The signs as various myths and legends surrounding the origin/creation of certain flowers (not the flowers directly associated with each zodiac sign).
ARIES // Amaryllis(Greek) – A love struck maiden longed
for the handsome Alteo, but he was cold to her. In a desperate gesture, she
pierced her heart with a golden arrow and walked to visit him every day. On the
thirteenth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path from every
drop of her blood. Alteo fell in love with her, and her heart was healed.
TAURUS // Rose(Greek) – Chloris, the goddess of
flowers, found one of her beautiful nymphs dead in the woods. She cried, and
turned body into a flower. She asked her husband Zephyr, the wind, to blow the
clouds away so Apollo could shower her in sunlight. Dionysus added nectar for
fragrance, and Aphrodite added pure beauty, then named it for her son, Eros,
and hailed her the “Queen of Flowers”.
GEMINI // Foxglove(Celtic) – Foxgloves from “Folks
Glove”, as in fairy folk. Fairies would hide in the bell blossoms and wear
them as petticoats, caps and gloves. If you pluck the foxglove, it angered them
and they may play tricks in revenge! Fairies would give the flowers to foxes so
they wouldn’t get caught raiding chicken coupes. With the magic gloves on, they
could steal eggs without making a sound.
CANCER // Pārijāta(Hindu) – Pārijāta was a princess who fell in love with the sun god, Surya. However, he
left her for another. When he deserted her, the princess became hopeless and
committed suicide. From her ashes grew a tree. Unable to stand the sight of the
lover who broke her heart, the flowers only bloom at night under the eyes of the moon, and
she sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.
LEO // Sunflower (Greek) – The nymph Clythia was in love with the God of the Sun, Apollo, but he shunned
her and courted a princess. Jealous Clythia told the king who, furious
at the princess, buried her alive. Saddened, Apollo went back to heavens
without a word. She lay on the ground distraught for nine days, watching him,
hoping for a single glance. Clythia wasted away and became a flower, whose petals still
follow his chariot across the sky each day, waiting for forgiveness.
VIRGO // Aster(Greek) – When
the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the men constantly at war,
the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish
was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives.
As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower
sprung wherever they landed.
LIBRA // Anemone(Greek) –
Chloris, the goddess of flowers, was married to Zephyr, the god of the west
wind. Zephyr fell in love with a beautiful nymph that served Chloris named
Anemone. Jealous and angry, the goddess banished her to keep them apart, and
Anemone died of a broken heart. Zephyr resurrected her as a flower. She withers
every winter but returns every spring to greet Zephyr with open petals.
SCORPIO // Peony(Chinese)
– Queen Wu was disheartened to see only winter jasmine in her garden. She
wrote a poem to the goddess of flowers asking her to make everything bloom that
night instead of waiting for spring. The next morning, all flowers flourished
except the peony, which refused to bloom out of season. She was offended and
banished it. Once gone, it bloomed beautifully. Furious, she ordered it to be
burned – however the next year, the burnt peony grew back. With black petals.
SAGITTARIUS // Pa'u-o-Hi'iaka(Hawaiian) – When Hi'iaka, the goddess of island nature, was a baby her
older sister, the Volcano goddess Pele, left her on the beach while she went
fishing. Due to a storm, Pele was gone for a very long time. When she returned,
she found flowering vines had grown over the baby to shield her from the sun.
Hi'iaka now wears them as a skirt to protect her on adventures and in the
CAPRICORN // Aconite(Greek) – As one of his twelve labors, the hero Hercules was sent to fetch the
three-headed dog Cerberus from the underworld. With the help of Persephone, he
was successful. The spittle of the beast dripped upon the rocky earth, and from
it sprang the first aconite plant. The purple wolfsbane flowers are elegant, but
it’s leaves and roots are deathly poisonous.
AQUARIUS // Iris(Greek) –
The goddess Iris would bring messages to the gods across the sky, appearing to
mortals as a rainbow. She acted as the link between the heavens and earth,
where she left irises of many colors, the three upright petals symbolizing
hope, valor, and wisdom. If purple Irises were planted over the graves of
women, it would summon the Goddess, who would guide the dead in their journey.
PISCES // Water Lily(Brazilian) – When the moon goddess,
Jaci, hid behind the mountains, she’d take beautiful girls with her and turn
them into stars. Naiá, a girl who loved the goddess, dreamt of
becoming a star, so she roamed the mountains every night. While resting by the
lake, she saw the moon’s reflection, dove into the water and drowned. To reward
Naiá for her sacrifice, Jaci turned her into a star different from all the
others – the star of the waters.
