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What Is Feng Shui?
The literal translation of "Feng Shui" means "Wind Water." Feng Shui is a Chinese mystic practice that combines geomancy (a form of earth divination) and ancient Chinese astronomy. The Chinese were one of the earliest and most accurate cultures to observe the heavens, and they used that celestial knowledge for both academic and spiritual purposes (like Feng Shui).
In simpler terms, Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of arrangement. The goal of Feng Shui is to facilitate harmony and balance in one's life through the placement and orientation of objects and structures within one's physical space.1 A user of Feng Shui believes that through harmonious arrangement of his surroundings and auspicious placement of certain objects, he can attract his desires (such as wealth, love, professional success, health, etc) into his life.
How Does Feng Shui Work?
Feng Shui works on the principle that everything contains its own natural energy, known as Chi. Chi exists in two types: passive (Yin) and active (Yang).2 Those two types seek to be in perfect balance with one another, and when they achieve that balance, life is full of harmony, happiness, and good fortune.
Feng Shui Lucky Objects
Below you'll find a list of some lucky objects that can be fun to use in Feng Shui décor or just as lucky charms for beginners to Feng Shui. For lucky objects that come in different colors and color schemes, keep in mind the different color meanings in order to gain the desired benefit from your lucky objects.
11 Objects That Bring Luck in Feng Shui
- Lucky Bamboo
- Lucky Cat
- Mystic Knot
- Lucky Coins
- Wind Chimes
- Bagua Mirror
- Dzi Bead
1. Lucky Bamboo
Lucky bamboo symbolizes long-term good fortune, growth, and healing.
Lucky bamboo is a live plant, but it is not really bamboo. It is actually a member of the orchid family (Dracaena braunii). It is very easy to care for and requires little sunlight, making it an ideal plant for cubicles and other spaces that receive little natural light.
I own a lucky bamboo myself, I love it! They are almost impossible to kill, they don't need any fertilizers, and they aren't susceptible to many plant parasites or diseases. They are also very slow-growing. Mine has flourished for several years in a vase with nothing but pebbles and 3 inches of water (don't let the water dry up, though!).
Lucky Bamboo Number Meanings
Additionally, there are symbolic meanings to the number of stalks your lucky bamboo plant has. Here are the meanings of the most common numbers of lucky bamboo stalks:
- 2 Stalks: Love and romance.
- 3 Stalks: Happiness, wealth, and longevity.
- 5 Stalks: Life's 5 sources of wealth (emotion, intuition, mind, body, spirit).
- 6 Stalks: Luck.
- 7 Stalks: Health.
- 8 Stalks: Growth, improvement, and fertility.
- 9 Stalks: Luck.
- 10 Stalks: Completion, perfection, and contentment.
- 21 Stalks: Very powerful well-wishing blessing for yourself and your family. This number of stalks is usually given as a gift.
2. Lucky Cat
The lucky cat symbolizes money, wealth, and financial prosperity. His upraised paw also offers protection.
Despite being one of the most prevalent symbols of Chinese tourism, the lucky cat actually originated in Japan. In Japanese, the cat with one raised paw is known as the Maneki Neko or "beckoning cat" because he is believed to beckon wealth and good fortune into your life.
Despite his Japanese origins, the Maneki Neko has indeed become an object commonly used in Feng Shui. He is usually displayed in offices, shops, and other places of public business, rather than in the home, so that he can beckon new clients and financial opportunities.
The lucky cat may come in many different colors, though white and gold are the most common.
Bells symbolize cleansing, purification, and protection.
In Feng Shui, your front door is the energy gateway to your home. For this reason, bells are often hung on door knobs and shop entrances. The ringing of the bell is believed to be purifying, to drive away negative influences, and to invite prosperity in.
Crystals play a variety of different roles in Feng Shui and can have many different meanings.
Clear, faceted man-made crystals in the shape of a sphere or a water drop are often hung (usually from a red string) in sunlit windows where they sparkle and fill the room with positive energy. They are also hung in long hallways and dark corners to help diffuse the stagnant energy that gathers in such areas.
Gemstone crystals are also used in Feng Shui, and each gemstone has its own particular meaning and properties.
