Stepping into the gardening store, the choice of roses can be overwhelming for a Rose-Lover – David Austin English roses, Floribunda roses, Hybrid roses, Hybrid Musk and Tea roses, Landscape roses. The list goes on. Forever. One is more beautiful than the other, and many have better aroma than expensive perfumes. And, in addition to their variety and beauty, roses are surrounded with rich symbolism and many legends.
Rose, just like the lily and the lotus, is one of the most important flower symbols in the world. Since roses are most widely known as a symbol of love, it is a flower of Venus and Aphrodite. According to a Greek poet Anakreon, rose was born from a white foam that surrounded Aphrodite when she returned from her swim in the sea. An Indian legend speaks how the goddess of beauty, Lakshmi, was born of a rose that consisted of 108 rose petals. God Vishnu fell in love and married Lakshmi, and the rose became a sign of a godly secret, and sacred flower of the Eastern world.
In different cultures rose stands for youth, purity, perfection, love, marriage or rebirth. The different colors of roses also have specific meaning. For instance, white is for purity, red is for passion and sacrifice, yellow means joy and compassion, and pink is for peace, friendship, and gratitude. Rose is a paradox, at the same time representing life and death, heavenly perfection and worldly desires, chastity and fertility.
Similarly to the lotus, rose refers to the triumph of spirit over matter, for its beautiful form grows out from the muddy earth. And, just like it is with the lotus, the number of rose petals has significance. For instance, the original wild rose had 5 petals, that balances the female 2 with male 3, symoblizing marriage, and the union of opposites. As the lotus is the flower of the goddess Tara in Buddhism, the rose is a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
Roses have often signified miraculous and Godly love in all the world's major religions. The aroma of roses has been associated with angels. Some believe that angels use rose scents as physical signs of their spiritual presence with people. This is because roses have very strong energy fields that vibrate at a high electrical frequency (the highest of any other flower). Therfore, since angelic energy also has high vibration, angels can connect easier with roses than with other flowers that have lower vibrational rates.
So now the Rose-Lover steps out of the gardening store, has a smile on her face, an empty wallet, and – instead of the intended 1 or 2 roses – a car full of roses. Few pinks for peace and gratitude, some reds for love and passion, some whites for purity, and yellow for joy. And, barely seeing anything through the car’s back window, the Rose-Lover drives away with a vision of a garden full of fragrant roses and angels walking in between the flowerbeds.
Jaansoo, Puusepp, Kaur. „Maagilised taimed ja taimemaagia.“
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Welcome! :) My name is Monika. I am interested in beauty, art, different cultures, and good stories. I have always been fascinated with semiotics and symbols, and how people of different cultures interpret them.