Many people in the United States will be visiting the graves of those they loved and lost this weekend. Red, white, and blue is a popular color scheme, but do you know what the colors really mean? Red is for passion (and blood), white is for purity, and blue is for loyalty. These are the colors on many flags, and for good reason! | The graves of fallen soldiers are often decorated with flowers. Every flower has a different meaning. Red poppies, blue irises, white roses, and carnations bring both color and depth to a memorial. Poppies are a symbol of consolation and restful sleep, irises symbolize valor and hope, roses represent undying love, and carnations of all colors are associated with affection and distinction. Flags and flowers both send a message of gratitude to the fallen and help to bring peace after the heartbreak of loss.
Have you ever felt cheated by love? Maybe it was a relationship that went awry or the betrayal of a close friend or family member. It's easy to close our eyes and hearts at times like these, but there is so much beauty being missed. This spell will help you open your heart and rediscover the beauty all around. | You will need these supplies: | * A tealight candle | * Rose oil | * Paper and pen | * A fireproof container | * A rose quartz | Anoint your tealight with the rose oil. Write down on paper what was hurtful to you--get it all out. Now use the anointed tealight to burn the paper. Let it burn out in the fireproof container--in effect, letting love reign over hate and fear. | Now pick up the rose quartz. Focus on its loving energy, and visualize your heart open and seeing the world in a new way. As you do this, repeat: | "I am worthy." | When finished, let the tealight safely burn out on its own.
The apple tree is prominent in Celtic lore and is a powerful symbol of love, abundance, and contentment. This spell is meant to open you to the blessings of life and the beauty of your surroundings. | For this spell you will need a branch of apple blossoms, which you can obtain from the woods or a local orchard at this time (or you may buy an artificial branch from a craft store if apple trees don't grow in your area). | Lay the branch on your altar and light three votive candles in front of it. The candle flames symbolize the Celtic symbolism of the number three, which is about completeness and unity. Looking at the branch of blossoms illuminated by the candles, meditate on all the positive things in your life: your health, your loved ones, your home, your work, your hobbies and talents. Visualize these blessings as the abundant blossoms on an apple tree, a symbol of life's potential renewing itself each spring. | Place the cut branch in a vase of water so you can enjoy the fragrant blossoms for a few days.
When you're in need of an increase in abundance, you can call on Thor on a Thursday. A couple of the items associated with him are the oak and the acorn. These items are perfect for abundance work. For this spell, you will utilize both oak leaves and an acorn. | To begin, create sacred space or simply sit underneath a local oak tree. Focus on the area of your life in which you need abundance. It could be monetary or it might be in another area. When you have in your mind what you are working toward, hold the acorn and oak leaves in your hand. See in your mind's eye the acorn sprouting, taking root, and starting to shoot up through the earth. Just as the acorn has taken root, so too has your work for abundance.
As our modern society becomes increasingly cashless, we're becoming a bit removed from our awareness of money. So much is paid for with debit and credit cards that actually handing over cash has taken a lesser role. | To reestablish your connection to the immediate impact that spending money has on your life, have a "cashonly day" where you use only paper money or coins. When you spend money, as you hand it over, set the intention that this money will return to you and grow. Try to be fully aware of what you buy and how much you spend. It makes the impact so much clearer. To add to the magical effect, you can dab the corners of the bills with cinnamon or basil oil to help ensure financial return.