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How to Determine Your Pet’s Theme Flower Essences

Understanding your pet’s theme essence is an invaluable tool for forging a deeper animal/human bond. The animals we love express their uniqueness in a thousand different ways, definable by one or two main character strengths (called a theme, or double-theme, essence), expressed in their personalities. For example, an eternally youthful, playful animal is a Spinach theme; an exceptionally curious pet is an Avocado theme. Just as the previous questionnaire identifies an animal’s flower essence needs (through plot essences), so the theme essence construct explains the basic personality of your pet according to predominant strengths.

Place a checkmark by each statement that describes your pet’s basic nature as you understand it. Several groupings overlap in qualities; see the Answer Key at the end of the statements for further interpretation. Once you determine your pet’s theme essence(s), you may want to read a more complete theme profile in Flower Essences for Animals by Lila Devi (Beyond Words, 2000). This book describes how to use flower essences to holistically improve the health care of your pet.

ALMOND
___ Calm
___ Unobtrusive
___ Undemanding 
APPLE
___ Glowing
___ Good-natured
___ Exercise-loving 
AVOCADO
___ Alert
___ Inquisitive
___ Responsive 
BANANA
___ Calming
___ Accommodating
___ Gentle 
BLACKBERRY
___ Pure in nature
___ Guileless
___ Clean 
CHERRY
___ Happy
___ Frolicsome
___ Even-tempered 
COCONUT
___ Having stamina
___ Ability to transcend
___ Bright 
CORN
___ Vital
___ Enthusiastic
___ Adventurous 
DATE
___ Sweet
___ Embracing
___ Companion-oriented 
FIG
___ Adaptable
___ Easy-going
___ Trainable 
GRAPE
___ Loving
___ Devoted
___ Loyal 
LETTUCE
___ Quiet
___ Comfort-giving
___ Undemanding 
ORANGE
___ Enjoying
___ Resilient
___ . Enduring 
PEACH
___ Care-giving
___ Mothering
___ Sharing 
PEAR
___ Peace-affirming
___ Healing
___ Steady 
PINEAPPLE
___ “Show-stopping”
___ Confident
___ Attractive 
RASPBERRY
___ Kindly
___ Sensitive
___ Empathetic 
SPINACH
___ Playful
___ Youthful
___ Trusting 
STRAWBERRY
___ Ennobling
___ Refined
___ Grounded 
TOMATO
___ Courageous
___ Strong
___ Rescuing 
Answer KeyTwo out of three checked statements in a grouping indicates a probable theme essence for your animal. If more than two groupings contain three checkmarks, prioritize the two sets of qualities that seem most predominant in your pet; the remaining groups indicate that your pet often expresses the positive states of the corresponding essences. A kitten purring, for example, is demonstrating the positive Orange state; a puppy guarding your property is expressing the positive Grape condition.

Flower Essences Questionnaire for Pets & Animals

Copyright 2001 by Lila Devi.
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