Have you ever closely examined a dandelion?
It is magical.
Not only are they beautiful in their own right, but dandelions are the only plant that represents 3 celestial bodies. The herb’s golden flower is symbolic of the Sun; the head, filled with it’s seeds is reminiscent of the Moon; and when the seedlings are scattered, they become Stars filling the sky. The dandelion’s flower wakes up in the morning, opening itself to greet each day. At night, when it is time to sleep, the flower closes itself to the world so it can dream. Even it’s name is magical; derived from the French words “dent de lion,” meaning the lion’s tooth, because of the plant’s deep toothed and jagged leaves. It has great herbal significance. The herb was grown in fields for centuries and used for it’s amazing nutritional and medicinal properties. Each and every part of the plant can be used, from root to stem, to stalk to leaves and flower.
Then, sometime in the last 100 years, the Dandelion became known as a weed. When they sprang up in finely manicured lawns, the dandelion was seen as invasive and threatening to the idea of what tamed and ordered nature should look like. Ever since, people have tried to eradicate the dandelion with their poisons.
But the dandelion is one of the most prolifically propagating plants: they are masters of survival. Over 100 species of dandelions spread their seeds around the world and no matter what humans do, the dandelion will not be stamped out.
Each tiny seedling is a parachute of hope, broadcast across immeasurable distances looking for a place to take root. When we pluck a dandelion, make a wish and blow, we are spreading hope.
Hope cannot be extinguished or denied.
Hope only grows.