My mom has a tattoo of a dandelion on her ankle.
I have a jar of dandelion bitters brewing upstairs in my kitchen.
And ummmm, hello, my website header - is a dandelion!
You could say I have a little bit of a thing this dear flower sister of mine, and given that this year, my yard just completely exploded with her this Spring, I'd say she has a thing for me, too.
Dandelion is a highly symbolic plant.
The spiritual symbolism of the dandelion is related to Divinity. In the beginning, the way that her flower grew, burst into seed heads, and those seeds were carried miles and miles by the way of the wind, inspired many to relate this flower to Jesus' teachings - spreading far and wide, planting roots everywhere.
In addition, because Dandelion can grow everywhere, and often, in very poor, dry soils, and survive no matter what - many to view her as the epitome of strength, perseverance, and a strong inner light.
Many view dandelion as the ultimate manifestation flower - when you see her and her friends bursting up through the soil and then expanding into multiplicity with each gust of the wind - she is the symbolism of ideas made manifest.
Dandelions symbolize perseverance, strength, manifestation and divine teachings, and what better way to tap into these traits, than to wear her, on our head, as a crown?
I can't think of one!
So let's begin.
How to Make a Dandelion Crown
step 1. gather your dandelions
Harvest your flowers at no shorter than 3 inch long stems. You'll be 'weaving' with them, so having more to work with will make it easier for you to make the crown. Are the dandelions in your neighborhood still short stemmed? Wait 1-2 days for those flowers to grow (they grow fast), you'll be thankful you did. Cut around 15-20 flowers for each crown you plan to make.
step 2. Start your chain
Cross one dandelion stem over the other, with the "vertical" dandelion stem on top. Leave about 1 inch from the center of the cross, to the start of the flower head.
Step 3. under, over and across
Take the rest of the stem on the 'vertical' flower, wrap it under, then back up and then over, to the right, across the top of the vertical flower's stem.
step 4. and then you Weave
Continue the above step in 1 inch increments until you have 10-12 flowers on your chain.
As you move farther and farther along, stems used earlier on will end and new flower stems will replace those, balancing out the chain. Meaning, you won't end up with a super thick chain at the end, it'll be pretty symmetrical.
Step 5. Knot it together
I used 18 or 19 flowers for my crown. You may not have as big of a head as me. When you get towards the end, measure your head after every few wraps to make sure you aren't going over board. When you're done, use any left over flowers to knot the ends together - and . . .
step 6. You're done!
Look at you! So beautiful and playful, you flower goddess!
Now that you're complete . . .
Take some time to flaunt your crown!
Honor your inner child. Play with the other flowers you have, make bouquets, lay down on a blanket and look at the clouds. Drink a lemonade.
Whatever you do, try not to go to work.
If Dandelion is your spirit animal - but for plants I mean - it means you work hard. Actually, you probably work a little *too* hard. You and Dandelion be persevering.
Her message for you is that IF you're going to persevere, IF your dreams are going to be made manifest and IF you're a divine being of Light . . . you have to give yourself time to let all that soak in.
You gotta give yourself some time to ponder your dreams, and feel your own Divinity in order to truly experience and know it.