Monday, August 11, 2014

A Flower That Blooms In Adversity Is The Most Rare And Beautiful Of All -Mulan

I've kind of got a thing for names...
Natasha has two significant names to me:
The first is Natasha as Mary.  The meaning of natasha has the connotation of birth and even more specifically to Christ's birthday - the Italian phrase for "merry Christmas" is "buon natale!", literally "good birthday!"
One site said, that the name of Natasha comes with the desire for creative, artistic or musical expression in an original way.  And that People with this name have a deep inner desire to create and express themselves, often in public speaking, acting, writing or singing. They also yearn to have beauty around them in their home and work environment. 
This seems to be true of Natasha, She reminds me of Jesus' mother and Joseph's wife Mary related to Christ's birth even in Mary's humility and writing of a song of praise to God.  She also has a natural ability and inner drive to express herself and to make things beautiful wherever she goes.

Second, I was doodling and this came out one day and I thought it might be related to Natasha and the girls...
I felt like God left the phrase “Princess warriors” regarding there home with me which led to the movie Mulan and the phrase, “A flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.  You don’t meet a girl like that every dynasty.”  -Mulan which I thought portrayed Natasha and her life scenario well.  That led me to finding the name "Mulan" which is of Mandarin Chinese origin derived from the words "mu" and "lan" that respectively mean "wood" and "orchid". By itself, "Mulan" means "lily magnolia".

So I decided to buy the girls a Mulan sword and to also see if the Lily Magnolia had any direct significance.  I think it does.

I Believe Natasha is rare and will continue to bloom large with a strength, beauty, dignity, healing touch, and purity about her that will be a blessing to many,  
(You'll see those themes referenced over and over again below talking of lilies & magnolias)

As for the meaning of Magnol, we could not find any definitive etymology on this rather rare surname. It most likely comes from the Latin “magna” meaning “great”. The magnolia tree is typically associated with “splendid beauty” and dignity. The tree stands tall and the flower blossoms are simply gorgeous and vibrant.  But the four-syllable Magnolia is nothing short of a “splendid beauty”. [v]
Meaning symbolism of Lily Magnolia
Magnolia flower is an ancient genus. Having evolved before bees appeared, the flowers developed to encourage pollination by beetles. As a result, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are tough, to avoid damage by eating and crawling beetles. The laurel-leaved garden magnolia expressed dignity to the Victorians. The wild, swamp-dwelling magnolia meant perseverance. The Lily flower symbolizes purity and innocence, and as the flower of the Resurrection and of the Virgin, it is widely used at Easter. [i]
Lily Meaning: Majesty, truth, honor  Lily of the Valley Meaning: Happiness In Season: Spring and summer

The magnolia flowers bloom boldly and are large in size. The flowers that grow in South are scented and therefore the magnolia flowers meanings include splendid beauty and magnificence.  The white magnolias flower meanings include purity and perfection. The pink magnolia flowers mean youth and innocence added with joy. The green magnolias also have the same meaning of joy and is also associated with health and luck. The purple magnolias help in achieving the wishes of luck and health.

In China, the Jade orchid or Magnolia denudata, has been cultivated for thousand of years. The magnolia flowers mean 'certainly' when they are used at the beginning of other sentiments along with other symbols. In China, magnolia flowers are symbols of purity and nobility. In Japan, the magnolia is used as a medicinal and ornamental plant. The flower is called Hanakotoba in Japanese system of flower meaning. This means that the flower is sublime, natural and shows love for nature. Magnolias are associated with the life force and therefore can be sent over on the occasion of birth.

This was all about the magnolia flower meanings and the symbols associated with it. Basically, magnolia flower is associated with beauty and perseverance. It is also associated with nobility and dignity. Sweetness and love for nature are some other attributes attached to magnolia flower.[iii]
China- Just as words have different meanings in different contexts, the meaning of painted magnolias was also fluid. "pure and noble" when depicted with thoroughwort.
Florists-. Floriography--the language of flowers--arises from experiences with the flowers themselves: when they bloom, how big they are, whether they hide primly within foliage or, like the magnolia, bloom boldly and large like a star taking center-stage. In the South, where Magnolia grandiflora blooms with scented, white flowers a foot across, the meanings of the flower include magnificence and splendid beauty.
Colors- Magnolias bloom in white, yellow, green, pink and purple. White means purity and perfection and, thus, things at their beginning. (Recall the magnolia as an appropriate herald of a birth in Hanakotoba.) Pink also can recall youth and innocence, along with joy. Yellow means joy, too, and evokes spring. Health and luck are attributes of green, so a green magnolia could wish a recipient magnificent health and luck. Adding a purple (power) magnolia would amplify those wishes.[iv]

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