Have you ever been through and experience where someone or some certain event ruins something for you? Something you were once very interested in or attracted to?
Me too! It happens!
The last and lengthiest time for it to have occurred, it happened to me was with these beautifully magical Morning Glories. I've never been so grateful for a period of time to be over and done with.
There once was a big, old, mean and nasty troll who thought that their size was an intimidation factor and they often bragged about this and how it was something that made others uncomfortable. This made the troll very happy; the amount of discomfort made the troll uncontrollably giddy and satisfied and yet truly, it was their energy, their lack of honesty and their constant demanding of everyone's time and energy that made others wince. For some reason they had to turn into the people they coveted the lives of rather to muster their own. Borrowing from everyone and everything and wearing a mask to hide their true self was their modus operandi. This troll took from their victims, all that they loved and turned it into blackness until one day their victims realized that they were no victims, they were survivors and had risen above any of the points from where the ugly, mammoth troll could touch them. The bridge was far above the troll, who had always been forbidden to rise up and tread upon it. The bridge crossings are only there for the pure of heart, the honest and the humble. Not the boastful, brash and arrogant!
But I digress...this isn't about the trolls or the vampires who covet truly lived lives! This is about reclaiming beauty once held close. A beauty that was tarnished by circumstances like a dark cloud of gloom had consumed them.
For me, one of these things was the Morning Glory Flower.
Ruler: Sun, Apollo
Form: Flowers, Vine, Leaves, Seeds
With its lovely flowers, heart shaped leaves, and clinging vine, the morning glory plant is definitely something to consider when constructing a love and/or relationship spell.
This March I took the seeds of Morning Glories that were lovingly gifted to me more than 5 years ago. They sat in my container of seeds for all of that time due to one person and their hateful ways. I couldn't bare to look at them without feeling contempt, anger, hurt and betrayal. Not until this season.
This year has been very different for me, in so many ways. It's like the saying ,
"A truly strong person does not need the approval of others any
more than a lion needs the approval of sheep.’
- Vernon Howard.
It took me quite some time to understand and be able to live and breathe this way of thinking but this year I am stronger than I have ever been and I am truly not going to let anyone's unsavory behaviors ruin my love for Nature and her many gifts.
Now on with my point.
The Morning Glory has always been a sacred flower to me. Long before this person of ill repute had come into my life, I was in awe of the flower that lives and dies in one full day. It's amazing and so very awe inspiring.
Those that know me, know that I have a fascination with life and death in a way that is incredibly accepting and that I feel no fear of death, but a deep respect and admiration for it's timely and wise ways.
Let's look into a bit of the symbolic meanings that Morning Glories encompass. It makes me better understand my love and attraction to them!
The flowers blossom in the morning and die by afternoon or nightfall. The vine produces new flowers every day during its growth season, representing the renewable nature of love. Much like my ability to no longer feel disgusted when I see these beautiful flowers. It amazes me how one instance can change your view or perception of something so drastically. I am forever grateful that I was able to let go of the contempt, forgive the trespass and never forget the lesson. All the while reclaiming my love for something that never deserved any less.
I can remember being 6 and eating a bowl of chili not knowing that I had a stomach flu coming on. It took me at least 10 year's to eat a bowl of chili again without vomiting but now I love the stuff! The same went for the Morning Glories. My experience with this individual affected me so much I had an aversion, a sort of mild PTSD whenever I saw them. Thankfully I'm over it and stronger and more grounded and centred than I have ever been.
A traditional Chinese tale attached the morning glory to young lovers Chien Niu and Chih Neu, according to the Living Arts Originals website. When the pair fell in love, they neglected their duties in caring for water buffalo and sewing. In anger, gods separated the lovers on opposite sides of the Silver River and allowed them to meet just one day each year.
Morning glory seeds are used in Chinese medicine to treat disorders of the lungs, kidneys and large intestine. They have a purgative effect and can reduce or clear phlegm in the lungs. They can act as a diuretic for the kidneys which reduces swelling in the body. (2)If morning glory seeds are eaten a person could have a hallucinogenic episode similar to a LSD experience. The active ingredients in morning glory seeds are lysergic acid amide, a close relative to LSD.
If necessary, the morning glory can be used to induce labor during pregnancy. The morning glory seeds were used in Mexican culture in religious ceremonies to induce a dream-like state in order to better commune with the gods. Morning glories can be toxic and will cause nerve damage in larger doses than recommended. The flower and it’s stems, leaves and seeds must be used with great caution.
The morning glory root was used by Native Americans to make a tea which was especially effective for coughs because of its ability to remove phlegm. The leaves were powdered and dried and made into a tea to treat stomach problems and headaches. Morning glory wine can be made from the flower petals if they are soaked in purified cold water for about two weeks.
But the message I have taken away from these beautiful flowers that are vining along the railing of our back door is this:
I must keep a tenacity and tenderness in all things that I do and be gentle but strong in my endeavors with other people, animals, and nature. Above all, I must hold fast to my goals for when I do, I can achieve anything. I will live a thousand lives in this lifetime, I will die a million small deaths and I will resurrect myself every single time until the last time when I transcend this mortal coil and move on.
One last and interesting bit of interesting ancient folk magic to add and a small bit of a warning from wisdom:
Morning Glory has been used for binding, banishing, and promoting attraction to someone or something. Wrap the vine around a poppet, representing trinket, picture or something of the like nine times to banish someone. ALWAYS REMEMBER: What you put out there always comes back to you and much stronger than what you sent it out as. Protect, don't curse. I once knew a woman who took pride in her ability to curse as her 'power' or her 'magic'. Her life is a mess, she is in constant pain. She suffers endlessly and cries out blaming others. Geeez, I wonder why? o.O
Also Called: Devil's Guts
It's like the presence of growing and thriving Morning Glory has banished the troll creatures from existence. Gratitude in abundance as I move forever onward and upward.
The magic is in the medicine and the medicine is in the magic.
Author: Cari-Lee Miller
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