The vibrational essence of Walnut is evocative of several quotations that most of us are familiar with:
“All things Change, and We With Them”
“There is a Time and Place for Everything”
“When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going”
As Mars moves back into forward direction in Libra while Mercury slows down into Retrograde motion in Cancer, many people could use some assistance in the drastic transitioning from one state of being to another. The recent Grand Cardinal Squares have left many wondering if they are coming or going, where to, and how. This is where Walnut flower essence can serve as a gentle yet invaluable tool in coping with stressful life altering change and significant decisions to be made. Since Cancer, where Jupiter currently transits and Mercury will soon be transiting is such a reflective sign, Walnut can help us not to get so caught up in what came before so that we can move on to what comes next. Walnut is the flower essence prescribed for that proverbial Crossroads that appears in as many myriad forms as there are people alive.
An Essence for Transition, an essence for All Times…
“We must gain our freedom absolutely and completely, so that all we do, our every action – nay even our every thought – derives its origin in ourselves, thus enabling us to live and give freely of our own accord, and of our own accord alone”. – Collected Writings of Edward Bach
But…in a world of so much uncertainty where we can easily lose an accurate sense of who our “self” is within the chaos, what would “our own accord” even mean? Many world renown sages have spoken of a self within the self, usually hidden from the conscious mind. The conscious mind is typically influenced by the subconscious mind, which in turn is further influenced by the sea of the collective Subconscious Mind where all minds mingle and merge. Most of what we would consider our own thoughts or even our own emotions are not authentically so. When this realization finally hits us, it may come as quite a shock that what we’ve identified with for so long is not what we thought it was, nor are we what we thought we were. There is a term for this false identification with the collective subconscious in a way that is ironically personalized, believing itself to be unique. In Buddhist philosophy this is called the innate view. By disciplined cogitation and meditation this false identification be pierced and a true sense of self begins to emerge. Also, there are various events that occur in life unbidden or unexpected that can although do not necessarily trigger this awareness in us. This is to say that sometimes when we are slammed with intensity, we are simultaneously awakened on deep levels. These are events such as:
- Pregnancy & Birth
- War and its aftermath
- Change of Occupation
- Getting “fired”
- Watching a house burn down
- Witnessing a crime or injustice
- Mid-life Crisis
- Political Campaigns
Emanation Vs. Protection
The walnut tree claims a very specific territory for itself, unwilling to share with most other plants and creatures. Its powerful scent is repulsive to many insects although not necessarily to humans. The aura that walnut emanates seems quite solid and sure of itself, bringing to mind for us that when we stand our own ground with similar conviction we are unswayed by the opinions of others, and unhindered by minor pests that would otherwise weigh on us, draining our life force energy. As it develops, the fruit contained within the protective shell of the nut closely resembles the human brain. This relates symbolically to being able to both physically and psychologically shift from one state of being to another without the weight or interference of the past. In this way, Walnut can help us to get on with our lives, despite life’s curveballs, challenges and constant, sometimes disorienting change. Walnut essence alone or combined with another Bach/FES essence such as Willow can help us to properly adjust and adapt to change – to bend rather than break under pressure.
Unconditional Love and Truth
Walnut is numerologically aligned with the destiny card of the King of Hearts. This card is a representation of mastery in the realm of the emotions, creativity, and in the expression of love. Perhaps another reason why Walnut serves as such a supportive essence in times of great change is that it helps us maintain truthfulness within ourselves where unconditional love resides, unsullied by the thoughts, emotions and actions of others and even by our own past failures and mistakes.
Lately, Walnut is a Bach flower essence that I am both ingesting and suggesting for many who are going through many of the changes described above. It is an essence that helps to reclaim and maintain authenticity in one’s life, no matter what may be going on in the outside world. As we approach and emerge from the peak season of this year’s Tarot card, The Chariot, many Life Paths will take some decidedly and radically new directions. 2014 is a Seven year, and The Chariot is vibrationally aligned with the number Seven and the Sun’s transit through Cancer, from the Summer Solstice of June 21st until July 22nd.
I’d love to hear any of your Walnut flower essence testimonials and stories if you’d care to share them.