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Spooky Stuff in the Garden

Anytime you engage Nature, you’re confronted not only with Life but also with Death. The Cycle of Life includes birth, growth, death, decomposition and rebirth from the enriched matter. Decaying mulch, worms, discarded plant parts — all contribute to a rich compost that builds the soil and strengthens the ecosystem.

But sometimes ya just gotta laugh! I don’t know if I’m having extra, over-the-top spooky stuff this week because some faeries are having a giggle fest, or if it’s all part of the Goshen gardening package. Some of this stuff is so odd and macabre that I just had to share.

Death Card from the highly recommended Robin Wood Tarot: http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Books/BookPages/RWTDeck.html

Death Card from the highly recommended Robin Wood Tarot: http://www.robinwood.com/Catalog/Books/BookPages/RWTDeck.html

As regular blog readers know, I’ve been wood mulching the heck out of our yard. Inspired by the film “Back to Eden,” as well as other farms that experience incredibly rich soil and eventually no need to water, I looked at our 10% grass, 90% weeds and tree stumps yard and thought, “Build up!” I made arrangements with a local arborist to have truckloads of wood mulch dumped into our yard and driveway (for free), and I’ve been mulching pretty much since Easter. We also had David’s parents save five huge garbage bags of leaves for us last Fall in anticipation of this year’s garden.

We’ve had good success with leaf mulch in the past, and I’ve recently learned even more about the benefits of mulching. Not only does the mulch save on watering efforts and costs, but it also enhances the mycelium in the soil. Mycelium is the branching, threadlike, vegetative part of fungus, and it has all sorts of amazing properties. Some researchers even claim that mycelium can save the world.

Well, let me tell you, mold and fungus can also creep you out! Off and on for the past couple weeks, we’ve had this funky looking foamy stuff that’s rock hard show up in little spots around the yard, usually around stray wood mulch. The other day, I saw a sadly dead nasturtium that I’d been meaning to pull out surrounded by what looked like sprayed on foam. It was pink and white with flecks of red. It hadn’t killed the nasturtium sprout. That would be the leaf hoppers, but despite its fluffy appearance, this foamy substance was just as hard as the stuff on the wood mulch. Later in the week, I noticed some of it on top of the pile of pine needles awaiting compost and blueberry bushes. I watched through the window as it shifted from white to pink to bright yellow. Then, this morning, I found the same foamy strangler around my very happy chives. What the?!

Dog Vomit Fungus Two

I should have taken a photo before I broke the strangling foam up with a stick, but I wanted to poke it to see whether it felt the same as the earlier stuff. Yep, except this was kind of sticky, gooey, like caulk before it dries. It concentrated itself at the base of the chives, which actually appear to be growing even better than before. The photo shows a little dish of slug beer, as well as leaves of the very happy watercress making its way around the bed.

I came inside and begged David to come out to the garden to look at this alarming stuff. He did but didn’t have any words of wisdom other than his usual “the internet is a powerful tool.” I came inside and searched “slime fungus strangling plants in the garden.” Well, it turns out we have “Dog Vomit Fungus.”

Dog Vomit Fungus

Dog Vomit Fungus

I kid you not, there are threads and threads of people completely freaked out by this apparently harmless mold. Someone claims it is one of the oldest life forms on our planet — the first mold to move towards decaying matter. It usually occurs near mulch or on lawns after saturating rains — both of which we’ve had.

The thing is, this Dog Vomit Fungus makes me giggle (now that I know what it is), especially after I had just decided to let a devoured zinnia put forth a flower anyway. I call it “Skeletor Zinnia,” and god/dess bless the little one, it’s got almost no leaves but seems to be bursting a bud:

Skeletor Zinnia

Skeletor Zinnia

And then, there’s the highly informative, but certainly odd phone conversation I had with the friendly neighborhood Lowe’s Garden Center guy yesterday afternoon. I was calling for Bonnie (non-GMO) chard and kale starts, since my sprouts appear to be irresistible to something. They appear and disappear within hours of each other. He didn’t have anymore starts for me, but he shared some helpful garden pest tips.

I asked about rabbits (ours are ginormous, possibly hares!) and he said that if I didn’t want to fence in the garden, I could “collect the urine of a wild fox and circle that around the perimeter.” Ummmm, yeah. While I’m conjuring a wild fox to pee in a jar for me, should I add eye of newt and toe of frog? I asked if we could just use human pee, but he said “only urine from a natural predator will work.” I told him I thought fencing the garden would be easier than catching a wild fox and forcing it to pee at my discretion. He seemed surprised but eventually said that I was “probably right.”

