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Symbolic Definitions

Symbolic definitions, the meaning of things in Feng Shui and different cultures.

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Altar
A raised structure on which offerings to a deity are placed. Adorn them with some hanging crystals, beautiful incense and fresh fruit or flowers. The most auspicious placement of your altar is facing your front door where it can be seen as you enter the building, or in the living room place your altar in the Northwest Sector.
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Amitabah
Amitabah or "Unending Light" was the name given to a bodhisattva (a Buddha to be) who ruled a paradise in the west, the "Pure Land". Amitabah offered rebirth in a state of bliss before final salvation to anyone who called his name and showed true repentance for their sins. Rebirth in the Pure land leads to the attainment of nirvana without difficulty. Buddha Amitabah brings peace and calm and a life free of despair. Click here for statues of Amitabah.
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Ankh
The ancient gods of Egypt such as Anget, Ptah, Osiris, Ra and Isis all carried the Ankh sign.
This was believed to represent the breath of eternal life. The Ankh was associated with the givers of life such as water, sun and air. Anubis is often seen offering the Ankh as a symbol of life in the after world. The Ankh was also seen as an amulet of protection.
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Antiques
Collecting antiques can be a risky business in Feng Shui terms, as it is difficult to learn the history of each piece and its owners. If the previous owner of an item lived an unlucky life or was surrounded by negative energy it is possible that you can bring this energy into your home through that item. Some antiques that are passed down from a family member to another can be quite auspicious if the owner has lived a fortunate life. Collecting of antique weapons is especially bad Feng Shui as it is most likely that the weapons have been used at some stage and are therefore harboring Sha chi (negative energy).

Aquarium
A water feature that brings good Feng Shui, especially if it is a home for lively fish. It symbolises growth and activity and is best placed in the wealth area or Southeast corner of the home.

Arrows
Secret arrows or poison Arrows symbolise killing energy or bad Feng Shui. These can be caused by hostile structures in the landscape or by bad furniture placement in the home such as sharp corners pointing at you or even a T intersection outside your front door.

Artwork
The artwork you display in your home can cause good or bad Feng Shui. The colour, content and orientation of the art all have Feng Shui implications. Placement of a mountain behind your desk symbolizes strength. An open field in front of your desk symbolizes clear sailing or smooth operation with few obstructions. Water or fish in front of your desk brings good luck. Any depiction's of fear, sadness or sorrow will affect the health of the occupants.



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Ba gua | Bagwa/Pa Kua
BA Gua: BA means eight and 'Gua' means trigram in Chinese. The Bagwa consists of eight sacred emblems sometimes called trigrams, directions or activities. It is used to encourage the flow of Chi (life force), which is regarded as the primary building brick of the universe. The Bagwa is said to have been found inscribed on the back of a turtle that rose from the yellow river at the dawn of time. The secrets of the universe were believed to be contained within. The Bagwa can be used in Feng Shui to balance and move Chi. The Bagwa ideally should be blessed.
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BA gua | Bagwa Mirror
Feng Shui considers the Bagwa Mirror to be of great importance in correcting Feng Shui predicaments by deflecting almost anything that creates negative Chi'. i.e. position arrows (corners of buildings pointing at your home or business). You can place them outside your home for protection. Anjian recommends you consult a qualified Feng Shui consultant for correct placement of all symbols. The BA gua mirror can also be used as a reminder to the occupants that their feng shui cures assigned to their premises need constant care by keeping all cures clean & in working order.
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Balance or see 'yin yang'
Feng Shui is all about balance and harmony. Applying Yin and Yang the two opposing yet complimentary forces to Feng Shui helps to create the balance we require. Negative and positive energy are in every aspect of our lives. By harnessing it and understanding the role each one plays will help to create a union therefore leading to harmony .

Bamboo
An excellent plant or wood to use with Feng Shui, it symbolises longevity. Bamboo stems are good for slowing down the flow of Chi. Tie them with a red ribbon to provide the Yang energy required. Hung from the ceiling they counteract the negative energy of overhead beams to soften the negative effect that they produce.

Bats
Symbolise good fortune. Chinese mythology believe that evil energies are deterred by a symbol or picture of a bat, or five bats, therefore bringing the occupant protection and luck.

Beaded curtains
Some schools of feng shui believe that doorways directly opposite each other in a corridor are said to symbolise confrontation and misunderstanding between occupants. In this case place a beaded curtain over the doorway as a cure. A beaded door curtain can also be used in front of a bedroom doorway that directly faces the other front door.

Beams
Exposed beams has been said to be bad feng shui as they are likened to heavy loads on the body which can have effects on one's health. Some schools of feng shui recommend to not sleep under, or even worse, place a child's bed or cot underneath a exposed beams as they believe it can lead to illness. A common recommendation is placing a pair of bamboo flutes or crystals upon the beams.
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Bear
Visions and Leadership. The Bear was one of the first animals to be revered by humans. In the Celtic tradition, the Bear was the Primal Mother, Artio, and intense protector. The Druids associated the Pole Star of the constellation of the Great Bear to King Arthur. The Bear was the sacred animal of Artemis in Greek mythology. To the Inuit the “Mother of Bears” gives Shamans the ability to see into the spirit world. The power of the Bear teaches us to go within, in order to digest our experiences, and to seek knowledge through contemplation and experience. Wisdom comes through the stillness of contemplation.

Bells
Bells are used for clearing, protection and activation. Hang bells from an entrance door to 'announce' anyone entering. Bells have been used throughout history as harbingers of news. Not only will it announce people but the beautiful sounds will attract pleasant feelings and represent further beauty within one's homes and environment.
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Birdbaths
Excellent water features for the garden. Best position are North, East and Southeast. The water must be clean and changed daily if necessary as water symbolises abundance to the occupants. It represents growth and fertility.

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Birds in general have the symbolic meaning Happiness. However some birds in particular carry other symbolism such as the Crane: Loyalty and long life and the legendary Phoenix, meaning Gracefulness. Birds bring good luck when placed in the South facing Garden or in the South side of your living room. However the keeping of caged birds is bad Feng Shui as this represents confinement and the stunting of growth. Some schools of feng shui believe it may be a hindrance in career prospects.

