WHY ‘SEVEN BLOSSOMS’?
the story behind the name
Approximately 10 years ago, I stumbled upon Liza Dalby's book 'East Wind Melt The Ice' - a personal adaptation to an ancient Chinese almanac that had influenced also the Japanese concept of recording the cycles of time. It divided the year into 72 five-day periods, each with very poetic title inspired by the changes in the natural world, like:
- the 11th - 'thunder sings' from 27/3 until 31/3
- the 33rd - 'the hawk studies and learns' from 16/7 until 20/7
- the 58th - 'rainbows hide' from 21/11 until 25/11
The period that I was born in, as you can guess, was the 7th, from 06/03 until 10/03 and was called 'peach blossoms open'.
Blossoms, and flowers in general, have always moved my heart and mind; with their splendour, beauty, elegance, delicacy, with their myriad shapes, colours and fragrances. The divinity of these plants has always moved many hearts, not only mine, as they have become, through the passing of time, an eternal symbol of beauty.
However, we do not want only to admire the natural world, "to merely see beauty even that is bounty enough. We want something else which can hardly be put into words - to be united with the beauty we see, to pass into it, to receive it into ourselves, to bathe in it, to become part of it." (C.S.Lewis)
That is the "Seven Blossoms" - a messenger of beauty to express yourself and your feelings.