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In Discreet Courting Process of the Victorian Era

In Discreet Courting Process of the Victorian Era

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In discreet courting process of the Victorian era, a bouquet of flowers came to serve a specific purpose as asecret code, which added to their magical lore. The number of leaves on a decorative branch indicated thedate and time of the secret rendezvous, and the blooms meant the emotional intent of the exchange. Firstcirculated in lists, and then in published books (The below list is from the Standard Dictionary of Folklore,Mythology, and Legends), coded bouquets were, for awhile, extremely popular form of communication.
 
The List is broken to Magical purpose and the Victorian Code/Message. One can either make dream pillows, sachets, spells, or simmer in potpourri.Aster Magical purpose: lovecode: New BeginningsBachelor's ButtonMagical purpose: lovecode: hope and solitudeBird of ParadiseMagical purpose: Lovecode: strange and wonderful eventsButtercupMagical purpose: love and healingcode: child-likeChrysanthemumMagical purpose: protectioncode: truth (white); slighted love (yellow)CrocusMagical purpose: love and visionscode: Do not abuseDaffodilMagical purpose: love and luck code: ChivalryDaisyMagical purpose: lovecode: InnocenceDogwoodMagical purpose: protection and wishescode: enduranceForget-Me-NotMagical purpose: love and memorycode: remembranceGardeniaMagical purpose: love, peace, healing, and spiritualitycode: graceHeather Magical purpose: love, protection, rainmaking, and luck code: Passion (red); protection from passionate acts (white)HoneysuckleMagical purpose: love, money, psychic powers, and protectionCode: Captivating Love
 
HyacinthMagical purpose: love, protection, and happinessCode: FlirtingIrisMagical purpose: purification and wisdomCode: Message (usually the branches will indicate date and time to meet to receive such message in personor other flowers will indicate the message)JasmineMagical purpose: love, money, prophetic dreamscode: Good luck Lavender Magical purpose: love, protection, sleep, longevity, purification, happiness, and peaceCode: I do not trust youLilacMagical purpose: banishing and protectioncode: Love's first crushLilyMagical purpose: protection, breaking love spellscode: innocence and purityMagnoliaMagical purpose: love and fidelitycode: dignityMarigoldMagical purpose: protection, dreams, legal matters, and psychic abilitycode: successOrchidMagical purpose: Lovecode: EcstasyPeonyMagical purpose: protection and banishingcode: secrets, shyness, and prosperousRoseMagical purpose: love, psychic powers, healing, love divination, luck, and protectioncode: Jealousy (yellow); love (red); white (silence)RosemaryMagical purpose: love, protection, mental powers, banishing, purification, healing, sleep, and youthcode: RemembranceSunflower Magical purpose: wishes, health, wisdom, and money magiccode: power Sweet PeaMagical purpose: friendship, courage, and strengthcode: Impetuous

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