Calendula allows the quiet to subtly release. Calendula is not cathartic or aggressive. Calendula opens and guides, it penetrates through light rather than force. Calendula can go to our darker places, it can find the secrets and the shadows, and it can say, “You. You are ok. Stay with me, but don’t devour me.” Calendula can move our lymph as it moves our voice. Where fluids have puddled, stuck, circling, swelling, tender, so may be our thoughts and actions. Where we find ourselves ending in mistrust, and misunderstanding, it is because we are stagnant within ourselves.
As a guide Calendula gently asks us to be willing to step into the light. To state why we are here and mean it. To release what we have been holding, from patterning, from limited beliefs, from deficient tissue states. To let things move, to contain insidious infection as well as toxic beliefs.
Calendula teaches us that the deepest work does not always have to be the most obvious. That so often subtle, emphatically powerful healing is taking place without our conscious direction or understanding. Calendula allows us to be soft, yet firm. Containing and eliminating what we do not need, deciding “No, you may not proliferate”, and allowing all the sweetness to come on the tails of this release.
Calendula can also be a potent ceremonial ally in the beginnings and endings of things. Sometimes the much awaited experience of new love can be as painful and confusing as the grief of a lost loved one. This is because these experiences reveal to us how much is at stake. How much we have, have had, will have again, to lose. And so we hold the duality, of great loss, with the knowing that nothing is ever truly gone. Invite calendula and its gentle burning fire to your table. Ask it to protect your home, your vessels, and your words. Adorn your life with golden light, and remember calendula is always there when you are stuck, shadowed with doubt, and longing for release.