Feng Shui Gemstone Meanings
Here are a few common types of gemstone crystals used in Feng Shui along with their meanings:
- Rose Quartz: Love, romance, and passion.
- Amethyst: Family harmony, knowledge and wisdom, calmness.
- Hematite: Protection.
- Jade: Harmony, balance, and luck.
- Citrine: Self-esteem.
- Tiger's Eye: Protection and cleansing.
- Ammonite: Circulation of stagnant energy, stability.
- Clear Quartz: Cleansing and purification.
- Amber: Health.
5. Mystic Knot
The Mystic Knot attracts a long life full of happiness and good fortune. It is usually found in red.
This symbol originated in the folk craft of Chinese knotwork, which began in the Tang Dynasty over 1,000 years ago. It represents the Buddhist cycle of death and rebirth and includes the infinity symbol in its pattern, repeated 6 times for luck.
The Infinity Knot pattern is frequently represented outside of knotwork as a carved or painted design. It is believed to benefit every aspect of a person's life, so it is often found in jewelry, key chains, car charms, and other portable items as well as on pottery, wind chimes, and other home décor items.
The pagoda is a symbol of the mind and spirit. It is used to trap bad spirits and energy and to help one keep an ordered and stable mind.
Most pogodas were structures originally built for religious and devotional purposes and were typically associated with Taoist and Buddhist worship. Feng Shui pagoda statues are representations of those buildings and come in 5, 7, or 9 tiers, each with its own meaning.
- 5 Tier Pagoda: Symbolizes the 5 elements and protects the 5 directions. This pagoda will bring protection and help to improve fortune and luck.
- 7 Tier Pagoda: Symbolizes the 7 treasures of Buddhism. This pagoda brings wealth and career success.
- 9 Tier Pagoda: Symbolizes wholeness, perfection, and stability. This pagoda is great for studying and career success. It also suppresses bad luck.
Pagoda statues are often placed on the desks of students for study luck and on the office desk for career luck.
7. Lucky Coins
Feng Shui coins are used to invite wealth and bring good luck.
Lucky coins are usually Chinese coins with a square hole cut in the center. These coins are part of the Chinese New Year tradition and are frequently braided together with a red string and hung to attract wealth in the new year.
Lucky coins can also be used at any time of the year to attract wealth and can be placed just about anywhere including in your wallet, under your pillow, next to the door or cash register of your shop, beside your personal financial papers, etc. You can also group your coins together in certain meaningful numbers for a particular effect.
Lucky Coin Number Meanings
Whether it's in a hanging braid, jewelry, your wallet, your office, or your home, the numbers you group your lucky coins in can add extra meaning. Here are the meanings of particular lucky coin groups:
- 2 Coins: Money will come easily.
- 3 Coins: Money will always be replenished.
- 6 Coins: Money will roll in.
- 7 Coins: Certainty of wealth in your life.
- 8 Coins: Prosperity.
- 9 Coins: Long-term wealth.
8. Wind Chimes
Wind chimes are used to purify and dispel bad and stagnant energy and to invite good news and get positive energy flowing.
Wind chimes are typically used outside the home on porches, eaves, decks, patios, and gardens where the wind will produce pleasant sounds from the chime's movement. They can also be used indoors effectively, but you will miss out on the relaxing and purifying sounds that way.
As a general rule, wind chimes with hollow rods will energize an area and chimes with solid rods will suppress Chi. Also, pay attention to the materials of your wind chimes according to the directions they face.
Wind Chime Materials by Direction
When purchasing wind chimes for Feng Shui purposes, it is important to get chimes of the right materials for the proper directions. Generally, these are the desired combinations to produce a healthy Chi balance:
- North: Metal wind chimes.
- East: Wooden or bamboo chimes.
- South: Wood, metal, or bamboo chimes.
- West: Metal chimes.
9. Bagua Mirror
Bagua mirrors are used as deflectors of strong negative energy.
Bagua mirrors should not be placed inside the home. They promote good Feng Shui only on the outside of a home or business.
Since they are deflectors of negativity, the Bagua mirror can be placed facing a direction of bad neighbors, structures that direct bad Chi at your home or workplace, etc.
