Rosemary Sprigs and Rose Petals

I received a hint (okay, a box of hints) that suggests my Piano Man and I should probably start planning the details of our handfasting…

My Gina—did I mention how much I adore that Witch?— went all traditionally motherly on me, and sent: “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, a sixpence in [my] shoe,” a sprig of rosemary and rose petals, too ;-)

Something Old – Ammonites  from Morocco 
Something New – Black fabric with Poppies on it
Something Borrowed – Water from an underwater stream
Something Blue – Blue John Crystal from Treak Cliff Cavern
…a sprig of Rosemary and Rose petals from the heart of Gina’s garden    

According to the lore, the old is for permanence, the new represents the couple’s (in our case, the trio’s) new journey as a family, the borrowed helps us remember that love and happiness are not a given (we must nurture it), and the blue stands for trust. There was no sixpence… I bet Gina figured out that it would be damn uncomfortable to walk around with something in my shoe. But she did add a few sprigs of rosemary and rose petals ;-) 

I’ve taken all the items—everything but the fabric—and set them around my altar. See?
I love the sight of the Blue John crystal sitting between the ammonites, in a “permanence” meets “trust” sort of way. The sweet rose petals and rosemary are at the feet of the Mother and the Wild God… 

The poppy fabric waits patiently in a special compartment of my writing space. My imagination has been designing all kinds of pretties. See the little box? That is a Gina-made treasure, which I plan to fill with more treasures… 

I’m enchanted by everything my beloved friend sent me, but the water (and the words that came with it) touched a special part of my soul. Gina wrote: “I class the water as ‘borrowed’ as it must always return to the earth and continue the cycle of life. It comes to you in its reincarnation, as it fell from the sky onto purest unspoiled earth, before filtering through to the cavern.” Can you spot the little bottle? It also sits in my altar area, next to the soil of a potted ivy plant… I can’t stop thinking, From the earth through love and for love.

My Piano Man and I are happy and excited… Thank you, my Gina, for setting the mood. The rose petals sweeten the planning… The rosemary reminds us how lucky we are to have one another. 

43 comments:

  1. *gushing* you made me cry happy tears daughter :D XXX

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    1. That should teach you. Sending my all those precious goodies... what did you expect? *looks at the water and grins* ;-D

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  2. Love this!! I guess I need to find my items soon too ;)

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  3. LOL, if you wear penny loafers on your wedding day you could tuck a six pence in there

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    1. You just made me roar! I can just see me wearing blood-red penny loafers for my handfasting. Hot and comfy ;-D

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  4. What an incredibly thoughtful and creative gift. Congratulations. I think I too like the water and water words the best!

    I think this is something we forget...there is so much in life that is NOT OURS... it is borrowed. When this frame of mind is adopted, it seems to change my perspective to one of more care and humility.

    Mario

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    1. We like the water for the same reasons, Mario. It makes me think of love. How it is always given--it can't be stolen or forced upon, just presented as a gift. We need to take care of it and always remind the one giving that we appreciate the gesture, for we know it's not an entitlement.

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  5. And so the celebration begins in earnest.

    I agree with Mario, most everything we have is on loan. Except that I believe our wonderful relationships (spouses, children, lovers, friends) travel with is us in various permutations from lifetime to lifetime.

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    1. I'm right with you: love is a gift that we can choose to explore with those offering the goodness of it.

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  6. Again I'm asking: When is the date? Did you write about it, did I forget? When??

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    1. It will be next Summer, at the end of June. And it will be very small, but we want to enjoy the planning--we both get very giddy when we talk about it. This and our engagement posts are the only times I've shared it here, so you haven't missed anything. I promise you won't miss a thing ;-D

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    2. Sounds good :) I was getting nervous that it was already at Halloween or something.

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  7. Wonderful post. I can't wait to see pics from you special day! :)

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    1. Thank you. We still have 10 months to go ;-)

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  8. Rosemary for remembrance, Roses for love. What is it you're remembering?

    ...and all I can think of is Doctor Who and his TARDIS... one of these days it'll learn to stay on track, ha!

