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 should be filled with Chinese symbols. But it’s not necessarily true. In reality, the Chinese symbols are used because that is where the idea originated from but in the Western world, we don’t always favor Chinese symbols, which is why there are many alternative ideas for each area you are trying to improve.

As will be listed below, there are many symbols meant to enhance each area of your life and this will still work because they still resonate with a specific energy and connect with your subconscious mind. The most basic example is a circle, this is often seen as a symbol of unity and so when you bring images of a circle into your home or work, you are bringing that energy also. Best practice is applying symbols that mean something to you, same as 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.

For the maximum effect, you should use Feng Shui in conjunction with the law of attraction and a positive mental attitude. You should see a positive outcome in no time. I have made you a comprehensive list of common symbols and how they fit the specific areas of your life that you want to target.


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

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


When choosing a symbol that is supposed to represent love and relationships, you may want to think about something that represents companionship and togetherness as well as longevity. Well-built objects fit here too, as they symbolize what want your relationship to be like.

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


The most common symbols used when it comes to prosperity are the ones representing water. It is known as a 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 depicts luxury or wealth. Some most effective symbols include:

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

Travel/Helpful People

Any symbols that represent guidance and support can be useful here. If your goal is to travel more, try to include possible desirable destinations, maps and maybe even flags.

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


Choose items that inspire playfulness and are colorful; have fun with it. Metal or metal colored elements can also be useful in this area.

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


For this area, you should opt for symbols that represent knowledge and wisdom. Mountains will do the job for they represent inner stillness and the ability to stand tall.

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


This area applies to your career, here water and all things related to it fit perfectly. Water represents both, clarity and vision in the short and long term. You can also use images of your desired career.

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


Opt for bright symbols if you wish to gain recognition or to be noticed by other people. Use symbols of animals that represent accomplishments.

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


This area appeals to the relationship with your family; hence any symbols related to will work just fine. In addition, personal growth may be expressed through wood and water.

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

If you should stick to traditional Chinese symbols, I have made a list of the most popular items and what they represent;

Coins – Wealth

Bamboo – Health, growth, and longevity (good fortune)

Dragon – Good fortune and 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  

That’s it for now, 


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