The concept of luck has a lot of influence in Chinese culture. There are many different Chinese good luck symbols that can be found in homes, households, and belongings. They also take a big part in traditional rituals and celebrations, such as Chinese New Year. Here you can learn a little about some of the most important ones.
THE LOTUS FLOWER (Luck for all things)
The Chinese culture has the Lotus as a sacred flower. The lotus represents purity of the body, speech, and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment and desire. In many Asian cultures, the lotus also represents elegance, perfection, purity and grace. It is often used in poems and songs as an allegory for feminine attributes, immaculate beauty and virginal innocence.
The uses given to this flower are:
- As a water feature in the garden.
- As a Chinese painting or stylized ornament.
THE WU LUO (Longevity and good health)
The authentic Wu Lou is a gourd fruit with the flesh inside carefully removed and then dried. Nowadays in most cases, the gourd is made of either metal or wood, but you can also find it made from jade, porcelain or even glass. The Wu Luo was used to hold medicines. For this reason, it is a potent symbol of good health & longevity. It is also associated with Taoist deities like The God of Longevity (Sau) and Kuan Yin, the Goddess of Compassion.
Wu Lou is used with the aim to strength the mind and have good health and longevity for all the family.
FIRE (Passion y recognition)
Fire injects dynamism, strength, and persistence; however, it is also connected to restlessness. Fame and recognition are energized by the fire element. Fire gives you the zeal to excel in achievements that require high energy and seize opportunities as they arise. It leads us to success at the workplace and in politics.
It is used to improve the feng shui of the South sector of the home or office. In the bedroom, the fire element invites passion and romance.
BAMBOO (Resiliency and flexibility)
Bamboo is viewed as a symbol of traditional Chinese values. It is an example of harmony between nature and humans. It signifies birth, growth, resiliency, initiation, and sturdiness. Far from being easily broken, the bamboo has the power to recover from adverse conditions and hard times.
Apart from having another uses, it is considered a symbol that induces the mindset of resiliency, flexibility and strength in circumstances of adversity and it gives support to projects which are beginning.
8 GALLOPING HORSES
Chinese culture likes to believe that to face a big challenge, you can boost the Luck of Victory by using the image of 8 galloping horses. The Horse represents courage, speed, and endurance and the pronunciation of the number eight, “ba” has a similar sound as luck. Besides, there are eight aspirations of life, Career, Children, Recognition, Health, Personal Development, Marriage, Education, and Happiness.
They use an image of eight horses to build a collective sense of courage, perseverance and determination to “gallop” into victory and to get a promotion, a big contract, or to overcome the competence.
THE PACHIRA PLANT OF MONEY (Growth y expansion)
The story of this plant says that a farmer discovered the benefist of this plant. It was very resilient and did not need much care. Besides, it was hardy and tolerant to low light and dryness. He finally grew these plants and sold them at the market, having big demand. So he called the plant Good Luck Money Tree or Good Fortune Tree. They are symbolically associated with good financial fortune and are typically seen in businesses.
FACETED CRYSTALS (Vibrancy)
Faceted crystals have concentrated force. They refract luminous rainbows and lift the mood of any room. The reflective surface of the facets make them ideal for influencing the flow of qi, which is also important in Feng Shui. They are used to encourage positive mood; or energize a ‘flat,’ empty, or dull-feeling area.
THE DRAGON HEAD TORTOISE (Power)
The Dragon Head Tortoise is a mythical creature that combines two of the four spiritually endowed animals in Chinese symbolism. It combines the power of the Dragon with the steadiness of the Tortoise. The symbolic meanings of the animals are dragon (success, courage and determination); tortoise (long life), baby tortoise (new beginnings, fertility or excellent descendants luck) and the Coins represent the Money that can be made. As the tortoise has transformed into a dragon, it indicates impending good fortune in any endeavor.
It is commonly used to stimulate the thinking of a powerful mind and to give air of confidence.
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