    -Fox

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    1. "The rosemary reminds us how lucky we are to have one another." You have until next summer to catch up. It's not happening until then ;-)

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  9. Lovely post ~ what a special gift from a thoughtful friend!

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    1. My Gina is amazing and then some. Everything she picked is perfect. I wouldn't have chosen better myself. She's that kind of awesome ;-)

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  10. Super beautiful post and gorgeous images, wonderful symbolism and meaning...wishing you deep magic and joy on your upcoming handfasting..how exciting indeed! Shine on..enjoy.....I am celebrating with you in spirit!
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    Victoria

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    1. "wonderful symbolism and meaning," indeed. I keep on looking at the things Gina sent us and grinning. I also grin when I catch him looking, and then we smile and laugh together. Lots of shining all around ;-D

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  11. What an amazing present. It's the first time I heard the whole proverb, here in Austria it stoppes with the "Blue". the Penny, Rosemary and Petals are new to me.
    Presents like these sure mean a lot more than something picked up in a store wihtout any deeper meaning. You can count yourself lucky!
    hugs
    Patricia

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    1. I added the rosemary and rose petals bit, but the sixpence seems to be part of the saying in England. I "heard" it, for the first time, on a radio-novella--yes, I listen to those LOL

      I do count myself lucky, Patricia. Gina is the Big Sister, Young Mother, All around Amazing Friend I didn't know I needed. She's like that. She shows up, and then you can't live without her.

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  12. Awww what a wonderful and thoughtful friend! Your gifts are beautiful, and made me grin like an idiot in excitement about your handfasting!

    I've never heard of a sixpence for your shoe on your wedding day. Where have I been?

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    1. I've been doing lots of loony grinning, so welcome to the club ;-D

      You know, I thought the "sixpence" was more popular. Guess not. I'm going to look for the radio-novella where I first heard it. The BBC saves everything, so I bet I can find it LOL

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  13. Those are all beautiful gifts! I never did the "Something old...." thing when I got married. I've never heard the sixpence thing, either. Old English custom?

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    1. Old English custom, indeed. I didn't do the old, new, blue or any of it the first time I got married either... Hm, I never thought of that...

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    2. I think that had my paternal grandmother been alive, I probably would have. She was big time into old traditions. Most of them German, but a few English. She would have probably shown me that stuff. I have to say though, it's a very witchy thing to do when you get right down to it. Witchy things revolve around symbolism and representation.

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    3. Yep, I would even go as far as to say that "witchy things [are] symbolism and representation," made true by personal beliefs ;-)

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  14. Awesomely Beautiful. :)

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    1. Thanks very much. I feel lucky and then some. Great man, great friends, more great friends... what else can a Witch ask for?

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  15. Awwww <3 Definitely call if you want photos!

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  16. This is so beautiful and so touching! xoxoxox
    (Magaly, can you confirm your address with me, please. I have two e-mails for you, wasn't sure which one to use.)

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    1. I'm all smiles... feeling really good and all... and happiness should be shared, right?

      (I will email you in a bit).

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  17. This is so special....what beautiful gifts to help warmly usher you on your path toward old married lady-ism ;P
    (I'm just feeling too snarky to try to be eloquent....haha!)

    Being an Old Married Lady is pretty cool, though :)

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    1. I shall claim the word lady-ism for my own. What a delicious concept.

      Oh, and sweet snark is always welcome ;-D

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  18. This is all so sweet and thoughtful, Mags. I love hearing about wedding plans from friends normally, but when the planning is as full of love and the personalities of the people getting married, it makes sharing the experience that much sweeter.

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    1. Love when shared grows and grows and grows, so I will continue sharing the sweet experience ;-)

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  19. Gina is such a love! What wonderful gifts and sentiment to bless your new lives together. Doesn't everyone just love you??? As they should, for there are few finer or more deserving. Mina

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    1. She is a love indeed. And everything she touches is coated in happy light. I feel lucky, lucky, lucky... and all smiles ;-D

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