Casta Diva - Pure Goddess - is one of the most beautiful operatic arias created by man and whose unbelievable beauty can be interpreted only by an opera singer with divine attributes. The aria, however, does not say anything about magnolias. Should we insist on looking for a floral element in the plot of the famous opera, we will find there only a bunch of... mistletoe twigs portrayed in the silver moonlight to boost their appearances. Well, if magnolias had grown in the places where high-priestesses like Norma could cut off sacred plants with a golden sickle, it would definitely have been the magic time of that marvellous trees in bloom. The high-pristesses would not even have noticed the insignificant mistletoe then. Maybe they would only have taken advantage of its enchanting properties and stole a kiss or let their kiss be stolen without any grave consequences. I hear magnolias are said to have similar powers, or am I mistaken? Springtime is coming soon, there will be a lot of opportunities to confirm the appealing suspicion on our own. It is a matter of mere patience.
Do not go to the garden of flowers!
O Friend! go not there;
In your body is the garden of flowers.
Take your seat on the thousand petals of the lotus, and there
gaze on the Infinite Beauty.
The shortest days in the year have come- at least in the Northern Hemisphere- bringing along a lot of bleak and gloomy moments. Unfortunately, the so called "moments" seem to last far too long, which is sheer torture leading to physical and emotional deprivation. We all need extra energy to endure the dark, merciless hibernation and finally survive. Hoping for lighter and longer days, how about a sip of healthy infusion of red petals and fruit? Why red? You will know the moment you have finish watching the slideshow below. Just give it a go...
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