Petal Pushing

I’ve gotten several comments about the new image which adorns the entry headings. The image is called a “Fleur-de-lis” which translates to “lily flower.”1 Over the centuries it has adopted several meanings, many of which are related Christianity. However, there are other non-religious uses as well, some more applicable than others. From the Wiki article (which is a fun read):

  • Whatever its origin, it is an ancient design which has been found in various cultures, usually as an emblem associated with royalty.
  • By the 13th and 14th centuries, the three petals of the lily of France were being described by writers as symbols of faith, wisdom and chivalry.
  • The fleur-de-lis is the major element in the logo of most Scouting organizations. In that usage, it is considered to represent the outdoors, which is a major theme in Scouting.
  • The Fleur-de-lys is used in (on top of) the compass rose in combination with flights and boats as a maneuver/measure symbol pointing up to the north.

Honestly, it’s only there because it was part of the template and I thought it looked nice. If you’ve got a better icon, I’m willing to reconsider.

1. Which I suppose would make it’s function here a “lilly pad.”

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