My friend and tarot goddess Beth Owl’s Daughter recently sent me a which I am enthusiastically adding to the blogroll under Cool Sites and Blog Friends. This is a beautiful site with inspiration and tips for leading a more magical life. An excerpt:
In most spiritual traditions, the garden is viewed as a holy place. Since the dawn of civilization, gardens have been sacred sites for the invocation of the Gods, for meditation, inspiration, and reflection. It is no accident that in medieval times, monastery gardens were both utilitarian places that provided food and medicine, as well as havens for prayer. In Japan and China, gardens offer peace, privacy, and a place for meditation. And in the folklore of ancient Britain, magical associations are given to nearly every tree, herb, bush and flower of the wayside and the garden.
For the garden is a magical threshold between the wildness of Nature, and the structures of humankind. People through the centuries have discovered that, out among the potatoes and lilacs, their gardens are a place of power and enchantment. From there, we can observe the effect of the Moon, the Sun, and the shifting influences of the zodiac on the growth and decline in Nature. In gardens, we can contact the beings from other realms who may otherwise be elusive or unknown to us. There, we find the faerie races that are most comfortable with human interaction, as well as the devas and elementals who are associated with the subtle creative forces of the Earth Herself.