Feng Shui Concepts
Feng Shui Guardians
By Jenny Liu
In feng shui, one of the frequent recommendations for enhancing or balancing weaker energies of a home or office is through the use of symbols, in particular that of guardian animals. Symbols such as guardian animals, possess a special energy through the power of suggestion that can on subconscious and conscious levels protect us and strengthen us.
Usually the type, color, number and material of guardian animal sculpture or artwork that is recommended for adjusting the feng shui of your home or office depends on your birth element, the orientations of your building and the Nine Star Chart. Guardian animals are ideally empowered with different purposes depending on the need in specific cases.
Turtle: The turtle is symbolic of good luck, wisdom, long life and stability. Legend has it that the He Tu and Lo Shu diagrams that form the basis of the natural laws were found on the back of a turtle. Sea turtles that are blue, green or black are associated with longevity as they have been known to live to be hundreds of years old. It can also be used in association with the earth element, (desert turtle), to represent endurance and overcoming disaster or hardship.
Elephant: The elephant is associated with gathering prosperity (trunk curling in towards elephant), strength for defeating negative energy and enemies (tusks pointing upward). When elephants are used in a pair, they can strengthen the love between couples.
Lion: As the king of the jungle, the lion is symbolic of prowess, power, leadership and protection. Lions are used in pairs to represent the female and male, or the Yin-Yang, symbolic of the universal energy. They are used to release conflict from lawsuit or competition. Lions not only repel negative energies such as cemeteries, prisons or mortuaries but they can absorb positive energies as well.
Dragon: The dragon is symbolic of rising and booming energy. Dragons, representing progress and movement is the essence of “yang” is used when yin energy is too heavy. Dragons can be used to bring power, respect and leadership.
Jenny Liu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from UC Berkeley and a Master’s Degree in Architecture from UCLA. She is an expert in the 8,000-year-old Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui who shares her knowledge through seminars, workshops, periodicals and the internet. Ms. Liu is a fourth-generation practitioner with her own consulting firm. For more information please see www.liufengshui.com or call (626) 272-4901.
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