2018 Samhain New Moon Oracle of the Waters

October 31st may be Halloween, but it is not Samhain. It is but an arbitrary date and day like any other in a modern, man-contrived and Vatican-imposed calendar. The cross-quarter days – the days halfway between the Solstices and Equinoxes – astronomically and astrologically occur at 15° of the sign of the season. Tomorrow, November 7, is when the real Samhain energy wells and flows, and when the floodgates between this world and the Other are truly open.

Water is the element that has all dominion over this powerful time. On this true Samhain day, the Sun reaches 15° of Scorpio and is joined by the Moon; the invisible, submerged New Moon. It is also Jupiter’s final moment at the critical degree of Scorpio before moving into its second home of Sagittarius.

The Moon forms a favorable, creative trine to Neptune, that supreme ocean lord whose power is currently enhanced by retrograde motion his own home, shared with Jupiter, of Pisces. This Moon also creates opportunities being sextile to the chthonic water-dweller, and younger ruler of Scorpio, Pluto.

Water is my path and my deity. My way is the flow of the Daughter River to the Mother Sea, where the sweet, fresh waters that quench us mingle with the salty womb that bore us; the way of the falling rain, the fleeting morning dew and mists. I listen to the Water and I speak for Her.

This Samhain’s message and lesson comes from both the sweet waters and the salted.

The energy and power of Water reaches its darkest, deepest fathoms in the fixed water sign, the sign of upheaval and transformation, secrecy, deception and death. The salt of the benthic womb of She who is both Mother and Destroyer – Tiamat, Thalassa, Yemaya, Ran – gathers into eerie brine pools at the bottom of the oceans, into the most intense concentration of that essential substance.

These dense pools are like submerged salt lakes, existing at the edge of comprehension where underwater shores form one of the most mind-bending between spaces on Earth.

 

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Life at brine pool, image courtesy of the EV Nautilus

It is from this realm that the first message comes, from the primeval matrix best represented by the dragon goddess and coiled serpent, Tiamat, the Sea Herself.

In the somewhat Lovecraftian, so-named Grimoire of Tiamat, Asenath Masen states that “…the salty waters of seas and oceans can hardly be considered a nourishing substance. They do not quench the thirst of living beings and they do not make the crops grow. The waters of Tiamat are dissolving, corroding, poisonous and deadly.”

While an understandable point in context, to an extent, this is not altogether true. There are some living things that do not have thirst to quench. There are some living things that are indeed nourished by the deep salt of the sea. The waters of Tiamat are not poisonous and deadly to everything.

Much life is to be found at the sweltering mouths of hydrothermal vents, as well as at the shores of the staggeringly saline brine pools, even though they can be toxic to some marine animals. These few creatures to whom they are not toxic, however, exist and are called extremophiles. It is from these submarine shores and these extreme creatures that we receive a powerful message…

You are all living in extreme times. Many of you are living in extreme conditions, be they literal, physical surroundings and circumstances, or intense, extreme emotional states. These are likely the most burdensome and noxious emotions that are running highest and burning you out – fear, anger, hatred, depression, anxiety, regret, sorrow, loneliness, and all manner of loss that is the result of unwanted change.

But not all that is corroded and dissolved by change need be mourned or missed. There is much to be learned and to be gained from extreme states. Some of you will be poisoned and defeated by them and others will grow through them.

You must learn to adapt and to navigate the harshest conditions with confidence and self-control. Be present in all that you are experiencing and feeling, and find the balance between embracing and understanding those feelings – even the most painful and uncomfortable ones – and thriving in spite of them. Or because of them.

Rise above and beyond what you think simple society or any pretender is expecting of you. Look at yourself and ask what you expect of yourself, and why, and learn to be true no matter who may end up judging or shunning you. Know that those who do so are not worth your time as long as you stand in truth.

Transformation has nothing to do pleasing others, or with lowering or weakening yourself. It is for, by, through and because of the Self. Transformation is a choice, but one that may be made for you if you don’t find that balance.