List of gender neutral names with meanings and origins:
So, I was going to send this as a message to @oabuckvu, but instead I thought I’d post this here since others may also find it helpful!
Addison- child of Adam- English
Adina- slender- Hebrew
Alby- from Alba- Latin
Ally- friend- English
Ash- ash tree clearing- English
Azra- pure- Israeli
Asa- physician- Hebrew
Arin- enlightened- Hebrew
Arlo- army, hill- old English or barberry tree- Spanish
Avery- elf ruler- English
Alex- defender of mankind- Greek
Arlen- promise, oath- Irish
Ambrose- immortal- Latin
Aspen- tree- English
August- dignity, vulnerable- German
Blaine- yellow- Scottish
Blake- blonde, dark- English
Bryce- swift- Celtic
Brooklyn- broken land- English
Bradley- clearing in a woods- English
Bailey- bailiff- English
Beck- brook, stream- Norse
Chyler- beloved- English
Cody- child of cuidightheach- English
Charlie- charles- English
Chris- christ- English
Coby- supplanter- Latin
Casey- brave- Gaelic
Corin- spear bearer- Irish
Cameron- crooked nose- Scottish
Colby- town, dark- Norse
Dakota- friend- Native American
Devon- poet- Irish
Delaney- descendent of the challenger- Irish
Drew- manly- English
Denham- habitation- English
Dael- knowledge of God- Hebrew
Danny- God has judged- Scottish
Ellis- Jehova is God- Greek
Ellery- from the elder tree island- English
Evan- youth warrior- Irish
Emery- brave, powerful- German
Eden- delight- Hebrew
Ellison- child of elder- English
Farron- iron grey- Anglo Saxon
Freddie- peaceful ruler- German
Frankie- free one- French
Fynn- river in Ghana- African
Finch- bird- English
Flynn- child of red hair- Irish
Gene- well born- English
Gale- cheerful, pleasant- English
Glade- shining- English
Glen- valley- Gaelic
Hollis- Holly tree dweller- English
Harlow- rock, army, hill- English
Halley- lived near a grove- English
Hadley- Heather field- English
Isa- devoted to God- Teutonic
Ives- archers bow- English
Iggy- firey one- English
Juniper- youth producing, evergreen- Latin
Jesse- gift- Hebrew
Jo- God is gracious- English/German/French
Joey- may Jehova add- Hebrew
Jordan- river flow- Macedonian
Jet- black gemstone- German
Kellam- at the ridges- Norse
Kelsey- from the ships island- English
Kendall- royal valley- English
Kai- sea- Hawaii
Logan- hollow- Scottish
Leslie- garden of holly- Scottish
Lee- dweller near the wood- English
Lane- path- English
Luca- bringer of light- Italy
Lirit- poetic- Hebrew
Lex- defender- Greek
Lakota- friends- Siouan
Mattie- strength in battle- German
Morgan- sea defender- English
Misha- God live- Russia
Max- greatest- Latin
Mattise- gift of god- French
Monroe- from the mouth of the river Roe- Irish
Newlyn- from the new spring- Celtic
Noel- Christmas- French
Nicky- victory- English
Nat- gift of god- English
Nova- chases butterfly- Native American
Oakley- from the oak tree meadow- English
Oak- tree- English
Perry- dwells by the pear tree- English
Piper- one who plays the pipe- Scandinavian
Pema- lotus- Tibetan
Puck- unknown meaning- Dutch
Parker- park keeper- English
Quinn- fifth- Irish
Quinta- fifth- Spanish
Reese- firey- Welsh
Rey- king- Spanish
Reed- red, clearing- English
Rune- secret- Norse
Rue- herb, regret- English
Rain- blessings- American
Riley- dweller by the Rye field- English
River- river- English
Rowan- red- Gaelic
Rory- red king- Gaelic
Ronson- child of ron- English
Sawyer- cuts timber- Celtic
Stevie- crown- English
Shiloh- owner- Hebrew
Sage- wise one- French
Saxon- knife- Teutonic
Sammy- bright sun- Finnish
Scout- to listen- French
Shane- gift from God- Irish
Tex- texas- American
Toni- worthy of praise- Latin
Theo- God given- Greek
Taylor- to cut- French
Tyne- a river in england- English
Tyler- maker of tiles- English
Terry- powerful ruler- English
Umber- shade- French
Wyatt- guide- English
Willow- graceful- English
Wynne- fair- English
Wren- song bird- English
Okay, but, when we send cremated remains into space do we send an explanation with them? Because I’m just picturing some aliens cracking open a satellite and being really fucking confused.
