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Re: VMs: Re: I have one too: f65r Leontopodium alpinum


   They're remarkably similar. 

   "The name comes from German edel (meaning noble) and weiß (meaning
white). The scientific name, Leontopodium means "lion paw", being
derived from Greek words leon and podion. [...] It usually grows in
inaccessible places, which is why it is associated in Slovenia with
mountaineering. Its white colour is considered in Switzerland a symbol
of purity and due to its beauty, it got its Romanian name, floarea
reginei (Queen's flower)." - From Wikipedia.

 The Edelweiss has also been loosely accociated with a number of clubs,
societies, alchemists and other stuff, some of which secret and a lot of
them esoteric. The Edelweiss Society preached the coming of a 'Nordic
messiah' (compare with the Vrij Society (Serbian) and the Thule
Society)....Herman Göring had become an active member of the Edelweiss
Society in 1921 while living and working in Sweden. Göring believed
Hitler to be the Nordic messiah (from what I read... take cum granula
salis...). In WWII they were most noted for their Edelweiss Pirates
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edelweiss_Pirates), which were decicively
anti-nazi. But on to alchemy: from what little I can find, the Edelweiss
was commonly accociated with invisibility by alchemists, and even with
bullet-proofing. I'm not sure if this was symbological only or if
Edelweiss was actually used as an ingredient in alchemical concoctions,
but it might explain the interest in such a plant in connections to the

  Anyway, I'm willing to assert that that is a picture of an edelweiss,
or at least some relative of it. The stem seems overly long, but in
nature it curls a lot so the artist may have "straightened" it somewhat.
However the more modern connections noted above are worthless unless
they can be traced back to their 14th and 15th century roots.

  Regards, Smári.

On Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:28:56 +0100
"J HALEY" <j.haley@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Florin wrote on 17 July 2005
> > Well more or less:
> >
> >
> http://images.google.com/images?q=leontopodium+alpinum&hl=en&btnG=Search+Ima
> ges
> >
> > http://caliban.mpiz-koeln.mpg.de/~stueber/thome/band4/tafel_115_small.jpg
> >
> > Regards,
> > Florin
> > ___________________________________________________________________
> > ___
> I can see where you are coming from with this one. It may well be a
> stylized version of this plant.
> Jeff

Smári P. McCarthy
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