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The Depths of the Sea by Sir Edward Burne-Jones

 

But there is a light overhead. There is peace and passionate renewal to be found after enduring and rising above the turmoil. In the second part of the message, the fresh rivers, lakes and the falling autumn rains ask us to then surrender, to simply…

Rise up.
Let go.
Breathe.
Flow. 

You have been like the monkey who got his open, slender hand into the narrow trap but will not release the petty prize in his closed fist which is now too large to let him escape. It is time to release your death grip on all that is trapping you in your pain, your sorrow, your anger, your illusion, your delusion. Give up the game. Relax and let go.

Sometimes your best laid plans and intentions are simply not meant to be. It is time to drift with the currents of life and trust that the cosmic rivers will carry you to safer, sweeter shores.

Perhaps you have been obsessing over everyone else and what they are doing. You may be worrying about everyone but yourself. You cannot control them. You can only control yourself, your reactions and your choices.

Soon you will heal and you will dwell by the waters of life that glisten in the Sun, no longer toiling or sorrowing deep in the stinging, extreme crucibles of Fire and Water that are forming you into the diamond you are meant to become.

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“The Kelpie” by Herbert James Draper

May you bravely dive down deep into the sea of transformation during this Samhain time, and in so doing rise up and connect to your higher self and the higher truths that are ever reflected in and carried by the primordial, cosmic waters that flow all around us here on Earth.

 

© 2018  Meredith Everwhite – All Rights Reserved

September Full Moon Oracle: Pisces

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“Pisces” by Mikalojus Konstantinas Ciurlionis, 1907

Early tomorrow morning (EDT) is a full moon in Pisces, the Fishes and last sign of the zodiac. The moon being full at the end of its journey through the signs – and the day after the solar eclipse-charged Mercury mercifully goes direct, no less – makes this a very appropriate and auspicious time for healing, ending, renewing, manifesting and creating.

Amazingly, Mercury stationed at 29° of Leo, the same degree of the total solar eclipse. While the Sabian Symbol of 29-30° Leo is “An Unsealed Letter” (which is, of course, significant and suggests some revelation and/or knowledge/communication involving or coming from secrecy and subtlety, more aspects connected to Pisces) it is the prior degree’s symbol, 28° that I find especially relevant during this time. The Symbol of that degree is…

A Mermaid emerges from the ocean waves, ready for rebirth in human form

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This symbol and its imagery are perfectly reinforced by this beautiful, watery full moon.

Spirituality, dreaming and psychic endeavors are also enhanced and favored by Pisces, which is ruled by watery Neptune. Neptune is the ethereal planet of illusions, dreams, mystery, and higher planes of consciousness.

The Moon is also reflective of these ideas, as Joanna Martine Woolfolk points out in “The Only Astrology Book You’ll Ever Need”,

Pisces and the Moon have a natural affinity; Pisces is the sign of depths of emotion, and the Moon represents your instinctive emotional reactions and sometimes your hidden dreams.”

For those with their Moon in Pisces, or during times when the Moon is transiting Pisces (as it is now), sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality and truth from illusion.

In the Tarot, I believe the Seven of Cups to perfectly represent the energy of Pisces and especially a Moon in Pisces. We all have psychic abilities and intuition, and some of us have more natural, inherent inclinations while others can develop such abilities through work, practice and, yes, faith. What we believe about ourselves is the beginning of manifestation and growth…or destruction.

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Tarot Mucha

 

And here is the dichotomy and danger of Pisces and a Pisces moon as depicted in the Seven of Cups; while it can be beneficial – nay, crucial – to our truest spiritual, emotional and mental health to have imagination and intuition, the shadows of these abstracts are probably among the darkest. These shadows include illusion, delusion, madness, deception, drug and alcohol addictions (among others), hypochondria and a refusal to either recognize or accept what is real or true. Any child knows the value of imagination, but there can always be too much of a good thing and one can be blinded and confused by desires and flights of fancy.

