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Flowers, Flowers Everywhere

Flowers are powerful symbols.

They've been associated with wars (if even indirectly), frenzied consumerism (although most of Tulip Mania lore is false) and mysterious killings (e.g. The Black Dahlia). Flower symbols grace the pages of myriad sacred texts, stand-ins for personality traits and virtues. Some flowers were thought to be gods,  turned into blooms by angry fellow deities (e.g. Narcissus, Anemone, Myrtle)--or via deep (or unrequited) love (e.g. Poppy, Crocus, Heliotrope).

Many pagans, especially those of us who follow a Green Witch path, use all manner of flowers for healing, meditation, altar adornment, talismans, sigils and spellwork. We know "flower power" quite intimately.

I thought I'd share two new endeavors with you reflecting my love for flowers. On the Sacred Symbols blog here, I've shared a few posts about flower symbolism--but I didn't want to overrun it with just posts dealing with that topic.

So, I've started a brand new blog called Flower Witchery (FlowerWitchery.com). Several posts are already up. Stop on by to visit and comment. 

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The second endeavor is my becoming a Greek Goddess.

What does it feel like to be an actual goddess? Especially one that has been ordered by Zeus to get a human job so as to become "more relevant" to mortals?

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I'm not 100% certain, but I'm getting a taste by playing the role of Chloris, Goddess of Flowers and Spring at the All in the Pantheon blog...and I'm having a blast! My fellow writers are so talented, too. We all met on Twitter, if you can believe it--are very active there. The All in the Pantheon Twitter account is here, if you'd like to follow along (and follow the gods).

Click here to read my introduction as Chloris. My first two posts--Save the Bees, You Daft Mortals and Doxxing Olympus Part I--can be found here and here.

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Be sure to check out all the gods, goddesses, muses and monsters on this post. I guarantee that you won't be bored spending time with them! (By the way, if YOU would like to try your hand in voicing a god or goddess, click here for the application).

I'll be back here sharing some intriguing sacred symbols and their relevance (want to see a particular symbol or set of motifs covered? By all means comment below and let me know!) but, in the meantime, life is truly flowers, flowers everywhere.

-- Janet

Flower Witch

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Janet Boyer is the author of Back in Time Tarot, Tarot in Reverse and Naked Tarot: Sassy, Stripped-Down Advice. She's the co-creator (with her husband, artist Ron Boyer) of the Snowland Deck and Coffee Tarot, and authored both companion books to those decks. As a respected, trusted Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer, she's penned over 1,200 published reviews that have also been featured in print magazines and other online outlets. With a deep connection to nature, she follows a Green Witch path--especially Flower Witchery. Her hobbies include cultivating flowers, tending biota, contemplating mysteries, trying new recipes (she's an award-winning cook), photography and reading--but her favorite thing (EVER) is to spend time with her beloved husband, son and 5 cats at her rural home in Pennsylvania.

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