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Symbolic Icicle Meanings

Sunday, January 19th, 2014

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Symbolism of Icicle Meanings

For me, everything casts a glimmer of symbolic meaning, and icicles are no different. When I see them hanging off my house, in my dreams or visions I get very distinct and symbolic impressions. These impressions reveal deeper meaning and allow me to form a symbolic narrative – a story that expresses meaning through metaphor.

Some of these impressions are quite personal. For example, years ago, I served as a ‘big sister’ to Margaret, a little sprite of a girl who had trouble pronouncing the word ‘icicle.’ Every time she said the word it came out sounding like ‘ice-giggle.’ How endearing! To this day, I call them ice-giggles because icicles convey a kind of crystal-joy for me, and remind me of Margaret and her cheerful nature.

In esoteric symbolism, icicles share common symbolic threads with water. Water is esoterically symbolic of emotion, intuition, fluidity and moving in sync with the currents of life.

In a frozen state, water takes on a stoic or suspended personality. This prompts me to consider icicles as a message of stepping back from potentially torrential emotions. In other words, icicles are a reminder to be still, and channel our emotional floodgates into a more manageable flow.

Consider your own emotional status. Instead of stewing in a pool of emotional chaos, icicles convey a need to slow down, cool off, hang out, and reduce emotional flooding down to a more manageable drip-drop pace.

Speaking of pace, my predominant symbolic assessment of icicles deals with time. When I see them lumbering along frosty ledges and sills, I’m struck by the evolutionary progress of time, the seasons, and the revolutions of our world.

In fact, icicles (for me) conjure a visual likeness to hourglasses. And just like an hourglass gradually passes time with every grain of sand, so too do icicles count the passage time with every melty drop they emit from their bodies. Interestingly, the hourglass is a sacred symbol for Temperantia, the Roman goddess of moderation and balance. This round-a-bout way of symbolic connection prompts us to employ temperance when dealing with our emotions.

From a time-focused (hourglass) perspective, icicles count down the transition from winter to spring. This is an important metaphor. We all get ‘stuck’ sometimes, frozen in our own fears or indecision. This kind of stuck-ness is akin to the winter of our discontent, and incorporating the idea of icicles melting through our frozen stupor can reassure us that ‘this too shall pass.’

So, the next time you feel seized or frozen in life, consider the nature of the icicle: Wise in the way of transition, and a reminder that the tide of life always turns, and a message of balance. Contemplate each soft drop falling from the tip of the icicle as another step in the direction towards the spring-time of our lives.

May all your ice-giggles melt into warm smiles and bright laughter. :)

If you enjoyed this post on symbolic icicle meanings, check out a few of my other symbolic insights:

Symbolism of Water

Symbolism of the Seasons

Undine Meanings (elementals of water)

Meaning of Death and Loss

 

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Cleansing Spaces

Monday, January 13th, 2014

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Stuff holds energy and memory.

Consider cell-memory.  Cell-memory is a theory that suggests a body or geographical area retains the memory of a harsh, tragic event.

Take Gettysburg, for example. One of the most bloody segments of the Civil War in the US,  in which more than 50,000 soldiers lost their lives.  It’s claimed to have an eerie aura – it’s landscape is saturated by a thick, oppressive essence.  I don’t doubt it.

I visited Chickamauga in Georgia – almost 2,000 killed and another 1,000 soldiers wounded.  It made me pass out – and left me loopy for an additional 24 hours.   I don’t dare go to Gettysburg.  I’d love to encounter the history – but my sensibilities would crumble under that cell-memory!

This post isn’t about US Civil War.  This post is  about the scars and marks that are left behind in our personal lives, and how to heal them.

On a domestic scale, we could say that remnants of previous owners might have left some residue behind in your home.  Or – we could say that there are some residual vibrational emanations left behind in our cars, office, or even our storage units.

Life leaves a trace.  Why?  Because life is all about energy.   It’s never destroyed. Only recycled.  That means, there is always a fingerprint left behind.

Should you be worried or concerned?  No, I don’t think so.  If you are functioning well in your environment…if you are happy and feel secure….keep calm, and carry on!

However…for those of you who are uber-sensitive…those of you who feel a need to swoosh out some nefarious badies in your pad, or office space…this post is for you.

Some quick tips about cleansing…

1)  Get the proper music-mojo.  I have no doubt you all have an infinite source of musical goodies.  Something smooth, non-distracting, non-verbal, luscious and wavy.  Consider sounds that connect with your astrological sun-sign (air: wind, fire: crackles of fire, water: whale song, earth: rustling of leaves).  You get my drift….ambient and pleasing.

