What Does the Rose Symbolize?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Mar 29, 2020 7:09:56 PM ET
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Roses are most commonly associated with love. As a symbol of the goddess Aphrodite and her great love, Adonis, the rose symbolizes eternal love but may also represent beauty or balance. The number of petals on a rose can be related to numerology while the thorns represent loss, defense and thoughtlessness. Roses can be used as a symbol of romantic promise, hope and new beginnings.