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Roses: The Most Symbolic and Flawless Flowers of All Time

When we think of roses most of us consider it as a symbol of romance and love. However, this beauty of a flower can be used to express many emotions and communicate sincerity for an array of occasions from personal to professional. Typically, a well-informed florist should be able to help you with finding the right rose for your occasion. Although, taking the time to learn some of the symbolism and history of this versatile and enchanting flower is well worth it.

A few symbolic meanings that the rose represents are beauty, balance, devotion, faith, honor, intrigue, love, passion, sensuality, and timelessness. The rose’s symbolism goes well beyond descriptive language and plays a role in numerology as well. The Christians used the five petals of the rose as reference to the five wounds of Christ. It would later be associated with the Virgin Mary and then eventually used to represent the blood of Christian martyrs. Additionally, in medieval times, a rose with seven petals represented order, understanding, and inclusion on a universal level. The Freemasons used 3 roses symbolically to represent their guiding principles: the first rose was love, the second, life, and the last rose represented light.

Not only do roses have historical meaning in numerology, but their many different colors represent separate emotions and relational meanings. For instance, take the pink rose for example. This color of rose is often given as one’s expression for admiration. It can also represent healing, first love, elegance, appreciation and happiness. Then, there is the yellow rose. This gorgeous color of the rose is commonly meant to indicate true friendship but other meanings include joy and mature love. Next, we have the white rose. White roses represent purity, sanctity, and new beginnings such as with weddings. Also, arrangements of white roses are often used to express remembrance. Love at first sight and enchantment is communicated through the use of lavender roses. Orange roses will often symbolize energy and excitement in a passionate sense. Last but not least, we have the well-known red rose. As previously acknowledged, this color symbolizes romance and love. However, the red rose also indicates beauty, perfection and deep feelings for that special someone.

Since ancient times the rose has placed its mark on many societies. In Greek mythology, the rose is associated with Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. England even adopted the rose as its national flower. In the U.S., New York, Georgia, Iowa, and North Dakota claim the rose as their state flower. In American football we have the Rose Bowl each year. Cities of several states in the U.S., such as Portland, Oregon and Pasadena, California, have annual rose festivals. The list goes on as to the extent roses have left their impression on us as a society. A flower like no other, roses will continue to be a part of our lives and be used to represent the feelings of our hearts and the thoughts of our minds forever.


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