Flower Meanings - Gardenia
Pretend with me you're a kid in a candy store. Rows and rows of sweet treats lined up. You try one, and exclaim: "This is my favorite!". Then you try the next one, and cry out: "No, THIS one is my favorite." Then the next candy jar entices you, and you proclaim: "It's THIS one! Definitely THIS one is my total favorite!"
Well, that's how I am with flowers. I'm tempted to call each and every flower my favorite. In truth, the each one is just as lovely as the next. Same holds true for flower meanings. I meditate with flowers, do research, investigate cultural meanings of each bloom. Inevitably, I'm guilty of decreeing: "THIS is my FAVORITE of all flower meanings!" Well, you get the idea. It's just impossible, because each flower meaning is as poignant, sweet and tender as the next.
Which brings me to flower meanings of the gardenia. You know where I'm going with this..."Gardenias are my FAVORITE!" LOL! Seriously...if there was any way to have a fav, gardenias would be it.
Why? Plenty of reasons...
Firstly, their blooms are soft, snowy white. White is symbolic of purity, innocence, clarity. White is clean. It is a blank canvas upon which we can paint our ideas, impressions and dreams. And gardenias are mightily generous when it comes to dreams.
Gardenias are sacred Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams. Other flowers are sacred to Morpheus too, like poppies, but gardenias are special to this deity because of their intoxicating fragrance. It's true. Shove your schnoz in a gardenia. Inhale deeply. The effects of that aroma are absolutely divine. The Greeks thought gardenias were able to transport the sniffer to Elysium, which are heavenly estates where life is sweet, and all is joy.
Bringing ourselves down from the heavens, flower meanings of gardenias have more roots than previously described. For example, gardenias are symbolic of rooting ourselves in friendship. In the Victorian era of flower-language, gardenias were given as a symbol of new, promising friendships. In France, men wore gardenias to express their purity of intent in attracting a compatible mate in social settings.
Gardenia doesn't stop here. Nope. Much more symbolic fragrance from this flower than this. To wit, here are a few keywords of interesting regarding flower meanings of the gardenia...
Gardenia flower meanings are particularly relevant in Asia, as these plants thrive in this area of the world. Chinese and Japanese symbology indicates the gardenia is an icon for peace and clear perspective. In fact, Asian medicine often prescribes tincture of gardenia to help calm nerves and ease stress.
If you're a symbolic naturalist, like me, you're going to take a look at the physical attributes of the gardenia to offer clues to its symbolic secrets. For example, consider gardenia leaves. They're shiny, and waxy. This is symbolic of clarity too. Moreover, it's symbolic of self-reflection. In fact, many earth worshiping sects subscribe time with gardenia in meditation in order to come to the core of oneself for understanding and enlightenment. I've spent time blissed-out in gardenia meditation. I have to say, the earth-folk have it right. I came out of my reverie with new-found insight. The gardenia can serve as a mirror, and help us reflect upon who we are...what our potential is...what motivates us. Better yet, when given the chance, gardenia can help us attain an element of inner peace. That's big mojo!
Gardenias flower meanings also deal with protection. They naturally deter certain insects. Metaphorically and energetically, they can help dispel bad feelings or energies in our lives. Simply nurture one of these plants, or just appreciate one. While doing so, honorably ask the gardenia to do a clean-out in your life. When you appreciate gardenia energy, and hold an intention for clarity - the gardenia has magic. It can clear out the fog, it can remove the grime of life we all get caught in. Give it a try!
I hope you have enjoyed these findings and thoughts about gardenia flower meanings. Check out the links at the end of this page for more symbolic flower meanings that are sure to uplift!
As always thanks for reading,
Gardenia blessings to each of you,
Thanks to Wikipedia for the Gardenia images :)
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
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