So many Botanical Histories surround Lilies and most relate to the purity of the colour white, of the 'heavenly' scent and of the trumpet shape which would indicate messages from 'above'.
It is said that on seeing Christ on the Cross, the Virgin Mary cried and from where her tears fell upon the ground, Lilies grew.
This story is also told as Eve crying as she left the garden of Eden and Lilies growing from her tears upon the ground.
Lilies feature very strongly with Christian Art and are often depicted with the Virgin Mary along with Roses. This is thought to have begun with the story of Saint Thomas. He visited her tomb after her death but not believing she had amended to Heaven, opened her tomb but found only lilies and roses within.
Magickally, Lilies are said to protect against negativity, witchcraft and witches. You can protect your home from evil, negativity and ghosts by ensuring they are grown along your boundaries.
While for many, Lilies are strongly associated with Death, this has come about due to the strong perfume and the belief that the purity of Lilies with absolve sin and afford protection in the afterlife. The scent of course was advantageous in early times to cover the aroma of the deceased. This is why many highly fragranced flowers have a connection with death still for us today. Need becomes tradition.
Oh and why do some Brides carry Lilies? This goes back to a Medieval spell-breaker! To carry lilies on your Wedding day will break any Love Spell and thus ensure that you are truly marrying of your own free will.
bunches of love, 🌸 Cheralyn xx
information from my new book 'Flowerpaedia, 1000 flowers and their meanings' released by Rockpool Publishing
bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻
🌸 Flower of the Week ~ Carnation (Dianthus caryophyllus) After a lot of requests from all of you lovely Blossoms, the first in a new weekly series exploring a different Flower. Botanical History, Gardening, Myths, Legends, Ethnobotany, Floristry, Flower Essences...