3)  Ambiance, people.  Light some candles. A total must! :) It would be lovely to have your home in amber waves of candlelight, but if you ain’t got that many…no sweat…just light one – that suffices.

4) Say a few words – be intent, be focused – hone yourself within your words – feel the purpose of your steps and actions within your home.  Know this exercise is valid, virtuous and vital.  Pray to the deities that dig your groove, and express gratefulness in their presence in your essence.  Know that each syllable and consonant you utter is heard, validated, loved and reciprocated by the glorious Universal flow.

4)  Set to smudging.  You’ve got options here….

I don’t mean to get technical, but this is what I’ve written about “what smudging is” on my Tarot site: “Smudging: A ritual purification by means of smoke. A common practice performed by ancient cultures as well as Native American Indians, and modern day practitioners of sacred practices. It is thought that the smoke lifts out any possible negative energy in a space or object. White sage is commonly burned for smudging purposes.”

Technical definitions aside…we also smudge to make a bold statement…to the gods, goddesses, elementals, spirits…and to ourselves.  The act of “smoking out” is spiritual, personal, and relevant.  Not only does the act prove to the Universal energies that we’re serious (demonstrative action), it also makes purification a physical process for us humans here on earth.

Now for your options:  You can burn whatever flicks your Bic.  I use white sage.  I’ve also used stick incense (love myrrh or frankincense or even my stand-by patchouli).  Use whatever is most pleasing to your olfactory palate.

What to do with the ashes? No worries.  Use a vessel that means something special to you to capture the burn-off from whatever you’re using to smudge.  I use a lovely abalone shell.  The opulence and swirly-twirly of the colors kinda set me free as I’m dowsing the place with smoke.  I sometimes use an ashtray my grandma had.  -Have also used a bowl made for me by a 12 year old sweetie – I love that her teeny-tiny hands made that bowl, and are a part of this special ritual.

I’m the queen of incoordination – so, at this point, I would be asking: “Which hand do I hold the vessel, and which hand do I hold the smoke-stick!?”

Depends:  Left hand is yin: Feminine, Receiving, Soft, Mothering.  Right hand is Yang: Male, Giving, Assertive. Lean more about symbolic hand positions and hand meanings here.  It’s your choice.

Before you set your fire stick aflame…open a window.  It may be a wive’s tale…but baby, that’s some of the best wisdom, EVER!  The idea of opening a window before smudging deals with having an opening for negative energy to exit.  Smart advice!  Thank you old wives!

Now…In honor of nooks, crannies and Fung Shui…we have to consider where to start and how to swirl those smoke tendrils around your home (or other orifices).

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I’m sure there are other ways to do this, but I like simple.  Start north, and move clockwise.

Stand in the center of your space- arms spread with fire-stick and ash-capturing vessel in hand.  Move north.  Say a devotional for the awesomeness the northern energies provide.

From north, you’ll go clockwise to east.

Here is a cultural run-down of directional symbolism which may help with your devotionals:

In Chinese Feng Shui, each direction correlates to the Chinese zodiac animals:

•North =  Rat: Adaptability, charm, creativity, sociability, wit.

•East = Rabbit: Trust, sincerity, love, compassion.

•South = Horse: Physical strength, health, adventure, loyalty.

•West = Rooster: Confidence, business, energy, persistence.

In ancient Celtic symbolism and tradition, the cardinal directions were acknowledged in several ceremonies and festivals.  Hand-fasting ceremonies and other earth-based belief systems (pagan) still honor the directions today.  Here is a brief outline of these directional representations:

•North = earth, home, security, fertility

•East = air, communication, new beginnings, new growth

•South = fire, energy, passion, creativity

•West = water, emotion, psyche, movement

In certain divinatory practices the directions represent time phases:

•North = Infinite Possibility (no-time)

•East = Future

•South = Present – Now

•West = Past

Native Americans have their own meanings of cardinal directions.  The Lakota, for example hold to the following guideline:

•North = wisdom/thought

•East = salvation/spirit

•South = beginnings/purity

•West = conclusions/fullness

The astrological zodiac provides yet another aspect of the four directions and their symbolism:

•North = Air corresponding with Aquarius

•East = Earth corresponding with Taurus

•South = Fire corresponding with Leo

•West = Water corresponding with Scorpio
Don’t get caught up in these segmented definitions of compass assignments.   What matters is you feel the jive in each direction.

Pay special attention to corners.  Negative-nellies love corners, for some reason.  Smudge up and down in each corner.  Continue moving clockwise

When  you’re done, dowse your fire-stick (sage stick or incense) in a bowl of distilled, purified water.  I use holy water from Our Lady of Fatima Shrine.  This action is a “hat’s off” to the fire, smoke and energy that helped to contribute to a nice, clean space.

