Anemones, Aphrodite, Chloris, and Flora

In the Language of Flowers or Floriography anemone flowers mean
anticipation, expectation, and forsaken. In some of the older
books it also means sickness.  

In The Secret Language of Flowers by Samantha Gray
she explores some of the myths involving anemones.
Aphrodite mourns the death of her beloved Adonis and 
anemones grew where her tears landed.  

In another myth anemone was a nymph and Chloris, the Goddess of Flowers,
changed her into a flower in a fit of jealousy.  Anemone was loved
by Zephyr the God of the spring wind and Borea the God of the west wind.
Here in northern Nevada we have the "Washoe Zephyr" and Boreal ski resort at Tahoe. 
It is said that in Reno April, May, and June are the windiest months. 
"This was all we saw that day, for it was two o'clock, now, and according to 
custom the daily "Washoe Zephyr" set in; a soaring dust-drift about the size of the United States set up edgewise came with it, and the capital of Nevada Territory disappeared from view." ~ Mark Twain   


In Roman mythology the goddess Flora noticed her husband's attention going elsewhere.
She changed the nymph Anemone into a flower and turned the north wind toward her. 
Anemone is also know as the windflower.  
From these myths we get the meaning of forsaken for the anemone flower.    

Anemones symbolize protection against
evil and ill wishes. 
Anemone is a Greek word and means "the wind's daughter"
The different colors of anemone flowers have different meanings.
White anemones mean death and bad luck in 
Eastern cultures where white flowers are used at funerals.
Purple and blue anemones represent 
anticipation and protection from evil.
Anemone flowers are poisonous to a certain degree
but in medieval times they were used for treating headaches and gout.

To end on a positive note anemones also mean good luck.
They would be nice in a bouquet with 
lavender, Bells of Ireland, heather, and sunflower which
also have good luck in their various meanings.


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