"Seed Leaves, Sea Robins and Garden Dreams"

Stowell Farm

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Each year, I order the Stella Natura Calendar (Inspiration and Practical Advice for Gardeners and Professional Growers). This calendar is a sweet guide to “working with cosmic rhythms.” It is a biodynamic planting calendar—but it is so much more. Each month offer’s up not only specifics of the rhythms, but also stories, histories, education and mystery. October includes a piece by Rand Burkert which begins “Rudolf Steiner invites us to contemplate a seed—to evoke within ourselves a feeling for that ‘invisible something’ which enables it to unfold.” Steiner says: “Let the student fully realize that this invisible something will transmute itself later on into a visible plant, which he will have before him in its shape and color. Let him ponder on the thought: ‘The invisible will become visible. If I could not think, then that which will only become visible later on would not already make its presence felt to me.’” Burkert goes on to say: “When I attempt this, I first perceive the seed in its static mystery. Then, I “see” the root tip extending from it, and gradually, the probing, rising shoot which proffers two seed leaves, like delicate platters. At this stage, the plant is undifferentiated, gathering forces; it then gradually unfurls its individualized leaves, as it becomes a recognizable species. Only when it has its characteristic foliage, is it ready for the gesture of its full, inherent potential—flowering and seeding.”

I offer this idea up to you today—and every day. Even in the sleepy times, all is “unfurling” in its innate IS and it inherent being. In Sharing Circle, at this time of year, I speak of the Seed Pod and invite those with me to consider the beautiful necessity of this season of “folding in” and the ensuing seasons of relative sleep. They are magic, mysterious…and full of pure potential. Keep in heart and mind the Seed Pod: the container of mystery and abundance.