Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Exploring the Signature of Indian Pink for Use as a Flower Essence

Indian Pink photo by Steven Thorsted, CalPhotos
One of the things I like to do on this blog from time to time is to explore the Doctrine of Signatures as it relates to Flower Essence Therapy. Ancient herbalists studied plants looking for clues as to their potential uses. Color, form, where and how they grow-- all these could be used along with experience and intuition to tune in to a plant's inner nature and what it might offer to a human in need of similar qualities.

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.

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