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Tansy (tanacetum vulgare) - immortality

Delightful gold buttons adorning gardens, fields, lawns, sides of roads… Tansies are invasive weeds that don’t wilt easily, but one would hardly complain about their presence. It used to be an extremely popular plant, favored by Charlemagne who encouraged it to be grown in monastery gardens all over Europe.

Before Charlemagne, though, tansy was well-loved by the Greeks. Its name, tanacetum, was derived from the Greek athanasia, meaning immortality. It was described is Lucian’s Dialogue of the Gods as the plant which granted Ganymede his eternal life.

“Take him away, and when he has drunk of immortality (athanasian), bring him back as cup-bearer to us.”

In Christianity, the plant was dedicated to Saint Athanasius of Alexandria, who was exiled five times by four Roman emperors, including Constantine the Great, and was known as “Athanasius Contra Mundum”, “Athanasius against the World”.

Even though Tansy is not very popular as an edible herb anymore, it is a traditional flavoring for cakes celebrating Easter.

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(written and illustrated by Mira Gryseels)

The whole anti-abortion thing is just ridiculous to me because, hey, guess what. 

I have 8 plants in my garden I could use to induce abortion. 

1. Pine needles. 

2. Tansy. 

3. Pennyroyal. 

4. Wild carrot (seeds). (Interesting fact wild carrot, common name Queen Anne’s Lace, is thought to be closely related to the famous and now extinct silphion, used widely by the Romans for both seasoning and contraception)

5. Black Cohash

6. Rue

7. Wormwood.

8. Wild ginger (used by First nations people; a strong decotion of the root has contraceptive and abortificant properties.)

9. (EXTRA) High doses of vitamin C (in the range of 6 grams per day for 5-6 days) has been shown to cause spontaneous abortion in about half of early term (5-6 weeks) pregnancies. 

Note that not all of these are safe. Indeed, Tansy and pennyroyal and wormwood and rue are all toxic in high doses. Clinical abortion is safer. And of course not all of these methods are as effective as clinical abortion. But the point is that women have been using these plants to help control their reproductive rights for as long as women have existed, and banning abortion would not stop them. 

It would just stop them doing it safely.

Some of my natural dyeing I’ve made. I’m so in love with the advocado and madder, but also the Tansy. I need to keep track of all my dyeing, so small tags with information is on each hank. The yarns I’m dyeing is linen and organic cotton and will be woven into scarves.
#naturaldye #natural #nativeplants #mylocaldyeplants #slow #sustainable #slowfashion #madder #tansy #advocado #walnut #linen #organiccotton #organic #cotton #fortheloveoflinen #handmade #madebyhand #delditkbh #mitkbh #copenhagen #denmark

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Unmagical Boy Story Part 7

New episode update!

Part 7 - 1AM, Regrettable Things You Shouldn’t Have Said  

In Sage’s bedroom, Viola’s research collides with her personal life, and everything gets messy.

Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 - 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 - 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 - 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 - 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 - 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

Part 6 - 12 Midnight - After Party

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Drinking Orange Cream Soda at a LGBT meeting almost makes up for the meeting being a dud.

I mean I kinda had two guys interested in me at a bar the night before (I drank lemonade, was completly myself and wore no makeup)

I guess part of me was just hoping that if I went to the LGBT social meeting I might find someone? Ok to be fair two gals were looking at me but I could not tell if they were interested or not.

So I have at least two possibly four people interested in me. The only downside is I’m greysexual as SHIT and none of them peaked any interest.

But I did learn that attempting the social has been very successful.

And I am apparently attractive in some way.

I JUST NEED SOMEONE WITH:

A good sence of humor

A creativemind

A natural goodness to them

(A bit of awkwardness might help too)

Rosemary (remembrance)
 There is a single rose petal inside a dusted notebook
 I can’t even remember who’s it from
 Why it’s even there

Tansy (I declare war against you)
 The first time
I heard another voice in my head
 It told me things I couldn’t even understand
 I don’t remember why but I hated myself since then

Moss (Maternal love)
 I’ve been staring at a late stranger’s photograph
 I have her eyes
 Grandfather said she was my mother
 But I don’t feel anything
 I never understood the concept of photographs

Meadowsweet (uselessness)
 Sometimes keepsakes don’t remind us
of what they’re supposed to
but they remind us of those we’re supposed to forget
but we keep them anyway

—Elaine Vivo, The Language of Flowers and Recollections That Don’t Make Sense

Unmagical Boy Story Part 6

New episode update!

One magical university, divided between the Colleges of the Real and Unreal. One pub. One indie band. A lot of drunk witches on a Friday night. One shattered friendship, due to be repaired. One Practical Mythology paper which really has to be finished by Monday… Oh, and trolls. Let’s see who survives Friday night drinks!

Part 6 – 12 Midnight – After Party
Viola sets foot in enemy territory, comes face to face with a gorgon, and finds the book of her dreams.

Catch up on previous episodes here!

Part 1 – 7PM, Little Black Dress Alert

Part 2 – 8PM, Friday Night Cover Charge: Two Drinks

Part 3 – 9PM I Hate That Song So Much Right Now

Part 4 – 10PM The Band Takes a Break

Part 5 – 11PM Second Set Contains New Material (Don’t Feed the Trolls)

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and its own Tumblr account: Sheep Might Fly


Follow along for updates, previews and other Sheep Might Fly specific chatter!

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atlasobscura.com/articles/how-flowerobsessed-victorians-encoded-messages-in-bouquets

Ever since Montagu’s Turkish letters, flower language initiates had passed meanings back and forth as a gossipy secret handshake. Some of them, like a narcissus for egotism, had obvious mythological roots. Others were derived from characteristics of the flowers themselves, or from hedge-witch lore about their medical and magical properties: cabbage looked like a wad of cash, and so it meant profit; walnuts looked like brains, and so they meant intellect; pennyroyal, rue, and tansy teas were abortifacients women secretly (and often desperately) used to induce miscarriages, and so the flowers meant “you must leave,” “disdain,” and “I declare war against you,” respectively. Other plant meanings are harder to fathom—why should a pineapple, long a symbol of hospitality and wealth, instead mean “you are perfect”?—but that was part of their allure; a secret language is hardly secret if it’s obvious.

Between 1827 and 1923, there were at least 98 different flower dictionaries in circulation in the United States, and flower code was regularly discussed in magazines like Harper’s and The Atlantic. It spread way beyond actual flower bouquets, and into literature and fine art. Jane Austen and Emily Dickinson—both gardeners as well as authors—used the language of flowers in not only their writing, but their personal letters. Maybe you thought it was annoying that bits of Jane Eyre expected you to know French; Charlotte Bronte also expected you to understand that when Jane looks at snowdrops, crocuses, purple auriculas, and golden-eyed pansies in chapter nine, she’s feeling hopeful, cheerful, modest, and preoccupied with the connection between money and happiness.

Similarly, the Pre-Raphaelites relished the ability to add floral symbolism to paintings that already drew on mythic themes; Rossetti’s “Lady Lilith” might look sensual, but the white roses behind her belie a disinterest in carnality, while the poppies and foxgloves beside her suggest she’s sleepy, forgetful, and insincere. Even home embroiderers got in on the game; a woman might apply her needle to a difficult lilac pattern as a meditation on humility, or work through a marigold and pansy theme as a way to come to grips with thoughts of grief.