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Forest Friend (for-ist frend) n. Elfin being of Ontario woodlands, known for environmental consciousness and earth-based spirituality

Since ancient times the Forest Friends have recognized the interdependence of all lifeforms, thus they understand that to live in Harmony with the Earth, with the Others, and within their own community is essential for their survival, balance, and joy of living.  Their nature-based wisdom has important messages for our fast-paced technological age.


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Back to the solstice mandala.... I covered the outside rim with black volcanic sand. Feels appropriate for the darkest day of the year! I added a circle of dried winterberries at the base of the silver dollars. That was an intuitive step -- and then I decided to look up the meaning of holly. (Winterberry is our local native holly. It gives a gorgeous splash of colour in our swamps at this time of year, with its bare branches and clusters of orange-red berries.). Not surprisingly, I found a few interesting tidbits:
The Celtic meaning of holly deals with ruling the wintery realms with style, dignity, and honour,even in the midst of great challenge....
Symbolic messages -- Let your beauty shine within even in times of dormancy; Rule the day and let your generosity be your legacy; The energy of life is ever-present.
Holly was also considered a symbol of good luck.
For the final step, completing this project, I'm considering using some straw flowers. The ones you see at the perimeter are not secured; I'm simply wanting to see how they may look....
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I did make some headway on the mandala last night, and will share that with you tomorrow. Meanwhile this Forest-Friend-diorama-in-process is pretty excited about how far it has come. The coats of finish are on, and the piece is ready for the characters to enter the scene. It always amazes me how giving something the right attention can transform it.... ... See MoreSee Less

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