With so many to choose, which fish should you use as a feng shui cure for your home or office? And, what is the difference between various types of fish in terms of feng shui applications?
The symbology of fish, in general, is closely associated with the energy of water. The mysterious, the unknown, the bringer of life - all these (and more) are associations with the power of the water element. Feng shui adds the dimension of prosperity and abundance to the meaning of water. However, while widely used in many feng shui cures for wealth, water as a symbol of abundance is not unique to feng shui, but rather common to any culture, especially an agriculture-based society.
So, to put it in very simple terms, water is a life giver, thus a symbol of continuous abundance, and the fish would be a giver of sustenance, or nourishment, thus sure associated with health, wealth and prosperity.
The symbol of fish was celebrated as sacred in many cultures and in many stages of human history - from Greek and Roman mythology to the worlds of Celts, Hindu, Buddhism and Christianity.
In Chinese culture the symbol of fish is generally attributed two qualities. The first one is the aspect of abundance (because of the above mentioned qualities, as well as the ability of fish to quickly reproduce in quite big quantities). Then, of course, the Chinese word for fish (yu) is pronounced the same way as abundance! The other, less known aspect of Chinese fish symbology, is the fidelity and good companionship association, because many fish swim in pairs.
So now when you see a Chinese feng shui image with two fishes swimming - which will most probably be Koi fish and definitely not Arowana! - you know that you can use this image as a feng shui cure for love and successful marriage (which does include the abundance component, of course!).
How about the images with many fishes, does the number matter? And, as we asked before, which fish is better for attracting wealth and prosperity?
Here's the feng shui info on types of fish used as wealth and money cure:
- Arowana is undeniably the most prized fish for feng shui wealth purposes. Also called the dragon fish (because of its scales, as well as overall look though to be similar to the Chinese dragon); live arowanas can command quite high prices. Some of the fish behaviour can explain its wealth associations, too; arowanas are known to grow very fast, as well as become quite dominant/more powerful while getting older. In feng shui, arowana is used not only as symbol for wealth, but for power and authority, too. As compared to other feng shui fish, arowana is usually depicted alone.
- Koi is the next prized fish in the feng shui world. A decorative variety of carp, koi come in several bright colours such as red, yellow, blue, white and sometimes black. The typical number for Koi fish in a feng shui aquarium is 9 (8 brightly coloured koi and 1 black koi fish). The black fish is there to neutralize bad luck. You can also find feng shui cures with 2 koi fish, this being a feng shui cure to attract love and fidelity. There are also painting with any number of koi fish in a stream, which is used to represent a fresh flow of abundance. Still, best numbers are considered either 9 or multiples of 9.
- Goldfish are sometimes confused with koi because there is some similarity between them. Their application is also very similar to koi fish. As true koi fish might not do well in small aquariums, the golden fish has become a very popular fish for the purpose of creating (and keeping) a good feng shui aquarium. The golden colour of the goldfish brings the desired association with gold and the gracious movement creates good energy in the place where the aquarium (or the image of the fish) is placed. The feng shui number rules for the goldfish are the same as for the koi.
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