While you may be familiar with your zodiac sign and maybe even the precious stone associated with the month of your birth, did you know that The Language of Flowers shares with us blossoms connected with not only the month, but also the day and even land of your birth? These ‘Birth Flowers’ will vary across the world but will still hold messages of hope, support and insight no matter where you where born or the places you find yourself throughout life.
Birth Flowers are without a doubt, the very best selection for bouquets and floral gifts for someone on their birthday or at times when they are not feeling themselves. These special, personal flowers also hold insight into personality and values and maybe even hint at the future.
The arrival of the lovely new prince on 23rd April 2018 to William and Kate, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, falls within the traditional western culture Birthday Flower month of the Daisy and this means all flowers holding the common name of daisy but particularly Common Daisy (Bellis perennis) which means happiness, calm, playfulness, peace of mind and protection and Shasta Daisy (Leucanthemum maximum) which conveys happiness, friendship and stability. The Sweet Pea (Lathyrus odoratus) is also indicated as a flower associated with April and again a blossom of protection and harmony but also of gratitude, luck, responsibility and comfort.
These birth flowers of the new prince indicate a very cheerful and playful person who is also someone that values relationships, especially friendships and will most likely be the first to the assistance of others in need. Should the Prince find himself in other lands, the flowers he would find most supportive of him are those of his birth month and these include, in China or Japan ~ Cherry Blossom (Prunus serrulata) which mean peace and harmony and for example, Australia ~ Tea Tree (Leptospermum myrsinoides) which mean luck and attainment. In the USA, he would still find Daisy one of his birth flowers.
With his birthday falling on the patron saint of England’s day, St. George’s Day, we can look to further botanical associations. The flower of St. George is Valerian (Valeriana officinalis), a powerful herbal remedy and a flower that indicates those of a very accommodating disposition but also means protection and merit.
Each day of the year has flowers deeply connected with it as well and some of those associated with 23rd April include Pasqueflower (Pulsatilla vulgaris) meaning calm and balance but also indicate a need to understand when it is time to let go and warn of being carried away with scattered thoughts. Perhaps the new little Prince may also be a bit of a dreamer.
Another flower is the Wild Rose (Rosa acicularis) which means trust, new paths, promises, contracts and marriage. This blossom would tell us that marriage is clearly in the prince’s future and something he would value and honor greatly. He would also be one who could be deeply trusted and it looks like he may be a bit of a ground-breaker.
Being born under the zodiac sign of Taurus, 21st April – 21st May, the new prince has a bunch of flowers connected with him and this astrological sign. Lily of the Valley (Convallaria majalis) is a flower for all Taureans because it bonds with their grounded warm-heartedness. It also agrees with their loving nature. Cherry (Prunus serrulata) offers peace and harmony to the, at times, inflexible Taurus.
The flower of his homeland, England, is the Tudor Rose, which isn’t really a flower at all but a symbol created by Henry VII, (1457 - 1509), on his marriage to Elizabeth of York in 1486 by combining the White Rose of York and the Red Rose of Lancaster. Still, this created floral symbol holds and speaks The Language of Flowers, not only for the new prince but also for all who were born, live under it and honor it.
The Tudor Rose displays a White Rose (Rosa), meaning truth, faith, protection and honesty, nested within a Red Rose (Rosa) meaning courage, respect, love and passion. Together they merge as the Tudor Rose badge to mean peace and unity.
Everyone has flowers associated with the date, time and place of birth and once you understand The Language of Flowers and the meanings and energies these personal blossoms can share, you might just find deeper personal insight as well as ways to bring about personal energetic change. Your flower bouquets and decorations, garden plants, botanical products such as perfumes and even artworks and textiles can say and mean so much more for you and those you share them with.
Perhaps you could explore the flowers associated with your birthdate and those you love? I wonder what you will find?
©2018 by Cheralyn Darcey. All Rights Reserved.
Reprinted with permission of the publisher, Rockpool Publishing.
Flowerpaedia: 1000 Flowers and their Meanings
by Cheralyn Darcey.
Flowerpaedia is a handy and engaging A-Z reference guide of over 1000 flowers, researched and compiled by botanical explorer Cheralyn Darcey. Readers will delight in understanding what each flower means--emotionally, spiritually, and symbolically--and the dictionary format allows people to search by the feeling or emotion they wish to convey or change. Expertly written with easy-to-understand insights, Flowerpaedia shares how we can work with a myriad of flowers to achieve balance, calm, or healing in our lives, homes, and gardens. Included is an index of each flower's precise botanical name for easy and exact identification.
Cheralyn Darcey is an environmental artist, flower therapist and teacher who has had a lifelong connection with the spiritual and healing properties of plants. For the last 30 years, her art has been featured in workshops, exhibitions, art prizes and publications internationally. She was also a selected Environmental Artist in Residence at the International Environment Convention in 2011 and an Artist in Residence during the Year of Biodiversity, as well as presenting at the Australian Museum. Her other publications include the Australian Wildflower Reading Cards, Flower Reading Cards, Flowers of the Night Oracle Cards , and Florasphere Calm/ Florasphere Inspired coloring books. Visit her website at http://www.cheralyndarcey.com/