But enough of the dangers and difficulties. This is a powerful, magical time and a great one to develop your intuition, renew yourself and to move on from any painful trials or arduous cycles.

Over the past few days I have been more consistent with my “Tarot Card of the Day” reading and have had very interesting results. For instance, three times in less than a week the Ace of Cups was the card I pulled. Hardly surprising, in the week leading up to such a watery Full Moon! Then yesterday, the day before Mercury went direct, the equally appropriate Six of Swords came up.

The Ace of Cups – This is, unsurprisingly, one of my favorite cards in the Tarot. The Aces represent beginnings and the very essence of their corresponding element. The Ace of Cups symbolizes the metaphysical themes of Water – emotion, empathy, intuition, love, spirituality, inspiration and creativity (the latter two shared, it is worth noting, with the Ace of Wands. Water and Fire are probably more intrinsically connected than any two elements, as made evident by the number of cultures that have considered fire and water to be the primary elements of creation).

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left: Tarot Mucha, right: Shadowscapes Tarot

The Six of Swords – In the Tarot, the Sixes are all about harmony and balance in some form or another. The Swords’ main themes of conflict and strife are illustrated here through the recovery from such states, and from states of depression and despondence. Movement, change and travel are also indicated, not only the literal but (perhaps more so) change in beliefs, frame of mind or emotional/mental state, and “moving on” to better things or times.

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left: Shadowscapes Tarot, right: the Radiant Rider-Waite(-Smith)

Coming out of a very “typical” and intense Mercury retrograde (for me and several other people and businesses around me, anyway) feels very much like the Six of Swords, and the repetition of the hopeful Ace of Cups coming up to a Pisces full moon suggests that healing, recovery, and deep connection are possible.

Dream work is an especially powerful tool right now. It can be supplemented with water-themed meditations (try listening to rain, ocean or whale sounds), crystals related to Pisces and the Moon (amethyst, aquamarine, and moonstone) and relaxing, dreamy herbs like lavender, a personal favorite. Use the flowers to make a wonderfully soothing tisane to have before bed, or dab some essential oil on your wrists and temples, or both! For a third use of lavender that I just tried a couple of nights ago with good results, try making this dream charm…

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Take a small mesh bag in a watery or otherwise pleasing color and pour in a handful of lavender flowers, organic if you can manage it. Also drop in one or more of the aforementioned stones – I use a small amethyst chunk and, for added goddess energy, thirteen moonstone pebbles. Thirteen is a powerful number associated with the goddess, magic, renewal and “luck”. These are the little additions to spells that lend extra power and intention, not to mention your own personal touch which is what really makes any spell.

Take the filled bag and hold it in the moonlight. The moon’s energy is always present, especially during powerful times like when it is full, so if you can’t really access actual moonlight, don’t worry. Simply visualize it and/or use a picture, like The Moon from a Tarot deck. Meditate there for a moment, slowing your breathing and focusing on your specific needs, and then whisper your incantation or borrow this one to start…

Waxing Moon, waxing light,
reach me through shadows
of mystic night.
Let moonbeams fill my dreams.
Show me what is
and what is not as it seems…

Once you are comfortable in bed, perhaps with gentle music playing, breathe in the lavender scent a few times as you wind down and relax. Place the dream charm under your pillow while you sleep and write down anything you remember when you wake in the morning, paying particular attention to anything that stands out or any relevant symbols.

To conclude this month’s Full Moon Oracle, I did one final reading to sum up the overall energy of this Moon. Interestingly, I did it shortly after I finished writing everything above and well after I mentioned the connection and shared themes of the Aces of Water and Fire…

This is a two-card spread of my devising that I call the “Light and Dark of the Moon” spread. The first card represents the main, outward energy of this full moon, or What the Full Moon Light Reveals. The second card shows what is less obvious and hidden but still present, or What the Shadows Cast Conceal, meaning what is in the shadows created by the moon’s light. That card came from the bottom of the cut deck, known to some Tarot readers as the “shadow card” – the card that represents anything hidden or unknown but relevant to the reading.

