Mystical Musings: Honeysuckle and the Gift of Happiness
Spending time studying honeysuckle meant spending time meditating on what it means to be truly happy. Yes, honeysuckle represents happiness in the natural world, but what does that really mean?
If the honeysuckle vine’s magical energy were to reach out and touch our lives with the gift of happiness, what would that look like?
Happiness is an emotion, but it is also a composite of emotions. It’s almost like an umbrella term that describes a flurry of emotions, like joy, pleasure, and excitement.
We feel happy sometimes when we look back and reflect on our childhood through the rose-colored glasses that nostalgia often lends us.
Nostalgia is a bit of an oxymoron in that it is a bittersweet form of happiness – a happiness that brings with it a little pang and yearning for something that we had once…and then lost.
A little smile dares color our faces when we reminisce on more innocent times when the world was simpler…easier…happier.
But we also feel sadness as we look through the looking glass to a time that has come and gone. Those moments of magical, bubbling joy now belong to the past.
Honeysuckle treats us to happiness by way of nostalgia, so that yes we have joy in our pleasant memories…but we also experience the pain of yearning. Pain and joy, are coupled together so that we truly feel the emotion of happiness. Every good emotion must sting…just a little so that you know it is real.
Emotions are magical…and fleeting. We are becoming less and less a people capable of emotion as cultural changes and societal shifts demand that we feel less and less in order to survive.
In our endless quest to heed our own survival, we often lose sight of what we’re surviving for – to be happy. What is the point of all of this if it doesn’t bring us joy? Why bother clinging to the mortal coil if it doesn’t make us happy?
Honeysuckle teaches us that in our search for happiness, we must focus on the little things, like the sweet taste of honeyed nectar like a secret treasure to be discovered within its petals, or the effervescent, scintillating aroma the flowers emit at peak bloom.
These things are all wonderful little miracles Mother Nature provides to remind us that the best things in life are free and that sometimes the simplest phenomena can bring the most joy.
Yes, a new shiny car or a bigger house can bring you a measure of joy, but eventually, you are prone to get bored of these things, as they are material and subject to erosion, wear and tear.
But the magical scent of the honeysuckle’s bloom, from season to season, will always be a spellbinding marvel of Nature that nothing man-made can replicate. The pleasant taste of honeysuckle nectar will always rival even the best delicacies that the most seasoned cooks have to offer.
Happiness, at the end of the day, is natural. Happiness is Nature-made.
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Honeysuckle exudes happiness and abundance. From its sweet and fruity, elevating fragrance, to its curiously-shaped petals that house delectably tasty nectar inside, honeysuckle is exactly what occurs when Mother Nature decides to spoil us with her bounty.
Moreover, unlike most wonderful and pleasant things in Nature that remain too rare and fleeting to be able to enjoy one’s fill, honeysuckle is consistent, sturdy, and dependable – easy to grow, easy to maintain, and replete with many wonderful treasures and delectable secrets.
Known for being a hard to kill vine, honeysuckle will adhere to any edifice or structure, dedicating itself to grow there indiscriminately and transforming it anew with its charming beauty and captivating aroma.
With its tantalizing and unmistakable scent, honeysuckle whisks us away to a time in our youth when enchantment and awe danced whimsically within our young, imaginative minds, and hearkens back to a world filled with magic and wonder.
Honeysuckle’s magical energy is emblematic of the sweet life – a vine that conveys the essence of all things that bring pleasure and joy. It is a beacon by which the winds of good fortune find their way.
• Folk Names: Dutch Honeysuckle, Goat’s Leaf, Woodbine
• Gender: Masculine
• Planet: Jupiter
• Element: Earth
• Magical Attributes: Money, Psychic Powers, Protection, Love
* From Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs
Magical Ways to Use Honeysuckle
• The sweet smell of honeysuckle can inspire dreams of love and passion. Consider burning a honeysuckle candle within the home, or spritzing your abode with a honeysuckle room freshener to raise these energies.
• Fresh or dried honeysuckle flowers can be added to wine or tea for a truly magical concoction. Simply allow the flowers to steep in your beverage of choice, and then strain them when ready to drink.
• Married couples would do well to keep honeysuckle in the home, as doing so can ensure a happy marriage.
• Growing a honeysuckle plant near the home attracts love, good fortune, and wealth as well as protects against maligned influences.
• Rub fresh honeysuckle flowers on your brow to stimulate your psychic abilities, enhance your intuition, and inspire prophetic visions and dreams.
• Burning a green candle encircled by honeysuckle flowers will attract money and wealth to the home. You can also place your honeysuckle plant vines in a vase for a similar effect.
• Train a honeysuckle vine to grow over the door to your home to protect the household from contracting fevers.*
• Consider dried honeysuckle flowers and honeysuckle fragrance oil for your next soap or candlemaking project. These same elements can be added into potpourri to give it a special boost.
• According to superstition, bringing a honeysuckle plant in bloom into the house will cause a wedding to soon take place.
Understanding the Symbolism of Honeysuckle
With sweet nectar that is the substance of delight of many of the most blissful childhood memories, and a honeyed smell with pleasant, fruity undertones, it only makes sense that honeysuckle has become so symbolic of all that comprises the sweet, happy side of life.
The way honeysuckle clings and binds devotedly to buildings and walls as if almost embracing them engenders a yearning nostalgia for a time when we were young and felt that same devoted, unconditional love and the comfort of being cherished by those who nurtured us.
The climbing branches of the honeysuckle vine seem to dedicate themselves indiscriminately to any surface, no matter how unsightly or unlikely that surface may be. This habit of the vine has become a lesson of what dedicated, devoted love looks like.
Honeysuckle is an auspicious vine, the sight of which often instills the hope that sweet and good things are on the horizon.
Honeysuckle attracts all the good things of nature, from the beautiful hummingbird and industrious honeybees to the pleasant and uplifting aromatic winds by which happiness and good fortune arrive.
Being an impeccably hardy vine and quite difficult to kill once it has established itself in the garden has led to honeysuckle being emblematic of long-lasting dedication and fidelity.
Hence it’s small wonder that honeysuckle magic is often used to inspire potential marriage and to help ensure those already committed eternally to one another remain so.
As honeysuckle’s pungent, sweet-smelling aroma has the power to penetrate through to the spiritual mind and bring one’s consciousness to an elevated state, it is also representative of numinous and mystical matters.
Just as the honeysuckle flower contains a secret treasure of sweet, wonderful nectar for those that know what the petals hold, so too does it teach us the lesson that we must look within to find true wealth, as the druid ogham describes.
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