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Frederick Howard Michael – Titania

“…With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine: There sleeps Titania sometime of the night, Lull’d in these flowers with dances and delight….” William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Come my Oberon, come my love

my heart opens as a glorious rose and I offer my sweet musk self to you

through parting wisp I reach, no words

in breath consumed, I am perfume

and in the petite mort when we awake we will float through this midsummer night’s dream 

carried by my fairies on gossamer wings

the love I have for you is a river that runs through everything

it connects with the stars in your eyes and bends the light from heaven to earth 

and into my mossy bower

distilling the botanical bouquet

of a girl with flowers

the silken road of time is no enemy of ours my love,

for fate has written our story and the stage awaits our arrival 

we have yet to happen and yet have already happened,

our parts laid out

our throats opened in speech and song

costume score and script designed and written by angelic forces

the joyousness of our union celebrated by the seraphim


our passage is long and I am the maiden, the mother and the crone for you

as you are my wild green man in all his guises 

you are my King, my Oberon, 

and I am your Queen

your Reine Des Fleurs

copyright Monica Miller2015

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In perfumery, the Queen of Flowers is of course, the glorious rose.  And it is this heart that beats at the center of La Reine des Fleurs, accented by youthful peach, and given a mysteriously, luscious balsamic-vanilla drydown.   This rose perfume is as velvety as the petals themselves.

About This Product

Commissioned by Denver Art Museum for their “Untitled #63: au naturel” event in conjunction with their Passport to Paris exhibit, La Reine des Fleurs was inspired by French artist Eugene Carriere’s late 19th Century painting “Young Girl with Flowers”.  The imagine (which can be viewed at dshnotebook) is both dramatic and innocent, sophisticated and youthful.  It evokes a kind of interplay of childish things and a lush elegance.  It is this sense of beauty in two worlds that is expressed in La Reine des Fleurs.

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Mercury is in retrograde motion during the first half of February. Stay flexible and be ready to reschedule meetings and change plans. It’s a good time to rethink and let go of some of the opinions where you cling too tightly. The month just flows along after February 11 when Mercury turns direct at 1 degree of Aquarius.

1 – Moon in Cancer, VC 8:37 am. It’s a day to lounge around the house in your pj’s and just give yourself a day to chill. It’s like staying home from school when you were a kid and had a cold. Venus meets up with Neptune to help you create a make believe day. It’s a time to be in your own fairy tale or other adventurous scenarios.

2 – Moon VC Cancer, enters Leo 12:41 pm. Do something to celebrate this mid winter holiday of Candlemas, also know as Groundhog’s Day. Be sure to see the movie, or at least think about its profound message.. Uranus and the Sun encourage you to keep on with the fantasies from yesterday. It’s a day to be weird and have fun.

3 – Moon in Leo. Today’s full moon spreads unconditional love all over the planet. Open your heart and forgive and make peace. Choose the path of kindness, not ego, when you come to a crossroad. Pay extra attention to the children in your life. Shower them with praise and encouragement. You need to do tomorrow’s important work today.

4 – Moon VC Leo. It’s a day to play. Take a personal day off from work if you can. Let your guardian angel or spirit guides lead you through the day. Be generous and share what you have. Get together with the people you love and have a little party.

5 – Moon in Virgo. Now you can focus on work and catch up with the things you’ve put aside. You need to be extra careful and double check all that you send, write, and post. You’ll be in clean up mode and can easily tackle some dresser drawers or a closet or two. Finish up your filing and put aside the information you need for taxes. Get the boring stuff done today.

6 – Moon in Virgo, VC 5:09 pm. The Sun and Jupiter meet and they bring you luck. Broaden your horizons and think about trips, courses, and meeting new people. You will be tempted to take some risks, just don’t bet on anything where the loss would hurt. It’s a day when you can manifest what you really want but it will take effort.

7 – Moon VC Virgo, enters Libra 1:44 pm. Do your chores, errands, and cleaning in the morning. You can socialize and enjoy the day in a lazy way later on. Go out with a friend and look for bargains on art, jewelry, and home decorations. Visit someone you haven’t seen in a long time. Catch up on your social media posts. Have an old fashioned date tonight with your loved one.

8– Moon in Libra. It’s a day to follow your passions. Go full steam into your creative projects. Redecorate the house or just move the pictures around so you see them from a different angle. Attend a concert or go to an art museum. Get out and be with the people you like. Be sure to get tomorrow’s communications done today.

9 – Moon VC Libra. It’s a full VC day at the end of Mercury’s retrograde period, so don’t even try to get anything of importance done. Postpone and reschedule. Let your mind fill with ideas and plans for the rest of the year. Write them down so you can use them later on. Catch up on replying to emails and write your thank you notes.

10 –Moon in Scorpio. Even though you are impatient and want to get moving, you have to wait one more day. Mercury is standing still and getting ready to change into forward motion. You can feel the new energy but you can’t make use of it yet. Today is a good day to finish up old projects and tidy up loose ends, both material and emotional ones.

11 – Moon in Scorpio. Mercury goes direct at 9:57 am. Today is a day of transition and so it may be best to wait a while before initiating your new ventures. Try to blend what your gut tells you is true with what your mind perceives. Try to be flexible and let go of some cherished but faulty opinions. Avoid power struggles.