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So here we have not only two Fours, but the Four of Wands and of Cups – Fire and Water.

According to Juliet Sharman-Burke in “The Complete Book of Tarot” (which, for the record, is a very handy resource for beginners and a good reminder reference, but is somewhat dated and far from complete),

The number four makes up a square, with each side equal. It is the number of reality, logic and reason. The essence of man’s three-fold nature – mind, body and spirit, is brought to the material plane, forming a square.”

The Four of Wands represents celebration, success, freedom, excitement and optimism. And again, like with the Six (of Swords), we have a number that is even and balanced and therefore also related to the themes of harmony and renewal. I feel like this card also conveys the feelings of, again, emerging from a very rattling and stressful Mercury retrograde! These are also the feelings you have when you know your true self and are doing what you love.

The Four of Cups, however, does seem to take a very different tack, but is still related to reality and balance. More to the point, it is about choice. This is one of the similarities I see between this card and the Seven of Cups, where the figure in the card is also confronted with a choice.

In the Seven of Cups, choices, fantasies and desires that may or may not even be real threaten to spiral out of control; in the Four of Cups it seems to be a choice or situation more grounded in reality but one that can still leave you lost in thought, indecision or rumination.It is also about introspection, meditation and reflection, and can warn of the hazards of getting consumed by such states.

In fact, this card could represent something specific that you can’t stop worrying or brooding over, and is probably the very thing which the Six of Swords is about getting past and recovering from. You’re entitled to the joy of the Four of Wands! Let yourself have it.

So during this Full Moon, focus on renewal and balance and developing your intuitive abilities. Let go of old hurts and let yourself move confidently into a new cycle. Reflect on what inspires you and let your imagination and creativity be free, but stay grounded and realistic (after all, the Sun is shining in Earthy, practical Virgo!) or you could find yourself drowning in over-stimulation, in “what-ifs”, pity-parties and blame games and you could miss out on all the beauty, inspiration, and magic that is always all around.

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© 2017 M. Everwhite – All Rights Reserved

Overnight Islands and Invading Sea Pickles

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The Sun is currently in the watery sign of Cancer, the Crab (along with Mars and Mercury), and it’s no coincidence that the seas are literally churning with the current events and climate of our world that grows ever-threatening against the deep realms.

In the past couple of weeks, shortly before and shortly after the Sun entered Cancer and the New Moon in Cancer, odd things have been happening in oceans across the Western hemisphere.

Last Tuesday, a brand-new, mile-long island appeared off of North Carolina’s Cape Hatteras National Seashore almost overnight. It was spotted by local beachgoers and was given the name “Shelly Island” as it is apparently a great place to find seashells.

Strangely enough, my husband and I were just camping at the Hatteras seashore last month, where we looked for shells and where I did a brief ocean blessing ritual with spring water and moonstone pebbles. “You summoned it from the sea!” my husband joked when I told him about the new island which appeared very near to where we were.

(read the full story here)

Earlier in June, on the other side of the country, staggering blooms of pyrosomes (nicknamed “sea pickles”, due to their shape) began invading shores from California to Alaska. So immense were the swarms that fisherman couldn’t even fish for the hordes of pyrosomes that were filling and even breaking their nets.

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Image courtesy of NOAA


“Pyrosomes are common in the tropics, where they can reach a length of 30 feet and often glow in the dark. That likely explains their name, which in Greek translates to “fire body.” According to Fisher, they do show up in the ocean off the Northwest from time to time – but never in these numbers.

“Why they’re here now is unknown at this point,” Fisher said. “We’ve had warm ocean conditions over the past couple years, and something has brought them here. They’re just flourishing. It’s just very unusual to find them so close to shore, so evenly distributed, and so abundant.”  – from “Massive Bloom Of Pickle-Shaped Sea Creatures Fills The Pacific“, kuow.org

Mars is ruled by the element of fire, and represents aggression and action. I find it very interesting, to say the least, that it is while Mars is in the sign of Cancer (water, the ocean) that these little creatures called “fire bodies” are invading waters that are technically alien to them and even preventing fishing. Is the ocean trying to tell us something, perhaps? And the heavens, too?

