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Monday, 8 August 2011

Todays Reading - Betony

Today’s card is from the Druid Plant Oracle by Philip and Stephanie Carr- Gomm. The illustration is by Will Worthington.
Betony drawn reversed.

The card shows Wood Betony, which according to Pliny was the best type of this plant to use in herbal medicine. Betony was a bit of a super plant, an All Heal, with a great many properties, including antiseptic, antispasmodic and anti bacterial. It can be found worldwide.

In reverse this card is asking us to make sure we are not avoiding something that needs sorting out. It is often easier to put conflict to bed without fully confronting the issues involved. This may help us get on with life in the present but eventually the problem will need addressing and by the time you get round to it you may find it harder to deal with. When we put something negative off it has a habit of, not only growing, but also creeping into our psyche and taking hold in lots of ways that we might not, at first be aware of. I think of problems like parasites. They have a nasty habit of escalating into a full blown infection if we don’t see to them straight away!

Problems are always there in the back of our minds causing tension and stress. They niggle at us while we procrastinate and make excuses as to why we need to sort them out at some other time. Unfortunately the procrastination is a symptom of the problem. It’s like the parasite trying to divert our attention away so it can stay in our warm cosy body a little longer! 

So no matter what the issue is sort it out today. Not everything will be sorted quickly and easily but you DO need to make a start. Get the problem out, air it, begin to look at ways to eradicate it. Stamp on that parasite and don’t allow it any more of your time and energy than it takes to remove it. Have the courage to heal whatever wounds it has caused you, because, in the end, the sense of release and relief when it has gone will be so worth it.

Betony was often used to ease headaches, dispel negativity and encourage reconciliation. Let this card do the same for you today.

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