Femininity & Flowers
Human society has a deep tradition of using flowers to honor and adorn women and accentuate their feminine power. However, this tradition has been lost over the years due to industrial patriarchal societal ideals and the separation of nature and society. We believe that in order to heal nature and re- connect to the natural cadences that lie within, especially related to the feminine, we must honor and love ourselves first and honor the feminine nature that we possess. The feminine represents birth, renewal, healing, partnership, moon energy, and health. A beautiful way to connect to these attributes is to connect with flowers and herbs found in our local environment while weaving a divine crown that represents your natural beauty and feminine wisdom. Read on as we de-mystify the flower crown and how the feminine and flowers cross paths…
The History of Flower Crowns
Ancient Greeks often wore flower crowns in ceremonies and when honoring the gods. The god Apollo is often depicted wearing a crown of laurel branches as a token of his love and devotion to the goddess Daphne. (1) Farther east, Ukrainian and Chinese societies have long traditions of wearing flower crowns at weddings, and reinforcing the flower crown as a symbol of fertility, love, and celebration through history and across the globe. (2) As history moved into the medieval period women wearing flower crowns in appreciation of the earth were persecuted as witches or pagans limiting the freedom of women to safely commune with flowers. As “witch trials” lost their significance, industrial society and patriarchy took precedence, and the tradition of crowning and connecting with flowers and plants has been mostly forgotten.
Flower Biology and the Feminine
Taking a more scientific perspective, the tradition of recognizing the deep connection between femininity and flowers draws on flower biology and expression. Flowers and women mirror feminine biology and the growth and change of reproduction. After pollination, a seedpod swells from within the beautiful petals of a flower (the womb) creating a seed through which that flower will be born anew. Flowers represent life, much like women do.
Creating and wearing a flower crown is a powerful earth-based meditation and provides connection to the 7th Chakra of the body. The chakras are a yogic approach of viewing the body and it’s energy channels. The seven chakras are wheels of energy rooted in different parts of the body and honored in the practices of yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda. (3) The 7th chakra of enlightenment connects us to our higher selves, our intuition, and the divine. The seventh chakra is located at the crown of the head and symbolized by a thousand-petal lotus flower. (4)
Join us for our upcoming workshop as we explore the medicinal, edible, and healing wisdom of flowers related to the feminine body and spirit!
We will dive into seasonal and native flower wisdom as we create our flower crowns. Everyone will take home their crown that is a unique expression of their feminine power. When we create flower crowns we honor an ancient tradition and embrace our connection to the earth and the feminine spirit.
August 31st, 2017
Hosted by: Hummingbird Lodge Healing Arts Center
We hope to see you at the work/shop in a celebration of flowers and the feminine!