Seven Feng Shui Symbols to Bring Good Fortune
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
Koi, Carp, or Goldfish
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 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.
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.