Editor’s note: The following was translated from the original Spanish version, and has been edited for presentation.
Archetypes are universal forces originating at the highest levels of creation to shape the physical world of Nature as well as the human soul. Larger than a single “thing,” they are the prototypes or patterns that emanate from the spiritual world and are revealed in symbols, images, gestures, energetic patterns and qualities in both nature and human culture. The ability to become articulate in this language is a fundamental practitioner skill in flower essence therapy. Following is an archetypal character study written by Amaya de Centano as part of her requirements for the FES Certification Program, under the tutelage of Ricardo Mateos in Spain.
One of the characters of greatest impact on the three great monotheistic religions was Moses. From birth, his life was different and had special circumstances and qualities. Moses had a Jewish cultural background, so the focus of this study is from a Jewish perspective. Within Judaism, Moses is regarded as a Messiah of his time because he led his people to the promised land. The story of his life is found in the book of Exodus in the Bible or Torah in Hebrew Shemot.
Read more details about Moses and his life here.
Moses typifies the archetype represented by MetaFlora level 7, having such characteristics as the following. (Read a short description of this aspect of soul development here.)
Moses' encounter with God first, and then with the burning bush on Mount Sinai, was a change that has transcended over time, as the lawyer Antebi expressed in his research:
In a study by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, we read how Moses is attributed to be the author of Psalm 90:
The ability to sense the presence of other spiritual beings, in this case one of the meetings he had with God, recounted in Exodus 3:
Community awareness on earth, the ability to celebrate religious practices
In Exodus 15: 1-5 we read how Moses and the Israelites sang the following:
Here we see Moses and the Israelites celebrated their freedom with joy before God.Ability to study and spiritual reflection
This involves perceiving, thinking with devotion, admiration and clarity.
Through Moses and the Ten Commandments given at Mount Sinai, the whole system of values and laws of Israel was established and is still in force today.
Ability to maintain awareness of identity and essential dignity of the spiritual self while opening to intangible realms
One of the most important characteristics of Moses is that even though he had moments of greatness and led the Israelites to freedom, crossing the Red Sea to receive God's law, God declares him the meekest man on earth. This statement is found in Numbers 12: 3: “Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the earth.”5 This is evidence that his nature never changed.Moses’ archetypal flower essences
With regard to some of the flower essences which could apply to the MetaFlora seven archetype, there are similarities:
Blazing Star is where willpower is refined for spiritual service. Moses develops willpower and assumes its purpose, yet yields to a higher will, “Thy will, not mine.” An example of this is found in Exodus 4 when he had strength to speak to Pharaoh.
Monkshood also has similar characteristics for overcoming fear of one’s own spiritual power because of abuse or traumas. It happens when a higher or personal will to achieve a positive psychological state integrates with moral and spiritual development. This quality is reflected in Moses when he accepts his call.
Larkspur: an essence that helps leaders to take a position of courage, magnetism and charisma.
In the midst of all circumstances in which Moses was involved, the Israelites recognized his authority, leadership, and he was charismatic and courageous as we see in Exodus chapter 20:19: And they said unto Moses, Speak thou with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.6
Red Larkspur: Ability to radiate energy through the body as a positive form of leadership, magnetic forces that catalyze and inspire energy to others. Joshua son of Nun, was Moses’ right hand and when Moses died, he was the one who was in charge of the Israelites. He knew Moses very well and was marked with his leadership to the point thatit says in the book of Joshua 1: 5 “No person may stand before you all the days of thy life; As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”7
Tall Mountain Larkspur: Leadership based on spiritual lineage, ability to listen, see and act with a great capacity of a Soul leader above one’s own immediate personality.
The Israelites were directed to Moses and advice that would help them make decisions. We see in Exodus 18: 14-15: “Seeing the work that Moses was taking, his father said: Why do you take all that work? People come to you from morning until evening. Why do you do to address them yourself?” Moses replied: “When they have difficulties between them, they come to me for me to decide who is the one that is right; then I let them know the laws and teachings of God.”8
Sage: Wisdom derived from life experiences. Ability to evaluate and understand the process of life from a higher perspective.
At the end of his life, Moses understood that he had done what he had been told: it was time to pass the baton to someone who had been with him and had learned from their experiences.
