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Volume 1, Issue 4
April 2004
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In This Issue:

1. The Rose - Love, Healing, Symbolism and Alchemy.
2. Staying in the Energy of Love.
3. Spell of the Month: Candle Success
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1.
The Rose - Love, Healing, Symbolism and Alchemy by Anja Heij

When someone gives you red roses you know what it means: Love. Some say
it means love and respect, but most of the times it means love and desire.
The rose, this wondrous Lady of Flowers, is attributed to femininity.
The red rose belongs with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love and lust.
The white rose symbolizes the pure, innocent and unselfish love of Mother Mary.
It is whispered that the rose is a symbol for the garden of Eros,
the female flower, and her genitalia.

The rose is also a symbol of achievement, completion and perfection:
after having met  the long stems with the thorns you are rewarded with a flower of
great beauty and mesmerizing fragrance. In esoteric terms: after having overcome
the tests and difficulties of life you will find inner harmony, union and happiness.
The purity of the rose equalizes the bliss of nothingness, paradise.

In alchemy the red rose is regarded as a masculine, active principle
(Sulfur, expansion), where the white rose represents the feminine, receptive
principle (Salt, contraction).
The combination of white and red roses symbolizes unity (the alchemical Mercury).

Further symbolism can be derived from the number of petals
(keep in mind that original roses had less petals than her cultivated sisters)
and of course the colors of the flowers.
All roses signify love and their specific colors mean the following:

Red roses: love and passion.
White roses: purity, innocence, and unconditional love.
Rose roses: friendship, gentleness, softness, and thankfulness.
Yellow roses: joy and friendship.
Orange roses: enthusiasm and fascination.

Roses are applied in several nature cures for their healing properties.

In the Bach Flower Remedies the wild rose (Rosa canina) is used to cure apathy.
Wild rose is prescribed for people who have given up, who have stopped trying to
solve an unwanted situation in their life, who believe that it does not matter or that
their fate can not be changed. These people have got stuck on one of the rose thorns
on their life path. The remedy of the Wild rose will help them to become lively and
enthusiastic again and to reach for the rose at the end of the journey.

As a herb rose buds are used in teas, syrups and jams to prevent or cure colds
because they contain much vitamin C. Further the buds are a mild laxative.
Rose petals prepared as tea are helpful when you have a hangover
(the ancient Romans new this already) or indigestion.
The cooled down tea can be used as gargle in case of inflammation in the
mouth and the throat.

Absolutely famous is the use of the essential oil of the rose. Good quality rose oil
is expensive since it takes large quantities of rose petals to extract rose oil.
As a flower attributed to Venus and Aphrodite rose oil is foremost used to solve
women's complaints, like an irregular menstruation, copious menstruation, PMS,
post natal depression, or a mild prolepsis of the uterus.
Rose oil helps when emotional difficulties are related to the female sexuality
or fertility problems.
It helps to soothe the depression of a broken relationship.

Rose-oil is a well-known aphrodisiac; it is applied to help frigid women and
impotent men, and it is said to help with the conception. It is an old custom to
strew rose petals on the bed of a just married couple.
The scent of rose-oil gives a sensation of purity and innocence, important since
men often adore the virginal aspect of a woman.
So: use it as perfume or put a drop or two on your pillow.

Medical astrology also places the skin under ruler ship of Venus and indeed
rose-oil is renowned for skin care, especially for the dry and sensitive skin.
Since essential oils have a strong impact on the mind and body I suggest
you ask advice from a therapist before using it for medical ends.

Much cheaper than the essential oil of roses is rose water, which is applied
for its calming and antiseptic effect on the skin and the eyes.
(Never apply pure rose-oil in the surroundings of the eyes, use rose water.)

When it comes to love and relationships with yourself and others the rose
indeed deserves a special place in our heart.

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2.
Staying in the Energy of Love ~ Conscious Relationships by Anita Asman

At the beginning of a relationship, it is easy to love. You don't have to do much
to receive love. Both of you give and receive, like in a wonderful dance.
We believe that love should remain like that forever. In reality, love is a
continuous state of being.

Love is not something that we have or don't have. Love is something that we do.
Love is not something that comes to us, love is something that we give -or refuse
to give- every moment of your life. Most people know moments of mercy, when their
hearts simply open up and love flows. This love can be of a spiritual nature, it can be
love for God, for a child, for a friend, or for a lover. Ours hearts may also open when
we hear a wonderful piece of music or see a great piece of artwork.

