Orchids have been revered by totally different cultures around the globe for hundreds of years, from historical China and Japan, to historical Greece and all through Europe, and even in Aztec and Incan traditions.
As plant and animal spiritualist Jordana Van tells mbg, there are over 25,000 forms of orchids, and since they’re a focus of a number of totally different cultures, a “common interpretation of its symbolism is difficult as there’s appreciable selection in its messages.”
That stated, there are some extra pervasive concepts and themes on the subject of how totally different folks around the globe view this hanging flower. For one factor, Van notes, many cultures affiliate orchids with love, romance, intercourse, and fertility. “The truth is,” she says, “the phrase ‘orchid’ is a by-product of the Greek phrase orchis, that means testicle.”
And naturally, this flower’s magnificence is sufficient to appeal to loads of admiration and a focus, with many cultures merely celebrating it for its look. “Machu Picchu is understood for its many breathtaking species of orchids, every of which, along with its distinctive magnificence, has a unique religious or medicinal function,” Van says, including that in China, “on account of their delicate perfume and swish determine, orchids are related to excellent female magnificence.”
Orchids have additionally principally all the time been costly—and are nonetheless a pricier flower choice at the moment. As such, Van says, they’ve lengthy been related to wealth.
Earlier than we dive into meanings based mostly on shade, this is a fast look at what orchids can symbolize, usually: