Is love a universal thing

8 love types of the ancient Greeks and matching bouquets

Flowers with meaning for Valentine's Day

Love is a big term that has always been interpreted in very different ways. People live many different aspects of love - that's why the ancient Greek philosophers had several dimensions of love. A wonderful approach to expressing love with flowers on Valentine's Day! We present eight forms of love and the matching flowers.

When we speak of love, it is not always about the romantic form that is lived in a partnership and of course comes first to our mind on Valentine's Day. Love can be amicable, there is parental love for the children, and the subject of self-love is increasingly coming into focus. Socrates, Plato and Aristotle already studied love in detail. The three main types of love in Greek philosophy are Eros, Philia and Agape, which represent the three levels of body, mind and spirit. But other types of love, such as friendly, playful or possessive love, were identified and named at that time. Our flower arrangements for Valentine's Day 2021 are a colorful, atmospheric and symbolic interpretation of eight aspects of love.

Eros: passionate love

Eros describes the physical love or attraction between two people. It doesn't necessarily have to be lived in a relationship, although eros is often used interchangeably for romantic love. It can also rule between two people who find each other very physically attractive. It is a kind of energetic connection that we interpreted with a bouquet of roses and carnations.

Philia: friendly love

Philia stands for love on a spiritual level. It exists between people who have similar or identical interests, ideas about life and characteristics. Philia also means that you like someone very much because of their intellectual, philosophical and spiritual interests. That is why Philia is naturally also part of a partnership, but it is mainly between friends, between colleagues or simply people who are interested in the same thing. More about Philia and the right bouquet recipe with chrysanthemum, gypsophila, gladiolus and anthurium can be found in this article.

Agape: unconditional love

Agape is the highest, purest form of love. It's about unconditional love on a universal level. In a sense, agape is the basis of altruism. It prevails between partners, but also describes a fundamental, expectation-free love for our fellow human beings. It is also interpreted as love of neighbor, love of God or spiritual love and also includes love of enemies. Here we present Agape in more detail and present the right bouquet with clematis and delphinium.

Storge: family love

Storge is a trusting, familial love between people who have a strong bond and who feel connected. Storge is based on a good, deep understanding of two people for one another. A good example of Storge is the love between parent and child. A nice bouquet with anemone and gypsophila goes well with this.

Mania: possessive love

Mania is an obsessive form of love. It's about jealousy, racing heart, intense emotions with ups and downs. Fear of loss is just as much a part of mania as a feeling of merging and fulfillment. That love needs a lavish bouquet full of lush flowers like orchids and lily.

Ludus: playful love

Ludus is a playful, flirtatious love. It can prevail at the beginning of a relationship, is noncommittal, and is sometimes associated with free love. Ludus can also be the concept for a long-term relationship if it applies equally to both partners. Ludus is about fun and enjoyment - and that's reflected in this bouquet.

Pragma: lifelong love

Pragma, as the name suggests, describes the pragmatic, more rational aspect of love that takes various social, societal and personal conditions into account. As a complement to other forms of love, pragma can contribute to the consistency and longevity of a relationship that survives challenging crises. That is why we chose Pragma as the representative of a mature, long relationship in this bouquet.

Philautia: self-love

Philautia stands for a healthy dose of self-love. And although this love has nothing to do with narcissism, but is the basic requirement for any kind of functioning relationship, the narcissus should not be missing in this bouquet recipe.

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Important information:
Depending on the federal state and the corona protective measures adopted there, flowers can currently be bought in stores or online.