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Magnolias - Flowers of Divine Beauty, Life Force and Perfection
by Dr. Kitty Bishop
Editor's Note from Sophia Hansen: This lovely article by Dr. Kitty Bishop reveals the symbolism behind the gorgeous Magnolia flower. Among the many, one of it's symbols is "...sublime, natural and shows love for nature. Magnolias are associated with the life force and are often presented at births."
For the past few weeks, I keep thinking of the magnolia flower. It pops into my head all the time. The image is so persistent that I finally decided to find out more about what it means.
Magnolias are a striking variety of flower because the magnolia blossoms are so large. The flower is associated with nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature. The magnolia tree is a symbol of magnificence because of its impressive height and enormous flowers.
The magnolia tree was named after the French botanist Pierre Magnolia in the 1600s. The flowering tree has more than 80 varieties including a striking yellow blossom, the goldfinch, or the popular white blossom, Magnolia grandiflora. The scent of the flower varies depending on which variety is used. Each color leads to a different meaning. The white magnolia flowers stand for purity and perfection. The pink magnolia flowers symbolize youth and innocence together with joy. The green magnolias represent joy coupled with health and good fortune. The purple magnolias send out vibrations that support your wishes for alignment with your truth and physical wholeness (health).
A "steel magnolia" is a popular phrase denoting the strength a Southern woman possesses. This phrase was popularized by the 1989 movie "Steel Magnolias" in which six Southern women endure various hardships but rise above them. The term refers to the delicate yet strong nature women have.
In art, specifically Chinese art, the magnolia is used as a symbol of feminine sweetness and beauty. In China, magnolia flowers are symbols of purity and nobility. In Japan, the magnolia is used as a medicinal and ornamental plant. The flower is called Hanakotoba in the Japanese system of flower symbolism. This means that the flower is sublime, natural and shows love for nature. Magnolias are associated with the life force and are often presented at births.
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About the Author
Dr. Kitty Bishop is the author of "Unicorn Magic" and "The Tao of Mermaids", available on Amazon. She has a Ph.D. in Transpersonal Counseling, a Master of Metaphysical Science, and a Bachelor of Alternative Systems of Medicine (B.A.S.M.). She also holds an M.A. in English Literature and a first-class B.A. (Hons) in Linguistics and Literature (English and German), which prove very useful in her current work—writing, communicating and teaching. Her work is based on insights derived from over 15 years of personal study and practice in the field of health, nutrition and spirituality combined with the first-hand experience of surviving brain cancer which resulted in a near-death experience in which she was shown her life’s mission and the ultimate nature of the universe. She has now dedicated her life to the effective synthesis of Western and Eastern philosophies of science, spirituality and health. She is a member of MENSA, the High IQ society. Kitty Bishop lives in Glastonbury, Somerset, England with her husband and two children, a Crystal Child and a Rainbow Child. Visit Kitty Bishop’s website on www.gaiavibrance.com.