Bonsai
Birds in general have the symbolic meaning Happiness. However some birds in particular carry other symbolism such as the Crane: Loyalty and long life and the legendary Phoenix, meaning Gracefulness. Birds bring good luck when placed in the South facing Garden or in the South side of your living room. However the keeping of caged birds is bad Feng Shui as this represents confinement and the stunting of growth. Some schools of feng shui believe it may be a hindrance in career prospects.

Book of Burial
Birds in general have the symbolic meaning Happiness. However some birds in particular carry other symbolism such as the Crane: Loyalty and long life and the legendary Phoenix, meaning Gracefulness. Birds bring good luck when placed in the South facing Garden or in the South side of your living room. However the keeping of caged birds is bad Feng Shui as this represents confinement and the stunting of growth. Some schools of feng shui believe it may be a hindrance in career prospects.

Bookshelves
Exposed bookshelves can be an attractive feature but books that are crammed in together create stagnant Chi`. Where possible avoid placing them where the corners are directed at you or guests. If it is unavoidable you can enclose them with doors or a small curtain. Bookcases should be kept free of clutter and do not allow junk to accumulate here. Books that are crammed in together create stagnant Chi which will not benefit the occupants. Some schools of feng shui believe that exposed or shelves without books are likened to blades cutting through you and can be hazardous to you health. Be sure that they are kept well stocked with books and perhaps some beautiful book ends/separators.

Bracelet
There are many different symbols available for Feng Shui bracelets. Their definitions will obviously differ depending on the symbol, but the idea of wearing the bracelet is to carry it's influence with you where-ever you go and whatever you do. Be it for good luck, prosperity, peace etc
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Butterfly
For centuries Butterflies have symbolised new beginnings, summer and great joy. They also aid in recovering from illness



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Cactus
An effective plant for use in the garden to protect your home. The thorns or needles counter Sha chi (negative energy) headed in your direction. Some schools of feng shui believe they can cause bad feng shui when placed inside the home or at the front door as the thorns symbolise capturing and containing Sha within the home, causing misfortune, illness and bad luck.

Camel
Adaptability, Survival and Endurance. The Camel is a spectacular design of creation, that can exist and prosper in harsh and unforgiving conditions. The Camel represents endurance, conservation and stamina.

Candle
Used for attracting vital energy or to energize an area. Also useful for reducing harsh light. Lighting a candle instead gives a softer light, which is warm, inviting and peaceful. Used in the bedroom to enhance relationships and as a Feng Shui cure for travel misfortune. It can also be used as a fantastic 'fire' cure in the southern region of the premises.

Car Protection Symbol
The history behind this Car Protection symbolises strong protection for the occupants of the vehicle and represents safety from mishap or misfortune while on the journey.
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Cats
Cats symbolise protection against evil spirits as they are able to see in the dark and frighten away spirits that have bad intentions. You may display the symbol of the cat in your wealth sector, Southeast, or in your Inner Knowledge sector, Northeast. According to the ancient Egyptians cats were worshiped and kept as pets, mostly by royalty. This was because they believed that all evil spirits were afraid of the distinctive features of cats and thus making them a protective necessity in their home.
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Celestial Animals
The four Celestial Animals are the Red Bird, Green Dragon, White Tiger and Black Tortoise. The front of a building, being the smallest in area of the premises, is always symbolized by the Bird. At the rear, being the largest in area, is governed by the Tortoise. Standing inside the building facing the front, the Dragon should be to the left, and takes up the second largest in area of the premises. And the Tiger, on the right, takes up the second smallest in area of the premises.
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Chandeliers
Excellent Feng Shui when placed just inside or outside the home as they encourage Chi to enter. Placed in the Southwest of the home they are said to symbolise the bringing of love luck to the occupants. They can also be hung in a corridor between facing doors to eliminate the 'confrontational effect'. Chandelier's reflect light are often beautiful this helps to have a calming effect in the home.

Chi | qi
The Dragon's cosmic breath and the key to Feng Shui. Chi means positive energy and is used in Acupuncture, Martial Arts, Painting and Healing Medicine also. Feng Shui strives to harness the power of this energy, improving its flow, imparting its power and at times slowing it down to reap its benefits. Like electricity it is an invisible force but we can feel it and we take care how we handle it.

Chinese Lucky Envelopes
Good luck and happiness.
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Chinese Unicorn
In Latin, Unicorn literally means "one-horned" (Unus "one" & cornu "horn"). Ancient horse tribes of central Asia adorned their horses with an artificial horn head pieces to bring them strength, power and position, and they were also a magical influence on them when going into battle.
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Clothing
The clothes you wear also have significance to Feng Shui. Wearing tattered and torn clothing attracts poverty energy, which often brings about bad luck. Unflattering clothing has similar effects but also makes you feel self-conscious and lowers your Yang energy, making you feel lethargic and vulnerable. The colour's you choose will also bring good or bad luck. Referring to colour charts and combinations will help.

Clouds
Symbolise heavenly blessings.

Coin Balls
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Coin Sword
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Colours
Colour amplifies the five elements, when used correctly it helps create good luck.
Wood: Brown and greens
Fire: Red, orange, pink and purple
Metal: White, silver, gold, bronze and chrome
Earth: Ochre and light yellow
Water: Blue, purple and black
Some schools of feng shui believe that single colour's have little effect on feng shui. They believe that colour combinations bring good or bad luck. Some good examples are. Black and White, red and gold, deep purple and silver or chrome. Good combinations: Two reds one yellow, two yellows one white, two whites one blue, two blues one green, two browns one red. Bad combinations: Two reds one white, two whites one green, two greens one yellow, two yellows one blue, two blues one red.

Columns
Square columns are bad Feng Shui as they produce poison arrows which can affect the health of the occupants. It is best to try and round them off or smooth them out with a feng shui remedy such as hanging a mirror on it, placing a creeper plant that travels up the column, draping some fabric around it or hanging a bamboo flute to correct the negativity.

