the 1800's where an interesting time of corsets, gloves and innuendos. woman were taught to be seen and not heard. fashion taught women to be pulled tightly in, covered and behaving appropriately. but clever women found a way to communicate their intentions toward observant suitors. having emotional, and passionate conversations all with a trusty fashion accessory their adorned fan.
i've decided to bring the romance of fans back! soon it will be summer and even though san francisco is never really hot, i imagine pulling out my lovely lacy fan and giving my lover a message he'll never forget.
below i've discovered a list attempting to uncover the hidden language of fans:
THE FAN PLACED NEAR THE HEART:
"You have won my love."
A CLOSED FAN TOUCHING THE RIGHT EYE:
"When may I be allowed to see you?"
THE NUMBER OF STICKS SHOWN ANSWERED THE QUESTION:
"At what hour?"
THREATENING MOVEMENTS WITH A FAN CLOSED:
"Do not be so imprudent"
HALF-OPENED FAN PRESSED TO THE LIPS:
"You may kiss me."
HANDS CLASPED TOGETHER HOLDING AN OPEN FAN:
COVERING THE LEFT EAR WITH AN OPEN FAN:
"Do not betray our secret."
HIDING THE EYES BEHIND AN OPEN FAN:
"I love you."
SHUTTING A FULLY OPENED FAN SLOWLY:
"I promise to marry you."
DRAWING THE FAN ACROSS THE EYES:
"I am sorry."
TOUCHING THE FINGER TO THE TIP OF THE FAN:
"I wish to speak with you."
LETTING THE FAN REST ON THE RIGHT CHEEK:
LETTING THE FAN REST ON THE LEFT CHEEK:
OPENING AND CLOSING THE FAN SEVERAL TIMES:
"You are cruel"
DROPPING THE FAN:
"We will be friends."
"I am married."
"I am engaged."
PUTTING THE FAN HANDLE TO THE LIPS:
OPENING A FAN WIDE:
"Wait for me."
PLACING THE FAN BEHIND THE HEAD:
"Do not forget me"
PLACING THE FAN BEHIND THE HEAD WITH FINGER EXTENDED:
FAN IN RIGHT HAND IN FRONT OF FACE:
FAN IN LEFT HAND IN FRONT OF FACE:
"I am desirous of your acquaintance."
FAN HELD OVER LEFT EAR:
"I wish to get rid of you."
DRAWING THE FAN ACROSS THE FOREHEAD:
"You have changed."
TWIRLING THE FAN IN THE LEFT HAND:
"We are being watched."
TWIRLING THE FAN IN THE RIGHT HAND:
"I love another."
CARRYING THE OPEN FAN IN THE RIGHT HAND:
"You are too willing."
CARRYING THE OPEN FAN IN THE LEFT HAND:
"Come and talk to me."
DRAWING THE FAN THROUGH THE HAND:
"I hate you!"
DRAWING THE FAN ACROSS THE CHEEK:
"I love you!"
PRESENTING THE FAN SHUT:
"Do you love me?"
Posted by ohlone in Blog on April 7th, 2010
It is with great sadness that I inform you of Marion’s passing.
Marion passed away on April 6th, 2010.
She was a dear friend, a beloved teacher, a supportive colleague
and a companion for the mission of Ohlone Herbal Center.
We all will deeply miss the presence of her generous open-hearted soul
as well as her continuous dedication to learning more,
understanding all aspects of health and healing
and the passion she brought to her teaching.
In addition to being a member of our community,
she was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is greatly loved and will be deeply missed.
“Oh heart, if one should say to you that the soul perishes like the body, answer that the flower withers, but the seed remains.”
and all she touched,
be marion’s seeds
hey, herbalist get sick too.
after all i'm still human, ok i'll admit i'm a witchy human.
i'll also admit that despite the bronchitis i'm not in much pain because of the magic of herbs. what have i been doing?
well - lots of water, for one thing. its important flush this sick out! and secondly garlic honey, yes two natural antibiotics. the garlic, also an expectorant, gets the phlegm out. yuck! but out it comes, thank the spirits. the sweet nectar of honey soothes my...everything.
plus, a bronchial remedy full of decongestant herbal extracts;
featuring; eucalyptus, clove, thyme and camphor...ahh, relief...
wanna know why i chose these essential oils? email me.
so, here i am sick at home wanting ramen, warm delicious noodly soup...mmm so, i type in ramen and poof options! they deliver! i don't have to pull my sick self onto a muni or anything! all i have to do is order online; click, click type it all in and well answer the door...
ahh utopia, what a wonderous place this san francisco is.
i'm a practicing clinical western herbalist
thriving in Berkeley, CA
you can find me on a hike or a leisurely walk watching the plants push through the cracks
i love to cook healthy & delicious gluten free & frequently grain free sweet & savory wild foods
while setting intentions--i burn frankincense, copal & wild-crafted pine resins on hot coals filling my space with aroma to please my spirit
i'm driven to learn so i read the latest health articles, metaphysical literature & how-to books
i choose love, hold hands, take a 6 point pulse, ask good questions and adore getting to the root of things
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