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Rosemary - Part 2

A symbol of fidelity, rosemary was thought to encourage couples to remember their wedding vows and was used in love potions for the purpose of preserving love.

In Greece, rosemary plants are long lived and some grow quite large, up to six feet tall. In one legend, the ancient Greek titaness Mnemosyne, the goddess of memory, met her worshippers at a dark pool and took from them all their earthly memories so they would not suffer in the afterlife. Ancient portraits of Aphrodite show her being draped in rosemary and myrtle by the naiads as she steps out of the ocean and onto the isle of Cypros. Perhaps this is why rosemary is regarded as an aphrodisiac. Modern legends of rosemary are closely associated with the Virgin Mary and Christianity, with Mary's blue cloak thought to be the color of rosemary's flowers. It is also said that a rosemary bush will live for only thirty-three years and grow to be as tall as Christ stood when he was crucified. Legends that have served as the foundation for entire cultures, from the Egyptian myth of the birth of Horus, which begins with his immaculate conception, to rosemary and myrtle being regarded

 foremost among Mary's plants, still survive today as universal symbols that remind us of our interconnectedness and the continuum of humanity.

THE DIVINATION

If you have called on the spirit of rosemary, you are most likely being asked to remember something, and that “something” may be older than your present religious or familial system. There is great power in remembering, because to hold something in memory is to keep it alive. In a linear progression, where time is seen as continually marching forward, our capacity for retrieving memories is limited and works in only one direction—from the past. In the magical realms, where shamans know how to bend time and walk between the worlds, past, present, and future all exist simultaneously. Emerging sciences like quantum physics are beginning to explore some of these concepts. As our understanding of the workings of the universe continues to evolve, it is important to remain open to new possibilities. One of those possibilities is the ability to remember the past as well as the future, a skill that is encoded in our DNA. There is no going back to the past, but we may continue to recreate more of the same in the future if we do not learn the lessons of our past.

On the spiral journey, which is a portal between linear time and the dimension of illumination, or nonlinear time, we repeat what appears to be the same lessons over and over, only each time at a higher octave, with the memory of everything that has come before informing our present as we move into a future that is not yet in form.

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