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Use of the Elephant Symbol in Feng Shui

Best and worst locations for an elephant in your home. (Not a real elephant!)


Use of the Elephant Symbol in Feng Shui

The elephant is an ancient symbol of strength, protection and good luck. In feng shui, the elephant is also often used as a fertility cure.

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Is it good feng shui to have the image of elephant in your home or office? And, if it is good, what is it good for? Will the elephant bring you fame or fortune? A new love? A better job?

As with the use of any feng shui symbol - be it a deity, a flower, an animal or a bird - first be guided by your own intuition, by your own likes and dislikes. There are no general rules for good feng shui when it comes to decorating your house with specific symbols other than your genuine liking of the symbol.

Luckily, when it comes to the feng shui energy and symbology of the elephant, few people can object to its beauty, silent power, kindness and majesty. Even though elephants are the largest land animals living on the planet today (and one of the strongest, too), their energy feels invariably kind and very, very wise.

We have a plethora of elephant motifs in home decor - from ceramic elephant statues to elephant toys, from colourful elephant embroideries to stunning photos of elephants in the wild.

How do you place this powerful energy for best feng shui in your home or office? Is the elephant energy Ok anywhere in your home, or should you restrict it to specific bagua areas?

Let's look at the classical elephant symbology as used in feng shui. Do remember, though, that this comes second to your own personal connection/feeling about the elephant energy.

Protection, good luck, wisdom and fertility are the main feng shui energies brought by the symbol of elephant into any space, be it home or office. The elephant's trunk has a complex language of its own, and this is the detail you would pay most attention when choosing an elephant as a feng shui cure (along with the colour and materials, of course!)

Elephant's trunk is both very sensitive and very strong as is used for a variety of purposes - from drinking to picking food to greeting friends or warding off enemies. For most feng shui applications, the elephants are usually depicted with the trunk up, as this symbolizes the showering of good luck. If the elephants are used as a token/symbol of friendship and love, then you are looking for intertwined trunks.

Here are the main uses of the elephant symbol as a feng shui cure.

  • Elephant as FERTILITY Feng Shui Cure

    One of the most popular use of the elephants in feng shui is as a fertility cure. When used for this specific purpose, choose an elephant with the trunk down. Why? There are several explanation as to why the trunk down is beneficial for this specific application, one of them being that the elephant with the trunk down stores and accumulates energy. An elephant with the trunk down will also be pushing thru various obstacles, so it makes sense that this image would be used for a couple who is looking for a fertility cure, or feng shui symbol.

  • Elephant as PROTECTION Feng Shui Cure

    Because of its strength and physical power, the elephant came to symbolize protection and stability. You can often see a pair of elephants at the entrance of Asian buildings, be it temples or businesses. Unlike the Fu Dogs, other very popular protection cure, the elephants impart a sense of respect and humility (which does not take away from their strength or power). To make use of their protective powers, you can place a couple of elephants at your main entrance. This does not have to be dramatic arrangement, just an elephant couple on your side table can work very well.

  • Elephant as GOOD LUCK Cure

    Elephants are considered a symbol of good luck for many reasons, most of them tracing their origin to ancient folklore, as well as Indian religion and mythology. For this specific feng shui application, always have the elephants with the trunk up, which allows the lucky energy to be dispersed throughout the home or office.

  • Elephant Symbol for WISDOM and KNOWLEDGE

    The elephant is one of the sacred animals in Buddhism, as well as often depicted in Indian mythology. This symbol can be used in your child's study or your home office, as well as generally in the living room to activate the energy of study and curiosity. Most of all, elephants emit an energy of kindness and strength, and there is no home that cannot benefit from this beautiful energy!
Even though some feng shui consultants advise having a pair of elephants in the bedroom - or in the Love/Marriage area of the bagua - to activate the love relationship, I suggest you do not do that. A couple of swans is a better feng shui cure for love (or a couple of mandarin ducks).

Read about the animal mating patterns to decide if this is the pattern you want to replicate in your life. And always, always use your own judgement when it comes to choosing and placing your feng shui symbols and cures!

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