Anyone who has seen the lush beauty of wisteria draping dreamily across a warm summer landscape can relate to its meanings of:
These are just primer attributes. The wisteria has a long history of symbolism.
Wisteria is remarkably important in Chinese art, feng shui and has distinct symbolism in Buddhism.
More interestingly, I appreciate how wisteria symbolism can be assocated with the spiral. As its growth patters run in a spiral motion, the wisteria winds a labyrinth of meanings in our interpretive minds.
Perhaps that’s why wisteria is a symbol for prayer to the Buddhist mind – a spiraling unfolding – of consciousness, reaching out to the divine that is mimicked by the growth pattern of the vine.