Flower Power: Interpreting Symbolic Messages in Bloom!


Updated: March 30, 2010

At the time of this writing, Spring is burgeoning – the Earth and all her consorts are tempestuously twisting in a transitional dance of new growth, new life and celebration at slipping from Winter’s stronghold.

What better time to discuss the symbolism of flowers?

There are tons of resources available to clue you in on the symbolic meaning of various flowers.  Check the web, go to your library, talk to an earth-based spiritual practitioner or a passionate gardener.  All these sources will give you an amplification on the deeper meanings a certain flower is whispering in your soul.

But what if you don’t even know the name of the flower seizing your attention?

Great question.  If you don’t know anything about a flower, I have a few tips to help your intuition ascertain flower symbolism even without knowing what kind of bloom is beckoning for your closer attention.

A quick glance at these foundational points of floral wisdom should pollinate your dreaming mind to see a functional message presented by the blooms in your midst.

Color:  Perhaps the most telling tale is expressed in the vibrancy of hue.  Different colors are going to trigger specific sensations within your being.  It’s what colors do.  Each shade of color is intended to elicit something magnificent within your soul.  Pay close attention to gentle motions within you as you gaze upon the technicolor glory of this Spring’s floral bouquets.  Take note of sensations welling up within you as you contemplate electric-azures, high-voltage-violets, mystical-magentas.  Your reactions to these eye-popping colors will cue you in on the messages a flower has to share with you.  If you need help identifying meanings of flower colors, I recommend matching meanings with the ancient chakra system.  This is what I do, and it’s served me very well over the years.  Here’s a brief summary of the chakra colors and their messages that can be applied to the blossoms in your awareness:

Red:              Passion, Virility, Heat, Love, Action, Radiance, Energy
Orange:        Sociability, Cooperation, Warmth, Acceptance, Perception, Assurance
Yellow:         Creativity, Intelligence, Protection, Inclusion, Confidence, Vitality
Green:          Health, Healing, Adoration, Wealth, Prosperity, Life, Rejuvenation
Blue:             Inspiration, Communication, Freedom, Imagination, Self-Expression, Clarity
Indigo:         Dreaming, Persuasion, Depth, Spirituality, Intuition, Vision, Observation
Violet:          Bliss, Joy, Laughter, Encouragement, Hope, Ascension, Balance, Nurturing
White:          Purity, Promise, Cleanliness, Exoneration, Potential

Petals:  Petals are like the facial features you recognize in a best friend.  The contour of the cheek, the fullness of lips, the sweep of the brow.  Petals will tip their hats to a flower message because they offer flavor, personality and depth.  How?  Observe the shape of petals.  Are they tubular? What kind of sensation does that ignite within you?  Maybe they are round petals, looking very cheerful like a chubby-cheeked baby in a fit of giggles.  Petals are the emotional expression of a flower, and will tell you tons about the message that bloom has just for you.

The number of petals can be telling too.  Look to numerology and the esoteric meaning of numbers to help you out with your flower messages. For example: A five-petal flower can be a harbinger of protection as well as a sign to consider all your resources (rather than just the few your familiar with) and join these resources together for a unique culmination of divine design.

Growth Conditions:  An environment in which a flower is thriving can also give you hints as to its message for you.  It’s no different than expanding our understanding about a person after acknowledging the environment in which he/she was raised.  If a flower explodes with beauty in the midst of a an arid heat wave, you might perceive messages of: Determination, Heartiness, Passionate Persistence and a will to bloom against all odds.  Vice versa, if a flower shimmies in lush tropical settings, it could be an encouragement to shift your own environment around.  Create more healthful situations for yourself so you too can thrive as that Amazonian blossom does.

Time of Growth:  Early bloomers often carry messages of renewal.  They are the first to unveil their faces to our searching sight, and so they are the trumpeting of a new phase in life.  These brave frontier flowers will remind us of the promise inherent in all life: Everything moves in a regenerative circle.  Flowers that bloom later in the year will carry messages too.  Contemplate the month in which a flower is at its peak of perfection.  For example, April is typically a rainy month.  Rain-loving flowers might remind us of purification, spiritual cleansing and refreshing the soul on our journey.

There are endless ways you can interpret symbolic messages from the world of flowers.  The key is to connect with the blossoms who really sing to you.  Listen for their unique song, and begin to contribute your own harmony to that vital orchestration.  To be sure, flower meanings and messages are a cooperative venture.  Listen closely.  Observe with wonder.  Contribute as a child would (with imaginative verve).

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  • Laura

    Hi Colette

    I bumped into a psychic 9 months ago who stopped me in my path. She told me things about people close to me that were 100% accurate & it freaked me out. She then proceeded to describe my children & predicted each of their futures which was very encouraging. Said each of them would be extremely be extremely successful. The one thing that took me by surprise was that she told me my marriage won’t last, said I thought I was married to my soul mate but I’m not. I’m married 24 years. She said that a man with initial P is my soul mate but I don’t realise it yet. She said he loves me so much and I love him but I don’t realise it yet. Said he is a very good friend of mine but she sees a breakup. I laughed at this point because I told her there’s nothing to break up. Said I am going to be so happy in the future & live in a foreign country with this other man. It played on my mind for months. I couldn’t make out who this other man was until 3 month’s later a very good friend of me & my family disappeared out of our lives for no reason. It was then I realised who she was talking about and this was the breakup. I then met this lady again 7 months after the initial meeting & she recognized me immediately. Called me by my name eventhough I didn’t give her my name. She asked had my friend made contact. It didn’t click with me initially so she called him by his name. I nearly died… she told me how unhappy he is with his marriage & how he’s going to shock me by walking back into my life. He will shock me & the World when he leaves his wife. Said he loves me so much & I’m always on his mind. Said my husband will be very upset but there is nothing she can do for him. Told me that she can see age difference between me & this other man but it doesn’t matter as he loves me. Says me & my husband have been growing apart for a few years. I know that I love my husband but do realise our relationship hasn’t been the same for a while. I realise I do have feelings for this other man. Bottom line is could this psychic be correct in saying this man will walk back into my life & the life she has mapped out for me is likely to happen.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      honestly I have no idea… I think going up to someone unbidden is not within ethical behavior for an intuitive ( I feel if someone doesn’t ask for a session there is an intrusive quality to the interaction). Unless she asked your permission and you said yes. As per the prediction. Its one thing to predict a possible reality and its another to experience it. You will have to wait and see as all manner of potential realizes are possible given the seeds we plant in the present. I track energy and see potentials in the future too. This story is possible as are all stories.You will just have to wait and see. I will ask you though, what if you decided to work on the relationship with your husband who you say you love? All relationships change after 24 years so of course there may not be the wild romantic experience we all have in the beginnings of love and union. Make sure you are willing to pay the price that will be expected of you if you pursue this new future. It’s all a choice.. choose wisely

  • Nikki

    I love the flower power as I work with them. Thank you Colette fir your wishdom. Once I had s chance to meet you in toronto at Babalu. I love your energy.

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