#WorldofSymbolism . . . . Handfasting




Handfasting is an ancient Celtic marriage ceremony
where the betrothed tie a ribbon around their wrists
in a show of eternal love





Text & image credit: GODDESS CENTRAL


Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.




“Come along inside…
We’ll see if tea and buns can make the world a better place…”

~ The Wind in the Willows by Chris Dunn






Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

If you reveal your secrets . . . .




“If you reveal your secrets to the wind,
you should not blame the wind for
revealing them to the trees.”

― Kahlil Gibran





Text & image source: Harmony

They stay in my mind, these beautiful people,…




“They stay in my mind, these beautiful people,
or anyway beautiful people to me, of which
there are so many. You, and you, and you,
whom I had the fortune to meet, or maybe
missed. Love, love, love, it was the
core of my life, from which, of course, comes
the word for the heart. And, oh, have I mentioned
that some of them were men and some were women
and some — now carry my revelation with you —
were trees. Or places. Or music flying above
the names of their makers. Or clouds, or the sun
which was the first, and the best, the most
loyal for certain, who looked so faithfully into
my eyes, every morning. So I imagine
such love of the world — its fervency, its shining, its
innocence and hunger to give of itself — I imagine
this is how it began.”

― Mary Oliver, New and Selected Poems, Volume One





Art Dee Nickerson
Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook






As I’m growing older, I’ve found that in the end,
As I mature and mellow I’ve become my own good friend.
Less critical of who I am, more free to live each day,
In line with things that matter, as old worries fade away,
And I see dear friends who have passed on, and maybe missed their chance,
To exercise full freedom in life’s demanding dance.
To do those things that feed our souls, those chances that are missed,
To write another tick against our lengthy bucket list.
And though I’m quite forgetful, some things are best mislaid,
No need to rake the ashes of mistakes we may have made.
And yes, my heart’s been broken, as some folk have done me wrong
But as I’ve come through I know it’s true, the pain has made me strong,
As a heart that’s never suffered with no bruise or scar to show,
Has missed an opportunity to learn and then to grow.
As I stroll along the Summer sands, in comfy shorts so baggy,
My Speedo days are just a haze, my bum has gone all saggy..
But wrinkles never bother me, I wear each one with pride,
I see them all as laughter lines, and feel so young inside.
My body may be failing and my hair has turned snow white,
And the mirror in the bathroom makes a less than perfect sight,
But I’m privileged to be here, as I’ve travelled a long way,
And as long as I’m around I’ll always try to seize the day,
Binding close to friends and family, to those who are so giving,
To those precious, special people who all make my life worth living..

Copyright © Michael McCarthy





Text & image source: Snowwolfs Woodland Nook

No matter how traumatic the end of a relationship may be,…




“No matter how traumatic the end of a relationship may be, the good always
outweighs the bad. If you learned in this relationship what not to do in the
next, you are better for it. If you learned one new thing about yourself or
another person, you know more than you did when you started.”

~ Iyanla Vanzant





Text & image credit: Iyanla Vanzant

I know the Way you can get … … When you have not had a Drink of Love: ..




” I know the Way you can get …

… When you have not had a Drink of Love: …

Your face hardens,
Your sweet muscles cramp.
Children become concerned
About a strange look that appears in your eyes
Which even begins to worry your own mirror
And nose.

Squirrels and birds sense sadness
And call an important conference in a tall tree.
They decide which secret code to chant
To help … your mind and soul.

Even angels fear that brand of madness
That arrays itself against the world
And throws sharp stones and spears into …
The innocent …
And into … one’s self

O I know the way you can get …
If you have not been out drinking Love!

You might rip apart
Every sentence your friends and teachers say,
Looking for hidden causes.

You might weigh … every word on a scale
Like a dead fish.

You might pull out a ruler to measure
From every angle in your darkness
The beautiful dimensions of … a heart you once
Trusted. ”

– Hafiz
( from: I heard God Laughing )





Text & image source: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes)