Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
I am a bit sad ..., because this is our last episode for this wonderful month of Carpe Diem with all those gorgeous prompts by Jane Reichhold and Francis of Assisi. But ... it's also a joy to look forward to our next month in which we will celebrate our second anniversary. That will be a great month I think, and the first "surprise" I have already shared with you all! Our new Carpe Diem "Ask Jane ..." feature in which Jane Reichhold will give answers on your questions and ideas about haiku, tanka and renga. There will be a few more surprises next month ... you will see ...
Our last prompt of Carpe Diem September 2014 is now at hand and today we share haiku on sage. There are several different meanings according to sage, but sage in this episode is about that gorgeous little plant. Sage is considered a nearly universal magical cure-all, able to dispel curses and bestow wisdom, clarity, health, and prosperity. A sage leaf kept with a Tarot deck will preserve it uncontaminated by negative, distracting forces. One way to break a curse with sage is to light a leaf (or handful of leaves) and then blow out the flame, allowing the embers to continue smoking. Then use the smoldering sage to draw large, counter-clockwise circles in the air. The smoke will banish the curse and bring a blessing in its stead.
|Credits: Sage in bloom|
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