There are five sacred animals in Feng Shui that define the flow of energy in a house: Serpent, Turtle, Tiger, Dragon, and Phoenix.
The Sacred Animals of Feng Shui That Define Energy Flow
In ancient Chinese wisdom, when a person is going to build a house, he first consults a Feng Shui master to learn the main features of the land and find out if it is suitable for housing. The Feng Shui Master then assesses the level of safety, protection, and luck of the environment. To characterize this process, the Chinese use the sacred animals of Feng Shui.
Feng Shui Sacred Animal – The Serpent
Eternity is a circle, a serpent that swallows its own tail. ~ Elsa Barker
If a man wishes to become a hero, then the serpent must first become a dragon: otherwise, he lacks his proper enemy. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche
The serpent symbolizes the dwelling itself, the house that is transforming itself to become a home. The serpent is in the center of the territory. Everything around it is analyzed from this location, observing the ground in a stable, safe position and always alert to all sides. The snake never rests. It is always ready to act and has all the other animals around, protecting it.
Feng Shui Sacred Animal – The Turtle
Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause. ~ Bruce Feiler
The tortoise is a complex and resistant shell animal that emits protection, safety, and stability energies. It is found at the back of the house and means power, authority, and firmness for the most vulnerable point on our terrain. It is usually represented by a mountain at the back of the house. However, it can also be represented by a higher part of the building to provide additional security to the land.
Feng Shui Sacred Animal – The Dragon
Come not between the dragon and his wrath. ~ William Shakespeare
The dragon represents the left side of the dwelling. It is an animal that, for the Chinese, symbolizes knowledge, wisdom, and also creativity. He has subtle and sensible energy linked to the deities. It symbolizes the power of expansion and growth and is represented by a high mountain on the left side, by trees, or the neighboring building.
Feng Shui Sacred Animal – The Tiger
The tiger will see you a hundred times before you see him once. ~ John Vaillant
The tiger represents the right side of the dwelling. It has several meanings: physical strength, preservation instinct, material sustenance (money), and energy for action.
It is also the animal of receptivity and sweetness. In representation, it can be a mountain lower than the dragons or plants smaller than the trees on the left, such as shrubs or pots.
Feng Shui Sacred Animal – The Phoenix
The phoenix’s hope can wing her way through the desert skies and still defying fortune’s spite; revive from ashes and rise. ~ Miguel de Cervantes
The phoenix represents the front of your house and your land. This is where our dreams, desires are located, and it is from there, we look to the horizon. This is where the Chi energy enters our home, and the phoenix is there to enhance our ability to see. If the front of the house has any obstruction, the house is impeding the Chi energy flow. In terms of Feng Sui, it is symbolically blind. Therefore, nothing should obstruct the entrance to our house, as any large object that is there will prevent us from seeing our goals, objectives, and horizon.
Take care of your sacred animals, balance energies, and use Feng Shui to improve the quality of your home’s internal energy.
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