Spiritualism & Sunflowers <3

The higher Truth, which exists in the astral plane, can not be known through our 5 senses — seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, and smelling — so we practice spirituality, which is the ability to go beyond the 5 senses, look inward and tap into our souls. In your quiet moments of honesty, you know that you are not who you present yourself as, or who you pretend to be. Although you have changed identities many times, and changed them even in the course of a single day, none of them fit for long. When this game of delusion gets boring or painful enough, something within you begins to stir. Out of the unsatisfactoriness of separation arises the intuition that there is something more real than you are now conscious of. It is the intuition that there is truth, although you do not know what it is. But you know, you intuit, that truth exists, truth that has absolutely nothing to do with your ideas about it. To cease cherishing illusions is a way of inverting the energy of seeking. So, what does any of this have to do with Sunflowers?

Sunflowers have long been regarded as natural beauties. Artists throughout history have been enamored with the Sunflower’s indisputable brilliance. Throughout the Impressionist era and beyond, artists like Gauguin and Van Gogh continually featured Sunflowers in their works, drawn to their complexity just as much as their colorful magnificence. Sunflowers have made a significant mark on art and culture and continue to be featured every day in photography, paintings, and sculptures by modern day artists. Aztec priestesses would wear sunflowers and they would be placed in Aztec temples. Some Natives saw sunflowers as a symbol of courage, so that warriors would carry sunflower cakes to battle with them or a hunter would sprinkle sunflower powder on his clothing to keep his spirit up. 

Sunflowers and the Sun itself are entwined. The sun is often employed magically to transform negative energy, and the sunflower is likewise utilized for the task of cleansing and transformation. Spiritualism, a religious sect that emphasizes communication with the dead, uses the sunflower as its emblem, saying "As the sunflower turns towards the sun, so spiritualism turns toward the light of truth." 

No flower can lift spirits quite like sunflowers can. Bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable, the sunflower is a warm and caring gift.

Planetary Association:  Sun
Astrological Association: Leo
Gender: Masculine
Element: Fire
Deity Association: Apollo

     Greek Story of the Girl Who Was Transformed into a Sunflower:

Years ago there was a beautiful girl who lived near a large garden. This girl's name was Clytie. She had wonderful golden hair and big brown eyes, and she was tall and slender.

Clytie stood in this large garden one day, watching her pet doves as they flew about in the sky, when she caught a glimpse of the sun chariot of Apollo. She even had a glimpse of Apollo himself, as he guided his wonderful horses along their course, which was the circle of the heavens. There were many fleecy clouds in the sky, and one had veiled the burning sunlight from the eyes of Clytie, or she would never have been able to see the sight, which only the eyes of Jupiter's eagle may endure and not become blind.

After this the foolish girl went every day into the garden and, staring up into the sky, tried to see Apollo once more. Every day for more than thirty days she went into the garden. Her mother often told her that she would make Apollo angry, for he shines brightly so as to hide himself from people on the earth.

"Clytie! Clytie!" her mother would call, "come in and take your sewing."

But Clytie never would obey. Sometimes she would answer:

"Oh, mother, let me stay. He was so beautiful. I have no heart for work."

Apollo saw the foolish girl day after day and he became out of patience with her.

"Mortal maidens must obey their mothers," he said, and a burning sun-arrow fell on Clytie's bright head.

Such a strange change came upon Clytie from that moment. Her brown eyes grew larger. Her golden hair stood straight out around them, and her pretty clothing changed into great heart-shaped leaves which clung to a stiff stalk. Her feet grew firmly into the ground, and the ten little toes changed into ten strong roots that went creeping everywhere for water.

When Clytie's mother called again no answer came and she found, in going into the garden, a flower in place of her child.

And now Clytie always stares at the sun all day long. In the morning her face is toward the east, and at night it is toward the west.

 Invite the spiritual power and magick of sunflowers into your life with this little conjured spell created to assist you with inviting more *sunshine* into your spiritual life <3

  You will need the following: sunflowers freshly gathered (place them in a vase), patchouli, cloves, cinnamon, pyrite, and a small mesh bag.

At night before bed, place the vase filled with sunflowers near your bedside and combine all other materials into your mesh bag (as you do this, envision sending positive radiations and beaming rays of sunlight into each object).  Then place your mesh bag filled with all your materials under your pillow to attract pleasant dreams and bright "sunlight" into your life as you sleep! Before you drift off, say this little incantation as you touch, smell, and admire the petals of your sunflowers: 

Sunflower, impart to me what I ought to know, 
To feel more sunlight and see my roots grow. 
When the Sun rises in the morning, I'll know what to do. 
Grant me courage, confidence and the power to be true.

 

    Special note on Pyrite: Pyrite is known as "the deflector". It provides divine guidance and rewires the brain for new ways of thinking. However, a really wonderful substitute for this stone happens to be Prehnite. Prehnite aids its owner with "decluttering"- letting go of possessions you no longer need, aiding those who hoard possessions, or love, because of an inner lack. Prehnite alleviates nightmares, phobias and deep fears, uncovering and healing the dis-ease that creates them. It connects us to beings on higher spiritual planes, enhances our precognition, and links the heart and the will. 

 If you wish to own this enchanting crystal as an adornment, look no further! Click the button below to view my magickal Prehnite necklace, The Witch's Darling Elixir! This lovely piece combines the magick of Prehnite with the attributes of clear quartz, which absorbs, stores, releases and regulates energy while revitalizing the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual planes.

 

 

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