Why a dogwood?

The dogwood with its gently petaled flowers represents renewal, healing, peace, a fresh start, a new outlook on life to me.  The flowers form a cross, which represent the four elements of air, fire, water and earth.  Its center constitutes the binding force of spirit holding all together.  The dogwood flower, the first to appear in the early spring, blooms before its leaves appear.  It’s shining white or pink is contrasted against the stark brown of its wet tree trunk representing a return of light and life after a long and dark winter, a dark winter of the soul.  Its quiet strength bespeaks of faith in renewal, of nature’s enduring love.  As a healing symbol, I am reminded that it also represents endurance as well as remembrance.  With spring, I move forward to new beginnings, new growth bringing the lessons of my past into strengthening my future knowing that Love is eternal.


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