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School of Theosophy on Nature Spirits . compiled by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 26 April 2020

  • THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS
  • THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

Dear Ones,

I have found very interesting information on nature spirits amongst the writings of the School of Theosophy. For some of this, one must go to the source, as it is still under copyright. As well, I have found a good source of information, from C.W. Leadbeater of the School of Theosophy, regarding the nature spirits, that is in the public domain. In the below excerpt, I have bolded what seemed more important from my own perspective …

THEOSOPHIST C.W. LEADBEATER ON NATURE SPIRITS

3. Nature-Spirits of all Kinds.

“So many and so varied are the subdivisions of this class that to do them anything like justice one would need to devote a separate treatise to this subject alone. Some characteristics, however, they all have in common, and it will be sufficient here to try to give some idea of those.

“To begin with, we have to realize that we are here dealing with entities which differ radically from all that we have hitherto considered.

“Though we may rightly classify the elemental essence and the animal Kâmarûpa as non-human, the monadic essence which manifests itself through them will, nevertheless, in the fullness of time, evolve to the level of manifesting itself through some future humanity comparable to our own, and if we were able to look back through countless ages on our own evolution in previous manvantaras, we should find that that which is now ourselves has passed on its upward path through similar stages.

“That, however, is not the case with the vast kingdom of nature-spirits; they neither have been, nor ever will be, members of a humanity such as ours; their line of evolution is entirely different, and their [p. 58] only connection with us consists in our temporary occupancy of the same planet.

“Of course since we are neighbours for the time being we owe neighbourly kindness to one another when we happen to meet, but our lines of development differ so widely that each can do but little for the other.

“Many writers have included these spirits among the elementals, and indeed they are the elementals (or perhaps, to speak more accurately, the animals) of a higher evolution.

“Though much more highly developed than our elemental essence, they have yet certain characteristics in common with it; for example, they also are divided into seven great classes, inhabiting respectively the same seven states of matter already mentioned as permeated by the corresponding varieties of the essence.

“Thus, to take those which are most readily comprehensible to us, there are spirits of the earth, water, air, and fire (or ether)—definite intelligent astral entities residing and functioning in each of those media.

“It may be asked how it is possible for any kind of creature to inhabit the solid substance of a rock, or of the crust of the earth. The answer is that since the nature-spirits are formed of astral matter, the substance of the rock is no hindrance to their motion or their vision, and furthermore physical matter in its solid state is their natural element—the only one to which they are accustomed and in which they feel at home.

“The same is of course true of those who live in water, air or ether. In medieval literature, these earth-spirits are often called gnomes, while the water-spirits are spoken of as ûndinés, the air-spirits as sylphs, and the ether-spirits as salamanders.

“In popular language they are known by many names—fairies, pixies, elves, brownies, peris, djinns [jinns], trolls, satyrs, fauns, kobolds, imps, goblins, good people, etc.—some of these titles being applied only to one variety … [p 59] and others indiscriminately to all.

Their forms are many and various, but most frequently human in shape and somewhat diminutive in size. Like almost all inhabitants of the astral plane, they are able to assume any appearance at will, but they undoubtedly have definite forms of their own, or perhaps we should rather say favourite forms, which they wear when they have no special object in taking any other. Of course under ordinary conditions they are not visible to physical sight at all, but they have the power of making themselves so by materialization when they wish to be seen.

“There are an immense number of subdivisions or races among them, and individuals of these subdivisions differ in intelligence and disposition precisely as human beings do.

“The great majority of them apparently prefer to avoid man altogether; his habits and emanations are distasteful to them, and the constant rush of astral currents set up by his restless, ill-regulated desires disturbs and annoys them.

“On the other hand instances are not wanting in which nature-spirits have as it were made friends with human beings and offered them such assistance as lay in their power, as in the well-known stories told of the Scotch brownies or of the fire-lighting fairies mentioned in spiritualistic literature.

“This helpful attitude, however, is comparatively rare, and in most cases when they come in contact with man they either show indifference or dislike, or else take an impish delight in deceiving him and playing childish tricks upon him.

“Many a story illustrative of this curious characteristic may be found among the village gossip of the peasantry in almost any lonely mountainous district, and any one who has been in the habit of attending séances for physical phenomena will recollect instances of practical joking and silly though usually good-natured horseplay, which always indicate the presence of … [p 60] some of the lower orders of the nature-spirits.

“They are greatly assisted in their tricks by the wonderful power which they possess of casting a glamour over [that is, hypnosis or mesmerization of] those who yield themselves to their influence, so that such victims for the time see and hear only what these fairies impress upon them, exactly as the mesmerized subject sees, hears, feels and believes whatever the magnetizer wishes.

“The nature-spirits, however, have not the mesmerizer’s power of dominating the human will, except in the case of quite unusually weak-minded people, or of those who allow themselves to fall into such a condition of helpless terror that their will is temporarily in abeyance; they cannot go beyond deception of the senses, but of that art they are undoubted masters, and cases are not wanting in which they have cast their glamour over a considerable number of people at once. It is by invoking their aid in the exercise of this peculiar power that some of the most wonderful feats of the Indian jugglers are performed—the entire audience being in fact hallucinated and made to imagine that they see and hear a whole series of events which have not really taken place at all.

“We might almost look upon the nature-spirits as a kind of astral humanity, but for the fact that none of them—not even the highest possess a permanent reincarnating individuality.

“Apparently therefore one point in which their line of evolution differs from ours is that a much greater proportion of intelligence is developed before permanent individualization takes place; but of the stages through which they have passed, and those through which they have yet to pass, we can know little.

“The life-periods of the different subdivisions vary greatly, some being quite short, others much longer than our human lifetime. We stand so entirely outside such a life as theirs that it is impossible for us to understand much about its conditions; but it appears on … [p 61] the whole to be a simple, joyous, irresponsible kind of existence, much such as a party of happy children might lead among exceptionally favourable physical surroundings.

“Though tricky and mischievous, they are rarely malicious unless provoked by some unwarrantable intrusion or annoyance; but as a body they also partake to some extent of the universal feeling of distrust for man, and they generally seem inclined to resent somewhat the first appearance of a neophyte on the astral plane, so that he usually makes their acquaintance under some unpleasant or terrifying form. If, however, he declines to be frightened by any of their freaks, they soon accept him as a necessary evil and take no further notice of him, while some among them may even after a time become friendly and manifest pleasure on meeting him.

Some among the many subdivisions of this class are much less childlike and more dignified than those we have been describing, and it is from these sections that the entities who have sometimes been reverenced under the name of wood-gods, or local village-gods, have been drawn. Such entities would be quite sensible of the flattery involved in the reverence shown to them, would enjoy it, and would no doubt be quite ready to do any small service they could in return. (The village-god is also often an artificial entity, but that variety will be considered in its appropriate place.)

The Adept knows how to make use of the services of the nature-spirits when he requires them, but the ordinary magician can obtain their assistance only by processes either of invocation or evocation—that is, either by attracting their attention as a suppliant and making some kind of bargain with them, or by endeavouring to set in motion influences which would compel their obedience.

“Both methods are extremely undesirable, and the latter is also excessively dangerous, as the operator would arouse a determined hostility … [p 62] which might prove fatal to him. Needless to say, no one studying occultism under a qualified Master would ever be permitted to attempt anything of the kind at all.”

