Spirit Message of the Day – Summon Strength of Warrior’s Heart

OHN GORSE – PASSION AND STRENGTH
Symbolism and Lore: “A young couple of warriors are sparring amongst the blooming gorse in the warm sun. Oblivious to the couple, bees work steadily toward their own goals. What started off as a playful training session soon escalates into a passionate battle, each feeling like they have something to prove to the other – their skill, talent, and strength are all under scrutiny by their partner. In the heat of battle, amongst the fragrance of the gorse flowers, a moment passed into being that changed everything; their skills evenly matched, the strength of battle changed into other passions evenly matched as well. Their eyes lock, and something that had been brewing in both of them comes to fruition. The success of a people depends upon their ability to protect and defend as well as to love.”

“Gorse, sometimes called furze, is a fascinating plant that grows in a mass of deep yellow blooms. It is strongly scented and has been compared with coconut and vanilla; it is said that when gorse is in bloom, it is the season for kissing. Gorse blooms almost continuously, so there is always time for love! This also secured gorse’s place as a symbol of fertility. Gorse attracts many bees and is a symbol of achievement through hard work, as well as a signifier of honey production, which means there will be honey for making mead.”

“Gorse was very important to the Celts, especially the health dwellers, who used it as fuel for fires when trees were scarce. Gorse was also the best laundry line around; its spiny thorns thorns didn’t let the clothes blow away, and the blooms left the clothing smelling fresh. In the early spring, farmers often burn fields of gorse to clear the woody stems and spines, encouraging new soft, green growth that cattle and sheep love to feed on. The yellow blossoms covering the hillsides are also associated with the sun and often with Lugh, the sun god, further adding to its associations with fertility, creative energy, and vitality. Gorse is also known as a protective plant against dark magic or curses, protecting happiness and well-being.”

CELTIC DIVINING CHARM
“The strength of a warrior’s passions abound
Or the gentlest of work and the heart is shall pound
Whether fierceness in battle or passion for love
Your strength of the heart you are not bereft of”

MESSAGE FOR YOU
“The strength and passion of a warrior and that of a lover are not actually that different; after all, the saying goes that all is fair in love and war. This card represents the dichotomy of both. We may be spiritual beings, but we live in the material realm, and you may be feeling the need to express that in physical ways. Celebrate your being; your life force and vitality are high, and combining forces with another can bring great rewards. Don’t give up; express your lust for life. There may be a passionate and physical love affair that features prominently. The promise of a bright, warm future and rewards for hard work are assured.”

“Otherwise, if you get too wrapped up in your passion, you may forget to watch out for the thorns! Are you having a good time, or are  you taking too many risks and endangering your heart or your well-being? You may be heading toward a sticky entanglement that you would do best to avoid.”

FIELD GUIDE
“Common gorse (Ulex Europaeus) is native to Europe, although it has many close relatives found in Europe and parts of Africa and Iberia. Gorse is found in the United States, where it was introduced as an ornamental plant in the middle to late 1800’s and is now considered an invasive species due to its aggressive nature.”

“Gorse thrives in sunny, sandy areas and grows in abundance on the heaths. It grows to around eight to sixteen feet tall. When left to grow, its stems can become woody and light-colored, with a yellowish-green tint. Its bark is think and flaky. Young leaves are thin and divided into three leaflets growing off a main stem; as the plant ages, its leaves become small spines. Its tender shoots also become modified into spines. Gorse has a very long blooming season, while the height of its blooms occurs in spring. Its flowers are lipped and pollinated by bees. Once pollinated, a seed pod forms, which loudly pops open in the heat of the sun or by the disturbance of passing bees and livestock, shooting its seeds out. If this sounds familiar, you are correct: gorse is a cousin of broom. Gorse is still used as cattle fodder; in addition, its flowers are edible and are used in salads, as well as for making gorse flower wine.”

Today’s guidance is from Voice of the Trees: A Celtic Divination Oracle by Mickie Mueller.

RECIPE FOR GORSE WINE

  • 12 cups of gorse flowers
  • 7 pints of water
  • 2 pounds sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups seedless white raisins
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 lemons (or 1/4 oz. citric acid)
  • 1/8 teaspoon grape tannin
  • 1 teaspoon yeast nutrient
  • 1 pkg Lalvin EC-1118 yeast

“Put the flowers into primary immediately. Boil half the water, half the sugar and the chopped raisins  together for 1 to 2 minutes, then pour over flowers. Thinly peel the rind from the oranges and the lemons and  add rind (no pith) to primary. Squeeze out the juice and add that too, but not the pulp. Add the tannin and  stir thoroughly. Add cold water to bring total to 1 gallon. When water cools to 90 degrees F, or less, add  the activated yeast and yeast nutrient, stir well and cover. Ferment 3 days, stirring twice daily, then add  remaining sugar and stir to dissolve. Recover primary and continue stirring twice daily until fermentation  subsides or s.g. drops below 1.020.  Strain through a sieve or cloth and transfer to a gallon secondary.  Fit  airlock and set in warm place. Rack after 30 days and again when clear, wait a month and rack again.  Stabilize,  wait 30 days, and sweeten to 1.004-1.006.  Wait additional 30 days, rack into bottles and age 6 months before  tasting it.

Common gorse flowers most strongly in spring, though it bears some flowers year round. The flowers have  a very distinctive strong coconut scent. Western gorse and Dwarf gorse differ in being almost entirely late  summer flowering (August-September in Britain), and also have somewhat darker yellow flowers than Common  gorse. Picking the flowers can be a chore, as the spines seem relentless.  But the reward is a wine that is most  enjoyable.”

Excerpt taken from: http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/request223.asp

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