Latin Name: Vitis vinifera
Group: Seven helpers
Emotional Group: Over-care for the welfare of others
Chronic condition: Domineering
Very capable people, certain of their own ability, confident of success. Being so assured, they think that it would be for the benefit of others if they could be persuaded to do things as they themselves do, or as they are certain is right. Even in illness they will direct their attendants. They may be of great value in emergency. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
If we set everybody and everything around us at liberty, we find that in return we are richer in love and possessions than ever we were before, for that love that gives freedom is the great love that binds the closer. [Bach]
Those who are very particular. They are so sure that they know right, both for themselves and for others, how things should be done that it makes them critical and exacting. They wish for everything just in their own way, and give orders to those helping them. Even then they are difficult to satisfy. [Bach]
Wild and cultivated vines are found throughout the world where the climate is right.
Some cultivated vines grow with difficulty in England but they are not suitable.
People in the Vine state, said Bach, are ‘sure that they know what is right, both for themselves and for others….they wish for everything just in their own way.’ This is a widespread condition, surely, where we try to control the world around us (as widespread as grapes and wine, perhaps). We can observe this urge for dominance in the vineyard where every other plant is eradicated and bare soil is measured out by the serried lines and symmetry of planting. Wild vines run riot by comparison in a fluid growth of freely expressed form: let it be, let it explore the life opportunity, that is the message. Vine people ‘give orders to those helping them’ and it is this domineering control that is damaging; where Rockwater is strict with self, Vine is strict with others. Like the Rockwater remedy, the Vine essence softens and gentles the heart; we can sense this in the softness of the Vine flowers and the sweetness of their scent.
Vine flowers have no petals and this shows a lack of emotional sensitivity, there is a lack of empathy towards other people and how they feel. When the buds open, the cap (calyptra) is pushed off by the developing stamens beneath. Again the gesture is one of force and pressure rather than the gentle receptive unfolding of other flowers. Yet the flowers lead to fruits that are sweet and full of juice, carrying a generosity in a dry land. And, if as the Gospels say ‘each tree is known by its fruit’ then vines are renowned for their flavour and usefulness. Vine, therefore, is a story of almost violent contrasts.