This is the digital equivalent of a sketch – a way of capturing an idea before it slips away.
The inspiration behind it is Lori’s use of the words Hildegard and Viriditas in her heart map. It is also in response to Heather’s post on gardening.
Hildegard was a medieval German nun. She was a mystic and spent her time writing and making beautiful illuminated manuscripts. The word viriditas is thought to have been coined by her.
According to Wikipedia – Viriditas is one of Hildegard’s guiding images, used constantly in all of her works… It has it has been translated in various ways, such as freshness, vitality, fertility, fecundity, fruitfulness, verdure, or growth. In Hildegard’s understanding, it is a metaphor for spiritual and physical health.
The idea is expanded on this web site http://www.greenflame.org/gf-viriditas/
-Viridatas – ‘the animating life-force within all creation, giving it life, moisture and vitality. Viriditas was green fire and energy’
Reading that viriditas is associated with a green fire and energy made me think it belongs at the Hearth. The photo I have used in the centre of my image is one I took many years ago of a garden I created then had to leave. Thinking of Heather saying goodbye to her home of many years reminded me of it.
Suzanne – Almurta