The rose, on its part, is a symbol of perfection and mystery the illumined man 666.
“In the Western World the lotus has been changed to the rose. The roses of the Rosicrucian, the roses of the Masonic degrees, and also those of the Order of the Garter in England, all stand for the same thing, the awakening of consciousness and the unfolding into full bloom of the soul qualities of man. When man awakens and opens this bud within himself, he finds, like the gold pollen in a flower, this wonderful spiritual city, Shamballa, in the heart of the lotus.” The Initiates of the Flame Manly P. Hall pg. 32
As a symbol of secrecy
Sub Rosa, a Latin phrase translates into “under the rose” which basically means secrecy or confidentiality.
The rose and its connotation of secrecy started way back in Ancient Egypt and Greek Mythology.
In ancient Egypt , the rose was the Emblem for the God Horus.
In Greek mythology, it was said that Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love and beauty gave her son Eros (Cupid) a rose. He in turn, gave it to Harpocrates (Horus), the God of Silence to make certain that his mother’s indiscretions were kept under wraps.
It derives from the red flag, which is associated with socialism. The red color, symbolizes the blood shed by workers and has always been a symbol of the worker’s cause. Socialist wore red roses on dress lapels to pay tribute to the killed labor party leaders in numerous protest marches. Then it began to be used as a symbol for many European socialist parties. The British labor party’s emblem is also red rose.
It is also the official flower of the Phi Sigma Sigma Fraternity, Sigma Phi Delta Fraternity, Tau Beta Sigma Sorority, and Beta Beta Beta (a coed academic fraternity for biology majors).