Sometimes we prepare for life's challenges well in advance, without a hint of premonition. Before leaving Canada I spent an afternoon clearing weeds from our vegetable garden and noted clusters of white daisy-like flowers blooming in the yard. The delicate wildflower that invaded my lawn is Common yarrow or Achillea millefolium. The story of Achilles receiving yarrow from the centaur Chiron for use as a battlefield remedy at Troy came back to me as I picked a bouquet of the flowers and hung it upside down in the garage to dry. In a garage with a rack of sharp tools used by a hobbyist woodworker, you never know when you may need to dress a bleeding wound.
|Related to the chrysanthemum, yarrow has a strong, sweet scent|
|Yarrow tea to the rescue|
I pour another cup of yarrow tea and ask the online Book of Changes for advice on improving my general well-being. Hexagram 59 appears.
In this symbol of dispersal or dissolution, the wind carries mist away. The following words of wisdom provide a recipe for recovery:
If you have begrudged, forgive
If you have torn down, repair
If you have injured, heal
If you have judged, pardon
If you have grasped, let go.
|"The Wounded Angel" 1903 by Hugo Simberg is Finland's most famous and most enigmatic painting. |
The artist completed it while recovering from a lengthy illness.