The symbolic level of feng shui is not a separate school per se, but rather a very strong presence in all classical feng shui schools. Because of that, it requires much attention and understanding.
From my experience as a feng shui consultant, the level that creates a lot of confusion about feng shui applications is the symbolic level of feng shui.
Feng shui symbols have a rich, culturally specific history and meaning.
Most of us are familiar with the look of many feng shui items such as the Chinese coins tied with a red string, the three legged toad, the dragon, the gods of wealth, etc.
What is important to understand is that, in order for feng shui to work in your home or office, you do not necessarily have to apply traditional Chinese symbols. You have to apply culturally specific symbols that resonate with you. Applying feng shui correctly does not mean you have to use traditional feng shui items that you do not like, understand or resonate with.
The reason symbolic level of feng shui works is because of the energy specific symbols bring into your home, as well as because of their connection with the subconscious level of your mind. The stronger your connection with these symbols, i.e. the more you like them, the more powerful they become for you.
Here is a list of some of the most popular Chinese feng shui symbols:
Love & Marriage Feng Shui
- Gold Arrowana or Koi Fish / Aquarium
- Chinese Coins
- Three Legged Toad, or Money Frog
- Money Vase (Wealth Vase)
- Wealth Ship (Sailing Ship)
- Gem Tree (Crystal Tree)
- Chinese Unicorn (Chi Lin)
- Fu Dogs
- Golden Cicada
- Red Bat
- Various Flowers, such as Orchids, Cherry Blossoms, etc.
- Mystic Knot Symbol
- Butterfly Symbol
- Wu-Lou Gourd
- Lucky Bamboo
- Sau, the God of Longevity
- Images of Birds, such as Cranes, Peacocks, etc
- Buddha Presence
- Various Fruits, such as Peaches, Apples, etc.
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