Compass
How to read a compass. Hold the compass level in your palm, on a table,or if a larger size hold it with two hands. Usually compasses have a red arrow, place this red arrow on North. Then face the direction you want to read, all the time adjusting the red arrow to North. Keep the red arrow on North, and read the direction you are facing from the marker on your compass. Your compass will have the 4 directions and then the 4 sub directions.
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Confucius
The legendary philosopher lived 479 BC. He is China's greatest sage. Known throughout the world as a revered teacher and an admirable philosopher. Charity and duty towards our neighbors were his daily text, while justice and truth were highlighted as most virtuous. Click here for Confucius.

Corners
Protruding corners are bad Feng Shui as they disrupt healthy Chi flow by sending out negative energy and can create havoc. Placing a tall, bushy, round leafed plant before it to act as a cure, especially if you are seated directly facing the offending corner. Alternatively you can hang a crystal in front of it or place mirrors or drape some fabric in front of it to soften the effect.

Corridors
Long straight corridors act as arrows projecting Sha chi (negative energy) and can symbolise harming relationships as the healthy Chi has nowhere to accumulate. Placing plants and windchime's along the corridor will help reduce the negative impact. Alternatively hang a beaded curtain half way down the corridor to slow the chi flow down.

Crane
In China and Japan, the Crane symbolises longevity and immortality, as it was believed to live for a 1000 yrs. It’s white feathers represent purity and it’s red head feathers represent vitality. It was a symbol of love and vitality for the Greeks and taiga-dwelling shamans (Siberia), who believed the Crane to have the ability to traverse the three realms of heaven, earth and the underworld

Crystal
Representing the earth element, crystals are suitable for the southwest and northwest sectors. They are considered to bring luck to education, romance and social interaction. Hang an amethyst hanging crystal above the front door, in the inside, to deter thieves from your premises.
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Cycles
There are three cycles used in Feng Shui, The Productive Cycle is of order and balance Fire produces Earth, Earth produces Metal, Metal produces Water, Water produces Wood, Wood produces Fire. The Reductive Cycle reduces the power of the dominant phase is used to minimize negative or dominant Chi. Fire burns Wood, Wood absorbs Water, Water corrodes Metal, Metal moves Earth and Earth reduces Fire. The Domination Cycle is exactly that, the phases dominate each other. Fire melts Metal, Metal pierces Wood, Wood burdens Earth, Earth blocks Water and Water diminishes Fire.



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Doors
The size, position and number of doors of a house are important factors in Feng Shui. The front door is especially significant as it is the main point of entry for Chi. It should not be obstructed or too small and should not be positioned to face hostile structures such as crosses or arrows. Bathroom and toilet doors should remain closed and doors should not face each other if possible. Cures to be used in this case consist of mirrors, crystals Click here for Crystals... and beaded curtains and bells.

Dragons

Dragons will bring power and influence wherever you so choose to place them. The dragon supports the water element; best placing it facing water, clean water such as an ocean, river, stream or a fountain. The dragon brings the power of rain showers for abundant harvests, the principle of heaven and male yang power. If you place a dragon in front of the entrance door, inside, it symbolises great protection to the premises and the occupants. Click here for Dragons... Click here for Dragons

Dragon Coins

Prosperity, Wisdom and Protection
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may be placed on your desk at work, in your car, anywhere in your home. Carry one or more in your pocket or purse to symbolise abundance, wisdom and protection. An excellent metal cure for Feng Shui.

Dragon: Symbolise strength, protection, wisdom and benevolence.

Coins: Symbolise abundance, wealth and protection.

8: In mathematics the symbol of infinity is represented by the figure 8 laid down.

In China, 8 expresses the totality of the universe and is a highly favourable number, associated with prosperity. It�s shape is linked with the Wu Lu, the Chinese magical
talisman of protection.

Drive Ways

A circular driveway is best for Feng Shui as the round shape signifies abundance and progress. Straight lines form poison arrows and can direct Sha chi (negative energy). Never have a driveway that points directly at your door. Where possible make the driveway curve or meander. Break up its edges with overflowing flowerbed's to remove the hard angles.

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Earth

One of the Five Elements. The center of your home is said to belong to the Earth element, therefore emphasising the importance of a healthy representation in this area for good fortune. Earth is the colour of brown, yellow & ochre and earth is of square or block-type shape.

East

The home of the Dragon and the Wood Element. East is symbolic of growth energy. Anything requiring uplifting energy is best placed in the East. Feng Shui practitioners mayl advise that the son of the family live in an east facing room, as this was the space reserved for heirs of the dynasty in days of old.

Electromagnetic Energy

Most electrical goods, such as the telephone, an alarm clock, microwave ovens, computers, the television, etc., produce electromagnetic energy which in turn, turns to electromagnetic radiation. Excessive forms of radiation can be extremely harmful to your physical well-being by causing things such as headaches, tiredness, sleeping difficulties, etc. Ask a feng shui practitioner to take an electromagnetic reading with an EMF reader of your premises to measure this form of radiation that could be affecting your health.


Elephants

The Elephant is the symbol of strength, wisdom and prudence. The Elephant symbolizes the year, and is thus a celestial animal in Buddhism. The Elephant is sacred because it was said to offer flowers to Buddha and also carried the gem of wishes and the sacred alms bowl of Buddha. The Elephant is regarded as an animal with high morals, and is said to understand human speech. Elephants should be placed high on a mantel or shelf or on an altar for recognition. Click here for elephants ...


Elements

Feng Shui is based on the interaction between the five elements that are Water, Wood, Fire, Metal and Earth. Finding a perfect balance for these five through placement is the key to good Feng Shui. Too much of an element can take over another , so be sure not to use too much or too little of an element. Always check the flying stars sequence for finding out the correct balance.

Energy

Energy is the closest translation for the word Chi. Breath is another close translation as in the Dragon's cosmic breath. Positive energy and a healthy flow of this energy around our home and body are what we aim to achieve through the practice of Feng Shui.

Fans...

