During the creation of the Pythia Botanica Oracle, invoking unique, original spiritual meanings from these plants was incredibly important and sacred to me. I pondered upon every plant―dove into my Hellenic roots through their mythology and derived personal meaning for each botanical. While Roses may symbolize a myriad of traditional meanings, for the Pythia Botanica, I took a step off the beaten path and created it in the name of compassion. Pythia's Rose is Open Hearts, a card that asks readers to turn inward and enlighten others on how to love―it is a beacon of compassion, a call to heal through ecstasy and absolve through bliss.
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