Seven Feng Shui Symbols to Bring Good Fortune

Updated on December 15, 2014

Feng Shui has been practiced in the far East for over five thousand years. Feng means "wind" and shui means "water." Feng Shui is defined as the art of living in balanced harmony with the earth.

According to Feng Shui, when we live our lives in harmony with the earth, we invite the universe's natural gifts of peace, happiness, and abundance to flow into our lives. In this article, we will deeply explore seven of the basic icons used in Feng Shui. These tokens and symbols are believed to activate the energies of good luck and prosperity.

After all, who couldn't use more good fortune these days?

Where to Place Animal Symbols for Prosperity

Money Toad or Frog
Chinese Ox
Koi, Carp, or Goldfish
Chinese Horse
Place facing main entrance, in northern (career) area, or southeastern (wealth) area
Southeast corner of home to attract wealth
Place three in a bowl in home or business to attract wealth. Pictures of koi or carp are also auspicious.
Two together, facing a door or window in the southeast corner of a room.
Lucky Money or Prosperity Cat
At work, near cash register. At home, in southeastern (wealth) or northeastern (inner knowledge) corners.
South-facing side of room
High on a mantle, shelf, or altar with trunks facing upward. In an entrance hall but not facing the door. In north of home to attract stability.

The Money Toad

In many Asian cultures, the frog or toad represents the yin, or feminine side of nature. Frogs symbolize the moon and can facilitate healing and attract prosperity. The money toad or fortune frog, called Chan Chu in Chinese, is a particularly powerful channel for the transference of good fortune.

The money frog is thought to have been the personal pet of the Chinese god of wealth. The money frog is actually a three-legged toad and the figurines often hold a coin in the mouth and have a string of coins around the feet. They should be placed either facing the main entrance, in the northern (career) area of a space, or in the southeastern (wealth) area, to activate the flow of prosperity in your life. In a store, the frog should rest prominently near the cash register, facing the entrance.

A family of real frogs in the garden is thought to bring good luck to your home and family!

The Chinese Ox

Oxen are steady, honest, gentle, and reliable creatures. Their attributes, especially their patience and ability to do hard work, bring success. The ox brings good luck in investments, business, the stock market, career, and other financial decisions. The ox is a sacred animal in many parts of Asia and is believed to occasionally grant wishes.

Symbolic of spring, the ox represents bountiful harvests, happiness, joyful news, and signs of a good year ahead. Display a strong ox in the southeast corner of your home to activate wealth and generate prosperity for the whole family.

An ox image or statue makes a perfect gift for newlyweds, new graduates, co-workers, and business owners.

Koi or Carp

Koi or carp represent wealth and prosperity. The Chinese word for fish translates into abundance.

The Chinese koi fish is a symbol of strength and bravery. It is said that koi live more than 100 years and, in the wild, swim continuously upstream throughout their long lives.

Placing three goldfish in a bowl will attract strength and prosperity during difficult times. It is also believed that statues or pictures of koi or carp will bring good fortune to a home or business.

The Horse

The Chinese horse symbolizes success, loyalty, courage, forward momentum, and endurance. It is also said the horse can help cure a struggling business and foster a good reputation.

In Feng Shui, a walking or running horse helps to re-focus energy onto a successful path. However, it can also bring excessive yang energy, due to its association with the element of fire, so be sure to balance a horse with a yin energy symbol (a frog, for example.)

Place two horses together to build a strong partnership in business or marriage. Horses should face the door or window. A horse placed in the southwest corner of any room will bring luck in social situations. In the northwest corner, it will assist with on-going trials or tribulations.

Lucky Money Cat

The money cat's beckoning paw signifies approaching wealth. She attracts money, luck, prosperity, and new opportunities. Cats are also able to see in the dark, and will frighten away evil spirits that have bad intentions toward your success.

At work, the money cat is best-placed on your office desk or next to a cash register. In your home, display the symbol of the beckoning cat in the southeastern (wealth) or northeastern (inner knowledge) areas.


The crane is associated with longevity, health, happiness, wisdom, and good luck. A white crane can fly to the heavens and is sometimes called the "heavenly" or "blessed" crane. Cranes are a Chinese symbol for wisdom.

