Understanding the Trefoils

Trefoils will guide us whether or not they have our best interests in mind. What are they and how do they influence us? Webster’s first definition of Trefoil is “clover.” Broadly, it is any of several leguminous herbs with leaves that have or appear to have three leaflets. For our purposes, thoughts, beliefs, and emotions will sometimes be called a Trefoil.


In the Markers Cards image, notice the circles around the words “Auto-thoughts,” “Beliefs,” and “Emotions.” The three leaves and stem look a bit like a Trefoil. Just as the three leaves of a Trefoil are all connected, so are thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. They operate in an interconnected system or web, and if we pull on one strand of this web, the others will be affected. A thought will always call up (or seem to be associated with) a particular emotion. Sometimes it is more than one emotion. The reverse is also true: an emotion that we cannot readily explain may cause us to assign a thought just to make us feel that there is more congruency in our inner world. Thoughts repeated over and over become beliefs. Similar thoughts and beliefs and the emotions that they call up tend to cluster together.

In a garden, seed markers remind us of what is buried beneath the ground. Amender markers show us where the compost or mulch is stored. In The Elements, Seed Markers remind us what is buried beneath our consciousness, and Amender Markers show us how family has influenced our Trefoils or how our Trefoils have influenced our experience.

All of the Elements Marker Cards act as prompts that help us unearth and examine hidden Trefoils that do not feel good and do not produce what we truly want in life and unexamined Trefoils can sometimes create unwanted consequences.  Dig reminds us that to find the important elements—in the garden or in our consciousness—we sometimes have to dig.

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