Yesterday’s look was inspired by January’s birth flower, Carnation. Carnations have been cultivated for the past 2,000 years, although floral experts disagree where carnations originated from. Some believe their origins are from the Mediterranean basin, while others believe their origins are from the Far East. There are also differing opinions on where the name “carnation” originated. Some say that “carnation” is derived from the Greek word for coronation or corone, since carnations were one of the flowers used for crowns and garlands. Others say that the word is derived from the Greek word carnis, meaning “flesh” (as in, “flesh-colored”). Experts do agree on the Latin word for the flower, which is dianthus, meaning “divine flower”.
CARNATION INFO & SYMBOLISM
TITLE: The Flower of God
ALSO KNOWN AS: Gillyflowers
ORIGIN: Some say the Mediterranean Basin, others say the Far East
COLORS: Red (symbolizes love and romance), Pink (symbolizes a mother’s love, remembrance, and gratitude), White (symbolizes innocent love and good luck), Yellow (during the Victorian era, symbolized disappointment with someone)
ZODIAC SIGN: Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)
USES: In France, used as a muscle relaxant, hair loss treatment, and in skin creams. In Spain, used for national festivals and religious ceremonies
Here’s what I wore. While the focus is more on gothic fashion for the birthstones, the birth flowers are more inspired by belly dance, since we wear lots of flowers in ATS®. In keeping with the spirit of ATS®, each birth flower post will show an example of an ATS® dance move. I feel this is a good addition to my weekly dance practice, as well as focusing on my dance posture.
This outfit is more goth than belly dance, since we had a blizzard last week. With massive amounts of snow on the ground, long skirts are a no-no for me:
Here’s my makeup. The eye shadow is by Magnolia Makeup in “Antoinette”. I don’t wear pink often, so I wore this eye shadow to highlight the carnation hair clip:
I hope you all enjoyed this post. In regards to my dance move videos, please note that I’m just a student of ATS®. I am not a teacher, nor am I a professional. I would strongly encourage you to look at videos of the professionals (such as Fat Chance Belly Dance®, in which ATS® originated from) for a better look.
Love & Shimmies,
ATS® dance move (slow): Camel Walk w/ Torso Twist
Song: “Frame Drum” by Fat Chance Belly Dance