The Magic of Rose
The captivating Rose, "the Queen of All Flowers," evokes a sense of wonder, mystery and enchantment as it expresses perfection in its beauty. Steeped in magical energies, roses are a must have in every Witch's magical herb collection, as the magic within them is powerful, piercing, and full of depth. Roses are not only useful for loves spells; they can raise divinatory energies, unveil mysteries, provide protection and aid in matters of truth and things of beauty.
Most notable of Rose's magical associations is its connection to love and beauty. Roses are connected to the Goddess of Love, Aphrodite, as well as Eros (Cupid) and Aphrodite's most handsome lover, Adonis. It is said that Aphrodite emerged from the sea, white roses formed from the sea foam. When her love Adonis died , Aphrodite mixed her tears with his blood to create red roses.
Roses can be used in spells to attract love, as well as spells to severe ties and emotional attachments to an ex-lover, and dispel love-jinxing. Roses can also be used in glamouring spells and spells to make one more attractive. A bath with rose petals is said to enhance beauty, and also help the bather to relax and become more centered. As for weddings and handfastings, roses can be worn by the guests and strung together to bless the couple's union.
Roses have an association with luck and good fortune. Spread rose petals around your altar space or carry some with you to attract good fortune in your love life. Rose hips are especially potent in terms of fortuitous energies. Place them in a green sachet along with other lucky herbs to draw good fortune.
Roses have an interesting and unassuming connection to mystery, secrecy, and the revelation of truth. In Muslim folklore, roses were used to reveal the truth about one of Muhammad's wives and her adultery. Muhammad gave his wife a bouquet of red roses and had her throw them in water. Once immersed, the roses turned yellow, revealing her malfeasance.
In Jewish folklore, it was a rose that again revealed the truth, in a tale of a woman who was falsely accused by a suitor when she refused his advances and ordered burned at the stake. In a strange twist of events, however, the fire consumes the accuser, and leaves her unscathed. A red rose grows from the ashes of her accuser, signifying his deceit, while at her feet a white rose appears, a symbol of her innocence.
To further touch on the theme of Rose and its connection to revelation and mystery, Rose is connected to Isis, the Egyptian Goddess of mystery and magical knowledge, as well as love and beauty. In fact, the Egyptian hieroglyph for Rose resembles a doorway, as if to express it as a portal to information and deeper knowledge.
Use roses to reveal "the evil eye," the potential treachery or deceit of others, or to uncover the truth of a matter in magical workings. It was once tradition at certain dinner gatherings to hold up a red rose at the dinner table before eating to vow everyone at the table to keep secret anything revealed during the meal.
Rosewater, when sprinkled on clothing, can provide protection. It can also help lessen headaches caused by sunburn when applied to the forehead.* Drinking rose-infused tea before bedtime is said to induce prophetic dreams.
Fairies are said to be fond of the scent of roses, so having roses growing nearby may attract them to your home, as well as some added good luck and positive energy.
Contemporarily, different colors of roses are often used to express different sentiments. For instance, red roses are often gifted between lovers, or as a sign of general respect. Dark pink roses can be given as a thank you, or to show someone your appreciation. Light pink roses represent maidenhood, sympathy and appreciation. White roses symbolize reverence and innocence. Yellow roses can be given to a long-term friend, and also express happiness and joy. Orange roses show passion; gift to someone to show an actual desire or express deep excitement.
Rose Magical Correspondences
- Botanical Name: Rosa
- Gender: Feminine
- Planet: Venus
- Element: Water
- Deities: Hathor, Hulda, Eros, Cupid, Demeter, Isis, Adonis, Harpocrates, Aurora
- Magical Attributes: Love, Psychic Powers, Healing, Divination, Luck, Protection, Fairies
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