Floromancy - Divination with Flowers

It is said that in the spring, if you happen to find the first flower of the season on:

Monday - it is good fortune for the season.
Tuesday - your greatest attempts will be successful.
Wednesday - denotes a marriage.
Thursday - a warning of small profits.
Friday - wealth.
Saturday - misfortune.
Sunday - excellent luck for weeks to come.

Take a question to your garden and randomly pick a petal off a pansy, without looking at it. When you examine your petal, the following information may be divined...

* If the petal has four lines in it, it is a sign of hope.
* Five lines coming from the center branch is hope founded in fear.
* Thick lines bent to the right means prosperity.
* Thick lines bent to the left mean trouble ahead.
* Seven streaks is consistent love.
* Eight streaks means fickleness in either you or those around you.
* Nine, a changing heart.

It was believed that wearing the blossom associated with your month of birth would bring exceptionally good luck.

January - Snowdrop, a symbol of purity.
February - Violet, for kindness and faith.
March - Daffodil, an emblem for sincerity.
April - Primrose, for the new love springing up in the world.
May - White Lily, for strength.
June - Wild Rose, for healing.
July - Carnation, for protection.
August - White Heather, for good luck throughout the year.
September - Michaelmas Daisy, for happiness.
October - Rosemary, for kind thoughts.
November - Chrysanthemum, for truth.
December - Ivy, for fidelity and faithfulness.

Like plants, most men have hidden properties
that chance alone reveals.
~~ La Rochefoucauld ~~

For ages, man has looked to plants for help in making decisions or using them to attempt to tell the future, especially in love. Nowadays, it's mostly children who use flowers or plants this way – for instance, the game of picking petals of a daisy and reciting 'He loves me, he loves me not'. Many make a wish as they blow on dandelion seed heads.

Holidays are favorite times for these divination games – especially love divination. Holly could be used on Christmas, New Year's, Midsummer, or Halloween to help you dream of your true love. Bay leaves were used for this same purpose on Valentine's Day.

St. Luke's Day was once the appropriate time for this ritual: 'Take marigold flowers, a sprig of marjoram, thyme, and a little wormwood; dry them before a fire, rub them to powder, then sift it through a fine piece of lawn; simmer these with a small quantity of virgin honey, in white vinegar, over a slow fire; with this anoint your stomach, breasts, and lips, lying down, and repeat these words thrice:

St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me,
In dream let me my true love see!

This said, hasten to sleep, and in the soft slumbers of night's repose, the very man you shall marry shall appear before you.'

Almost all cultures have had some form of plant divination. Ancient Anglo-Saxon folklore says that if you offered an expectant mother a rose and a lily, if she chose a rose, the baby would be a girl. If she chose the lily, the baby would be a boy.

On the other hand, the Victorians believed that if the pregnant woman went into the garden, closed her eyes, and spun around to pick a flower, the hue of the flower would tell her the sex of the baby. If it was a dark color, it was a boy, and a light color indicated a girl.

In Korea, carnations were used by girls to tell their future. A girl would place a cluster of three blossoms in her hair. If the top one died first, the girl's last years would be difficult. If the middle one died first, her earlier years would be hard. And if the bottom one died first her entire life would be miserable. (I guess no one in Korea had an entirely happy life.)

Poppy petals were used in the east: a girl would place a petal in her lover's hand, and then hit it with the edge of her own hand. If it broke with a loud pop, her lover was true; if it broke silently, he had been unfaithful. Gypsies used chives for fortune telling.


Flower Symbolism in Dreams

The appearance of certain plants in a dream was considered an omen of things to come. To dream of white flowers foretells death, as does dreaming of birch.

Plants that are good omens in dreams include: palm tree, olive, jasmine, lily, laurel, thistle, thorn, wormwood, currant, and pear.

Plum, cherry, walnut, hemp, cypress, dandelion, and withered roses in dreams denote misfortune.

Oak, apricot, apple, box, grape and fig foretell a long life.

Dreams of elder, onion, acorn, and plum presage sickness.

Beans are supposed to produce bad dreams and portend evil.

A significant amount of dream flora is related to love and marriage:

Roses, of course, indicate success in love, as does clover, which indicates not only a happy marriage but also wealth and prosperity.

Raspberry, pomegranate, cucumber, currant, and box all augur well for love affairs.

If you dream of being picked by briars, it means you have an ardent desire, and the young in love often dream of being pricked by a thorn while trying to pick a rose.

To dream of cutting cabbage means your lover is jealous, and if you dream of someone else cutting cabbage, it means that someone is trying to plant the seeds of jealousy in your lover's mind.

Dreams of walnut indicate unfaithfulness, and dreaming of cutting parsley means that you'll eventually be crossed in love.

Dreaming of passing through brambles indicates trouble ahead, but if you pass through unhurt it means you will triumph over adversity.

A dream of eating cabbages augurs illness for your loved ones and money loss, but dreams of oak, marigold, pear or nut denote riches.

If you dream of gathering nuts, you should be receiving unexpected wealth.

Dreaming of fruit or flowers out of season is bad luck, and the reverse is also true: dreams of plants currently blooming are good luck.

Dreaming of yew means the death of an old person who will leave behind considerable wealth.

Violets or vines indicate advancement in life and prosperity.

Eating almonds in a dream signifies a journey, and whether they are sweet or not indicate how successful the journey will be.

Fresh, green grass in a dream is a good omen, but withered and decayed grass signifies misfortune and sickness, as does dreaming of cutting grass.

Many dream plants have more than one meaning, which don't seem to have much to do with each other. For instance:

Yellow flowers can mean love mixed with jealousy or that you will have more children to maintain than what justly belong to you.

Garlic can mean the discovery of hidden treasures or that a domestic quarrel will occur soon.

To dream of the juniper tree itself is unlucky, especially if you are sick, but to dream of gathering berries in winter can mean you'll achieve great honors and become an important person, and if you are married it foretells the birth of a son.


Place fresh laurel or bay leaves in an incense burner or open fire and concentrate on a question. If the leaves crack loudly and burn brightly it means the time is favorable, and if they smolder and die out it's not. Throw a handful into a fire and watch the flame. The flames rising up together is a good sign. Three flame points means a harmonious conclusion, two flame points means you need a friend to help you, a single flame means single-mindedness.

~~ Source Unknown ~~