Fans Fans are one of the nine celestial cures and are seen as activators of Chi which is known as life force or air, or translated as "wind in paper".They are one of the nine celestial symbols in Feng Shui.
In ancient time Chinese nobles would hide their fans within their robes inscribed with protective mantras and images. Many of the Chinese deities hold fans to represent driving away evil forces. Fans were also used to signify high rank. Displaying an open fan is said to be a symbol of love. Click here for Fans ...


Feng Shui...

Feng Shui is an ancient study of the environmental energies in constant perpetual motion that interact with certain places, people and time. This practice of balancing and correcting the effects of certain qi will bring benefits to the relationship between yourself and your family, your career or wealth status and the state of your most important asset, your health. Feng Shui can mean different things to different people. It does not contradict any religious, cultural or traditional beliefs, as Feng Shui is the science of bringing together� humankind and the environment in which we strive to find harmony and equilibrium. Feng Shui is the art and science of arranging things in a correct order and to find our personal directions so as to harness Chi` (Life Force) within our lifestyles so as to reach optimum harmony.

There are different fields of expertise and schools of thought, being Tibetan Black Hat Feng Shui, Flying Stars, Dowsing, Geomancy and many more. We recommend that you seek out a qualified teacher, read the many good books available and enter into the fascinating and never boring world of Feng Shui. Feng Shui literally means WIND (FENG) AND WATER (SHUI).

Its practitioners believe that with correct guidance and placement we can influence our fate in positive forms and so help to avoid misfortune. The history of Feng Shui is said to have begun with Fu Hsiu over 5000 years ago, when he witnessed a turtle emerge from the depths of the Yellow River. Upon the turtles back were markings that Fu Hsiu adopted as symbols of great knowledge, universal truths and symmetry. These markings are known as the 'trigrams'. Click here for Feng Shui items ...

Fire...

One of the five elements, symbolized by the direction South. Fire is of triangular or pyramid shape and the colour of fire is red, orange, pink and purple.

Fish..

Fish represent success and keeping them in a pond or aquarium is said to bring good luck. Symbols of fish or artwork containing fish may be placed in the study or office to bring success and good fortune in business. Click here for Fish ...


Flowers...

Great energiser's for love and benefit the daughter of the family. Once fresh flowers have passed their prime discard them, as wilting flowers will attract harmful Yin energy. Thorns are best removed from fresh flowers when displayed. Good displayed in the bedroom of the sick as they give off much needed Yang energy. Fake flowers are just as good in Feng Shui terms but avoid excessive displays of pressed flowers or dried flower arrangements due to their abundance of Yin energy.
Flowerbed's Flowers enhance areas through their beauty and smells. This in turn has a positive effect on ones well being. For example plant a flower bed in front of a bedroom window to symbolise enhancement of your relationship or romance. Flowers provide small creatures food and shelter, so representing abundance and good health.

Flutes..

Flutes Bamboo flutes are said to be one of the most popular Feng Shui cures available. They are a symbol of strength and support. It is recommended that when you hang your flute, make sure that the mouthpiece is up. Bamboo Flutes are a popular Feng Shui cure. Represents strength and support in any situation, delivering a message of peace and safety. Great to hang over the front door for symbolising security of the home or for use on exposed beams. Click here for Flutes ...


Foyers...

Foyers These should always appear to be spacious and well lit to attract positive
Chi. Imagine entering a home with a gloomy and dank foyer, we are not
enthused and can feel reluctant to go further. Just by getting rid of
clutter and a coat of paint can change it into a welcoming area.

Frogs.

Frogs Frogs are said to bring auspicious luck. A family of frogs living in your garden will be of great benefit to the home and occupants. The three-legged frog holds a coin in its mouth. Also called the Money Frog, it signifies the bringing of gold or good fortune. Click here for Frogs ...


Fruit trees..

Fruit trees The citrus varieties such as Lemon, Lime and Orange are most auspicious and placed in the front of the home, laden with fruit they symbolize the ripening of good fortune.

Fu Dogs..

Fu Dogs Fu dogs are highly valued as they represent fidelity and fulfill the role of
guardian. Place them near the front door or gate for symbolising protection
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Fu Lou Shou..

Fu, Lu and Shou The combination of these three gods are considered auspicious Gods for Chinese Buddhists around the world. The three gods should be placed in an area which is higher than tables as a mark of honor, they can also be placed in an area where the whole family gathers together. They are said to symbolise certain constellations in the heavens and are acknowledged at certain months of the year.
The Star God Fu represents happiness and hope for the future. He is sometimes called Fu Hsing and is worshipped on the 20th day of the 7th moon. The God of happiness at times holds the symbol of a child signifying innocence and happiness.
Lu is the God of prosperity, he holds a gold ingot symbolising wishes of prosperity and good fortune for the present and the future. He is also seen at times holding the sceptre of power and affluence. Lu symbolises the opportunity to better ones self and receive high rewards. He should be placed in the centre of the 3 gods.
The final Star God of Health and Longevity is called Shou, (Canopus in the constellation of Argo).He is recognised by his large head and he carries a peach in one hand which only blossoms once every three thousand years symbolising immortality. It is considered lucky to wed in the month that the peach tree blossoms, signifying a long marriage.
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Ganesha..

The Elephant-headed god, Ganesha, is known as the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings. As the god of good fortune, his name is traditionally invoked before the start of any new enterprise or journey. Weddings and other beginnings are blessed by him, including the new year. His enormous belly symbolises his embodiment of a successful and prosperous life . Ganesha is also regarded as the patron of business and is the protector of knowledge, literature and education. As the god of Wisdom, he is the patron saint of students who pray to him to pass their exams. Ganesha is the offspring of the goddess Parvati, the consort of Shiva. Click here for Ganesha and search for more in Quick Search ...


Guardian Angle..

A Guardian Angel is a spirit who is believed to protect and to guide. All children are said to have their own Guardian Angel. This is so the child will have the opportunity to grow loving and strong and be guided away from harmful or wrong acts. Ancient Greek philosophy believed that each child had a watchful and protective spirit. . Click here for Guardian Angels or search for more in Quick Search...


