Friday, August 10, 2012

Agrimony Flower Essence for Honestly Facing What Lies Within

If you've been following my blog you've seen this image recently. It's the Tarot deck card I drew for Agrimony Flower Essence.

Agrimony is a member of the Rosaceae (Rose) Family. It grows abundantly throughout Europe and Canada in fields, prairies and along roadsides where there is sun or light shade and moderately dry soil. It stands about 2-3 feet tall and has narrow deeply cut graceful leaves.  The flowers grow in clumps around an upright central spike. The tiny yellow individual flowers reach up towards the sun and resemble a 5-pointed star made up of rounded petals. The flowers and leaves are sweetly aromatic, somewhat like apricots.

In the symbolism of flowers, blooms that grow all clumped together on a single upwardly-pointed spike are like people who congregate in clusters in a steeple-capped church. For that reason one of the common names for this plant in England is “Church Steeples.” And yet we come together for spiritual upliftment in churches and synagogues and mosques not because our religions require group participation – we could and people often do practice alone—but because we desire it.  It’s easier to feel uplifted surrounded by like-feeling individuals than in our private cottages filled with our private nightmares. And that is, in fact, what people who need Agrimony are in need of: release from the private inner torment they feel but never let other people see. Their compensating pattern is to seek comfort through uplifting (i.e. entertaining) activity with others. They’re the life of the party, the one who buys the round of drinks, the one quick to tell a joke and always attempting to keep things light and cheerful.  Their trademark is staying away from heavy feelings and the methods they use to numb the pain they would otherwise feel—compulsive endless social activity, alcohol and drugs—can lead to addictions and nightmares of an even greater sort.  People who need Agrimony are so used to leaving their pain behind they often need help to know how they feel at all.

Medicinally, the Agrimony plant is used to help heal ulcers and the kind of digestive complaints which usually come from swallowing intense emotion, especially self-blame, anger and fear. It is used for liver disorders (a big factor in alcohol abuse) and is said to be an effective remedy for jaundice. Interestingly enough, yellow is symbolic of the third chakra which has to do with self-judgment and self-esteem and the liver is a third chakra-situated organ. And, with Agrimony being a member of the Rose family which has always been associated with matters of the heart, we can intuit that connecting the third chakra issues of self-esteem with the healing that comes from one’s heart—essentially releasing self-blame—is likely to be an attribute of this essence’s healing power.

Agrimony flower essence helps a person accept and show their true self. This is essential for healing of any sort so it is often recommended that people who are out of touch with their feelings use Agrimony as the first step of any healing journey even though the deepest pain may lie somewhere else. It helps people honestly face their pain so the transformation and healing they need can then occur. It would be rare for a person to use Agrimony alone as their only means of self-care for what lies underneath is what they’ve actually been running away from. Agrimony helps a person feel their connection to their higher power from within so they needn’t depend so heavily on external stimulation for emotional solace.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A great article about Agrimony! Thanks!