Anemone: Beauty in Simplicity

The wordpress theme that I use for my blog is called anemone. Although I’ve changed the theme many times, looking for the perfect layout, I always come back to this one. It’s simple, beautiful, and displays well both on the computer screen and on mobile devices.

Lately I’ve been seeing the word ‘anemone’ a lot, so I looked it up and it’s actually a flower. I’m sure most of you knew that already! There are anemones on land, and in the water:

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Anemones in a field – Aren’t they lovely?

Anemones are perennials, which means that they have a life span of more than two years, they are persistent and enduring.

The meaning of the anemone depends on the culture in which the flower is found and appreciated. In Greek Mythology, the flower relates to Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, fertility, and sexual love, and the object of her affection, Adonis. Adonis was a mere mortal, and Aphrodite kept him as his lover; when Adonis was devoured by a wild boar, Aphrodite’s tears, mixed with his blood, gave rises to the Anemone flower. Our next book club read might be Circe, a mythical goddess who is the daughter of the sun god Helios, and writing about this is already getting me excited!

In the Victorian language of flowers, the anemone represents a forsaken love of any kind, while European peasants carried them to ward off pests and disease as well as bad luck. In other cultures, the meanings can be very different. In Chinese and Egyptian and cultures, the flower was considered a symbol of illness due to its colouring. It can be a symbol of bad luck in Eastern cultures, and because of its origins the Japanese Anemone tends to be associated with ill tidings. [Source: Wikipedia]

There are also anemones of the sea that are predatory animals. They are named after the flower because of their colorful and flowering appearance. They are quite beautiful, although they can be vicious! To me, they kind of look like fireworks. What do you think?

As this blog has evolved, I’ve tried out many different themes but I always come back to Anemone. It’s designed by Design Orbital, a company based out of Dubai, UAE that builds WordPress themes for “creatives, businesses, bloggers, and entrepreneurs.” They have a bunch of elegant themes that display your content beautifully. If you’re thinking of starting a blog, they are a great choice – the only thing is that you have to pay for it! The themes are around $75 US each. Well worth it in my opinion!

The anemone flower is a rare beauty that means different things to different people and cultures. To me, it symbolizes beauty, creativity, and simplicity… which help guide me in my writing.

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