Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Of course I talked to Gran about it when I was older and she told me the secret of that very special plant, curiously not long before she died. I've mentioned before that Gran, after being excommunicated from the Catholic Church, studied and practiced Druidism. She never imposed her religion on anyone - both my aunt and my mother were raised strictly Catholic - but, as I got older she opened up to me about it. A little bit anyway; and one of her secrets had to do with that maidenhair fern.
The plant, which was kept exclusively in a clay pot, had been dug out of the soil of Washington State with Gran's own hands. Ever year, at the summer solstice, she soaked it in purified water. The entire plant, pot and all, was dunked into a bucket and then left in the sunshine to dry. Gran swore that this ritual brought peace to her home and grace and beauty to her being. As long as the fern thrived, and the ritual was performed each year with intent, Gran would remain the elegant, graceful person, surrounded by calm and love, that I always remember her being.
Later in life, when I began to study alternative religions in college and on my own, I found that Scott Cunningham recommended the same ritual for the same result. His Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs even advises that the fern should be kept in one's bedroom, just like Gran's.
Sometimes you have to go a long way to realize that the wisdom you were looking for was always right there in your own DNA. Thanks, Gran; I know that even in Ginen you are still full of elegance, grace, and peace. Bonne chance ~
Header: An elegant couple dancing in Havana, Cuba c 1954 via Mid-Century