Before going on an overseas journey, a merchant father asks his three daughters what they would like him to bring back for them. The youngest (Nastenka) asks her father to bring her a beautiful scarlet flower like one which she saw in her dreams. During his travels, a storm strikes and the father is washed overboard. He wakes up on a strange island, upon which he finds a flower just like the one Nastenka described. The instant that he plucks it, however, a great storm comes upon him and the owner of the island - a hideous monster - makes his presence known. He tells the father that he will let him keep the flower, but in return he must send one of his daughters to live with him. The father refuses, and the monster gives him a ring, telling him that whoever puts it on will be teleported back to the island, and that if his daughter doesn’t come then he himself must come and be killed. Nastenka overhears a conversation where her father reveals this to his friend and secretly puts on the ring herself.
Nastenka’s singing was performed by the famous chamber singer Victoria Ivanova.”
If you’re having a bad night or are fond of a good fairy tale, here’s a handy-dandy masterpost with film, television, literary and musical adaptations of the more well-known stories, plus more. My apologies if any link is not high quality. Hugs!
The signs as various myths and legends surrounding the origin/creation of certain flowers (not the flowers directly associated with each zodiac sign).
ARIES // Amaryllis(Greek) – A love struck maiden longed
for the handsome Alteo, but he was cold to her. In a desperate gesture, she
pierced her heart with a golden arrow and walked to visit him every day. On the
thirteenth day, beautiful scarlet flowers bloomed along the path from every
drop of her blood. Alteo fell in love with her, and her heart was healed.
TAURUS // Rose(Greek) – Chloris, the goddess of
flowers, found one of her beautiful nymphs dead in the woods. She cried, and
turned body into a flower. She asked her husband Zephyr, the wind, to blow the
clouds away so Apollo could shower her in sunlight. Dionysus added nectar for
fragrance, and Aphrodite added pure beauty, then named it for her son, Eros,
and hailed her the “Queen of Flowers”.
GEMINI // Foxglove(Celtic) – Foxgloves from “Folks
Glove”, as in fairy folk. Fairies would hide in the bell blossoms and wear
them as petticoats, caps and gloves. If you pluck the foxglove, it angered them
and they may play tricks in revenge! Fairies would give the flowers to foxes so
they wouldn’t get caught raiding chicken coupes. With the magic gloves on, they
could steal eggs without making a sound.
CANCER // Pārijāta(Hindu) – Pārijāta was a princess who fell in love with the sun god, Surya. However, he
left her for another. When he deserted her, the princess became hopeless and
committed suicide. From her ashes grew a tree. Unable to stand the sight of the
lover who broke her heart, the flowers only bloom at night under the eyes of the moon, and
she sheds them like tear-drops before the sun rises.
LEO // Sunflower (Greek) – The nymph Clythia was in love with the God of the Sun, Apollo, but he shunned
her and courted a princess. Jealous Clythia told the king who, furious
at the princess, buried her alive. Saddened, Apollo went back to heavens
without a word. She lay on the ground distraught for nine days, watching him,
hoping for a single glance. Clythia wasted away and became a flower, whose petals still
follow his chariot across the sky each day, waiting for forgiveness.
VIRGO // Aster(Greek) – When
the god Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the men constantly at war,
the goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish
was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the loss of lives.
As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower
sprung wherever they landed.
LIBRA // Anemone(Greek) –
Chloris, the goddess of flowers, was married to Zephyr, the god of the west
wind. Zephyr fell in love with a beautiful nymph that served Chloris named
Anemone. Jealous and angry, the goddess banished her to keep them apart, and
Anemone died of a broken heart. Zephyr resurrected her as a flower. She withers
every winter but returns every spring to greet Zephyr with open petals.
SCORPIO // Peony(Chinese)
– Queen Wu was disheartened to see only winter jasmine in her garden. She
wrote a poem to the goddess of flowers asking her to make everything bloom that
night instead of waiting for spring. The next morning, all flowers flourished
except the peony, which refused to bloom out of season. She was offended and
banished it. Once gone, it bloomed beautifully. Furious, she ordered it to be
burned – however the next year, the burnt peony grew back. With black petals.
SAGITTARIUS // Pa'u-o-Hi'iaka(Hawaiian) – When Hi'iaka, the goddess of island nature, was a baby her
older sister, the Volcano goddess Pele, left her on the beach while she went
fishing. Due to a storm, Pele was gone for a very long time. When she returned,
she found flowering vines had grown over the baby to shield her from the sun.
Hi'iaka now wears them as a skirt to protect her on adventures and in the
CAPRICORN // Aconite(Greek) – As one of his twelve labors, the hero Hercules was sent to fetch the
three-headed dog Cerberus from the underworld. With the help of Persephone, he
was successful. The spittle of the beast dripped upon the rocky earth, and from
it sprang the first aconite plant. The purple wolfsbane flowers are elegant, but
it’s leaves and roots are deathly poisonous.
AQUARIUS // Iris(Greek) –
The goddess Iris would bring messages to the gods across the sky, appearing to
mortals as a rainbow. She acted as the link between the heavens and earth,
where she left irises of many colors, the three upright petals symbolizing
hope, valor, and wisdom. If purple Irises were planted over the graves of
women, it would summon the Goddess, who would guide the dead in their journey.
PISCES // Water Lily(Brazilian) – When the moon goddess,
Jaci, hid behind the mountains, she’d take beautiful girls with her and turn
them into stars. Naiá, a girl who loved the goddess, dreamt of
becoming a star, so she roamed the mountains every night. While resting by the
lake, she saw the moon’s reflection, dove into the water and drowned. To reward
Naiá for her sacrifice, Jaci turned her into a star different from all the
others – the star of the waters.