I never knew much about the lotus flower until I decided to post a photo of one of the cards I made using the Lotus Blossom stamp set by Stampin’ Up!. After reading this article, you will probably say I still don’t know much, but I was at a loss as to what I should write. Surely, you want to read about more than what paper and ink I used, right? So, in my brief research (enough to make me dangerous) about the lotus flower, I found two websites that were helpful in giving me information about the symbolism and meaning behind this beautiful plant. You can click HERE and HERE to go to each of these websites for more in depth information if you are interested. However, this is a little of what I’ve learned about the lotus from my reading. (Don’t you just love the internet? We’ve got a world of information right at our fingertips!)
The lotus flower has significance in Hinduism, Buddhism and the ancient Egyptian culture. A lotus is a water lily. DUH! I didn’t realize that so please don’t laugh too much at my ignorance. 🙂
In ancient Egypt, the lotus is associated with rebirth and the sun. It is a symbol of rebirth because Egyptians believed the blossom closed up and sunk back under the water from which it grew at night only to re-bloom (reborn) the next morning. They associated the Lotus with the sun because the sun also disappeared at night and re-emerged in the morning. “Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation.”
In Buddhism, lotus blossoms are symbols of purity, spiritual awakening, and faithfulness since the flowers grow from the bottom of ponds where dirty water, pond sludge, plant debris dirt, etc. surrounds them. They are symbols of purity because they grow up from all of this muck without a spot of dirt on their petals. From looking at the blossoms, one would never be able to tell of their “dirty” beginnings. How often do you think of all of the “stuff” that is in the water they grow in when you see the blossom? When I see the flower that is just what I see—the beauty of its perfection and its purity, especially if it is white. Different colored flowers symbolize different things. Red represents love and passion; the pink lotus is considered sacred. Purple even has a specific meaning!
The lotus in Hinduism symbolizes beauty, fertility, prosperity, spirituality, and eternity with the white lotus having special significance. You can read more about the lotus on both of the websites where I got most of my information.
So here’s my card…
Until next time…