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Hibiscus – Symbolic or Just an Image

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Symbols of relationship

There are certain flowers that have a strong symbolic association for me such as this flower, a hibiscus. It was on a trip to Cuba that this flower found its way into the inner space in which symbols gather to enrich my life. It is not often that a woman will gift a man with a flower, but my wife did just this – a gift of a single hibiscus flower.  Now, each time I see one of these flowers I am taken back to that magical moment in time.

Another flower that is a powerful symbol for me is the red rose. I gave my wife three red roses as the first wedding gift. Now, when we pass by a new rose garden there is a tendency to take a photo of both the rose and my wife as though they are inseparable sisters, each standing as symbol for the other.

Symbols are powerful. They hold an aura of magic. Often the symbol is positive and just as often it is a symbol of darkness. Symbols are powerful on both a personal level and a collective level. As in the case of my relationship to the symbolism of this flower, symbols often have little to do with the thing in itself.  Rather, the symbol acquires meaning through association with a particular feeling and particular event.

Regardless of the reason for any given symbol, their existence definitely adds both colour and vibrancy to our lives.  They are images which acquire meaning because we exist and through us. Without the history and the presence in which I took part, this image of a hibiscus would be just another pretty picture.


Written by Robert G. Longpré

November 25, 2011 at 6:57 am

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  1. I agree; items are subjectively symbolic. Sometimes a cigar really is just a cigar, if the viewer has no libido (psychic energy) connected to it.
    Daffodils are symbolic for me; hibiscus? ‘just a fun flower’ useful for making aloha shirts!


    November 27, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    • What we see, what emerges as significant, what resonates – it is all about the “self” as it should be. Thanks for your words. 🙂


      November 28, 2011 at 9:36 am

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