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How to use statuary in feng shui


lucky statuary
Why are lucky statues considered lucky? One easy way to improve the feng shui of any home is by including lucky statuary as part of your home decor. Statuary improves the qi of any room in which they are placed. It is considered an auspicious element in feng shui design, particularly for statues placed at the entrance. There is a statue for every space from small statues which are suitable for table tops, altars, and indoor decor to large life sized statues which are best placed outdoors or in a garden shrine.

While many feng shui statues are intended to attract wealth and prosperity to a household or business, others are used for tranquility and even protection.

Lucky Buddha statues

lucky buddha The Lucky Buddha statue is considered a symbol of enlightenment, inner peace, and tranquility. Statues of Buddha are popular all over the world. From Japan to Afghanistan, each culture has carved Buddha in its own unique style.

About Gautama Buddha

Gautama Buddha (lit. "The Enlightened One") was born a prince named Gautama Siddhārtha in Nepal between 563 and 483 BCE. His birthday is celebrated in many South and South East countries of Asia, and is known by different names. In India and Nepal it is known as Buddha Purnima, while Sri Lankans and Malaysians call it Vesak. In Mandarin Chinese Buddha's birthday is called Fodan and in Tibetan it is Saga Dawa. There is no exact date on which Buddha's birthday is celebrated across Asia, or by Buddhists worldwide. It varies according to the Lunar calendar used by that particular country. In the Gregorian calendar the date usually falls in the month of April or May each year.

Gautama Buddha is the primary figure in Buddhist philosophy, believed to have achieved enlightenment. He continues to share his insights so that all sentient beings may do likewise.

The poses of Buddha statues

lucky buddha symbolism   While there are over one hundred traditional poses for Buddha statuary, certain poses are commonly depicted.

  • A protective Buddha statue has the right hand raised to overcome fear.
  • A meditative Buddha statue is seated in contemplation.
  • A nirvana Buddha statue is reclining while preaching his last sermon to his disciples.
  • A laughing Buddha statue wears a robe with prayer beads around his neck. He is rotund and is shown smiling or laughing. This is considered the most auspicious Buddha statue pose for feng shui purposes.

Tip: Choose a statue that speaks best to you for that particular bagua area of your home or business.

Lucky Buddha placement

Where to place your Lucky Buddha statue? The best place for your statue is in a place of reverence, facing east if possible. It should be a high position in the room with no clutter nearby. If you have a home altar, this spot may be a good choice.

Avoid placing your Buddha statue in the kitchen and bedroom, and avoid the bedroom unless you have a closed cabinet in which to place the statue at night.

Note: Never disrespect your statue by placing it on the ground. A wooden or metal pedestal for it is best, but at the very least place the statue on a cloth rather than directly on the ground. This goes for garden statuary as well.

Lucky Maneki Neko statues

maneki neko symbolism
The maneki neko (招き猫, aka “lucky cat”, “welcoming cat”, “beckoning cat”) is believed to be a symbol of good fortune. They are placed at the entrances of dwellings and businesses in China for this express purpose. The statue is always placed such that it faces the door to greet those who enter.

The colour, pose, and placement determine the intent of each particular statue. It's easy to find a lucky cat statue to suit your particular needs. Consider acquiring several statues in varying poses and colours to cover every possible intent. They display best as a large group anyway!

Every home should have at least one lucky cat statue to welcome guests. They make great gifts for both new homeowners and cat lovers.

maneki neko symbolism The primary accessories of the lucky cat are the collar with its bell, the bib, and the golden coin tablet. Written on either the collar's tag or sometimes directly on the maneki neko statue itself is the word “neko” (猫), meaning "cat".

The coin carried by a maneki neko is a koban coin (10 million ryō) with the kanji for “10 million ryō” (千万両) on it. The ryō was a pre-Meiji era gold coin in Japan. It has since been replaced by the yen.

maneki neko symbolism Which paw is up?

If the maneki neko’s left paw is up, it is inviting visitors to enter the home or businesss where the statue is in residence. If the right paw is up, it is inviting good fortune to enter the home or business where the statue is in residence. If both paws are up, the statue is considered a symbol of protection for the home or business where the statue is in residence.

Tip: You can sometimes find two-cat pairs to cover both angles.

Maneki neko colour meanings

maneki neko colours Every colour of maneki neko has a particular symbolism. Choose the colour of your maneki neko statue according to your particular needs.

