Juniper: language of flowers and plants

Juniper: language of flowers and plants

LANGUAGE AND MEANING OF FLOWERS AND PLANTS

JUNIPER

Juniperus communis

(family

Cupressaceae

)

Juniper in Greek is called arkeuthos from the verb arkéo "To repel an enemy" was in fact considered able to protect both from diseases and from evil spirits thanks to its thorny branches. In many countries there was in fact the habit of planting juniper near the house and even any cracks or cracks in the wall were hit with the leaves to prevent those points from becoming a way for negativity, diseases and evil spirits.

Angelo De Gubernatis (man of letters and scholar above all of social problems born in Turin in 1840 and died in Romanel 1913) says that in Pistoia there was the habit of hanging a branch of juniper on the door of the house because it was believed that witches, at suavista, they could not resist counting his needles, but since there were so many, they lost count and so impatient they went away.

In Germany it was believed that there was a beneficial spirit that bore the name of the plant "Frau Waccholder" and that if invoked with a particular ritual, it caused any thieves who had stolen to return the stolen goods to the rightful owner. This was related to the fact that the thorny and twisted branches of the juniper were able to block the escape of the thief.

Another belief, of Norwegian origin, wanted the houses to be decorated with juniper branches on Christmas Eve because it was believed that it purifies the air with its perfume.

These are just some of the many legends surrounding this splendid plant, partly Christianized by attributing to the juniper (like many other plants) the privilege of having protected the escape of the Holy Family pursued by the soldiers of Herod and grateful Mary would have blessed it by predicting that it would have the honor of providing the wood for Christ's cross.


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