In the Garden
*Also known as daffadowndilly, jonquil, and narcissus
Although there is a popular story that this flower was named for the Greek youth who fell in love with his own reflection, the name Narcissus comes from the Greek word narkao, meaning “to be numb.” 20 It is also the basis for the English word narcotic.
According to Greek legend, daffodils were said to have carpeted the Elysian Fields, a blessed otherworld. In other legends, these trumpet-shaped flowers heralded Persephone’s return to this world and the beginning of spring. There was also a belief that daffodils found in the wild indicated the location of an ancient sacred site.
Daffodils growing in a garden bring protection to the home and clear away negative energy. For specific help, cut a daffodil, dip the flower head in a bowl of water, and then sprinkle it around the outside of your home as you say three times:
Daffodil, daffodil, hear my call; against negativity, build a wall.
State what you need protection from or the negativity that needs to be removed, and then repeat the incantation three more times. Carry the bowl with you so you can continue sprinkling water as you recite the incantation. This method can also be used to remove spells.
Although the daffodil is associated with death, it carries the energy of rebirth and renewal, and it is a good flower to include on your Ostara altar. A bouquet of daffodils in the house brings luck, love, and blessings to the home. However, the bouquet should consist of at least three flowers to avoid bad luck. The daffodil is also a symbol of friendship.
Daffodil is associated with the element water and the goddess Persephone. Its astrological influence comes from the sun and Venus.