READING FLOWERS
also known as Flower Psychometry

Flowers are Nature’s gifts. They enliven and refresh the senses. They enrich the lives of all who inhabit Mother Earth. Flowers speak to our deepest being and to our spirit. They are soul food.

Nature is intriguing and ever-present, none more so than the magical realm of flowers. Magical because their energies, obvious and subtle, affect us on many levels, consciously and unconsciously. Their colour, demeanour, form, shape and scent flow into us and we have an immediate connection with the flower/s. This may be felt vibrationally: physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually or environmentally.

Different flowers resonate with different people. Some may be drawn to lilies, whilst others will not entertain having them in their garden or home. No matter, we share a very long relationship with our floral friends. Together we have experienced the coming and going of the seasons, reminding us of the cycle of life, stillness and regeneration. The wheel of the year turns and we are all a part of it, humans, animals and plants, earth and seas, sky, sun and moon.

Flower Psychometry has an ancient history when wise women, priestesses or priests, healers and shamans used to draw inspiration and insight from flowers. As well as their language of trees, the Celtic peoples used flowers in rituals and for seeing into the future. Over time great symbolism was seen in flowers and messages, often secret, would have been carried via flowers. This knowledge and understanding was common-place and was transferred from one generation to the next. Along the way however much of the old wisdom was suppressed, diluted or lost altogether.

The Victorian era saw a huge revival in the symbolic meanings of flowers and throughout the 19th century many books were published on the language of flowers, also known as floriography. A favoured way of communicating things not easily spoken of were via coded messages conveyed within floral gifts. Some examples of what flowers represented being: bluebells were connected with being humble, carnations with affection, freesias with sweet friendship, magnolia with being of noble heart, orchids with beauty, pink roses with admiration, violets with a faithful friend. Some meanings change depending on the flower’s colour. Still today scarlet roses represent passionate love and many brides choose their bouquets according to the symbolic meaning of each flower.

Flowers have much to teach and much to share. Flower Psychometry, sometimes called flowermancy, is the art of reading flowers. It is about attuning to the energy and spirit of the flower in order to receive their message of guidance and wisdom. Picking up flowers’ messages can be likened to peeling away the layers until one reaches their essence, their core, their gift. These gifts bring awareness, learning and joy; they inspire and heal. They can enable us to come back to ourselves with greater clarity and compassion. By understanding and interpreting the messages one can give flower readings.

A lot too may be learnt from which flowers someone is drawn to. I have recently spoken to people whose favourite flowers are red tulips. They are drawn to the very physical colour of red, maybe needing that motivating energy in their lives at this time. The chalice shape of the tulip speaks of receiving as well as giving; of listening to their gut feel or intuition; of honouring their femininity; of topping up their cup of life – it may only be half full. Being a bulb, their tulip will help earth them, will keep their feet firmly on the ground when facing challenges and changes. The nature of bulb also says not to waste energy, to maintain energy reserves and to live in the now. Red tulip also guides them to celebrate life after letting go of past hurt, so that nothing can hold them back from being the authentic person they are.

A really simple use of flower magic is to visualise a favourite flower. Feel it deep inside and let its energy fill your being. This is especially useful during demanding times. For example, a recent feedback: “Thanks Nicky. I’m a lot better today and picturing my favourite flower worked wonders. X”. Guess what her chosen flower was: yes, a red tulip! One’s favoured flower may change depending on personal needs, energy, situation, etc, and that is great – variety being the spice of life!

Someone else chose lavender as the flower that recently spoke to her. The amazingly coloured and fragrance-full flowers on a spire of elegance drew her into their magic. Lavender’s powerful aroma and soft violet ray call for spiritual wellbeing and that everyday life be infused with spiritual awareness. Lavender aligns emotional and spiritual energies towards a common purpose: to know and embrace one’s purpose at this time. This awareness alone can change a life. With it comes an alertness to all possibilities whereby the creative juices begin to flow with inspiration from a higher calling. Lavender may also be a simple reminder to get back on track towards an objective, to be firm in one’s resolve and to recognise that what one is doing feels right (or not). This lady’s feedback: “I was at a crossroads in my life and this has enabled me to see above and beyond worries and concerns. I now know my way forward and it is liberating.”

…And so the art of Flower Psychometry is practical, revealing, reflective and healing. Flowers’ messages are simple yet profound. However we look at flowers they will almost certainly bring joy and lift the spirits.

My special thank you goes to all the wild flowers who have survived the trials and tribulations of living on planet Earth. Many wild flowers remind us that we have hidden skills and talents, to trust and open ourselves to the multitude of opportunities in life providing we rise above perceived limitations. Whatever you feel in your life is worth aiming for, then stand your ground and find inspiration from your floral friends.

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