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Symbols - What does heaven look like

Flower

A symbol of an enlightened person -  a person who has gained their crown.  The stem of the flower is representative of the spine and the flower head is the opened crown chakra.  The symbolism is apt as flowers are a thing of beauty, as are enlightened beings!  The person is usually female.

If you give flowers you are symbolically [in this context] giving the person the gift of enlightenment, or wishing it for them.

All flowers take on this generic meaning, but individual flowers then have their own symbolism.

Some example flowers

Some links to example flowers is provided below.  Please note that this list is not complete you need to go to the symbol section if the flower is not here.

Anenome

Bulrush

Buttercup

Chrysanthemum

Corn

Daisy

Fennel

Flower

Grain

Grapes

Iris

Ivy

Lavender

Lily

Lotus

Mistletoe

Mushroom

Narcissus

Pansy

Peony

Poppies

Pumpkin

Reed

Rose

Rosemary

Shamrock

Snowdrop

Sunflower

Thistle

Tulip

Vine

Violet

Water lily

Wheat

 

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Colours of flowers

 The colour of the flower has significance.  Colour symbolism is not universal and is usually culture specific, but to give an example, white often means purity, gold might be the alchemical gold, blue can mean a high achiever spiritually.

J E Cirlot – A Dictionary of Symbols

By its very nature it is symbolic of transitoriness, of … beauty.  Lan Ts’ai-ho is generally depicted clad in blue and carrying a basket of flowers.  It is said he was given to singing of the brevity of life and the ephemeral nature of pleasures.  The Greeks and Romans all wore crowns of flowers.  And they threw flowers over … their graves not so much as an offering more as an analogy.

Blue in flowers symbolises the almost unattainable, the extremely difficult to achieve.  It is the colour of very advanced spirituality, of the ‘mystic centre’ and the search for this centre.

Orange and yellow flowers are symbolically associated with the SUN and hence the functions of the SUN- notably wisdom, whilst red and orange are the colours of MARS – courage, bravery, but also passion and anger.

 

Gold and yellow are not the same symbolically.

A Dictionary of Symbols – J E Cirlot

The golden flower is a famous parallel in Chinese mysticism, a non existent flower which is also spoken of in alchemy; in the Epistola ad Hermannum Arch.  Coloniensem (theatr. Chem 1622) it is given the name of 'the sapphire blue flower of the Hermaphrodite'.

Hermaphrodite means Androgyny.

 

 

 

Flowers and the sexual techniques

If the sexual techniques are being used to achieve spiritual experience, the 'flower' can mean the clitoris or the vagina.  This is where the term being 'deflowered' comes from - losing ones virginity.  The Golden flower in this case is simply the achievement of enlightenment via making love and its equivalents.     

Observations

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