–from Link: “The Astral Plane: Its Scenery, Inhabitants, and Phenomena,” by C.W. Leadbeater.  (2007). Urbana, Illinois: Project Gutenberg. Retrieved 10 June 2018 …  https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21080 … [Paragraphing and bolding are mine. –Alice B. Clagett]

THEOSOPHIST ARTHUR E. POWELL’S COMPILATION ON THE NATURE SPIRITS

There is more comprehensive information regarding astral entities, drawn mostly from the above source, in this book, a compilation by Arthur Powell from the School of Theosophy …

Citation: “The Astral Body and Other Astral Phenomena,” compiled by Arthur E. Powell, Theosophical Publishing House, Wheaton, IL. Copyright The Theosophical Publishing House, London, Ltd. 1965 … “Chapter XX: Astral Entities: Non-Human,” section “3. Nature Spirits of All Kinds,” pp. 179-184.

However, the book is under copyright, so I cannot offer quotes here. I suggest reading the chapter. See especially the description of the sylphs as having human-like intelligence. Apparently, they can individualize through loving the astral angels.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Note: This blog was originally part of another blog, from which it has been extracted. Originally it was in … Link: “Baptismal Sylph,” a story by Alice B. Clagett, written on 21 April 2013; revised and published on 10 June 2018; revised on 26 April 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-5UH ..

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Nature Spirits Photo Series: Elven Homes . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 6 August 2019
Previously titled: Nature Spirits Photo Series: Elf Homes

Dear Ones,

In recent months I have been a little more in contact with the nature spirits I call elves, faeries, brownies,  and gnomes.

Here is the fourth of four elf photo collections in a photo series: Elf Homes. The other three elf photo collections, which appear in other blogs, are: Elf Energy, Singles Collection; Elf Energy, Diptych Collection; and Elf Energy: Triptych Collection …

Link: “Nature Spirits Photo Series: Elf Energy,” photos by Alice B. Clagett, compiled on 1 April 2020 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-hfo ..

I have also published a blog on Faerie Homes …

Link: “Nature Spirits Photo Series: Faerie Homes,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 7 August 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-dT3 ..

As can be seen from the photos below, elves like trees and forests, forest glades, the brooks that meander through meadows and woodland, and the little ponds that the brooks make there. Mostly, elves leave flowers to the faeries, but they love the flowers of trees, and they like plants whose flowers are quite small or else green, and ferns, which have no flowers.

Like the faeries, elves like sunlight that is speckled or hazy or dappled; rainbow-colored flecks and sprinkles of sunlight; and the soft colors of the sky at dawn and just after sunset. Both elves and faeries like nights when the moon is bright and many stars are sparkling in the sky; at least, it is easy to see them on those sorts of nights!

Here is more about elves and fairies, but not to do with today’s photos …

Like the faeries, elves love the creatures of the forest … deer and foxes, skunks and badgers and porcupines, chipmunks and squirrels, for instance. Also, the less assuming creatures of the forest, such as pack rats and mice, and bats, toads and frogs.

Faeries, in particular, love birds of all sorts. Also, and especially, they love bears, as bears are good to ride upon, and fun to tickle on the ears. You are more likely to find elves near a sleeping bear, unless they feel especially mischievous (which, when I come to think of it, is quite frequently the case).

As is well known by those who delight in the company of nature spirits, both faeries and elves like damselflies and dragonflies. Catching a glimpse of the flittering wings of these latter beings often signifies the nearby presence of elves or faeries.

See also:

Link: “Elothiel,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 28 April 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-cvw ..

Link: “Diamond Rainbow Light,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 20 June 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-djX ..

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NATURE SPIRITS PHOTO SERIES: ELF HOMES

Image: “Elven Homes 1: Pacific Sanicle (Snakeroot), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 1: Pacific Sanicle (Snakeroot), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 2: Oak, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 2: Oak, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 3: Hollyleaf Cherry, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 3: Hollyleaf Cherry, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 4: Fallen Trees, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 4: Fallen Trees, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 5: Blue Damselfly, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: Damselflies and dragonflies are said to be friends of the nature spirits, and especially of the elves and faeries.

Image: “Elven Homes 5: Blue Damselfly, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: Damselflies and dragonflies are said to be friends of the nature spirits, and especially of the elves and faeries.

Image: “Elven Homes 6: Blue Damselfly, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: Damselflies and dragonflies are said to be friends of the nature spirits, and especially of the elves and faeries.

Image: “Elven Homes 6: Blue Damselfly, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: Damselflies and dragonflies are said to be friends of the nature spirits, and especially of the elves and faeries.

Image: “Elven Homes 7: Curly Dock and Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 7: Curly Dock and Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 8: Forest Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 8: Forest Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 9: Cold Creek, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 9: Cold Creek, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 10: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 10: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 11: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 11: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 12: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 12: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 13: Forest Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 13: Forest Sunlight, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 14: Forest Glade, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 14: Forest Glade, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 15: Rainbow Sunlight on a Forest Path, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: I conceive of this diamond-shaped rainbow image as a faerie’s portrait of itself.

Image: “Elven Homes 15: Rainbow Sunlight on a Forest Path, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0 … COMMENT: I conceive of this diamond-shaped rainbow image as a faerie’s portrait of itself.

Image: “Elven Homes 16: California Bay Laurel, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 16: California Bay Laurel, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 17: Forest Trail, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 17: Forest Trail, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 18: Coastal Wood Fern, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 18: Coastal Wood Fern, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 19: Cold Creek, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 19: Cold Creek, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 20: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Elven Homes 20: Forest, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Nature Spirits Photo Series: Faerie Homes . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 7 August 2019

Dear Ones,

In recent months I have been a little more in contact with the nature spirits I call elves, faeries, brownies,  and gnomes.

Here is the photo series: Faerie Homes. I also recently published a blog on Elven Homes …

Link: “Nature Spirits Photo Series: Elven Homes,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 6 August 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-dRR ..

As can be seen from the photos below, faeries love flowers.

Like the elves, faeries like sunlight that is speckled or hazy or dappled; rainbow-colored flecks and sprinkles of sunlight; and the soft colors of the sky at dawn and just after sunset. Both faeries and elves like nights when the moon is bright and many stars are sparkling in the sky; at least, it is easy to see them on those sorts of nights!

Here is more about faeries and elves, but not to do with today’s photos …

Faeries and elves love the creatures of the forest … deer and foxes, skunks and badgers and porcupines, chipmunks and squirrels, for instance. Also, the less assuming creatures of the forest, such as pack rats and mice, and bats, toads and frogs.

Faeries, in particular, love birds of all sorts. Also, and especially, they love bears, as bears are good to ride upon, and fun to tickle on the ears. You are more likely to find elves near a sleeping bear, unless they feel especially mischievous (which, when I come to think of it, is quite frequently the case).

As is well known by those who delight in the company of nature spirits, both faeries and elves like damselflies and dragonflies. Catching a glimpse of the flittering wings of these latter beings often signifies the nearby presence of elves or faeries.

See also …

Link: “Elothiel,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 28 April 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-cvw ..

Link: “Diamond Rainbow Light,” by Alice B. Clagett, filmed on 27 April 2019; published on 20 June 2019 … https://wp.me/p2Rkym-djX ..

