Bird songs are truly inspiring in their beauty and complexity, which adds the primal power of the sound to the feng shui symbol of birds.
Of course, each bird has its own distinctive qualities; a peacock is very different from the dove, for example, or the magpie.
When choosing images of birds as a feng shui cure, first and foremost be guided by your own instincts, or your own understanding of the energy of the bird you feel attracted to.
In traditional feng shui applications, birds are considered powerful symbols of new opportunities that are there for you even in times of adversity. Birds can also symbolize love and commitment (as in the case of Mandarin ducks), or abundance and good luck (as in the case of the peacock).
Feng shui-wise, attention is often paid to colors, numbers, as well as the symbolism of specific birds.
Below is the description of the most popular bird symbols as used in feng shui applications.
- Phoenix. The mythical Phoenix is the most famous bird in feng shui, and it is often paired with the Dragon as a feng shui symbol of marital happiness. On its own, the Phoenix has Yang energy, when paired with the Dragon it symbolizes Yin, or female energies. The Phoenix symbolizes the energy of great strength, resilience and transformation, as it is able to raise form its own ashes to reach greater heights.
The feng shui element associated with the Phoenix is Fire and the feng shui Bagua area is South. In the Traditional/landscape feng shui schools Phoenix is the Celestial Animal guarding the entrance, or the front of the house, as exemplary feng shui houses in China were the ones facing South.
- Cranes. The Crane comes next after the Phoenix in its popularity in feng shui applications. You can often see images of cranes in feng shui home embroidered items, pieces of clothing, decor items or art. The Crane came to symbolize longevity because of its long lifespan. In ancient Chinese legends, the Cranes carry the spirits of the departed to the heavens. Thus, the symbol of cranes is used in feng shui to bring the energy of a long, noble and peaceful life that will eventually lead the human soul to heavens.
- Mandarin Ducks. These famous ducks are the "love birds" of feng shui, as they are the most popular traditional feng shui cure for love & romance. Because they mate for life, the Mandarin ducks came to symbolize devotion, fidelity and lifelong affection in the matters of the heart. Mandarin ducks are always used in pairs and placed in the Love & Marriage area of the Bagua of one's home or bedroom.
- Peacock. Stunning in its beauty, the Peacock is considered the manifestation of the celestial Phoenix on earth. Its mesmerizing colors and the "thousand eyes" look on its tail is considered to promote fame luck in feng shui, as well as enhance one's protection and awareness. Of course, such a stunningly beautiful bird as peacock will also symbolize beauty and the feelings of love and attraction, thus the image of peacock or the peacock feathers are often recommended in feng shui as a love cure for single people to help attract the desired mate.
- Rooster. The Rooster is often used in feng shui for career advancement purposes, because the same Chinese word used for the official is also used for the Rooster's chest. No matter which culture you come from, though, if you watch Roosters you will notice that they tend to be quite bossy, don't they? For career advancement purposes the image of the Rooster is best placed in one's lucky feng shui direction. The Rooster wakes up very early and announces the dawn of a new day/the dispersing of darkness and dark spirits, so the Rooster also came to symbolize the ability to ward off evil spirits.
- Magpie. In feng shui, the magpie is associated with joy, celebration and happiness. It also symbolizes the tendency for nesting, so the image of a magpie is a traditional feng shui cure recommended for those who want to settle down and "nest". Magpies are also associated with marriage, children and happy households.
In ancient China, the arrival of magpies was regarded as an auspicious omen of new opportunities, be it a new job or a new love. The symbol of magpie is often used as a traditional feng shui cure to help remove, or alleviate one's obstacles in career or love life.
- Doves. Peace is the universal energy of doves, no matter which culture one comes from. In feng shui, doves are also sometimes used as a love cure to promote a long and peaceful marriage. One of the Chinese legends affirms that doves were highly favored at the Emperor’s court because of the calming effect of their cooing.
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