Mercury, concerned with communication and learning, is also in Cancer, and in addition to the research being done on the infesting pyrosomes, paleontologists have recently discovered and classified a massive marine extinction that occurred around 2.6 million years ago.

“Particularly impacted were warm-blooded animals, suggesting that large, homeothermic species could be more vulnerable to extinction when major changes occur in their environments.” – Jen Viega (read the full article from seeker.com here)

Mankind is responsible for massive changes in climate and habitats across the globe, and is only threatening to make matters worse with the proposed seismic airgun blasting that will surely injure and kill over 100,000 marine mammals and other creatures and environments. It is very likely that this will herald the beginning of the next mass extinction, and yet only more extinctions caused directly by human atrocity.


See last post, “The Doom of the Dolphin”,  for information on the horrible practice of seismic blasting and how to add your opposing voice while there is still time. (Public opinions are being collected only until July 6!)

Hopefully Mercury’s enlightening and educating influence will continue in regards to the oceans and what we need to learn and do to save them and to restore our symbiotic relationship with our source. It is the only way we will save ourselves.

I believe that more and more such strange events, appearances and discoveries will occur, particularly if we continue to abuse nature and the oceans as we have been. Keep an eye on the heavens and the seas, for As Above, So Below.

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© 2017 M. Everwhite – All Rights Reserved


 

Just happened to find this song/video, recommended for me on Youtube, right after publishing this piece…strangely appropriate and well-timed, don’t you think? Had to share here, reflect on the dwindling beauty of the sea, the magic of synchronicity and bask in Estas Tonne’s ethereal guitar music….

 

Red Rose Day – Celebrating the Queen of Flowers

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“Roses lying on gold velvet” by Martin Johnson Heade

June 12 is Red Rose Day, an annual observance which is likely an import to the US from Australia, where the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation holds a Red Rose Day and Week on different dates every year.

Roses are now in full bloom, making warm, buzzing June an ideal time to celebrate the beauty and majesty of the world’s most legendary flower. The rose is often called the Queen of the Flowers, and with endless good reasons.

A red rose in particular is a powerful symbol and none other in the world more quickly or thoroughly summons up the energies of love, romance, passion, and enchantment.

Roses are believed to have come from Persia (most species are native to central Asia) though their true origin is still a mystery. Rose fossils some 40 million years old have been discovered, though they are currently estimated to have first appeared as much as 70 million years ago. Many early civilizations cherished and made many uses of the rose, and cultivation dates back around 5,000 years.

The Persian word for rose is gul and is very similar to ghul, which means “spirit”. This reinforces the rose’s long association with spirituality, which concept is not exclusive of those of love and passion.

In fact, the energies and influences of the rose perfectly encapsulate (and repeatedly reflect through myths and fairy tales) the highest ideals and experiences of true love of all kinds, of romance and perfect union, transcendence, connection to the divine, transformation, beauty, magic and ultimate reality.


The Magic of Roses

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It is not only in fairy tales that roses are objects of magic and enchantment; their energies and properties are well known and documented throughout history and lore. As in “The Romance of the Rose” (see below – The Rose in Literature), just looking at a rose can be an enthralling experience.

Rose oil is both the quintessential love oil and is also a great all-purpose oil that can be substituted for any carrier. As Scott Cunningham suggests…

Take a handful of rosebuds and place them in a silver goblet. Pour one dram rose oil over them. Let them soak for a week….on a Friday night, burn them over the charcoal to infuse your house with loving vibrations. This is an excellent “peace” incense and can be done regularly to ensure domestic tranquility.” (Magical Herbalism, Llewellyn Publications 1997, Chapter Ten – Scented Oils and Perfumes)

Rose water is one of my favorite magical substances and is such an easy, pleasant way to experience rose’s loving, peaceful, enchanting energies. My favorite (and simply the best and highest-quality I have encountered so far) is from Alteya Organics and can be found here. Cunningham also recommends rinsing your hands with rose water before preparing any love mixtures, and of course doing so before any magical working – especially focused on love – is a great way to cleanse, ground, and create the appropriate vibes.

