One early evening, when the light was low and hazy, we stumbled upon a sea of Wild Clematis illuminating the hedgerows. A tangle of frothy silver waves, rivalling both the neighbouring white horses lapping on the edges of the shore and the early blossom announcing the arrival of Spring.
A dreamscape, of magical light and intoxicating sea breeze. We were left in awe of these great clouds of clematis and it reminded us of why it has long been referred to as ‘Travellers Joy’.
My two favourite folk names for Wild Clematis are ‘Love Bind’ and ‘Old Mans Beard’, the old man and his beard are a frequent addition to our Christmas wreaths.
Appearing to cling to the hedgerow in a loving embrace, Wild Clematis twines itself around other plants in order to reach the sunlight. It is not strong enough to stand by itself and so needs the support of others in order to grow.
Just like us.
I believe there is magic and medicine to be found in everything. When the living world grabs our attention, or leaves us in wonder, then it is often whispering words of wisdom straight into our ears.
Perhaps, if we are willing to accept the unconditional love and help offered to us by the wild and the more than human worlds, then we could easier embrace the ‘love that binds us’ all together.
We are nothing without it.
CLEMATIS FLOWER ESSENCE
One of my favourite forms of flower medicine are flower essences. A energetic medicine that enables us to heal ourselves. By helping us to find balance and reconnect with our higher selves, essences can help heal our minds and ours souls, and in turn our physical being.
Clematis essence can help those that are stuck residing in their ‘inbetween’.
A place where your thoughts focus only on your future and the dreams you would like to realise. Yet you can’t quite get there because you have not been tending your roots. ‘Your present.’
It is easy to get lost and overwhelmed by a future that has not yet materialised, romantic notions & fantasies,. Our castles in the sky are incredibly seductive places.
They make our reality appear underwhelming in comparison, leading us to feel apathy for our present circumstance, lacking motivation, concentration and vitality for our day to day living.
The medicine that Clematis essence offers us is the understanding that in order to manifest your hearts desires you must first water and tend to your roots. The earth you stand on. Start right where you already are. It’s where you’re meant to be.
Plant your dreams as seeds, transform your ideas and visions into seedlings, do something everyday to help them grow strong.
Clematis essence can help us navigate our way out of the fog, into a present where our dreams are literally sprouting up around us because of our own devoted love and tending. It can help give us the motivation and clarity to create the life we dream of.
Andrew & I have been residing in our own liminal space for a while now, waiting for dreams to realise. Travellers Joy was giving us a firm but loving nudge… ‘Look at where you are’ they said! We realised that perhaps, by patiently playing the ‘waiting game’ we had unknowingly ventured into our own ‘in-between’. We also realised how utterly privileged we are to even find our selves in that conundrum, to even have that kind of choice. A beautiful wake up call if ever we saw one!
Clematis was telling us to make it count and so we will, with gratitude, we will make every moment count!
Thank you to the old man and his beard and I hope that if needed he has reached you too.
Much love as always.