From the Studio: Choosing the Blooms

Marbled paper, a painting of pink roses, the Strength card, a book lying open on a marbled table

The original illustration of pink roses and the hand-marbled paper used to develop the Strength card

Flowers are thought to speak a language - thus, their importance in so many of our rituals as well as their enduring values as gifts and in art.

In selecting a flower to illustrate each card, we especially relied on thoughtful books by writers like Shane Connolly and Jean-Michele Othoniel, who delved into the symbolism of flowers in art and in arrangements.

Open pages of a book

"The Secret Language of Flowers", by Jean-Michel Othoniel

Open pages of a book

"Discovering the Meaning of Flowers", by Shane Connolly

Each source we consulted offered new insights and stories that inspired our imaginations - even for a flower with as "obvious" a backstory as the rose.

Open page of an illustrated book

"The Language of Flowers" by Marina Heilmeyer

Open pages of a book

"Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom" by Editors Phaidon

The language of flowers is an endlessly rich and evolving trove of story and meaning - we feel so lucky to have been able to build upon the scholarship and diligence of these sources to choose the blooms for each of the cards in our Major Arcana.