Monday, January 11, 2010


The name Narcissus comes from a Greek word meaning: to numb. It was given this name because if one is enclosed in a small space with the flower, the scent will induce headache. Chinese Feng Shui believes the flower brings good luck for the next 12 months if forced to bloom during the New Year. The daffodil, also a form of narcissus is the American Cancer Society's symbol of hope that a cure for cancer will be found. They believe it symbolizes new hope and life.

Lore connecting the daffodil to not only a sign of winter's end but a lucky emblem of future prosperity is found throughout the world. In psychoanalysis narcissism is excessive self-love.

I found these flowers blooming in the front of a house in one of my favorite neighborhoods in Auburn. I have to say that seeing them en mass gave me a definite feeling of hope. Maybe they numbed me at that moment to hearing about the freezing temperatures across the nation, about the sadness of losing a life-long friend forever, of a nation that seems to be struggling with prosperity, of seeing homeless people shut out in the cold with no place to go, and so on.

My wish is that these flowers represent a lucky emblem of future prosperity...throughout the world. I read once that imagination creates reality. Shakti Gawain says "Every moment of your life is infinitely creative and the universe is endlessly bountiful. Just put forth a clear enough request, and everything your heart desire must come to you." AND SO IT IS!

1 comment:

  1. Lovely post.
    I planted more daffodil bulbs in the fall and can't wait for them to pop up.


Blog Archive