10. Dzi Bead
Dzi beads are a popular Feng Shui symbol of protection and good fortune for every aspect of one's life.
Dzi beads were originally made in Tibet out of agate stone. They are usually worn as amulets but can also be placed in the home. They serve as powerful protection and health charms.
The circular patterns on Dzi beads are known as "eyes," and the number of eyes on a particular Dzi bead gives it additional meaning.
What the Number of "Eyes" on a Dzi Bead Represents
- 10 Eyes: Removes career and relationship obstacles.
- 11 Eyes: Dispels one's evil intentions.
- 12 Eyes: Exceeding expectations.
- 13 Eyes: Connection to one's ancestors.
- 14 Eyes: Clears the mind.
- 15 Eyes: Wisdom, protection from suffering.
- 16 Eyes: Humor, joy, playfulness.
- 17 Eyes: Self-esteem.
- 18 Eyes: Protects against addictions and compulsions.
- 19 Eyes: Fulfillment of life's needs.
- 20 Eyes: Purification, preparation for rebirth.
- 21 Eyes: Materializes your desire, contains elements of all other beads.
Dzi Bead Eye Meanings
- 1 Eye: Hope, wisdom, and happiness.
- 2 Eyes: Marital harmony, happy family, successful career, good friendships.
- 3 Eyes: Happiness, honor, and longevity.
- 4 Eyes: Purification, overcoming negativity.
- 5 Eyes: Magic, attainment of all desires.
- 6 Eyes: Removes sadness and suffering.
- 7 Eyes: Fame, glory, career success, wealth.
- 8 Eyes: Guards against calamity and disaster.
- 9 Eyes: Wealth, health, power, protection.
The horseshoe symbolizes good luck and protection.
The horseshoe is a powerful good luck symbol that should be placed above the front door. Be sure to fix the shoe with the ends facing upward in a U shape so that the horseshoe acts as a container for collecting good luck. If you place the horseshoe upside down, your luck may run out.
It is best to use an old or worn horseshoe placed above a wooden door.
Colors in Feng Shui
In addition to knowing about these lucky objects, it is important to understand the role that color plays in Feng Shui. Each color is associated with a different energy type and carries its own particular meaning.3 Therefore, the color of your lucky object may affect, change, or add additional depth to its meaning.
Colors associated with Yin Chi (passive energy) are green, blue, purple, and black.3
- Green: Wealth, wisdom, spirituality, family, friendship.4
- Blue: Passion, drive, determination, wisdom, spirituality, family, friendship.4 Symbolizes water and infuses its surroundings with gentle Yin energy. Do not use in high places since water desires to flow downward.3
- Purple: Wealth, nobility.4 Contains aspects of both Yin and Yang energy and is considered the most prosperous color. Can bring success and wealth in business.3
- Black: Passion, determination, guidance, wisdom, depth.4
Colors associated with Yang Chi (active energy) are red, orange, yellow, and white.3
- Red: Wealth, happiness, love.4 Attracts vibrant yang energy. Use for accents and highlights. Too much becomes unlucky. Attracts beauty and good behavior for young women. Attracts influence and authority when used in the home.3
- Orange: Happiness, power.4
- Yellow: Health, joy, wisdom, patience.4 Attracts good fortune in business when used in moderation.3
- White: Love, support, creativity.4
- Dr. Kale, Rekhaa. Easy Guide to Feng Shui. Fusion Books: New Delhi. 2005.
- Keller, Debra. Feng Shui. Andrews McMeel Publishing: Kansas City. 2003.
- Too, Lillian. Lillian Too’s Smart Feng Shui For The Home.
- Dr. Ford, Debra. In the Feng Shui Zone: Good Health, Great Relationships, Abundant Prosperity. Energy Mountain Inc: Calgary. 2007.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
Crystal from Hobbs, N.M on February 11, 2020:
I love this want to learn more about all the chi can, i need the balance in my life.
Leonard phillips on November 11, 2019:
I just wont to know if you can send me something contananing wealth
joanne 88 on January 05, 2017:
thank you very much , for your help with all the article , keep up with your great work , feng shui.
