Fruit of the Vine

So here I am playing ‘catch up’ again after being away visiting family in my home island of Jersey, C.I. … πŸ‡―πŸ‡ͺ🌞 I took plenty of tree photos whilst I was there which can be seen here on my Facebook page πŸ™‚πŸ“·πŸŒ³πŸŒ²πŸŒ΄

‘Vine time’, according to Grave’s calendar, started on the 2nd September ..

Most of September is dedicated to Muinn the Vine on the β€˜Celtic Tree Calendar’ but sometimes you will see Bramble in place of Vine for Muinn – this is because it is it is considered to be the closest equivalent for those living in the more northerly climes πŸ˜‰

Also grape vines were not introduced to Britain until the Romans arrived and the climate was a lot warmer than it is now.  Vineyards flourished in much of Britain right up until the second part of the 16th Century when temperatures began to drop again. 

You can still see the descendants of original Roman vines growing at The Roman Palace of Fishbourne in West Sussex and the wine Wrotham Pinot is made from this variety of grape.

Vine is the only cultivated β€˜tree’ of the Ogham and being an introduced species had to be treated with meticulous care in order for it to survive and produce enough fruit. 

In Celtic art you will often see the ‘spiralling vine’ – no doubt a symbol for them of evolutionary growth, expanding awareness and connection with the Divine.

Lions and Intertwining Vines in the Book of Kells

Of course getting merry on the wine produced would also have been regarded as a route to ‘Divine inspiration’ but as we all know exhilaration can so easily be lost when we over indulge so the Vine also encourages β€œall things in moderation” πŸ˜‹πŸ·  

Muinn also symbolises completion of work and its rewards .. so in effect β€˜harvesting’ which is very appropriate for this time of year.  

September’s full moon is known as the Harvest Moon (the full moon closest to the Autumnal Equinox) and this year it  falls on Tuesday 21st at 00:55hrs  so why not celebrate by treating yourself to a nice juicy bunch of grapes!πŸ‡πŸ˜œ  … well we do have to be sensible now don’t we! πŸ˜‰ 

Have a Great (rest of) September!

Kim  x

La Mare Wine Estates ~ Jersey, C.I.

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