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  • Writer's pictureMandira Antar

Tattoo symbols / Forget me not (Myosotis)

Updated: Oct 13, 2018

In Greek they are called "μη με λησμόνει", the same in English. Their scientific name "myosotis", derives from Greek, meaning the ear of the mouse, probably because of their petals shape.

They are small and wild and hide a beautiful history and symbolism behind them...

Most famous story has it that a young couple was taking a walk by a river, when the boy tried to reach those small beautiful wild flowers for his girlfriend... he missed his step and fell in the river. While he was drifted away by the current he yelled "forget me not!" to his girl who watched him by the river bank. That is a sad story...

Another German religious story narrates that when God was creating the earth and giving a name to every living thing, He almost forgot this small wild flower. So when He realised it was the last flower He almost forgot to mention, He named it "forget me not" so it shall never be forgotten. Others say it was the flower from Eden that cried while Adam and Eve were leaving...

In Medieval times it was considered a protection from witches and a symbol of good luck.

It's essential oil has very strong spiritual and emotional qualities. It is connected with the sixth and crown chakras and assists in connection, understanding and awareness. It is when we are in an emotional turmoil or going through a loss, or a transition of some sort, that we may feel scared, disconnected, unbalanced. This flower, so small yet so strong, has the power to give us clarity and awareness that nothing is never lost, that we are all connected in so different realms and our mourning is nothing but the disconnection from our deeper and truer selves. This understanding can assist us in grounding the fear and terror we face when a big change finds us powerless.