“Human guide! Our scans indicate that this probe contains a cylinder full of ash and human bone fragments. I assume this deconstruction of form is a way for your species to travel greater distances through the stars due to your limited capacity for large spaceships and distance travel. Quite similar to the Quaxilains from the Centuri district of the galaxy, though I did not know your species had reached such advancements yet. Please instruct us in how to revive your colleague so we may interrogate him as well.”
“No, dude, whoever that was is dead. Probably some astronaut or scientist who paid to have their cremated remains shot into space once they died.”
“You told us that your species buried your dead, why did you lie to us?”
“No, I said that MY family buried our relatives. Never said the whole species did it. Sometimes we burn them, then scatter their ashes in places they loved, plant them with a tree, use them to make diamonds, shoot them into space, whatever. Lotta options.”
“I had no idea your death rituals were so…extensive.”
ASTROLOGY is divination using celestial bodies: the sun, moon, planets, and stars.
CARTOMANCY is fortune telling using cards such as the Tarot.
CLAIRAUDIENCE is “clear hearing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.
CLAIRVOYANCE is “clear seeing” of divinatory information. Parapsychologist generally regard as a form of extrasensory perception.
CRYSTALLOMANCY is divination through crystal gazing.
DOWSING or DIVINING RODS are methods of divination where a forked stick is used to locate water or precious minerals.
NUMEROLOGY is the numerical interpretation of numbers, dates, and the number value of letters.
OCULOMANCY is divination from a person’s eye.
PALMISTRYis the broad field of divination and interpretation of the lines and structure of the hand.
PRECOGNITION in an inner knowledge or sense of future events.
PSYCHOMETRY is the faculty of gaining impressions from a physical object and its history.
RADIESTHESIAis the general term for divination using a device such as a divining rod or pendulum. Other forms include “table tipping” which was practiced at the White House in the 19th century, the Ouija board, automatic writing (or superconscious writing), and scrying.
SCIOMANCY is divination using a spirit guide, a method generally employed by chanelers.
SCRYING is a general term for divination using a crystal, mirrors, bowls of water, ink, or flames to induce visions.
TASSEOGRAPHYis the reading of tea leaves that remain in a tea cup once the beverage has been drunk.
Uncommon Types of Divination
AEROMANCY divination from the air and sky, particularly concentrating on cloud shapes, comets, and other phenomena not normally visible in the heavens.
ALECTRYOMANCY is divination whereby a bird is allowed to pick corn grains from a circle of letters. A variation is to recite letters of the alphabet noting those at which a cock crows.
ALEUROMANCY is divination using “fortune cookies”; answers to questions are rolled into balls of dough and once baked are chosen at random.
ALOMANCYis divination by table salt.
ALPHITOMANCY uses special cakes that are digestible by persons with a clear conscience but are unpleasant to others.
ANTHROPOMANCY is the long-outlawed means of divination by human sacrifice.
APANTOMANCY is divination through chance meetings with animals (e.g., a black cat), birds, and other creatures. Mexico City is said to have been founded where Aztec soothsayers saw an eagle flying from a cactus carrying a live snake.
ARITHMANCY or ARITHMOMANCY is an earlier form of NUMEROLOGY where divination is made through numbers and the number value of letters.
ASTRAGLOMANCY or ASTRAGYROMANCY is a form of divination by dice where the faces of the dice bear numbers and letters.
AUGURY is the general term for the art of divination and is chiefly applied to interpretations of signs and omens.
AUSTROMANCY is divination by the study of the winds.
AXIOMANCY is divination through the observation of how an ax or hatchet quivers or points when driven into post.
BELOMANCY is an ancient form of divination performed by tossing or balancing arrows.
BIBLIOMANCY involves divination by books.
BOTANOMANCYis divination from burning tree branches and leaves.
BUMPOLOGY strictly a modern term, a popular nickname for PHRENOLOGY
CAPNOMANCY is the study of smoke rising from a fire.
CATOPTROMANCY is an early form of crystal gazing that utilizes a mirror turned to the moon to catch moonbeams.
CAUSIMOMANCY is divination from behavior of objects placed in a fire.
CEPHALOMANCY refers to divination with the skull or head of a donkey or goat.
CERAUNOSCOPY seeks to draw omens from the study of thunder and lightning.
CEROSCOPY, CEROMANCY is a form of fortune telling in which melted was is poured into cold water.
CHIROMANCY is divination from the lines on people’s hands.
