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Divining with the Language of Flowers

There is a language, little known,
Lovers claim it as their own.
Its symbols smile upon the land,
Wrought by nature’s wondrous hand;
And in their silent beauty speak,
Of life and joy, to those who seek
For Love Divine and sunny hours
In the language of the flowers.

–The Language of Flowers, London, 1875

Spring is in the air and thanks to a wet winter my yard is blooming with giant snapdragons, California poppies, foxgloves and more. This flourishing show mirrors May’s full moon that’s often called the Flowering Moon. It also gives way to this month’s casting sheet that borrows inspiration from floriography, or the Language of Flowers which is a way of communicating through the use, gifting and arrangement of flowers and plants.

While symbolic meaning has been assigned to flowers for thousands of years, floriography gained popularity with Victorian England as a way for a private Victorian society to voice their feelings without having a word pass their lips. This coded dialogue is still in use and has given rise to many a flower arrangement that profess feelings ranging from passionate love to overwhelming heartbreak.

The following casting sheet incorporates some of the more popular and obscure flower symbols found in a variety of floriographic dictionaries. Each flower covers a topic I hope will bloom an insightful conversation between you and your charms.

Begin by printing out the included casting sheet. For this casting I recommend you randomly select from a charm kit (cards work too!) and assign one to each of the nine position. Magpie Oracle Lenormand charms can be found here, the Keepsake Box here and the latest Seer Charms here. You can also cast your charms directly over the sheet and watch where they land. Do you notice a cluster of charms gathering in one area? This usually indicates an area that’s charged and so requires extra attention. For those “blank” areas where a charm doesn’t land on a position, I usually view as a non issue and so it’s nothing you need to worry about.

Keep your casting simple and use your intuition by going with what you feel most drawn to. Remember, your way is likely to be the best way.

Bloom!

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