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Friday, September 09, 2011

Chrysanthemum Day

I have been enjoying the book, 365 Goddess. In this book, the author explores a different goddess every day in the context of rituals, feast days, holidays, festivals, and celebrations from around the world. Today is Chrysanthemum Day.

On this day, "... people in China drink chrysanthemum wine for longevity and wisdom, eat chrysanthemum petals in salads, and enjoy a plethora of flower displays throughout the land."

The goddesses assigned for this day is Lan Caihe, " ... the Buddhist patroness of florists or anyone who enjoys making things grow. This goddess often walked the streets playing flute music. Her name means "red-footed genius," alluding to a strong connection with the earth and rich soil."

The book also includes ideas for simple magical rituals and/or easy spells that are in keeping with the theme for the day. And so we find that for Chrysanthemum Day, the themes are longevity, nature, flowers and flute music. And the suggestions for today are to " ... take a leisurely walk today and enjoy people's gardening efforts. This honors Lan Caihe and allows you to revel in this goddess's artistry first hand. If you can't walk around because of bad weather, send yourself a bouquet filled with Lan Caihe's abundance. When it arrives at work or home, it bears this goddess's energy within."

Other ideas include the following:

"If anyone in your neighborhood grows chrysanthemums (organically), definitely try a few petals tossed with a green salad and lemon juice. Consume Lan Caihe's green thumb and internalize her awareness of earth directly! You might also get out and work with the land in some way today. Plant a little hanging flower arrangement. Weed your lawn or garden. Lan Caihe will reward your efforts with a growing connection to earth and its greenery."

Note: This post was put together by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.
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