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Theme Thursday…pictorals…

Posted in Fashion, Poetry at large with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 5, 2015 by Mj Rains

My genial spirits fail;

And what can these avail

To lift the smothering weight from off my breast?

It were a vain endeavour,

Though I should gaze for ever

On that green light that lingers in the west:

I may not hope from outward forms to win

The passion and the life, whose fountains are within. 

From Dejection: An Ode by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Images: Flaunt Magazine, David Bellemere; Flair Magazine, Ryan McGinley; AnOther Magazine; Material Girl Magazine, Courtney Vogler 

My Worst Habit

Posted in Rumi with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 20, 2012 by Mj Rains

My worst habit is that I get so tired of winter
I become a torture to those I’m with.

If you’re not here, nothing grows.
I lack clarity. My words
tangle and knot up.

How to cure bad water? Send it back to the river.
How to cure bad habits? Send me back to you.

When water gets caught in habitual whirlpools,
dig a way out through the bottom
to the ocean. There is a secret medicine
given only to those who hurt so hard
they can’t hope.

The hopers would feel slighted if they knew.

Look as long as you can at the friend you love,
no matter whether that friend is moving away from you
or coming back toward you.


Don’t let your throat tighten
with fear.  Take sips of breath
all day and night, before death
closes your mouth.


~Rumi, from The Essential Rumi


What Tarot Card are You? I Am the Moon…

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 17, 2011 by Mj Rains

Hope, expectation, Bright promises.

The Moon is a card of magic and mystery – when prominent you know that nothing is as it seems, particularly when it concerns relationships. All logic is thrown out the window.

The Moon is all about visions and illusions, madness, genius and poetry. This is a card that has to do with sleep, and so with both dreams and nightmares. It is a scary card in that it warns that there might be hidden enemies, tricks and falsehoods. But it should also be remembered that this is a card of great creativity, of powerful magic, primal feelings and intuition. You may be going through a time of emotional and mental trial; if you have any past mental problems, you must be vigilant in taking your medication but avoid drugs or alcohol, as abuse of either will cause them irreparable damage. This time however, can also result in great creativity, psychic powers, visions and insight. You can and should trust your intuition.

What Tarot Card are You?

This World Which is Made of Our Love For Emptiness

Posted in Poetry at large with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 11, 2011 by Mj Rains

Praise to the emptiness that blanks our existence. Existence:
this place made from our love for that emptiness!
Yet somehow comes emptiness,
this existence goes.
Praise to the happening, over and over!

For years I pulled my own existence out of emptiness.
Then one swoop, one swing of the arm,
that work is over.
Free of who I was, free of presence, free of
dangerous fear, hope,
free of mountainous wanting.

The here-and-now mountain is a tiny piece of a piece
of straw
blown off into emptiness.

These words I’m saying so much begin to lose meaning:
existence, emptiness, mountain, straw: words
and what they try to say swept
out the window, down the slant of the roof.

– Rumi

Image: Cafe on the Hill of Love  by Dr4kon

Green: Not just for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted in Culture, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2011 by Mj Rains

Found some things associated with the color green:

LOVE:  Green was a symbol of budding love in the Middle Ages.  The Romans associated green with Venus, goddess of love.

SYMBOL OF POISON:  Green dye used to be produced with copper and toxic arsenic.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE’S favorite color:  His home on St. Helena had green wallpaper, paint and furniture.  He was poisoned by arsenic fumes from the green dye.

ISLAM:  The prophet Mohammed loved green and it became the holy color of Islam.

FERTILITY:  Osiris was a god in ancient Egypt; he was regarded as a source of Earth’s fertility.  Also called “The Great Green.”

CATHOLIC WORSHIP:  In 1570 Pope Pius V declared white, red, purple and green the colors of liturgy;
green symbolized hope.



Shamrock  by Matt Jenny
Atomic Water Bomb Green  by  Redevils
Masque of the Red Death: Green Room  by  Pimpdaddyhetser
Islam  by  Abdelghany
Elements – Earth  by  Cassiopeia Art
Green Like Hope  by  Lilyas

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