"And every day there were what we called 'the Green Hills'; that is, the low line of Castlereagh Hills which we saw from the nursery windows. They were not very far off but they were, to children, quite unattainable. They taught me longing--Sehnsucht; made me for good or ill, and before I was six years old, a votary of the Blue Flower." --C. S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy

The Blue Flower (German: Blaue Blume) is a central symbol of Inspiration. It stands for desire, love, and the metaphysical striving for the infinite and unreachable. German author Novalis first used the symbol in his unfinished Bildungsroman, entitled Heinrich von Ofterdingen. After contemplating a meeting with a stranger, the young Heinrich von Ofterdingen dreams about blue flowers which call to him and absorb his attention. In some cultures, blue roses traditionally signify a mystery, or attaining the impossible, or the neverending quest for the impossible. They are believed to be able to grant the owner youth or grant wishes.

Delphinidin is an anthocyanidin, a primary plant pigment, and also an antioxidant. Delphinidin gives blue hues to flowers like violas and delphiniums. It also gives the blue-red color of the grape that produces Cabernet Sauvignon, and can be found in cranberries and Concord grapes as well as pomegranates. --Wikipedia

 

In all male environments, such as mining camps or navy ships, it was common for men to hold dances, with half the men wearing a patch or some other marker to designate them as the “women” for the evening. (x)
My alma mater, Wilson College, was a women’s college, and I know that they used to do this, too. A lot of the dance events that I go to nowadays there are more women than men, so similar steps are taken to make it easier to find a partner. At contra dances someone brings a bag of pre-tied ties, and women who are acting the part of men in that set wear a tie (it’s really necessary when you switch partners to know that yes, you ARE supposed to have ended up with this person!). At swing dances women often lead other women, and I’ve known a number of men who were learning to follow and would ask other men or women that they knew could lead to lead them. No clothing designation needed there, however. :)

In all male environments, such as mining camps or navy ships, it was common for men to hold dances, with half the men wearing a patch or some other marker to designate them as the “women” for the evening. (x)

My alma mater, Wilson College, was a women’s college, and I know that they used to do this, too. A lot of the dance events that I go to nowadays there are more women than men, so similar steps are taken to make it easier to find a partner. At contra dances someone brings a bag of pre-tied ties, and women who are acting the part of men in that set wear a tie (it’s really necessary when you switch partners to know that yes, you ARE supposed to have ended up with this person!). At swing dances women often lead other women, and I’ve known a number of men who were learning to follow and would ask other men or women that they knew could lead to lead them. No clothing designation needed there, however. :)

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