As a symbol, a rose has many meanings. It represents perfection, completion, the mystery of life, the heart-center of life; beauty; the unknown; grace; happiness; voluptuous; love; life; creation and earthly passion; time and eternity; life and death; fertility and virginity; silence; secrecy.
In the Occident (the West), the rose and the lily occupy the position of the Lotus in the Orient. The mystic Rose closely parallels the symbolism of the Lotus.
Roses can also be symbols of Love, Victory or Pride.