Citrine Summer Reading
Reading outside, surrounded by plants I've grown from seed, is revitalizing to say the least. I started my reading list with The Secret Life of Plants. A book I found at Book Beat in Oak Park, MI. This text is quite inspiring especially if you have a green thumb. My connection to plants is expanding as I turn every page. I feel like my connection to the plants in my care is in another dimension. It's only be recently that I'm able to sustain plant life but I'm so happy for all the wisdom plants have shown me in such a short time. Plants bring balance to my spirit. Through the years of my childhood my mother and grand mother would garden. In fact my grand mother has such a green thumb, I thought the asset skipped me. But in good time I see that maybe I too, have her life giving abilities. This connection to plants is absolutely attuning me to my feminine nature. It's healing my heart and showing me the miracles of positive speech. It also gives my days more routine.
There is no way I could summarize the information gifted to the plant savvy through the words of this book but I can say that Nature is absolutely intelligent. It is a lot more similar to our human anatomy than we might think and it is imperative we attune ourselves to her subtle wisdom. We need to protect our plant life and we will be rewarded greatly. There are several concepts, people, and books I will be following up with after finishing The Secret Life of Plants. This book is humbling my spirits and maturing my mind in the process.
The next book I've dipped into is The Imperial Guide to Feng Shui & Chinese Astrology which is guiding me through space and time to better understand ancient practices, beliefs, and calendars of ancient Chinese people. I can see how the topics or Five Processes described in this book correlate to agriculture and cultivating life. Not sure where I found this book but I'm so glad it's part of my collection. I'll check back in here when I've read more into this book and finished the first! What are you reading this summer?
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About the Author & Artist
Megan LaCroix also known as Citrine is the daughter of a Navy Veteran. She’s lived all over the US but has roots in Michigan where her family is from. Spending summers in Northern Michigan exploring nature inspired her to create art work starting with jewelry and photography. She’d spend hours looking for rocks and creating assorted beaded jewelry with her sisters. In 2014 She graduated from University of Michigan School of Art & Design with a BFA then moved to Detroit where she is currently living and working. She is a multi-media artist with ever expanding skills but is best known for her jewelry, screen printing, photography, and paintings. Detroit Graffiti has a significant influence on her painting and drawing style. She’s participated in ArtPrize 2015 & 2021 and currently has a studio in the Village Arts Factory of Canton, MI.