April 14: Cinquefoil

Cinquefoil is today’s flower. “Maternal affection; beloved daughter” are the sentiments it conveys in the Language of Flowers.

Potentilla figured significantly in heraldry; the Cinquefoil emblem represented strength, power, honor, and loyalty.

The five leaflets of the Cinquefoil–or Five-Finger Flower–symbolized the five senses of the human body. The Cinquefoil emblem in heraldry signified a knight who had achieved mastery over the self.

In the realms of ancient magic grimoires, Agrippa said Cinquefoil drives away devils and helps a person resist poison.

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