The Magic of Daffodil
As the daffodil blooms, it trumpets the arrival of spring. Daffodils are the harbinger of the spring, and their blooming is intimately connected to many spring festivals throughout the world – including Ostara.
The magic of daffodils, also known as narcissus, expresses the essence of the Ostara season. The springtime is a time for the sweetness of love, and daffodils can be carried on one’s person or used to decorate your Ostara altar to encourage the spirit of Love to fill the air.
Daffodils are rich in fertile energy, and when fresh daffodil flowers are placed in the bedroom, they can help with conceiving. It is especially fortuitous to wear a little bit of daffodil close to your heart, as doing so can raise your good fortune.
The truth of the daffodil's bold beauty is enough to inspire peace and calm and a gentle reminder for us to show love and care to ourselves. It is a symbol of new beginnings, rebirth and renewal.
The birth flower of March, it is said that spotting the first daffodil of the season brings a prosperous year. Daffodils blooming during the Lunar Year is considered a sign a good fortune, however spotting a single daffodil growing alone portends of misfortune.
Daffodils are often referred to as narcissus or jonquil interchangeably, although daffodil usually refers to narcissus flowers with a large trumpet, and jonquils tend to be more fragrant than your standard daffodil.
With a scent described as musky and similar to that of jasmine or hyacinth, there does seem to be something quite alluring about the narcissus flower. Its name has also been linked with the Greek word for intoxicated -- narcotic.
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Daffodil Magical Correspondences
- Botanical Name: Narcissus
- Folk Names: Asphodel, Daffy-Down-Dilly, Fleur de Coucou, Goose Leek, Lent Lily, Narcissus, Porillon
- Gender: Feminine
- Planet: Venus
- Element: Water
- Magical Attributes: Love, Fertility, Luck
The Narcissus Flower in Mythology
It is often thought that the narcissus flower gained its name from the ill-fated youth of the same name – Narcissus. Narcissus of course, is the youth of lore that was blessed with beauty, but spurned the love of many who wished to court him.
Narcissus eventually fell in love with his own reflection in a pool – the one lover he could not have. Some accounts say that he drowned himself trying to embrace the fleeting reflection.
The narcissus flower, too, seems to hang its flowered head to gaze upon its own reflection when near water, just as Narcissus did. Thus, its small wonder that the Western world often symbolically associates narcissus with vanity.
However, history might tell a different story as to the origin of the narcissus flower’s name, as the prevalence and popularity of the narcissus in antiquity seems to have preceded the myth itself. The name Narcissus was quite common in Roman times. Some believe that the word narcissus is connected to hell, which would make sense since it shares many connections with the death and the Underworld.
The narcissus flower is mentioned in the story of Persephone as having been the very flower that distracted her long enough for Hades to steal her away to his Underworld. Myth would have it that narcissi grow along the River Styx.
Ancient Greeks would plant narcissus flowers near tombs, and some narcissi, such as Thalia, are considered popular grave flowers. There are some that believe narcissus portends doom, as both the youth Narcissus and Persephone met their own demise due to the narcissus flower.
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Narcissus is Toxic
All versions of narcissus are toxic. Narcissus is a popular deer repellent for this very reason, as deer do not enjoy toxic plants, but keep in mind this also means that pets too can be harmed by this flower. If you have pets that like to chew on plants and grass, growing daffodils in your garden is not recommended.
Be careful not to grow edible bulbs near your narcissus plants as mistaking a narcissus bulb as an edible bulb can and has been fatal.
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