Lucky Cat symbolism
The Maneki Neko is of course a symbol of good fortune. The colour, pose, and placement determine the intent of each particular statue.
Which paw is up?
If the maneki neko’s left paw is up, it is inviting people in. If the right paw is up, it is inviting good fortune in. Both paws up is a symbol of protection for the home or business the statue is in. You can sometimes find two-cat pairs to cover both angles.
Maneki neko colour meanings
Every colour of maneki neko has a particular symbolism. Choose the colour of your maneki neck statue according to your particular needs.
- Calico: The luckiest of lucky cats to have.
- White: Symbolizes purity of thought and intent.
- Black: Used as a ward against evil entering the home or business.
- Gold or yellow: Symbolizes wealth (both monetary and richness of family, as in having many children).
- Red or pink: Symbolizes love and relationships.
- Green: Symbolizes the good health and well-being of those within.
Lucky cat placement
Where to place your lucky cat? The best spot is at the entrance of your home or business. Lucky cats can then greet your visitors. The maneki neko is also a protective symbol, so placement at the entry will guard one’s dwelling or business from evil influences.