Happy July everyone 🌸🦋

Tall Nettles

TALL nettles cover up, as they have done 
These many springs, the rusty harrow, the plough 
Long worn out, and the roller made of stone: 
Only the elm butt tops the nettles now. 

This corner of the farmyard I like most: 
As well as any bloom upon a flower 
I like the dust on the nettles, never lost 
Except to prove the sweetness of a shower. 

Edward Thomas

Artist Angie Latham
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

Happy Summer Solstice!!!!

It is a wonderful time to energize the body and soul for the entire year.
In old traditions, the summer solstice celebrations lasted several days
with outdoor dancing, singing and jumping over a bonfire. In these
rituals, people gave thanks to Sun for bringing warmth,
abundance and full bloom to the Nature riches. 
Have a joyous summer and enjoy a healing power of warm sunshine! 

Rivers in the Ocean

Art by Holly Sierra
Text & image source: Rivers in the Ocean

Happy Fathers Day!

“The father sets the standard. Set a high standard; that’s your legacy.
More than your money, more than your success, more than your accomplishments,
your values, your principles, what you stand for, that’s being passed down to the next generation.”

~ Joel Osteen

Artwork: Robert Coombs @ Garden of Bright Images

Happy Festival of The Holy Dove!

As the hour draws nearer for you all knowing ones worldwide,
may the blessings of the Day of the Holy Spirit rejuvenate
and stir us all unto greater works as demanded of us
in the Day of Judgement.
Happy Festival celebration.

Text & image source: Nehemiah Udo-Akang

#Omens&Symbols . . . .circles and cycles

“The circle is used in initiation rites, ceremony and ritual as a boundary for consecrated space. It may be used to mark the territory of the magical or spiritual realm, for healing, meditation, or to protect those within it from negative or threatening outside forces. We’ve also seen the circle described in myth, fairy tales and countless stories. Energetically, circles, cycles, and spirals connect us to the realm of transformation.”

~ Kristen Roderick, from Union: Rituals of Remembering Through the Seasons.

Photo by: Elena Ray
Text & image source: The spirit that moves me

Ramadan Mubarak

The New Moon ushers in Ramadan, the Islamic month of puritanical living! With the right attitude, Ramadan is beneficial both in outward form and inner experiencing! Like explains “The holy month of Ramadan comes to the Islamic world every year to remind the Muslim faithful on the need to return to Allah by following His teachings in all walks of their lives in order to achieve peace in this world and the Hereafter.”
The outward form includes fasting, increased reading of the Koran and praying, charitable activities, abstinence, reduction in purely material pursuits, etc. Without doubt, these are beneficial activities!
Fasting is well-known to have health merits if properly guided, charity and compassion are praiseworthy and like the cliché goes, ‘moderation is true temperance’! Imagine what the world would feel like if all who profess Islam would truly shun all forms of vices for one month!
Inwardly, Ramadan is a period for sober reflection, soul searching and re-commitment to the Will of the Almighty! This is what the quote above calls the “return to Allah by following His teachings in all walks of their lives”!
Every religion, indeed, every human being who strives for noble values has, or, should have a periodic ‘Ramadan’! It may not last for one month, one week or, even a day but, one should set aside and cherish those times when the soul enlivens its connection with the Light Source; when the spirit takes its rightful place over the intellect and the deep voice of the intuitive perception silences the chatter of mundane thoughts!

After such periods, one feels energized, ready to reach for the stars with joyful activities and very determined not to go back to dark old ways! It is always a great opportunity for spiritual reawakening! That is the essence and lasting benefit of Ramadan!
Unfortunately, mankind fails over and over again to make good use of such opportunities like the Ramadan! Even Muslims, to a large extent, allow the blessings of the month to pass them by unused!
But, let us not lose sight of the deep significance of the period. Let us not fail to appreciate the devout hearts that truly live the essence of Ramadan! These tiny sparks dotting the Islamic world are largely unsung and unpretentious Muslims who in sincere devotion open their souls to embrace the positive vibrations of the moment and thus, strengthen the threads of Light in Creation.
Like the ‘few’ unassuming adherents found in most religions and movements, they are the real faithful and custodians of the values and teachings of the Light Messenger, Prophet Mohammad!
Ramadan is here again! We wish our Muslim friends the inner strength and material means to experience the period successfully. May all who bow their souls in worship to The Most High with humility, truth and trust reap bountiful blessings!
Above all, may the faithfuls use the blessings to sustain positive change in the their thoughts, words and deeds after the Ramadan fast!
Welcome O’ Ramadan!

Image source: _/\_Peggy @ ECUMENICUS

Text: A repost on Purplerays

New Moon in Taurus!

New Moon in Taurus!
Taurus is a sign that likes stability, security, and feeling safe. You are likely to have a need for safety and comfort that is not easy to find in this chaotic and ever-changing world. Everything is constantly shifting, changing and becoming something else. To find the center of stability you need to learn to accept the changes as an innate part of life. Life is like a river, it flows, it changes and so do you. When you flow with a river and don’t seek stability in material things, you can find the source of peace and tranquility within yourself by re-discovering your purpose and motivations. Look deeply into your entire being and bring forth a hidden beauty of your truth, kindness and loving relationships into existence. This will change you and world around you.
Happy New Moon!

Text & image credit: Rivers in the Ocean

Beltane Blessings to All!!!

The wheel of the year turns to Beltane (or May day), Earth-centered holiday of fertility,
abundance, union, blessings, and looking forward. It is a halfway between the Spring
Equinox and the Summer Solstice. The energies of Earth are rising, the mysteries of new life
approaching and transforming the land and all surroundings. Traditionally, Beltane is
celebrated with bonfires, dancing around Maypoles and flower planting. It is the perfect time
to fertilize our dormant dreams with actions, sowing seeds of good intentions towards their
fruition. We can also observe Beltane by sending our blessings to the earth, sun, moon, sky,
stars, waters, air, trees, flowers, plants, every living creature and us all.
Wishing you all health and fortune in this time of light!

Art by Wendy Andrew
Text & image credit: Rivers in the Ocean