12 – Moon VC Scorpio, enters Sagittarius 11:46 am. Do the routine stuff in the morning and start your new projects once the moon changes signs. You may have to cut back on some part of your innovative designs and be more realistic about what you can accomplish. But, you can finally, after waiting all these weeks, advance your piece on the playing board.

13 – Moon in Sagittarius. Override your concern about the superstition concerning Friday the 13 and try your luck. The Moon and Jupiter tell you to think big and go for it. This is a good weekend to get out and enjoy winter sports. Take off to go where you can. Break your routine and eat an ethnic dinner and see a video from a foreign country in a language you don’t know.

14 – Moon in Sagittarius, VC from 10:15 am until 5:24 pm when it enters Capricorn. Have fun on Valentine’s Day in an outdoor setting. Try an activity you’ve never done. Take a class or workshop to learn something totally different from what you know. Play with those you love and show your affection through your actions, not with gifts.

15 – Moon in Capricorn. You’ll feel serious about your career and your future. Set new goals and make a plan for how to achieve them. You will want to start today and get down to work. Don’t be concerned if others seem cold and distant, they are just focused on their work as you are. Try not to be impatient with anyone who distracts you.

16 – Moon in Capricorn, VC from 3:17 pm until 7:13 pm when it enters Aquarius. Even though it’s a holiday for some, you want to continue on with working towards your new goal. You can figure out how and when to move forward. Spend the afternoon going over your plans and doing whatever damage control you need to do from any Mercury retrograde mistakes that surface.

17 – Moon in Aquarius. Take advantage of this Aquarius energy, which opens your mind and shoots you into the future. You’ll be objective in your thoughts and able to put your ego aside. Decide what you want to do to help your community and how much you want to get involved in politics. Embrace anything unexpected that happens. Tonight is the dark of the moon.

18 – Moon in Aquarius, VC from 6:47 pm to 6:48 pm when it enters Pisces. The Sun enters Pisces at 6:50 pm.Today is the last day of Aquarius with the new Moon occurring in the last degree of that sign.  This gives you special emphasis on the power of thought.  It is auspicious to meditate in a group and to pray for peace.

19 – Moon in Pisces, VC 6:01 pm. Today is the Chinese New Year and Tibetan LOSAR. Celebrate by bringing something new into your life. Mars enters Aries where he is strong and active. He gives you the energy for moving ahead and pushing by obstacles that stand in your way. Get tomorrow’s work done today.

20 – Moon VC Pisces, enters Aries 6:13 pm. Venus follows Mars into Aries. They team up to bring you days when you need to put your desires first. People will be taking lots of selfies. Float through the day and finish up the week as best you can. By tonight you will be feeling impatient and ready to jump into fresh territory and will want to stay up late into the night working on your new inventions.

21 – Moon in Aries, VC 7:36 pm. It’s a high-energy day so make use of it. You can rest tomorrow. Face your fears, put them aside, and keep going. Don’t let anyone stand in your way or try to derail your actions. Protect your head and slow down when you need to be cautious, like on the highway.

22– Moon VC Aries, enters Taurus 7:28 pm. Do what pleases you. Let others do what they want. It’s best to act alone today and move at your own pace since it will be hard to stay in sync with a partner or a group. It’s one of those days when it’s okay to be selfish. Act out a dream or fantasy. Do your favorite kind of escapism.

23 – Moon in Taurus, VC 9:57 pm. you’ll come down to earth with a bang. Today is the first time Saturn has challenged the Sun in his new sign. Think of it as a final exam with essays instead of true or false questions. You will see the bottom line of what’s happening in your life and shed all illusions, especially about love and money. Work hard and please Saturn and get tomorrow’s work done too.

 24 – Moon VC Taurus. Venus softens Saturn a bit and shows you a way out of your situation. She helps you feel more stable but Saturn keeps her enthusiasm in line. Take care of things in the material world that you’ve been too busy for. Go through you closets and give away the clothes you don’t wear and the items you don’t use.

25 – Moon in Gemini. Try to keep a goal in mind as you multitask your way through the day. Keep to short tasks that involve communicating with people. You can accomplish a lot in a short time, and you have to do tomorrow’s work too. The Sun meets up with Neptune tonight for their annual date and they make you want to help others.

26 – Moon VC Gemini. It’s frustrating to have your mind so active and yet know that you must use care with what you write, say, and sign. There have been a lot of VC days this month so you are used to the energy and know how to handle it. Go through those piles of papers and magazines and read them or recycle them or give them to the library.

27 – Moon VC Gemini, enters Cancer 7:50 am. Things calm done and you can relax a bit. Your antennae are out and you can feel what’s safe to do and when you’re pushing it. You’ll want to stay by the people you trust. It will feel good to help – bring food to a shut in, do some shopping for someone, shovel a walk. It’s a night for nesting at home.

28 – Moon in Cancer, VC 12:53 pm. Walk around the house and see what you need to do to keep it safe and secure. Stock up on the winter necessities you may have used up. Have a heart to heart talk with a family member over something that has been bothering you. Host a potluck dinner party and get creative with your cooking.