Lecture by Alan Chadwick in New Market, Virginia, 1979
Lecture 7: Propagation, Part 2
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Words prevent true comprehension. The process of seed formation. Comparason to the egg of a bird. Longevity of seed viability. Vast number of seeds produced per plant. Cannot generalize about plants and seed formation because of so much variation. Effect of moon on germination through moisture content in the seed. (13:39)
New Market, Virginia, September 12, 1979
Lecture 7, Propagation, Part 2
...cut the bulb very carefully in half that way and there you will see the bud with the stalk, with the leaves round it. You will find the same in a tulip bulb. Now you won’t find that in all, but I am… But the one thing I am pointing to here is this relay of the performance of the archangels and the government. I go back… Where was I?... [ ] ... I’m sorry, you’re whispering. I can’t hear what you said… [ ] ... Yes, thank you.
Now then, the principle influence that produces what you would call "the same color, the same forms, the same shapes"—these are all verbosities which you’re going to loose. You’re not going to use these words again. You have been taught to use them and you can’t use anything else. It’s like a camera on a tourist. You just go on taking photographs all your life. It doesn’t mean anything. To say that that’s scabious removes a comprehension. You’ve actually stopped the comprehension. Therefore, that color and that shape and that odor is a planetary one, and an interwoven planetary one. And that the weavings are never quite identical, but that there is a cycle, a procedure.
Now you must realize that when that seed began, there was within it a connection of totem. I would refer, for instance, to the seed that is in an apple. You can sow the seeds of apple. If they are crosses, they won’t come true to anything, hardly, most of them will be a megalomania of nothing. But comprehend that within one seed in an apple must be somewhere the identity of every apple that has existed, that does exist, and that is forever existable. Therefore, where does this come from? Now when that embryo comes out of the invisible into the visible, there are magnetic destinies making possibilities and impossibilities. Commercial agriculture, commercial horticulture, does not open many gates of those possibilities. The individual husband with the wife, with the children in the home, in the estate, in the oikos-nomia—are they not the rays on which the energies can travel and bring these secrets?
I will relate to you, if you will remind me, the story of the famous cooking apple, Brambley’s Seedling, yes, if you will remind me. Now when that seed forms then, that embryo comes through a horticulturalist and enters the atmosphere of the garden, secretly, with the energies that come from the planetary flowings. And that six months before, and particularly the three-quarter before with the handing of the quarter on, has made the preparation for the reception of that embryo. And that now the physical procedure encompasses it and you have, formed within an area of discontinuity, the seed, a husk, two cotyledons, as we call them. And we pretend we know all about it. Those are delicious words that nobody, you see, could possibly concoct and get away with. Somebody earns ten thousand a year introducing ‘cotyledons.’
Within that cotyledon is placed the embryo at a secret given moment, and around it is placed, exactly like an egg, the whole albuministic affair: white if you like. But it is a performance and, of course, not really like an egg, and not like the white of an egg at all. But let us just look at an egg for instance and see the performance of it, because it will give us a very clear view of this. That when an egg is laid by a hen and it is fertile, you have the embryo, and you have around the embryo the yolk, which is all part of the bird, which is going to be its fur and everything else and its bones and its beak and everything else. And around that you have this white. And then you have, at one end, after a skin on each of those, or many skins, you have an air pocket.
Now that air pocket has come out of the inside of the bird, so it’s not outside air. And the whole of it was created in the dark, where all birth takes place: "mare," the ocean.
When the bird sets the procedure in motion with the revolutionibus to start the hatching, as we call it, that embryo starts to change. And in… After a few days it starts to live upon the white, which is around it. It actually feeds upon it. It draws it into itself. Now as it draws it into itself, that air pocket at the end, with a flexible skin around it, suddenly has a vacation within it. And through the shell, which is an area of discontinuity which is utterly breathable, that way and that way, and thereby are relayed skins and skins and skins, and the bloom on the outside of the egg, which when you want to hatch must never be removed. And therefore daily a procedure is taking place, but at different variations with the revolutionibus influence. That air pocket is now coming from the outside world and telling the embryo of the bird about the visible world that it is going to come into. The other air pocket was still almost an invisible world from darkness.
Now, you have identical to that in a seed, but in a different ratio of manufacture. That you have air pocket, and those juice matters around the cotyledons. And within the cotyledons sits an embryo. Now in many cases, the cotyledons almost fill the case and have very little surrounding food matter. Sometimes they are almost all surrounding food matter. And this is this variation of seeds living for one hour or a hundred years, which is part of the whole variation of seed capacity.
Do you understand that when the Salix drops that white fluff in the early spring and you see it floating like a tail in the air, the fertility of that Salix, or willow, is less than one hour. Every bit of it, after one hour, is infertile. But on the contrary, a poppy and mustard and other such plants will be propagatable after a hundred years. I was participant in the propagating of the seeds that came from Tutankhamen’s tomb. Over three thousand years, and that they actually propagated. But owing to the weakness of the period, and the fact that they had been mummified, they did grow and they became obvious that they were lotus, and as plants they could not exist, later.
But it is most important that we comprehend this cycle of the seed issue. You see, when they fall in the ground of themselves, then they are governed by the revolutionibus and the four elements. But when we enter the scene and handle them, then it is very important that we handle them correctly and replace them for their reproduction correctly, for we have taken it into our hands. And that’s why I am explaining this performance of the seed. Some of them eat up that food matter very, very quickly and then can live for many years without eating any more. They are surrounded by the air pocket. All of this, do you see, suddenly… Do you see these endless variations of planetary control? You can’t escape it, otherwise all seeds would perform the same, and of course they don’t at all.
Also this quantity of production of seed… If you take a Papaver in a field—I am talking about the red poppy—ten to sixty thousand seeds per plant. With the Taraxacum, twelve thousand fruits per plant. And you must realize that every blossom that produces seed is a fruit. Digitalis can produce a million. Verbascum can produce a million. Verbascum is mullein. And the little Capsella bursa—you might know it in the common name as Shepherd’s Purse—the small plants would contain fifty, the medium plants three hundred and the large plants six hundred. Therefore you see, when you suddenly discover all these variations, that you cannot place the whole of seed performance and plant performance under one horticultural-agricultural niche. It becomes very obvious about the four Archangels and the revolutionibus.
I described the bringing of a seed to birth in… last week probably, or this week. I described the performance of the Moon, did I not? So I don’t need to go over that. You understand that it is not the seed which pushes itself into life. If a seed is dry, it will go through year after year after year, or even if it’s a little bit moist or damp it can go through endless years and not germinate. But that the moisture matter is the all-important one because of the moon.
Now I want you to look at this matter that we refer to, connected with seed in the horticulture, as acceleration. And then we will deal why this acceleration is so important. Now all the seeds for our production, to produce beautiful plants for the kitchen... Let us just ask ourselves quickly, what do we want? We want beautiful, young, fresh vegetables of the utmost flavor, of the utmost nutriment, that require none or very little cooking. An intolerable...