Birds in general bring good luck when placed in the south-facing side of your room. However, keeping caged birds is bad Feng Shui and represents confinement and stunted growth.

The Elephant

In Asian culture, the elephant is a symbol of strength, wisdom, good luck, and careful reasoning. As one of the oldest and most revered of animal symbols, the elephant achieves great wisdom, strength, and power as it grows to old age.

Elephants should be placed high upon a mantle, shelf, or altar and have their trunks facing upward, as if trumpeting good news. They can be placed in the entrance hall, but never directly facing the door. Placing a frog, elephant, or monkey in the northern corner of a room is often thought to promote career stability.

What Are Your Thoughts on Feng Shui?

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      JSM 2 months ago

      Hi, Is a horse standing on hind legs lucky?

      I just ordered one but ready somewhere it might lead to accidents.

      Please share some details.

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      francescah m 2 months ago

      i like dis. does it work when you have images instead of the real animals? what about plants and feng shui?

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      elle 3 months ago

      Place in the "south-facing side of the room",, are they trying to say the south side of the room or on the north since the north faces south???

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      Mala 7 months ago

      Can you use pictures if you don't have the actual object to use?

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      KRS Rathore 2 years ago from New Delhi

      Nice post. It is good that you have explained the characteristics of the animals also which help understand the logic behind the symbol

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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      no wonder i see two great elephants statues in some bungalows, prosperity

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      sal 3 years ago

      Love all lens now start fen Shu

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Neat stuff. Feng Shui is a trip.

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Fascinating! I have always wondered about Feng Shui. Social bookmarked.

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      I've heard that this really works.

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      happymonkeyz 4 years ago

      how about the laughing buddha?

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      Enjoyable and informative lens.

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      ESLinsider LM 4 years ago

      Started putting the toilet seat down - they also say that in Feng Shui, but I didn't see any improvements to my finances. So I gave it a shot^^.

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      Carolan Ross 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Feng Shui is a very compelling topic, one I enjoy learning more about. I'm more aware of my 'chi energy' and allow flow.

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      meditationhowto1 5 years ago

      Made a big set of Feng Shui changes to my work environment a few years ago and felt massive improvements as soon as I had! Never looked back since and now always Feng Shui my environment if I am staying there! :)

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      I like reading about Feng Shui. I have been applying it to my home for a long time! I enjoyed reading your lens.

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Back for another look. I am pretty sure I saw everyone of these symbols when we were in China. Blessed

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      Hi I like learning more about Feng Shui, I like these symbols. Thanks for sharing. Blessed by Squid Angel flinnie.

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      I love the Koi Fish poster...

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      Judith Nazarewicz 5 years ago from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

      Great Feng shui lens ! Thanks so much!

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      Feng Shui is very complicated - you have picked some nice symbols here. SquidAngel blessings to you!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I believe in Feng Shui. It is good to consult a fengshui expert when builiding your house. Great lens! Very informative :)

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      Great post!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      I'm bookmarking this. Once I finally get my own place, I plan on definitely using Feng Shui when I decorate it.

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      lionessprotector 5 years ago

      I was just thinking that I should Feng Shui my home office area.

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      Elaine Chen 5 years ago

      I believe Feng Shui but seldom apply it

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      The imagery is beautiful! Well crarfted...

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      goo2eyes lm 5 years ago

      i believe in feng shui. i was born on a monkey year. congratulations for winning the purple star.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      Just had to drop by again to get a little good luck for the rest of the week.

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      I wonder if hollyhocks are good luck...

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      mumsgather 5 years ago

      I like the lucky money cat. They look cute and supposed to bring in good business luck.

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      Very useful info here, thank you!

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      Dawn Michael 5 years ago from Thousand Oaks

      Great tips, I use Fen Shui in my practice, I just did a lens about sexy bedrooms

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      Great tip! I think there are more Feng Shui symbols that bring good fortune like "Fa" is one of the famous Chinese character that you have miss out.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      I love Feng Shui and have several books, including some by Lillian Too. All the best. Blessings.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      I saw a crane come in for a landing, and then stand looking at me calmly. They do seem such wise creatures.

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      kimmanleyort 5 years ago

      Beautifully presented and interesting too. I love learning new things and was not aware of these fang shui symbols of good fortune.

