"The thistle is the symbol of earthly sorrow and sin because the curse pronounced against Adam by God, in Genesis 3:17-18, '...cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field.' The thistle is a thorny plant, and because of its connection with thorns in the passage quoted above, it has also become one of the symbols of the Passion of Christ, and particularly of His crowning with Thorns."

In this special setting , the thistle symbolizes the fall of man.


"The Fall of Man"