Rememberance Day, Poppies, and a Word on Purpose....
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Rememberance Day, Why the poppy?
During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. The vivid red of the poppy, according to soldiers' folklore, came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae wrote the poem
"In Flanders Fields," it is said the sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 inspired that poem. As poppies need broken ground to propagate, the battle field made it easy for this flower to grow there.
In magick, however poppies have had a many and varied history, linked to the planetary energy of the moon, the poppy is used in shape-shifting and for invisibility, legend has it that a witch turned a ruddy faced, black eyed plough man into a poppy that he might meet the princess as she walked through her garden. Poppies have been used in magick to confuse and also for love and passion. In the zodiac it is linked to Pisces, its Elemental link is water, the deities linked to Poppies are Personphone, and Demeter (Ceres), Hypnos, Apollo, Aphrodite, and Cybele. It is said that Demeter, who loved Mekos, turned him into a poppy upon his death. Yet in other legend, it is said she created the poppy to overcome her pain and insomnia after the abduction of her daughter Persephone by Hades.
Rememberance and purpose
Today, 11th November 2013, we remember our fallen soldiers, across all wars. It is a day that marks armistice which ended the First World War in 1918, some 95 years ago.
Take some time at 11am on today the 11th of the 11th to remember them.... Those who fought and laid down their lives for our way of life, who chose to fulfill a purpose bigger than any individual about protecting the many and an entire way of life.
While I am a pacifist, today is an opportunity to think, with gratitude of the sacrifice these soldiers made for the future generations and a future of their countries, and to be grateful for that sacrifice.
It is an opportunity also to think of what is really important to you in your life, clarifying your purpose, and seeing how although we have individual goals worthy of our aim and attention, we are also like one of many grains of sand on a beach, each afforded the chance to be part of something bigger and greater than individual desires, wants, and dreams.
More about commitment to goals and dreams
I have heard it said that you should never met your life time hero, lest they turn out to be human, and you receive a great disappointment as a result.
It is interesting to note that when people's individual success as perceived by the community becomes larger than the community's perception of the individual's service to that same community, that a pnenomena known as "Tall Poppy Sydnrome" tends to kick in toward that individual... a sacrificial 'cutting down to size' of that individual for not being able to live up to being all of that which was projected upon them by the expectation of others...With that in mind it is mutually beneficial to remain grounded and humble while we inspire others to their greatness, still reaching for our own goals and dreams, yet helping others see their own potential....That our growth and theirs can and should be mutually possible, respected and celebrated.
Purpose of The Psychic Star
The Psychic Star, our shop in South Yarra opened in 2006 and was founded within the concept of helping people become the light that they are, the star that they are, empowering them to find their inner light, their purpose, and to then walk in their radiance and share that light in their world, believing that if you inspire one person and they ignite their inner flame, that they then in turn can help bring others to awareness, in a rippling effect, each inspiring others like a wave of positive energy that expands as it travels outward.
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Take some time to reflect on, find, or reawaken your purpose. Wishing you a brilliant week and many Bright Blessings,
Jacquelene and The Psychic Star team xxxx
Jacquelene Close Moore is a multi award winning, sixth generation mystic and spiritual teacher.