He then informed me that I could also spread human hair around my plants. “If those rabbits get a whiff of human hair, they’ll run away from your plants.” “So, I can either catch a wild fox and make him pee on demand, or I can just trim my hair and put the ends out there?” “Yep. That’ll work just fine.”

For years I have cut my own hair with pinking sheers, because my hair grows as fast as our dandelions. I’ve been using the pinking sheers, but also intensely looking for some layering scissors I’d misplaced last December. (Like, looking for them several times per week, because I have a lot of hair that gets heavy at the ends.) No matter where I looked, those scissors would never turn up. Last night, I decided to test Mr. Lowe’s Garden Guy’s theory, so I went into the bathroom, mindlessly picked up a bag I’ve looked in several times before, and “lo” and behold: the missing scissors, and only the missing scissors.

Hair for garden

I thinned out my hair and then sprinkled the layering leftovers around my lower level plants last night, thinking about voodoo and wondering if the bunnies would run in terror or if they’d gather my hair, cast a spell and ban me from my own garden.

Mr. Lowe’s Garden Guy also advised me not to let David mow down any of our clover, but there’s nothing particularly spooky about that. Clover offers more nutrition than most garden plants, so the rabbits will eat that instead. Nonetheless, in addition to a growing clover patch, we’ve now got witchy red hair thinnings, decaying leaves, rotting wood, Dog Vomit Fungus and Skeletor Zinnia, all in fairly close proximity.

If only it was Halloween, I could probably charge admission. 😉

April 2013 Specials

Thanks for your patience waiting for the April Specials. I don’t run the Monthly Specials from a left-brain, linear standpoint; I post them as inspiration leads. This month, I’m actually feeling called to continue one of the March Specials — The Healing Skills Reclamation — because the readings with a past life healer “filter” brought forth such amazing synchronicities and information. They’ve truly been a joy to share, and clients share that the readings have provided peace, affirmation and exciting new directions. Apparently, there’s more of that wanting to burst forth in April. I have also included a different type of Tarot reading for April. This one just, literally as I type, came to me. Details below.

Healing Skills Reclamation

This $77 Special Past Life Reading focuses on your previous lifetime(s) as a healer, helping you to access deeply buried healing skills. Such skills may appear as “natural gifts,” because you’ve already studied and/or mastered them in previous or parallel lifetimes. We are each individual expressions of Infinite Potential; however, some of us resonate with and respond more strongly to certain healing or creative modalities. The Healing Skills Reclamation will help you find out why and will also help you to become aware of which modalities and skills may come easier for you or produce faster, more fluid results in this incarnation. This topic arises in Past Life Readings, but I’ve never offered it as a dedicated Special. Here’s your chance. Half hour reading may be doubled for a full hour.

Offer valid if prepaid by 4/30/13. Please contact me to sign up.

Natural Reset Tarot

This unusual Tarot reading combines wisdom from three decks at once — Robin Wood, The Faery Wicca Tarot, and the Wildwood Tarot. In keeping with the integration energies so prevalent on 2013 planet Earth, this combo reading explores different ways that similar themes run throughout different areas of your lifetime(s) — past, present and possibly even parallel … relationships, career, creativity … physical, mental, emotional, spiritual.

The goal of this reading is to provide Archetypes, tools and themes to help you bring vague, abstract “senses” and “intuitions” into more tangible, actionable understanding. As humanity faces major evolutionary challenges, embodying and re-membering the ancient ways and latent powers can help bring those flickers of the new reality into more obvious physical manifestation. We simply don’t create on one level. Rather, we bring our visions, imaginations, inspirations, soul longings and innovations into Being. We invoke Archetypes and symbols without even realizing we’re doing so. Without REAL-izing we’re doing so. Creation bursts forth from the subconscious mind, and this Natural Reset Tarot helps to bring more of that subconscious mind under conscious influence –the best of both worlds as humanity continues its Awakening.

$55.55/half hour or $111/hour. This Special is valid if prepaid by 4/30/13. Please contact me to schedule.

Curious Non-Attachment

A lot of energies and possibilities are trying to assert themselves today and in the very near future. Some of those energies and possibilities may appear quite shocking if you have not prepared yourself to redirect your focus and elevate your vibration. There are so many agendas jostling for control right now that your best security remains — as always — affirming and knowing that you are always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.

