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    Winter White

    In December keep yourself warm and sleep”  Laura Martin

     

    White is the color of winter. It is the color of the evening where it shines and illuminates everything in its presence. White is the shade of diamonds appearing in the cold, clear night. White looks spectacular against shades of dark evergreens or mixed with holly.  Bring shades of white inside to celebrate the rebirth of the Green Man and keeping in touch with Nature mixing with evergreens and mistletoe, contributing to the magic for this time of year.

    The color white speaks to new beginnings and whole health. It is feminine energy representing fertility, royalty, spiritual truth, and strength. White helps to bring mental clarity to one’s thoughts or actions. It conveys reverence, silence, and humility.

    The celestial light is white. In a sacred space, white is the number one color for reflection, attracting benevolent spirits and elementals to support a quiet area. The shapes of round or oval and arches represent white and will move energy through your sacred space. In The Language of Flowers, white represents a loss, sending peace or forgiveness to the receiver. Plant shades of white or pick up a bouquet for yourself when you need healing or clarity.

     

    The following three plants are a part of Christmas and represent the color white.

    Chrysanthemums, Chrysanthemums

    Their common name is mums. Chrysanthemum is from the Greek chrysos for gold, anthos for flower. Mums originate from China and are revered in Japan when translated means gold flower. In Australia, mums are the flowers for Mother’s Day.  

    In The Language of Flowers, mums mean longevity, truth, vigor, and new perspectives. Sadly, mums were often at gravesites in Europe and became associated with death. In the United States, they are The Queen of Fall Flowers, introduced through colonial gardening.

    A brief history of mums. Their initial use was as a culinary herb, cultivated for over 3000 years. Considered one of Four Noble Plants in China, along with bamboo, plum, and orchids or Four Gentlemen signifying the changing seasons. Mums traveled to Japan and became the symbol of the Mikado (Emperors). The emperors wore a single chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal. A revered plant in Japan since 910 BCE, they are celebrated on National Chrysanthemum Day. Chrysanthemum morifolium traveled to England in 1795, where they started their journey to the west. Cultivated as garden mums, they are bred the world over.

     

    Metaphysically mums fall under the fire element, associated with masculine energy, and ruled by the Sun.

    Poinsettia, Euphorbia pulcherrima

    Common names are many. Bird of Paradise Flower, Christmas Flower, and Christmas Star. Ones that reflect the original red are Scarlet Starburst, Mexican Flame Leaf, Winter Rose, Flor de la Noche Buena or Flower of the Holy Night.

    The Aztecs called it Cuitlaxochitl (ket-la-sho-she ) which means flower that grows in soil, or star-flower. They were a sacred plant to the Aztecs, representing purity. Today, through much cultivation, they come in shades and combinations of reds, pinks, and whites.

    In The Language of Flowers, poinsettias symbolize good cheer, success and bring wishes of mirth and celebration. These traits bring joy, love, hope, purity, and respect for motherhood when given as a gift.

    A brief history of poinsettias. The botanical name pulcherrima means most beautiful. They have a short bloom time in their native land bursting forth in December where they decorate temples and churches. Named for Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, United States ambassador to Mexico under President Martin Van Buren. He was a botanist and became enchanted by the star-shaped bracts and its novelty. It was Paul Ecke Sr., the Father of the Poinsettia Industry, of Paul Ecke Ranch, in California, that saw a marketing opportunity. With its late blooming of the year, he took and ran with production in the early 1920s. When he died, Congress established December 12th as National Poinsettia Day in honor of his ability to create a floral business impacting the Christmas market. This day coincides with Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations in Mexico.

    Metaphysically poinsettias are a fire element, associated with masculine energy, and ruled by Saturn.

    Snapdragons, Antirrhinum ma jus

    Botanically, the first part of Anti means rhino a nose, referring to the snout of the flower. Common names are snaps, dragon flowers, and rabbit lips, all referring to the snap made when gently squeezing the sides.

    In The Language of Flowers, snapdragons mean protective, fiery, brimming with life-force, presumption, and desperation (don’t mess with me or else.) They protect properties from the unseen and known energies. In a sacred space when planted, promote honesty and openness. White snaps reflect the traits of worthiness, expressing a likeness for and appreciation of their friendship. They represent the grace and purity of innocence.

    Giving them in a bouquet they say you respect the Strength of the recipient and honor hardworking individuals. During the Victorian era, a bouquet of snapdragons usually meant a proposal was coming soon. Hiding a snapdragon in your clothing made you appear fascinating and alluring.

    A brief history on snapdragons. They are originally from Spain and Italy making their journey through the Roman Empire where they have become a favorite garden and cut flower. They are one of the plants of the Faires. Cultivated varieties are constantly named flower of the year. They are bred in multiple colors and come in three heights, dwarf, immediate and tall.

    Metaphysically snapdragon is a fire element with male and female energies. They are co-ruled by Mars and Venus.

     

     

     

    References

    #88, Snapdragon Flower: Meaning & Symbolism, 2018

    100 Flowers and How They Got Their Names, Diana Wells

    1112, Down-to-Earth Garden Secrets, Birds & Blooms Books

    Chrysanthemums: History and Flower Forms, New York Botanical Garden, March 23, 2020

    Garden Spells, An Enchanting Collection of Victorian Wisdom, Claire Nahmad

    History and Meaning of Chrysanthemums, Pro Flowers

    Leaves, In Myth, Magic & Medicine, Alice Thomas Vitale

    Magical Herbalism, Scott Cunningham

    Meaning & Symbolism of Poinsettias, Teleflora

    The History of Snapdragons, Deborah Harding, September 21, 2017

    The Magic of Flowers, Tess Whitehurst