Anadem is a wreath or a garland for the head. Anadem is an archaic word first used around 1598 that derives from the Greek anadēma which is a combination of anadein (to wreath) and ana- +dein (to bind).
Anadem is an incredibly rare word in these modern times, though with the popularity of flower crowns and pretty nature wreaths made up as headdresses and whatnot, I think anadem is due for a comeback. How lovely to say “let me grab my anadem and we can be on our way!” or “what a perfect day to wear an anadem.” or even “Want to help me gather materials from the woods for a few anadems?)
Anadems are not just for festivals or flower girls, let me tell you. Anadems can be a part of anyone’s everyday wardrobe. When you place a wreath of nature upon your brow, you embrace your wild, innate, powerful, and goddess/god self. Who doesn’t want to tap into that?! Today is the day to grab (or make) yourself an anadem and try it out, even if it’s only in the privacy of your own space. Embrace your own nature and wear an anadem that reflects it!
Namaste ~ Ella
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