How to Use the Dragon Turtle Symbol in Feng Shui

Dragon Turtle at Beijing Imperial Palace
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The dragon turtle (or dragon tortoise) is a mythical animal from Chinese history and culture that is used in traditional feng shui adjustments. Keep on reading to learn about what the dragon turtle is and how to use this prosperity symbol to enhance the feng shui of your home.

What Is the Dragon Turtle?

In ancient China, imaginary and real animals were looked to for their energetic qualities and various characteristics. These animals were depicted in the arts and other decorations for their beauty and revered for their symbolic power and meaning. One of these is the mythical dragon turtle, which is a combination of the dragon and the turtle.

The dragon turtle has a dragon head on a turtle body, and is often displayed sitting on a bed of coins or gold ingots. Similar to the money frog, this animal can be found with a Chinese coin in its mouth as a symbol of prosperity. Sometimes you can find the dragon turtle with a baby turtle(s), which enhances the attributes of fruition, any sort of successful offspring, and long-term wealth for your family and children. The dragon turtle is said to invite wealth and success. 

Combining the Dragon and the Tortoise

The auspicious dragon turtle brings together the dragon and the tortoise (or turtle), which are two of the four celestial animals. One of the principal foundations of feng shui philosophy are the four celestial animals. They are the white tiger in the east, the red phoenix in the south, the green dragon in the west, and the black tortoise in the north. The four celestial animals give rise to the primary concepts of feng shui that advise on how to create harmony and success between humans and their built environments. The black tortoise provides support, safety, and protection, while the green dragon inspires growth, life, and harmony. 

In addition, the noble dragon turtle skillfully brings together the amazing qualities of both the turtle and the dragon. In most cultures, the turtle is known for its long life, steadfast nature, and wisdom. The dragon, in Asian cultures, exemplifies generosity, magnificence, and great power. If you’re familiar with the feng shui trigrams and the lo shu magic square, it is said that the auspicious symbols came inscribed on the shell of a legendary tortoise with a dragon’s head that emerged from the Lo River. 

Feng Shui Uses for the Dragon Turtle

Dragon turtle statues and figurines can be found in various materials and colors such as ceramics, metal, wood and stone carvings, and so on. The addition of the Chinese coins and/or gold ingot motifs may further enhance the financial and abundance symbolism. Be sure to take good care of your dragon turtle (and any other sacred feng shui amulets), keeping it free from dust and debris so that it can properly do its job as a good luck charm.

On a Desk or Workspace to Advance Career Success

The dragon turtle is most often recommended for feng shui applications in a home office or on a desk to enhance and advance your career success. You can place this in the career or wealth area of the home office, workspace, or desk. You can even use it as a paperweight on your desk as a visual reminder of your career aspirations. 

Activate the Wealth Corner

Try placing a dragon turtle in your home’s wealth corner (called Xun in Chinese) to invite more wealth and prosperity. To find the wealth corner of your home, stand in the front door looking in. The far left corner of your home is the wealth area. You can also activate the wealth area of your home office. To find the wealth area of your home office, stand in the doorway of the office looking in. The far left corner of the space is the wealth area.

Boost the Center of the Home, the Tai Qi

The center of your home is considered a power spot when it comes to feng shui because it affects all the areas of your life. Try placing a dragon turtle in the center of your home to invite financial abundance and prosperity for the entire family.