leek seeds

Imbolc

Around February first.

Approximately 40 days after the shortest day with the longest night (Yule) follows the coldest day. After today the days will begin to become warmer again and nature will be ready to be fertilised and plowed.
This the the celebration of renewal,inspiration, insight, dedication, planning and preparing.

Element : Earth

Colours: White, yellow, orange, silver, ivory,pink, brown, (light) green, lavender.

Flowers,trees and plants: Snowdrops, lilies, crocuses, angelica, coltsfoot, heather, violets, celandine, rosehip, daffodils

Food,drinks and herbs: Milk, butter, yoghurt, chamomile tea, curries, spicy food, raisins, onions, shallots, leek, garlic, pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, sesame seeds, bell pepper, honey, bread, cake.

Decorations: Candle wheels, plows, brooms, cauldron, corn dolls, the sun, acorns.

Crystals: Amethyst, bloodstone, moonstone, quartz, onyx, sunstone, ruby, rose quartz, turquoise, hematite, garnet, pearls.

Animals: Goat, lamb, deer, sheep, groundhog, robins, bears, eagle.

Activities: Clean, tidy, make dream sachets, light bonfires, make and light candles, make plans for spring, divination, meditation

As we strip down our belongings to bare minimum in preparation for the big adventure and move to Montana, I have realized that seeds are an immensely valuable (and lightweight) thing to bring with us wherever we go. Seeds should be in every “bug-out bag” and emergency kit… How else are we going to restore natural ecosystems and rebuild agriculture from the ashes of civilization? Seeds allow you to hold the future in your hands. As Emerson eloquently puts it, “the creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn”. 

With this in mind, I honestly see no problem in my friends and family only giving me seeds as gifts from now on. Of course I would prefer organically grown, open pollinated, public domain seeds! Bonus points if you harvested and saved the seeds yourself. Extra kudos if you bred the variety yourself, too (shoutout to our friend Victor and his “Freaky Leek” seeds)! Seeds act as a magical reservoir of our cultural history and this connection becomes increasingly personalized when we create seed-based networks within our social circles. 

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Josephine: Welcome to Castle Skyhold, Headquarters of the Inquisition. I am Lady Josephine Montilyet. Breakfast is served between 5:30 and 6:15 AM.
Hawke: What if we sleep to a normal hour?
Josephine: May I take your breakfast orders? We have hardboiled eggs, homemade tomato slices with dry seed and leek jam, and your choice of Nevarran muffin.
Varric: …What the fuck is a Nevarran muffin?