The enneagram has exploded recently and if you have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s a good website to get some basic information about it. https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/ For those of you who dislike personality tests because they, “put you in a box,” I’ve heard the enneagram described as “telling you the box that you’re already in so that you can get out of it.” While I am by no means an expert on the enneagram I’m fascinated by it and have learned a lot about it the past few months. I recently had the idea of pairing flowers with each enneagram number. Flowers can be such a sweet gift and reminder to each other of our love. I recently read the book The Language of Flowers which I HIGHLY recommend. All of the meanings of the flowers I took from the back of that book. It’s called “Victoria’s Dictionary of Flowers.”
Enneagram Type: NINE
Flower: Olive Branch; “Peace.”
A nine’s title is “The Peacemaker.” (This is my number) We crave both internal and external peace and avoid conflict. But nine’s can avoid conflict to the point of being peace fakers instead of peacemakers. From personal experience and from talking to other nines, once we’ve engaged in conflict and seen the outcome and resolution that happens when we engage in it, we are more likely to confront conflict head on in order to establish true peace.
Avoid conflict to the point of being peace fakers
Relying on themselves to find inner peace rather than relying on the Lord for peace
Not being confident in who God made them to be
Believing the lie that they are unimportant
Confront conflict and come to a resolution of true peace
Finding peace in the Lord rather then themselves
Becoming confident that what they have to say is important
I chose John 14:7 as the verse for 9’s because it’s so important that 9’s be reminded to find their peace in the Lord and not the world.
Enneagram Type: EIGHT
Flower: Black-Eyed Susan; “Justice”
Eight’s are known as “The Challenger.” They can be assertive and bold in the best and worst ways. When used correctly, this boldness can accomplish things that are incredibly beneficial for their family and community.
Hurtful by being un-tactful
Using their assertiveness and boldness for a good cause
Being honest but tactful
I chose Micah 6:8 because it shows that the Lord believes that justice is a good and right thing. And 8’s also need to be reminded that along with justice they need kindness and humility.
Enneagram Type: ONE
Flower: Strawberry Blossom “Perfection.”
A one’s title is “the perfectionist,” which is why the strawberry is perfect for them. They see the world in black and white. They always have an inner critic telling them what they are doing wrong so they can be harsh on themselves and others.
Desiring perfection to the point of being unrealistic
Too harsh on themselves and others
Honest without being critical
I chose Matthew 5:6 because it says that it is good to hunger and thirst for righteousness. But 1’s need to be reminded that because of sin they are not perfect and never will be. It is only through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ that they can be made perfect in the site of God. Since we will never become perfect in this life, it’s important that our lives point others to a perfect God.
If you’re still somewhat new to the enneagram and have no idea what “triads” are, I recommend reading through the page on this site. https://www.enneagraminstitute.com/how-the-enneagram-system-works
I hope you’ve enjoyed the first part of my series on the interpretation of the Enneagram in flowers! Blog posts for the rest of the flowers will be coming shortly!