Question: I was told by a feng shui consultant to use the dragon and phoenix to make my marriage happy and harmonious. Why do I have to use the dragon and phoenix and how can they actually help my marriage?
Answer: The dragon & phoenix pair is a classical feng shui cure for keeping (or attracting) the energy of harmonious communication in a marriage. So, the feng shui consultant gave you a good suggestion.
However, is the dragon & phoenix couple the only feng shui cure for love and marriage? Certainly not. Before we explore the variety of feng shui love cures, let's first look into the meaning and the energy brought into your home by the dragon & phoenix couple.
The energy of the dragon is considered very powerful in traditional feng shui, and almost all classical feng shui applications (especially office and business feng shui) involve decorating with the dragon symbol in one way or another.
The dragon is the most powerful and majestic creature in Chinese folklore, thus much revered by the followers of classical, or traditional feng shui schools. Power, indisputable authority and fearsome majesty are mostly masculine (yang) qualities, and the dragon is the true Yang part of the Yin-Yang energy of the dragon and phoenix couple.
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Please note that the dragon energy associations are not the same in other cultures, so you have to be mindful of your own conscious (or unconscious) impressions about the dragon energy in order to decide if this is the best feng shui cure for you and your home.
The symbol of the phoenix, on the other hand, seems to evoke the same energy across a multitude of cultures, with always the same meaning - the power of rebirth and deep transformation. The phoenix is the queen of all bird symbols in feng shui, the most revered one. In Chinese folklore, the mythical phoenix is also being attributed the qualities of beauty, inspiration and genuine grace (feminine, yin qualities), so the phoenix is the perfect Yin counterpart to the Yang energy of the dragon.
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Because a harmonious marriage is a balanced partnership in which both the husband and the wife can fully express their unique energies, the yin-yang energy of the dragon & phoenix couple came to be a feng shui symbol of good luck and harmony in marriage. In most representations, the dragon & the phoenix form a dance or a circle of two energies that resembles the yin-yang symbol.
Historically, there are many specific elements that add to the power and the good luck associations of the dragon & phoenix symbol in Chinese culture. This couple is the most powerful motif in all Chinese imperial designs and is still one of the most popular elements in Chinese clothing, jewelry, and many home decor accessories.
As both the dragon & the phoenix are mythical creatures, they can be represented in slightly different ways, depending on artists' vision, as well as specific associations. For the feng shui use, one can choose a sculpture of the pair or a painting/illustration. The best way to place the dragon & phoenix as a feng shui love cure is in the Love & Marriage area of your home bagua (this is the Southwest area if you follow the classical feng shui school or the upper right area if you follow the BTB feng shui school).
You can also choose to display the pair in your lucky direction for love (which is calculated based on your date of birth). Two other popular classical Chinese feng shui love cures - after the dragon & phoenix couple - are the Double Happiness sign and the Mandarin Ducks.
No matter which feng shui love cure you choose for your home, be sure its energy truly represents to you the idea of a happy, harmonious marriage. Do not choose a feng shui cure because you were told to; choose it because you truly like it and want to have it in your home.
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