The narcissus plant is pronounced as Shui Xian (水仙) in Chinese language which literally translates to water-immortal, or water fairy. It can also be sometimes referred to as Jin Zhan Yin Tai (金盖银薹) which means golden cup silver base.
This is a flowering plant which blooms around the commencement of Chinese New Year, giving it an association with welcoming good luck and fortune for the coming year.
Paintings with narcissus in bloom should give an observer an indication of the season depicted.
Introduced into China by Arabian traders via the Silk Road, the province of Fujian is well known for it’s growers creating narcissus plants resembling fairies and tigers.
These days, we often see them in jars filled with water and pebbles grown from flower bulbs. This ability to grow without soil also gives it an association with purity and can symbolize one that is not corrupt.
Also known as daffodil, it is sometimes used by practicing Taoists as a solar herb to banish evil spirits from the premises. It is believed that the daffodil bulb contains the main source of it’s powers. And it is often carried in the pocket or in a pouch as a form of personal protection. Sometimes the bulb is even used as an amulet put on display. As such, growing narcissus in the garden is often encouraged by those practicing the arts.
In the commercial world where the demand of essential oils are rising, narcissus essential oil is known to have a sweet floral fragrance that’s deemed to be erotic.
When pictured with bamboo and stones, the floral design signifies being blessed with longevity by immortals. The stone is also a representation of the longevity stone. This art is commonly used in birthday celebrations.
A trio of water fairy, wintersweet and camellia is a representation of winter season. This can sometimes also be a reference to the 3 friends of winter.
Coupled with pine trees, it expresses a wish for longevity and extended youth.
The flowering plant can also symbolize a married couple in the right context.
When peonies are paired with the narcissus, it represents an impending marriage on the horizon.
In feng shui, the beautiful narcissus flower is mostly associated with unlocking potential and talent.
Thus, it is a common item used for gifts. Especially to those who are desperate to climb the corporate career ladder as fast as possible.
It can be placed in the south when one is seeking more status and fame in his line of work.
And can be especially potent for academic achievements when it is placed where the academic star 4 is located in the home according to flying star feng shui.
However, one thing homeowners should note is that paintings of the narcissus flower should not be displayed in the southwest as it can push relationships within the household into turmoil or attract bad romance luck to residents.