I pulled three tarot cards and a Wisdom of Avalon Oracle Card today, specifically asking about the apparent disconnect between my own fabulously optimistic feelings and some of the news seeping through my various (3D and intuitive) pipelines. Those cards also confirmed what I’ve been feeling: life as we know it may get very strange very soon, and how that affects us depends on how we respond. We can use these opportunities — and I don’t know which ones will play out — in order to strengthen our own commitment to the glorious unfolding our of own lives and vision for a more positive world. Not all is as it appears. Not all “destruction” is “bad.” The energies are so potent right now that our individual response and interpretations hold much more influence over programming what comes next. The exact same scenarios can release freedom or oppression, depending on how we choose to expand or limit ourselves.

The tarot cards I pulled about the world’s energies and how these affect me were: Ace of Swords, Queen of Pentacles and Five of Wands. I did this as a personal reading, but the answer applies to all of us.

In the Robin Wood deck, the Five of Wands shows five men jousting wands with each other in the rough form of a five-pointed star. Although this card looks intense, no one actually makes contact with another human being, so the card shows conflicting energies but no physical harm. Traditionally, the five-pointed star stands for excellence, so this lopsided, battling star offers a chance and the challenge to rise above mediocrity. It doesn’t guarantee success, but it reminds us to let others have their own drama without needing to jump into the melee. Sending harmonizing energy to the apparent chaos may well result in a higher order and perfection.

The Queen of Pentacles sits serene and surrounded by natural abundance. Rabbits, flowers, fruit: this stately queen dressed in a green gown has it all. She holds a pentacle in her lap, representing security, survival, prosperity and all positive aspects of the Earth element. In my reading, this card juxtaposes the battling Five of Wands, but the Queen of Pentacles has turned her back to the fighting. Instead of fixating on the drama, she ponders the pentacle in her lap and faces the Ace of Swords.

In tarot, the Swords suit represents Air and the mental realm — our thoughts. The Aces of tarot hold the essence of their suits, so the Ace of Swords embodies the essence of thoughts and mental focus. In the Robin Wood deck, the Ace of Swords has victory garlands and slices triumphantly through the clouds. In this reading, the Ace of Swords offers the Queen of Pentacles a more positive and integrated focus than the Five of Wands. She could choose either, but she faces the Ace of Swords. In the same way, each of us can choose to focus on the chaos, fighting and drama that may or may not continue to erupt around us. Or … we can remind ourselves of our own, inner security (Pentacles) and hone our mental vision of what we’d love to manifest.

The combination of the essence of thought (Ace of Swords) with the sovereign woman of manifested form (Queen of Pentacles) brings potent reminders of how we imagine our individual realities into being. The best hope for that Five of Wands to turn into a symbol of excellence comes not from worrying about and engaging the drama, but from using the energy of that card as fuel for Ace of Swords-like focus. Wands are passion (Fire) and the spiritual realm, and 5’s indicate change. Harness your passion for a shift towards excellence, focus your mind and know that all the security you’ll ever need rests in the palm of your hand or surrounds you in Nature. From this place of serene balance and positive focus, those jousting passions can more easily settle into the form of harmonious excellence.

From the Wisdom of Avalon Oracle deck, today I drew the Dragon card, symbolizing “power, strength.” Deck creator, Colette Baron-Reid provides this interpretation in her accompanying book:

“The dragon comes to offer you its power and strength, to protect and fortify you on this leg of your journey. The Dragon symbolizes true power and reminds you that this infinite source is not found in your personality or ego.

“True power resides deep within your soul. So call on the Dragon’s spiritual power and strength, and you will find a vast resource to strengthen your resolve…through morality, integrity and purpose. If you’re struggling with these issues, the Dragon will restore them to you. Remember that the power of the spiritual world can never be broken, and true strength is found within — not in the outside world. Never mistake a gentle man for a weak one.

“Watch for a signal — the dragon always makes the next step clear, and it gives you the power to take it.”

In summary, use your intuition, focus and imagination to pay attention to and create those things you’d like. If the outside world erupts into chaos, remember your connection to unseen support and inner strength. Re-affirm, “I am always in the right place at the right time doing the right thing.” Observe so-called “facts” with curious non-attachment. Security is a state of mind, not a bank account balance or political stability. Your potential for magic is high right now. Find ways to enhance your inner sovereignty so that you can create from a positive and loving place.