Mighty Aphrodite & Flowers

She clothed herself with garments which the Graces and Hours made for her and dyed in flowers of spring – such flowers as the Seasons wear – in crocus and hyacinth and flourishing violet and the rose’s lovely bloom, so sweet and delicious, and heavenly buds, the flowers of the narcissus and lily. In such perfumed garments is Aphrodite clothed at all seasons ~ from The Cypria, Fragment 6, possibly 750-650 B.C.E. Ancient Egyptian believed that divine power was contained within the scent of a flower…and their profound love of flowers and gardens was expressed in the poetry of the ancient kingdom and Hebrew love songs also contained numerous floral allusions and comparisons. When the Romans arrived in Egypt they described the overpowering fragrance of the flowers and wondered that the heady scents could obscure their mind and impair their judgment. The ancient Greeks had loved flowers and intertwined aromatic herbs with colourful blooms.

We know that from six centuries before the Christ event that there were commercial nurseries. In classical Greece and Rome each God was associated with a plant, or flower and it is interesting to muse on the Arcadia we are all seeking for ourselves through the planting of a garden. Fragrant flowers were placed on graves where the scent was regarded as a sign of the transfiguration of the deceased. The violet was the humble flower that crowned the mighty Aphrodite, Goddess of Love. She was a protector of flowers and gardens and, it was her duty to make love and encourage others to do so.

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