What's in Your Garden??
#665 (In Topic #287)
Groves of Mandrake
Currently in the Winter - all I have is SNOW!! - but on the turn of Spring - things change…
There are many areas of Favourites - so it is always hard to just establish one item that makes all the moments just right…
I have two Groves of Mandrake (America-Mandrake) - they often speak to me about things in the flow - Nature on a whole - but moreso, that which involves the Human race.. Mandrake represents both Forms - Female and Male…so seeing what occurs as a Shaman is very much an eyeopener!
Its genus consists of four to six different species, which all share the same characteristic features: the thick and bulbous pair of roots, dark green leaves, and greenish white to purple blossoms.
The fruits' colour ranges from pale yellow to reddish. and they all have a strong odor and an apple-like shape.
True Mandrake still grows widely in the Middle East.
Its name of Mandragora could be derived from the Persian 'mardom', which can be translated as “Causing Magicke”, or from Greek composite formed by 'mandra', “stable”, and 'agora', which relates to “Gathering Place”, thus referring to the places where it was commonly found.
The term Duda’im (Arabic Yabruh), means literally “Love-producing”, and is thought to be derived from the root dwd, meaning “to love”, or “to fondle”, and the marginal reading of “Love-Apples”.
At quite an early period, the root, (also known as 'Sorcerer's Root') — was/is frequently carried about on the body, or in the clothing, as a Talisman to ensure Fertility..
" ‘Goe, and catche a falling starre,
Get with child a Mandrake roote’. "
It's other uses were against specific health conditions, and diseases, against all illnesses brought on by malevolent, and/or disruptive forces, and as protection against all grief, ruin, destruction, and bad events, including thievery and murder..
The etymology of the word is complex.
Generally, Mandrake in modern German is known as 'der Alraun or die Alraune', which indicates the idea of a male and a female version of the plant.
The common name of “Mandrake” comes from the words “man” i.e., human (because of the anthropomorphic image of the root) and “drake” (alluding to the magickal powers of the Dragon).
Others lnks the plant with persons called 'Aurinia', (there were Wise women called 'Alirūna', who had skills in magicke, writing, and divining the Future), and as so are believed to be endowed with magickal powers.
(Prophecy, or divination, was an important task of these women).
Mandrake possess formidable human properties in this, and other directions, and it is possible that this belief was fostered by the quasi-human appearance suggested by the forked roots of the plant.
The Mandrake is also closely following several forms of Oracles/Readings that are hinting at much the same outcome….Its linguistic roots may be 'ala', meaning “to beget, to bear”, and 'rūna', meaning “secret” or “advice”.
In the Garden - One Mandrake Grove is situated at what is known as the 'Little People's Boneyard' watched over by Wisdom and Knowledge, (as seen on Right of ths image) and the other is under the base of a Oak (as seen to the far Left of the image)…that supports an Energy of Time and Space.
Both Groves, (last year) at the beginning of their growth, were heavily populated, and many of the Females had produced strong white flowers…
They were both on the same side of the garden….just a few feet away from each…
During one of my moments - I had ventured into the Garden to tidy up the Groves - take away the dead, sick, dying foliage….clear the clinging weeds and so forth…
There was an experience of interaction between the Groves and myself -
Those that had formed within the 'Little People's Boneyard'….Whispered of a 14th century Text, that spoke:>
"Millions are now in graves, which at last day
Like Mandrakes shall rise shrieking’."
Many of the Mandrakes, in this section were young males - very few presented thmselves as strong tall older Males…
The young Males, that were 'strong', were paired with a Strong older Female or Male…there were few if any of a Strong 'Couple'….
Some of the young Males, also fell into two categories…a group of two or three - Twins/Triplets.
Of each of these collective, only ONE of the young plants was healthy, the others were either sickly or dead.
Many of the Females that had bore strong flowers in the Spring had sadly not carried to full term - the 'seed' had fruited, but then withered or fallen away…
Many of the Females were young - unable to support a strong healthy fruit…some that were still carrying a fruit, were under the watchful eye of a much older Female…(Grandparent) who in themselves had in the sarly stages showed signs of the Flower, but not Fruit…too old to carry.
(Grandparents dealing with young girls…who had become pregnant too soon).
Some of the Young Females, carrying small fruits, had young Males at their side…but there was no strength of relationship - the young Males had turned their heads away to the closet Male - the Females to the closet OLDER Female…
On the whole, the Community of Mandrake was scattered - there was no real sense of Community…..just a sad picture of struggle and despair…
This was the Diving Power of the Mandrake to the World it existed in - Its Society mimiked the Humen version….predicting what the Year ahead would foster…
The second Grove were those that had settled at the base - under the Strength of Oak
Here the same 14th century Text spoke…..
"But as we seldom find the Mistletoe
Sacred to physic on the builder Oak,
Without a Mandrake by it, so in our quest of gain’."
Here the Grove gave a totally different picture….
As with the other Grove there were many flowers….
The Females were strong, and surrounding the outer circle…Few were not carrying fruit…Here and there were couples - older Male and Female - both strong and healthy..
The inner circle had a mix of young ones of both 'sexes' - lots of the young females had flowered, but no fruit - much like young females that had reached puberty but had not taken that innocence further.
The young males that were paired (twin/triplet) - all were healthy - just the very odd broken or dying…(some had been overtaken by a Vine or covering ground weed- and so had no room to grow).
This Community was tight - there were few that had wandered beyond the Adult circle that surrounded its Borders….
Adult plants towered over the young - like a shield - but also allowed the Sun and rain for growth etc.
When Spring comes again - in this changing climate - I wonder what my Mandrake Community will share with me ???
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