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NATURE SPIRITS PHOTO SERIES: FAERIE HOMES

Image: “Faerie Homes 1: Purple Sage, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 1: Purple Sage, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 2: Bindweed, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 2: Bindweed, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 3: Western Fence Lizard, Purple Sage, and Rock, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 3: Western Fence Lizard, Purple Sage, and Rock, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 4: Blue Eyed Grass, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 4: Blue Eyed Grass, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 5: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 5: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 6: Blue Eyed Grass and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 6: Blue Eyed Grass and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 7: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 7: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 8: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 8: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 9: Globe Lily (White Fairy Lantern), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 9: Globe Lily (White Fairy Lantern), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 10: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 10: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 11: Mariposa Lily and Golden Stars, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 11: Mariposa Lily and Golden Stars, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 12: Golden Stars and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 12: Golden Stars and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 13: Chalcedon Checkerspot Caterpillar and Bush Monkey Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 13: Chalcedon Checkerspot Caterpillar and Bush Monkey Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 14: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 14: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 15: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 15: Canyon Sunflower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 16: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 16: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 17: Delphinium and Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 17: Delphinium and Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 18: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 18: Chinese Houses, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 19: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 19: Delphinium, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 20: Mariposa Lilies, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 20: Mariposa Lilies, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 21: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 21: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 22: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns),, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 22: Globe Lilies (White Fairy Lanterns),, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 23: Owl’s Clover, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 23: Owl’s Clover, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 24: California Popcorn Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 24: California Popcorn Flower, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 25: Blue Dick (Wild Hyacinth), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 25: Blue Dick (Wild Hyacinth), Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 26: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 26: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 27: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 27: Showy Penstemon, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 28: Yucca, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 28: Yucca, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 29: Microseris, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 29: Microseris, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 30: Fremont Star Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 30: Fremont Star Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 31: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 31: Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 32: Golden Yarrow and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 32: Golden Yarrow and Mariposa Lily, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 33: Mariposa Lily and Golden Star, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Faerie Homes 33: Mariposa Lily and Golden Star, Cold Creek Valley Preserve, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 27 April 2019, CC BY-SA 4.0

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In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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How Devas and Nature Spirits Help Us . by Alice B. Clagett *

Published on 12 July 2014; revised
Previous title: How Nature Spirits and Devas Help Us

Image: “Spirit of the Coast Live Oak Tree 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 29 December 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Spirit of the Coast Live Oak Tree 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 29 December 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0

  • HOW NATURE SPIRITS TAKE CARE OF HUMAN BEINGS
  • HOW WE CAN CARE FOR OUR NATURE SPIRITS
  • DEVAS
  • DEVIC COUNCIL
  • FOREST DEVAS HAVE ASKED THEIR NATURE SPIRITS TO STEER CLEAR OF HUMANS
  • HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS: THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE OF EARTH
  • HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS IN SMALL WAYS
  • MORE INFORMATION

Image: “Dance of the Nature Spirits,” by Gilbert Williams … http://artmight.com/albums/2011-02-07/art-upload-2/w/Williams-Gilbert/Gilbert-Williams-The-Hidden-Worlds/kb-Williams-Gilbert-Dance-of-the-Nature-Spirits.jpg ..

Dear Ones,

HOW NATURE SPIRITS TAKE CARE OF HUMAN BEINGS

Nature spirits are responsible for the health of every living thing. For simple living things, care by one nature spirit might suffice. For more complicated beings, such as human beings, many nature spirits may be assigned by the ruling deva (see section below on devas).

HOW WE CAN CARE FOR OUR NATURE SPIRITS

When we feel a little under the weather physically, a little out of sorts, we can be sure that our thought patterns, our typical emotions, and our daily routine do not support the happiness of the nature spirits assigned to our physical health.

There are many things we can do to care for our nature spirits. First, of course, is simply to acknowledge the help they steadfastly give us. We can simply thank them, each day, from our hearts.

We can light a little candle every morning and evening, and remember their tiny, beautiful, bright lights surrounding us.

As the day goes on, we can sing them a little song or play them a little tune … there is nothing they love like music, and they are ever so happy to sing along with us!

We can offer them pleasant scents in our home, as by burning sage or juniper incense. They love these delightful natural odors.

Planting and caring for living plants in our homes, and planting and tending plants, trees and flowers around our homes … these are wonderful ways to please them.

We can go for a walk in a quiet, natural place, and then sit for a while in the shade of a tree, to allow Earth herself to purify our bodies, minds and emotions.

My nature spirits get so very happy and excited when I do this! It makes me very happy, just listening to their delightful voices!

DEVAS

Image: Deva of a pool: “Paradise Goddess,” by William Gilbert … http://iasos.com/artists/gilwilms/paradisegds.jpg ..

A deva is a wise elder nature spirit with many responsibilities. Chief among these is the responsibility to care for our Mother Earth.

DEVIC COUNCIL

There is a Devic Council that guides all Devic actions so as to best nourish and sustain our beautiful Planet.

For a long time now, and rightfully so, the Devic Council and all devas have been at odds with humankind, because of our misuse of this beautiful Planet Earth. For thousands of years now, our actions as a people have been in direct opposition to the prime directive of all devas, that being to care for the well-being of Planet Earth.

Some long while ago, the Devic Council issued the Devic Accord placing limits on the interactions of the beings of the Devic World with human beings. Because of that Accord, most human beings today do not even know that the Devas and the nature spirits exist. The nature spirits of the cities of Earth, in obedience to the edict of their greatly esteemed and deeply loved, very wise Devas, will not speak with human beings at all, except for little children, whose innocence appeals to them.

FOREST DEVAS HAVE ASKED THEIR NATURE SPIRITS TO STEER CLEAR OF HUMANS

As part of the Devic Accord, the devas of the forests of Earth have asked all the nature spirits in their charge to steer clear of humans entering these sanctuaries. The devas do this to protect the nature spirits in their charge, and to protect that region of Earth for which they are responsible.

The nature spirits themselves, as a collective consciousness, understand the dilemma, and do their best to comply with the instruction of their devas, who invariably are greatly loved and looked up to by the nature spirits they wisely supervise.

I wish the situation were otherwise, I wish humans and the nature spirit world were on friendly terms, but the situation at this moment cannot, from the devic standpoint, be one of cooperation with us. It is one of protecting Earth, insofar as possible, from further damage.

HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS: THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE OF EARTH

Devas are not able to live in the big cities any more; the atmosphere there simply will not support them. Consequently, they are not able to supervise the work of the nature spirits there.

In the big cities, nature spirits are few and far between right now. As a result, the health of humans, animals, and green living beings suffers.

We can make big cities visitable (though perhaps not pleasantly habitable) for devas by pleasing our own personal nature spirits, by providing more parks and green spaces, and by creating large green corridors from the surrounding countryside into the deepest heart of the downtown areas of big cities.

Soon now, we humans will begin to realize the importance of nature spirits and devas in regard to our own well-being. The long-term solution to our happiness and theirs will, I feel, be a gradual movement from city life to sustainable small community life for all humans on Earth.

I cannot begin to express the importance of such expanding human Awareness and the taking of steps to accomplish a greater alliance between the nature spirit world (which is destined to rise to 6D) and the world of humankind (now more and more perceived as 5D, in our increasing Awareness as a collective consciousness).

HOW WE CAN HELP THE DEVAS IN SMALL WAYS

I am just now beginning to understand that the state of 3D Earth for all these thousands of years has caused great damage to the devic realm as well as to humankind.

