Chloris is written by Janet Boyer, author of Back in Time Tarot (2008), Tarot in Reverse (2012), Naked Tarot: Sassy Stripped-Down Advice (2018), the Coffee Tarot Companion Book (2018) and the Snowland Deck Companion Book (2018).
She’s an Amazon.com Hall of Fame Reviewer with over 2,000 reviews to her name, and her articles and AstroTarot Forecasts have appeared in many print and online publications.
She lives in rural Pennsylvania with her husband, Ron, their son, Noah and five (!) cats (three of them, newly adopted foster kittens), and runs their Chez Boyer Etsy Shop (she’s a jewelry designer, Ron is a fine artist and Noah hand-sews awesome bags). In “real life”, Janet does, indeed, love flowers…
Floral greetings to you!
I am known as Chloris, aka “The Green One”. You may recognize this root word from your mortal oral antiseptic Chloraseptic—say that three times fast!—as well as the word chlorophyll, the green pigment found in plants.
Speaking of plants, I happen to be the Goddess of Flowers.
Purple hyacinths, yellow daffodils, magenta azaleas, pink peonies, white snowdrops, delicate bluebells…aren’t springtime blooms magnificent? Oh yes…I’m also the Goddess of Spring.
Okeanos was my father, and Zephyrus—the west-wind god of gentle spring and early summer breezes—is my husband. Our child is Carpus, the god of fruit.
Unfortunately, my story is hard to find in human tomes—perhaps because the gods (and humankind?) tend to prefer war, chaos, delusion, revenge, and darkness…(looking at you Ares, Eris, Ate, Nemesis and Nyx).
Well, I’m here to change that, not only by telling you about the day I created the rose (yes, the rose—that gorgeous blossom revered and beloved by so many), but also by sharing my love for flowers.
I mean, have you looked at the world these days—not to mention Olympus? Ack! We need more color, more beauty, more pleasantness, more… renewal.
About the time I fashioned the Queen of Flowers…
One day, as I was strolling through the verdant woods, I came upon a lifeless nymph lying on the forest floor. Alarmed, and moved with compassion, I breathed life into her—resurrecting the nymph into a flower. I beseeched Aphrodite to give her beauty and Dionysus to grant her an intoxicating aroma. I then asked the Three Graces to bestow her charm, joy and splendor—and happily, they did!
My husband blew away the clouds so that Apollo’s warming rays might shine down on the new flower.
Aphrodite named the flower “Rose”, dedicating it to her son, Eros (the God of Love). Everyone agreed this new creation was spectacular—and dubbed her the Queen of Flowers.
I then charged Eos (Goddess of the Dawn) and Iris (Goddess of the Rainbow) to spread the news about this glorious event—so Iris borrowed a hint of the rose’s color, while Eos tinged the morning sky with her pink hue.
I thank you for spending time with me, dear mortal (as well as you fellow deities that are lurking about). Henceforth, if you’re in the mood for some flower power and a good dose of cheerful enthusiasm, stick around…because everything’s coming up roses.