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Flowers - Week IV

Calendula
Carnation
Chamomile
Chrysanthemum
Gardenia
Honeysuckle

Jasmine
Lavender
Rose
Violet
Wisteria

 

Calendula

Botanical Name:       Calendula officinalis~ also Marigold, Summer's Bride, Bride of the Sun, Drunkard, Husbandman's Dial, Ruddles

Gender:                      Masculine…. Astrological: Leo

Planet:                        Sun….

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                       Virgin Mary, Diane, and Apollo

Origin:                         Found Globally...enjoying every soil type save overly wet * particularly good in healing salves for chafed, cracked skin...non-toxic properties good for children*~ Latin/ Calends means -the first of the month, referring to the continual blooms of Calendula

                                    Harvest* Mid Summer through late fall in the center of the day when flowers are dry...separate petals when drying

Powers:                      Protection, Prosperity, Good Luck, Renewal, Sleep, Healing, Dreams, Success, Love, Psychic Powers, Money, Wealth, Legal Matters, Divination, Respect, Admiration, Spiritual Development

Substitutions:            

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Carnation

Botanical Name:       Dianthus carophyllus...also Gillyflower

Gender:                      Masculine ... Astrological: Aquarius

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Fire

Deities:                      Jupiter, Jove

Origin:                        Said to have been brought to England by the Normans, the Greek word is derived from the word "coronation” which it was much used for wreaths & garlands during festivals

Powers:                      Strength, Protection, Healing, Consecration, Helps to maintain a strong constitution

Substitutions:              Rose Petals anointed with a few drops of clove oil

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Chamomile

Botanical Name:       Chamomilla Matricaria recutita (German), Chamaemelum nobilis (English & Roman), Chamaemelum mixta (Moroccan)...also Manzanilla (Spanish) & Mayapple

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Leo

Planet:                        Sun

Element:                     Water

Deities:                      

Origin:                        Global growth of over 30 varietals..harvest flowers when dry from both dew & rain...mid spring through summer

Powers:                      Money, Love, Sleep, Purification, Health, Stress, Stopping Violence, Understanding, Peace, Self-image, Divination, and Thanksgiving

Substitutions:             

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Chrysanthemum

Botanical Name:       Chrysanthemum coronarium, Chrysanthemum leucanthemum ...Daisy, Mum

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Taurus

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Water

Deities:                      Artemis, Freya, and Thor

Origin:                        Name coming from "chrysos", meaning gold, and "anthemon”, a flower...gold flower:),

                                    Harvest...Early spring through late fall

Powers:                      Love, Lust, Protection, and Contact of Physic Planes

Substitutions:             

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Gardenia

Botanical Name:       Gardenia jasminoides...also called Cape Jasmine

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Pisces

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                      

Origin:                        China...soil rich in Acid...harvest mid-summer

Powers:                     Healing, Spirituality, Love, Peace, Uncrossing, Fidelity              

Substitutions:             

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Honeysuckle

Botanical Name:       Lonicera caprifolium (a reference to the flower climbing as                                        nimbly as a goat)...also Goat's leaf, Woodbine

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological: Aries & Cancer

Planet:                        Mars…. also attributed to Jupiter

Element:                     Fire…

Deities:                      

Origin:                         Both Etruscan and japonica (eastern Asia – Japanese) honeysuckle are found in the SE USA.  Temperate climate, easily grows in sun or light shade, propagates in summer or late fall, flowers bloom in spring and summer.  Japonica blooms late summer to fall, followed by blackberries.