I use rose water to create sacred space (just spray it around the room), for emotional healing and to connect with mermaid energy, to which I have found roses and rose water to be very conducive; mermaids are beautiful, feminine, watery, enchanting, psychic and very much concerned with all matters of love…just like the rose.

Here is a folk charm that has been somewhat modernized and was reprinted in a vintage rose-themed calendar…

While thinking constantly about the desired person, make a small bag from material that he or she has worn or slept on (a thoughtful witch will pick an old inconspicuous garment rather than a new sheet but make sure whatever you use has not been washed since it was worn). Into the bag put three rosebuds you have carried next to your heart for a day, a lock of your hair and one of your lover’s, then tie the bag shut by wrapping it seven times with a red ribbon consecrated to Aphrodite. Clean the house, prepare the dinner, and follow your own beauty rituals still thinking of your lover. When the object of all this attention crosses the threshold, bury the bag under the doorsill. He or she will never want to leave you.”

Love charm disclaimer: For educational & special interest purposes only! Any charm or spell designed to control another, especially as in this kind of “love spell”, is unethical and inadvisable. Such spells rarely even work (at least as intended) and, in any case, still carry the potential risk of rebounding with the worst consequences. What goes around really does come around. However in true “love spells”, the goal is simply to draw a worthy love to you or to even better love yourself, not to try to turn a specific person into your thrall. Carrying rosebuds (with the right intention of course) is indeed an effective way to attract love into your life.

 


Health and Healing with Roses

Not only are roses filled with magical energies, they carry a great many health benefits. Rose water is one of my standard magical tools, but also one of the very few beauty products I use and truly a health product I can’t live without. It is wonderful for the skin as a cleanser and toner, and is delicious in teas and other food applications, where it’s healing and beautifying power can be absorbed even more.

Rose hips are especially potent, and drinking a decoction (not an infusion: hardier ingredients like root, bark and berry are better boiled for a period to really extract the material) of rose hips is probably the best way to enjoy the myriad benefits listed by Victoria Zak in 20,000 Secrets of Tea…

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These are the virtues of the rose: Antidepressant, antiviral, aphrodisiac, blood tonic, urinary tract tonic, tension relief, nerve strength, immune strength, circulatory aid, antioxidant, astringent, antiseptic, kidney tonic, hormone regulator, system cleanser, stress resistant, infection fighter, respiratory aid, antispasmodic, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, skin hydration, phlegm remedy, recovery tonic, adrenal supporter, free radical scavenger.”

Need I say more?

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My Sweet Rose” (detail) John William Waterhouse 1908

 

 


 

The Rose in Literature

From “The Romance of the Rose”, a 13th-century poetic allegory of courtly love by Guillaume de Lorris (first half, second half completed by Jean de Meun)…

Chapter II: The Spring of Narcissus

“I perceived in the mirror, among a thousand other things, rose-bushes laden with roses in a secluded place completely enclosed by a hedge…Possessed by this madness, as many others have been, I at once approached the rose-bushes, and I assure you that when I drew near, the sweet scent of the roses penetrated my very entrails and I was all but filled with their fragrance…There were roses in profusion, the most beautiful in all the world. There were buds, some tiny and closed up and others slightly larger, and some much larger ones which were coming into flower and were on the point of bursting. These buds are attractive, for wide-open roses have completely faded after a day, whereas buds stay fresh for at least two or three days…From among these buds I chose one so beautiful that when I had observed it carefully, all the others seemed worthless in comparison. It shone with colour, the purest vermilion that Nature could provide, and Nature’s masterly hand had arranged its four pairs of leaves, one after the other…The area around it was filled with its perfume, and the sweet scent that rose from it pervaded the whole place. When I became aware of this scent, I had no wish to depart, but drew nearer and would have plucked it had I dared stretch out my hands. But sharp, pointed thistles forced me to draw back, while barbed, keen-edged thorns and prickly nettles and brambles prevented me from advancing, for I was afraid of hurting myself.”

