A Date with Alice

As a child, I loved the silliness and magical play in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland.  As an adult, I found myself a fan of Lewis Carroll and his infamous books,  “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” . As an adult, I found that these books could be read and looked into, on many levels. On the outside, it is a children’s story with a fun and fancy play on words and an imagination running wild. It is also a Victorian story about the ways of English society. Once you know a little more about Lewis Carroll, you find out that It is the childhood life of the author based on his favorite friend. Some even believe it is a story that contains hidden meanings.

Nonetheless, the world has been fascinated for centuries over these beloved stories and we want you to enjoy our newest tribute Collection of fun filled candles, teas, essential oils and “charming pendants” honoring Lewis Carroll and his infamous book, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland!

The Metaphysics of Alice

“Alas it’s not too hard to see, the world obsessed with Alice and she…
the Queen, the Rabbit, the Hatter and such, beloved by all ~ with so “muchness”
that we’ve acquired from philosophies, spent in time over cakes and teas.
The odd life lessons that we’ve learned, from every single page we’ve turned!”

Breakfast with Alice

If you have never been to New York City, or Central Park, I encourage you to see these wonders.  When you do come, be sure to stop by and pay a visit to Alice! On the upper east side on the corner of East 74th Street, located just north of the Conservatory Pond, is an eleven foot tall statue of Alice in Wonderland in bronze, surrounded by the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, and Cheshire Cat along with the Dormouse and Alice’s cat, Dinah.  

The Tao of Alice

Cliff notes, character studies, bloggers, and Freudian microscopes have flushed out the “hows & whys” of these wonderful characters. Here is a quick summary of the power behind the personalities!

Alice is reasonable, well-trained, and polite. Alice’s constant resource and strength is her courage. Time and again, her dignity, her directness, her conscientiousness, and her art of conversation all fail her. Alice believes that the world is orderly and stable, and she has an insatiable curiosity about her surroundings. Wonderland challenges and frustrates her perceptions of the world. She becomes braver and more assertive. She learns to stand up for herself, and at the story’s end, she stands up for a character who’s being treated unfairly. She even defies a queen before returning to her own world. ~ “Curiouser and curiouser!”

The White Rabbit appears wearing a waistcoat and a watch. Alice follows him down the rabbit hole into Wonderland. The White Rabbit is a decoy – he’s the surprise that leads to all her adventures in Wonderland. He attracts Alice’s attention with contradiction. Intrigued by the juxtaposition of beast and gentleman, Alice hurries after him. Carroll himself believed that his frenzied rabbit was the antithesis of Alice’s level-headed pragmatism. A character forever nervous, forever overreacting to everything. Worrying by itself never solves anything. ~ “Oh dear! Oh dear! I’m late, I’m late, I’m late!”

The Mad Hatter or “mad as a hatter” explains why he is sincere in his eccentric mannerisms. He is a very gracious host who is forever trapped in a never ending tea party celebrating his “very merry un-birthday”. Eccentric and unorthodox in his mannerisms and very likely, mad, indeed. After all, we’re all sometimes guilty of wasting and abusing our time, even though, out of all the precious commodities we have, it’s the only one which we never seem to have enough of.  ~ “Why is a raven like a writing-desk?”    

The Queen of Hearts takes control with absolute rule and execution. Her Highness is dressed up in multi-layer crimson red and beautifully wicked black ~ literally the heart of Alice’s conflict. Her power lies in her rhetoric. The Queen becomes representative of the idea that Wonderland is devoid of substance. Carroll is reputed to have said, making the character a study in irony: “She loses her head more often than any of her subjects, making her an extremely poor role model.” ~ “Off with her head!”

The Cheshire Cat has a permanent smile on his face and can disappear at will. He is a very odd being able to reshape his body to either amuse or frighten his visitors. He’s very mysterious, and in his own way, very dark. He is mad, but unlike the others, he admits it with pride. All of Wonderland’s inhabitants appear to hold a fear over him, even the Queen of Hearts, most likely due to the fact that he is the maddest and craziest of them..The Cheshire Cat greets every challenge with self-control and a bemused smile, and he becomes the only creature in Wonderland whom Alice calls a “friend.”  ~ “We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad, we’re all mad!”

The Caterpillar is sitting on a mushroom while smoking a hookah, when Alice first meets him. Although he is rather strict and not very friendly, and corrects Alice, he does help her by advising her to eat from the mushroom if she wants to change her size. The Caterpillar actually teaches Alice how to cope with the difficulties she encounters and to adapt to her environment when needed. ~ “`Who are YOU?’”

LIfe Lessons from Wonderland

The Life Path

“If you don’t know where you want to go, then it doesn’t matter which path you take.”   Your life path is the single most important journey in your life, because it acts as a blueprint outlining how your life will play out. Opportunities and challenges faced along the way are heavily influenced by your choices including your general character and course of action as you journey down your path. Based off of the choices you make, your life path represents your whole being and will change as your path changes. Follow where it leads.

Expressing Yourself 

“Don’t grunt,” said Alice; “that’s not at all a proper way of expressing yourself.”  How you express yourself represents your natural strengths and weaknesses given to you by what you learn and experience. Often referred to as the “expression of life”, the way you express your feeling and emotions can move you towards your greater goals in life. Expressing what you want builds a foundation on which your life path can grow. Some paint, write, sing, dance, others speak, play sports, collect objects, or express themselves through their work. Express to the world who you are.

Your Personality

“Dear, dear! How queer everything is today! And yesterday things went on just as usual. I wonder if I’ve changed in the night?Figure out who you areWhat is the first impression people get of you? This represents the parts of yourself that you are most ready and willing to reveal, and helps you determine just how much you reveal, and to whom. This acts as a buffer, screening out some people and situations you seem not to want to deal with while welcoming the things in life that relate to your inner nature. Don’t be afraid to be who you are. You owe it to yourself.

Your Heart’s Desire 

Why, sometimes I believe in as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Believe in what seems impossible. This represents your inner fire. Your heart’s desire shows the reasons behind your actions and what you really want in life, as well as in love. It is behind all choices you make in your life including your career and your relationships. Your heart’s desire is based on what your really pay attention to. If you do this, you will always fulfill your dreams!  Listen to your heart.

I’m OK, Your OK

“We’re All Mad Here~ You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”   Everyone has quirks that may be noticeable or we are self conscious about. Sometimes we feel like we’re on the verge of falling apart while everyone else around us seems to have everything under control. Our idiosyncrasies make us amazing and unique, and the awareness that we’re all a little mad, gives us the opportunity to grow, evolve, and help each other along during our journey. Trust your instincts, take the chance, be yourself.

Be A Wildflower Rather Than a Wallflower

Do go down the rabbit hole. If Alice were okay with being a wallflower, she would have never made it to Wonderland. Alice wonders “what is the use of a book without pictures or conversation?”  Instead, of simply existing, set out to be who you really want to be and accomplish all those “impossible things.” Follow your path. Remember, in a room full of wallflowers, everyone that enters is sure to remember the wildflower.