The Red Poppy Flower’s Message is…to remember those who have passed away, to Honour those we have lost and protect the memories of all that we love. It Remembers the Fallen and encourages the development of our own sense of inner peace.
The Matilda (Orange) Poppy is to be held in Honour, Acknowledgement and Respect for all our Living ADF and its Veterans...Past, Present..Future....it is the cultivation of the belief for a richer life in which to be Proud.
The “Matilda Poppy” is to be a gift of thanks to those who have sacrificed selflessly in service of their Country and its people and also for those they love. It is a repayment of understanding and can be given as a gesture of heartfelt sincerity.
A Matilda Poppy will represent all that we as Australian’s believe in, Mateship, Camaraderie, Respect, and Strength, it is to show your Acknowledgment and Gratitude to all those who Serve..
The Orange of the "Matilda Poppy" is the closest match to the shade of the sun, so it is symbolic of Australian Military Service and illuminates expansion, friendship and community. If one could capture and concentrate the sun, the result would be bright, luminous orange flowers. Orange in flowers offer happiness and joy and to look upon an orange flower is to immediately feel the warmth of love.
There’s nothing bashful about the colour ORANGE –its message is clear and blatantly "Proud" symbolising energy, enthusiasm, and warmth, this vibrant colour conveys confidence, satisfaction and a passion for life.
Orange also sends the message of adventure. The possibilities are endless in life and the offer of adventure and spontaneity is included with each radiant orange poppy which is the key to "living a life with passion."
The Yellow in the Poppy is associated with friendship, trust, compassion, and respect along with Gratitude and Thanks.
For these reasons, yellow shows appreciation for a job well done. Yellow is considered a symbol of purity, clarity truth and retention of memories and reason. It also communicate sympathy and empathy and evokes feelings of joy and lightheartedness. Yet again another symbol of friendship and sends a message of new beginnings and happiness.
These gentle flowers that are the Poppy show the warmth and compassion that exists between mates and it renews ties of friendship, even during difficult times.
So please be apart of Encapsulating the Spirit of the "Matilda Poppy" by supporting the idea of Acknowledging our Living ADF and its Veterans and the Respect that their Service deserves.
The significance of the Gum Leaf with Matilda Poppy..
The Gum Leaf/Eucalyptus Leaf is used for Healing, Protection. It is seen as a protecting and nurturing tree.
The leaves and bark have been used for its spiritual properties throughout, from modern times to the indigenous populations. For spiritual cleansing and smudging with very similar properties to white sage, it purifies cleanses and promotes good health.
It is said that returning soldiers from the wars could smell the distinctively homely scent of the gum tree before hitting land.
Sister Elizabeth (Pearl) Corkhill(1887-1985)
Was Posted to the 1st Australian General Hospital, Corkhill arrived in Egypt in July 1915.
From August to January 1916 she was at the Choubra Military Infectious Hospital, where she tended sick troops from the Gallipoli campaign. Reaching France in April, she served at the 2nd British General Hospital, Le Havre.
A notable occasion for her was the AIF’s first celebration of Anzac Day. To mark the event she and two other Australian nurses wore green gum leaves with the inscription `Dardanelles 1915’.
The significance of the Fern Leaf with Matilda Poppy.
The tightly curled fronds of young ferns are deceptive and it would be impossible to guess what a full grown fern would look like at this stage of development.
Human kind is the same. Our consciousness must be awakened through life experience, learning, and awareness.
Like the fern, we grow and flourish if we unfurl toward light or truth. The more we unfurl, the more the tendrils of our true nature begin to show as we loosen, surrender and soften, releasing and opening as we let go of old stories and rigidly constructed belief systems which contribute to negative patterns of behavior.
Mental and emotional rigidity leads to reactivity which inevitably results in physical illness. The example of a slow, but steady opening toward light is the miracle of Mother Nature’s creation and is exemplified in the model of the fern.
Ferns symbolize sincerity towards others. It can also be a symbol of magic, fascination, confidence, shelter, discretion, reverie and a secret bond of love.
The fern is known as the koru to the indigenous peoples of New Zealand, the Maori. The koru is often represented as a spiral in Maori artwork, symbolizing opening to new life and bringing purity to the world. It represents peace, tranquility and spirituality along with new growth or new beginnings. The Koru is also associated with nurturing and when it contains more than one frond, it represents the strength and healing of a loving relationship within family or community.
The individual who wears this symbol suggests that he or she has endured many adversities and outlasted much difficulty. Who among us can say we have not all endured adversity?
The ancients believed ferns brought rain, protection, luck, prosperity, eternal youth, health, exorcism, confidence and safe shelter.
Māori hunters and warriors used the silver underside of the fern leaves to find their way home. When bent over, the fronds would catch the moonlight and illuminate a path through the forest.
Finally, ferns are very often used in contemporary floral arrangements to amplify the faith in the magic of love. After all, love and light are all that are needed for humans to heal!
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