Last post I wrote about turning over a new leaf. I chose a fern as the leaf for the featured image. Here’s some cool info about the symbolism of ferns.
Fiddleheads and ferns first show up in fossil records from a time over 100 million years BEFORE dinosaurs walked the Earth. In fact, ferns grew before flowering plants existed. Long ago, people couldn’t explain how ferns reproduced since they lack flowers or seeds. Fern seeds were thought to make one invisible!
Today we know that ferns truly don’t have flowers or seeds. How do they reproduce? They have “spores.” With sunlight and photosynthesis, the spores grow into what is called gametes which are able to fertilize the sperm and start to move it into the fern plant. This is completely different than anything that happens with any other sort of flower! No wonder people were confused.Almanac.com
Many myths and mysteries surround the Fern, whose name originated from the Anglo-Saxon term “fearn”, meaning feather, due to the shape and pattern of its leaves.symbolismandmetaphor.com
The ancient fern has a history rich in symbolism. As mentioned above, ferns were seen as good luck, often for new lovers. The fern symbolizes eternal youth.
-To the indigenous Maori of New Zealand, the fern represented new life and new beginnings.
-To the Japanese, the fern symbolizes family and the hope for future generations.
-According to Victorians, the fern symbolizes humility and sincerity.Almanac.com