CHIROGNOMYis the study of the general hand formation.
CLEROMANCY is divination by “casting lots”, similar to dice but with objects such as pebbles or sea shells.
CLIDOMANCY or CLEIDOMANCY is divination using a dangling key. see RADIESTHESIA.
COSCINOMANCYis divination using a hanging sieve. see RADIESTHESIA.
CRITOMANCY is the study of barley cakes.
CROMNIOMANCY is divination using onion sprouts.
CYCLOMANCY is the practice of divination from a turning wheel.
DACTYLOMANCY is an early form of RADIESTHESIA using a dangling ring.
DAPHNOMANCYrequires one to listen to laurel branches crackling in an open fire.
DEMONOMANCY is divination with the aid of demons.
DENDROMANCYis divination with either oak or mistletoe.
GASTROMANCY is an ancient form of ventriloquism whereby the voice is lowered to a sepulchral tone and prophetic utterances are delivered in a trance state.
GELOSCOPY is the divination from the tone of someone’s laughter.
GENETHLIALOGY is divination by the influence of the stars at birth.
GEOMANCY is the study of figures on the ground and the influence of the Earth’s “currents”.
GRAPHOLOGY is the analysis of character through handwriting.
GYROMANCY is a divination procedure where a person walks in a circle marked with letters until they become dizzy and stumble at different points, thus spelling out a prophesy.
HALOLMANCY see ALOMANCY
HARUSPICATIONis fortune-telling by means of inspecting the entrails of animals, as practiced by priests in ancient Rome.
HIEROMANCY or HIERSCOPYis divination by observing object of ancient sacrifice.
HIPPOMANCYis a form of divination from the stamping and neighing of horses.
HOROSCOPYis the practice of casting of astrological horoscopes.
HYDROMANCYis divination by water including the color, ebb and flow, or ripples produced by pebbles dropped in a pool.
ICHTHYOMANCYis divination using fish.
LAMPADOMANCYis divination using lights or torches.
LECANOMANCYuses a basin of water for divination.
LIBANOMANCYis the study of incense and its smoke.
LITHOMANCYis divination using precious stones of various colors.
MARGARITOMANCYis the procedure of using bouncing pearls.
METAGNOMYis the divination using “visions” received in a trance state.
METEOROMANCY is divination from meteors.
METOPOSCOPYis the reading of character using the lines if the forehead.
MOLEOSOPHYis the study of moles and indicators of a person’s character and future indications.
MOLYBDOMANCY draws mystic inferences from the hissing of molten lead.
MYOMANCYis the study of the prophetic meaning of behavior of rats and mice.
OINOMANCY is divination using wine.
OMPHALOMANCYis counting the number of knots in the umbilical cord to predict how many more children the mother will have.
ONEIROMANCY is the interpretation of dreams and their prophetic nature.
ONOMANCYis the study of the meaning of names.
ONOMANTICS is the application of ONOMANCY applied to personal names, particularly in the sense of occult interpretation.
ONYCHOMANCY is the study of fingernails.
OOMANTIA and OOSCOPYis the method of divination by eggs.
OPHIOMANCYis divination from serpents.
ORNISCOPY and ORINITHOMANCYis the study of omens associated with birds, particularly birds in flight. seeAPANTOMANCY
OVOMANCYis another type of egg divination.
PEGOMANCYconcerns itself with spring water and bubbling fountains and the omens contained therein.
PHRENOLOGYis the long practiced study of head formations.
PHYLLORHODOMANCYis a means of divination whereby one slaps a rose petal against the hand and judges the favorability of the omen by the loudness of the sound.
PHYSIOGNOMYis the study of character analysis through physical features.
PSYCHOGRAPHYis a form of mysterious writing having a divinatory nature.
PYROMANCY and PYROSCOPYare forms of divination by fire or flame, often assisted by substances thrown onto the flames.
RHABDOMANCYis divination using a stick or wand. These methods were forerunners of the divining rod.
RHAPSODOMANCYis a means of divination using a book of poetry whereby the book is opened at random and a passage read.
SIDEROMANCYis the burning of straws with a hot iron, the resulting figures having divinatory properties.
SORTILEGEis the casting of lots and the assessment of omens indicated.
SPODOMANCYis divination using cinders or soot.
STICHOMANCYis another form of throwing open a book and selecting a random passage for the purpose of divination.
STOLISOMANCYdraws omens from the way people dress.
SYCOMANCYis performed by writing messages on tree leaves; the slower they dry, the more favorable the omen. A modern variation is to write on slips of paper (always including one blank) and rolling them up. They are then held in a strainer over a boiling pot; the first to unroll will be answered.
