The Tudor Rose Symbolism

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As Henry VII assumed the Lancastrian crown from Richard III in battle, he ended the Wars of the Roses by marrying Elizabeth of York. The result was a new symbol known as the Union rose or Tudor rose composed of both a red and white rose. During his reign, Henry even had the Round Table at Winchester Castle - then believed to be the genuine table of King Arthur - repainted to include a Tudor rose in the centre. In this way, Henry VII was painting the roses red.

The religious symbolism of the 5-petaled rose is traditionally described as the union of Christ and Mary. But as we see in Rosslyn chapel, this originates from a much older idea of unifying the masculine Green Man line of entheogenic plant gods with the feminine line of Venusian goddesses. As the orbital "star" of Venus, the rose symbol thus unifies astrotheological symbolisms and entheogenic communion into a single ascension belief and ritual process.