 

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La belle dame sans merci” by Frank Dicksee

This passage vividly portrays the paradox of the allure and the inevitable pain of love through the imagery of the enthralling yet sharp, prickly rose. Such dichotomies and allegories are also illustrated in the original French fairy tale, “Beauty and the Beast” by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. Beauty’s father prepares to leave for a business trip and offers to bring gifts home for his children…

“And what shall I bring for you, Beauty?”
“The only thing I wish for is to see you come home safely,” she answered. But this only vexed her sisters, who fancied she was blaming them for having asked for such costly things. Her father, however, was pleased, but as he thought that at her age she certainly ought to like pretty presents, he told her to choose something.
“Well, dear father,” she said, “as you insist upon it, I beg that you will bring me a rose. I have not seen one since we came here, and I love them so much.”

Ironically, Beauty’s modest request turns out to be the most expensive of all the gifts as it is his attempt to claim the fateful rose from a certain enchanted castle that results in her imprisonment there.

“In spite of being so cold and weary when he reached the castle, he had taken his horse to the stable and fed it. Now he thought he would saddle it for his homeward journey, and he turned down the path which led to the stable. This path had a hedge of roses on each side of it, and the merchant thought he had never seen or smelt such exquisite flowers. They reminded him of his promise to Beauty, and he stopped and had just gathered one to take to her when he was startled by a strange noise behind him. Turning around, he saw a frightful Beast which seemed to be very angry….”

 

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“Beauty and the Beast” by Warwick Goble

From “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Harcourt, Brace & World 1943)

“…one day, from a seed blown from no one knew where, a new flower had come up; and the little prince had watched very closely over this small sprout which was not like any other small sprouts on his planet…but the shrub soon stopped growing, and began to get ready to produce a flower. The little prince, who was present at the first appearance of a huge bud, felt at once that some sort of miraculous apparition must emerge from it. But the flower was not satisfied to complete the preparations for her beauty in the shelter of her green chamber. She chose her colors with the greatest care. She dressed herself slowly. She adjusted her petals one by one. She did not wish to go out into the world all rumpled, like the field poppies. It was only in the full radiance of her beauty that she wished to appear. Oh, yes! She was a coquettish creature! And her mysterious adornment lasted for days and days.”

The little prince later learns, just as the young man in the Garden of Pleasure in “The Romance of the Rose” that loving another comes with a price, that beauty and love often bring pain, and are never permanent. It is not until long after he has left his flower that he realizes what she meant to him…

“The fact is that I did not know how to understand anything! I ought to have judged by deeds and not by words. She cast her fragrance and her radiance over me. I ought never to have run away from her…I ought to have guessed all the affection that lay behind her poor little stratagems. Flowers are so inconsistent! But I was too young to know how to love her…”

 


The Lover tells of the Rose in his Heart, from The Wind Among the Reeds (1899)
by William Butler Yeats

All things uncomely and broken, all things worn out
and old,
The cry of a child by the roadway, the creak of a
lumbering cart,
The heavy steps of the ploughman, splashing the
wintry mould,
Are wronging your image that blossoms a rose in the
deeps of my heart.

