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.
Aries – Jasmine: Her fiery temper mixed with her brazen
confidence makes for a passionate individual. She refuses to accept that her
freedom isn’t her own and resists authority in any way possible. She’s the
quintessential female Aries.
Taurus – Mulan: She is courageous and determined. She is as
stubborn as they come and does what she feels is right for her country even
when she exposed and chastised for being a woman. She is beyond devoted to her
family and will protect them at all costs.
Gemini – Rapunzel is dreamy, an escapist, and moody. She is
childlike, naïve, and is insatiably curious. She is spontaneous and is
immediately ready for an adventure with a stranger when the opportunity
presents itself. She loves excitement and makes friends easily.
Cancer – Belle: Belle is very intelligent and witty. She is
independent and is criticized for being such. Although she remains an
individual and values that about herself, she can’t help feeling like an
outsider. She longs to meet someone who understands and accepts her like any
Leo – Aurora (Sleeping Beauty): Aurora is a hopeless
romantic who is responsible and rebellious, playful and naïve. She has just the
right amount of attitude and kindness to be a Leo.
Virgo – Elsa is one of the most composed princesses. She
handles responsibility well and is extremely critical of herself. She can be
cold and standoffish at times and does what she feels is expected of her even
if it doesn’t make her happy. When she has the freedom to be herself, her caring
nature and playfulness shines through.
Libra – Cinderella: Every Disney Princess is graceful in
their own way. However, Cinderella’s gracefulness is most similar to the
classic definition of the word. She is effortlessly elegant and charming.
Scorpio – Merida: She is very headstrong and does not take
to authority well. She has no problem disobeying the rules. She is cunning and
smart and knows how to manipulate words and situations to make it seem as
though she’s been slighted. She is revengeful, which eventually leads to her
mother being turned into a bear. She isn’t great at apologizing or taking
responsibility for her mistakes. However, she will never back down from a fight
and she never gives up, which makes her an opponent to be feared and a friend
to be thankful for.
Sagittarius – Pocahontas – One of the most beautiful
characteristics of Pocahontas is her ability to accept people for who they are.
She strives to understand all living things, and even when she can’t understand
them, she still accepts them. In addition to this, she’s a strong woman who
believes in equality. She is the perfect blend of bravery, playfulness, and
Capricorn – Tiana: She is extremely ambitious and driven to
have a successful career, yet she is still family-oriented as any true
Capricorn is. She is intelligent and never accepts defeat; she simply finds
another way, another means to achieve her goal. Her philosophy is hard work and
Aquarius – Ariel is probably the most individualistic of all
the Disney Princesses. She likes to collect weird objects, is fascinated by the
unknown so much that she falls in love with it, and refuses to succumb to
societal norms. She is optimistic and sometimes even a little unrealistic, but
she is naturally and unapologetically unique, which are undeniable Aquarian
Pisces – Snow White’s weapon choice is kindness. She not
much a fighter, but her kindness attracts friends who fight and defend her on
her behalf. She is a natural nurturer and is gentle yet strict with those she
takes care of. She is a huge believer in goodwill, which is why she is an easy
target for manipulation. Her loving heart and kindness makes her standout from
the rest of the world.