Yeah yeah, I know. I’ve been away for quite a while. I’ve been doing a lot, particularly applying for jobs, coming up for some plans for the future, coping with life, reading, gardening, meditating, writing, and all that good stuff. I would like to go somewhere far off. Rather, I NEED to go someplace far away.
So, I started a pretty large garden this year, and it was going really well until the bean beetles came and attacked my beans. The cowpeas seem to be least affected, but all of my bush beans are practically down for the count. On the bright side, my sunflowers and potatoes seem to be thriving. Actually, I’m most excited about these two crops.
My sunflowers, helianthus annus, have grown huge, the tallest one being about 7 feet. The above picture is about two or three weeks old, but you get the gist. I’m kind of interested in the kind of solar energy that these flowers may have-in a metaphysical sense. I have also been brushing up a little on pranic healing, and one recommendation that is made for energizing is drinking solarized water, so I can’t help but think of the sun as a significant energy source, and I am especially cognizant if something, like sunflowers, have a very strong attraction towards this energy source. I can’t help but wonder what kind of things can be used with it.
In my readings, I discovered a symbolic meaning of the sunflower, specifically “devotion”. This stems from the Greek story- at least I think it’s Greek. I don’t remember anymore- in which a woman who was in love with the sun god Apollo (or is it Helios?), but he didn’t love her back and actually was hitting on another dude’s daughter. Every time he tried to do something to get close to her, the rejected chick warned the father. Essentially, she kept looking at Apollo in admiration until she died and turned into a sunflower. Now with that being said, where does devotion come into play? I would more so consider the Sunflower, given the context of it’s story, to have the symbolic meaning of a stalker…
To me, I view the sunflower to represent admiration- the kind of admiration given towards the source of creative energy. In this sense I can understand the meaning of “devotion”, but concept and word “devotion” doesn’t suffice. The sun is the source of all energy: from the sun’s rays plants photosynthesize, from the plants humans and animals eat and thrive, under the sun’s direct light of the day and reflected light on the moon of the night we see clearly, and we are just now steadily starting to use the sun to power electronics. Furthermore, the sunflower can never quite be one with the sun or it will- we all will- surely die, and yet to shield the sunflower from the sun will sentence it to certain death. Thus the true meaning of the sunflower is longing and striving for that which one will never have- the Apollo situation- and the celebration and attention of the creative source.
So yeah, those are my sunflower thoughts. I’ve had a lot of cool ideas for sunflower paintings, but I first need to finish my Durham Lake paintings. Or, I guess I could alternate and do one and then the other. Anyways, I managed to finish one of the Lake paintings.
As for the potatoes, I’ve also had some ideas for those too, but I didn’t manage to take pictures of the flowers before the rain decimated them. Did you know that potatoes are related to tomatoes in the nightshade family, and that potatoes grow poisonous fruit that look like tomatoes? All of the green parts of the potatoes are poisonous. That is where the concept of a tomato being poisonous probably came from, and further why many people also say that green tomatoes are equally poisonous. And yet, with all that poisonous that the lady gives us on the outside, on the inside she has hidden some pretty scrumptious potatoes just waiting to be picked.
I’m going to do some sketches and post them soon, so keep a look out.