A flower of mixed associations. If the petals of a rose are consciously scattered on the ground it is thought to be unlucky, and if the petals fall from the plant when it is being held it is said that the person will die. Also if it flowers in the autumn then it is likely that misfortune will follow the next year. The Romans decorated the tombs of the dead with roses as it was believed that this custom would protect the dead from evil spirits. The rose of course is today seen as a symbol of love and has been used in divination. The wrapping of a rose in a clean piece of white paper on Midsummer Eve is a divination custom. It should be kept until Christmas, and then if it has remained intact it should be worn by a girl in a buttonhole. The first man who admires it is said will become her husband.