The wrong of unshapely things is a wrong too great to
be told;
I hunger to build them anew and sit on a green knoll
apart,
With the earth and the sky and the water, re-made,
like a casket of gold
For my dreams of your image that blossoms a rose in
the deeps of my heart


 

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 poem © 2017 Aethiriel (M. Everwhite), painting: “Red roses in a Japanese vase on a gold velvet cloth” Martin Johnson Heade

 


 

Resources
http://www.herbs2000.com/flowers/r_history.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose
100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names by Diana Wells
Magical Herbalism by Scott Cunningham
20,000 Secrets of Tea by Victoria Zak
The Romance of the Rose by Guillaume de Lorris and Jean de Meun, Oxford World’s Classics
http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/index.html

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (Katherine Woods translation)
W.B. Yeats Selected Poems by John Kelly, Phoenix Poetry

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A Rainy, Moony Monday

As if it weren’t a perfect stroke of synchronicity that it began to rain within a couple hours of yesterday’s post, “In Praise of Rainy Days”, today it continues and proves to be my favorite type of day – a grey, rainy Monday (literally, “Moon day”) with a waxing Moon in a water sign (Scorpio today, to be precise).

Additionally, the Sun is at 15° (the midpoint) of Gemini and the Moon is in opposition to Venus, who is just about to move out of Aries and into her home of Taurus, all of which makes this a day of layers upon layers of emotions and energies.

A day that is this watery and emotional is a perfect setting for an array of effective meditative, magical and creative workings. Here are some associations and ideas to help inspire you to make the most of the day’s energies.

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“Selene” (detail) by Albert Aublet

Trees: Just recently blooming are my very favorite flowering trees – Albizia julibrissin or, as it is more commonly known, the mimosa tree. There are several of them among the array of trees that surround our home and the small lake we live by, and it is such a treat to walk the lake trail and see them all bursting with their pink, silky, faery-like flowers.

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Energetically, the mimosa tree is similar to willow; it is considered feminine and is correspondent to water, dreams (its Persian name translates to “night sleeper”) and prophecy.

However, it is associated with Saturn, not the Moon, hence its protective and spell-breaking qualities. It is commonly known as the “happiness herb” in Chinese medicine, where it is valued as a remedy for anxiety, depression and stress. This particular quality of the tree is obvious even in its appearance, and it indeed makes me happy just to look at them.

Having just come out of a month filled with chaotic and instable energies, some of which are likely to continue to a degree, this is an ideal time to invite the calming, comforting energy of the mimosa into your life. Visualize it in meditations and/or during tree pose if you do yoga, or visit any mimosa trees that might be in your area and feel their soft, whimsical flowers on your skin.

A warm bath with a few drops of mimosa oil (usually made from Albizia’s relative, Acacia dealbata) is a great way to end a busy day, soothe your spirits and prepare for magical, dream-filled sleep. Tucking the flower under your pillow is also believe to aid in peaceful and prophetic dreaming.

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photo by Aethiriel

Other trees associated with watery, feminine and/or lunar qualities include willow, apple, elder and birch.

Chakras: The day’s energy could be drawn on to dampen and balance over-active root and/or sacral chakras, to open and comfort the heart chakra, to balance and heal the throat chakra, and to stimulate and open the third eye chakra. The cool, watery greens, blues and violets associated with the heart, throat, third eye, and crown chakras (not to mention the functions of dreams, visions and divination) make them especially appropriate to work with on an extra-watery Monday.

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Foods: Pasta, eggs, cheese, milk, tea (nearly any drink or juice), lettuce, cucumbers, broccoli, mushrooms (mostly Earth but also Water/psychic & lunar associations), avocados, apples, fish & shellfish, watermelon, raspberries, passionfruit, papayas, peach, soups, cardamom

Herbs/incense/oil: chamomile, willow (black or white), myrrh, rose, geranium, heather, poppy, violet, catnip, mugwort, wormwood

Deities: Diana, Artemis, Luna, Selene, Mani, Hecate, Arianrhod, Chandra, Yemaya, Aset/Est (Isis), Aser (Osiris), Thoth, Igaluk

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Resources:
https://www.planetherbs.com/specific-herbs/albizia-the-tree-of-happiness.html
http://www.gardenguides.com/88942-mimosa-tree-myths.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs by Scott Cunningham
Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Wicca in the Kitchen by Scott Cunningham

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