These inspired moments are testimonies of our inherent ability to love.
The practice of intimacy challenges us keep our hearts open also in difficult
moments.  It is not about getting love and keeping it.
Love is what we are and what we do, when we keep our hearts open.
Every moment of our lives, we either separate ourselves from others and from the
world, or we stay open in connected in our relationships to others.

In order to practice love, as a first step simply stay in the relationship with people in
difficult situations and observe your tendency to run away and to withdraw from
love and from life.

Do you withdraw when your partner says certain things? Are you shutting yourself
off when he/she treats you in a certain way? Do you turn away from him/her when
he/she withdraws from you? Intimate relationships are a special opportunity to
practice love, but all relationships are a test with regards to love, and a chance
to give love.

The more experienced you become in the practice of love, the more you will find
yourself in relationships, be it with your intimate partner or with your friends or colleagues.
Ultimately you will be able to stay open and not shut yourself off even when you
feel hurt.  This open relationship is love.

When you fall in love, your heart opens up and you love everybody you see.
Do you know this feeling? In difficult times, remember this feeling and exercise to
open your heart.  It is not always easy, but if you want to overcome the difficult
times in your relationship, you need to practice your ability to love.

That does not mean that you have to be in harmony all the time.
You might even fight or cry, but always remind yourself of the love that is inside of
you, that has always been inside of you.

Where was your love before you met your partner? Did it hover around somewhere
above you or in front of you? And then when this partner came did he/she place this
love inside of you? No, this love was always inside of you, it is there now, and it
will be there in the future.

Your partner is only your personal trigger that unleashes this love.
You yourself are responsible for reconnecting to your love and for giving it out also
in a moment when your partner is not lovable.

Make some time each day to connect with the love that is in your heart.
Meditate on this love, feel this love and relax your body in the energy of this love,
especially in times when your relationship is difficult.

Remember that a perfect relationship is not a relationship where everything goes
smoothly, but a relationship that grows constantly. There are times in any
relationship where you can't stand your partner; this does not mean that it is a bad
relationship.

Intimate relationships are action. They change over the course of time.
You don't have a relationship - you daily practice relationship. In painful moments,
remember what it was that attracted you to be with your partner: Love.
Reclaim this love, even if you are angry or feeling hurt or rejected.
A 'perfect' relationship is a relationship that gives you and your partner the
opportunity to practice love.

Even if your relationship becomes formal, and you get married or decide to live
together, you will continue to experience the dynamics of feeling close at one time
and then again alienated at other times. The measure of a good relationship is not
'When will this finally stop?', but rather how open you stay in the dance of dynamics.
Do you stay connected to the love in your heart? Are you able to continue to give
out your love,  even if your partner hurts you or withdraws from you?

It is an illusion to believe that the cycle of positive (harmony) and
negative (disharmony) will stop. Instead of waiting for this to happen, observe how
you react to this cycle. How do you react when your partner hurts you or withdraws
from you? Do you practice love or do you withhold love? Instead of interpreting
his/her behavior as a personal offense, stay open in your heart.
Even if you are hurt you can still be open and give out love.

When you shut yourself off and withhold love, you are sending your partner
a message: 'I will love you only when you show me love', implying that love can be
acquired. If you convey each other such messages, both of you need to do
something to acquire 'love'.
You are no longer lovers freely giving each other love.
Such 'love' is not true love, as true love is always a gift - it cannot be acquired.

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3.
Candle Success Spell by Ostara Nitewillow

You will need:
Orange candle,
Ground ginger,
Ground cinnamon,
Ground All spice,
Cinnamon oil,
Business card or something representing your business.

Combine the ginger, cinnamon and all spice together
visualizing your business being successful.

Anoint the candle with cinnamon oil, from the top down towards you
(as you are drawing success to yourself). Again visualize your goal.
If you wish, you could carve the rune for success into the candle.

Place in a holder on top of your business card.

Sprinkle the herbs deosil around the candle.

Chant 9 times

‘I am a success My business is prosperous’

Leave the candle to burn for at least 20 minutes.

Light each day until it is burned down completely.
Either bury the remains in you garden or close to the business
premises, or wrap them in gold cloth and place in the premises.

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