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This is a fine art print on watercolor paper of my pen and ink drawing "Poppy" which comes from my new Botanicals Series. The paper is recycled, the inks more earth-friendly than most and was printed using wind power. It is 8 x 10 and ideal for framing. Your print will be signed, dated and numbered on the back. The watermark, of course, will NOT appear on your print. AnangkaArts, Sarah Schantz: Copyright, 2008. It will come to you in a protective cello sleeve with a piece of supportive chipboard, along with the elaborate write-up (also by me) explaining Poppy's folk lore, as well as her medicinal and magickal properties. Done in a Papyrus font, this is how that reads:

Poppy—the multi-faceted flower; her delicate petals bruise at the slightest touch and once uprooted wilt almost instantly. Yet her pod is tough and when dry becomes a natural rattle. Her seeds are black, hard and plentiful, thus her crops spread like wildfire in blatant rebellion of suburban landscaping. While Poppy is an ornamental flower and her seeds used to flavor pastries, her plant is also heavily cultivated, and she is bled-- her sap used to make opium, morphine and heroin. Like woman, wars are waged upon her body.

It is no wonder that Poppy is associated with the Triple Goddess. Clinical Herbalist Jill Frink-Thompson writes that Poppy “represents the seasons and cycles of life” demonstrating how “to embrace both [the] dark and [the] light.” Poppy, simultaneously, is both the black night AND the silver light cast by the moon. She links the sky and earth as her roots dig deep and her flowers stretch upward. Being that Poppy can numb pain, her dichotomy is to be regarded with utmost respect. In excess, we sacrifice all our sensations to Poppy.

Her botanical name is Somniferum and literally means “bringer of sleep.” With sleep, come dreams—either a “lunar euphoria” or the nightmare of imprisoning patterns; Poppy shows us how “to let go” (Frink-Thompson). The Woman’s Dictionary of Symbols and Sacred Objects by Barbara G. Walker catalogues Poppy as a death flower, associating her with “sleep [and] inertia . . . “ When Demeter plays her role of Death Goddess, she is depicted with poppies just as the Etruscans’ Island of the Souls of the Dead is decked with the flower’s pods. Walker explains the flip-side of Poppy and how her abundance of seeds and wild growth also represent rampant fertility. The flower, so fragile, seems obsessed with her own decomposition, as if all she knows is rebirth. Poppy works as the transition between death and birth. Mother Hera used her leaves for divination; Hera gazed into the future through the lens of the past, and then vice-versa.

Frink-Thompson adds to the lore of Poppy by explaining how the flower is used magickally for love potions. She explains that as Aphrodite “cried for the loss of her lover Adonis, from her tears grew [its very] flowers.” Our herbalist also informs us that “as a flower essence, Poppy, is used to treat dependency, and the desire to hold onto negativity in our lives—whether they are thought patterns, drugs, alcohol or unhealthy relationships, Poppy is the moon guiding the ocean, gently urging the flow, [Poppy is] like a mother easing [our] pain.”

Artist Sarah Elizabeth Taz Schantz personified Poppy in an attempt to bring people back to Nature. It is a pen & ink drawing and the first in a new series dedicated to botanicals and their magickal and medicinal properties as well as their forgotten lore. Schantz lives in Boulder, CO and has a wide selection of printed magick available at AnangkaArts.Etsy.com. “Poppy” Copyright, 2008.

Please allow for up to one week after payment for me to ship and process and your order (it rarely takes that long). If you need it soon, let me know and I will hustle or we can discuss upgrading to priority mail. Thanks for looking and for buying handmade!!! We simply can't afford not to in this day and age!!!

Poppy, Fine Art Print 8 x 10

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