F is for Floriography
Floriography is the art of communicating through flowers. Although originating much earlier, this language of flowers became popular during the Victorian era when forthright communication, particularly around feelings became taboo. Flowers became a way to send messages.
Taking my time walking the path with Fool, I can’t help but notice the flowers.
Even though its early Spring and where I live and only the hardiest early flowers are awakening and beginning to poke their shoots through the thawing soil, it IS April and the flower commonly assigned to this month is Sweet Pea.
Here’s a vintage cigarette card depicting beautiful sweetly scented Sweet Pea. (Image courtesy of the New York Public Library).
It’s erroneous to believe that in the floriography practiced in the Victorian era there was one universally assigned meaning to each flower, which everyone used and understood. But dictionaries abounded and there were certainly overlaps.
Sweet Pea was often defined as meaning “delicate pleasures” and “departure.”
Another way to look at and appreciate flowers is through their vibrational qualities, which is what the practice of working with flower essences is all about. According to Isha Lerner, sweet pea flower essence is “excellent for the Earth dweller who does not feel completely at home on Earth. It helps one harmonize with a broader spectrum of society so that they may find the unique gifts they have to share with the world. This flower remedy is perfect for those individuals who have tender souls, creative gifts, and sweet characteristics, but find it difficult to feel accepted by others. Sweet Pea helps us all to find the beauty of our own special talents and services.”
I’m pretty sure Fool doesn’t care about floriography – there’s no being bothered by other’s definitions. But Fool is perfectly capable of coming up with her own language, assigning meanings as delights her in the moment. And I think Fool would also understand the language of flowers in another way as well. Listening carefully to how flowers talk to each other and perhaps even joining in the conversation.
So what do you think? Love flowers or feel rather indifferent? Have a favorite? Use flower essences? What languages do you speak? Do tell – you know I love to hear.