Language of flowers: the orchid
The names of the flowers derive from the Greek language, from the most common to the rarest ones, they have an origin and a history often connected to myths or legends. The custom of associating a symbolic meaning to each flower probably resides in the East, from where then, with the first crusades, it went to Europe. Even during the Renaissance, moral meanings were attributed to flowers. Florography or the language of flowers developed during the nineteenth century, when through flowers and compositions in domestic environments, an attempt was made to communicate sensations and feelings that could not be pronounced. At that time a publishing house specialized in the printing of "flower books" was born, which contained lithographs and engravings inside. In this regard, the "Abйcйdaire de flore ou language des fleurs" published in Paris in 1811, the "Flowers: their Use and Beauty", published in London in 1818 and the "Le Language des Fleurs", published in Paris 1819. Flowers are still used today to express feelings and colors play a fundamental role. But very few know how to interpret the meaning of less common and known flowers such as the tulip, the camellia, the water lily or our orchid. The language of flowers seems a custom of the past, but like all remote things it has a charm of the past, a fun symbolism, a story full of curiosities and anecdotes. The purpose of this guide is to provide the message associated with the orchid flower, giving indications on its history, on the mythological references and on the language it expresses. It is a floral etiquette, very useful in particular occasions, which explains on what occasions and in what way you have to give orchids.
THE MEANING OF THE ORCHID IN THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
The orchid means "total dedication" with a romantic meaning, but it can also mean "passion", "sensuality", it is the flower to give as a gift especially when a man is sure that he will be repaid by his beloved woman through a strong passion. say, "Thanks for giving yourself!" or "You are sensual!". Orchid flowers are the symbol of refinement and elegance. For centuries it has been considered an aphrodisiac flower: elixirs of love, magic potions and recipes against sterility were prepared with Orchid roots or stems. The legend behind this splendid flower tells the story of the Greek Orchide, a beautiful boy with two female breasts. During his adolescence, he begins to take on ever more delicate and sinuous features, so much so that he is derided by boys and girls who find him very different from them. His physical transformations also affect temperament, sometimes shy and shy, other lustful and aggressive. One day in despair, he throws himself off a cliff and dies. As if by magic on the place of his death, many flowers begin to appear, called orchids from the unfortunate Orchide. Hence the custom among the Athenian Ephis to sing praises to the gods, dressed in white, with a beautiful crown of orchids on their heads.