If you have not read the section in BDSM Rituals entitled “Cut Me a Switch, Bitch”, please do so now: http://barbedpentacle.blogspot.com/p/rituals.html
On being asked, whence is the flower.
In May, when sea-winds pierced our solitudes,
I found the fresh Rhodora in the woods,
Spreading its leafless blooms in a damp nook,
To please the desert and the sluggish brook.
The purple petals fallen in the pool
Made the black water with their beauty gay;
Here might the red-bird come his plumes to cool,
And court the flower that cheapens his array.
Rhodora! if the sages ask thee why
This charm is wasted on the earth and sky,
Tell them, dear, that, if eyes were made for seeing,
Then beauty is its own excuse for Being;
Why thou wert there, O rival of the rose!
I never thought to ask; I never knew;
But in my simple ignorance suppose
The self-same power that brought me there, brought you.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spring is fast upon us here in the Northern Hemisphere. In many areas, trees are starting to bloom. Blooming trees are a big part of why I love spring. Just the sight of them brings to mind all kinds of exciting ideas. There’s no reason why these lovely reminders of the Goddess’ Ascent should not be used in both ritual and play or both together. Nothing is more beautiful than being showered with flying blossoms in a ritual.
A really neat way to incorporate floral switches (or wands if in a vanilla setting) is to use the Victorian Language of Flowers. There are many different floral languages, some predating Shakespeare, but the Victorian version (and there’s even several different Victorian versions) is usually the easiest to access online.
The meanings that I’ll be using in this blog are from http://www.languageofflowers.com, which uses the meanings that most English Victorians would have recognized and agreed with.
Before I move on with some common flowering trees and their meanings, I need to touch upon usage. You can create a Simple, or a one element spell, with a switch or bunch of switches from a single tree. You can also complete more complex spells and messages with switches from several different types of trees. Think of it in terms of a bouquet of switches for your partner.
*Camellia Japonica, Red–Unpretending excellence; *Camellia Japonica, White–Perfected loveliness
*Crepe Myrtle–Eloquence; Myrtle–Love
Cherry Blossom–Spirituality, Beauty; Cherry Tree–Good education; Cherry Tree, White–Deception; Winter Cherry–Deception
*Forsythia (these are my favorite for floral switches)–Good nature, Innocence, Anticipation (Aren’t those all the things you want in a good sub?)
Lilac, Field–Humility; Lilac, Purple–First emotions of love; Lilac, White–Majesty, Purity, Innocence