Globe World..

A popular representation of the Earth element, symbolises bringing good education luck when placed in the northeast corner of a students room. . Click here for World Globes or search for more in Quick Search...

Gold..

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Green Dragon..

There are nine Dragons in total; each controls one aspect of the universal elements. The Green Dragon is said to be the Earth Dragon. The others dragons are wind, sea, water, sky, fire, golden, mountain, and celestial. . Click here for Green Dragon or search for more in Quick Search...


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Horse..

The horse is represented by the direction South and symbolises endurance, courage and speed. It can bring excessive Yang energy. Artwork or pictures of horses are best hung in the south side of the living room because of its association with the element of fire. A figurine of a horse placed in the southwest of the living room will energize luck in social interaction and placed in the northwest for luck in examinations. . Click here for Horses or search for more in Quick Search...

Horseshoe..



A landscape of hills forming this shape with the house in the center looking out over flat open pasture is said to bring good luck and fortune to a family for five generations.When hanging a horse shoe it is suggested to hang with the curve at the bottom and the two ends pointing skywards. So luck does not fall away.

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I Ching Coins..


Chinese coins symbolise prosperity and their meaning originates from ancient times when coins were used as amulets as protection against disease, evil or negative energy directed at the wearer. Also used in Feng Shui and as an ancient Chinese oracle or fortune telling. Place some I Ching coins in a bowl of salty water for a great metal cure in the west and northwest sector of the premises. . Click here for I Ching Coins or search for more in Quick Search...

Incense..

Incense, used for clearing and uplifting. Also used as a thanks giving gift to a deity when placed on its altar. . Click here for I Ching Coins or search for more in Quick Search...

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Jade


Jade (crystal) is a sacred stone in China, as it is known to be worn for promoting longevity and ensuring prosperity for future descendants. The Chinese would also carve butterfly images from jade, which was worn as a love-attracting pendant or given to another in hope of finding the one true love. Wear jade while gardening or bury some in the garden as it has been said to improve the life of your plants. To symbolise increasing your wealth plant a Jade plant in the garden. Place it in the southeast of a shop or displayed in the window, it represents attracting customers to your business. . Click here for Jade or search for more in Quick Search...

Jasmin

A well known flower in Asia that enhances romance, love, warmth and joy. Burn some Jasmine essential oil, in an oil burner, in your Southwest (romance) sector or East (health) sector of the home or workplace to also reduce anxiety, stress, moodiness and bitterness.

Jewellery


A personalised aspect of Feng Shui. Worn to attract luck-enhancing Chi and symbolise protection. Jewellery featuring auspicious symbols is believed to attract good fortune. . Click here for Jewellery or search for more in Quick Search...

Jizo

Small stone statues dotted along the road are common sights in Japan. Particularly at intersections and the beginning of villages and towns especially at highway intersections and at the boundaries of small towns and villages. These statues often represent the Buddhist deity Jizo who is the patron god of travellers, pilgrims, expectant mothers, children and even firemen. Jizo is a bodhisattva or one who has achieved enlightenment yet has remained behind to help others along the spiritual path. One of the stories about Jizo is that he has a great affection for all children and will often intervene on their behalf and even hide little ones within the sleeves of his robe when roving demons are on the prowl. Jizo has long been a very popular figure in Japanese Buddhism where he is described as "a friend to all" and "never frightening, even to children". Though of Indian origin and originally female, Jizo did first appear in Japan during the Nara period (710-94) where her popularity quickly grew and she was soon regarded as the deity of the common people. For various reasons Jizo did eventually transform into a male figure in Japan. However, the divinity's feminine roots are still evident in the translation of his name which can mean either "womb of the earth" or "earth treasure". Jizo is still sometimes found in Japan in female form especially as the Koyasu (child-giving) Jizo. Roadside images of Jizo are often found alone or in groupings of six. The number six being representative of the six realms of reincarnation which encompass all beings trapped within the wheel of life. We can imagine then that to travellers of old Japan the sight of a roadside Jizo must have been a comforting reminder of the deity's promise to look after and protect any and all on the road to enlightenment.
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Juniper

Juniper Berry has a healing property. By burning some Juniper essential oil, in an oil burner, it will enhance positiveness, calmness, inner wisdom and openness. It will also help to reduce nervous tension, sleeplessness and lack of vitality. You may burn these oils in your East (health) sector of the home or workplace.

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Killing Breath

Also known as Sha Chi (negative energy), including poison arrows. Poison arrow are sharp, pointed or angled corners that are directed at your house or at your front door. They can also be straight roads, which are directed at your front door, power lines and structures that appear to be aimed at your home or entrance. Some schools of feng shui say this type of killing breath can cause misfortunes in the form of illness to the occupants. To remedy this problem try to block off the direction of the killing breath by, for example, placing a large plant opposite the front door. Plants are a popular feng shui cure (for some schools of feng shui) as they are believed to absorb negative energy (see Negative Energy) and replace it with a stronger life force.

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Lake

A lake situated in front of the home is said to attract good luck. Ideally the lake would have clean water, full of life such as fish and frogs and plants. Where the home is situated in relationship to the compass direction has further significance. A lake to the north of the front door would be better than a lake to the south. Importantly, ensure that there is a view of the lake from the living room. Some schools of feng shui say to try not to face your home away from the lake.

Light

Table or floor lamps can be used to stimulate Yang energy and can be placed anywhere in the home to energize an area such as on a table or in a dark corner of a room. The only thing to be wary of is the brilliance or harshness of the light emitted. A soft, warm glow is ideal.

Lilies

These flowers symbolise Yang energy and profusion. White Lilies also represent good fortune enhanced by their pure healing energy. Place fresh Lilies in a vase in the West (children &family) sector or Northwest (mentors) sector of the premises.

Lions

A pair of Lions at the front door or gate symbolises protection against negative influences entering. An excellent alternative to Fu Dogs.
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Longevity

It's meaning equates to having good luck and a long and healthy life. There are many symbols, which can be used to attract this energy such as the Deer, Turtle, the Peach, Bamboo and the Pine tree.

