element: air ruling planet: venus colors: pink, lightblue birthstone: peridot houseplant: tillandsia birthflowers: rose, bluebell, large daisy, hydrangea
Ah, libra, litteraly the most balanced of all Zodiac Signs. It has to be, it's depicted as the scales of lady justice. During this time of the year, night and day are in balance and so are the people born between September 24th and October 23rd. Supposedly. Honestly, i don't know that many balanced libra. But then again: i don't really know a lot of balanced people. Luckily. (boooring).
Anyway, this is one of the Flower Constellations i got to try out, and i love creating minimalistic set ups with the 4 holed brass tool. You don't need a lot of flowers for a wow-effect.
The Constellation Virgo has a lovely backstory: the star sign is named after the Ancient Greek mythological figure Astraea, the celestial virgin and goddess of innocence. The daughter of Astreus, god of dusk, and Eos, goddes of dawn, was believed to be the last immortal to leave humankind and ascended into the sky to form the constellation Virgo. Legend has it, Astraea will one day come back to the earth and bring with her a new utopian golden age. Well.... Bring it on! Beyonce is apparently a Virgo, maybe she can pull some strings.
Virgo are supposedly kind and demure, and love bright small flowers like daisies and buttercups. Seems all very sweet and angelic so far, right? Well, the totem animal for this constellation is a bear. So this sweet maiden might come with claws.
We're halfway! Virgo is the 6th sign, and the last one of Spring/Summer. Next up her sister with the scales Libra.
element: fire ruling planet: sun colors: gold, purple birthstone: onyx houseplant: fiddle leaf fig birthflowers: sunflower, marigold, dahlia, gerbera
What is more fitting for an animal with such fiery manes than to be ruled by the Sun? Subsequently: what better birthflowers than sunflower, marigold and gerbera? When it comes to Leo, the associations make pretty good sense. Three guesses as to what element is associated with the sunny lion...
People born in this time of year are supposed to be natural leaders who like being admired. I don't know that many lions, but the people i do know that 'are' Leo are not necessarily vain chiefs, so i'm not really on board with this one. That said: Madonna is apparently also a Leo, and that does seem pretty on the nose.
element: water ruling planet: moon colors: white, silver birthstone: emerald houseplant: living stone birthflowers: rosehip, wild rose, lotus, magnolia
In the Netherlands, the name of this zodiac sign is 'Kreeft': which translates to lobster. That's why it's pretty confusing for most Dutch people to see a crab instead of a lobster on the Cancer packaging. I did try to work both crustaceans into the artwork., but since the entire rest of the world apparently agreed we're dealing with a crab here, i gave up after having difficulties finding the right angle.
Cancers' birthflowers are not just rosehip, wild rose, lotus and magnolia: all white flowers are associated with the star sign. I'm looking forward to setting up a bouquet consisting of gorgeous white flowers with the Cancer Flower Constellations. Which white flowers do you like most?
Have you seen our Aries, Taurus and Gemini packaging? Leo will follow soon!
element: air ruling planet: mercury colors: yellow, light blue birthstone: agate houseplant: tillandsia birthflowers: lavender, lilac, lily of the valley
Remember the space age? The Apollo missions that resulted in the moon landings in the late 60's wouldn't have been possible without the Gemini programme: the two-person spaceflight programme perfected space walking and paved the way for the successfull mission in '69. Now you know why we have twin astronouts on the packaging!
Gemini or 'twins' birthflowers are lavender and lilly of the valley, and if you're born between May 22nd and June 22nd you might want to consider tillandsia (air plants) for your house.
Check out the artwork for Aries and Taurus, and check back for the next unveil tomorrow!
The Taurus is supposedly one of the most reliable signs. Since one half of House of Thol is a Taurus, i (the other half) can vouch for that. While researching all different Constellations and listing all things and traits associated with them, i also came across totem animals. ,
Funny thing: the totem animal for the mighty taurus, is the beaver. Well... they can both fell a tiny tree.
It is with great pleasure that we present to you our first Flower Constellation packaging:
Aries / Ram / Bélier / Widder
March 21st - April 20th ¢ 6,5 - 9 cm
element: fire ruling planet: mars colors: red, white birthstone: bloodstone houseplant: cactus birthflowers: thistle, tulip, honeysuckle, hollyhock
According to the Zodiac, people born between March 21st and April 20th are classified as Aries. It being the first star sign of them all, it's rumoured that people born in Aries are stubbornly trying to be the first in everything. I'm no firm believer in all behavioral characteristics associated with the Zodiac constellations, but i do know a few Aries, and interestingly enough, they do seem to have an overlapping trait of stubbornness plus a competitive streak. So who am i to brush things aside... (Yes, MF & RL, i'm talking about you.)
In all packaging designs, we used elements associated with the Constellation inside.
Note the ram with red fire in its eyes, the tulips (of course) and other spring flowers, as well as the red planet mars. The cloudy sky represents the cold, rainy days which so often make up the beginning of spring (at least here they do).
Packaging for the other 11 Flower Constellations will be revealed soon! Up next: Taurus