Sunday, March 31, 2013

Birth Flowers

Birth Flowers (from ROMAN times)

January: Though this cold and gloomy season seems like an unlikely time for flowers to bloom, but nature has designed flowers which love the extreme weather. The flower associated with the month is Carnation and is said to symbolize love, fascination and distinction. Carnation, which is also commonly called Gillyflower, is found in a number of colors from pink to purple-red. love, pride, beauty, purity, distinction, and fascination, loyal

February: This month is associated with St. Valentine’s Day and red roses. However, the flower for the month is Violet. The flower symbolizes faithfulness, humility and chastity. Gifting violets in the Victorian era conveyed the message’ I’ll always be true’. The flower is found in shades of blue, mauve as well as yellow and cream. faithfulness, wisdom and hope

March: This month is synonymous with the onset of spring. Accordingly the flower associated with this month is Daffodil also known as Jonquil or Narcissus. The colours of the bloom include white, yellow and orange. A gift of these flowers conveys the hidden meaning of friendship and happiness. rebirth, respect, regard and unrequited love

April: This month is associated with Sweet pea flower which bloom in a wide range of soft colors as well as two tone colours. It is said to symbolise pleasure or good-bye. In the Victorian era, these flowers formed a part of the bouquet which was sent to someone to convey gratefulness. modesty and simplicity

May: The month of May is associated with the Lily of the valley flower. It is generally white in colour. The flower conveys sweetness and humility. In the Victorian era, it was gifted to convey the romantic message ‘you have made my life complete’. humility, chastity, and sweetness

June: Rose is the flower of this month. Though roses are available in many colors from red to pink to white to yellow, all with their own special meanings, the underlying message the flowers convey is that of love and passion. love and appreciation, while other meanings depends on each color

July: Larkspur is the flower for July. With its simple form, feelings of open heart and ardent attachment are attributed to it.

August: The flower for this month is the Gladiolus and poppy. It blooms in a variety of colors like red, pink, white, yellow and orange. It stands for sincerity and symbolizes strength of character. levity and lightness. remembrance

September: Aster or September flower is the flower for this month. It is found in a number of colors – pink, red, white, lilac and mauve. The name of the flower which looks like a star is derived from the Greek word for star. The flower symbolizes love, faith, wisdom and color. patience, daintiness and remembrance

October: Marigold or Calendula is the flower associated with October. For the Hindus, the month of October is associated with festivals like Dusshera and Diwali and Marigold, an auspicious flower is part of religious ceremonies. However, in the English culture, marigold stands for sorrow and sympathy. winning grace

November: Chrysanthemum, which stands for cheerfulness and love, is associated with the month of November. According to Feng Shui, Chrysanthemums brings happiness and laughter in the house. compassion, friendship, and secret love.

December: Narcissus, the flower associated with December, symbolizes respect, modesty and faithfulness. the sweetness of whoever receives it. self-esteem, vanity.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Platypus Animal Totem

The Platypus
If a Platypus shows up it means:
This is a time of heightened sensitivity, so pay close attention to the cues that your body gives you. Take time to discover the layers of meaning behind any significant encounters. Rather than trying to adapt to other’s demands or their pace, stay in tune to your own internal rhythms and move with those accordingly. The situation before you requires you to have absolute faith in the process and to go with the flow, neither resisting or being passive and non-responsive. Your clairvoyance is increasing and you’ll find that you more readily trust your inner-vision. Include food in your diet that is grown underground such as carrots or potatoes.
From The Handbook
Animal Spirit Guides by, Steven D. Farmer

Monday, March 11, 2013

Where did the name "Old Scratch" originate?

Old Scratch
n. Chiefly Southern U.S.
The Devil; Satan.

[Probably alteration of scrat, from Middle English, hermaphrodite goblin, from Old Norse skrattewizard, goblin.]
Regional Note: Old Scratch, like Old Nick, is a nickname for the devil. In the last century it was widely used in the eastern United States, especially in New England, as is evident from the Devil's name for himself in the Stephen Vincent BenĂ©t short story "The Devil and Daniel Webster." Now the term has been regionalized to the South. Old Scratch is attested in the Oxford English Dictionary from the 18th century onward in Great Britain as a colloquialism: "He'd have pitched me to Old Scratch" (Anthony Trollope, 1858). The source of the name is probably the Old Norse word skratte, meaning "a wizard, goblin, monster, or devil."

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009

Friday, March 1, 2013

Lark Totem

The Lark
If a Lark shows up, it means:
You are entering a cycle where you’ll be completely happy and free of worry. Rather than looking to others, go inside to find the answers you are seeking. Whatever you are doing, try singing softly, or whistling as you do. The words you use and how you use them will take on greater power, so be aware of whether you’re speaking lovingly or harshly, as your words will have greater impact either way. Find your own power song by sitting in nature, and ask your helping spirit to give you a song, then let the melody and the words come to you as you sing them

From the Handbook
Animal Spirit Guides by Steven D. Farmer/