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Latin Name: Rosa canina
Group: Second Nineteen
Emotional Group: Insufficient interest in present circumstances
Emotional response: Apathy
Those who without apparently sufficient reason become resigned to all that happens, and just glide through life, take it as it is, without any effort to improve things and find some joy. They have surrendered to the struggle of life without complaint. [Bach: Twelve Healers and Other Remedies 1936]
Resignation, which makes one become merely an unobservant passenger on the journey of life, opens the door to untold adverse influences which would never have an opportunity of gaining admittance as long as our daily existence brought with it the spirit and joy of adventure. [Bach: Collected Writings]
For resignation, apathy, surrender, failure to make effort, fatalism, just drift down hill, dullness, lack of interest, no spark or vitality, sense of monotony, expressionless drone to voice, weariness, a dull companion. [Barnard: Guide to the Bach Flower Remedies]
The rose is an extensive genus widely cultivated and hybridised. Dr Bach chose the genuine wild variety of rose.
Wild Rose is a true native rose that grows throughout the country though it is more numerous in the south. It is the common briar of the hedgerow.
Wild Rose, Rosa canina, can be either white or rose pink: shades of both Clematis and Honeysuckle. And the same gesture is there in the stems which, although they start off energetically, thrusting up vertically, when free of support they curve over and turn back towards the earth. Roses put out new growth in August and September, at the end of the summer, and so leave it late in the year. These gracefully arching stems, fresh green and flexible, are an echo of spring. The thorns, which are a bright, flesh-pink when young, act as hooks, helping the plant to gain stability. This is important since the long stems would otherwise be blown about by the wind, damaging the plant. When a person becomes ‘resigned to all that happens’ they are indeed blown as the wind wills, without structure or direction of their own. Hiding in the hedge, Wild Rose usually gains support from others.
The hooks or thorns are fiercely prominent and extremely sharp. Approach Wild Rose and you will never escape without a scratch; blood will be drawn. Here we see again the image of forceful stimulus found in Gorse which will jab at apathy and weak will. The thorns are curved downwards, shaped like a canine tooth (hence Rosa canina) and they share the tooth’s ripping and tearing disposition. In the converse of the Wild Rose state a person takes hold and will not let go; with terrier-like determination they keep working at a problem until it is solved. Rosa canina is also known as Dog Rose though it is generally supposed that Dog derives from dague, Old French for dagger. The sharpness of the prickles is followed by the jagged edge of the leaves. The surface of the leaf is smooth, without the hairs which indicate sensitivity to the environment around.