The orchid is one of the celebrated 4 noble plants in Chinese culture.
Translated to Chinese as lan (蘭), this word can also refer to iris or lily. It also has the aliases zhi lan (芝兰), you lan (幽兰), and shan lan (山兰) among others.
Being a flower with a strong scent, the symbolism of the orchid is usually attributed to the sweet aroma that it releases into the air.
The feminine perception of orchids also means that when the word lan is used in names, it tends to be limited to women’s names.
Yet in feng shui, it can also be a symbol of the superior man.
Probably because one has to be so comfortable with himself that he has no qualms with displaying the feminine side of him.
After all, all yang will have some yin. And vice-versa.
Even the great sage Confucius likened a refined gentleman’s integrity to that of an orchid. He used the flower as a metaphor in various works.
In general orchids represent perfection, elegance, natural beauty and love.
It can also be used as an expression of elegance in design. For instance beautiful art can often be described as orchid art or interior decorations of a living room being described as orchid room.
When depicted with the iris, it is a symbol of nobility in friendship.
When illustrated with osmanthus, it is strongly linked to having descendants for generations.
Orchid feng shui
In feng shui practice, the orchid is mostly used to enhance family luck and fertility luck.
The color of the orchid plays a vital role in determining it’s potency.
Violet orchids are said to be the most auspicious among the many varieties of the plant.
Pink orchids can help mend or maintain harmonious relationships as it ignites passion.
White orchids brings harmony to the household by filling the space with calm, clarity, innocence and peace.
With the above mentioned in mind, it is no wonder potted orchid plants are one of the most popular feng shui plants used as gifts to a loved one.
However, when potted plants are used, be mindful of the color and material of the pot. Including design art on the pot itself.
If live plants are not of preference, paintings or designs of orchids can play a similar role.
Take note that artificial plants can play a role of symbolism but don’t bring wood element to enhance the energy of a space.
Placement of the orchid
This is the area that governs the energy in this life aspect.
Placing it in a section of the house where the water star 4 is located can bring about romance luck for residents.
This matches up pretty well with the orchid as the east is associated with family, which is an aspect that this flower will enhance.
Because of this, it is often recommended by feng shui masters to place orchids on the dining table if the dining area is in the east.
Not only will this help improve the aesthetics of the dining area, it can also help develop relationships as this is where the family often gathers for meals and have a hearty chat with each other as a family.
Since the decision has been made to display orchids at home for feng shui, you might as well go all in and harness the energy of all 4 instead of just one.