27 Aug The Madame’s Bone Oracle Reading 08.27.20
The Spirits chose STRANGE, SPIRIT, and FLORA from The Madame’s Bone Oracle this morning.
Today’s message is about the balance of power – the poison and the cure – both powerful aspects, two sides of the same coin. The image that accompanied today’s bone casting was of poisonous plants (STRANGE/FLORA) – beautiful yet deadly. We often talk about the SPIRIT of the plant (FLORA) in herbalism or Green Witchcraft – like a plant’s personality and attitude. All living things are imbued with a unique essence – the SPIRIT that differentiates them from inanimate objects. Foxglove’s SPIRIT commands respect – not because it’s scary and ugly, but because it’s graceful and powerful. In microdose amounts, Foxglove can regulate your heart (cure). A tiny dose more and it will kill you (poison). Belladonna’s SPIRIT commands respect – not because it’s overbearing and forceful, but because it’s beautiful and alluring. In a miniscule amount, Belladonna is used as a sedative or to dilate your pupils for your eye for an exam (cure). A bit more and you’re in trouble (poison). It is about respecting the power of these plants, and knowing how to wield this power that makes the difference. Commanding respect isn’t about hierarchy or control of others. It’s a side effect of self respect and boundaries, and gracefully extending that respect and the respect of others’ boundaries. You can be sure that poisonous plants have boundaries, and they will let you know it quickly if you try to cross that boundary. Unfortunately, many people equate power with fear, and mistake fear for respect. If you wield your power by instilling fear in others, be aware that fear is a tool that renders itself useless under the pressure of knowledge. Poisonous plants can be scary until you gain more knowledge and understand their SPIRIT, which then inspires lifelong respect for them. That respect allows you to utilize them for their beauty for their curative powers. Today the Spirits are asking us: Do you choose short-term fear or long-term respect? The poison or the cure?
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