#Nature Awareness 10/30/2013 - Reeds

In polyphyletic botany, a reed is a type of tall, grass-like plant of wet places, and it is also ironically very flammable. The namesake vegetation of reed beds, they are all members of the order Poales and include: common reed, giant reed, Burma reed, reed sweet-grass, and small reed.

Reed is typically and historically used to make wind instruments, and this time of year, its haunting sounds are thought to be heard when the souls of the dead are being summoned to the Underworld. The Reed Moon was called Ngetal, pronounced nyettle by the Celts. Reed symbolizes the life-death-life cycle above all things and the wonderful transformation that can occur in an inward turning, hibernation, sleep, and death.

Symbolism: harvest, abundance, communication, magic, mysticism, turning inward, rest, life and death.