We are aware that different charms and practices could help us attract good fortune, excellent career, harmonious relationships and healthy long life. In this article, we will tackle different traditional feng shui good luck symbols. You may have seen most of them but not yet familiar with their use or impacts in your life. Feel free to share your thoughts about these symbols:
The Chinese pronunciation of number eight is “ba” which is close to the sound “fa” meaning prosperity or to make a fortune. The number eight also has a perfectly symmetrical shape and connotes perfect balance, considered to be the ideal in feng shui. If you’d observe, other business owners would request or purchase special phone numbers with a few number eights in it. Number eight is believed to attract good fortune endlessly.
Mystic knot is made of six (6) infinity symbols. This charm is also called as the endless knot or eternal knot, in Chinese it is “Pan Chang” knot. You can display the mystic knot as is, but others add several charms and decorations into it. Having mystic knots is considered to deliver you from misfortunes, and bad lucks, including sickness and dangers.
It is recommended to use Chinese coins minted during the reign or rule of a good emperor. Chinese coins are one of the classic symbols of wealth. They are usually tied together with a mystic knot. Aside from being a magnet for money and good luck cure, it also offers protection.
The Happy, Hotei or Traveling Buddha, but most regarded as “The Laughing Buddha” is an unconventional Buddhist monk but well-known and loved by people. It grants abundant wealth and good fortune, not only to the owner but also to their offsprings if this charm is correctly placed. On top of that, the Laughing Buddha is also believed to bring good and happy energy and blessings – the reason why you would often see it in establishments and homes.
Pa Kua in Chinese, Bagua is a round mirror with an octagonal wooden frame with the feng shui design. This should be placed outside of your house and not inside of your room. Bagua is used as a powerful protection and filter against negative energies.
The red envelope or “ang pow”, “hungbao” or “laisee” is a symbol of gratitude as its history can be traced back at Sung Dynasty. A young man helped the village people to fight against a demon, and in return, the villagers gave the man a red pouch with money. As time changes, the pouch became an enveloped designed with lucky icons in feng shui. Others believe that if you receive an empty ang pow, it is still lucky and enough to attract good fortune.
One of the adorable good luck symbols in feng shui, the lucky cat is actually from Japan, but feng shui practitioners adopted using Maneki Neko (its Japanese name) for wealth and prosperity. As advised by an expert, you should have the lucky or money cat because you like the energy or vibes it gives, and not just because feng shui told you so. It is usually placed at the entrance of establishments and houses to entice wealth and attract good fortune. The lucky or money cat is not limited to the miniature itself. You can also find it embroidered or designed in shirts, key chains, etc.
Chi Lin is a mythical creature with the head of a dragon, horse for the body and with the scales or a carp fish. This might look weird and unpleasant at first, but Chi Lins are believed to protect you from different harm and bring you blessings of great wealth and prosperity. Chi Lins are also known as Dragon Horse and Chinese Unicorn.
Fu Dogs are regarded to be the Imperial Guardian Lions. You would often see them outside the houses of royal or wealthy families as they also served as status symbols. Having them in pairs and placed at the front entrance of your house, they will be protecting you from dangerous people such as thieves and burglars.
At first glance, Pi Yao or Pi Xiu can be mistaken as Chi Lin or Fu Dog. If you’d take a better look, Pi Yao or Pi Xiu is a fierce winged lion. In Chinese mythology, they are the strongest protector against Grand Duke or Tai Sui, known to be a negative energy. Aside from being a bearer of protection, it is also a symbol of much fortune and prosperity.
The three-legged toad is a great feng shui symbol for attracting fortune and wealth. Most three-legged toads have Chinese coin in their mouth. Check if the visible part of the coin is with the Chinese characters and have the three-legged toad face the room, and never an outside door.
The Dragon (Yang) gives you career luck and strengthens your current work or position in a company. You would see the Dragon with a pearl or a crystal in its claw which represents wealth, power, and presence of a lot of opportunities.
On the other hand, the Phoenix (Yin) helps create a new life or beginning from scratch or “rising from the ashes.” Together, the Dragon and the Phoenix balance each other and it also attracts the same energy – harmony and balance.
In feng shui, turtles or tortoises are one of the four celestial animals or guardians. They are said to guard your home with good energy of infinite abundance, fortune, and stability.
The primary feng shui energies elephants are said to bring are protection, good fortune, wisdom, and fertility. They can be placed in your office or at your home. The elephant’s trunk in upward position manifests showering of good luck. If you are looking for a symbol of friendship and love, intertwined trunks of elephants are a good representation of such.