But here, we will explore the inner essence of the rose that needs no hue, the white rose – a popular symbol of purity. However, the white rose is a lot more than an icon of chastity and its meaning goes a lot deeper.
Legend and Myths surround the White RoseIt’s hardly surprising that there’s an abundance of legends and myths that surround the genus Rosa which we now know has been on earth for over 35 million years.
One myth has it that the first rose was a white rose. The white rose then magically manifested into other colors. Others claim that the white rose was tainted by blood to make the red rose and blush of a kiss turned it pink.
The ancient Greeks, however, maintained that all roses were white until Aphrodite, Goddess of Love pricked herself with a thorn while picking roses. The blood that dripped turned the white petals Red.
So, according to ancient scholars (who as we know are often uncannily accurate), the white rose is the mother of all roses.
True Essence and Meaning of White RoseThe lack of vibrant pigmentation gives the white rose a soul that’s untarnished, unspoiled and pure. This bloom magnifies love at its purest form untouched by colorful temptations.
A white rose reminds us that true beauty comes from inside and requires no outer gloss. It serves as the spiritual and moral compass for mankind. As opposed to the red rose, that speaks of passion, lust, lovemaking and seduction (among many others), the white rose promises everlasting love.
It signifies the energy of love as the basic driving force behind everything there is and ever will be.
Dubbed “The Flower of Light”, the white rose embodies eternal love, more powerful than transient life and death. Unlike her red-blooded and passionate kin, the white rose personifies gratitude, humility, compassion and empathy.
Symbol of Everlasting Honor, Loyalty and Union
The meaning of rose stays incomplete unless you truly discover the white rose. Amidst centuries of war and turmoil, this symbol of peace has stood for honor and loyalty.
A glance back at history shows how the white rose has signified loyalty of subject to the ruler.
But more than that, this white blossom signifies loyalty between a man and a woman or even two people of the same sex when getting married. They are quintessential in weddings as they represent pure union and a promise of lifelong devotion.
In funerals, the white rose represents honor, purity and a promise of the new beginning.
Peace and tranquillityHistorically, the white rose has been used to bring peace and an end to hatred and war. Even in 15th century England, a union of the white rose with the red ended the long-nurtured conflict between the House of Lancaster and the House of York.
In birthdays, weddings, funerals and farewells, the white rose denotes the promise of peace and tranquillity through a harmonious union.
In a hectic day and age, where we are under constant stress and feeling disconnected, a white rose can help you connect to your inner peace, fellow beings, feel bliss and true love.