MEANINGS & USES _ The exact origin of the name Aster is debated. Some say the name for these beautiful flowers is direct from Greek mythology: Asters were said to have grown from the tears of the Goddess Asterea. Others say they were named for their abundant growing patterns (like the night sky) and their star_like shape. Asters have long been given to symbolize love, daintiness and afterthought. Gentlemen and ladies in the past used to present them to people they hoped to draw affection from. Placed on the graves of French soldiers, Asters were used as a symbol of a better life to come. They can also be used to symbolize a 20th Wedding Anniversary and are a wonderful gift in a bouquet for any occasion. The petals of the Aster used to be smoked to ward off evil serpents, but could also be used to help with headaches, colds, back pain and muscle spasms.
You can also make a huge wonderful bouquet for the dining table. Add candles around it or even inside it to give a stunning look. Small flowers can also be used to make outside decorations on a candle, even dried flowers look so beautiful and soothing to the eyes. You just have to dry some flowers, glue them on a transparent sheet and then wrap the sheet around candles. Flowers can also make wonderful Christmas gifts. Another idea is to use flower decorations on the place around the tree and a few paces in front of it.