The Goddess Iris is the personification of the rainbow and the messenger of the Gods.
Iris is known as one of the goddesses who connects the spirit world to the physical world. A blending of sea and sky, the elements earth and air, and the colors blue and red, if Iris speaks to you, it may imply that you are messenger between the earth world and the spirit world.
The iris’s history is rich and dates back to Ancient Greek times when the Greek Goddess Iris, the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow, acted as the link between heaven and earth. Her father, Thaumas was a marine-god, and her mother Elektra a cloud-nymph. In myth she appears as an errand-running messenger, as a message deliverer.
Ancient Egyptian kings marveled at the iris’s exotic nature, and drawings have been found of the flower in a number of Egyptian palaces. During the Middle Ages, the meaning of irises became linked to the French monarchy, and the Fleur-de-lis eventually became the recognized national symbol of France. From their earliest years, irises were used to make perfume and as a medicinal remedy. Today, they are primarily seen in gardens, in bouquets, and in the wild all over the world. The iris's three upright petals are said to symbolize faith, valor and wisdom. In some parts of the world, the dark blue or purple iris can denote royalty, whereas the yellow iris can be a symbol of passion.
At my country home in Greenport I photographed irises one summer on my deck, in still life arrangements. I was interested studying the iris in the same way the painters used still life arrangements as a study of form and color and expression. The images became expressions of sensuality, color and movement and aligned with my own feelings as a woman.
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Charles is a South American Yellow Winged Parakeet whom I adopted from the Southold Animal Shelter in 2014. He kept on flying out of his home to the local IGA and was found twice there. When I saw him on the Shelter Facebook Page his very black eyes were like lasers beaming into me. I had no choice but to visit him at the Shelter and adopt him.
He is a male and protects himself against unwanted hands, like mine, but at night he can be found in the nape of my neck snuggling while I watch Investigation ID or Dateline murder mysteries. He is like a child who needs to be taken care of. I look forward to hearing him wake up each day, squawking and carrying on, to get the day going.