Create a tea from the petals to use in a love bath. Combine with with lavender and red clover tops in love-drawing spells. Is also alleged to be protection when carried on your person. Add to bath water to draw men close, it can also be set out in altar bowls to honour Venus Aphrodite, the ancient Goddess of Love and Desire.
The Latin term Sub rosa, or “beneath the rose” references secrecy. A rose hung from a ceiling indicates that anything that takes place beneath it should be held in the utmost confidence. In Greek lore, Aphrodite gave the rose to Eros, who gave it to Harpocrates, the God of Silence, symbolizing the necessity for secrecy in certain amorous affairs- we don’t kiss and tell.