Like the symbolic nature of certain animals, flowers and trees,
there is meaning—augury, if you will, within landscapes. Different
worlds—different landscapes—reflect different states of being. We can discover
much about our own state of being by orienting ourselves to the landscapes
within our life. Many societies recognize the importance of landscape and
spatial shapes and forms. They are viewed as dynamic symbols and based on
certain characteristics of the area, i.e., predominant elements such as trees,
flowers, ground; whole, natural or artificial; the spatial symbolism; form or
pattern of terrain (soft, hard, broken, sloped, etc.); predominant colors; and
predominant wildlife, it is believed that one could discover much about his/her
own life situation by orienting himself/herself to the landscape.
In this photograph, we see a meadow of wild growing mustard
flowers. Meadows and valleys are areas of abundant animal life and vegetation.
They are usually near a stream or river. The water source usually nourishes the
meadow. A traditional meadow has some trees, but most importantly waves of
grass and wildflowers, lending the meadow a soft and welcoming appearance. The
soil is usually very fertile and well nourished.
In this meadow, we have rich yellow and green colors and the
predominant species of bird I observed was the robin. There were robins all
over the ground forging for tidbits of food. The symbolic qualities of this
landscape are: the color green = growth, healing and abundance; the color
yellow/gold = communication, optimism, and inspiration; the bird robin redbreast = new growth, territorial and color link to the throat center (also communication); mustard flower = emotional equanimity, finding joy in life; and the wood element (fence) = spring, new growth, renewal.
It’s easy to see the link or connectedness/commonality of all the elements involved in this landscape. I can’t think of a better meadow to orient myself with? Can you?
Additionally, valleys are often equated with meadows; however,
there is a slight difference: a valley is more of a low-lying area. It is one
of great fertility, and is often contrasted with deserts, the place of
purification. Valleys have long held the symbolism of new life, new fertility,
and a neutral zone beneficial for developing creativity. In legend and lore,
valleys were often the home of priests and priestesses of a given community.
Thank you, meadows and valleys…robins, mustard flowers, and wood!