This is described in Deuteronomy 31: 7: “And Moses called Joshua and said to him before all Israel: Be strong and courageous; for thou must go with this people into the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them, and you shall cause them to inherit.”9
Iris: The Art, creativity, inspired and emotional contact with the higher realms, a radiant vision or an iridescence in all aspects of life.
This can be seen in the blessings written by Deuteronomy 28: 1-8:
Columbine: unique creative expression and inspiration distinctive as a source of luminosity and radiance for others, inspired to act and speak in the world.
One of the descriptions of God written in the biblical scriptures includes being stern yet tender and merciful is given by Moses in a speech to the Israelites. It is found in Deuteronomy 10: 17-19.11
Red Penstemon: sense of adventure and risk taking, positive athletics at any age, determination or tenacity when faced with physical challenge.
It is believed that Moses was 80 when he had the encounter with God in the burning bush, so at that age he began his great adventure. Moses was a healthy, strong man who risked at all times to achieve the goal he had set: to lead his people to the promised land. He was not overcome even when he knew that he would not be going, but he saw it from afar, which is detailed in Deuteronomy 32:49: “Go up this mountain of the Abarim, Mount Nebo, which is in the land of Moab, that is Jericho, and see the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel.”12
We also see how physically until the end of his life, that he was a healthy man, as described in Deuteronomy 34: 7: “Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died; his eye was not dim, nor his natural force.”13
Looking at the essences that make up the Leading Light formula we see that in the case of Moses, the three Larkspurs play a key role as they are related to leadership qualities.
“Larkspur belongs to the buttercup family - Ranunculaceae. Larkspur flowers are almost as complex as the Orchids. The colorful blooms of Larkspur cover a spectrum from white to blue to violet. Larkspur flowers are irregularly shaped and bloom in a loose, vertical grouping along the upper end of the plant's main stalk. Larkspur is a very complex flower consisting of both petals and sepals.”14
Larkspur flowering generally occurs as follows:
In June and July (Northern Hemisphere), the plant is topped with a raceme of many flowers, varying in color, from purple and blue, to red, yellow, or white. Each flower species consists of five petal-like sepals which grow together to form a hollow pocket with a spur at the end, which gives the plant its name, usually more or less dark blue. Within the sepals are four true petals, small, inconspicuous, and commonly colored similarly to the sepals. The eponymous long spur of the upper sepal encloses the nectar-containing spurs of the two upper petals.15
These flowers grow in high altitudes, and are not for human consumption given that they have toxic properties.
There is a relationship between this family of colorful flowers and its effects as essences. In the case of Red Larkspur, the red color evokes energy, vigor, willpower, courage, and leadership.16 The essence has these features: the ability to radiate energy through the body as a positive form of leadership; strength that inspires and catalyzes magnetic energy in others and a positive esprit de corps.
The other two types are purple Larkspur, which has a mixture of blue and red that gives stability and energizes. The color purple is associated with royalty, symbolizing power, nobility, loyalty, wisdom, creativity, independence and dignity.17 Both the Larkspurs have the characteristics of charismatic leadership, contagious enthusiasm, and joyful service. Tall Mountain Larkspur is indicated for positive qualities such as leadership based on spiritual alignment, ability to listen, and see and act for greater leadership.
We can see this reflected in Moses’ ability and inspiration to serve his people and lead them in deliverance from Egypt. He knew how to combine the inspiration and wisdom that came from above, being both practical and compassionate at the same time, uniting his own personal initiative with the culture and needs of the Israelites. This illustrates the fundamental characteristics of the Leading Light formula.
Our creator put in the fields these beautiful flowers with their essences to help us develop in the area of service to others in a loving, altruistic manner, without seeking selfish individual welfare, but the welfare of society at this point in time. Needed now more than ever is a sensitive yet wise leadership, a leadership that has learned from earlier mistakes, and humbly recognizing a commitment to not repeat them. Leaders are needed to respect, understand and listen to their people, nature, and the world around them to inspire and lead others toward the same goal—with the necessary clarity to illuminate and indicate the way forward in order to create and leave a better world for our future generations.
Amaya de Centeno is an FES Certified Practitioner who works at the Farmacia Belladona in Caracas, Venezuela. Read what she wrote about the current living situation for people in her country.
1 Revista Jewish history and culture. AISA published by Sephardic Jewish Association Argentina
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