Be as the dormant seed, beginning to germinate in the desiccated trunk of its predecessor, full of potential and vibrant life.
Wreaths weren't always a thing to put on your door during the holidays. In many places, they still aren't. While door-hanging wreaths have now been adapted for any season, they used to be more akin to celebratory laurels or flower crowns.
Traditionally, the Yule log is the last part of the winter solstice festival fire of the previous year. This final section of the final log is kept, generally wrapped in cloth and protected in the home until it is brought out the next year to continue the cycle.
The epitaph is a highly personal thing, especially in the modern period. For centuries, plants have made an appearance on burial markers and urns.
In Celtic traditions, this time is called Mabon, and is the second of three harvest festivals. It is also sometimes called Alban Elfed, Cornucopia, the Wine Festival, or the Apple Festival (among other names).
Water is party to all things, dear reader. While all Earth-dwelling embodied lifeforms have their own characteristics, goals, needs, and expectations of their environments, water is a common necessity they all share. Without proper hydration, the brain's receptors stop interpreting and correlating information and general organ failure occurs, plants are unable to photosynthesize, and moisture continues to evaporate from the body at a rather high rate.
Beltane, or May Day, is a time to re-light the hearth fires. It is a celebration of fertility, the Earth's renewed bounty, and the fires of inspiration.
There are several species of mushrooms that alter a person's consciousness when ingested. While botanically mushrooms are not classed as plants, they have played a significant role in human development, whether as a food source, a method of communing with the gods, or as an artistic muse.
In honor of today being Earth Day, I thought I would share some of my earliest memories of ecology and the need for ecoactivism. Some of you might remember the 1992 film, Fern Gully; some of you likely weren't yet born. I didn't know there was a sub-header for it until I was looking up information again, but it's "The Last Rainforest."