Updated: Jun 15
The Four Celestial Animals are a cornerstone to Feng Shui. They are mythical creatures that contain specific energies that relate to the features of our space. Each animal is associated with a direction and an element. It is through these animals that we build a better understanding about the natural energy of our space.
The Phoenix is a mythical bird who is as large as an eagle with red and gold feathers. Legend goes that the Phoenix never dies but at the end of its life, burst into flames and is reborn from its ashes. Flying across the open lands, it searches for opportunities. It is associated with the South direction and the season of Summer. In Feng Shui, the element of South is Fire. It connects to our passions and desires. When fire is fueled it grows. As such, the Phoenix represents expansion. In relation to ourselves, it is the direction in front of us.
*Feng Shui Tip – It is biologically and psychologically given that humans want to witness the world around them. This is why when we have a seat that is facing a wall, such as at a desk, we feel constricted and closed. The Red Phoenix energy should be the lower energy in front of us. For example, for your office, have your desk positioned so you see the openness of the room and to gain the growth and expansion of the Red Phoenix.
Dragons are considered very lucky in China. This is why they are often used in festivals and celebrations. Known as the ‘Bringer of Thunder’ as well as the first rainfall, the Dragon is associated with the season of Spring and the East direction. Connected to the Wood element, the Green Dragon is a symbol of luck, prosperity, abundance, and growth. In accordance to ourselves, this is the left side of our bodies and is yin based energy. It is the one of two energies on the sides of us. The other being the White Tiger.
*Feng Shui Tip – The Dragon is a symbol of luck, so if you’d like to bring some luck into your life, such as a new job, financial prosperity, or future endeavors, focus on the East area of your space. Also, you want this energy to be bigger than its counterpart, the White Tiger, in order for the dragon’s luck to take presence in your life. Have your left end table be slightly larger, or more dominant than the right. Or add a tall plant for some additional Green Dragon vibes.
The tiger was known as the ‘Messenger of the Gods’. It is a more daring energy than the Dragon, its opposite, but is a smaller energy overall. It is associated with bravery, courage, and the season of autumn. It is a protective, Yang energy and is located in the West direction. The White Tiger’s element is Metal. For us, it is the right side of ourselves.
*Feng Shui Tip – The Tiger’s energy is very strong. Because of this, it can be overpowering. It is important to have this energy be smaller than the Green Dragon’s. Have something is a smaller scale, or less overpowering on the right of you. The Tiger also offers protection, so it is important to have this placement at entrances.
In China, Turtles stand for longevity, and prosperity in the family life. A sign of support, it helps with a steady foundation to the home. It is associated with the Water element, Winter, and the North direction. It is the energy that is behind us.
*Feng Shui Tip – We want to feel protected. This is why placing sofas or areas of retreat up against away. It allows us to feel safe and secure. This energy should be the tallest/biggest to protect the home. Since the Turtle helps build the foundation and support of the house, having a turtle object at the back door of the home can help enhance this energy.
This animal is not one of the Celestial four, but rather, the Yellow Snake refers to ourselves. We are the snake in Feng Shui, and the Four Celestial Animals revolve around the Snake, which is located in the center. It is associated with the Earth element, as it is the Earth and her energies we are apart of. It is also seen as the overall space/home, while the Celestial Animals refer to the energies surround the space.
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