Fil, Phil, a lover or a friend, Meadowsweet and the myth of the horse

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Philippa, Filippa, Phillipa, with lesser common spellings Filipa and even Philipe, is a given name derived from the Greek word Philippos or Filippos, meaning lover of horses or a friend of horses. The compound consists of either the word philos (dear, loved, loving, friend) or filos (friend), and ippos (horse). 

The root word Phil comes from the Greek verb philein meaning "TO LOVE".

Horses are often used as symbols of the body and one’s physical health. According to Carl Jung, the horse is a creature of success and self-actualization, a symbol of personal power.

His theory is that dreams reveal more than they conceal. Dreams are a natural expression of our imagination, and they don't need to be interpreted for them to perform their function. Instead, he suggested that dreams are doing the work of integrating our conscious and unconscious lives; and called it the process of individuation.

The horse symbolizes many different things throughout the world, and one of them is freedom. The power to change and choose anything in your life, with your natural gifts.

Many cultures attribute the four elements - earth, fire, water, and air - to the horse.


It's funny when you think about it, that I was given a name behind the meaning of love and freedom - something we all want in our lives the most.

We've come a long way, this blog and I. Six years ago, when I first started blogging, I was a completely different person than I am today. The name I gave this blog - You are the poet, was something that was supposed to remind me to write my life's poems. It didn't matter what others thought of "my poems",  but what I felt when I was writing them - I had to be fond of, tending to them.

Greeks have 6 types of love, among which is Philautia, love of the self. Aristotle realized there were two types of Philautia; one was an unhealthy variety associated with narcissism, where you became self-obsessed and focused on personal fame and fortune, and the other, a healthier version which enhanced your wider capacity to love. The idea was that if you like yourself and feel secure in yourself, you will have plenty of love to give to others. Or, as Aristotle put it -  “All friendly feelings for others are an extension of a man’s feelings for himself.


For a while, I've had this feeling like it's time to move further, into something new. I no longer need to be reminded that I have a choice, and the courage to make it. This blog, like a loyal companion, will be moving forward with me, which is why it had to have a name change.

I already dug my way far into the word-forming, that I had to choose something with the same root word as my given name. The inspiration came when I received a bag of meadowsweet tea and was told that the plant was called Filipendula ulmaria. Filipendula has been derived from two words – filum, which means thread and pendulus, which means hanging.

I came across a lot of words in my search for a new blog name, some of which I thought were worth sharing, so you'll find them below along with their meanings. 

Philia - love of the mind

Duende - the mysterious power of art to deeply move a person; "Heightened sense of passion."

Saudadea nostalgic longing to be near again to something or someone that is distant, or that has been loved and then lost; "The love that remains."

Serendipity - finding something good without looking for it. 



With all that being said, welcome to фilipendae!






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