Symbols of love – Flowers

     Symbols of love - The most popular, red roses.

There are many symbols of love, from a heart to a Celtic sign. We can see them everywhere people profess their love. Social media, phones, and apps provide us with characters, 💕, and emojo’s with a variety of symbols, but the one we all know and appreciate is the symbols of love that are flowers. Flowers have their own language too, called floriography, it had its heyday in the Victorian era.

This was when flower giving became an art and many a lady was pleased or displeased by their beau’s flowering gift. Giving bouquets of flowers to a loved one, be they wife, mother or friend is a message understood globally; whatever the language, a flower can express what you cannot find the words to say. The joy of flowers is not just in the symbolism but in the gift of something beautiful, the sharing of that beauty and the fragrances that accompany them, are all saying something.

Whilst we see the giving of flowers as a gesture or message of love, especially roses, in floriography there are individual meanings attached to varieties and the particular colour chosen.For example, a pale pink rose can mean grace and joy while a dark pink rose means thankfulness. A red rose?

The giving of this signifies love and respect. Be careful, though, the actual way they are presented has meaning too, a flower offered with the right-hand means ‘yes’ whilst a left-hand offering would mean ‘no’.

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The Power of Love

I’d like to start this blog site with some data and science behind the mystical aspects of love. Is it healing? Can it truly change our biology or neurology or physiology? According to science there are many factors.

The three stages of love are lust, attraction, and long term attachment. It’s vital to reach the third stage which is as much about friendship, than it is lovers.  It’s where the long distance vision comes in and you began to accept the good, the bad, and the ugly about your partner.

When initially finding a partner, data says we are looking at genes.  Evolution means one thing, we must procreate to keep our species alive and behind the conscious choices are this fact. Some data points to even the smells being familiar to our own mother and father.

The power of love is not just something in the air, but hormones and chemicals.  So it’s quite logical that once you reach the final stage of attachment you get the flood of oxytocin and vasopressin, two chemicals released during sex. 

The good news is we have found scientific data to support love, cuddling, and intimacy that does’t just feel right but deepens the bond between both people.

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