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This season’s sale is on Spagyrics that complement each other in energy, balancing polar qualities in much the same way as the Equinox points balance day and night.
In my article about the energies of the Equinox, I talked about the different aspects of harvest that this season represents. Fruits are at their peak right now, and as the cold sets in, plants will start to pull nutrients into their roots for their winter survival. One plant which we work with in both berry and root form is California Spikenard, Aralia californica.
A native of the Northwest temperate forests, California Spikenard has been long revered as a tonic to energy and vitality. They are leafy, lanky plants, most happy in shaded and moist areas, growing up to 10 feet tall and eventually flowering and creating clusters of reddish-purple berries.
The berries are tart and also a bit spicy like Ginseng or Devil’s Club, another Northwest Ginseng relative. They are used as a strong but not too drying expectorant, with a mild anti-microbial quality, and our Spiritualized Essence of them also brings a balanced feeling of well-being.
California Spikenard roots are large, dense, and twisted, and form step-like scars at each year’s growth points. These roots taste much like Ginseng, sweet and rich, a little spicy, and our Spikenard Root Spiritualized Essence is a great support to stamina and endurance, especially through the cold, wet winter. The roots are more anti-microbial than the berries, and useful for dry, unproductive cough.
Our Astragalus Root and Seed are another pair of Spagyrics from different poles of the same plant.
Astragalus Root is the more familiar medicine, used in Chinese medicine as an intelligent immune tonic which boosts the “Wei Qi”, or defensive energy. Our Astragalus Root Spiritualized feels like a shield of protection just above the skin, and is a great choice for long-term use to defend from “bugs” all winter, or as a rebuilding tonic after illness or injury.
The seed of Astragalus is less well-known in healing, but it is used in Taoist energy medicine for people who “leak energy”. With our Initiatic of the Seed, it’s as if the Wei Qi-boosting effects of the root are turned inside-out, and the protection it brings is a sense of centeredness and strength in the core of the being. This Spagyric is an excellent support for the Autumn practice of turning inward, helping to gather your reserves and bring your light into centered focus.
Thinking of the Equinox as a time of balance, and of the two sides of Libra’s scales with their balance point in between, also brings to mind the tension between the harvest of plenty and the death of summer bounty; of preparation for the cold season ahead, while reflecting on the summer’s adventures. It’s a tension between the past and the future, and between what we hold onto and what we must release to move forward.
Two of our Shen tonic Spagyrics speak to this dichotomy: Dragon Bone and Waterfall Calamus. Both of these are tonics to the Shen, the peaceful reserve of energy that resides in the heart and is the source of the treasures of Qi’s vitality and the creative flow of Jing. Shen is like a pool of calm strength that we can dip into to remain collected and effective, and Chinese medicine has many plants that work with the Shen in different directions.
Dragon Bone is not far from what it sounds like- it is an extraction of fossilized dinosaur bone. Structural and stabilizing as a bone should be, our silly slogan for this Spagyric is “hold your own with Dragon Bone!”. If other people, difficult situations, or just your own inner state get you off track and pulled in too many directions, our Dragon Bone Initiatic will bring you back to a steady, grounded center in which you can easily hold to what you know is right.
Also a Shen tonic, but with an energy of flow and release, our Waterfall Calamus Initiatic is another popular support to inner peace. A plant that grows around waterfalls, its intelligence carries that signature- of water that pools in a collected place, and then flows chaotically but gracefully into whatever is downstream. Somewhat calming and very comforting, Waterfall Calamus helps you flow with life as it comes, not holding on too much, and without distress or attachment.
Speaking of detachment, I am reminded of the meditative image I received when we were first working with Sacred Lotus. The image was of Quan Yin, the Bodhisattva of compassion, in all her serene perfection. As “she who hears the cries of the world”, she rules compassion, but less well-known is that she also rules discernment. We can see this in images of her riding her dragon, the foam of the sea and waves the beast creates barely ruffling her composure.
The Lotus plant shows this quality as well, growing out of the nourishing mud, but rising above the water with leaves that are self-cleaning and one of Nature’s most extraordinary flowers. Our Initiatic of Lotus is loved by healers and sensitives, as it allows deep empathy and connection, but without taking on other people’s issues. It is also excellent for those of us who need to turn some of that compassion inwards, and it can help us be less hard on ourselves.
The complementary plant to Lotus is our Blue Waterlily, often erroneously called “Blue Lotus”, but botanically a waterlily with much different growth and intelligence. As I discussed in this article, Waterlilies create the classic lily pads, which float on the surface of the water, and, depending on the variety of Waterlily, the flowers rise and sink in and out of the water with the cycles of day and night.
We work with the Egyptian Blue, European White, and Mayan Waterlilies, and all are plants of transition, from night to day, dreaming to waking, surface to depth. Our Blue Waterlily Initiatic is especially good at dreamwork, stitching together the open and flexible dream state with the waking world in which insights can be manifest.
Staying in the realms of dreaming and waking a bit longer, we have the pair of Mazatec herbs, Calea and Heimia.
Calea is known in Mexico as “zacatechichi”, meaning “bitter grass”, which is an understatement! However difficult its taste may be to love, Calea’s effects on dreamwork are without equal. It has been shown to increase REM sleep, and also to create a cycle in which one wakes as soon as a dream is over, making it easier to remember and reflect upon than if sleep continued. Our Initiatic of Calea is also a sleep tonic for some people, bringing restorative sleep through the processing that dreams offer our psyches, leaving us refreshed and clear in the morning.
Another Mazatec herb, Heimia, is known locally as “sinicuiche”, or “Sun Opener”, as it gives a golden aura to anything you look at while using it. It is traditionally used in ceremony to contact the ancestors, especially through the medium of sound, and our Initiatic of Heimia amplifies sound and changes the perception of it to a high, sacred level. It can be used as is traditional, to listen for voices of guidance, or for deeper connection with music, whether listening or playing. I also greatly enjoy Heimia’s effect in Nature, where it opens my hearing and heart to the sounds of wind, water, sea, and life in a beautiful way.
Finally, we have two Spagyrics that are not a pair, but which, each in their own way, represent the inward point of balance which is mirrored outwardly as the Equinox.
Midnight Sun Somalixir draws on both Sacred Lotus and Blue Waterlily, as well as gemstone extracts of Amber and Pearl, to create a quality of flow that is so circular and complete that it creates a sense of stillness in a point within. Midnight Sun helps bridge the energetic points known as the Jade Pillow, at the back of the skull, and the Third Eye in the forehead. Bridging dark moon and light, Sun and Moon in dynamic tension, it is especially useful for Qi Gong and other types of energy circulation such as the Microcosmic Orbit.
Our Somalixir Tesseract centers around the effects of the Mayan Waterlily, whose iconography is associated with the temples where the calendar was figured. The formulas was inspired by the “wrinkle in time” of the beloved book, and it changes your relationship to time and the flow of it. It works very well when paired with a rhythmic sound such as drumming, and is the perfect Spagyric for seasonal transitions in which the perspective of “now” needs to also encompass past and future.