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    There is a tradition that Dandelions never grow where there are no human inhabitants. The early pioneers supposedly found no trace of them in America. After a few years up sprang a gay head, and soon there were millions of them (Herbalist Almanac:16. Another legend claims that to dream of Dandelions portends ill fortune. It is said to be a sure sign of rain when the down blows off the Dandelion when there is no wind, and to blow the seeds off the Dandelion is to send one's thoughts to a loved one (Rose:Herbs:56).

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    and of course, we all know that Dragonfly called for a "delta flight formation"
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrrag
    Couldn't post to new ideas forum for some reason, so doing it here.

    Was doing some reading about how dandelion clocks tell fairy time. I stumbled across the fact that the genus of dandelions is 'taraxacum'. It is not Latin, it is Greek. The meaning made me raise an eyebrow. It means "I cause [pain/disorder/vexation]".

    Is this "I cause your puzzling"???
    Hey jrrag, did you get your translation from a web site that you could point me to? I ask because the handful of botanical web sites I've visited so far say that the word 'taraxacum' comes from two Greek words: 'taraxos' (disorder) and 'akos' (remedy) because of the plants curative powers. I suspect that the distinction in translation, though technically significant, might not matter for our purposes; but I thought I'd ask. Thanks in advance for any help!

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    T-Max--

    I looked at several botanical sites as well and most of them had 2 possible definitions depending on how you divide the word and what you think are the root words. This was weeks ago, but I believe the one definition was that taraxo was a declination or conjugation in first person for the verb tarassos or something like that, and acum could come from akos, meaning pain. The other definition had a military bent and was used to describe armies being in disarray. I then went to to an online Greek-English dictionary and studied the roots there, I can't remember which dictionary, but there's a big one online. From there I got that it could be used to describe general disorder or confusion. Granted I'm no scholar of Greek, but that's what I found. I wasn't looking in this direction, i just happened to stumble accross it as i was reading about fairy clocks. Have fun.

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    Cool - thanks! And good work, in any case, on making a connection between the Dream poem and dandelions!

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    Speaking of Sigma symbols, you can see images/numbers on some of the grid pieces on p86 Dream grid, such as a '32' in row 2 col 1. You can also see images using light underneath the page as well, where I see definite sigma sign rotated about 75 degrees under the same row 2 col 1 square.

    However, I have a second book purchased about two months later, and under the same grid piece it looks like a SUBMARINE. I think I've totally lost it, but I swear that's what it definitely looks like. I've spent time on other pages hitting the real small stuff, but if there are different images based on different book publications, then I'd like to think that these microscopic images really don't amount to much.

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    I think you are absolutely right. They don't amount to much.

    I had a BIG THING over an unmistakable good sized perfectly reproduced red dot next to an acorn...forget which page now....gave that particular edition away.....but when I got my next book....there was no red dot in that place.

    I had already posted about it, been told there were printer's tools and various imperfections that would normally appear in various printings, etc.

    They were right.
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