The rose is used to symbolize many things, including love, sacrifice and even death.
Sailors often used a rose to honor a wife, girlfriend or mother to bring them peace while they were out at sea.
The rose has also been linked to Aphrodite, the goddess of love. Legend has it that a rose bush grew from a pool of her lover Adonis’ blood and that the white blooms were turned red when she pricked her finger on their thorns. In this instance the rose symbolized a love that can withstand time and death.
The number of petals on each flower is said to have a strong tie to numerology (the belief that numbers are tied to events). Examples of this are the belief in art that 8 petals meant alchemy linking a rose with 7 petals to be a symbol of inclusion and order.
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