Dandelion Meaning & Symbolism
You wander into the yard that was, what seemed just a moment ago, perfectly green only to find it dotted with pats of butter-yellow flowers. This rather simple, unassuming weed has been the bane of many gardeners for decades, but really they offer much more than first meets the eye. One thing you may not know is that dandelions are edible – the leaves make great salads and the heads go into wines among other things. So when you want to internalize a little nature, nibble on the dandelion and enjoy her endurance. The only caution is make sure your flowers have not been treated with chemicals (dandelions don’t seem to mind much, but your tummy will).
Dandelion spirit is another harbinger of spring – one that brings a smile to our faces and youthful thoughts. Remembering picking a seeded flower and making a wish? A simple bit of wind or blowing on it took those hundreds of seeds with your desire to all corners of creation. To this day, Dandelion still reminds us that wishes have power, but they also come with responsibility. We have said this before: Nature spirits may be capricious. They don’t operate exactly like humans do, which also makes them a lot of fun. Dandelion’s favorite saying is “expect the unexpected.”
Around the globe dandelions symbolize happiness, simple joys, good companions and the presence of our inner child who often forgets to play. It is interesting to note that people still appreciated this pedaled friend enough in the 1800s to make room for them in gardens by removing – egad – grass! They recognized it as a part of the healer’s kit and a plant that made for an excellent dye base among other things. In all this, Dandelion represents something important: those little things we think are irritating may have tremendous value. Go back and take a second look.
For being a very recognizable studies show that dandelion is one of the plants that people don’t really think about except when they mow the lawn. There’s unpretentiousness about this magic flower that’s humbling. Do you know that Dandelions flower longer than many other plants in their environment? They represent staying power in a visible way. What would it be like to have an entire carpet of Dandelion for a lawn against evergreen trees and tulips? Stunning comes to mind.
Metaphysically Dandelion also has gypsy feet. She is quite the traveler – taking her seeds as much as five miles from the originating plant. When you’re looking to cut apron strings and take to the road, following where the winds lead you, this is the plant spirit from whom to get insight.
Crystal Connections for Dandelion:
Quartz (the power of attraction); Rainbow Quartz. Citrine
Dandelion Meaning Table of Contents
- Color Meanings
- Victorian Language of Flowers
- Aromatherapy and Alternative Medicine
- Spiritual Meanings & Metaphysical Matches
- Back to Flower Meanings
Dandelion Color Meanings
It is impossible not to notice the bright yellow flowers of Dandelions. It as if they’re smiling at you when they open, bring with that blossom the energy of pure delight. Take your shoes off! Run! Play with the flowers. They love a little whimsy. While Dandelion has other elemental and celestial correspondences that we will touch on here, it’s impossible to overlook the Solar element, which also connects to the third chakra. Meditate
with a single dandelion right on your solar plexis to facilitate will and bravery along with a healthy positive outlook.
Dreaming of Dandelions is a good sign particularly for a relationship. It may also act as a symbol of contentment or getting in touch with your inner child. You can learn more about the appearance of flowers in your dream by reviewing our dream dictionary.
Dandelion In The Victorian Language of Flowers
Dandelion takes its name from a French term “dent de lion”. This refereed to the way the leaves are pointed and look a bit like a lion’s tooth. If Lion is King of the Jungle, and Rose the Queen of the Garden, Dandelion is Princess of the lawn. In the Victorian Language of flowers she represents Oracles, Joy and faithfulness.
Aromatherapy and Alternative Medicine
If you have problems with pollen allergies Dandelion is counter-indicated. However, it does have a lot of natural petal power for those looking for Natural Alternatives. The plant has natural diuretic and laxative qualities that are easy on the stomach. It’s also a great vitamin boost for the body, having lots of vitamins and minerals that support kidney function. You can make dandelion root into an external treatment for mild skin irritation, leaving it on the affected area for about 15 minutes.
For those with freckles or aging spots, the flowers made into a lotion help bleach those spots out. Dandelion tea has proven effective for combating acne. Dandelion leaves applied to the skin improve circulation.
Dandelion Spiritual Meanings & Metaphysical Correspondences
Perhaps one of the first magic spells a child learns by way of folk tradition is using Dandelion for various types of sympathetic magic. They call it a nursery rhyme or don’t even have words for it, but like the Daisy learning ͞who loves me͟ is but one way the Dandelion became associated with divination. They’re lunar correlation in seed form lead to their use in weather magic, and drinking a tea of Dandelion is said to improve your ability to prognosticate. The Ma’at Tarot has dandelion as the 9 of cups. The imagery shows someone blowing on the seeded head of a Dandelion when the field in front of them is already packed full. This ties directly to Dandelion’s spirit in terms of granting wishes but also reminds us that if we’re not careful – our wishes may come true in ways we hadn’t anticipated.
Being such a common flower it’s not surprising to find a lot of superstitions growing up around this Flower Spirit.
- The tallest Dandelion found by a child in spring portended how tall he or she would grow that year.
- When you make a wish, some seeds remaining on the stalk reflect good luck
- The dandelion symbolizes the sun (its golden head), the moon (the puffy white seed) and the stars (when they blow to the winds). This is part of the reason it’s associated with wishing.
- Dandelions open their petals at morning to greet then sun, then close at night to sleep.
- If bad weather is coming plant Dandelion at the northwest corner of your property for protection
- Dandelion in a wedding bouquet assures the couple of good fortune
- If you hold a dandelion under your chin and your skin looks gold, it’s an omen of wealth.
In reviewing various systems for Numerology there seems to be some disparagement about exactly what number applies to Dandelion. For the purpose of this writing, we have gone with straight letter-by-letter values, resulting in a 6. 6 represents symmetry, kindness, compassion, harmony and community. Community pops out with Dandelion as they always seem to have plenty of companions in the yard. In terms of equilibrium, the head of a dandelion has beautiful proportions that spin outward evenly drawing in those with a youthful heart or spirit who dare to dream.
The roots of the mystical Dandelion reach far back into history. Ancient Egyptians, Romans, Greeks, Japanese and the Chinese alike have employed these plants in a variety of ways for thousands of years. So much is the case that even the best botanist would be hard-pressed to give a specific origin and history for this flower. It is as if it has always been here, and plans to remain so.
An interesting fact that our ancestors seem to recognize that we do not (or did not) is that this pretty weed is actually good for your soil. It roots reaching down to 15’ decrease erosion, aerate the soil and act as a natural fertilizer. Perhaps this is why they survive so much – they not only adapt but help the community of nature around them at the same time.
There’s a folktale of unknown origin that begins with an Angel who presided over all flowers on the Earth. She came looking to different blossoming spirits asking them where they wished to live. The tulip wanted a castle garden where a princess could fawn over her. The rose wanted a castle for climbing on the walls where she could be safe. Answers like these made the Angel very sad until she finally found the Dandelion who replied that she would be happy anywhere children could find her – playing in the fields, making my way through stones, roadsides – anywhere she could bring a smile. Because of this the Angel blessed her with a long growing season and designated it as the ͞child’s͟ flower.