🌸 FLOWER OF THE DAY ~ Violet (Viola sororia)

It is a concept we know but one we often do not adhere to. We often really do have the answers already and know the truth of situations fully. There are many different kinds of violets but all have similar themes in their meanings of faithfulness, thoughts and truth.
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Violet will help you stay true to something you believe in. They will assist you in finding something deep within you that you wish to explore, especially when connected to life goals, purpose and passions.
As a Flower Oracle, Violets will be indicating that you need stay on track with your values and to perhaps stop looking outside for answers.
Cupid loved violets (which were originally all white) and the Goddess Venus, in a fit of anger turned them blue after he told her they were even more beautiful than her, so they wouldn’t be so lovely. Zeus had a mistress named Io and so he could hide her from his wife, he turned her into a cow and created violets for her to eat as they are so lovely.
An old Greek belief is that it is an indication that the deceased had settled into paradise if violet, marjoram or rose grow particularly well on their grave.
During the First World War, 2nd July was proclaimed as ‘Violet Day’ in Australia and small posies and badges were sold to raise funds to assist the families of the fallen and those who returned. This tradition continued until 1928.
They were favourite of the Empress Josephine and Napoleon had them planted on her grave. Violets were adopted as the symbol of the Imperial Napoleonic Party and when Napoleon was sent into exile he famously said he was return with the violets of spring. He was toasted by his supporters in secret as ‘Caporal Violette’ On his death, a locket was found containing a lock of Josephine's hair and pressed violets.
Most types originate from the Northern Hemisphere but there are species found in Australia, the Pacific and even South America. Violets prefer cool to warm climates, and wilt a bit in mid-summer heat. They are fairly tolerant to a variety of soils but do enjoy a good feed so use a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Soil should be moist, but not wet. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week.
Remove spent blooms to extend the blooming period.

bunches of love,
Cheralyn 🌸

card from 'Flower Petals, blossoming guidance from the garden' affirmation deck, written & illustrated by Cheralyn Darcey and published by Rockpool Publishing

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bunches of love, Cheralyn 🌻
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