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Rose: Rosaceae; Rosa... The rose has been celebrated since antiquity, representing such classical goddesses as Isis and Aphrodite. It is venerated as a symbol of spiritual enlightenment in many Western mystical traditions. Dante's Paradisio envisions the highest point of heaven as being a white rose. Religious traditions, such as Rosicrucianism, have taken their name from the rose, as have certain sacred tools and practices, such as the Rosary. Most wild roses have five sepals and petals, which Christians have associated with the five wounds of Christ. Modern Pagans often associate the five pointed rose with the five points of the pentacle. Mystic poets, such as Rumi, Blake and many others have praised the virtues of the rose, most often linking it to our most divine emotion--love. The Victorian Language of Flowers offers several meanings for rose, each depending on the coloring of its petals.

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White roses appear in the mythology of many cultures, quite often as a symbol of purity and innocence which then gains color from emotional or violent events, such as by the blush of an aroused goddess or by the blood of a slain warrior. Sometimes called the 'bridal rose' it compliments the bride's white dress and likewise represents her unwed state of virginity. In more contemporary times the white rose (die Weiße Rose) was the symbol adopted by German students who opposed Hitler's regime in the 1940's, and therefore continues to appear as a symbol against anti-intellectualism and prejudice.

In Alchemy the White Rose represents the lunar, feminine force of Salt, and is also known as the White Queen of White Moon. This White Rose represents the force of the Soul in Alchemy (and the anima and animus in Jungian psychology). It is associated with the 'white stone of multiplication,' representing the second purifying white phase (Albedo) 0f the Magnum Opus. This stage is also associated with the White Swan, and with silver.

The White Rose in the Fool card of the Tarot
Rose Flower Sorcery

Black: Anarchy / Death

Blue: Mystery / Secrets

Lavender: Gay / Enchantment

Orange: Desire / Lust

Pink: Grace / Friendship

Red: Love / Romance

Silver: Poetry / Class

White: Innocence / Chastity

Yellow: Friendship / Jealousy
Rose Flower Sorcery

White Rose Mythology
An Uncrossing

An uncrossing bath cleanses you of negative energy, removing jinxes and runs of bad luck that act as obstacles in your path. While there are many cures to uncross yourself, including the Feri rite of Kala, bathing in white roses is among the most pleasurable.

For this working you will need three white roses, removed from their stems. Be aware that many store-bought roses contain pesticides, which hinder purification. Also, a white towel, a cup of salt, and two white candles with holders and a means for lighting them.

Next you will need a tub to soak in. If all you have is a shower then you may add the three roses to a pitcher of warm water and pour that over yourself, however if you are going that route then you may as well use many of the more scented uncrossing products found from spiritual suppliers. Otherwise, if you do have a tub then draw a nice warm bath. Toss in the salt, then the white roses, and set the two lit candles on the floor outside the tub wide enough apart that you can step between them and into the tub.

Once in the tub, take the time to think about your woes, all the things that have lead you enact this ritual. Feel the negativity wash off of you, into the water that is itself cleansed by the roses. The flowers will likely fall away from one another, surrounding you with petals. Relax, and let your cares soak into the water.

You should come to a point of feeling lighter, relaxed yet energized, and when that time has come you will depart from the bath, stepping out between the two white candles. These are pillars, marking an exit from your woes and an entryway into a renewed life. Gently blot yourself dry with a white towel, then extinguish your candles and drain the tub. It is done. You are crossed no longer.

White Rose Mythology
To Commune With Ana

Ana, Our Lady of Lei & Veil, is a Goddess of many mysteries. To discover certain of her secrets, one must don her headdress, for it is in the darkness behind the lace that her secrets are seen. There you may also hear her voice, one of several, for she has various voices and aspects. Those most recognized include White Mari, Blue Mari, and Black Mari, each of whom is contained in the parcels of her veil.

White Roses / Blue Ribbon / Black fabric and lace

The white roses may be fresh, although dried work just as well. Nine of these are needed. The shortened stems of these will be tucked into the folds of the braid you will craft from thirty inches of royal blue ribbon. You will first want to tie it around your skull, then place the flowers with the area that is to crown you. Lastly you will cut a thirty two inch square from black fabric, thick enough to conceal light. Layering upon that is recommended, such as with black tulle and black lace, even black ribbon and black beads can be incorporated. When the time comes for you to wear this, you will simply lay the fabric atop your head and place the wreath over it and around your skull.

It would serve you best to beware Our Lady, least you find yourself draped in black, covered with white roses, with lifeless skin of blue.
Rose Mythology

Lord Byron writes that among the ancients, who considered the Rose as the queen of flowers, it was the custom to crown new-married persons with a chaplet of Red and White Roses; and in the procession of the Corybantes, the goddess Cybele, the protectress of cities, was pelted with White Roses.

White Rose Mythology

Persian legend declares that the rose is the leader of flowers. One day the flowers sought Allah, asking that they be given a new leader, as the lotus spent the night sleeping rather than remaining vigil. For them Allah created the white rose.

White Rose Mythology

One version of Arthurian legend holds that Nimue (the Lady of the Lake) entrapped Merlin in a tower she created from a white rose while the wizard was traveling through the Breceliande woods.

White Rose Mythology

A Jewish legend from 14th century folklorist Sir John Mandeville tells of Zillah, a maiden falsely accused her of consorting with devils by a jilted suitor named Hamuel. Though punished with execution, the fire did not burn her, even as Hamuel bursts into flames. From the ashes that consumed all but her grew white roses celebrating her innocence, whereas a red rose grew from Hamuel's ashes to declare how treacherously he was out for blood.

Black Hearted Rose
White Rose Mythology

A Cherokee legend tells of the maiden Nunnishi, whose prayer for protection creates the rose known as White Cherokee (Rosa Laevigata), which spontaneously grows to surround and protect her from the fray of an invasion.

White Rose Folklore

White Rose Folklore

#7416: A woman who dreams of a white rose has a faithful sweetheart. -Harry H. Hyatt

White Rose Customs

Among the ancients, who considered the Rose as the queen of flowers, it was the custom to crown new-married persons with a chaplet of Red and White Roses; and in the procession of the Corybantes, the goddess Cybele, the protectress of cities, was pelted with White Roses. -Dumont

White Rose Poetry
The White Rose

The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love;
O, the red rose is a falcon,
And the white rose is a dove.

But I send you a cream-white rosebud
With a flush on its petal tips;
For the love that is purest and sweetest
Has a kiss of desire on the lips.
-O' Reily
White Rose Poetry
A single rose is shedding
Its lovely lustre meek and pale:
It looks as planted by despair—
So white, so faint—the slightest gale
Might whirl the leaves on high.
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