Daisy Flower Symbolism and Meaning | The Spirit of Daisy

The Spirit of Daisy

Daisy Flower Symbolism | There is war and there is famine. Some people harm other people...just for the sake of it. There are murderers, and thieves, and people whose motivations are less than pure. Sometimes mothers die too soon, and sometimes children die too young. There are so many things about this world and its experiences that are dark, heartbreaking, and malicious...

...And then, there are daisies.

Daisies are the essence of innocence. They are bright, lively, and pure. Their desires are simple -- sunlight, water, a little attention, and care. And yet in their simplicity, they stand as a stalwart against the darkness, and a testament to the light.

Daisies remind us that even with all the darkness in this world, it is still important to protect and nurture what is innocent and pure. Innocence and purity are the closest things we have to the Divine. An uncorrupt life-force helps us reveal what our nature truly is -- beings of love, not hate.

In the glow of innocence, our best virtues come to light. When in the presence of a newborn child, our instincts are to protect and nurture that soul. Rare is the being who would deign to bring a child harm. When learning of someone who is innocent but has been falsely accused, it innately makes our blood boil and we empathize.

Daisies are no exception. They charm us with their bright, showy blooms so graciously and delight the senses. When we see daisies, we are reminded of what it feels like to love, if only for a brief moment. They remind us of the value of what we can lose if we're not careful and take what we have for granted.

And they remind us that it's the simple things -- the things that are uncomplicated and uncorrupted by the trappings of this world -- that will bring the most joy.

Because yes, there are things that make this life difficult. There are things that make this world dark.

But then...there are daisies.

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Daisy Flower Symbolism and Meaning

Innocence

Daisies seem to evoke a certain innocent, child-like energy. They are so simple and uncomplicated in their design.  Yet in their blooming, they exhibit a joyous vibrancy befitting of a Harbinger of Spring.

Like a young child who clings to their parents dotingly, Daisies yearn after the light of the Father Sun. They open themselves to the Sun's rays in the morning. They follow the Sun’s path across the sky during the day. At night, they close, allowing the Sun to tuck them in as Mother Moon starts her night watch.

Understanding the essence of innocence is integral to understanding the symbolism of Daisy. According to mythology, it was out of a desire to preserve its innocence that Daisy even came to be. Innocence is such a precious treasure that must be protected, a lesson we can garner from the story of daisy.

Celtic legend articulates that the sight of Daisies should be a sign of comfort. It is...an unfathomable and unbearable pain to bury your own child. Yet it is important to know that the gods understand that pain. As a show of compassion and mercy, they cause daisies to grow to comfort those who lose a child much too young.

The burgeoning of innocence and innocence lost is both central themes of Daisy’s story. It is the story of the triumphant welcoming of the Spring and all the new buds and new beginnings that form in its wake. It is also the story of the painful, cutting loss of innocence to Death who respects no one – neither elder nor infant.

In all these things we have a picture of daisy that is both sweet and bittersweet. A flower that fills us with joy yet comforts our pain.

New Beginnings

Daisies are a herald of the Spring. When you see daisies in the field, you know that at last, springtime has arrived. It is such an uplifting sign -- a sign that the chill that stalls the growth of new things is fading. It is a sign that Mother Earth is now entering that blessed, verdant time of fertility as new buds of life spring forth from the trees and the ground.

Daisies are sacred to Freya, the Norse goddess who is a guardian of all things of true beauty. Chief among those are love, a force that has the power to transform us into our highest selves, and fertility, the transcendent ability to create new life. As such, daisies share these symbolic associations with the Divine Lady.

Fertility is the defining element of motherhood. It is the awe-inspiring miracle of a woman's womb becoming the crucible for the creation of life itself. As such, a newly-formed life begets a grand new beginning for both mother and child.

The mother is stepping over the threshold and leaving her maidenhood behind for the magical journey into motherhood. The child is experiencing life anew from the gift of a truly blank slate.

Daisies and the newness of motherhood are very much symbolically intertwined. In fact, it is quite common and proper to give daisies to a new mother to congratulate her on the miracle she has just conceived.

Death

It's hard to believe that something so beautiful, pure, and happiness-inspiring can be symbolic of something so ghastly and macabre such as death. However, it's important to remember that Daisies are connected to the concept of death in a number of ways.

One association comes from Celtic lore, where it is believed that daisies are sprinkled upon the earth by the gods themselves to console grieving parents who have lost a child. Other variations of this legend would have it that it is the child who was lost themselves who sprinkle the daisies as a message of comfort to their mourning parents.

Another connection to death comes from an idiom you might well recognize. The phrase "pushing up daisies" has come to describe someone who is dead and buried, with daisies growing over their grave.

This popular phrase was first penned by Wilfred Owens in his poem "A Terre," a poem about World War I. In the poem, he expresses:

"Pushing up daisies," is their creed, you know.

