The Queen of Flowers: Rose Spiritual Meaning, Myth and Magic

The Magic of Rose

A picture of a dewy red rose taken with selective focus photography.

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.

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.

A red rose.

Roses in Mythology and Folklore

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 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.

A red rose with water droplets.

Interesting Facts About Roses

  • 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.
  • The tiniest rose buds in the world are the size of a grain of rice.
  • Only three flowers were ever mentioned in the Bible — rose, henna and lily.
  • “Juliet” is the name of the most expensive rose cultivar. It took 15 years to breed and costs 5 million dollars.
  • The world’s oldest rose bush grows on the wall of the Cathedral of Hildesheim in Germany. It has been documented to be there since 815 A.D. — over 1000 years. It has even survived the cathedral being bombed in 1945.
  • There is no such thing as a black rose. What are perceived to be black roses are usually a deep crimson red that is so dark it appears to be black.
  • The world’s largest rose was a pink rose that was 33 inches in diameter and bred by Nikita K. Rulhoksoffski.
  • The oldest rose fossil ever found was found in Colorado and dates back 35 million years ago.
  • Roses have inspired many a song. There are over 4,000 songs dedicated to roses.
  • It takes 2,000 roses to produce just a mere gram of rose oil.

Recipe: Candied Rose Petals by The Little Kitchen

The Healing Power of Rose*

Roses are a surprising source of many health benefits. Consider rose syrup for a unique approach to soothing a sore throat or rosewater when dealing with a headache. Rose hips, the fruit of roses, are also high in nutritious value, not to mention providing a creative approach to your next homemade jam project.

  1. Rose hips are rich in vitamin C, moreso than many other plants.
  2. Roses have a cooling effect on the body, which can help when lessening a fever or when cooling off in the summer.
  3. Rose hips contain iron, which is helpful when dealing with anemia.
  4. Rosewater can help lessen headaches caused by sunburn when applied to the forehead.
  5. An infusion made from dried rose petals can be taken after meals to help with digestion.
  6. Rose petals are a mild sedative, and the steam of rose petals and lavender can help with falling asleep.
  7. Rose syrup and rose honey can be used as a cough and sore throat remedy.
  8. A cream made with a little rose oil can be applied to relieve inflamed or damaged skin.
  9. Rosewater and witch hazel is often combined to make an effective acne treatment.
  10. Add a couple drops of rose oil to bath water for an uplifting, stress relieving bath that can help lessen feelings of depression.
A close up of a red rose with dewdrops.

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

From Cunningham’s Encyclopedia of Magical Herbs

Watch the Video: The Magic of Roses

Magical Ways to Use Rose

As should be expected, rose has powerful energies when it comes to matters of the heart, things of beauty, and fortuitous energies. Consider rose petals in your next love-attracting spell, or gather rose hips to invite a tad bit of luck into your life. Here are some magical ways to entice the energies of romance, beauty and luck into your life.

  1. 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.
  2. Roses can be used in glamouring spells and spells to make one more attractive.
  3. A bath with rose petals is said to enhance beauty, and also help the bather to relax and become more centered.
  4. Make a rose petal infused honey that can be used as a magical sweetener for your morning cup of tea.
  5. As for weddings and handfastings, roses can be worn by the guests and strung together to bless the couple’s union.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Rosewater, when sprinkled on clothing, can provide protection. 
  10. Drinking rose-infused tea before bedtime is said to induce prophetic dreams.
  11. 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.
  12. Sprinkle rose petals around the house to lessen tensions and help relieve stress.
  13. String rose hips together and wear it as a necklace to attract love.
A red rose with black leaves on a grey textile.

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