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      JaneEyre9999 5 years ago

      Feng Shui has made a huge difference in my home! Now I have a purple kitchen (prosperity corner) and a lucky red front door. I've used Feng Shui decluttering to clear out the old and bring lots of good things into my life.

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      I've found the more carefully organised rooms are the more harmonious they feel. Thank you for your lens!

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      Matstar LM 5 years ago

      love it great lens! is there anything on the dragon in Feng Shui?

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I have a lucky money cat in my house, I see it in a lot of Asian groceries and restaurants actually. I also see a lot of koi too.

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      Bobbala 6 years ago

      Thank you. Very informative.

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      sanjeevkumaaar 6 years ago

      HI, Very interesting information on feng shui.


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      AshAffiches 6 years ago

      that was helpful. thanks

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      Terrie_Schultz 6 years ago

      Thanks for the interesting information!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      interesting lens. Always associated the elephant, coi, etc. with asian culture, but didn't know what these symbols represent. Great information.

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      Rhonda Albom 6 years ago from New Zealand

      This is really interesting. Blessed.

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      PeterStip 6 years ago

      thanks for the info, didn't know much about Feng Shui, only that it had to do with how to design and build your house. Thnx for the Lens

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      tinaanne 6 years ago

      Love about feng shui and want to know more. How do i get to know more?

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      ErHawkns7100 6 years ago

      I live it and love it.

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      squidshe 6 years ago

      I am really interested in Feng Shui, but have to learn more about it. Nice lens!

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      aquarian_insight 6 years ago

      I love the principles of Feng Shui and I do believe they make sense even from a totally western practical point of view. Great lens.

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      ananimoss2 6 years ago

      I like Feng Shui. I do believe in some, but probably not all. Some makes a great the having an open space in your livingroom so that the energy (chi) can flow..instead of being blocked by uncleanliness and mess... It sounds almost common sense to me?

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      Omsymbol 6 years ago

      Sigh! I just knew I was doing something wrong lol! I need all these symbols for fortune and prosperity. Thanks for an informative lens

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      anilsaini 6 years ago

      great lens

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      Echo Phoenix 6 years ago

      lovely, thanks:)

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      KenSomerville 6 years ago

      My wife loves this stuff. So of course I won't tell her about your lens. lol Great stuff, thanks for the information. Your Friend Ken Somerville

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great Feng Shui Article. Very Prosperous symbols. Check out my Feng Shui lens on color meanings. I gave you a thumbs up!

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      missfenia 6 years ago

      the frog with the three coins in his mouth is also a symbol of prosperity in feng shui and works best when it is placed at the front door of our appartement

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      franstan lm 6 years ago

      Great lens

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      DuaneJ 6 years ago

      I find Feng Shui quite intriguing...I have heard about the Koi and Crane symbols but had no clue that the others were considered good luck symbols too..

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Nice lens :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a couple of elephants indoors with their trunks facing upwards. I also have a lucky money cat. I find the whole concept of Feng Shui fascinating.

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      elyria 6 years ago

      Great Lens, I believe in Feng Shui and learned a lot here.

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      WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

      Lots of great selections here! Thumbs up.

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      julietarot lm 6 years ago

      Good lens- I have a Chinese toad and I am going to point him in the right direction, now!

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      avorodisa lm 6 years ago

      There are also dragons, red bats and turtles that are the lucky animals of Feng Shui.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The Chinese say that preparation plus opportunity equals luck

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      pinkrenegade lm 6 years ago

      It's really fun knowing that there's such a good luck charm. There's nothing wrong if we believe on this. Just don't forget to have faith in God all the time.

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      I chose this lens as one of my top 10 favorites and it's featured here:

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      supernovas18 6 years ago

      Big fan! Frankly, I revolves my life around Feng Shui...

      I finds that the more I practice it, the more Luck I attract.

      Great lens! Very interesting!

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      promotional-coupons-codes 6 years ago

      My mom is strong believer of Feng Shui and hope this lens will be great help for her. Thanks

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      rweaver100 6 years ago

      I thought your lens was full wonderful Feng Shui info

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      ajilcliaen 6 years ago

      This is an awesome lens! I love symbolism, and I have a few of these in my apartment and at work. And I learned some new stuff too, thanks so much! :)