Store your fire stick in a sacred place too.  Use it again when you feel the urge, or every equinox and solstice.

If you liked this, you might also like a few other offerings I have for you.  Check out the links:

Nature Symbolism

Seasonal Symbolism

Color Meanings

Native American Meanings

Celtic Meanings

Aura Meanings

Bright blessings, as always,

Avia

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Pleiades, Samhain and Celtic Connections

Sunday, October 27th, 2013


The Pleiades Constellation

As we approach Samhain (October 31 – November 1) our awareness naturally moves in the same circles as our ancient ancestors as we all prepare for a shift in the seasons.

In the Northern hemisphere, this seasonal shift manifests itself in autumnal themes, and Samhain is the cross-quarter holiday marking the midpoint between the Autumnal Equinox and the Winter Solstice.

The ancient Celts simplified this seasonal transition by establishing two halves to their calendar: Light and Dark.  Samhain marked the seam between light and dark in both agricultural and philosophical terms.

Most of you may already know this, but a little known fact is the connection between Pleiades and Samhain.  The Celts were masterful astronomers and astrologists. From their geographic position, the Celts could see the star cluster, Pleiades, quite easily with the naked eye.

Pleiades is cluster of nine stars, but only seven are seen with unaided vision.  Pleiades is heliacal, which means this group of stars appears to rise and set in the heavens.  This particular group of stars is extremely noteworthy because the rising and setting of Pleiades heralded the birth of light and dark in the Celtic view of time.

Rising in May, Pleiades marked the official start of summer (light) and thus Beltane was celebrated at this time.

Conversely, Pleiades’ descent in the skies at this time launches the journey into the darker half of the year.  So, when these shimmery beauties shone their brightest, at midnight on October 31st, the feast of Samhain was consummated and the new year was made official (Samhain observes the beginning of the year in the Celtic calendar).

What’s more, our ancestors knew the  potential for transformation was ripe at this pivotal point in astronomical time.  Ergo, many of the rituals and traditions observed at this time were all geared to tapping into the transformational power inherent in this time.


Samhain is a gateway into incredible metamorphosis and the position of Pleiades during this time is optimal for creating profound change in our lives.

Samhain Fire Ceremony

In fact, the Pleiades stars can serve as a guiding light as we move through the darkness of Samhain.

Samhain is a time of descent into dark realms which are represented by the upcoming winter months. The Celts used this time to gird their loins because they knew potential hardships loomed in their future.  Today, many of us admire the Celts because they were fiercely courageous and faithful to their own spiritual tenets.  In truth, they were stalwart because they had to be.  It took real fortitude to survive a harsh winter, and death was certainly a reality on many levels.

Realizing this, the Druids understood (and utilized) the potential guidance offered from all sources.  One form of guidance can be found in the seven virtues represented in the seven stars of Pleiades.

In the same way, we can cast our higher awareness into the stellar realms and follow the Lights of Guidance as our Druid ancestors did.

When the potential darkness of decay or even death threatens to close in on us this time of year, I invite you to look to the heavens as our ancestors did for guidance, assurance and illumination.

This Samhain, at midnight, honor the old ways by lighting seven candles; one for each ancient virtue represented in the stars of Pleiades.

Upon lighting each candle, affirm these seven starlit virtues:

  • Truth: Maintain honesty in all things, especially with yourself.
  • Purity: Remain clean and wholesome and therefore pleasing in the eyes of the ancients.
  • Faith: Be resolute in knowing all ways are blessed to those who have faith.
  • Patience: Surrender to the perfect timing of the Universe.
  • Kindness: Compassion, generosity  and goodness are the guardians of the soul.
  • Temperance: Sustain wisdom and discernment through self-control and moderation.
  • Determination: All is lost if the will is weak. Illumination is granted to the persistent.

This Halloween season, if the darker connotations of Samhain like death and dark power threatens to overtake your joy – simply look up to the heavens, and recall those glittery lights of virtue sparkling back to you.

Likewise, as we in the northern hemisphere embark on the dark months of winter, it’s assuring to know these starry illuminations can serve as soul-guides upon our path, lighting our way to greater wisdom and life experiences.

I hope you have enjoyed these observations about the connection between sacred Samhain and Pleiades, the starry calendar compass between the light and dark halves of the year.

If you enjoyed this topic, don’t miss these Samhain-related articles:

Meaning of Halloween

Halloween Symbols and Their Meanings

Symbolism of the Seasons

Samhain and the Seven Swans of Virtue

Celtic Symbol Meanings

Symbolism of Death and Loss

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