Lotus
A flower symbolic garden is considered most auspicious. of good fortune and Lotus
garden is considered most auspicious.

Lotus Seeds

The seed of the lotus is an excellent symbol for attracting good luck to one's descendants. Place them in a bowl and keep them in your home.. Click here for Lotus or search for more in Quick Search...

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Magnolia

A magnificent shrub with exquisite heavily perfumed flowers, considered to symbolize femininity and beauty. Best grown to the west side of the house or in a westerly garden.

Mala beads

They symbolise health and protection. Used in meditation and contemplation for stilling the mind. Mala beads are good for keeping negative influences away, by the wearer chanting specific mantra or prayers or affirmations. Click here for Mala beads or search for more in Quick Search...


Mandarin Ducks

The symbol of conjugal happiness as ducks mate for life. Displayed in the southwest they are said to attract luck of romance and love as long as they are kept in pairs. An ideal Feng Shui wedding gift. .. Click here for Mandarin Ducks or search for more in Quick Search...

Mayan Ball

The Mayan Ball represents the deflection of negative energy. It may be worn as a personal talisman. Hang Mayan balls from windows, which are located on either side of the front door to act as symbolism of protection from negative and weakening energy as these windows are considered to symbolise inconsistency and lack of defence (according to some schools of feng shui). They may also be hung from windows that face one another to represent minimising the loss of Chi. Always hang the Mayan ball from red cord or thread as this symbolizes good fortune. Click here for Mayan ball..

Metal

One of the Five elements of Feng Shui represented in the West and Northwest sector of the premises. The Chinese characters for metal are the same as 'gold', which is a reason why the colour of metal is regarded as being gold, silver and white. Earth produces gold therefore the elements of metal and earth combined are most auspicious. Placing an earth symbol in the metal corner of the home will symbolise the attraction of wealth and success. As fire destroys metal, bright lights or candles and the colour red should be avoided in this corner. Click here for Metal cures..

Mirror

A tool frequently used in Feng Shui in a variety of ways. Their reflective quality can change the appearance or shape of a room. Mirrors can be used to cure a square or misplaced column as well as curing missing corners. If you place a large mirror in the dining room as to double the food offering, you will also be implying abundance of the families' wealth and health. This doubling effect is also used by the cash register to improve turnover. One of its most popular uses is to reflect Sha (negative energy) or killing breath caused by poison or secret arrows in and around the home or workplace.
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Misfortune

Check your environment for poison arrows, stagnant or polluted Chi areas, but be careful not to discount the possibility of poor decision-making. It would be unwise to blame all misfortune on bad Feng Shui. Lets face it, no one is perfect.

Money Cats

Cats symbolise protection against evil spirits as they are able to see in the dark and frighten away spirits that have bad intentions. You may display the symbol of the cat in your wealth sector, Southeast, or in your Inner Knowledge sector, Northeast.
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Money Frogs

The money frog is considered to be conducive to good fortune and wealth building. The Chinese consider the Money Frog a mystical heritage in their way of life as it attracts prosperity. Place the Money frog in the workplace near the cash register or money tin/safe or where ever money transactions are made as it represents positive flow of wealth and money luck. In the home place the Money Frog near the main entrance, in the North (Career sector) or in the Southeast (wealth sector) for symbolism of prosperity.
Some say it is best to have the rear facing the front door representing wealth entering yet others say it is best to have the head facing the front door representing welcoming wealth in. Please follow your own judgement, I personally have the face facing the front door.
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Money


Luck Symbols used to attract this energy are coins, animals carrying coins, and wealth deities. Best displayed in the southeast corner of the home. Luscious plants or a water feature are also well placed here.

Money Tree

This is a Feng Shui cure. You can make your own money tree in two ways. The first is to tie nine I Ching coins with a red ribbon, place them inside a lucky red envelope and bury it in the soil of a healthy plant (ideally a Jade plant). The second way is to tie three I Ching coins with a red ribbon and place them under a pot plant. This symbolises growth in your finances.
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Moon Gate

A circular entrance symbolic of the earth element or gold. It represents an auspicious balance of Yin and Yang. Also seen as a half moon shaped bridge which when reflected in the water symbolises a Moon Gate.


Mother Earth

The trigram Kun (three broken lines) represented in the southwest sector and Yin energy. A globe or a world map are good ways of symbolising Mother Earth in this sector. When displayed this symbol is said to enhance love luck and relationships.
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Mountains

A symbol of strength and endurance and the home of the Green Dragon. Represented with pictures or artwork you may display this symbol behind you for symbolism of support and stability and protection. Place in your home office or wealth sector (southeast)
of the home or workplace.

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Negative Energy

Negative energy can have different meanings in science, emotional, spiritual and physiological scenarios. Basically it means that if there is decay that it minimises the life force which is considered positive energy. Negative energy can come from
stress, violence, stagnation, deceit, self abuse and anything that restricts the potential of further growth and enrichment.

Noise

Noise
A manifestation of, and a way to stimulating loud Yang energy. The Chinese New Year has always been associated with the lighting of firecrackers. This force of Yang energy is used to scare away any lingering evil spirits from the previous year. In Feng Shui simply displaying firecrackers (even fakes) is considered sufficient to stimulate this vital Yang energy. Noise such as drums and ringing bells are used as instruments for clearing home etc.

North

NorthRepresented by the Tortoise and the Water element. The north part of the home may be energized with water or a water symbol to keep the energies of the elements in harmony.

Northeast

NorthRepresented by the Tortoise and the Water element. The north part of the home may be energized with water or a water symbol to keep the energies of the elements in harmony.

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Orange

The colour and the fruit symbolise wealth. A good colour to use in the home office or business. Also placing of a bowl of oranges in area's like the Board Room or sales department of your business.


Orchids

Symbolic of strength and courage they are a long lasting flower that brings good Chi and therefore promote a long stay in your career.

