Everything to Know About Chi Lin (Qi Lin), the Sacred Dragon Horse in Feng Shui

Chi Lin dragon statue.

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The Chi Lin is a mythical animal that symbolizes wisdom, prosperity, good luck, and longevity. In Asia, it is also known by other names, such as Kirin in Japan. The Chi Lin is also called the Dragon horse or the Chinese unicorn. The Chi Lin is found all over Asia, with slight variations but generally with the head of a dragon, one or two horns, deer or horse body, a tail of an ox, and the scales of a carp. Sometimes the body has fiery flames surrounding it. Although it embodies all of the five elements, the magical being is most often connected with fire. 

The Chi Lin is said to be virtuous, kind, and even a vegetarian! The sacred animal is light and swift, never even touching its hoofs down on the earth so as to not inadvertently kill an insect. The solitary Chi Lin is said to materialize as a positive omen when a great ruler or wise sage appears. The Chi Lin is also thought to carry with it the writings of great wisdoms. In both the East and West, the legendary unicorn is a symbol of grace, purification, and even the ability to cure poison.

The Chi Lin is known as one of the eight Taoist symbols. In Asian cultures, symbols hold a lot of value, especially classic imagery like the Chi Lin. These emblems are weaved into the vast culture of the East. Many people around the world appreciate and employ these Asian motifs for their beauty as well as rich meaning. Of course, it’s important to be respectful and curious about the culture from where these symbols come from. Symbols are beyond artistic representations, as they come to tell a story and offer philosophical teachings and life wisdom. That said, feng shui by no means must include Asian art or imagery. There are many nuances and ways to apply the practice of feng shui, and using Chinese symbols is one of many.

Chi Lin can be found in various decorative items such as ceramics, wood and stone carvings, brass and bronze figures, embroideries, and so on. You can enhance your Chi Lin if you combine it with other auspicious symbols. For instance you can have your Chi Lin perched on top of ancient Chinese coins and/or gold ingots to invite in wealth and abundance. In all cases, when using an object as a symbolic feng shui cure, be sure to take good care of it. It’s definitely not good feng shui to neglect an adjustment object and let it become dirty, dusty, or fall into disrepair.

Feng Shui Applications for Chi Lin 

Front Entry

A pair of Chi Lin flanking each side of a main entrance can be placed as door protectors to ward off any negative energies, like challenges as well as harmful people and events. 

Imperial Garden Qilin Statue (Beijing, China)

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Desk or Workspace

Chi Lin can bring overall career success and good fortune when placed on the desk or in an office space. A single Chi Lin works fine for this sort of application. Don’t forget to add some Chinese coins for even more wealth and abundance with your work. An image of a Chi Lin is a thoughtful gift for anyone who may be embarking on a new career or job.

Three Killings Cure

It is said that three Chi Lin can protect and overcome the Three Killings, which is one of the annual afflictions in the feng shui school of Flying Stars.

Center of the Home, the Tai Qi

The center of the house is called the Tai Qi, and is connected to all the areas of your life and home. It’s also related to your health and overall well-being. A Chi Lin placed in the center of your home can invite in all the beneficial aspects of the symbol including joy, prosperity, and longevity.

The Bedroom

The bedroom is the area of the home that is most connected to its inhabitant. A Chi Lin placed in the master bedroom can assist in creation of all kinds, including projects and cultivating abundance.

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Wearing Chi Lin Amulets

You can wear Chi Lin on your body by way of jewelry, charms, or embroidery. The Chi Lin can act as a protective amulet to block or dissolve difficult people and situations. They are said to protect from gossip and negative influences. In addition, the Chi Lin can help you to overcome challenges and promote prosperity for the bearer. 

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