By. Erika Townsend
The Lotus flower is often regarded as a symbol of rebirth or a representation of forgetfulness of the past. As the winter that never was comes to an end, we see the fruits of spring blossoming all around us. What was once barren land is now covered with the seedlings of new beginnings showcased in glorious colors and aromas that delight the soul. Tangible representations of our greatest aspirations, a flower’s symbolism speaks volumes about how we love. Often derived from ancient values and norms, their significance is still important to our culture’s perspective of love and romance.
As humans, the way that our love affairs flourish is as vast as the number of petals on every flower in the world. Our culture impacts the way we view love. Our upbringing impacts the way we view love. Our past relationships impact the way we view love. Our current partners or lack thereof impact the way that we view love. With that being said, sometimes we hold rigid beliefs about what should and should not happen when someone finds “true love”. We all want the “Rose romance”, the classic and ideal way to celebrate our love, yet there are many “Tulip tempters” that resonate the allure of the perfect lover as well.
Passionate, sultry and sensual affairs are also represented by Jasmine and both red Camellias and Roses. On the other hand, yellow Roses and Gardenias seem to have nectar so sweet that they invite cheaters and secret loves. For something more innocent such as our first love or refined, mature charm or romance, Lilacs, Orchids and Azaleas can be considered respectively. For a deeper more committed connection, Honeysuckle (symbolism: devoted affection), Lily of the Valley (symbolism: you’ve made my life complete), Orange Blossom (symbolism: eternal love and marriage) and Ivy (symbolism: wedded love and fidelity) celebrate those relationships that are tried and true.
The secret of the Secret Garden is that love, no matter what its form, is quite intoxicating. Realizing, accepting and cherishing the unique love that you have are essential for it to grow. To avoid “daffodil disasters” (symbolism: unrequited or unreturned love), you must nourish the seeds of love within yourself. Being honest, yet realistic, about what your heart desires allows love’s sweet fragrance to endure. As the Lotus opens in the sunlight and closes at nightfall, there is a reason and season for all of our love affairs. There is no wonder why love is king; it’s as fresh as Daisies (symbolism: a love that conquers all).