Rosa spp.Rosa is the Latin meaning for “a flower”.
As we begin February, the white rose, symbolic for new beginnings, is a lovely harbinger! We’re watching a new month and a new week unfold, and this is the first day of Black History Month. Depending on the ground hog’s discovery tomorrow, we may soon be celebrating another new beginning - the arrival of spring
Traditionally, the white rose stands for purity and innocence. According to one Christian legend, at one time all roses were red. The Virgin Mary, the most pure and innocent of all, washed her veil and draped it on a red rose bath to dry. When she removed it, all of the roses on the bush had turned pure white.
Another legend states as Aphrodite rose out of the ocean, the sea foam around her turned into thousands of white roses. From this story’s original white roses, red roses were created. There are several versions of the red rose obtaining its color and fragrance. I’ll add more detail when we honor the red rose!
That associations with purity and innocence have remained, and 'new beginnings' and 'ever lasting love' have been added.
"My mission is
to help others see and cherish the beauty,
romance and treasures within and around them
that are often dismissed or completely overlooked."
Mikell is a writer, artist and professional treasure hunter, finding the greatest treasures in the wonderful people who enter her life!