The lifetime of a deva is long, compared to that of a human, and so each deva, personally, has many painful memories of human misuse of Earth’s resources. There is deep trauma in the devic world.

Please understand that, without the devas, this world cannot survive. The devas of Earth do not need to be on this planet. They choose to be on this planet, in their love for her.

Please pray for their return to a happiness and health. Visualize them happy and healthy, supervising their domains in peaceful tranquility. Sing songs of thanks to them, remember them as you go about your day, make every action of your day mindful and thankful. And most of all, treat our Planet Earth with deepest respect!

With heartfelt thanks to our Mother Earth, and to her faithful servants,

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: “Hopetoun Falls, Australia” …  https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/3/36/Hopetoun_falls.jpg ..

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MORE INFORMATION

Here is a Rig Veda mantra to please the ‘king of the devas’ …

Link: “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Om_Namo_Bhagavate_Vasudevaya ..

Here is a video with an hour of chanting this mantra …

Video: “Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya,” by DhyaanGuru Dr. Nipun Aggarwal, 7 April 2013 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXtQ-HRkrXE ..

See also Link: “Cooperation with the Devas” by The World Teacher Trust … https://worldteachertrust.org/en/web/basics/cooperation_with_the_devas ...  that article offers a point of view from Indian teachings.

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Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains – Spring Equinox 2016 . by Alice B. Clagett *

Filmed on 20 March 2016; published on 15 April 2016

Words of Warning   .   Poison Oak   .  California Native Mustards   .   Black Sage   .   California (Coastal) Sagebrush … Cowboy Cologne   .   Chamise (Greasewood)

Wild Cucumber  .   Munits Cave   .   Purple (Deadly) Nightshade   .   White Nightshade (Solanum douglasii)   .  Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) 

Fiddlenecks   .   Horehound   .   Buckwheat   .   Prickly Pear   .   Western Scrub Jay (Island Scrub Jay)   .   Bush Sunflower (California Encelia)   .   Laurel Sumac   .   Purple Sage

White Sage   .   Semi-Riparian Zone  .   California Mugwort   .   Deerweed   .   Oak Woodland   .
Coastal Live Oak   .   California Sycamore   .   Woodland Trail   .   Arroyo Willow?

Mule Fat   .   Black Mustard   .   Various Habitats   .   The San Fernando Valley in the Time of the Conquistadores   .   Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick)   .   Monarch Butterfly

About the Spirits of Trees   .   Eucrypta (Hideseeds)   .   More California Native Mustards   .   California (Mexican) Elderberry   .   Cheeseweed (a Mallow)   .   Live Oats 


Dear Ones,

This is a video about wild plants of the Santa Monica Mountains that was taken on 20 March 2016, the day of the 2016 Spring Equinox, in the Santa Monica Mountains …

There is an edited Summary after the video. The Summary includes many images found in the video, and a few not found there …

VIDEO BY ALICE         top

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO         top

Words of Warning         top
Please do not take my word as to whether these wild plants are edible … In many cases, I just heard it from other naturalists. Do your research, make sure you have identified a plant accurately, make sure most folks agree that it is edible, and then if you are sampling for the first time, try just a tiny bit, and wait a day to see if you have any reaction. Any iteration of this blog must include this warning. –Alice B. Clagett

Hello, Dear Ones, It’s Alice. I Am of the Stars.

We are going for a botanical walk in the Santa Monica Mountains today. We will see what we find here, on this beautiful Spring day.


Poison Oak         top

Here we have a beautiful Spring bloom of poison oak. So for those that are allergic to it, here is what it looks like, with berries …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 1: Poison Oak Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 1: Poison Oak Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Pretty, is it not? Poison oak is a relative of poison ivy, which is on the East Coast. But poison oak grows into a bush, and poison ivy is a climbing vine that climbs up the East Coast.

While most Caucasian people seem to be allergic to poison oak and poison ivy, the Native Americans had a number of uses for it, including using the pliable stems of the poison oak …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 2: Poison Oak Vines,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 2: Poison Oak Vines,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… as basket weaving materials.

This is poison oak, growing in a tremendous amount, all along here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 3: Poison Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 3: Poison Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You have to be very careful, on this trail, not to hit the poison oak!

Poison Oak: Native American uses … Link: “Native American Uses,” in Cal Poly Land … 
http://polyland.calpoly.edu/topics/florafauna/studentsites/2004b/native.html ..

Link: “Toxicodendron diversilobum,” in Wikipedia …   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toxicodendron_diversilobum ..


California Native Mustards         top

I am pretty sure that this is a California native mustard here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 4: California Native Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 4: California Native Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

They grow singly; not like the ones introduced by the Padres. They grow singly, and in odd ecological niches. Ups, here is another one over here … where is it? … right over here is another one. And oh, I see some more … yes, some more, just coming up, So under this native coastal live oak tree here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 5: Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 5: Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… there are a number of them. It is a very small econiche. It is not like the open field is full of mustard seeds that the Padres brought. But it is beautiful in its own way … very dainty, very nice … somewhat hard to find. There are a number of California native mustard species or types like this. While they are edible, they are endangered, so it is best to leave them alone, with the hope that they may flourish in future.


Black Sage         top

This is black sage here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 6: Black Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 6: Black Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a wonderful healing quality. I just brushed against it, on my way up this trail, and I smelled it.

Black Sage uses … Link: “Salvia mellifera,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_mellifera ..


California (Coastal) Sagebrush … Cowboy Cologne         top

And over here, on this side, is Cowboy Cologne …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 7: California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 7: California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a gentler scent, a beautiful scent, and they say that the cowboys used to use it before they would go in town on a Friday or Saturday night.

California (Coastal) Sagebrush (Cowboy Cologne) uses … Link: “Artemisia californica,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_californica ..


Chamise (Greasewood)         top

And this over here is chamise or greasewood …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 8: Chamise (Greasewood),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 8: Chamise (Greasewood),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It does not have that much of a scent at all.

Chamise or Greasewood: Native American uses … Link: “Adenostoma fasciculatum,” in Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) …  http://www.fs.fed.us/database/feis/plants/shrub/adefas/all.html … Search the term: Other Uses and Values


Wild Cucumber         top

And over here is wild cucumber …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 9: Wild Cucumber,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 9: Wild Cucumber,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a very huge root. And I see it is too soon for the prickly fruits of the wild cucumber to come out. It is a vine, and it has holdfasts that are … let’s see if I can find one … very little whorls of circular or circles of holdfasts. Ok, there is one, reaching out into space …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 10: Wild Cucumber Holdfast,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 10: Wild Cucumber Holdfast,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is trying to catch hold of a plant, so that it can pull the wild cucumber vine up higher into the sunlight. It climbs like crazy in the early Spring, and then it just withers away, and survives by means of the huge root underground.

Wild Cucumber: Native American uses … Link: “Wild Cucumber, Marah macrocarpa,” in Nature Collective … https://www.sanelijo.org/plant-guide/wild-cucumber ..


Munits Cave         top

Up that hill, up that way …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 11: Mountain Near Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 11: Mountain Near Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… there is a very cool cave, or series of caves …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 12: Munits Cave,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 12: Munits Cave,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are birds that hide out in there too; and people climb around in there, just for fun.

Link: “Cave of Munits in Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space Preserve & Castle Peak in El Escorpion Park,” in Hikespeak … https://www.hikespeak.com/trails/cave-of-munits-castle-peak-hike/ ..


