It seems so long since I last wrote here and, much has been going on in the background but more on the business front than the blog front! But, here we are and the lotus blossom is in the forefront of my mind. This is in part due to a change of business name and logo and also because of what the Lotus Blossom (or water lily) means to me.
Designing a new logo for the new Anna Enfys (pronounced Envis) was a bit of a challenge. Rainbows were at the forefront initially as Enfys is the Welsh word for Rainbow and rainbows are definitely me! Somehow though, what came through looked rather twee and a bit busy too ~ and so, my techy guy came up with this one ~
which really emcompassed what I do and also how my services have blossomed. I like too, the fact that the lotus has such deep spiritual connections ~ which again is very much me but, the biggest draw is the link between the flower and Ancient Egypt. There is too, one more link, which I will come too in a bit.
Lotus & Water Lilies seem to get quite intertwined ~ the flower that I'm banging on about is the Nymphaea caerulea ~ mind you, they are all beautiful aren't they? My lotus or water lily has rainbow petals because of my rainbow thing, but how cool it would be to breed a rainbow lotus or water lily? Can you imagine? I'd buy one! My lotus shows as having seven petals, but of course true flowers have many more than this. Seven suits my needs down to the ground though and here comes that other link. Angels. Or, Archangels to be precise ~ seven of them! Seven specific Archangels who are a part of my work in both healing and in Angelic Mediumship. So there you have it ~ Rainbows, Healing, Archangels, Spirituality ~ all encompassed in the logo design.
As for the name? Anna is a derivative of my true forename and the Welsh Enfys is a nod to my spiritual link with Wales itself which holds a huge place in my heart.
I've digressed a little I think, but I would like to tell you a little bit about Nymphaea caerulea ~ it seems fitting that it be the Egyptian link here as I offer Ancient Egyptian Colour & Gem Healing and feel a connection there too. Go to link for more info https://annaenfyshealing.co.uk/
The blue lotus or waterlily is a symbol of death and of rebirth. The Egyptian blue lotus starts off in the depths of the Nile in the thick black silt (note the colour symbolisim here ~ dark, death, afterlife) and somehow forces its way up through the mud to come into bloom. Seeking the light and the sun ~ and the sun is symbolised here through the vivid yellow centre. Again, this spoke to me of a rebirth for my business, of reaching for light and of the new.
The god of this flower is thought to be Nefertem ~ linked to beauty, healing and the sun and particularly the sun god Ra ~ who Nefertem gave the flower to, to assist with the aging process!
Although the flower was used for healing it is known now, that it actually has narcotic effects ~ the Ancient Egyptians I feel sure were aware of this as many images show the water lily being used socially ~ the recreational drug of its day it would seem. Picture the scene here ~ You're at a party and you're given a glass of wine to which you add a flower or petals ~ whoa! some cocktail. Images of those bygone days also show the ladies wearing a blossom on their headdress or holding such.
For healing though, and according to An Ancient Egyptian Herbal (a copy can be found on Amazon) it was used to treat constipation as an enema, for liver dis-ease, in poultices and as an anti-pyretic.
I mentioned death and the afterlife earlier and the blue lily was also used at funerals, as it symbolises rebirth after death. The soul passed therefore, would blossom back into life, just as the flower does from the silt of the Nile.
Of course, the lotus or waterlily is not just associated with the Ancient Egyptians ~ it feature in Buddhism and in Hinduism and some of the Goddesses are depicted holding or sit on such. e.g. Quan Yin and Lakshmi.
No happy coincidence I feel, rather that all is linked, all is connected as we all are! All is energy, all is colour, all is one. Namaste.