“He that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.”
- Anne Bronte
Based on the amount of poetry devoted to this fluffily petalled flower, the price of its pure extracted perfume, and sales reports from flower shops, roses, especially red ones, are the most popular flower on earth. With or without thorns.
Ancient Egyptian graves are strewn with petrified roses, and, throughout Europe, fossilized roses have been discovered from pre-civilization times. Symbolic associations with the rose have existed since Greco/Roman days, beginning with its connection to numerous goddesses. Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, is said to have created the rose when shedding tears mixed with blood at the tragic death of her lover, Adonis.
The Romans adopted the rose as a symbol of secrecy. Their dining-room ceilings were displayed with roses, reminding guests to remain hushed about those intimate dinner conversations. The Latin words sub rosa means “under the rose” and to this day means “confidentiality.”
A rose is the key figure in Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s world of the Little Prince. Because of the unrequited love for that animated flower, he left his planet and came to earth. Learning lessons here about love, he futilely tries to return home by being bitten by a poisonous snake. Read this allegorical book for the rest of the story!
Anyone aiming to get brownie points for any occasion knows that the way to her/his heart is with a rose, the red one symbolizing love and passion. Beware the color rose you purchase since white ones denote purity, pinks mean happiness and yellow touts infidelity.
Scientific methods now prove what we sense intuitively: Red is emotionally intense, literally off the charts. So much so that it actually enhances metabolism, increases respiration rate, and raises blood pressure. Red stimulates people to make quick decisions which is why it’s chosen for those 'Buy Now' buttons and fast food restaurant decor.
Color is also non verbal communication, with subconscious meanings that can change depending on what’s being expressed or suppressed. A person may feel drawn to wear red on a particular day because they feel passionate about what they’re going to be doing. Or, they might not realize they are feeling angry, yet find themselves ironing the red shirt they rarely wear. Needing an extra jolt of energy that day, they search out their only pair of red underwear clueless as to why.
The red I use when creating my clothing designs is filled with a non-verbal passion for life, literally wearing emotions on your (hand-dyed silk) sleeve. A Lalamel creation will make you feel like the goddess that you are, and I guarantee it will raise more than just blood pressure!
P.S. Motherhood is the most selfless human connection. Make it special by reminding her how she transformed into an extraordinary mom just by giving birth to you!