Powers:                      Love, Animals, Money, Memory, Weddings, Wealth, Strength, Wisdom, Spiritual Growth, Determination, Good Luck, Honesty, Inspiration, Divination, Fidelity, Clairvoyance, Keeping Secrets, Health

Substitutions:             

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Jasmine

Botanical Name:       Jasminum sambac *Arabian, Jasminum Officinale * Moroccan. essential oil source, Jasminum Hunule * Confederate Jasmine, Cestrum nocturnum * Night Blooming Jasmine, J.primulinum * Chinese (yellow) used in teas

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Moon

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Shiva, Ganesh, Vishnu

Origin:                         Name in Hindu means "Moonlight in the Grove"...used primarily in moon magic         

Powers:                      Prophetic Dreams, Money, Love, Meditation, Passion, Wealth, Weddings, Fertility, Happiness, Aphrodisiac, Sleep, Cheer

Substitutions:             Rose

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Lavender

Botanical Name:       Lavandula*spp* Angustifolla, Lanata, Vera, Stachaedoes (French).... also Elf Leaf, Nardus

Gender:                      Masculine…Astrological:

Planet:                        Mercury

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Hecate, Innana, Isis

Origin:                         Introduced to Britain by Romans...best quality Lavender is                                             from Britain

                                    Harvest late summer through late fall

Powers:                     Consecration, Protection, Love, Sleep, Purification, Peace, Happiness, Good Luck, Clairvoyance, Money, Spiritual Growth, Virility, Memory, Gentleness, Aphrodisiac

Substitutions:             Rose

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Rose

Botanical Name:       Rosa spp* Rosa Canina; yields Rose Hips, * Rosa Gallica                                     Officinalis...official approved Medicinal Rose           

Gender:                      Feminine

Planet:                        Venus ... * also Jupiter... Moon

Element:                     Water.... also Air

Deities:                       Venus, Innana, Aphrodite, Hathor, Hulda, Eros, Cupid,                                                                         Demeter, Adonis, Harpocrates, Aurora

Origin:                         Globally known...Nebuchadnezzar used them to adorn his palace in Persia, used by Greeks, Romans, Moghuls, and even today is identified as the flower of Love.  In legend, it was created by Chloris, the Greek goddess of flowers, out of the lifeless body of a nymph, which she found one day in a clearing in the woods.  She asked the help of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, who gave her beauty; Dionysus, the god of wine, added nectar to give her a sweet scent, and the three Graces gave her charm, brightness and joy.  Then Zephyr, the West Wind, blew away the clouds so that Apollo, the sun god, could shine and make the flower bloom.  And so the Rose was born and was immediately crowned Queen of the Flowers.  Best Harvest time for Rose Hips...fall.

Meanings:                  Rose= Love

                                    White Rose= Purity & Spiritual Love

                                    Yellow Rose= Decrease of Love & Infidelity

                                    Cabbage Rose= Ambassador of Love

                                    Musk Rose= Capricious Beauty

                                    Single Rose= Simplicity

Powers:                      Love, Balance, Giving, Blessings, Healing, Love Divination, Luck, Protection, Calming, Aphrodisiac, Beauty, Compassion, Consecration, Harmony, Peace, Retention, Weddings, Transformation, Sex, Self-Image, Cleansing, Thanksgiving, Spirituality

Substitutions:             Yarrow

Notes:                         Keep emeralds stored in rose petals.

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Violet

Botanical Name:       Viola odorata

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Cancer & Libra

Planet:                        Venus

Element:                     Water

Deities:                       Venus

Origin:                         Woodlands & Open Meadows

                                    Harvest...blossoms spring through fall, roots late fall

Powers:                      Love, Protection, Change Luck/Fortune, Healing, Lust, Wishes, Peace, Sleep, Calming, Comfort, Modesty, Serenity

Substitutions:             

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Wisteria

Botanical Name:       Wisteria chinensis

Gender:                      Feminine…Astrological: Gemini & Aquarius

Planet:                        Venus, Neptune

Element:                     Air

Deities:                       Artemis, Hecate, Innana

Origin:                         Blooms late spring early summer...root harvesting late fall through winter

Powers:                      Gentleness, Inspiration, Love, Protection, Spiritual Growth, Wisdom, Divination, Intellectual Development, thought organization, educational goals

Substitutions:             

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