When I saw the colors of the flowers at Metropolitan Market today, I was drawn to them, it was the orange that stood out the most. It didn’t look like they had gotten a shipment in this morning, but I saw much to choose from. I was drawn to that beautiful orange and the stunning foliage foliage. As I selected each branch and stem, I knew there were many messages for me and anyone interested in reading about the symbolism of these plants and flowers, Because of the depth and breadth of the messages, I am putting the full summation only on my web page, and a synopsis on social media. I selected, Snow-On-The-Mountain (Euphorbia marginata), Norfolk Island Pine, heather, Arrowwood viburnum and Crested Cockscomb for this arrangement.Additionally, while I was selecting my arrangement, edelweiss kept jumping into my head. Snow-On-The-Mountain and the Snowberries I was looking at moved my thoughts to edelweiss. Even though they are not in the arrangement, I discuss the symbolism, because even though they are not in the arrangement doesn’t mean they don’t have a message for me. Please see the explanation below.
I could not find much on the plant, Snow-On-The-Mountain, but I did find this…
Euphorbia marginata (Snow On The Mountain): this remarkable plant is resilient to most pest and disease as well as being easy to care for.
Further, as I did research, I found references in the bible to “snow on the mountain” and was lead to this bible quote…
Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.”
The interpretation speaks to what I have been witnessing. I see many who consider themselves spiritually awake still riddled with fear. They are giving in to fear and not demonstrating faith in God, Divinity, Source, The Creator of All Things. Their words are not aligning with their actions and therefore it is their actions that are dictating their state of consciousness, the level of their awakened state. My concern is, when they are walking a path they do not desire, they will ask themselves why. They are asking themselves why, because they have not truly awakened.
The nine disciples left behind when Jesus took Peter, James, and John up the mountain (Matthew 17:1) have failed in a critical task. They could not cast a demon from a boy who was suffering greatly. Their public failure prompted both an argument with some Jewish scribes, as well as an exasperated response from Jesus about their “faithless and twisted” generation (Matthew 17:14–17).
Jesus healed the boy, but the disciples really want to understand what went wrong (Matthew 17:18–19). They have asked Him privately, away from the crowds, why they could not cast the demon out. Jesus responds to them directly, but relatively kindly in this verse. At the heart of their failure was their “little faith.” They either did not trust the power previously given them by Jesus (Matthew 10:8) or they did not believe such power could be exercised through them. Perhaps they saw this specific case as too difficult. That they could perform miracles using Christ’s power, at all, was an astounding reality. Jesus reveals here that the key to that power is faith in Him.
Part of the lesson here is the potency of genuine faith. In giving this reminder, Christ once again mentions the tiny mustard seed as a metaphor for living, active faith (Matthew 13:31–32). Even with that amount of faith, Jesus says, they will be able to tell a mountain to move and it will do so. With even a sliver of faith in His power and authority, nothing will be impossible for them.
This is an important and powerful lesson for the disciples. These men will eventually come to perform impossible-seeming miracles as they represent Jesus for the remainder of their lives on earth. The power to do so will never come from their own ability or goodness or status. It will always come through their special endowment, enabled by their faith in Jesus.
Norfolk Island Pine:
Pine: Healing, Fertility, Protection, Exorcism, Money
Native American Symbolism: The pine tree symbolizes creativity, peace and harmony. Pines are symbolically and ceremonially important trees to many Native American people, but their meaning varies from tribe to tribe. The pine tree is a symbol of longevity to the Algonquian tribes of the northeast, and to the Great Lakes tribes, such as the Anishinabe and the Potawatomi, pine trees also represent wisdom and harmony with nature. The Iroquois tribes saw the pine tree as a symbol of peace, and burned pine wood as an incense to pacify ghosts and banish nightmares. Among tribes of the Great Basin and Plateau, pine trees were often associated with rain, and pine cones or wood were burned in hopes of changing the weather to be more favorable. In the Southwest, the pinion pine is considered sacred by some tribes; its sweet-smelling wood is burned as incense, and its pine gum is used as protection against witchcraft. Pine pitch and bark are also used as medicine herbs in many tribes, and pine nuts are an important food source for many Western tribes, particularly in California and the Southwest. Pine needles are also used in some traditional kinds of Native American basketry.
Pine Tree Symbolism:
Being an evergreen tree, it is a symbol of immortality and eternity. In addition to this important meaning, common to all conifers, this tree also symbolizes marital happiness and fertility due to the needles joined in pairs and grafted onto short twigs called brachyblasts.
Heather flowers commonly mean good luck, admiration, and protection.
In the sixteenth century, Clan Ranald, a Scottish clan, believed that they won a battle because they wore white heather in their bonnets, which gave them both luck and protection.
In Scotland, it is common to include a sprig of white heather in a bride’s bouquet for good luck.
Heather flowers typically grow in shades of white, purple, and pink.
White heather symbolizes protection, good luck, or wishes coming true.
Purple heather symbolizes admiration and solitude.
Heather spiritual meaning:
Heather, passion, generosity, healing, success, spiritual growth, connections with the spirit world. Lovers and consummation. Heather is a symbolic link between Mother Earth and Father Heaven. It has a strong infulence on lifting the spirit and caring for others. Helps to focus on passion, healing and intuition. It can be a sign that romance is in the air and that dreams are about to come to fruition.
Heather spiritual meaning, is assciated with passionat love and the keeping of secrets (or uncovering of them.) Ut us a gateway between the conscious self and the deep levels of the unconscious. Heather has a strong association with Mistletow as both are considered lucky. (The white heather is considered the luckiest).
The flowers found on Viburnum are a symbol of a delicate and continuous friendship Which said to die if neglected.
- Berries are edible to birds
- The flowers are hermaphrodite, having both male and female organs and are pollinated by insects.
- Native Americans used the straight stems for arrow shafts.
Tutsan-Hypericum androsaemum-Balm of the Warrior’s Wounds:
It’s a medicinal plant, used to heal wounds and burns, as an anti-septic and also as an anti-depressant, so has some colourful names like “Balm of the Warrior’s Wounds” and “Sweet Amber”. This is a native plant found wild, mostly in the west of UK, with the name coming from the French “toute-sain”, literally all heal.
- Hypericum symbolizes protection and rebirth.
- It is also often associated with cheerfulness and inspiration.
- Spiritual aspiration in the vital
- In some the aspiration moves on the mental levels or in the vital field; some have a spiritual aspiration. On the quality of the aspiration depends the force that answers and the work that it comes to do.
LOVE AND AFFECTION: the flower blooms from summer to autumn, and remains vibrant even as the season becomes melancholy, because of that, they have gained the symbol of unfading love.
STRENGTH AND IMMORTALITY: They remain strong and beautiful even during storms—just the same way they do in the sunlight. They’re a hardy and resilient plant, which enhances this association.
COURAGE: In some contexts, they also represent boldness, making them the perfect bloom to wish someone courage.
SILLINESS AND FLOPPERY: Due to the exotic appearance of the flower, it’s associated with silliness. However, why exactly it’s gained this symbolism is unclear.
The Edelweiss flower signifies deep love, care, attention, sacrifice, and devotion to the people who mean the world to you. You will do all that you can to ensure that you make the people in your life happy. Love is a wonderful gift that you need to appreciate. Live your best life and love with all your heart because love is all you have got says the Edelweiss flower symbolism.
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