We rise to be brilliant, sparkling flames to burn through the dust of our past and the darkness of our doubts and fears. The flame is a symbol of transformation and wisdom, beauty and Divine Source.

Today in India, people are claiming that power, celebrating life and burning through the normal & mundane with play & mischief. Colors bathe the streets and bodies as all classes, all sexes unite in celebration. In India, today is the first day of Spring and they call it Holi. YES! To mischief! Yes! To Colors!! Yes!!!To blurring the lines of  human separation and welcoming in the celebration of life in crazy colors. YES!! To calling this HOLI!!

So hmmm.. we do not have the Parrot Tree with the Sacred Palash Flower to make red/orange dies to throw around. And the city councils may have a fit if we Americans bust out our paint guns and start tackling the town. So what to do?? How can We bring more mischief, color & play into our lives today?? Food fights? Jello Fun?? Marker wars? Big hugs that squirt spy ink that appears to stain at first and then disappear?! (yes my daughter does this one to me!!)

Find some time today to be happy, under the last tendrils of this full moon blessing. Lets actively light up and play, clear the dreary and get some mischief going!

Flame of the ForestThe Sacred tree, Butea monosperma (also known as the Parrot Tree in English) plays an intimate role in the celebration of the first day of Spring in India. Also known as the “Flame of the Forest” Its flower is the Palash Flower, a beloved plant honored in songs & poems & planted throughout India for soil health (drought & eroded areas). It is the state flower of Madhya Pradesh, a beloved tree found in forests & near homes for rich beauty and easy harvest. It is still used today in fire ceremonies & as a flame colored dye for anointing & the the Festival of Colors, Holi ceremonies. The Flame of the Forest Tree represents the power of Agni, or fire, which throughout centuries, honors the power and the sacred within and all around us.

Flame of the Forest Treephoto credits go to Dr Paresh Prashant Phalak of the Gifting Trees Blogspot & J.M. Garg (the Palash flower image from Wikipedia)