Through an illuminating exploration of the symbol of the rose throughout the West’s inner and poetic traditions, Mara Freeman skilfully offers us byways to an enchanted garden where deep knowledge and spiritual realisation await. The accompanying meditations and practices allow the essence of the rose, in all its natural and metaphorical glory, a chance to permeate our minds and senses, and to bring forth our innate wisdom.
Siobhán Houston, EdD, author of Invoking Mary Magdalene and Priests, Gnostics, and Magicians.
This is a magical little book like a Tardis; once inside you are taken on a journey of astounding breadth and depth ‘from limited self to infinite consciousness’: Ms Freeman follows the rose as a magical and spiritual symbol throughout the breadth and depth of history, mythology and many different cultures and religions. As the lotus in Eastern traditions is a symbol of enlightenment, so the rose in the Western tradition which has its roots in the ancient Middle East and Persia, is widely seen as ‘a path to spiritual realisation and also its attainment’. And in the Western tradition the rose resonates with the Grail as a symbol of the soul: ’Both these symbols suggest the receptive vessel of the soul, opening to receive divine Grace.’
Although it includes a wealth of detail, and impeccable scholarship, the design of the book makes for easy reading with beautiful illustrations. Given that it contains so many treasures, this is quite a remarkable feat.
Sacred Rose has become my new companion: easy to carry with me, to have by my side during the meditations which follow each section, and simply to enjoy again and again.
Patricia Murphy, past editor, De Numine Journal, Lampeter, Wales
In this beautiful, informative journey through the symbolism and meaning of one of nature's loveliest flowers, Mara Freeman explores the lore of the rose and its perennial blossoming as a motif of beauty, joy, love, and secrecy in religion, myth, and the arts. Above all, it offers a deep dive into its archetypal relationship to both the Divine Feminine and the human soul.
I have travelled over a long time down many different roads to heal myself from the wounds I have suffered. However, Mara, it is your meditations that have been so fruitful for me. The Fire of Roses meditation feels as if on a deep level I have found and own myself with clarity and light.
Annwyn Avalon, Author, Glastonbury, UK
I loved reading this book and no doubt will return to it many times…I could feel the beauty of the sacred rose through the poetry, artwork and narrative. It is heart-warming in its appreciation of the rose in all its many guises, and it is soul-opening in its potential to help the reader along their spiritual path.The artwork is beautiful, as are the meditations, which will help anyone with an interest in the spiritual side of life to experience the transformational quality of the rose.
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