Previously I wrote about finding your answers in everyday situations (Sidewalk Oracles). I want to show you an example from this past week.

There are several things going on for me. One is my drive to lower my blood pressure through natural means. The other is a somewhat eternal question about “Am I on the right path” (and its sister concern: “Am I ever enough?” lots of post on my previous blog about this.)

Clearly this blood pressure thing is front and center on my mind, basically because I’m ticked at my doctor over increasing meds, and I have a bad case of “I’ll show you.” So – obviously my high emotion is going to manifest something, but I don’t want the high emotion to translate into higher BP.

I researched additional techniques for lowering blood pressure and came across Hawthorn. A trip to the local natural foods store did not result in Hawthorn tincture, my preferred method of taking supplement. The helpful person did turn me onto Magnesium to try first. That didn’t do anything notable to my numbers.

Since I am also working with ancestors, and this time of year is especially fertile for that, I laid it out there for them, and especially for the deity energy of Cailleach, who I am working with. In meditation, she asked for red berries.

Walking through our park, I saw a tree with red berries. Luckily, one of the branches had fallen, and I respectfully asked to take a few for an offering. I felt “yes” and took a small amount. When I got home, I put them on the headdress of the Ancestor Doll.

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Before Berries – sorry forgot to take picture this morning.

Mission accomplished.

Later that night, I had a dream that included 3 men from the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) coming into a room I where I was working. They were bathed in a golden light. They had their guns drawn, and at first I thought this was a problem. Their leader – I heard “Daveed”  but forget the last name, asked me for my credentials (or something like that) and after I named them, he was fine. It’s pretty typical to answer questions for a Gatekeeper when you are questing or when you are going to different levels of existence.

There was more to the dream, but the upshot seemed to be that these people were here for my protection.

This is the second dream event with men bathed in golden light who were protecting me.

I was excited (in the dream I haul this Daveed to my dad, because I want to show him I have a friend.) but unsure of any other meaning.

The next morning while Penny pulled us on our walk, Brother Turkey Buzzard flew low then perched on a roof. He opened his wings for the morning sun salutation they perform (In the early mornings, vultures often will sit with their wings spread wide, increasing the surface area of their bodies so that the sun can more easily warm them. This is called the “horaltic pose”.)

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And then we spotted a dozen of them in the trees behind the house. One by one they opened their wings, facing the “conductor” buzzard. We were completely mesmerized. And Turkey Vulture is one of my allies.

I knew it was sign, but because my guides know I am Miss Doubting Thomas, there were two more signs. For some reason, I went through my mom’s Catholic Missal and it opened immediately to St Therese of Liseux’s feast date – October 3 – which happened to be that day. The eulogy for my aunt fell out too – her passing date was also October 3.

Now, interpreting these three events – the Turkey Vulture, St Therese and Aunt Florence – all pointed to spiritual answers for me. Mom always venerated St. Therese and my grandmother’s middle name, and mine, are Theresa. I would say they are supporting me in my spiritual endeavors and letting me know they have my back.

I think the dream also reflects this protection, although in a slightly different way.

I wondered what the red berries were, that I picked for Cailleach. They were Hawthorn. Can you see the coincidence with my interest in Hawthorn for blood pressure? Never in a million years would I have randomly grabbed some berries off a tree, without prompting from a dream.

And, I believe the golden IDF men were plant spirits as well, in this case Hawthorn.

From Druidry.org: Hawthorns often stand over holy wells, also traditional thresholds of the Otherworld, where pilgrims festoon them with ribbons, rags and other votive offerings. A sacred hawthorn hung over the St. Patrick’s Stone on an island in the River Shannon and filled its hollow with dew, which had great healing powers. St. Bridget’s Well in Cork also collected the dew from an ancient faery thorn above it.

So, the take-away here is, all signs are personal to us. Mine will not be the same as yours, which is why it’s important to work with your signs and not give up. Be aware, but understand that it takes time to figure all this out. Also, you can take the girl out of the Catholic Church, but you can’t take all the Catholic stuff out of the girl. Again, personal to me, my symbology contains Catholic elements.

 

 

9 thoughts on “Hawthorn

    1. Thank you! Let me know how it goes with the tea. I was pretty lucky through menopause – motherwort tincture helped a lot – and just knowing I wasn’t crazy….

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  1. I enjoy your interpretations and your ability to use them to guide you toward healing. I hope they also reveal a path vs. a “potion” to restoring healthy blood pressure. My reference to “potion”is not intended to minimize its importance (whether it’s magnesium or Hawthorn or something else,) but rather to suggest discovering the various IMBALANCES causing deviations in healthy outcomes. The answers are often found in COMBINATIONS of physical and emotional weaknesses that require “fixing.” I (respectfully) suggest searching a wider path than simply nutrition to maximize the results you seek.

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    1. Yes, I am pretty sure the anger level I have, has a good bit to do with it. That’s a whole different set of skills, but I am working on that too. Breathing, yoga, forgiveness and stepping back from taking everything on myself is part of that.

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  2. Sounds like you realize changing health requires a PROCESS rather than just a SUBSTANCE. All the different parts you mention will contribute to your success. I also encourage you to recognize and channel anger into behavior that promotes a para sympathetic response rather than a sympathetic response (relaxation rather than “fight or flight.”) You are the MASTER of your own emotions unless you relinquish this “power” to others.

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    1. Totally get this. The anger thing is troubling, because I Obsessive as well as project alot of “what if”, mostly it makes me a great employee and excellent parental caretaker, but I know it’s gone too far. You are correct on the fight or flight response. The last several days, bp in the evening is 134/84 still on the low dose of lisinipril. But recognizing that anger and allowing myself to obsess on it, needs to change, at least opens myself up to finding a balance. Plus, since I like to cook, we’re trying new Mediterranean recipes, more beans and lentils. All good. I like a worthwhile project, it might as well be me. So far I’ve lost 10lbs.

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