In today’s post, I’m sharing a recent experience I had with a plant spirit guide or ally, along with a Tarot spread for deepening communication with our plant spirit allies. But first, it might be a good idea to define what a plant spirit ally is…
A plant spirit guide or ally is a term often used in the realm of spirituality and shamanism to refer to a spiritual connection or partnership with a particular plant. It is believed that plants possess their own unique consciousness and wisdom, which can be tapped into for guidance, healing, and growth. Plant spirit allies are seen as teachers, healers, and protectors, offering their wisdom and energy to those who seek their assistance. Developing a relationship with a plant spirit ally involves deepening one’s connection with nature, working with the plant through rituals, meditations, or ceremonies, and respectfully communing with its essence. Through this connection, individuals can receive insights, healing energy, and profound spiritual experiences.
Because it’s important to approach working with plant spirit allies with reverence, integrity, and deep respect for the natural world, the Tarot spread below is not for making initial contact. This has to happen naturally through your connection with the world around you and through meditation or in Dreamtime.
5 Simple Steps to Connecting with a Plant Spirit Ally
There are several methods for making contact with a plant spirit ally so feel free to do your own research and also to make any changes you feel guided to make if you decide to loosely follow the suggestions below. For those of you interested in diving deeper into the fascinating world of plant spirits, I recommend the book Plant Spirit Medicine by Eliot Cowan.
1. Follow your intuition and natural attraction
Pay attention to the plants that naturally draw your attention or evoke a sense of curiosity. It could be a plant you encounter frequently in your environment or one that captivates you on a deeper level. Trust your instincts and let your intuition guide you towards the plant that resonates with you the most.
2. Research and learn about the plant
Once you have identified a specific plant that you are naturally drawn to, take the time to research and learn more about it. Discover its physical characteristics, medicinal properties, folklore, and spiritual associations. Understanding the plant’s background will help you form a deeper connection with its spirit.
Or you may simply wish to use an app or book to identify the plant by name and journey to learn its characteristics from the plant spirit itself before checking documented characteristics.
3. Create a sacred space
Find a quiet and peaceful place where you can connect with your chosen plant. This could be outdoors in a garden or indoors with a potted plant. Set up a sacred space if you are indoors. This space will serve as a sanctuary for your communication with the plant spirit.
4. Practice meditation and visualisation
Engage in meditation or visualisation practices to quiet your mind and open yourself up to the energy of the plant. Close your eyes, take deep breaths, and imagine yourself surrounded by the essence of the plant. Visualise its leaves, flowers, or any other characteristic you find significant. Allow yourself to feel its presence and invite the plant spirit ally to communicate with you. If you struggle to do this on your own, I suggest trying this free guided plant spirit journey meditation.
5. Listen and observe
Once you have established a connection with the plant spirit ally, be receptive to its messages. This may come in the form of intuitive thoughts, sensations, emotions, or even dreams. Pay attention to any signs or synchronicities that appear in your daily life and interpret them as guidance from the plant spirit ally. Additionally, spend time in nature, observe the plant closely, and develop a deeper bond with it through respectful interaction.
Remember, building a relationship with a plant spirit is a personal and ongoing journey. Be patient, respectful, and open to the wisdom and teachings that the plant has to offer.
Meeting My First Plant Spirit Ally
I have been connecting more deeply with the local flora over the past week or so. But a couple of days ago, I realised that I didn’t know the name of the tree in our front garden. Technically, this tree grows in the graveyard next door but most of its branches overhang our garden. I noticed there were red berries on the tree. ‘How come I don’t know the name of this tree?’ I thought to myself. I felt extremely drawn to get to know it better and asked if I could have one of its leaves and a few berries. My request was granted.
The next day, I researched it online and identified the name of the tree. It is a Swedish Whitebeam. I must admit, I had not even heard the name before. Embarrassing, I know since I’m a Swede and living in the same neighbourhood! Rather than researching properties of the tree, I decided to journey, to meet the spirit of Swedish Whitebeam. It turns out that this tree is very connected with my Magdalene Priestess journey.
For some reason, I intuitively decided to do the plant spirit journey almost as part of my response to a comment on one of my Magdalene posts here on the blog.
I journeyed and instantly connected with the spirit of Swedish Whitebeam. The plant spirit, who looked like a blond female Lucia celebrant gave me the words trust, warmth, innocence, joy and connection. She showed me the Ehwaz rune (the horse rune) and the drum. This is significant because these are general symbols of journeying. So I plucked up the courage to ask her if she would be my guide/connection to the realm of plant spirit medicine and she affirmed she would.
She also gave me her name, or rather a name that she invited me to use for communicating with her: Malin. She giggled and asked me to look it up. According to the first source I came across, the name Malin is of Scandinavian origin meaning “high tower or woman of Magdela” so it is a nickname for Mary Magdalene.
I had no idea that there was a connection between the quite common Swedish name Malin and the name of my Goddess whom I revere as an avatar of Holy Sophia! I believe the Goddess wanted to show both of us that we are seen and guided on this path. Oh, and it turns out that Swedish Whitebeam is part of the rose family, Rosacea. How apt as a first plant ally for a Magdalene Rose Priestess!
Plant Spirit Ally Tarot Spread
This six-card Tarot spread is designed to deepen your communication and connection with your plant spirit ally. Use this spread to gain insights, guidance, and messages from your plant spirit ally. Remember to approach this spread with reverence, integrity, and respect for the natural world. You can work with whatever deck you like (Tarot or Oracle) but consider the instructions for card no. 2 before you begin your reading.
1. Your Current Connection
In this position, the card represents your current level of connection and communication with your plant spirit ally. It offers insights into the existing relationship between you and the plant spirit.
2. Message from Your Plant Spirit Ally
This card reveals a message or guidance from your plant spirit ally. You can use a fairy-themed oracle for this position if you like. Pay attention to symbols, imagery, and intuition that may arise from this card, as it holds important wisdom from your plant spirit ally.
3. Areas of Growth and Healing
The third card represents the areas of your life where your plant spirit ally can assist in your growth and healing. It provides insights into the specific aspects that your plant spirit ally is supporting or guiding you towards.
4. Ritual or Practice
This card suggests a ritual, ceremony, or practice that you can incorporate into your daily life or spiritual practice to deepen your connection with your plant spirit ally. It offers guidance on how to honour and work with your plant spirit ally on a deeper level.
5. Resource or Support
The fifth card represents a resource, tool, or support system that can assist you in your journey of connecting with your plant spirit ally. This card may indicate books, mentors, communities, or any other form of support that can aid you in your exploration.
6. Future Possibilities
The final card offers a glimpse into the potential future possibilities that can arise from your continued connection with your plant spirit ally. It provides insights into the transformative and empowering outcomes that await you on your journey.
Remember, this Tarot spread is not for making initial contact with your plant spirit ally. Initial contact should occur naturally through your connection with the world around you and through meditation or in Dreamtime.
May your journey with your plant spirit guide or ally be filled with wisdom and profound spiritual experiences.
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