Owl

Owls have been worshipped and feared throughout the society and culture of human history. In ancient Greece, Athena the Goddess of night, war, wisdom and liberal arts was symbolised by the Owl. The Owl was a powerful force that represented good. Athena carried a shield with the Owl upon it. In Hungary and Egypt the Owl was a symbol of death. Buddhists believe the Owl to be an enemy of ignorance and comfortable with its own company and familiar with meditation. Ancient cultures believed the Owl to protect against evil spirits and protect against health problems. Owl charms were associated with bravery, wisdom and creativity. You may place the owl in a study or centre of the home.

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Pa-Kau
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Peacock

Also used as a substitute for the Red Phoenix the Peacock is is a symbol of dignity and beauty.

Pentagram

5 pointed star (Also known as pentalpha or pentangle) The word pentagram comes from the Greek word pentagrammon, meaning 5 lines. The Greek philosopher Pythagoras believed that each of the five points of the Pentagram represent one of the five elements that make up mankind: fire, water, air, earth and psyche. In geometry, it is also connected to the Golden Ratio. As far back as 3000BC (Mesopotamia), many cultures have used the Pentagram to symbolise a wide variety of meanings, linking heaven,
earth and humanity. Like the swastika (which in its original form meant good luck), the Pentagram also has acquired conflicting views. The Pentagram appears on the Ethiopian and Moroccan flag and is symbolised in Da Vinci’s art


Peony

A flower symbolic of good luck in romance. Best displayed in the living room but according to some schools of feng shui, considered inauspicious if placed in the bedroom.

Phoenix


Represented in the south it is the bringer of great opportunity, it is the mate of the Celestial Dragon. Together the Phoenix and the Celestial Dragon symbolize conjugal happiness. Placed in the southwest to activate marriage luck. The Phoenix without the Celestial Dragon is also well displayed in the south sector of the office or study to promote new opportunities, success and prosperity.

Pillars

According to some schools of feng shui pillars and columns have the potential to disrupt good Feng Shui by their placement. In the center of the home or a room they act as a symbol of a knife piercing the heart (because the center of the home represents the
center of the body). In direct alignment of a doorway they are believed to be auspicious. Square shaped pillars are considered to be not as good as round ones. Placing a large plant in front of them to hide the edges or wrapping them with a mirrored surface will
lessen the harmful influences.

Pi-Xiu

Mythical Creature of Purity, Abundance and Protection. This wondrous looking creature is said to represent protection and abundance. One of the stories about the ancient Pi-Xiu is that it never loses what it ingests therefore always increasing in abundance. It is similar to the unicorn as it symbolises purity, integrity and universal peace.

Plants

Excellent for the east or southeast sector of your home or office as they suggest the growth of the wood element. Keep them healthy to benefit from them. Sick or dying plants should be discarded promptly.

Poison Arrows

Also known as Secret arrows. These are harmful, hostile structures they send Sha toward the home. Depicted by crosses or sharp angles directed at doorways or along pathways leading to doors. They also take shape in the poor alignment of furniture or
walls. They can be defected with mirrors or their pathways obstructed with large plants. Altering the position of a doorway is another method but obviously more difficult.

Pomegranate

Any display of the Pomegranate in the bedroom is said to enhance the chances of having many healthy, prosperous children.

Ponds

A water feature such as a pond, especially if it contains fish or frogs are considered extremely auspicious. Best suited to placement in the north, east and southeast, they will produce very healthy Chi provided the water is kept fresh and clean.


Prayer Flags

(Tibetan)Prayer flags come in various designs and colours. The traditional colours are of the five elements or the five Buddha families also known as the Dhayani Buddhas. These are Blue, White, Red, Green and Yellow. The traditional Prayer Flags are an ancient design. The text is made up of prayers and mantras. Prayer flags can be hung across the front of buildings, around trees, from post to post or from corners of buildings to the ground. As the prayer flags are shredded by the wind, the prayers dissipate and rise to heaven. It is not required to change them when they are torn or faded away. Prayer flags are also hung indoors to add to the spiritual ambience. Click here for prayer flags


Precious Gourd

The Precious Gourd is an ancient Chinese symbol of Longevity, protection from evil and negative energy and is used to attract good fortune. The Precious Gourd is also the emblem for the figure 8, which holds a lot of power in Feng Shui and Chinese Symbolism. The number 8 is also symbolised by the eight sides of the Bagwa, used extensively in Feng Shui. The Precious Gourd is linked closely to the Eight Immortals of Chinese history, specifically Li T`ieh-kuai, who has the appearance of a beggar, and was a master magician. The gourd he is holding represents the power he had attained to set the spirit free of his physical body. The Precious Gourd is a wonderful talisman to take for protection on a journey. Hang the Precious Gourd from doors, windows, at the head of your bed, above the office desk and can be hung inside a vehicle. .


Pumpkin Sweet

The sweet pumpkin symbolise's abundance and great prosperity. It also symbolise's fertility and many generations of loving children and grandchildren to carry on the family name. Perhaps because of its golden colour and the manner in which it grows-spreading over great areas and producing abundant food.

Purple

A very auspicious colour considered very lucky when combined with silver or chrome.

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Quartz Crystal

Representing the earth element, crystals are suitable for the southwest and northwest sectors. They are considered to symbolise bringing good luck to education, romance and social interaction. Beauty, colour and reflection of light are their most obvious benefits and this aids positive representation.

Quan Yin

Helps to beautify your home and to represent balance. She is the ancient Chinese goddess of compassion, fertility, and child protection. Excellent for representing enhancement of love in the home and can go anywhere in ones home. Please show respect to the values she represents by not placing in the toilet or laundry areas. Click here for Quan Yin


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Rectangle

Representing the wood element and thus symbolising growth.

Red

The most auspicious colour and the ultimate colour for promoting Yang energy. It strengthens and energizes wherever it appears and it representative of the fire element. However if fire gets out of control it will burn, so use this colour wisely. For example, excess red in a room will minimise a calming effect and may maximise mood imbalance. Break it up by placing pastel and softer colours around a room, so creating a balance. Click here for some red products


Refrigerators

Some schools of feng shui believe it is best to not place a refrigerator (water element) beside a stove (fire element) as the two elements clash and destroy the balance. The same applies to the dishwasher and sink. Both being water elements. You may place something that represents earth between them such as a pottery vase, or a colour that represents earth such as green or brown.