To grain, then, go my fat, to buds my sap..." [3]

While it's hard to reconcile the notion of death with the beauty of daisies, remember that death is also beautiful in its own way, even if that's hard to accept. Death is a transformation. It is a transition from one phase of being to the next. It is not something to be afraid of, but something to respect.

Chastity 

While many cultures are progressing into an age of sexual liberation for both women and men, it is important to remember that in other cultures chastity is still a very important virtue. Chastity -- the act of abstaining from sexual intercourse and preserving one's virginity -- has been a virtue that is often linked with purity and piety.

Losing one's virginity outside of marriage was once and still can be a transgression with severe penalties, up to and including death. Unfortunately for women, this is especially true, as determining a woman's virginity or lack thereof is easy to investigate.

As a result, you will find that many myths seem to focus on preserving chastity as the moral of their story. Daisy's mythology, as well, follows this tradition. According to Roman mythology, the daisy flower came into being when the wood nymph, Belides, transformed into the beautiful flower to ward off the advances of an overly lustful god. In doing so, she was able to preserve her chastity and therefore her purity.

Perfect Love

What is perfect love? It is the perfect union between two souls. It is two hearts beating as one.

Daisies help us understand what true, perfect love and unity might look like. You might miss it at first glance, but if you look closely, there are two sets of petals that make up the Daisy flower. This is because Daisies are actually two flowers blooming as one.

The two blend together so well and seamlessly that it would appear as one whole singular flower. It is because of this phenomenon that Daisies have come to represent the truest of love. True love doesn't distinguish between self and other. True love is loving another as you would yourself.

Secret Keeping

It can be hard to keep a secret. Someone might tell you something so juicy and intriguing that you might be tempted to tell someone else. Or vice versa: you might tell someone something in confidence, only to find your trust betrayed down the line.

In the exchange of secrets, perhaps it would be best to put a little weight on the vow of secrecy that is being requested. This is where Daisies could come into play, as traditionally they have been used to express the sentiment, "I'll never tell." Your secret is safe with me.

As Benjamin Franklin once said, "Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead."

To Dream of Daisy

Rest easy! Dreaming of Daisies is usually a good sign. Daisies generally appear in dreams to show you there is reason to hope. It can also make you aware of the happiness that surrounds you in abundance.

Dreaming that there is a field full of daisies surrounding you means that you are experiencing overwhelming joy. This is perhaps because of the arrival of a new child or a new love. [2]

If the scene is made even more sublime and peaceful by the sight of blue skies and singing birds, know that goods things are on the horizon for you and you have much to look forward to in your future. [2]

If you find yourself plucking the petals off a Daisy flower as if playing a game of “he loves me, he loves me not” then you might be questioning whether or not your lover’s heart is in the right place. [2]

Dreaming of Daisies during the summer, that is typically a sign that good fortune is on the way. However, dreaming of Daisies during the winter can be a bad omen, so take special care to protect yourself. [1]

Daisy Image Gallery

Gerbera daisies can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Plant them in a place where they have access to morning light, which is less acute than the afternoon sun. Try to avoid planting Gerbera daisies in the shade as they will bloom less flowers. | Caring for Daisies Gerbera daisies can be grown both indoors and outdoors. Plant them in a place where they have access to morning light, which is less acute than the afternoon sun. Try to avoid planting Gerbera daisies in the shade as they will bloom less flowers. | Caring for Daisies
Shasta daisies are named for Mount Shasta, as their brilliant white petals resemble the color of freshly-fallen snow. | Caring for Daisies Shasta daisies are named for Mount Shasta, as their brilliant white petals resemble the color of freshly-fallen snow. | Caring for Daisies
African daisies bloom late in the summer as they prefer the cooler temperatures found in the late summer season. | Caring for Daisies African daisies bloom late in the summer as they prefer the cooler temperatures found in the late summer season. | Caring for Daisies
Being a perennial, Marguerite daisies will bloom year after year. They are also known as the Paris daisy, and in fact, the French word for daisy is marguerite. | Caring for Daisies Being a perennial, Marguerite daisies will bloom year after year. They are also known as the Paris daisy, and in fact, the French word for daisy is marguerite. | Caring for Daisies
Painted daisies are quite the pest repellent, and an ingredient within painted daisies is even used in pesticides -- a testament to its strength to repel insects. | Caring for Daisies Painted daisies are quite the pest repellent, and an ingredient within painted daisies is even used in pesticides -- a testament to its strength to repel insects. | Caring for Daisies
Echinacea is also known as Pink Shimmer and tends to grow in dry prairies and wooded areas, typically found in the central and northern parts of America. | Caring for Daisies Echinacea is also known as Pink Shimmer and tends to grow in dry prairies and wooded areas, typically found in the central and northern parts of America. | Caring for Daisies

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References

  1. Auntyflo.com. 2020. Daisy.
  2. Klein, S., 2020. Daisy Dream Meaning And Interpretations - Dream Stop.
  3. Poetry Foundation. 2020. A Terre By Wilfred Owen | Poetry Foundation.
  4. FTD.com. 2020. Daisy Meaning And Symbolism - FTD.Com.

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