Gather ye rosebuds

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may
Old time is still a-flying;
And the same flower that smiles today
Tomorrow will be dying.
~ Robert Herrick

Energized by yoga, renewed by a good nights sleep and warmed by hot tea with honey, I’m ready. Carpe diem my friends! It was Quintus Horatius Flaccus from Venusia, a Roman poet, who termed Carpe diem. The literal translation of this popular phrase is pick, pluck, pluck off, gather, referencing to make good use of your time here on this earthly plane.

As I prepared breakfast in the kitchen this morning Greg exclaimed “Look! Coyote!” Coyote has been very present lately, I’ve been seeing him almost daily, usually in the early morn or at twilight. Symbolically Coyote is the trickster, he creates chaos and makes life interesting. In Native American creation myth is Coyote is our parent and creator. He many lessons and very appropo for me this day as I am very frustrated with the world of perfume. I have this sense that Coyote has stepped in to illuminated my path and remind me who I am and to stay focused despite the chaos and tricks. Read more about Coyote medicine at this link and this one.

I have chosen a painting by one of the masters of the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood to adorn this post today. The painting is named “Gather Ye Rose Buds” and that is what I will be doing this day for I am part of a show this weekend and need to make haste on stocking the apothecary shelves with delicious fragrant treats.

Opening painting, Gather Ye Rose Buds by John William Waterhouse, 1909

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