Since pine was first and bamboo was second it’d only fitting that the third would be the final member of the Shōchikubai trio: Plum Blossoms!
Plum Blossoms - 梅 (Ume) Rarity: Common Season(s): October through May, especially January and February
The third herald of spring, the plum blossom are a welcome sight that declares the dark winters to be over. While being called a “plum” in English, the fruits themselves are actually closer to that of an apricot. You can differentiate plum blossoms from other blossoms by observing the following:
Plum blossoms always have rounded petals and buds Plum tree branches are never straight and often twist and bend The blooms appear as bunches together on stems A blossom, a half open bud, and a closed bud are always shown together
Even in the abstract example shown you can still tell that it’s a plum due to the rounded petals. The maiko and geiko of Kamishichiken celebrate Baikasai (梅花祭 - literally “Plum Blossom Festival”) with a grand outdoor tea ceremony at the Kitano Tenmangu Shrine on February 25th when the blossoms are at their peak. Plum blossoms have the following meanings:
Bare/Budded Plum Branches: Patience, Winter, Rebirth Blooming Plum Branches: Spring, Renewed Vigor, Hope White Plum Blossom: Spring, Protection From Evil, Purity Red Plum Blossoms: Spring, Protection From Evil, Love
Before cherry blossoms became popular in the Heian Period (794-1158) the plum was considered the greater flower to observe during the Nara Period (710-794).
Please tell us how you made that beautiful spring moon water bottle? My soul is beyond enchanted 💖
💘 oh thank you, lovely! hehe I’ve been asked a few times and will always gladly tell ☺️
for my own, i filled the bottle with water, fine white glitter (white for the purity and newness of spring), and two small crystals of my choice (a quartz point and an amethyst). i then left the water out underneath the light of the last full moon. when shaken, i am charging it with my energy, and all the glitter gathers and looks just beautiful! ✨💫
hi there 💘 it can contain anything you wish! my personal bottle had water that i left out under the last full moon. it also contained two small crystals (an amethyst and a quartz), and fine white glitter (white for the purity and newness of spring). :-) when shaken, the water is charged with my own energy!
however, you don’t have to add glitter / anything at all; it’s totally up to you. many people like to just leave theirs out under the full moon as it is, so they can then drink the moon-charged water or water their plants with it. 🌙😌
While most evangelicals would assert that the stay-at-home daughter movement is archaic and constrictive (and the Botkins an anomaly within the movement), there remains in many evangelical communities an underlying current of similar theology. While broader evangelicalism would maintain the importance of education their young women, the message about the secondary place of education in a woman’s long-term vocational goals is also fairly prominent. Women hear that going to college will provide them the opportunity to meet future spouses, and the phenomena of women seeking a ‘Mrs.’ degree is so widespread that Christian college culture has a name marking its ubiquity: Ring by Spring. The pressure in evangelical universities to land an engagement ring before commencement–and to be married right after graduation–is extraordinarily intense, no matter the many jokes students are inclined to make about the 'Ring by Spring’ mindset; and women who leave Christian universities single sometimes feel acutely the failure of not finding The One to love and cherish them, certain they will need to face the world and its vagaries all alone.
Arguably, the Ring by Spring mindset mirrors that shared by those embracing a stay-at-home daughter ideology: the sense that a young woman needs to be under the guidance of a man of her father or husband, and can little succeed in the world without someone to whom she can submit. For those who go to college, that headship is transferred momentarily from father to the university, sometimes seen as loco parentis, and then to a husband soon after graduation. Thus evangelicals share the same fundamental belief as adherents to the stay-at-home daughters principle, giving women little agency on their own.
If Eve Only Knew: Freeing Yourself from Biblical Womanhood and Becoming Al God Means for You to Be by Kendra Weddle Irons and Melanie Springer Mock, p. 121-122
This character developed from a pictograph of water emerging from a hole in a rock/hillside. Its current form can be taken as a combination of 白 white and 水 water. In fact, some believe that the modern form used 白 deliberately, since it carries connotation of purity.