The Dragon in Feng Shui
Today, we are going to discuss the role of dragons in feng shui
We'll start with a quick overview of what feng shui is. Then, we'll tell you about the powers of the dragon within this traditional practice. And finally, we'll explain how to harmonize your environment by applying feng shui principles.
If you're ready, let's get started!
Introduction to Feng Shui
Harmonizing the Energy of our Environment
Before getting to the core of this article, it is important to know what feng shui is. Its goal is to harmonize the environmental energy of a place in order to promote health, love, prosperity, happiness and fulfillment for the people who inhabit or visit it. Literally, this terms mean wind (风, "feng") and water (水, "shui") in traditional Chinese.
A Spiritual Practice
Obviously, feng shui is a spiritual practice. This art is interested in the invisible dimension of our human experience. We must realize that when we talk about energy in feng shui, we are dealing with a very different concept from what is usually defined as energy in physics. Here, energy refers to the invisible forces that animate the universe.
An Ancient Form of Art
Feng shui is not a recent art in Chinese culture. The use of its basic principles dates back to approximately 4000 BC. In the small province of Yangshao, it turned out that the graves of the cemetery were arranged according to the founding rules of feng shui.
Yin Yang and Feng Shui
Even if you are not very familiar with the principles of feng shui, you have likely heard about the Yin & Yang. It is a concept that is part of the foundations of the art of feng shui. The Yin & Yang is a symbol of harmony, complementary and of the natural cycle of life.
Feng Shui is still a very current Practice in China
Even today, the influence of feng shui is still considerable in China. Buildings must respect certain principles aiming at harmonizing places and allowing a better circulation of energies for the collective well-being.
The Dragon in Feng Shui
Now that we've covered the bases of feng shui, we're able to tackle the symbolism of the dragon within feng shui.
In feng shui, the 4 celestial animals (of which the celestial dragon is part) are used to provide protection to homes.
Symbolism of the Dragon
In feng shui, the dragon represents several things:
- It embodies a very powerful yang (male) energy
- It's a good luck charm and a symbol of protection
- It also symbolizes recklessness
Where should the Dragon be Placed? (Cardinal Directions)
Depending on where the dragon is placed in your house, its effects will not be the same:
- Placed in the northwest, it will bring luck to the father of the family.
- Placed in the southwest, it will bring luck to the mother of the family.
- In the south, the dragon will ensure that your family's social status is recognized.
- In the east, the dragon will promote the health of the inhabitants of the house.
If you want to avoid conflicts between couples, nothing prevents you from placing a dragon in the northwest and another one in the southwest. That way everyone will be happy!
What Form should the Dragon take?
It is possible to integrate the dragon or dragon symbols into your environment by using a dragon statue. It can be made of jade stone, resin, brass, bronze...
But this is not the only solution. You can also get other decorative objects, such as an incense burner or a dragon canvas. Another way to introduce the energy of the Chinese dragon into your life is through a tattoo or a piece of jewelry in the shape of a dragon.
Mistakes to Avoid
It is not recommended to have more than 3 references to dragons in the same environment. And in any case, you should never exceed 5 representations of this mythical creature. If you overload your place with too much of this powerful energy, you risk creating the opposite effect of what you're trying to achieve. This would really be a shame!
Another recommendation: you should avoid pointing your dragon at walls, corners and windows. If possible you should try to place it at eye level in order to maximize its effects.
Also, do not ever put a dragon in a bathroom. The dirty water (from washing and toilets) would be an insult to this mighty creature!
Different kinds of Dragons, Different Symbolisms
There are several types of dragons and each one is tied to specific energies.
For instance, the turtle-dragon is the favorite dragon of businessmen. It is the dragon that is meant to bring good luck and success in business. It is the one that can help you attract fortune and prosperity into your life.
You should also know that if the power of the turtle-dragon is combined with the power of the Buddha, it can bring luck, wealth and a long life to the inhabitants of the house.
Here are the meanings of different types of dragons:
- Green dragon: health
- Golden dragon: prosperity
- Red dragon: energy and joy
- Dragon chasing a pearl: wealth and power
The powers of this mythical animal can help you increase your overall energy and foster your creativity. But keep in mind that you will have to be attentive to the opportunities and chances that life will send you.
The dragon won't do all the work for you! Its help and the clues it sends you may be subtle. You will most certainly have to get out of your comfort zone and focus on your personal growth in order to take advantage of these opportunities.
Finally, beyond the energetic powers that the Chinese dragon holds, it can also be a stunning decorative element for your house.
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