Purple (Deadly) Nightshade         top

This is deadly nightshade here … see the purple flowers? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 13: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 13: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

This variety of nightshade … the one with the purple flowers … has fruits that are not edible. Here is the fruit of the purple, or deadly, nightshade …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 14: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade Fruits,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 14: Purple (Deadly) Nightshade Fruits,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is a very small, immature fruit, but as I recall, it comes out green when mature, and so it is distinguished from the mature fruit of the white nightshade, which is purple, Fruit is mature when it is soft or squishy.

There are nightshade references at the end of the “White Nightshade” section below.


White Nightshade         top

There is another nightshade, white nightshade (Solanum douglasii), that has black fruit; I heard from a naturalist that the black fruit were edible, but after trying one of the berries, I feel a little queasy. So I would advise caution in trying even the white nightshade fruit.

For those who are allergic to tomatoes, eggplants, or potatoes, which I understand to be in the same family, common sense dictates avoiding the fruit of the white nightshade.

Nightshades are a little like mushrooms: Only those who are certain what variety they have in hand ought collect them for consumption. This link is a good guide to the various nightshades of California …

Link: “Solanum,” in Calflora …  https://www.calflora.org/cgi-bin/specieslist.cgi?where-genus=Solanum ..

Nightshade uses … Link: “Solanaceae,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solanaceae ..


Filaree (Stork’s-Bill)         top

This is filaree here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 15: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 15: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

There are several forms of filaree; all of them are edible. I think you have to cook them for a while, till tender. And here are the immature seed pods of filaree; very distinctive …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 16: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 16: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very distinctive. More filaree seed pods here; see that one? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 17: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 17: Filaree (Stork’s-Bill) Seed Pod 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I do not think you can eat the seed pods.

Filaree (‘stork’s-bill’) uses … Link: “Erodium cicutarium,” in Wikipedia …   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erodium_cicutarium#Uses ..


Fiddlenecks         top

These are fiddlenecks, that grow all over the hills here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 18: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 18: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… not too showy, but if you look at them up close, they are very pretty.

Fiddleneck: In one place read that this plant is poisonous, and in another that it had Native American uses. I would steer clear of it entirely.

LInk: “Amsinckia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amsinckia ..


Horehound         top

This if horehound, here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 19: Horehound,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 19: Horehound,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is used in candies. It was brought here by the Puritans long ago, and it spread all over the United States. It is an extremely hardy plant. You see how it looks a little bit white (or ‘hoary’ … that is the old name) …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 20: Horehound, Whitish Leaves and Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 20: Horehound, Whitish Leaves and Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And it has white stems too.

Horehound uses … Link: “White Horehound; Uses,” in WebMD … https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-886/white-horehound .. 

Link: “Marrabium vulgare,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marrubium_vulgare ..


Buckwheat         top

This is buckwheat …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 21: Buckwheat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 21: Buckwheat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is just coming up; there are not any seeds yet. The fruit seeds are edible. Like the cereal grains, they were a staple of diet amongst the Native Americans that once lived here. There are several different kinds of buckwheat growing in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Buckwheat uses: Link: “Erigonum fasciculatum,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eriogonum_fasciculatum ..


Prickly Pear         top

This is a native cactus …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 22: Prickly Pear,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 22: Prickly Pear,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It bears fruit that are edible, and delicious, and often harvested by Latin Americans and Native Americans. If the spines are burnt off of the leaves, then they can be sliced to the size of string beans, cooked, and eaten.

Prickly Pear uses … Link: “Prickly Pear” in Drugs.com … http://www.drugs.com/npp/prickly-pear.html ..

LInk: “Opuntia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opuntia ..


Western Scrub Jay (Island Scrub Jay)         top

This is a Western Scrub Jay …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 23: Western Scrub Jay,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 23: Western Scrub Jay,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Looks pretty rambunctious to me.

I think this may be what is now termed the Island Scrub Jay; see … Link: “Western Scrub Jay,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_scrub_jay ..


Bush Sunflower (California Encelia)         top

This is a very common type of sunflower here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 24: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 24: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You will notice the dark-colored centers of the flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 25: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 25: Bush Sunflower (aka California Encelia) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

As far as I know, it is not edible.

Bush Sunflower (California Encelia): sometimes used for landscaping …

Link: “Bush Sunflower, Encelia californica,” in California Native Plant Society Calscape … https://calscape.org/Encelia-californica-(Bush-Sunflower) ..


Laurel Sumac         top

This is laurel sumac …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 26: Laurel Sumac,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 26: Laurel Sumac,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is a chaparral plant. It can be distinguished from other similar chaparral plants by the reddish colored stems; see there? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 27: Laurel Sumac Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 27: Laurel Sumac Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a seed cluster (sumac ‘drupe’ or ‘bob’) that looks like a dusky, red Christmas tree. The birds eat it. I heard from my mother that it is poisonous, but I think in the Orient that this, or some relative of it, is used as a spice. So that is something to look into, for the future, without actually consuming it in advance of the research. [The spice I had in mind is Ziyad Brand Sumac, but whether this is the same or a different plant, I have no idea.]

Laurel Sumac uses … Link: “Malosma,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malosma ..


Purple Sage         top

I believe this to be purple sage …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 28: Purple Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 28: Purple Sage,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You will see that the leaves look a lot like the leaves of black sage, but they have a whitish cast to them …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 29: Purple Sage Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 29: Purple Sage Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And also, if you look closely, you will see that the leaves have a kind of a corrugation them …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 30: Purple Sage Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 30: Purple Sage Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

They smell absolutely delightful. They also have medicinal qualities, but the scent is not as ‘dark’ or strong as the scent of black sage (which has blue flowers). The purple sage have purple flowers, and the leaves look white.

Purple Sage uses … Link: “Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association,” in Chino Hills State Park …  http://www.chinohillsstatepark.org/natural-resources/shrubs … Search the term: Purple Sage

Link: “Salvia leucophylla,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_leucophylla ..


White Sage         top

I doubt we will see any white sage on this walk. White sage has straight, white stems, and it is gathered … usually illegally … by people who sell it in bundles for incense to purify or cleanse people’s homes. You will see six-inch or eight-inch stacks of it, tied with yarn or string, and sold in the stores, and typically it is gathered nearby, rather than out in the National Forests, where, as i recall, it may be legal to gather it.

So I would like to ask, on behalf of the conservancy organizations: Please do not gather wild plants in the National Parks or the Santa Monica Mountains or like that … places where it so easy to gather, and where things can become endangered if you, in fact, do that. This is just a plea and an explanation. I am hoping for the best, there.

White Sage uses … Link: “Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association,” in Chino Hills State Park …  http://www.chinohillsstatepark.org/natural-resources/shrubs … Search the term: White Sage

Link: “Salvia apiana,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salvia_apiana ..


Semi-Riparian Zone         top

Here we have a semi-riparian zone …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 31: Semi-Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 31: Semi-Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

After the rains, I think there is water; and then, I think, sometimes there is not. You can find special plants, with special medicinal qualities, in riparian areas. This one is no exception.


California Mugwort         top

Here we have California mugwort …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 32: California Mugwort,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 32: California Mugwort,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… which has so many uses, I must look them all up! But I will tell you one colorful example: They say that if you gather mugwort, which grows plentifully in some areas, and dry it, and put it inside your pillow, then you will have special dreams.

