Autumn. Fallen leaves and stag's skull. The Stag, who represents the horned fertility God, has symbolically decomposed along with the autumn leaves as nature shows no sign of life until the next green spring when new deerlets are born, and the cycle of life picks up again.
The deer is linked to the arts, specifically poetry and music in ancient Celtic animal lore due to its graceful form. The Celts also believed that deer were associated with the fairie realm, and would lead troops of fairies - hundreds of them trailing behind them as the stag cut a path through the forest. Both Celts and Native Americans observed the deer to be savvy when it came to finding the best herbs. These earth-bound peoples would fo...
For the ancient Celts, the white hart was a harbinger of doom, a living symbol that some taboo has been transgressed or a moral law broken. The white hart's reputation improved in Arthurian legends, where its appearance was a sign to Arthur and his knights that it was time to embark on a quest - it was considered the one animal that could never be caught so it came to symbolise humanity's never-ending pursuit of knowledge and the unattainable.
I love potting sheds. The windows, the light, the moist earth. When I was young, my mother took me to Mr. Culpepper's nursery-it was a treasure trove of broken pots, mossy bricks, little potting sheds. To this day, that visit is one of my fondest memories.
Alchemilla mollis (Lady's mantle) - exquisite with dew drops. Legend has it, that if you collect these dew drops, during a full moon, in the month of May, naked, with bare feet.... eternal youth will be yours! What do you think ladies? Worth a try??