Vine 10ml Stock Bottle
Vine Tree and Sound Essence 10ml
Celtic Moon Tree phase is the Vine. It spans nearly the whole of the modern day calendar of September and brings a new wave of earth energies to us all. As the summer officially departs, we naturally start to look at what opportunities and challenges lie in the months ahead. The Celtic name either derives from the Latin word monēre, which means to remind, advise, teach or influence or from mūnire meaning to defend and protect. Both are relevant to the Vine.
The Celts called any woody vine a tree and it is unclear as to which one they are referring in naming this phase. My advice is to let nature show you. Look around to see what is sharing the messages of the vine. It maybe grape, bougainvillea, clematis, or honeysuckle; but for me it is the blackberry. This grows abundantly here in the UK and during the Vine phase its fruits start to ripen from red to black offering nourishment from nature and a reminder to share in her bounty and wisdom.
The physical properties of all vines include the ability to cling and climb using roots, stems, tendrils or special adaptations such as stickiness or suction pads. Their purpose is to gain support, reach the light, colonise and multiply. The name vine is from viere which means ‘to twist’ or ‘to weave’ describing their natural nature to entwine as they grow. This creates a level of personal protection from predators and provides shelter and food for insects, small mammals and birds. The blackberry for example, produces prickly canes that grow up to about 9m in length and form impenetrable thickets – a habit giving it the popular name of bramble.
Blackberry loves bright, sunny conditions. The leaves are compound with three or more oval, toothed leaflets. A mature plant will also produce 5-petalled flowers that are white or pale pink. Blackberry is strongly associated with rebirth, reincarnation and joy. There is a period of dormancy before the plant produces fruits from canes. When they arrive, flowers, green and ripe fruit are borne simultaneously which I believe reflects this association. The plant is also a messenger of change and transformation appropriate in this phase of the year which is a time for reflection and understanding of wisdoms learnt so far.
Vines have been used practically for many years as medicine and food, to make barriers offering security, protection and containment for both humans and animals. Its connection around the world flows through many cultures and religions and includes deities such as Guinevere, Brigid, Hera and Dionysus. Many myths claim that the plant holds negative energy, possibly because of its appearance and rampant behaviours. The Celts believed it bore the fruit of the Fae and should therefore not be eaten. Where I live in the UK you will hear tales that blackberries should not be picked after 11th of October, as this is the anniversary date of Lucifer falling from Heaven into a blackberry bush and cursing it. In a practical sense the date is useful as we usually have a first frost by then which can cause the fruits to go mouldy and bitter.
If you were born under the Vine phase you are likely to have a changeable and unpredictable nature. This is not surprising with the autumn equinox showing up during this phase. What this does mean though is you are very adaptable, you see the positive in nearly everything focusing on joy and happiness. Just like the Vine itself you are able to balance and hold yourself strong whilst supporting and bringing others together creating a sense of peace and harmony. Friends will often describe you as loyal, caring and confident and these are also traits you value in others. People as a result will often look to you for inspiration and nurturing in times of need. You have an extremely good eye for detail and love to be surrounded by things that spark happiness, be that people or objects. You are passionate, empathetic and enthusiastic by nature and this can easily be shared with those around you. Sometimes you can be seen as detached but this is usually only when you have used all your reserves of energy being your fast-paced active self. For all your enthusiasm and confidence, you can sometimes be indecisive and lack focus. A negative aspect of Vine is that as you are striving forward, adapting and changing whilst avoiding conflict and drama. You find it difficult to set firm boundaries and, as such, can sometimes be a person who cannot say NO. This can lead to anxiety and stress.
Which brings me to the message of the Vine, its energy and how it may offer its support through its essence. Vine essence allows us to share the plant’s life force and its message of ancient wisdom and knowledge. The positive aspects of Vine essence bring us to a balanced and healthy state for leading, teaching, sharing our abilities, developing potential, spiritual growth, movement and momentum in our emotional support through love, compassion and respect to ourselves, others and the natural world around us. If you are out of balance, Vine essence will help to aid feelings associated with being angry, dominant, aggressive, wilful, bossy or pushy to those around us. It will also protect us against imposing these feelings on ourselves since those needing Vine can be over self–critical and overly sensitive and forget to have fun for fear of showing their vulnerability.
Vine allows you to recognise, stretch, twist, turn, move and decide on your energies to your own comfortable state of harmony and balance. But it still encourages change, enthusiasm and growth. Use this essence to take you deeper emotionally to your intentions, moving you away from indecision or resistance so that you may reside in harmony and peace which is where you feel most productive, creative and connected.
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