The LLC – Water Lily Symbolism [by Serene Mother Ghrian]
Water-Lily Symbolism & Dea Filia (“Divine Daughter”)
[aka Dea Matria “Divine Mother-land” in the Lucienne Deanic Tradition]
Lucienne’s address Dea Matria as Queen Water-Lily in accordance with the symbolic meaning of the word, “Water-lily” as illustrated in the following places.
Dea Matria’s full Lucienne name/title in Latin (“English“) is Nymphaea (“Water-Lily”) Aurora (“of the Dawn”) e (“&”) Nymphaea (“Water Lily”) Della Notte Lunare (“of the Moonlit Night“), Regina de Ciele, Terra, e Mare “Queen of the Heavens, Land, and Sea”, Queen Water-Lily.
The first two names are symbolic of the fact that some water-lilies bloom in the day-light (sunlight) and other water lilies bloom at night (in the moon-light and star-light). The last two titles are symbolic of how all water-lilies are plants associated with the “sky, land, and sea” . On a spiritual level, this identifies Dea Matria as “the Little-Sun”, daughter of the “Great-Sun”, Mother, Dea Madria, as well as, “the Moon”, daughter of “the Great-Sun”, Mother, Dea Madria.
Nymphaea means: [in Greek & Roman/Latin]
-a feminine spirit that inhabited water bodies like wells, waterways, and spring.
Water-Lilies are: [Egyptian]
-a representation of the Sun and a symbol of rebirth
Lily means: [in English, from Latin & Greek]
-pure, white, lovely
Lily is: [in most European cultures]
-figurative of whiteness, fairness, purity
Water-Lilies & Lotuses are: [Worldwide]
-symbolic of rebirth…symbol of all that is true, good and beautiful, representing good fortune, peace and enlightenment
Water-Lilies are: [to Scientists/Naturalists]
-jewels of the pond…beautiful to look at…serve an important purpose in the pond…aiding its ecosystem…spread across the water‘s surface, filling it with color and
vibrancy all the while keeping the pond and the creatures in it safe and healthy.
Water-Lilies & Lotuses: [in Hinduism/India & in Buddhism/China]
-symbolize resurection…enlightenment…purity, spontaneous generation and divine birth.
Water-Lilies & Lotuess are described in the Sacred Lore of many cultures as follows.
The Lotus Sect of Chinese Buddhism believes that people can be rewarded for virtuous acts by leaving the cycle of reincarnation and going to dwell in the Western Heaven. This paradise contains the Seven Treasure Pond which brims over with the Water of Eight Deeds and Virtues. The bottom of the lake is covered with gold dust and the lotuses are as big as carriage wheels. The blue flowers give off a blue light, the red a red light, the yellow a yellow light and the white flowers a marvelous fragrance. The different colors have different meanings. White represents purity, blue goodness and red enlightenment.
The Sacred Lake of Lotuses is often depicted in Temple Courtyards. Each soul has a lotus on this lake which will open to receive them after death and where they will wait until the time of its opening. The flowers thrive or droop according to the piety of the individual on earth; for the devout they open immediately when he dies, admitting the soul at once to the divine presence.
In China, the envelopes given to the family at a funeral are impressed with the outline of a lotus. And in rural areas, people still burn incense to the Spirit of the Lotus. In Chinese Buddhism, the goddess Tara is also called Lotus. And Kwan Yin, the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy, is often depicted holding a lotus which she gazes at with downcast eyes, or reclining on an expanse of lotuses.
Long before the classical Hindu scriptures wrote of the lotus, the lotus was an important symbol in Egypt. In fact, the lotus may have come to India from Egypt. It was associated with the sun because it opens in the morning and closes at night. Horus, the sun-god was often depicted sitting on a lotus (like Buddha and Brahma). The lotus was also the flower of resurrection, used in funeral rites and depicted on tombs. Mourners would pray that the deceased would have the chance to bloom again, “like a water lily reopening.”
The water lily appears all over the tomb of King Tutan-kamen which was built in 1361 BC. Water lilies adorn the tops of columns. The oar King Tut is using to row to the land of rebirth is made in the image of a half-open water lily. A beautiful woman who resembles Cleopatra offers the water lily she holds in her hand to another woman to sniff.
North American: Dakota
A Dakota legend tells about the origin of the yellow pond lily common in North America. A Star Maiden came down from the night sky and wanted to live with the Dakota. The chief, Red Strawberry Man, sent his son with the maiden to consult the tribe’s advisor who lived across the lake. While rowing across the lake in the darkness, the son’s canoe hit a log and the Star Maiden tumbled into the waters. In the morning, the first yellow water lily appeared at the same spot.