When I went for a walk the other night, after posting about my intent to start learning the names and properties of local flowers, the first flower I came across was the lesser celandine. However, because it was evening, the petals were closed. Apparently they are common as muck. Only when I got back home did I realise that we have plenty of these cheerful yellow flowers in our garden. There are more of them than dandelions… so how come I hadn’t noticed them until now?! Methinks the faeries were playing a trick… 🙂
Reading up on the lesser celandine, I found out that it is also known by the much less attractive name pilewort and has been used traditionally by herbalists to cure piles. Good to know. In case I ever get any. Because you never know.
Another totally unappealing use for this flower that I doubt will recur in modern days (but again, you never know) is rubbing the juice on your face to make it look blistered, thus attracting more alms when you are out begging. Maybe one to bear in mind if things go totally south after the impending UK election.
But don’t let this information fool you into thinking that the lesser celandine is anything less than totally magickal. This is what I found when I meditated on the flower:
This is the best third/solar plexus chakra flower for reminding us that we only need to let the good stuff in.
Lesser celandine opens its petals gradually to the sun around 9-10 AM and closes them again in the evening… You can see the progression in the pictures above. I captured this miraculous event in my garden yesterday morning.
Esoterically, lesser celandine is associated with Scorpio and I suspect this is to do with how piles are associated with the process of elimination.
Another thing that makes lesser celandine truly magickal in my eyes is that I found out that it is edible. I now have loads of FREE food in my garden! I fully intend to prepare a stir fry with some celandine leaves in it tonight. Because it has to be heated – otherwise it is toxic. The good news is that it has to be heated to a lower temperature for the toxicity to disappear than for the Vitamin C to die. I have no idea what it tastes like yet but I will report back after the experiment.
I also pulled a card from the Frideborg Tarot (free for download when you subscribe to my newsletter) to see what else this lovely flower had to offer… and only got The Empress (my Soul Card)! This tells me that lesser celandine can inspire greater levels of creativity and even help us connect with the Goddess. No mean feat for a rather tiny yellow flower.
~ Lisa Frideborg