Rhinocerus

Durability, Fertility and Protection. In Indian classics the great god Vishnu rode on the back of a Rhinoceros. In Africa lore, the Rhinoceros is a symbol of virility and vigor. It is personified as a spirited warrior endowed with an abundance of strength and tenacity. In Yemen, dagger handles were fashioned from the horn of the Black Rhino to enhance a warrior’s strength and power in battle. In Feng Shui a statue of a double horned Rhino is used at the entrance of homes to represent warding off evil and trouble.

Rivers

Some schools of feng shui believe that a slow moving river is considered most auspicious and if possible to have your house facing it. Ideally if your door faces one of the four cardinal directions (north, east, south or west), the river should flow from the left to right side of your door as you look upon the river. If your door faces a secondary direction (the points between), the river should flow from right to left.


Rock

symbol of endurance and represented by the earth element, rocks placed in the northeast or southwest are energizers of luck. Some schools of feng shui believe that to tie a rock with a red ribbon or thread and placing them in the bathroom or toilet will represent minimising the effects of polluted Chi.

Romance

By energizing the southwest sector of the living room or bedroom is said to bring good luck in romance and love. Try using a pair of Mandarin Ducks, crystals and double happiness symbols to this effect.
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Rooftops

In some schools of feng shui symbolically water above a mountain brings ill fortune; it is therefore advised to avoid blue coloured rooftops, water fountains, ponds or swimming pools on rooftops.

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Sailing Ships

A sailing ship is said to symbolize prosperity and was initiated in the old trading days in Asia. The ship was said to represent the arrival of good fortune as on board there was always gold and money. Most businesses used this symbol as a logo to bring their trade money luck and to state that their 'luck had finally arrived'. The sailing ship embodies wood, water and wind elements which when combined it is said to be most auspicious as they represent health and prosperity. Place a model or a picture of a sailing ship in the foyer of the home or workplace, facing inwardly, with a few small pieces of gold on the deck to strengthen this great symbol of good fortune.

Seasons

Each has its corresponding element. Autumn is metal, Winter is water, Spring is wood and Summer is fire. The fifth element Earth is for the period between seasons.

Sculptures

According to some schools of feng shui sculptures made of stone; marble, granite or ceramics should be placed in the Earth sector of the garden (northeast and southwest). Sculptures made of metal are best placed in the west or northwest. Sharp angles and points form poison arrows so be careful what you choose to bring into your garden. Sculptures in certain shapes and colours can also benefit you such as placing a:1-Round or ball shaped, white, gold or silver in the Northwest or West sector(to energize metal),2-Square or block shaped, brown or yellow in the Southwest or Northeast (to energize earth), 3-Pyramid or triangular shaped, red orange, pink or purple in the South,(to energize fire),4-Rod or beam like shaped, green or brown in the Southeast and East(to energize wood),5-Wavy shaped, blue or black in the North(and to energize water).

Sha

In feng shui Sha Chi, also spelt Shar Chi is the Killing Breath or negative energy. This disruptive Chi said by some schools of feng shui to be caused by sharp angles and hostile structures. You can learn how to identify it and guard against it. Deflect it with mirrors, crystals, and by placing large plants or trees in its path to slow down or absorb the sha chi directed at you and your home or workplace

Sun

Shade
Levels of light should be treated with their correlation to Yin and Yang energy. A balance is required with both. Too much shade in the garden will provide excessive Yin energy. As in the home excessive light can create too much Yang energy. Creating a balanced yin and yang dynamics will benefit the growth of the occupants, which may affect in particularly, their health. For example if a bedroom allows too much natural sun light to enter at the crack of dawn the occupants may suffer from restless sleep during the vital sleep hours of the morning which in turn may cause stress, anxiety and ethargy. Not enough light in the lounge area or a wealth area of the premises may affect the careers of the occupants as this thrives on movement, light and yang energy. In turn this may cause money loss or decline in the business aspect of the occupants.

Swimming Pool

According to some schools of feng shui, water attracts wealth chi to premises, and large bodies of water are even more auspicious. Make sure that the swimming pool water is kept clean from anything that causes the water to become polluted and foul-smelling. If left to pollute water is an element that can attract sha chi (negative energy) at an increasing fast pace, so be alert. Gentle sounds of water can be beneficial to the family's wealth status, and people or even children swimming in water can symbolise increasing your luck by bringing a positive affect to the family's health.

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Tai Chi

A form of exercise of slow and precise movements designed to energize the flow of Chi through the body. Originating in China and spreading worldwide.
Tai Chi is al;so used in Feng Shui to detremine the heart or centre of the hime.

Tassels

A wonderful addition to flutes to boost the effectiveness of their cures. Red tassels represent protection, strengthening and activation of the flutes' chi' power. Tassels can also be placed to tie back curtains such as:Red, orange, pink or purple in the South,Yellow or brown in the Southwest and Northeast,Green and brown in the Southeast and East, Blue and black in the North, and white, gold or silver in the West and Northwest. Click here for tassels

Temple Lion

Temple Lions statues appeared in China with the coming of Buddhism.They symbolise defence and protection and are often seen guarding entrances and gateways to buildings.The Lion is the symbol of majestic strength, great courage and strength of character. When a Temple Lion is seen playing with a ball it is to signify the moon pearl which symbolises blessings and protection against evil, and the ball also represents the sun,which is Yang. The mother Lion plays with a tiny cub, representing maternal love and protection.

Thorns

Some schools of feng shui consider plants carrying thorns such as the rose and cactus should not live indoors due the 'poison arrows' they direct at you. The cut flower of the rose is desirable if the thorns are removed. These schools of feng shui also recommend that in the garden, thorny plants should not be abundant and one is advised to keep them back from the house and away from entrances.

Tiger
Judgment, Skill and Protector of Souls.
Tigers are solitary creatures, living alone until it is time to breed. In ancient times the Ti