The Magic of Lilac
The first sight of lilac flowers blooming in the spring can be quite startling. After leaving the leaden haze of winter, with the cold and crisp still on the mind and in the bones, giving into the idea that Spring has arrived and the world will blossom soon can feel like giving in to a dangerous hope.
But then, there it is – a burst of bright, purple color on the horizon that is impossible to ignore. That sweet, light but pungent scent that alerts your senses to the advent of the spring, even if your mind has trouble believing it.
Lilacs, are one of the first flowers to bloom, usually around Easter time, and well before the heavy-hitters like roses and the other dramatic, summer-blooming flowers make their entrance.
With its bloom and tantalizing scent, we are awakened to the potential and enchantment of the season that is well underway. It is time to blossom. It is time to bloom. It is time to break out of your shell, bask in the light of the Sun and be prepared to enjoy the bounty of the Earth that will soon arrive.
But lilac’s magic is fleeting, so enjoy it while it lasts. Just like the stunning cherry blossom, lilac blooms only last a short while.
This is a lesson to us that we must cherish and make the most of every moment, every thing of beauty, every chance at love…before it wilts away.
But tucked within the mystical lilac plant is a magic that can will away dark energies with its lively power, attract romance with its compelling scent, and stimulate our mind to arrive at breathtaking epiphanies…don’t let your chance at this magic wilt away.
Lilac Magical Correspondences
- Botanical Name: Syringa vulgaris
- Folk Name: Common Lilac
- Gender: Feminine
- Planet: Venus
- Element: Water
- Powers: Exorcism, Protection, Love, Psychic Ability
Magical Ways to Use Lilac
- Dark forces cannot withstand the lovely scent and lively color of lilac, and are driven away by it. Therefore, planting lilac bushes around the home is a surefire way to keep evil at bay.
- If dealing with unwanted lingering spirits in your home, or visiting a haunted space, make sure to have fresh lilac flowers on hand to compel them to vacate…if you so desire.
- Keeping a spring of lilac over your newborns crib encourages them to grow in wisdom and knowledge.
- Perhaps you are looking for a short and flirty, casual summer love to pass those long summer days. Lilac is just the flower for this. Rub lilac flowers on your wrists and neck to don the love-attracting scent so that you can find your summer fling.
- Admire the sight of white lilacs, but don’t bring them home — they can be quite unlucky. However, if you happen to find a white five-petaled lilac flower among the bunch you may want to make an exception because those do bring good luck.
- Feeling stagnant and looking for the winds of change to come through and breathe some fresh air into your life? Entice them with lilac incense. Burning lilac incense can help inspire new changes and help you see your way to life-changing breakthroughs.
- Lilac oil is very easy to make and can be used quite effectively in love spells and attracting romance. Simply place a cup of lilac flowers in a large jar, cover with a carrier oil (like jojoba) and let it sit for 6 weeks. Strain the lilac petals when its time and you have your very own, magical lilac oil.
- Lilac wood dense and hardy, making it an excellent material for fashioning magical wands, staves, runes and even instruments. Consider magical tools made from lilac wood to banish evil spirits, raise psychic energies and vibrations, and attracting love.
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Understanding the Symbolism of Lilac
During the Easter season, as the landscape undergoes its transformation into the blossoming bounty that is the spring, a curious magic takes hold — the lilac flower heads into the peak of its bloom.
We are so fortunate that these paschal flowers bloom so early – earlier than many flowers – as their tantalizing scent romances us and lulls us into the ascent of spring into summertime.
Because of lilac’s early bloom, lilacs have come to be known as one of the harbingers of the spring and a symbol of the rebirth, renewal and new beginnings that accompany this season.
However, these blooms only last for a short time – just three weeks — a fleeting enchantment. But as they bloom and we are made to be intoxicated by their mystifying scent, a spell takes hold that puts love on the mind.
Hence lilac has always had a close kinship with love and romance, but moreso the “summer love” type of romance – the kind that warms the fires of the beginning of the summer season, but cools as the autumn comes.
Just like its short-lived floral blooms, the types of relationships that lilac symbolizes and even celebrates are the ones that burn brightly for a short while.
Lilac seems to grant permission to enjoy the casual, flirty summer romance that may bloom and wilt all too quickly. The key is to enjoy it while it lasts – become enraptured in all of love’s tumultuous energy – and be ready to let it go without mournful attachment.
As the lilac flower blooms and paints the horizon with pops of bright and lively purple, they also signal that change is coming. Nature will soon transition into the summer season, as bouquets of color burst forth from flowering trees that will eventually bear their fruit.
It’s time to perhaps engage in personal changes as well. The sight of lilacs might inspire you to do a little spring cleaning or shed some of that winter weight in anticipation for the summer.
The different colors come in different colors which symbolize different sentiments. Not surprisingly, white lilac evokes purity and innocence.
Blue lilac pops with such an evocative yet soothing hue that it fosters both joy and peace. The electric, bluish-purple glow of violet lilac stimulates the mystical and numinous aspects of the mind, body and spirit.
Magenta lilac rouses love and passion, while lilac in its original, bright purple form serves as a reminder of first love.
Where the lilac flower blooms, it blooms confidently and boldly, unafraid to provide such a stark contrast to the surrounding landscape with its eye-popping color.
It’s no wonder that lilac shares an association with confidence and self-assurance, and as lilac flowers bloom a plenty just in time for graduation season, it’s not uncommon to give a bouquet of lilacs to a graduate to instill them with fortitude and conviction.
Lilac Interesting Facts
- The name “lilac” comes from the Arabic word lilak, which references a light purple color.
- As lilac’s bloom time coincides so closely with the Easter, they have become the prototypical Easter flower – so much so that lilac flowers are often referred to as paschalia in Greece, Lebanon and Cyprus.
- Lilac flowers can be found in other colors besides their characteristic light purple, such as mauve and white.
- Lilacs are known for their early bloom as flowers appear in early summer just before roses and other summer flowers begin to bloom.
- Lilac’s scientific name syringa vulgaris stems from the Greek word syrinx, which means “pipe.” This is in reference to a Greek myth where Pan fashions a pan pipe from the branches of a lilac bush.
- Known for its sturdy wood, the State of New Hampshire adopted lilac as the state flower because it symbolized the “hardy character” of the citizens of New Hampshire.
- Both Vincent Van Gogh and Claude Monet were inspired by lilac’s beauty, and have made paintings that famously feature lilac flowers.
- Lilacs have a fleetingly short bloom – lasting only three weeks.
- During the Victorian Era, widows often wore lilac as it was seen as a reminder of old love.
- Lilac is a member of the olive family.
- Walt Whitman’s wrote a poem inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s last days called, “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.” In the poem, lilacs are used to symbolize life after death.
- Both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were fond of lilacs and grew them in the gardens.
- Lilacs are considered the traditional flower of the 8th anniversary and as such a suitable anniversary gift.
Lilac in Mythology: The Story of Syrinx and Pan
Syrinx (also known as Syringa) was a beautiful, chaste naiad who served the goddess Artemis dutifully and faithfully.
Her intriguing beauty caught the attention of none other than Pan, god of the forest and he could not help but give into his amorous proclivities, deciding to aggressively pursue the river nymph.
Syrinx was frightened by the forest god’s advance and in order to preserve and protect herself from Pan, turned into a lilac bush.
This proved to be ample camouflage from Pan, who was unable to find Syrinx after her transformation. He did, however, notice the lilac bush with its hollow branches.
Thus the god decided to amuse himself by cutting off branches of the lilac bush and fashioning it into what became the first pan pipe — called a syrinx, a name that coincides with lilac scientific name, syringa vulgaris.
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