Some would call it a weed. A plant the produces asexually and creates genetically identical copies. It stems from the French etiology of "Lion's tooth," because the plant has such wide teeth, and a few other European languages name the plant after the habit of children to pick them and blow on them. Seeing them pop up in the spring time teleported me back to my childhood where they there was such mystique surrounding the quite simple, elegant and edible flower that reproduces itself with a parachute seed that floats through the atmosphere. I see the plant blooming and sense the spirit of it.
They grow under adverse circumstances.. The species which can be harvested without flowers can produce bitter greens. They are a powerful medicinal for the liver/ gallblader and kidneys! The flowers can be put in salad or made into tea and at this particular time of the year it is available in such abundance.
This weekend was the hottest day in 200 some days. The energy of spring is present and I'm taking naps in the sunshine and I am seeing the vibrant energy of kids in the neighborhood. Kids can be especially shy, but I know I am but a child in my heart and some of them can tap into it. At the hottest part of the day, I rode my bike down to the grass in gas works park and there were quite a few people enjoying the vast space of the grass in the meadow with daisies. I had headphones in my ears and was drawing a manifestation of a heart in my journal and a little girl gets my attention and offers me a dandelion, we chatter about them and she leaves me with another dandelion before she leaves.
We dream and manifest even during the waking hours.
They are rich in symbolism because they are able to thrive and persevere through obstacles by living in cracks on concrete sidewalks. They are also rooted very deeply and send a message that one should ground themselves so they are not dug out!
They are able to regenerate from their roots, something that is simple but essential. They metamorphasize. However they can travel in parachute seeds, leave familiar ground, drop into a new place and thrive. :)