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Feng Shui Chinese - Feng Shui glossary
Category: History and Culture > Feng Shui glossary
Date & country: 12/11/2010, US
Words: 33


Aquarium
A water feature that brings good Feng Shui, especially if it is a home for {{post id=”fish” text=”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.

Ba gua/Pa Kua
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 secret...

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 {{post id=”luck” text=”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
{{post id=”feng-shui-interprets-exposed-beams” text=”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...

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.

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 ...

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.

Buddhas
A common used practice in Feng Shui is the placement of Buddhas, they are used as as a cure and to enhance particular areas of life.There are eight remedies commonly used in the practice of Feng Shui,and the placement of a Buddha is to enhance the feeling of stillness, this is used in an area where the chi may be flowing too fast. A large Buddha is a wonderful choice to instill the feeling of Sere...

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.

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 we...

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....

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.

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.

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.

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. {{post id=”tips-for-the-bathroom” text=”Bathroom”}} and toilet doors should remain closed and doors should ...

Dragon
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...

Dragon Turtle
The dragon turtle is one of the best representatives of a long and prosperous life. A golden dragon turtle attracts prosperity to your business and improves relationships with those around you. The turtle should be placed in the prosperity corner (South-east) of an office or business and facing towards the door.

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.

Fu Dogs
Also known as guardian lions, lion dogs or temple lions. Fu Dogs are an extremely powerful protection for your home or business, you will find nearly every home or business in Asia complemented by a pair either inside or outside. Out of all the cures and enhancers in Feng Shui, Fu Dogs in our opinion are the most essential. The dogs are represented as a Male, holding a globe under his left or righ...

iChing – Good Luck Coins
Each package contains {{post id=”coins” text=”three coins”}} and are given as gifts to encourage wealth and prosperity in all sectors of your life. The three coins come with envelope, auspicious red ribbon and information card. Joining the coins with the ribbon and your own knot forms an infinite loop and activates a never ending source of prosperity and good fortune. The act of giving the coins s...

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 or bury some in the garden as it has been said to improve the life of your plants. T...

Lights
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.

Lotus
A flower symbolic of good fortune and spiritual development. A lotus pond in the garden is considered most auspicious.

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.

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 w...

Money Tree
This is a Feng Shui cure. You can make your own {{post id=”money-tree” text=”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 fina...

Staircase
According to some schools of feng shui, staircases are like bridges between each level in helping the lower level chi interact with the upper level chi. However if a staircase faces the front or entrance door this may be considered less than ideal. Some schools of feng shui believe that this causes confusion between the chi entering the front door and the chi from the upper level that is draining ...

The Golden Pigs
This cute and beautiful pair of golden pigs denote great prosperity and happiness to a household. The pig is the symbol of human virtues such as tolerance and honesty. The pig is a creature that signifies initiative and diligence. You may place the pair of golden pigs in the Southeast for prosperity or the East for family relationships.

Three Legged Moon Frog
The three legged frog (or toad) is very much the symbol of good fortune and wealth. The three legged frog (sometimes known as Chan Chu) with the good luck coin in its mouth when placed inside the front door and facing into the home will, according to ancient Chinese Feng Shui methods, bring about positive changes to your life and prosperity. This Chinese symbol is also associated with longevity. T...