The Magical Properties of Flowers: A Journey Through Botanical Symbolism

Discover the Metaphysical Meaning of Flowers

All through our website we talk about the magical properties of flowers, herbs, and roots. We thought if would be nice to write an article that focused on a few of the most-used flowers used for magical reasons. Flowers have mesmerized people for as long as civilization has been because of their vivid colors, alluring perfumes, and variety of shapes. Flowers are profoundly symbolic, transcending nations and ages, and are more than just beautiful objects on the surface. The magical significance of some of the most adored flowers in the world can have metaphysical meanings you never would have imagined.

Roses: Flowers of Love and Passion

The rose is a universal emblem of love and is maybe the most well-known flower of all. The rose has long been linked to passion, desire, and romance thanks to its velvety petals and alluring aroma. A rose’s hue, however, can gently change its significance. Red roses stand for passionate love, white roses for innocence, yellow roses for friendship, and pink roses for appreciation and affection.

woman in a field of magical daisiesDaisy: New Beginnings and Innocence

Daisies are frequently said to represent innocence, purity, and fresh beginnings due to their understated appeal and delicate white petals. They are a well-liked option for celebrating a child’s birth or signaling the beginning of a new chapter in life. Daisies were also used to express covert messages of love during the Victorian era, with the sender thinking the receiver would feel the same way.

Lilies: Rebirth and Transformation

Lilies, particularly white ones, are emblems of freshness and change. As a symbol of the deceased’s soul returning to a condition of innocence and serenity, they are frequently used during funerals. Lilies were associated with the gods in ancient Greek mythology because they were said to have grown from the milk of Hera, the queen of the gods.

Sunflowers: Affection and Positivity

Sunflowers represent positivity, admiration, and unshakable faith with their brilliant yellow petals and slender stems. We are urged to look for the brightness in our lives and be strong in the face of hardship, just as the sunflower turns toward the sun.

orchidsOrchids: Beauty and Strength

Exotic and seductive orchids are frequently used as representations of beauty, power, and wealth. A rare and exotic orchid indicated riches and social standing in Victorian England, just as they were connected to virility and fertility in ancient Greece.

Violets: Modesty and Faithfulness

Little but beautiful violets stand for modesty, fidelity, and everlasting love. The violet symbolizes modesty and spiritual knowledge in Christian symbolism. Additionally, it’s connected to the arrival of spring, which stands for rebirth and expansion.

field of magical lavenderLavender: Calm and Clarity

Lavender, with its vibrant purple hue and calming fragrance, is often associated with tranquility and clarity. In the language of flowers, it symbolizes serenity and peace. Lavender is said to possess magical properties that can cleanse and purify, making it an ideal choice for meditation, relaxation, and stress relief. It is also believed to promote sleep and ward off negative energy, making it a popular choice for bedroom decor and aromatherapy.

Gardenia: Purity and Love

Gardenias, with their intoxicatingly sweet aroma and pristine white blossoms, epitomize purity, love, and refinement. In magical practices, they are often used to attract love and peace, or manifest healing. Gardenias are also seen as a symbol of protection, making them a popular choice for planting around homes or giving as a gift to loved ones. Their pure white color and divine scent make them a perfect representation of the higher realms of love and spirituality.

daffodilsDaffodils: Renewal and New Beginnings

Daffodils, with their bright yellow blooms, are harbingers of spring, signifying renewal and new beginnings. They are often associated with the sun’s radiant energy due to their vibrant color and are considered symbols of hope, joy, and happiness. In the realm of magic, daffodils are believed to bring about positive change, transformation, and the rebirth of one’s spirit. They are a powerful reminder that after every winter, a beautiful spring awaits.

Peonies: Prosperity and Honor

Peonies, known for their lush, full-bodied blooms, signify prosperity, honor, and good fortune. They are often associated with romance and are considered a symbol of good luck and prosperity in love. Peonies are believed to embody a sense of nobility and honor, and their opulent, fragrant blossoms are often used in magical practices to attract wealth and success. They remind us of the abundance that nature offers and our inherent capacity to flourish and thrive.

The Language of Flowers

Every flower, from the passionate rose to the modest daisy, has its own subtle language. They provide our human encounters a deeper level of beauty and depth by allowing us to convey feelings that words frequently are unable to express. So keep in mind that the next time you give or receive a flower, you are partaking in a long-standing custom of botanical symbolism and enchantment.

A Spell using Violet Leaves, Rose Petals, and Lavender Buds

In the magical world of botanical witchcraft, each plant and flower carries a unique energy that can be harnessed for spells and rituals. Violet leaves symbolize protection, rose petals represent love, and lavender buds are known for tranquility. Here is a simple spell that combines these three elements to manifest love, protection, and peace.