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on August 08, 2016:
Hi Sharon, 4 is generally considered an unlucky number in Feng Shui and Chinese culture in general, which is why you will not find many items in Feng Shui intentionally grouped in 4s.
sharon on August 06, 2016:
What is/not the significance of the number 4
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on April 02, 2015:
Neat, it sounds like you are a real expert!
Melissa Orourke from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras on April 01, 2015:
I love Feng Shui, and have taken advanced courses in it. I have also done some Feng Shui consulting. I am glad you took the time to write a hub on it! Voted up!
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on March 19, 2015:
Thanks for all the great comments!
@Kristen, I guess it depends on what your layout is like and whether chi tends to stagnate in that area or already has a good flow, but something with coins sounds like it might be a good choice to amplify the money chi! :)
Gladiols on January 27, 2015:
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 24, 2015:
Cool hub! I recently gotten interested in feng sui, right before I moved last fall. I just need something for my money wall. Any ideas? I do have my mother's wind chimes outside my bedroom patio door. I love to hear it chime every night.
Karen Kay from Jackson, MS on October 13, 2014:
I love this! Can't wait to get a bamboo plant. Sounds perfect for me (with no green thumb). Thanks!
Deborah Sexton on July 07, 2014:
I have bookmarked this very nice
"The Chinese Mystic Knot is also known as the Pan Chang Knot. It represents the endless cycle of nature."
Sunil Kumar Kunnoth from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India) on April 03, 2014:
Very useful and informative article. I appreciate your efforts to spread the message of Feng Shui. All will love it and if they apply it correctly, they can improve and gain good luck. Thank you for sharing. Keep on writing. All the best.
Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on February 14, 2014:
Very informative hub, Christy! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I was looking for an article like this as I want to add some Feng Shui lucky objects to the home and this Hub is perfect! I will definitely be adding these lucky objects soon. I am already harnessing the power of crystals and I would love to get some coins and try those. Feng Shui is such a mystical practice and I love its history and origins. Thanks for this! Voted up +++ and shared.
Rebecca from USA on October 22, 2013:
Pamela-anne from Miller Lake on August 22, 2013:
Enjoyed reading this hub on feng shi I am hoping to start my own copywriting business in the near future; maybe I should pick my self up a few feng shi pieces that will help bring prosperity to my future business.
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on August 04, 2013:
Thanks for all the kind comments, everyone! This was particularly fun to write since I use a few of these in my own home (lucky bamboo, lucky cat, crystals). :)
Mary Wickison from Brazil on August 03, 2013:
Nicely presented. I have tried to read articles on this subject before but they were too complicated for a beginner like me. This has cleared up many of the questions I had, thanks.
Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on August 02, 2013:
We need some of these for the office!
Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on August 02, 2013:
Christy, this is a fantastic and very useful article. I have been meaning to find out more about Feng Shui -- you have helped me a great deal with your hub. Thank you.
Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on August 02, 2013:
I read about Feng Shui a long time ago. Actually, the first article I published on newspaper was about Feng Shui. I find this Chinese technique to balance bad and good energy very interesting, even though I have never tried it.
FlourishAnyway from USA on July 31, 2013:
Very nice presentation of feng sui. I knew what it meant but had absolutely no idea as the details. Well researched and written.
Gladys Ayala from United States on July 31, 2013:
Great hub. I enjoyed reading it, very informative and clearly detailed. Thank you.
SilentReed from Philippines on July 27, 2013:
Feng Sui is also use in architectural and interior designs of buildings and houses. I'm not much of a believer in Feng Sui lucky objects although I have some "lucky" bamboo stalks (didn't know they are part of the orchid family) and a wind chime. I keep them more for the ambiance they give.
Jessica Peri from United States on July 27, 2013:
This is a great hub. I love that you explained each color and then listed the lucky objects - I learned quite a bit! And the stones section was great too; I was actually looking to get another hematite bracelet as mine fell apart a while ago and the magnets are supposed to improve your health. It's cool to know that they also signify protection!
Christy Kirwan (author) from San Francisco on July 26, 2013:
Thanks for reading! I also find the Chi colors beautiful and fascinating. :)
manatita44 from london on July 26, 2013:
Good article. Nicely put together. I like colours that are vibrant and Feng Shui colours are. I like your chimes. Much peace.