Incorporating the Horse Feng Shui Symbol in the Home

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Do you love the energy of the horse and wonder how you can decorate your home with symbols of horses for the best feng shui? Perhaps you have a colorful and stunning painting or print depicting running horses, or maybe a close-up photo showing the beautiful wisdom in the eyes of this freedom-loving animal. Horses are truly unique beings, and humans have been drawn to them for thousands of years. Effective placement of images or figures of horses for feng shui can bring the power, strength, and energy of these revered creatures into your home.

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Feng Shui Horse Symbolism

In classical feng shui applications, the image of the horse brings the energy of success, fame, freedom, and speed. Of course, these are the feelings that most of us already associate with the energy of the horse. And indeed, all feng shui symbols use the inherent energy that the mind associates with a specific symbol in order to evoke its energy.

Other characteristics represented by horses are prosperity, forward motion or mobility, promotion or growth, loyalty, stamina, and success or victory. The specific depiction of horses, as well as the number of horses shown, also have symbolic significance:

  • A horse or horses in motion can help you regain focus and direct you toward a path to success.
  • Red horses, particularly galloping horses, are symbols of strength and aggression. These depictions are commonly used in offices to promote success in business.
  • White horses in motion help ensure steady or smooth inflow of money for businesses and households.
  • All horses are associated with the element of Fire as well as strong Yang (male) energy.
  • Galloping horses facing into the home or room bring their energy into the home; horses facing away from the home or room can bring energy out of the home.
  • Single horses placed near each other (or depictions of horses in pairs) can strengthen business or personal relationships. Horses depicted in larger groups—often three, five, or eight—are stronger symbols of power and victory. Grouped horses should be running or moving together to symbolize partnership, family, or combined strength.

Best Places for Feng Shui Horses

To benefit the most from the feng shui power of the horse symbol, position horses based on your home's feng shui Bagua map. You can use a photo, a painting, a sculpture or any other decor item with the image of the horse in it.

  • South: The South area of your home or office is one of the best spots to display the horse symbol. If you are using the Western bagua, this is your Fame and Reputation area.
  • North: The North area of your home or office is the second best spot to display the image of the horse (or several horses). With the Western bagua, this is your Career area.
  • Southwest: If you love horses and would like to use this cure in your love and marriage feng shui area—the Southwest area of your space—choose a feng shui decor item depicting two horses, not one or three.
  • Zodiac sign: If your Chinese zodiac sign is the horse, you can also display horses in your lucky feng shui direction for success.

Horse Depictions and Placement to Avoid

As with all feng shui symbols and cures, improper placement or conflicting symbolism with feng shui horses can have a negative effect:

  • Avoid placing horses in Wood or Metal feng shui element areas so as not to conflict with horses' association with Fire. These areas are the East and Southeast areas for the Wood element and the West and Northwest areas for the Metal element.
  • Do not places horse images or figures in the bedroom. The power and vigorous activity of horses, particularly those in motion, can bring too much active energy to the bedroom—a place of serenity and relaxation.
  • Avoid horses that are sad, angry, or fighting with one another. These can generate conflict among family, household members, or business associates. Horses should appear happy and have a sense of purpose and direction for the most positive effect.
  • Avoid images with horses that are incomplete, abstract, or segmented. These depictions can promote a sense of confusion, lack of control, or distortion.
  • Do not position galloping horses so they face outside or out through a doorway; you want their energy directed inside the home, not outside or away from the home.