THE MYSTERY OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS (Part 5 J- M)

Jasmine – (sensuality – grace – elegance – attachment – modesty)

Jasmine is known for its potent fragrance and jasmine is used in some of the world’s oldest and most beautiful scents. Widely cultivated for its flowers and immensely popular as a climbimbing, fragrant cover in a garden. No one can miss the potent scent of jasmine flowers wafting through the home. In southeast and southern Asia, women adorn their hair with jasmine. Many people enjoy jasmine tea, and it is frequently used by those involved in healing, some use it as a preventative medicine. Derived from the Persian yasmin, meaning “jasmine flower”.

Lady’s Mantle

The symbolism  associated with The Lady’s Mantle, is as a cloak for the Blessed Virgin, and it was grown in the Mary Gardens. Dew is associated with magic, and the dew that collects on the lady’s mantle, is named alchemilla (“little magical one”). People stuffed their pillows with it to ensure a good night’s sleep, the dew was used as a beauty lotion.

Lilac – (pride – youth – innocence – beauty)

The colour lilac comes from the beautiful pale purple colour of the lilac flower and its. Lilacs are also white, pale yellow, pink or burgundy and are known for their strong, heady perfume like scent. Lilac became a popular in England, because of its femininity, it is the state flower of New Hampshire and lilacs grow on trees or shrubs.

Lily – (chastity – fleur-de-lis – faith – wisdom – Holy Trinity – chivalry – royalty – fertility)

In both pagan and Christian traditions, lilies are symbolise fertility. Depending on the type of lily there are many meanings. (Calla lily) beauty, (China lily) mother, (orange lily) hatred, (tiger lily) wealth- pride, (white lily) purity, virginity, sweetness, virginity majesty, it’s heavenly to be with you. (Yellow lily) gaiety, gratitude, I’m light as a feather, happiness. In Greek marriage ceremonies the bride wears a crown of lilies. In religious terms the lily symbolises the annunciation of the birth of Jesus by the angel Gabriel. In both Christian and pagan traditions, lilies symbolize fertility.

Lotus – (forgotten past – estranged love) meaning Hebrew lowt (“covering, veil”)

The lotus is known as the “sacred water lily” in Buddhism and Hinduism. Lotus roots are widely used in Asian cuisine and the lotus is the national flower of India, and the blue or Indian lotus, is known as the bean of India. The English name is derived from the flower name, from Latin lotus and from Greek lotus, and the Egyptian “white lotus.”

Lupine – (imagination) meaning “lupinus” (“of wolves”)

The name derived from the belief of ancient peoples, that lupines robbed the soil of nutrients, in reality lupines add nitrogen to the soil. The lupine blossoms exude a delicious fragrance of honey, and the Karner blue butterfly’s caterpillar, gets it’s nourishment from lupines, its only food source.

Magnolia – (love – nature – nobility – perseverance)

The Magnolia’s abundance in Mississippi is reflected in its state nickname, the “Magnolia State”, it is also the state flower of Louisiana. The abundance of Magnolia Trees growing along Buffalo Bayou, in Houston, Texas, led to the nickname “The Magnolia City.”

Marigold – (passion -creativity)  known as (Mary’s Gold ), referred to as (“golden gifts”) and (“Herb of the Sun”)

Marigolds were given as religious offerings to the Virgin, usually by the poor who could not afford to give actual gold, and they were used in Mary Gardens. The English name derives from the flower name, Mary, meaning “the Mother Ray,” and the word “gold” (Marigold). Marigolds have been used as love charms, in rituals and worn as talismans. Marigold flowers added to pillows encourage prophetic or psychic dreams. They are also a favourite with brides, who have them woven into wedding garlands.

Marjoram – (happiness – joy) also called (sweet majoram)

Marjoram is cultivated for its fragrant leaves, either green or dry it is used in  cooking. It does not like the cold and is an under shrub, with citrus flavours and sweet pine. As marjoram begins to flower, it is then the tops are cut and dried in the shade. Healers often used marjoram in their concoctions.

Morning Glory – (affection)

Morning glory flowers are funnel-shaped and open in the morning, this is the time of day they are pollinated by bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, birds and insects. New flowers bloom each day as the life span of the flower is only one morning, in the afternoon the morning glory dies.

by  FROM: http://witcheslore.com/bookofshadows/herbology/the-mystery-of-flowers-and-plants/3649/

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