Flower Meanings - Pansy
Pansies and their cousins, violets are such a common feature. It's easy to take these delightful babies for granted. My mom plants them around her pecan tree every year. I'm guilty of walking past them without much consideration. Sure. I appreciate their vibrant color and beauty, but I never really got in touch with the deeper symbolism of the pansy until lately.
Why the sudden interest? In short, a dream. I dreamed I was submerged in an ocean of pansies. This was kind of surreal, because pansies are rooted to earth, yet I was dreaming of an entire sea of pansies - which factored in water symbolism.
Upon reflection that water energy isn't too far off base when it comes to flower meanings and the pansy. Why? Because pansies represent reflection (as does water). They are symbolic of thought, clarity and reflecting upon our inner selves.
I dig the origin of the word pansy. It comes from the French word penser which means "to think". How cool is that!?!? That little factoid alone makes me look at pansies in a whole new light. Now a'days when I see a pansy, I stop. I think. I reflect. Maybe pansy might be a good trigger for you to do the same? Give it a try sometime. When you see a pansy or violet - just take a moment to be present, ponder, consider and think.
Pansies play special flower meanings in Shakespeare's epic, Hamlet. Where there is dear, sweet Ophelia, there are always flowers. In the symbolism of flowers, Ophelia is portrayed having pansies woven in her hair, sewn in her gown, and in-hand with a bouquet. Here too, the symbolism is that of thought. Ophelia eventually succumbs to madness - I think this is a reference to the pansy. Not because the pansy symbolizes madness. No. Because the pansy is a testimony of the power of thought. The pansy should beckon us to consider, to think, to mull over. I bet Ophelia did. Maybe she thought to the extreme, pushing the limits of the mind. I'd also make a bet that her madness was a kind of bliss. I think she knew the language of flowers, and the wild language of nature - a language few others understood.
That's a little dark talk in the midst of our pansy-pondering. In truth, the pansy is a delightful reminder of the simplicity of life. Huh? Life? Simple? What? Yeah, trust me. Life CAN be simple. It is made simple by pondering the delicate radiance of flower meanings. It is made simple through appreciating the small, sweet and refreshing things around us.
Don't do what I did, and walk past the pansy without much reflection. Instead, take time to relish their perky petals, and colorful attitudes. Mostly, when you see violets, or pansies...pause. Take a 'time out'. Then think. Pontificate. Move into your mind, and really embrace what's going on in your world of thought.
Allow pansies to show you what's taking root in your thoughts, and say a silent "thank you" to this flower for bringing you back in the present moment of sanity. Or, if you're Ophelia, that moment might be madness...I personally see nothing wrong with that. Pansies remind us of perspective. Whether we are sane or otherwise, flower meanings can help us blossom in any environment. All we have to do is love ourselves, and love our flower-family enough to listen - to hear - to think about what's growing around and within us.
As always, thank you for indulging me these symbolic musings.
May all your pansy encounters be thought-provoking,
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."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!