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Genuine feng shui

Genuine feng shui
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Feng shui is a very complex school of thought on how best to direct the flow of energy in your home so that it moves freely and organically, helping you live your best life. While the system is quite complex, one of the basic principles is the representation of the five Chinese elements in the home: wood, water, metal, earth and fire. Practitioners say that you should place an object made of wood or water in the money sector of the home in order to bring prosperity.

Elephant symbols

Elephant symbols
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Both Buddhist and Hindu belief systems revere the elephant as godly or nearly godly animals. The elephant represents many things, from maternity and fertility to luck and wisdom. According to the home design site thespruce.com, the posturing of the elephant in the home is important to its symbolism. An elephant with its trunk in an upright position, for example, is thought to herald good luck.

Incense

Incense
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Many people burn incense to achieve a feeling of relaxation, but some believe it can rid the home of negative energy. In much the same way that burning sage is supposed to dispel impure spirits from a house, incense is supposed to cleanse all types of negativity. Some even say that different scents accomplish different types of tasks.

Horseshoes for good luck

Horseshoes for good luck
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Why are horseshoe-shaped objects considered lucky? Historians trace the tradition back to Irish legends and tales. Some say it wards off the devil while others say it keeps evil fairy folk away. Whatever the case, placing an iron horseshoe above one’s front door is a classic way to protect the home.

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Turtle symbols

Turtle symbols
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Just as the Irish believe placing a horseshoe above the front door will provide protection, feng shui followers believe that the turtle (or tortoise) can guard the home. The tortoise is one of Feng Shui’s four celestial guardians, which makes it an extremely powerful symbol. Whether the turtle shell is real or just a piece of art, it is supposed to be a great protective and supportive charm over the front and back doors.

Bamboo

Bamboo
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Chinese superstition declares a bamboo plant to be an integral part of the home. The number of stalks the plant has gives it different meanings. Never give someone a plant with four stalks, for example, because the number four in Chinese numerology is related to death and misfortune.

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Red for luck

Red for luck
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The colour red appears in several cultures across the world in connection with good fortune. The Chinese bring in the new year with traditional red outfits and red envelopes containing money. In India, many brides wear the colour red on their wedding day as a symbol of purity and prosperity. Placing a red vase, wall hanging, or rug somewhere in your home may increase your luck.

 

Hamsa Hand Ornament

Hamsa Hand Ornament
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The Hamsa hand is a symbol important to Islamic and Jewish history, culture and religion. It is regarded as a protective amulet, and many people wear the Hamsa today as jewellery. Some stories point to biblical figures as wielders of the Hamsa, while others say it is a way to protect against the Evil Eye.

Pigs for good luck

Pigs for good luck
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“Shwein gehabt!” That’s what you would say if you were German and you just won the lottery. It’s an expression of good luck, but it literally translates into “got pig” in English. Unlike other symbols on this list, pigs are symbols of good fortune for a historical reason, not a religious one: in Europe in the Middle Ages, a person had to be wealthy to own and maintain many pigs.

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Carp scales

Carp scales
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Some people keep pictures of their kids in their wallets. Some Europeans, however, keep carp scales in their billfolds. According to a US News & World Report, this species of fish is an essential part of Christmas tradition in countries such as Poland and Austria. After the carp is eaten, those who ate the meal keep a few of the fish scales with them to promote good fortune. However, if you don’t want to hang on to actual carp scales, you could probably just place a carp figurine in your home.

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