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Iris germanica | Blue flag

Updated: Jun 4

Iris germanica, commonly known as blue flag or bearded iris, is a flowering plant that belongs to the Iridaceae family. It is native to Europe and western Asia and is widely cultivated as an ornamental plant for its beautiful flowers.

Botanical Information:

  • Iris germanica is a herbaceous perennial plant that can grow up to 1.5 meters in height.

  • It has long, sword-shaped leaves that grow from a rhizome.

  • The flowers are large and showy, and come in a range of colors, including blue, purple, yellow, pink, and white.

Magickal Properties

Blue flags or irises are associated with wisdom, protection, and divination. They are also associated with the following magical properties:

  • Wisdom: Blue flags are often used to improve intuition, perception, and understanding.

  • Protection: Irises are associated with protection and are often used in spells to ward off negativity and evil spirits.

  • Divination: Blue flags are also associated with divination and are often used in spells to enhance psychic abilities and to gain insights into the future.

Elemental Correspondences

  • Air: Iris is associated with the element of air because of their tall, slender stems and their connection to the mind and intellect.

Planetary and Astrological Correspondences

  • Mercury: Blue flags are associated with Mercury because of their association with communication, logic, and intelligence.

  • Gemini: Blue flags are also associated with Gemini, the astrological sign associated with communication, duality, and adaptability.

Associated Deitites and Traditions

  • Irises are associated with Thoth, the Egyptian god of wisdom, writing, and magic.

  • Irises are also associated with Hermes, the Greek god of communication, travel, and thievery.

  • In Greek mythology, Iris was the messenger of the gods and the personification of the rainbow.

  • In ancient Rome, the iris was associated with the goddess Juno, who was the queen of the gods and the patroness of marriage and childbirth.

  • In traditional Chinese medicine, the iris root is used to treat various ailments, including coughs, asthma, and insomnia.


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