In my mind, Lilies is one of the most beautiful flower families that exist. They come in so many amazing colors and types – from daylilies to water lilies, tiger lilies, stargazers, and more!
But what fascinates me most about my favorite lily, also known as a Lotus or Water Lily is its endurance.
Water lilies rise up through boggy mud and muck yet they peek their heads out of the darkness with vivid color and pristine petals. They repel all of the dirt and ick and are so clean and beautiful. That’s why I call my followers, my lilies. I know we’ve all had experiences that left us feeling like we’ve been bogged down in the muck and mire of life, yet somehow, just like the lily, we manage to emerge with absolute brilliance!
Here are some facts about the Lily in various cultures and beliefs that you may not have known.
In Greek mythology, the lily was created from the breastmilk of Hera, the wife of Zeus. VEnus was so jealous of the Lily that she caused the pistol to grow from the center of the flower. Its white color represents purity.
Both Christians and pagans use the lily as a symbol of fertility. The Old and New Testament as well as many other ancient books of a variety of societies mention lilies. The flowers still represent purity and abundance in Greece, where brides wear crowns made of lilies and wheat!
Though the lily is largely representative of purity, chastity, and virtue, there are cultures where the lily is a symbol of death. For instance, the lily is sprinkled on the graves of innocent children, saints, and martyrs and are believed to represent purity in passing.
My personal favorite, the waterlily, was regarded as a symbol of the unity of nations in Ancient Egypt. The blue water lily in particular represented the sun, which they thought was a symbol of rebirth.
In Asian countries, waterlilies were also used as food to feed the masses because they grow in such abundance.
Hundreds of years ago, the Mayans thought the waterlily was a sacred plant. Today however it is used all over the world as a way to eradicate or control the erosion of the soil.
Even though today they are grown in many locations, water lilies are still sacred in many religions.
In Buddhism the water lily and the lotus represent enlightenment. However, many different meanings are attributed to various colors. For example, red lilies are representative of passion and love while white lilies denote peace and purity. The purple lily is a symbol of power and the pink lily is a representative of knowledge.
Because the flower of the lily will often “die” during the night (close its bloom) and be born again in the morning (open its bloom), in Hinduism, the lily represents resurrection.
Even though water lilies grow in the mud, they are free of toxic particles. This lends to the belief that they represent purity.
Water lilies are one of the most beautiful flowers in the world, not just because of their appearance but because of what they represent to so many cultures and civilizations.
For whatever reason you’re drawn to lilies, there are as many different types as there are personalities. Some only bloom at night while others only bloom during the day and some are endangered species in some places.
They are mystical, magical, and breathtaking. Which is exactly what my tribe members are to me, and is why I call you all my Lilies!