“The breath of flowers if far sweeter in the air (where it comes and goes like the warbling of music) than in the hand.”
Honoring the Goddess Flora: A Goddess Garden
This goddess’s name literally embodies the flourishing Earth and all that blossoms. Her festival days in Rome were April 28-May 3, followed by one just for the queen of flowers-the rose-on May 23rd. These are great dates for preparing your garden and invoking Flora’s blessings.
The timing of Flora’s festivals comes near the beginning of Spring, specifically as a way of banishing the cold, barrenness of Winter. They were filled with unbridled revelry and all the shenanigans we associate with May Day. Additionally, these celebrations insured fertile lands and people. For our purposes, however, we will honor Flora with a plethora of edible flowers that can, in turn, be used for kitchen magick!
Flora’s magickal attributes include abundance, fertility, gardening (especially flowers), new beginnings, and opulence.
Flora: A Garden of Edible Flowers
Although this garden should be filled with edible flowers (a list follows) also consider sewing beans, which were scattered at Flora’s festivals as a kind of fertility blessing. Vines and fruit trees were also sacred to her.
Commonly available edible flowers include: carnation, chrysanthemum, clover, cowslip, daisy, dandelion, geranium, gladiolus, heather, honeysuckle, hyacinth, jasmine, jonquil, lavender, lilac, lily, marigold, nasturtium, nettle, pansy, primrose, rhododendron, rose, sunflower, tansy, tulip, and violet.
Patterns for a Magical Garden Honoring the Goddess Flora
To stay with the theme, create a multi-petal layout (either rounded or peaked petals) around a central point so that the garden looks like an open flower.
Magickal Stones, Minerals, Crystals, and Shells
Colors for Flora’s Magick Garden
All colors in nature are sacred to Flora.
Decorative Touches to Add for a Bit of Magic
Less might be better. The beauty of flowers needs very little in the way of adornment. Let Flora shine through her handiwork (Nature).
The Cardinal Direction for Flora’s Garden
Magickally, North is the direction associated with Earth, but East is the direction of Spring, Flora’s traditional season. This secondary direction corresponds with Feng Shui’s designation of the season.
A lot of edible flowers fare well in indoor locations. If you have allergies, use silk flower arrangements instead. Bear in mind symbolism is powerful in magick and Goddess traditions. The thought and intent behind your arrangement just as important as of what it is made of. Additionally, by using silk flowers, you’re not “killing” a living blossom from Flora’s garden, which is an excellent way to honor her.
After-Harvest Applications: Magical Blossoms and Blessings
If you have early blooming flowers on May Day, go a-maying and bring an unexpected smile to someone’s face. Decorate your maypole with an abundance of blossoms as Romans did.
To internalize the power of your flowers, make them into teas, jams, sandwiches, salads, and soups. You can even put petals into gelatin! Although this may sound a bit odd to us, up to 100 years ago cooking with flowers was very common. They’re also high in vitamins, offering a viable supplement to vegetarians.
Would you like to make some Flora Water? Steep freshly picked edible flower petals in warm water, covering the petals completely. When the flowers turn pale remove them, squeezing the excess out. Repeat this step with fresh petals until you get an aroma you like. Store the flower water in a dark container in the refrigerator and use in cakes, cookies, and waffles for a pleasing flavor and aroma.