Symbols

Chrysanthemum

菊 · [ jú ]

The chrysanthemum is one of the Four Noble Ones of China (the others being plum blossom, orchid, and bamboo). As such it represents the fall and is extremely popular. The plant is grown for about 1700 years in China. Because of its flowering time in the cool autumn, the chrysanthemum is a symbol of courage. Its name Jú is auditory similar to the word “stay”; therefore the chrysanthemum is a common symbol for duration and longevity. It is also regarded as a sign of modesty, nobility and eternal love. In traditional Chinese medicine the Hangbai chrysanthemum is used to refresh and strengthen the body, and also as a remedy against hypertension and viral diseases. During the 15th century the flowering plant was brought to Japan, where now it is regarded as the national plant. Finally, in the 18th century, the chrysanthemum found its way to Europe and became very popular, just to defray its existence as a graveyard flower during the last decades. 

 

> Usage of the symbol

Chrysanthemums brighten up any room. If you want to take advantage of the longevity aspect of this symbol, you should beautify your health-corner (Bagua n° 3) with a chrysanthemum image. To bring about eternal love you best place the symbol in the according corner (Bagua n° 2) of your house or in the bedroom. In the West of your apartment the chrysanthemum feels home and can develop its whole potential. 

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