I tried this myself; and because I was not all that fond of the strong odor of the mugwort, my dreams were not all that pleasant. But you may have better luck than I.

The other thing I know about mugwort: To my mind, ‘wort’ means ‘plant’ and ‘mug’, to me, means that you make tea out of it, and put it in a mug. That is how I think of it. And so I remember that a tea of this is good for women. It solves various troubles that can be looked up, and brings balance to the female system. There may be other uses too.

California Mugwort uses … Link: “Artemisia douglasiana,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artemisia_douglasiana#Uses ..


Deerweed         top

This is deerweed …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 33; Deerweed,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 33; Deerweed,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Sometimes it goes dormant, when the weather is very hot. But right now it is flourishing. It has tiny, beautiful, yellow (and sometimes orange) flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 34: Deerweed Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 34: Deerweed Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

And as far as I know, it has no special benefit for people; but it is beautiful when all the flowers bloom (which they are no doing right now).

Deerweed uses … Link: “Deerweed,” in Nature Collective … https://www.sanelijo.org/plant-guide/deerweed ..

Link: “Acmispon glaber,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acmispon_glaber ..


Oak Woodland         top

Here I am, walking into an oak woodland …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 35: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 35: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… completely different from riparian; and very beautiful! I am sure you know about … here …


Coastal Live Oak         top

Here are lots of acorns left over from last year’s season …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 36: Acorns,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 36: Acorns,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The Native Americans would gather them, haul them, mash them up, net them, put them in running water, in a stream or like that, in the wintertime, to get the bitter tannin out of them, and then mash them up more, and use them as flour in their foods.

And because they mashed them in stone hollows, with stones, the acorn meal was mixed up with sands from the stone, it was mixed in with the food that they ate, and it wore down their teeth at a very early age. It is better to use some other kind of mashing technique, I feel.

Here are the leaves of the tree that produces the acorns …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 37: Coastal Live Oak Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 37: Coastal Live Oak Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You can see they are very shiny and they are curved round. I have heard from people who go on hikes and lead hikes, that the leaves are curved so that they can conserve moisture better, in the drought season of summer. See here? … curved …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 38: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Curved,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 38: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Curved,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The new leaves are soft; but the old leaves are very hard. They have little prickles on them, that make it hard for the deer, for instance, to eat them … even though the deer might be very hungry. And this shiny stuff here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 39: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Prickled and Shiny,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 39: Coastal Live Oak Leaves – Prickled and Shiny,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… probably acts as protection against the heat in the summertime.

Coastal Live Oak uses … Link: “Quercus agrifolia,” in Wikipedia …  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quercus_agrifolia ..


California Sycamore         top

This is the native California Sycamore tree, one of the most beautiful trees in the world, I feel …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 40: Sycamore,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 40: Sycamore,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I just love Sycamore trees. They do not have any particular use. They provide shade; they like water; and they are beautiful.

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 41: Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 41: Sycamore Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Link: “Platanus racemosa,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platanus_racemosa ..


Woodland Trail         top

A woodland trail, continuing; different kinds of plants here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 42: Woodland Trail,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 42: Woodland Trail,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


Arroyo Willow?         top

I sort of thought, because of the riparian area right next to it, that maybe this is some kind of willow tree. But I just do not know …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 43: Might Be Arroyo Willow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 43: Might Be Arroyo Willow,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is not that willow chaparral shrub. There are the leaves right there …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 44: Might Be Arroyo Willow Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 44: Might Be Arroyo Willow Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Is this arroyo willow? If so, then perhaps the bark of this willow, like that of other willow trees, might be boiled for a tea that has an effect like that of aspirin. There is more on the uses of Arroyo willow at these links …

Arroyo Willow uses … Link: “Arroyo Willow (Salix lasiolepsis),” in Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy … https://www.parksconservancy.org/conservation/arroyo-willow ..


Mule Fat         top

Down in the hollow here, in the riparian area, with very straight sticks for stems, is a kind of chaparral plant called mule fat …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 45: Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 45: Mule Fat,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

. I guess that mules would eat it, when the earlier settlers came through here; and that is why they called it mule fat.

I will bet that, what with these very straight, strong stems that are tough, too …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 46: Mule Fat Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 46: Mule Fat Stems,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… that the wood of this mule fat might have been used for arrows; probably arrows and not bows, because it does not get that big. Here is a closeup of the top part of the plant …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 47: Mule Fat Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 47: Mule Fat Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Mule Fat uses … Link: “Baccharis salicifolia,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baccharis_salicifolia ..


Black Mustard         top

This is a young, black mustard plant …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 48: Black Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 48: Black Mustard,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is very tasty when it is young like this. You can eat the leaves, especially if they are smaller than this, but even now, raw in salads. Black mustard has a very strong taste to it, and it is good as flavoring, to go with you milder greens. This here is the beginning of the flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 49: Black Mustard Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 49: Black Mustard Leaves,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is delicious before it flowers, and it is delicious after it flowers as well …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 50: Black Mustard Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 50: Black Mustard Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Yes, a really tasty plant. Do not eat too much at one time; use it for flavoring, I say. Otherwise it might have too strong an effect.

Black Mustard uses … Link: Brassica nigra,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brassica_nigra ..


Various Habitats         top

This is a combination right here … down at the very bottom you have a riparian zone

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 51: Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 51: Riparian Zone,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then up above it you have meadowland up here ….

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 52: Meadowland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 52: Meadowland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then looking over this way, woodland …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 53: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 53: Woodland,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


The San Fernando Valley in the Time of the Conquistadores         top

They say that, in the time of the Conquistadores … when they came through here … that all the San Fernando Valley was covered with live oak trees. There was no chaparral to speak of, here. And the Conquistadores could come riding under the cover of the great oak trees all day long, in the San Fernando Valley. It was like a beautiful parkland then.

The terrain has really changed since then, what with the grazing, and the cutting down of the trees, and so forth.


Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick)         top

This is a kind of lily; I think it might have a bulbar base in the ground, which is said to be edible but protected, so ought not be harvested …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 54: Wild Hyacinth (Blue) and Fiddleneck (Yellow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 54: Wild Hyacinth (Blue) and Fiddleneck (Yellow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I am referring to these blue flowers …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 55: Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 55: Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and not the fiddlenecks …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 56: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 56: Fiddleneck,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

The blue flowers are sometimes called Blue Dicks. Probably somebody’s favorite friend was named ‘Dick”, and the person named the flower after them. And they are sometimes called ‘wild hyacinth. I really love that ‘wild hyacinth’ name; I think it is beautiful. And the flowers are beautiful too … evanescent; only here for a little while, during the year.

Wild Hyacinth (Blue Dick) uses … Link: “Dichelostemma capitalus,” in Wikipedia …  http://mojavedesert.net/wildflower/blue-dicks.html ..


Monarch Butterfly         top

Ah, did that come through? That was a monarch butterfly …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 57: Monarch Butterfly,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 57: Monarch Butterfly,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I do not know what it was attracted to, down here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 58: Where Monarch Butterfly Was Flying,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 58: Where Monarch Butterfly Was Flying,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Maybe it does not know either! It is going off, looking for something.

Link: “Monarch Butterfly,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_butterfly ..


