Feng Shui Symbols (Including Western Alternatives)

Another common misconception regarding Feng Shui is that you have to turn your house into a shrine of sorts and your house will be filled with Chinese symbols but again, this is not the case and is actually one of the biggest reasons why people tend to be turned off of the idea. In reality, the Chinese symbols are used because that is where the idea originated from but in the Western world, we don’t tend to connect to Chinese symbols, which is why there are many ideas for each area you are trying to improve. As will be listed below, there are many images that are beautiful in each area of your life and this will still work because they still resonate with a certain energy and they will still connect with your subconscious mind just as a Chinese symbol does to the Chinese. The most basic example is a circle, this is often seen as a symbol for unity and so when you bring images of a circle into your home or work, you are bringing that energy also. Good Feng Shui is bringing symbols into your home that mean something to you, just as you did with the treasure map. If the symbols do not mean anything to you, your subconscious is going to have a hard time connecting with it.


To gain the maximum effect of this book, you should try to use Feng Shui in conjunction with the law of attraction and a positive mental attitude and you will really start to see the difference in no time. I have made you an easy to follow list of some common symbols when it comes to the specific areas of your life that you want to target.




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Earth symbols will allow you to maintain strength and allow you to build that strength into whatever you want to be.


  • Ceramic items
  • Lotus
  • Open space
  • Something that helps you to stay centred




When choosing a symbol that you want to represent love and relationships, you need to choose something that represents companionship and togetherness as well as longevity. Well-built objects also provide as a good image as you are showing that it’s what you want your relationship to be like as well.


  • Any pairs of objects
  • Fresh flowers
  • Mirrors
  • Mandarin ducks
  • Containers
  • Candles




The most common symbols used when it comes to prosperity are something that will attract water as it is seen as the most powerful symbol for money. You can then combine this with something that is tall or growing as this represents growth. The final option is anything that represents luxury or wealth. Some typical symbols include:


  • Fish
  • Water
  • Plants
  • Coins and money
  • Sky
  • Frogs
  • Bamboo
  • Sailing ship
  • Flowers


Travel/Helpful People


Any symbols that show guidance and support can be useful here. Travel is also encompassed so try to include possible travel destinations, maps and maybe even flags.


  • Map of the world
  • Travel destination
  • Helping hands
  • Water
  • Planes
  • Bells
  • Wonders of the world




The items that you choose here should be playful and full of colour; you should try to have some fun with it. The metal element can also be extremely useful in this area.


  • Children playing
  • Toys
  • Bells
  • Rainbows
  • Arts and crafts
  • Rocks and stones




In this area, you should include symbols that represent a level of understanding and wisdom. Mountains can be fantastic for this as they represent inner stillness and the ability to stand tall and be counted.


  • Mountains
  • Pottery
  • Books
  • Any study material
  • Wise people or well-known mentors




This area applies to not only your career but also to your journey. Water and all things related makes as great symbols for this as water represents both clarity and sight in the short and long term. You should also try to add images of your desired career.


  • Water
  • Turtles
  • Metal
  • Images relating to career
  • Mirrors
  • Plants




These are normally bright symbols as you are showing yourself to the world. Also, there are some symbols of animals that represent accomplishment.


  • Fire
  • Sun
  • Birds
  • Stars
  • Phoenix
  • Candles




This area looks after your relationship with your family thus any symbols relating to this strength will work well. Personal growth can be expressed through wood and water can help to show that you are free-flowing in life especially with your family.


  • Wood
  • Flowers or floral paintings
  • Musical instruments
  • Family oriented ornaments or paintings
  • Forest
  • Sunrise


If you wanted to stick to the Chinese tradition, I have also made a list of the most popular items and what they represent;


Coins – Wealth

Bamboo – Health, growth and longevity (good fortune)

Dragon – Good fortune as well as protection

Fu Dogs – Protection

Crane – Long life

Turtle – Long life

Tiger – Protection

Fish – Wealth/prosperity

Laughing Buddha – Wealth/prosperity

Three Legged Toad – Wealth

Mandarin Duck – Love/relationships

Peony – Love and beauty

Sailing Ship – Abundance

Lotus – Creation of life  

Alexia Stravinsky

My name is Alexia Stravinsky and I’m the founder and author of NewPositivelyYou.com and NPYAcademy.com

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