One of the most interesting parts of herbalism, TO ME, is that there is a whimsical magic that adds mystery and imagination.Two things I have noticed; The first is that I have always known, but didn't know where to put it. I have noted this from time to time when I am talking about herbs and my favorite and why that is. I notice that I don't remember the medical jargon. I am not privy to medical language. Nor am I too excited about medical social structures that are set here these days. I know there are wonders upon wonders, but there is also a very serious dark side. I know there is a dark side to the magic of herbs, but it feels more natural.
I am very imaginative, so I think of being in this forest. The forest of my dreams. I was fortunate to toddle in a great red wood forest where we lived when I was 3 until I was 8 years old. There I fell in ABSOLUTE love with the sound of the forest. Entering it was magical. I dreamed of things that I wasn't sure later didn't really happen or not. Those were great dreams. I have been back to that area and am sad to say that the forest was risen to develop more of the Boeing suburbs apparently needed at the time. ;(
So, relatively, I remember some old story about Dan de Lion. The cover had a white background which was minute compared to the rolling hill of a field of dandelion with Dan de Lion emerging henceforth. I knew it wasn't really ABOUT dandelions. It was about a lion. There were pastures of dandelions and if you looked just so, you could see the lion, who became the main character. This was a children's allegory about character building or some such. (I do need to see if I can find it.) But what is interesting to me, is that I am pretty sure it was a real story from my youth. The doubt created a wonderful mystery and the thought of writing a story myself. And whether or not the story(if it was for real) had only to do with character, or if the lion and the dandelion were only happenstance, or were they chosen? I know; who knows? But my point is that the question is exciting and magical!
I have written a couple of little shorts in feiry(fairy) language which were full of allegory. My last computer or the one before that or one of my hundreds(or so it seems) of journals has a couple of the stories. I made fairy houses and wrote stories to go with. It was a great pleasure!
Next is the clover; I've nearly lost my point on it. For some unknown reason the Latin name means something to me. I don't know what. It's familiarity is magically haunting. I don't/haven't thought too closely about it, I just know that when I think of Red Clover's Latin name, Trifolium pratence, it is familiar. Red Clover has been a smell and a beauty that I have loved since I can remember. They are my two life long friends! Leaving my Clover and Dandelion patches are the toughest thing I can think of. Of course, leaving my family is beyond words. But maybe I will find some magical wisdom if I focus on these ancient friends! I have always recognised Dandelion and (Red) Clover as very particularly important to me personally. I will take my own advice here to ponder and wonder for one more season and maybe next winter my story of who Clover and Dan de Lion are to me will unfold. If not, I sure as heck will be focusing on them in the next friendly patch(es) I see on my journey to the edge of the sea this season!