About the Spirits of Trees         top

I really like this beautiful live oak here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 59: Favorite Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 59: Favorite Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

I come and visit it every once in a while. I think it is courageous, especially considering how much graffiti the young folks have put on here. I assume it is the young folks, but I might be mistaken about that … 

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 60: Coastal Life Oak Graffiti,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 60: Coastal Life Oak Graffiti,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

This poor tree! Do they not know the bark is very important to the life of the tree? I guess they do not. Well, I have talked about this before. I can understand that young people want to make their mark on the world. But the thing of it is, these are living, ancient trees …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 61: Coastal Live Oak Shelters Many Beings,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 61: Coastal Live Oak Shelters Many Beings,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… wise in their own way … and harboring great forms of life … not only physical forms of life like birds and insects and mammals and reptiles … but other, nonphysical forms of life as well. There are nature spirits living here.

That, way up there …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 62: Owl Stand on Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 62: Owl Stand on Coastal Live Oak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… I think was a platform for a bird once. It looks as if it has fallen a little sideways with time. Here is the other side of the tree …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 63: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 63: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 1,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… which goes on …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 64: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 64: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 2,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and on … Absolutely beautiful!

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 65: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 65: Coastal Live Oak Canopy 3,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


Eucrypta (Hideseeds)         top

This is a beautiful little plant that has delicate, fernlike leaves and very tiny … see how tiny? …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 66: Eucrypta (Hideseeds) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 66: Eucrypta (Hideseeds) Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… flowers. A lot of people do not like this plant, but I have always found it very beautiful, brightening up the forest floor in the early springtime …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 67: Eucrypta (Hideseeds),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 67: Eucrypta (Hideseeds),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very delicate, beautiful flowers.

Link: “Eucrypta,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucrypta ..


More California Native Mustards         top

Here are more California native mustards, growing in the shade of an oak tree …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 68: California Native Mustards,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 68: California Native Mustards,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


California (Mexican) Elderberry         top

Here is California (Mexican) elderberry. It is a small tree, out here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 69: California (Mexican) Elderberry,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 69: California (Mexican) Elderberry,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and these are the flowers here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 70: California (Mexican) Elderberry Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 70: California (Mexican) Elderberry Flowers,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… very showy this time of year. I think you can eat the flowers (or maybe the berries) in pancakes. But you have to take some parts off, so it is important to read up on this before attempting a recipe with it. Parts of this are edible, but only if prepared in certain ways, and maybe only in limited quantities.

California (Mexican) Elderberry uses … Link: “Sambucus nigra,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sambucus_nigra ..


Cheeseweed (a Mallow)         top

This is cheeseweed (a mallow) here …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 71: Cheeseweed (a Mallow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 71: Cheeseweed (a Mallow),” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

It has a tiny, not showy flower … It is hard to find this little, white flower …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 72: Cheeseweed Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 72: Cheeseweed Flower,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

… and then it has a seed or fruit that comes in four parts, like a round of cheese, and the seed is edible … tasty too; fairly tasty.

Cheeseweed (a Mallow) uses … Link: “Mallow (Malva parviflora) an Edible Friend,” in Root Simple … https://www.rootsimple.com/2008/02/mallow-malva-parviflora-an-edible-friend/ ..


Live Oats         top

These are live oats, an invasive grass in California …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 73: Live Oats,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 73: Live Oats,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

These are a little stunted. Sometimes they grow very, very tall. The seeds are edible …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 74: Live Oats Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 74: Live Oats Closeup,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

You have to be very careful to take them out of their green sheath. Or you can wait until the seeds are mature and hard, and then you can grind them up and use them in your food. It is very important to get the sheaths off though, because they can stick in your throat and feel funny.

Live oats … whole fields full of them! There are some of them up there, across the road. These are all live oats …

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 75: Live Oats Afar,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 75: Live Oats Afar,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Wild Oat uses … Link: “Avena,” in Wikipedia … https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Avena ..

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 76: Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Wild Plants of the Santa Monica Mountains 76: Castle Peak,” by Alice B. Clagett, 20 March 2016, CC BY-SA 4.0


EDIBLE AND USEFUL PLANTS OF THE SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS         top

Citation: “Edible and Useful Plants of California,’ [with recipes] by Charlotte Bringle Clarke, 1977, University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

Citation: “Peterson Field Guides: Western Medicinal Plants and Herbs,” by Steven Foster and Christopher Hobbs, 2002, published by Houghton Mifflin Books.

Citation: “Early Uses of California Plants,” by Edward K. Balls, 1962, University of California Press Berkeley and Los Angeles, California.

Link: “Native American Usage of Plants Found in Fallbrook (Shrubs, Vines, Wildflowers),” Copyright © 2000 by Elizabeth Yamaguchi … http://tchester.org/fb/plants/na_uses.html ..


SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CLASSES IN NATIVE AMERICAN SKILLS         top

Link: “Earth Skills,” 1113 Cougar Court, Frazier Park, CA 93225, class descriptions …  http://www.earthskills.com/class-descriptions.html ..


RESOURCES FOR SANTA MONICA MOUNTAINS PLANT IDENTIFICATION         top

Link: “Wildflowers of Southern California: A Photographic Gallery,” by Barbara J. Collins, Ph.D., California Lutheran University, Thousand Oaks, California 91360 …  https://earth.callutheran.edu/Academic_Programs/Departments/Biology/Wildflowers/index.htm ..

Citation: “Wildflowers of the Santa Monica Mountains,” by Milt McAuley, photography by James P. Kenney, 1985, Canyon Publishing Co., 8561 Eatough Avenue, Canoga Park, CA 91304.

Citation: “Flowering Plants: The Santa Monica Mountains, Coastal & Chaparral Regions of Southern California,” text by Nancy Dale, photography by members of the California Native Plant Society, 1986, Capra Press, PO Box 2068, Santa Barbara, CA 93120 in cooperation with the California Native Plant Society.

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Protecting the Natural World . by Alice B. Clagett

Filmed on 22 April 2015; published on 25 April 2015; revised

  • VIDEO BY ALICE
  • SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO
    • On Encountering Devilish Astral Entities on a Walk
    • The Pros and Cons of Lying to Small Demons and Devils
    • On Dancing with and Singing to Friendly Nature Spirits
    • The Devic Kingdom Is the Steward of the Natural World
    • The Work That the Devas Do
    • The Nature Spirits That Take Care of Trees
    • The Boycott of Los Angeles and the Large Cities of Earth by the Devic Council
    • The Evil to Which the Nature Spirits Fall Prey in the Large Cities of Earth
    • Please Respect Trees, and the Natural World That Is So Very Important to Us
    • Postlude: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Nature Photos
  • JANUARY 2017 REPORT ON DEVAS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA
  • WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ASSIST IN BRINGING THE DEVAS BACK TO OUR URBAN AREAS, AND TO HELP THE NATURE SPIRITS

Dear Ones,

Here is a video about some adventures with astral entities. And about protecting the natural world. The beautiful instrumental music at the end of the video is ‘Prelude No. 20’ by Chris Zabriskie, CC by 4.0. After that is an edited Summary, followed by two sections not in the video …

VIDEO BY ALICE

SUMMARY OF THE VIDEO

Dear Ones,

On Encountering Devilish Astral Entities on a Walk

Walking up a mountain today, I encountered many little, devilish astral entities, perhaps because, as my heart rate increased with exertion, my body cells became agitated? Then I sat, at the top of the mountain, and the astral chatter around me started to calm down; at the same time, my heart rate decreased, and presumably, my body cells became less agitated.

