|Indian Pink photo by Steven Thorsted, CalPhotos|
Since I just wrote about Indian Pink—Silene Californica is the variety I use in my "Calm Focus" flower essence formula—I thought I'd give that flower a closer look. Here are some attributes this flower expresses and what they might signify for the flower as a healing remedy:
• Radiating petals that look like a sun, growing singly on a stem, indicate the ability to impart self-awareness and solar-like strength according to Suzy Chiazzari, the author of Flower Readings. It indicates the kind of self-confidence that emanates from your center and radiates out.
• Red color for me is the symbol of the power of the first chakra: grounded, strong, vitality.
• It has five petals which are bifurcated. Bifurcation is an indication of wanting to go in more than one direction at once. The number 5 is associated with the energy of the pentagon (completeness, stability and the center from which we work) and five-pointed star (human health and self-protection). It indicates an ability to dispel fear and see your life more clearly and imparts a sense of groundedness and well-being.
• The plant stays low to the ground (grounded) and prefers moist woodlands and stream beds indicating a preference for nurturing or fertile environments.
• It is a favorite of hummingbirds that like to flit from place to place.
The signature of the plant gives a number of clues that it might be helpful to a person needing to work from their center in order to stay vital while attempting to do several things at once.