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RufusJ
24-06-2007, 06:18
hi All,

Due to some circumstances this late spring, I've developed an interest in creating a crystal garden, spiritual garden, prayer garden, meditation garden... or some amalgram of all of those. However I have no idea as to how to go about it. For instance, what crystals or stones would be good to use in a garden, how does one attract faeries or devas to a garden, can one make a portal to another spiritual dimension... what makes a garden conducive to prayer.. that kind of thing.

Any ideas or suggestions for books would be most welcome.

Thanks, rufusj

lark
24-06-2007, 06:33
I'd like to direct you to a wonderful book...
Gardening with the Goddess
Creating Gardens of Spirit and Magick by Patricia Telesco
ISBN# 1-56414-553-0
I think you'll find just about everything you're looking for in this gem.

Fairy Garden
Earth Garden
Garden of Joyful Dancing
Garden of Magick
Thinking Place
Money Garden
Moon Garden
White Buffalo Woman Ritual Garden

And oh so many more...actual 41 different gardens in all.

For each garden she goes through a history of the garden, plants to use, patterns, crystals to put out, colors, decorations (for instance fairies like bells or anything that makes music in their garden. They also like doll size furniture.)
Best direction to put the garden in, how to bring aspects of the garden inside for the winter.

Good luck....:)

P.S. if you would like to know about any particular garden just ask I'll be happy to tell you what the book says.

wizzle
24-06-2007, 09:42
The best rocks for your garden are those you find yourself. Period.

If you live in a town, like I did in Los Angeles, use opportunities when you are driving on vacation to collect stones. They don't need to be huge. I was able to get lots of 5-50 pound rocks along highways. My rock of choice for the garden is granite.

RufusJ
25-06-2007, 01:46
Hay lark and wizzle,

Thanks for the response!

lark-- the book sounds fascinating. Does the book have crystal grids for gardens as well?

wizzle-- you've got my curiosity up. Why are found rocks better? I've got one I'd like to use but I didn't exactly find it-- an ex-boyfriend gave it to my daughter who was going to leave it behind in a move. However I ended up with it and was planning to use it somewhere. I'm not even sure what it is-- it's a big whitish marble-y quartz-y thing shot through with golden veins. And why do you like granite best?

rufusj

BodhiSeed
25-06-2007, 02:22
Here's an idea of something to make with those "found" rocks:

http://www.arcticinuitart.com/culture/inuk.html

My mom sent me a tiny one of these from Canada on her travels. (She knows how crazy I am about rocks of all kinds :D)

Bodhran

Briar Rose
25-06-2007, 02:49
ooooooh, Texas? That means you can have a beautiful garden just abut all year round.

If your near Ilano you can get some Llanite; the stone with the pretty blue quartz flecks!

lark
25-06-2007, 02:50
lark-- the book sounds fascinating. Does the book have crystal grids for gardens as well?
Not specifically but each garden has a pattern and crystal suggestions so you could make you grid based on that pattern in or near you garden.

I think found stones are wonderful too...thy are gifts from nature and they always fit in to any garden.

RufusJ
25-06-2007, 04:56
bodhran--- oooh, those are wonderful creations! They remind me of a figure that used to stand in the pasture next to my childhood home. Okay, so it was a self-oiler for the cattle; it still looked like a man from a distance and I always found it imposing, esp. late at night when lit by the moon.

HeavensVault-- well, if we get enough rain! Usually we're in a drought by now, but this year has been exceptionally rainy. We're not close to Llano but I'll still see if there is any Llanite to be found. It sounds lovely.

lark-- I'd love to grid the entire property and then set up individual grids in beds and such. That may be too much; I'm new at this sort of thing.

Thanks all for your input; it's a great help.

rufusj

ravenest
25-06-2007, 12:03
We used to go to the place that supplied local shops and buy up the old, broken or dirty crystals v.cheap and use for building, altars and gardens. I have a stone a crystal fernery with a gargoyle sitting in the middle.

Last visit to the shop when I asked about the cheap damaged building crystals, the new owners informed me there wasn't such things :(

RufusJ
27-06-2007, 00:31
Hi ravenest,

Wow, that's a bummer. I'll bet your fernery is absolutely lovely!

I love your name, btw. We have a family of ravens living close to our house and they are quite the scamps, stealing the dog's kibble and terrorizing the cats. One of them, poor fellow, has something wrong with his voice and he quacks more like a duck rather than caws but it doesn't seem to bother him or the others.

rufusj

Satori
27-06-2007, 03:26
Hi there,
I have a lovely meditation garden that we refer to as the Moon Garden. It is on a slightly higher elevation than the rest of the yard and is very peaceful. when you are up in the Moon garden you have a great view of the rest of the property, with the blueberry garden just behind and beside you. So if you need a snack the blueberry bushes are happy to oblige.

I have a large iron ring set into the ground a bit, so it is standing upright and you can see through the ring...and there a square stone on the ground that serves as a type of altar.

We have small fire pit in the center of the garden, which is a sewer cover that we unearthed from the yard, then placed over the firepit. It is very cool and continues the circle theme I have going up there. I have some large stones that serve as couches as well. We dug those up too. They must weigh several hundred pounds.

I put a large iron candle holder up there, you know one of those footed pedestal type holders? And the hillside is a rustic rock garden with several old world plants. Rose campion, petunias (pink, white and dark pink) yellow yarrow, daisies, colored yarrows, some columbines which set leaves but didn't flower and a scattering of black eyed susans.

The stones in the garden have lots of mica in them. I also have a large chunk of green calcite up there that my father found many years ago and gave to me. I use it as a prosperity stone and healing stone.

Good luck with designing yours. This garden is a delight for all of us. My kids go up there and play house, I go up and watch the lightening bugs and on occasion have ritual there. So far all the husband does is mow it, but he usually stops up there for a break, and parks in the cool shade of the large old oak tree that grows over it.

I'd like to add some things this year to the Moon Garden. Probably will try to find some kind of nice wind chime to hang from a tree up there and....:)

RufusJ
27-06-2007, 05:43
hi Satori,

Your garden sounds divine!

My idea for a meditation garden started when we had to bury our old dog. I found a St Francis statue that I liked and placed it out by his grave. Then I thought since I was out there a lot anyway with our other old dog (blind and deaf but still spunky), making a garden out there would be good. So .. ideas are growing daily. Not much else since it's been so rainy we can hardly get out of the house. I planted a young ash sapling that freeloaded its way here in a pot of jasmine (the jasmine promptly died); it's next to a couple of hackberries, one of which is a stump that refuses to die, and two wisterias that keep getting trimmed down by the Wielder of the Weedwhacker (and who shall remain nameless.)

Thus it is early stages yet here. But we must start somewhere.

rufusj

Michelle
27-06-2007, 12:06
Satori,

Your garden sounds absolutley beautiful !! You have inspired me. I have a small yard, but am sure I can make something small & soothing.

Thank you for the lovely description of your space. You made me want to be there.

Namaste,
Michelle