The Pros and Cons of Lying to Small Demons and Devils

Later, as I walked along the ridge of the mountain, I noticed some little Demons and Devils hanging around, swooping in, saying, “Who are you? Who are you?” I tried tricking them; instead of explaining that I am a Lightworker, I said, “I am a Darkworker!”

Just like that, they all scattered off. But this only worked for a short time. Apparently, as I clair heard about it, these little entities have a mandate from the (presumably more prestigious) entity in charge of that local group. He says that humans can’t lie, and that Devils and Demons can lie. So his aficionados figure that we humans are telling the truth, no matter what.

But when a human says, “I’m a Darkworker,” when in truth they are a Lightworker, then all the nature spirits, the positive astral entities of the Devic Kingdom, get upset, and they start chasing you around. So, I find, it is better to tell the truth in the spirit world … as I found out later.

After a while, I got down to the bottom of the mountain, and I sat for a while on my favorite meditation stone … the one that has an orange cat’s-eye marble as a gift for the faeries on it. With great jubilation, I announced, “I’m a Lightworker!” … hoping this would clear the matter up. All the faeries and nature spirits gathered enthusiastically around. They were discussing the pros and cons of not telling the truth, if you are a human.

On Dancing with and Singing to Friendly Nature Spirits

Then I started on my way back, accompanied by those lively nature spirits. I visualized doing an Irish jig with them; they were delighted! They love it when I sing songs, or hum songs, as I go along, whether I do so on the astral or the physical plane. They love to follow along with the sound of an astral voice singing. They love to dance, and they love to mimic humans when they dance.

Video: “Irish Dance Group – Irish Step Dancing (Riverdance) 2009,” by fritz51286, 2 February 2009 … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGAzBDE454 ..

So by the time I got back to the starting point of my hike, I found I had a whole coterie of delightful nature spirits around me. So I took one more marble out … a beautiful, blue, cats eye marble … and I placed it in the place where the Sunlight will hit it on a sunny day; in a special place, for my new friends to enjoy it.

The Devic Kingdom Is the Steward of the Natural World

For the young folks that are watching this video, I would like to explain something about trees and tree spirits; and how the stewardship of the natural world takes place. You see, there is a whole other kingdom, besides the kingdom that we see in the physical world. It’s called the Devic Kingdom.

The Work That the Devas Do

Those that undertake the greatest responsibility of stewardship of planet Earth are the Devas, who are ancient beings with great wisdom. These great, wise beings form a Devic Council. There are Devas of the cliffs; of the mountaintops; sometimes of great, vast valleys; of the ocean; of the Sun; and of the Moon. Nearly every natural feature has a Deva in charge of it.

The Nature Spirits That Take Care of Trees

In the care of the Devas are all the nature spirits and the elementals. There are great old oak trees, great treasures of Earth, there on that trail I was walking. Folks do not know that there are nature spirits assigned to take care of these trees; quite a few, actually, when it comes to the largest trees. These nature spirits take particular pride in the shape of the tree, and in making sure that it can live happily and long.

Today I saw some trees today with what you might call graffiti … paint sprayed on them in the form of pictures and words. I have to say, that it just breaks their hearts when this happens to the trees that the nature spirits tend.

The Boycott of Los Angeles and the Large Cities of Earth by the Devic Council

So, please, if you are a young person, and you like to make your mark on the world with graffiti, please do not do it on living beings such as trees. It is very important that we make friends with the Devas, because they are boycotting Los Angeles and the large cities right now, and have asked the nature spirits not to talk to us humans at all. This is because the Devas cannot tolerate the living conditions we humans are imposing on the nature spirits there.

The Evil to Which the Nature Spirits Fall Prey in the Large Cities of Earth

And so, the nature spirits in the large cities of Earth are having a very difficult time of it. Without the guidance of the Devas, they fall prey, over and over again, to the machinations of the demon world, which hypnotizes these innocent beings in furtherance of its Machiavellian ends. 

Please Respect Trees, and the Natural World That Is So Very Important to Us

After they are mesmerized with black magic, and without the wise guidance of the Devas, these beautiful little nature spirits can tend well to the trees and plants and flowers in the large cities. That is why plants do not grow very well in the cities. And we need plants because, without plants, we won’t have oxygen in the air; and we humans need oxygen in order to stay alive.

So please do your very best to respect the natural world, and help it to flourish in a natural state. Well, that’s my statement for today; I speak on behalf of the nature spirits that I met on the trail.

Have a wonderful day … And, happy adventures in the natural world!

Postlude: Music of Chris Zabriskie and Nature Photos

[Then follows the beautiful instrumental music ‘Prelude No. 20’ from the album “Preludes” by Chris Zabriskie, CC by 4.0, along with the images shown in this blog …

Link: “El Escorpion Park,” photos by Alice B. Clagett, 22 April 2015, https://wp.me/p2Rkym-aC8 .. ]

[End of the video]

JANUARY 2017 REPORT ON DEVAS IN THE LOS ANGELES AREA

Yesterday, on 21 January 2017, I saw a younger Deva on a ridgetop in the Greater Los Angeles area. Also, last year, in 2016, an older Deva made the journey from Tejon Ranch, through the intervening natural areas, through a wildlife underpass on Route 118 that runs through Simi Valley, and thence to the ridgetops of the Simi Hills overlooking my home in Los Angeles. Also, there has been, for some time, a Deva on the clifftop near Gaviota State Park, located on the Pacific Ocean north of Los Angeles.

Image: “Deva of the Seashore, Gaviota State Park, Santa Barbara County, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 28 December 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0

Image: “Deva of the Seashore, Gaviota State Park, Santa Barbara County, California,” by Alice B. Clagett, 28 December 2013, CC BY-SA 4.0

It is my hope that this increased sighting of Devas in the Los Angeles area heralds a new age of cooperation amongst the Devic Kingdom and humankind for the stewardship of New Earth.

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO ASSIST IN BRINGING THE DEVAS BACK TO OUR URBAN AREAS, AND TO HELP THE NATURE SPIRITS

If you would like to assist in this endeavor, then one way to do so is to clairly call to the Devas, and ask them to visit your city. Leave little gifts for the nature spirits, through song and dance, and clairly express your gratitude to them for their work. Also, ask God to bless them, that they may be free from the ill effects of Black Magic enspellment forever.

The establishment of wildlife corridors, and diminution of traffic in the cities through ridesharing and community transport, are also very important, as is the greening of the river courses, roadways, and home spaces in urban areas.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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Faeries and the Book of Songs of Humankind . by Alice B. Clagett

Written and published on 4 February 2015; revised

Dear Ones,

As you may know, faeries keep the Book of Songs of Humankind. This is one of their greatest joys. So, if you really want to give the faeries a gift of joy, go out to a wild place … under a tree … next to a flower … in a meadow … or like that, and sing your own favorite song to them …

More than anything, they like a tune you composed yourself. One that is not in their Book yet. They teach it to each other … with immense joy … in the space of a minute or so. And so, Faeries all over the world will always remember the Song that is special to you.

In love, light and joy,
I Am of the Stars

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(1) The painting linked to above is by Gilbert Williams. For more about him, go to Facebook: See also … Link: “Gilbert Williams” … https://iasos.com/artists/gilwilms/ ..

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