These are fall crocus. On their stamen - golden tendrils and tops in the center - is the exotic and precious spice saffron. Addendum: In some of the literature that I have read it is said that the saffron is on the stigma. It is very hard to see so I am attaching a diagram of the flower as a link.
Hecate, the Great Crone of Wisdom, is the Goddess at the
Crossroads. She holds a lantern, a light
to help us see our path as we approach the many junctions of destiny. She does not tell us which way to go, but
allows us to find what has heart and meaning for us. At Samhain when the Wheel has come full
circle we harvest the seeds of consciousness we planted the year before and
plant for the next year by Her gracious light.
On this Samhain I pray Goddess will help us each and
collectively as a nation find the right path for the good of all, according to
the free will of all. As a Pagan I
understand one great sacrilege, to lay my hands or my will on another’s
Karma. We must all do our Karmic dance
with the music we are given, and we must resist in the strongest possible way
any attempt to force us to dance to another person’s melody.