Lucky Cat placement

maneki neko colours 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 as they enter the building. Orient your cat to face the door as much as possible.

The maneki neko is also a protective symbol, so placement at the entry will guard one’s dwelling or business from evil influences.

Note: Keep your statue off the floor. The top of a table or desk is best for your lucky cat to greet visitors at eye level.

Lucky Elephant statues

lucky elephant symbolism
The Lucky Elephant is a symbol of stability, wisdom, and good fortune. Its form is an elephant statue draped with an ornate blanket upon its back. You might also see elephant statues standing on a pile of coins; these are specifically designed to attract wealth, much like a Lucky Toad statue.

The Lucky Elephant is associated with Buddha who took the form of a white elephant carrying a lotus flower when appearing before his mother Queen Maya prior to his birth.

Is the trunk up or down?

For the most auspicious pose, the trunk of your lucky elephant should be up to shower blessings of fortune upon all who enter. An elephant with the trunk down is considered ill fortune for the owner of the statue as his or her blessings will drain away easily.

Lucky Elephant placement

lucky elephant symbolism Where to place your Lucky Elephant? The best place for your elephant is facing the front door of your home or business to bestow blessings and good fortune upon all those who enter.

It is considered even more auspicious to have a mirror-image pair of elephants outside flanking the door to provide protection to those within by warding off ill fortune.

Tip: For extra luck, place a small trio of miniature elephants on a table or altar inside such that they are facing toward the front door.

Lucky Money Tree statues

money tree symbolism
The Lucky Money Tree (搖錢樹, "Money Tree") is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity dating back to the Han Dynasty in China. Cast-bronze Lucky Money Trees are a feature of Han-era tombs in Sichuan. The Lucky Money Tree statue is a tree-shaped statue whose leaves have been replaced with lucky coins.

You might sometimes see these trees with gemstones such as rose quartz (representing love) or citrine (representing general good fortune) in place of the coins if it is desirable to attract something besides wealth into the home. The base of the tree is generally placed into a bonsai pot filled with rice to stabilize the statue.

The Lucky Money Tree is essentially a visual reminder of the saying "Money grows on trees". A Lucky Money Tree in your home or business serves to attract wealth and prosperity. Touching a "leaf" of the tree brings good fortune.

Lucky Money Tree placement

money tree symbolism Where to place your Money Tree? The Lucky Money Tree gains great prominence at the Chinese New Year when red packets with an auspicious greeting on the exterior are distributed to children, unmarried adults or elders during Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year). These envelopes contain money. The amount of money inside a red packet has to be an even number. Usually the smallest amount in a red packet will be $6 because the number 4 has the same sound as the word "death". Also avoid any numbers with "4" in them (14, 24, 34, etc).

Your Lucky Money Tree should have a position of honour during the festivities, then be placed in the Wealth area of your home once the New Year is past.

Note: Lucky Money trees should never be placed on the floor, or in the kitchen or bathroom so as not to "flush away" your wealth.

Lucky Toad statues

Jin Chan symbolism
The Jin Chan (金蟾, "Golden Toad") is a symbol of good fortune and prosperity. The Lucky Toad statue is a toad-shaped statue whose back legs are replaced by a tadpole's tail, giving the effect of a three-legged toad. This association with the number "3" is considered auspicious.

The Toad typically has red eyes and a pattern of seven diamond-shaped spots on its back. The Lucky Toad sits on a pile of coins, and offers a coin in its mouth. Jin Chan is considered a companion of the Immortal Liu Haichan, the God of Wealth. This association with Liu Haichan allows the Lucky Toad to attract wealth and prosperity to the home by symbolizing the flow of money into the home or business. The Lucky Toad is typically gold or red coloured, which are the lucky money colours.

Lucky Toad placement

Jin Chan symbolism Where to place your Lucky Toad? The best spot is at the entrance of your home or business. A Lucky Toad can then attract wealth into the home or business while deflecting bad luck. It should face the interior of the building rather than the front door so as to encourage wealth into the building. If your toad is intended to draw wealth to a business, consider placing your toad next to the cash register facing into the shop.

Note: The Lucky Toad should never be kept in the bathroom or kitchen due to the running water in those areas causing wealth to "flush away" with the water. In addition, do not disrespect your Toad by placing it on the floor.

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