Viriditas

Mandala by Stacey WillsFrom “God’s Hotel: A Doctor, A Hospital, and Pilgrimage to the Heart of Medicine”  Victoria Sweet

“Viriditas comes from the Latin word for green, viridis–which also gives the French vert, and the Italian and Spanish verde. Viriditas meant greenness. So usually it referred to the color of plants or of gems like emerald, although it was also used metphorically to mean vigor or youthfulness.

But Hildegard [of Bingen] used viriditas–greening or greenness–in a broader sense…She used it to mean the power of plants to put forth leaves, flowers and fruits; and she also used it for the analogous power of human beings to to grow, to give birth, and to heal.”

 

 

 

 

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