so the portal integrates before and after timing. Yesterday I painted desert — and today a garden. More details once I finish!

I have two other portals in process, too, one for myself and one for another patron. Due to the uncanny astrology, this one jumped ahead of the others. I love when astrology confirms an intuitive nudge.

On a more personal note, I always incorporate some manner of garden into my life. I’m typing this post with a henna mud pie on my head. The henna doesn’t change my hair color much, but it does provide a lot of keratin and strength to my hair. I started henna’ing back in 2006, and for me, this nurturing ritual reconnects me throughout fifteen years of transformation. I’ve written about henna and my mood hair before (here and here), but today, it just feels fun to have mud on my head while I make a garden post!

When not covered in mud, I like wearing flowers. This past month concluded a multi-year search for a replacement to my beloved Faery Combat Boots. After a Leprechaun cobbler episode, two visits to a human cobbler for new zippers, and a final confirmation that no cobbler could fix the worn through back of my heels, I knew I needed to retire them. I’ve had those boots for over six years and they’ve taken me through many an adventure — whether walking in a very cold Lake Michigan, hiking in deep snow, or having an NDE after running through the Detroit Airport when Saturn crossed my North Node 2018.

I loved those boots, and they proved extremely difficult to replace. After years of searching and three returns, I finally settled on these that I broke in last Tuesday while wearing a garden inspired dress:

Why do I love Faery Combat Boots so much? No idea, but a good lug sole on a waterproof boot that I can wear with dresses makes me bizarrely happy. Almost as happy as flowers. Combine Faery Combat Boots with a floral dress, pink mushrooms, and Christmas cacti? Seelie stuff.

In these crazy intense times with all their karmic weight, it helps to find the little things that bring a smile to your face and heart. IMHO, the sillier and more delightful, the better. Vibration matters — as in, your vibration creates matter. Surround yourself with more of the energies you wish to experience. Your external world begins to reflect more and more of those back to you in physical form.

Blessed Be … and be the blessing! Happy New Moon in Sagittarius … and congratulations on making it through that karmic doozie of an eclipse!

18 responses to this post.

  1. You make me happy!

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  2. Posted by Sonya on December 4, 2021 at 1:23 pm

    Lovely post, Laura! I am curious to know where you got your combat boots from if you don’t mind sharing? I love the style!

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  3. love the indoor garden, mushroom experiment, and cutie faery you! synchronously i had just told dave about my wanting to start growing mushrooms although i was going for outdoors…if indoors works for you, i’ll add that to the fun. i have SO been swimming in mushroom energy these days. on my trip away i took like 100 photos of different mushrooms. hehe! and of course they come out in my mini portal paintings as you saw. love the sync trains. glad you found some happy boots…looks so cute with the dress. love you and happy new moon solar eclipse. the energy here has been awesome with it. i do have a sag moon πŸ™‚

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    • I got some morel spawn for outside, but I have that refrigerating until spring. It’s more involved than I realized. I’ll need to build a little bed for them to give them just the right growing conditions.

      I ordered the pink oyster mushrooms from the same guy as an afterthought, but these can start right away.

      Yes, you are Sag Moon Lady! The energies have felt quite buoyant here, too … although I’ve heard from others that it’s hitting them as a major karmic reset. That’s ultimately positive but also very intense. ❀

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    • And thank you about the boots and dress. Faery stuff … of course you like. πŸ™‚

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  4. Posted by Sonya on December 4, 2021 at 3:17 pm

    What a fun update! Loved reading it πŸ™‚ Would you mind sharing where you got your combat boots from? They look awesome and go wonderfully with your outfit! ❀

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    • Thank you, Sonya! These ones are Steve Madden, and I found them at DSW. I tried a whole bunch of others — from Nordstrom, Amazon, Naturalizer — but these fit and they were a LOT lighter than the Naturalizer ones. ❀

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  5. Posted by seattle72 on December 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm

    What a fun and very grounding post. LOVE the contrast of the boots and the dress, how fun is that? The boots are super cute.

    I feel like I know the plant with no name, a relative had that same type at some point I think. Also getting a lot of mushroom hits here too. I kind of took it as a metaphor “from darkness and death, a beautiful life grows”. Something like that anyway. Reminds me of Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins and the morel foragers. πŸ„πŸ§šβ€β™€οΈπŸͺ„

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  6. Posted by Jane on December 4, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    Laura, the plant with the red leaves is an anthurium. We just got one – love it!

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  7. Posted by Kieron on December 4, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    I like your Christmas cactus. I have 6 in different colors (including one handed down from my great-grandmother, and so old it’s got woody stems) and cuttings from a 7th (yellow) and 8th (pure white) on the way, courtesy of a new friend who was boggled by my cacti blooming their hearts out. πŸ™‚ They spend their summers out on a covered porch with lots of filtered light and warmth, and I don’t have to do anything special to get them to set buds.

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    • Wow, so lovely that you have so many colors! I got the large one — which also has woody stems — from a Madison friend back in 2011. It had been her grandmother’s, so it is very old. She herself is in her 60’s.

      I don’t do much to get mine to bloom either. It’s always so cheery this time of year, but sometimes mine bloom at off times, too!

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  8. Beautiful plants! Β Beautiful new boots, may they take you far and wide with happy new adventures!

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  9. Indoor plants bring a sense of relaxation and peace. I did have a peace lily and recently it died because I didn’t water it enough. Lesson learned. I plan to get another one and nurture it this time. I love the lesson nature provides us that we need to practice self-care.

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    • Thanks for sharing, S.Z. I have a peace lily, too! They’re a little tricky. I think they prefer deep watering just as the soil is almost dried out. They also like some kind of fertilizer to keep the blooms coming.

      My mom’s the one with the greenest indoor plant thumb. Her peace lilies are huge and always blooming! I agree with you about the lessons on self-care. πŸ™‚

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