TEPHRAMANCYis divination by ashes obtained from the burning of tree bark.
TIROMANCYis a type of divination using cheese.
XYLOMANCYis divination from pieces of wood, either from their shape when collected or their appearance while burning.
The complete Icelandic staves / Ásatrú symbol series. (Artwork 2015)
Reupload of one of my most popular posts.
artwork is representing an element. They are presented here in the
following order : fire, earth, metal, water, wood and air. The symbols
are accompanied by stanzas of the Hávamál or Völuspá, written in runes.
for purists : admittedly for aesthetic effect only, as these runes are
Elder Futhark and thus predates the viking era by a few centuries.
(Let’s not even go into the subject of Icelandic staves which are even a
lot younger than that). The transcription is also a wild approximation,
again accuracy wasn’t a concern during the creative process.
The stanzas :
1) Fire : Helm of Terror
Cattle die and kinsmen die,
thyself too soon must die,
but one thing never, I ween, will die
fair fame of one who has earned.
2) Earth : Vegvísir
Happy is he who hath in himself
praise and wisdom in life;
for oft doth a man ill counsel get
when ‘tis born in another’s breast
3) Metal : Hólastafur
Hard is it in the world, great whoredom, an axe age, a sword age, shields shall be cloven, a wind age, a wolf age, ere the world sinks.
4) Water : Veiðistafur
He welcomes the night who has enough provisions
Short are the sails of a ship,
Dangerous the dark in autumn,
The wind may veer within five days,
And many times in a month.
5) Wood : Varnarstafur Valdemars
An ash I know, Yggdrasil its name,
With water white is the great tree wet;
Thence come the dews that fall in the dales,
Green by Urth’s well does it ever grow.
6) Air : Valknut
Thought and Memory each morning fly
Over the vast earth:
Thought, I fear, may fail to return,
But I fear more for Memory.
I personally love the fae, but I know many people would rather stay far away (and of course it’s very important to know safety guidelines whether you do or not!) so here’s some information I’ve collected.
From many different sources:
Never use your real name when interacting with fae, or they can take control over you
Always be polite and respectful and do your best not to offend. Remember, better safe than sorry
As a general rule, don’t eat food when visiting the fae realm. This will make you a captive, unable to leave, and often the food isn’t as wonderful as it may seem, and only glamoured rocks, mud and sticks. (It’s said faeries will take offense if you don’t accept food they offer to you in our own world though)
Do not think yourself more clever than them or try to swindle them; you will end up in very hot water
You may not want to accept faerie money.. as again, it is often glamoured and will turn back into leaves and acorns soon after
Do not blindly intrude were you are not wanted (fairy rings, sacred faerie places, etc) Always ask first and respect their answer!
Should you find you’ve wandered into a place where you feel strong malevolent energy or evil presence and experience “faerie terror”, back away slowly, don’t run or you might get lost. Send out your good will, and if you can, throw up a bubble/egg ward to protect yourself
Do not to take the fae lightly or seek them half-heartedly. Take care not to act as if they were weak, harmless or lenient. It is very foolish to underestimate them. Faeries are not strictly good or evil (neither are humans), and respect and caution are always best
Salt and iron (tools made from iron, a nail in your pocket) are traditional faerie deterrents
Three leaf clovers can be carried as a protective charm, and four leaf ones can break through faerie magic or allow you to see hidden fae (note some traditions say you should have multiple clovers as each will only work once)
Wearing St. John’s Wort will give you strong protection from faerie magic
As will wearing a daisy
Carrying a rowan twig, or hanging one over your door, that was collected on Betaine may bring protection
Flipping your clothes inside out can prevent faerie mischief by its unexpectedness
Visualisation wards can be effective
Scatter primrose petals outside your door to keep faeries at bay by creating a barrier
If you hear bluebells chime it is a warning that danger or faerie enchantments are near
Putting a daisy chain on a child is said to protect them from being taken as a changeling
Forget me nots can be used for faerie protection
If you’re friendly with any other faeries, you may ask them for protection against ill-willed fae
Faeries will avoid gardens with tomato plants
Make a bundle of twigs from the trees of the faerie triad, oak ash and thorn, and carry it for protection (it will only work if they’re bound together, if separate, they are an invitation to the fae)
One traditional faerie protection is placing mirrors throughout your home
Cats may chase away faeries
The sound of heavy iron bells and chimes may drive them away
Leaving out gifts of honey and milk can appease the fae if you wish them to leave you alone