Ingredients:

Procedure:

  1. Begin by cleansing your space. Light the white candle and focus on its flame. This will serve as a beacon of purity and clarity, guiding your intentions towards their target.
  2. Hold the violet leaves in your hand. Close your eyes and visualize a protective shield surrounding you, keeping all harm at bay. Say the following words out loud: “Violet leaves, guard me well, within your strength, I shall dwell.”
  3. Next, take the rose petals. Feel their velvety softness and imagine the warmth of love filling your heart. Say the following words out loud: “Rose petals red, bring love my way, in my heart, let it stay.”
  4. Finally, hold the lavender buds. Breathe in their calming scent and let a wave of tranquility wash over you. Say the following words out loud: “Lavender buds, calm and bright, fill my dreams with peaceful light.”
  5. Place the violet leaves, rose petals, and lavender buds into the cloth bag or pouch. As you do, visualize your intentions being absorbed by the contents of the bag.
  6. Seal the bag and hold it close to your heart. Repeat the following words: “By the power of three, so shall it be.”
  7. Keep the charm bag somewhere safe, such as under your pillow or in your purse. Its magic will continue to work as long as the contents remain within.

Allow the energies of the violet leaves, rose petals, and lavender buds to guide and support you on your magical journey.

 

Love Altar Set Up – Love Spells

Many love spell techniques typically involve prayer, visualization and other ritualistic practices. One of the most ritualistic love rituals is the construction of a love altar because its presence and use anchor our intentions and emotions towards creating and maintaining loving emotions or attracting new love to you.

WHAT IS A LOVE ALTAR?

A love altar, also known as a love shrine, can be created in any location: it can be placed on a bookshelf, in your closet or even at work. It is not necessary for the love altar to be anything fancy; there are many that have been created from a simple hanging shelf, a fireplace mantle, or even a wooden box that you keep closed and private when not in use. If you are already in a relationship, the altar should include items that are important to both partners and can be something as simple as a framed picture of you two together, or it could be an elaborate shrine with various symbols of love engraved on it. By including things that are of interest to both of you, you are creating a magical bond.

WHAT ITEMS GO ON A LOVE ALTAR?

The first step in creating your love altar is deciding what kind of symbolism you would like to place on it. Symbols that represent love are often very simple and easy to find like hearts and roses. You might include pink, red, or white candles which can be simple votives or figural candles molded in the shapes of people. Use stones and crystals that represent love such as rose quartz for true love, lapis for good communication, and garnet for passion. Write down the lyrics to a love song that represents what you are feeling or wanting. It could be framed or folded then tied with ribbon as one of your ritual items. If there are any gifts the two of you have given each other, like a necklace, include that as well. It might be something as simple as the ticket stub from a movie the two of you saw together. Or, if you want to go the elaborate route, you might include as your centerpiece a statue of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love (she was Venus to the Romans.)

Love Letters or love notes. It’s true – not many people write love letters these days. But, has your love been texting you sweet (or sexy) messages? If so, print those out to include on your altar. After printing, anoint the four corners and the very center (this is called a quincunx or 5 – spot pattern) with rose or lavender oil then fold the paper towards you several times. If you have a bottle of magical oil for love, even better. Other paper items you might include on the altar are cards you’ve given each other, a love poem you like, or even a sample of your love’s handwriting.

Love Altar - Love Spells

MANIFESTING LOVE

But what is you are still looking for that one true love? It doesn’t matter. You simply have to focus your energy towards attracting the mate that is right for you while your neighbor’s altar might be about celebrating or Lodestones for Love Altar - Love Spellsstrengthening their existing relationship. A simple spell is to place magnets or lodestones on the altar to draw new love to you. Write a love letter to your future partner and fix it the same way as the one we mentioned above. By using your altar for ritual prayer or spells focused on love, it will raise your vibration to receive that energy when you go out public. But, don’t forget the most important thing – in order to find that right one, you have to place yourself in situations to meet people. Accept invites to parties. Go with your friends to dinner. Say yes when they ask you to go dancing with them at the club. You never know when or where you might meet someone. Unless your true love is the pizza delivery guy, you’ll probably don’t want to spend all of your time in front of your altar – no matter how romantic and gorgeous you’ve designed it. Take all that loving energy you’ve been conjuring up and share it with the world.

We found another article on the topic of setting up a love altar over at belief.net here: How to Build a Love Altar

Working Against Yourself and Magic

Working Against Yourself and MagicYou can’t plant a pot of flowers and then complain they died because you never watered them. And so it is the same when seeking out magical work. It is more than lighting a candle and walking away from it. You have to put in the intention, the desire, and the work behind what you are wanting to accomplish.

If you come to me for a spell to help you find work, yet, you aren’t putting in applications anywhere – you are working against yourself
You want a spell to make you a famous actor, yet, you’ve never auditioned for a single part- you are working against yourself
You’ve opened your own little store and you are wondering why it is failing, yet, you only have it open 4 days a week – you are working against yourself
You say you are lonely and never meet anyone new. Yet, you refuse to leave your house and interact with the world. – you are working against yourself

Magic isn’t a miracle cure. If your rootworker is doing everything they can to bring about change in your situation while you do nothing to take action on your end of the deal, then failure is more than likely ahead. This article isn’t meant to shame the client in any way. It is a call to action for the client to get proactive in their own future. Your car is stalled and won’t start. You’ve got your spiritual worker in the back pushing while you are in the front pushing the opposite direction. How far do you think the car is going to go? So, step aside and let your spiritual worker push a bit. Ah, the car is moving. Now, join them at the back and push with him. See? The car is rolling; actual movement and change are happening!

So, yes – if you want to hire a rootworker or spell caster to give you that little edge over the competition, go for it. Just be prepared to bring yourself as well.

-Papa Gee