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Essential Feng Shui Good Luck and Protection Symbols

May 18, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 630

These Good Luck and Protection Symbols have been Chinese favourites as Feng Shui 'Cures' since Classical Times. They are essentially associated with the Form and Compass School of Feng Shui.


The noble, auspicious Chinese Dragon should never be confused with the fire-breathing, bat-winged monster springing from ancient Western superstition. The much older Chinese version is a protective symbol of authority, true learning, enlightenment and wealth redolent of healthy 'Sheng Qi'

Many Dragon figurines and portrayals show it pursuing (coiled around, grasping, attempting to swallow) a Pearl, representing hidden wisdom. This symbolises aspiration. Traditionally, the Dragon is associated with the East Sector of locations.

Unicorn/Chi Lin

The Chinese Unicorn, too, is a much older figure than its Western counterpart and like the Dragon is one of the Four Protective Celestial Animals. Whenever and wherever it is on display the Chi Lin is associated with fortunate times

Fu Dogs

Sometimes referred to as 'Lion Dogs' or Temple Lions these may have been originally bred to fight the once ubiquitous Asian Lion (which only survives in small numbers in India) and are often associated with the Shih-Tzu Breed. These come in pairs-the Male holds a ball of flesh under one paw and the Female holds down a cub similarly.

Fu Dogs should be placed in openings (doors and windows) with the Male to the left and Female to the right as if looking outwards.

Ba-Gua Mirror

Sometimes also known as Feng Shui Mirrors these should always face outwards from your home (or office) ie from Windows or doors and never face inwards towards the occupants. These objects embody a concave or convex central mirror mounted in an octagonal frame divided into eight sectors (Ba Gua) by series of three broken and/or unbroken lines. Ideally, select one with three solid lines at the top.

Mystic Knot/Pan Chang

Comprising the continuous figure-of eight symbol repeated six times in a geometrical pattern this represents the uninterrupted, continuous flow of auspicious energies in harmonious fashion.

With 3 Coins attached this was often used as a sword-knot for the Chinese Rapier. Although a symbol of good fortune in its own right, other objects relating to career success, wealth or relationships are frequently suspended from it and placed accordingly. The Mystic Knot can also be found worked-into other auspicious Feng Shui Cures like wind-chimes.


The Tortoise symbolising stability and longevity is also one of the Four Protective Celestial Creatures-like the Dragon. This composite symbol powerfully integrates the energies of both animals and usually takes the form of a Tortoise body with a Dragon head.

Many representations include a baby version atop the carapace as this symbol is associated with good luck for one's descendants. If sitting on a pile of coins and/or with a coin in its mouth the Dragon-Tortoise is a powerful Feng Shui 'Wealth Enhancer'. This type of figure sometimes has a laughing Buddha-figure on its back holding a large gold-ingot. Sometimes the shell's rim is decorated with Swastikas--another ancient Chinese good fortune symbol.


Chinese Feng Shui symbology is rich with a profound underlying rationale nevertheless, some Feng Shui 'Cures' look unusual or appear exotic at first. However, increased awareness of their design and associated symbolic meanings soon engenders a sincere regard springing from familiarity with the essential principles of Feng Shui.

Sifu Peter Allsop M.Ed. teaches Shaolin Kung Fu and Qigong in Yorkshire and Derbyshire U.K. With almost 40 years experience he is Shaolin Fists International Area Instructor for this region and Senior Student of Grandmaster Yap Leong.

Trained in the U.K. and China, Peter teaches Changquan ('Longfist') Wu Xing (5 Animals), Wu Tzu (5 Ancestors) Kung Fu and 5 Elements Qigong. Sheffield Chinese Lion Dance Team Member, he also publishes 'Red Dragon Martial Arts Ezine'. Explore the resources at: or

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