Aster by StormloverWolf





Hello everyone! What do you know of the beautiful flower Aster? Sit for just a bit and let me tell you all about it.

Here we are mid-august with September and the coming of Fall right around the corner. The Aster “comes alive” in fall and the colours are so beautiful!! Asters are a popular daisy-like flower that have grown wild since ancient times. Asters have enjoyed a colourful history and are part of many legends.

Like many flowers, the aster has the same scientific name as its common name. It came from the Greek word for “star” to describe the star-like flowers. They bloom in late summer when your other flowers are beginning to fade and go through all of Fall and perhaps longer depending on where you live.

The Aster has enjoyed a rich cultural history filled with legends of magical Gods and Goddesses.

Let’s look at just a few of them -

Ancient Greeks:

The ancient Greeks burned aster leaves to ward off both snakes and evil spirits.

According to Greek mythology, when the God Jupiter decided to flood the earth to destroy the warring men, the Goddess Astraea was so upset she asked to be turned into a star. Her wish was granted, but when the flood waters receded she wept for the great loss of lives. As her tears turned to stardust and fell to earth, the beautiful aster flower sprung forth.

Another Greek legend claims that when King Aegeus' son Theseus volunteered to slay the Minotaur, he told his father he would fly a white flag on his return to Athens to announce his victory. But, Theseau forgot to change the flags and sailed into port with black flags flying. Believing his sons to be killed by the Minotaur, King Aegeus promptly committed suicide. It is believed that asters sprung forth where his blood stained the earth.

Asters were believed to be sacred to the Gods and were used in wreaths placed on altars.

Cherokee Indians:

According to Cherokee legend, two young Indian girls who hid in the woods to avoid warring tribes sought the help of an herb woman. While the girls slept, the old woman foresaw the future and knew the girls were in grave danger. She sprinkled herbs over the girls and covered them with leaves. In the morning, the two sisters had turned into flowers. The one wearing the blue fringed dress became the first aster flower that being blue.

England and Germany:

Both the English and the Germans believed the aster held magical powers.

France:

The aster was known as the “eye of Christ” in France. Asters were laid on the graves of dead soldiers to symbolize the wish that things had turned out differently in battle.

United States: