The Enchanting Magic Of Roses

She’s a powerhouse, alright!

The rose has SO MANY magical properties for witches. Rose water, rose petals, rose stems, its oil, the thorns, the leaves – hell, the whole dang plant! Whether you’re a seasoned witch or just someone who admires the charm of these blossoms, there’s no denying the allure of the rose across Asia, Europe, and North America.

Most commonly, rose is used for love/relationship spells and rituals. But even non-witches hold the rose in high regard – a bunch of roses to a loved one can hold great meaning. A classic gesture with no words needed. 

Roses come in a few different colours, and each holds its own significance. If you want to gift someone roses, but don’t want them to think you’re in love, yellow represents friendship! Sunny yellow roses are also a powerful ingredient in spellwork when warding off jealousy.

When empathy and understanding are called for, the soothing pink rose is the way to go as it issues sympathy. And while the classic properties of the red rose are usually love and romance, they can also be used when doing shadow work as they embody transformation and self-awareness – making the velvet red petals a good companion on your journey of introspection. You can also use roses to connect with your own psychic powers – just make some rose tea and get practising!

So where did roses come from? First of all, where did anything come from (talk about a loaded question!). Second of all, there are a couple of creation stories the rose has roots in. One of them tells the story of the rose springing from the sweat of a Moslem prophet, but let me tell you my favourite one:

Rose is an anagram for Eros. One day, the goddess of flowers was deeply saddened by the loss of a beautiful nymph and she created the most exquisite bloom of them all to express her feelings; a true queen of flowers. When Aphrodite discovered the flower, she was so taken by its beauty that she named it in honour of her son, the god of love, Eros. 

There’s also legends of how the goddess Lakshmi originated in the petals of a rose, and can you guess what Cleopatra’s favourite flower was? 

So next time you’re witch-working with roses or simply embracing the scent of one in a bouquet or a garden, take a moment to appreciate the centuries of magic and lore that accompany this queen of flowers.

Jenna is a pagan and lifelong student of history. She's the potion expert at High Priestess, and also designs tarot decks, oracle decks, and powerful ritual oils.