Jade is especially popular in ancient and modern Asian arts and crafts but is also popular with artisans from all over the world. Most of the world's commercial supply of jade comes from China, Russia, and the U.S., though the mineral is found all over the world.
What Is Jade?
Jade, known for its green varieties, is one of the most favorite materials in carvings used in various feng shui cures, and it is also much loved as a medium for various jewelry pieces. The term jade applies to two different minerals: nephrite and jadeite.
While the beautiful translucent color and the ease with which jade can be shaped and carved certainly accounts for much of its popularity, jade resonates on a deeper spiritual level in many of the world's traditions. It is one of the most important of minerals in the practice of feng shui, for example.
Jade In Alternative Healing
For followers of alternative healing practices, jade carries a sweet, light and nourishing energy that can feel very healing. It has a soothing purity about it, and it goes about purifying your energy field in a manner that is accepting, loving, and wise.
One obvious meaning of the jade stone is purity or purification. And because jade is regarded as a stone that protects and supports loving heart energy, jade also symbolizes gentleness and nourishment. For some users of jade, the stone may have the feeling of an ancient sage that is so centered that merely being in its presence creates a feeling of being elevated and nurtured.
Unlike some other minerals, jade creates no strong rush of energy. This makes its energy very different from other popular feng shui stones, such as pyrite or hematite. The message of jade is "Love and Accept Yourself," and its powerful healing effects begin by helping you align yourself with balanced, harmonious energy. So, yet another meaning of jade is harmony and balance.
The Use of Jade in Feng Shui
In feng shui, jade has been used for centuries for its abilities to create a serene feeling of harmony and balance. Jade is also used as for protection and for good luck feng shui stones. You can find endless good luck feng shui charms made of jade, employed for various purposes—from creating wealth to attracting more friends. Jade jewelry is also a popular feng shui application for the body energy, which is no less important than your home feng shui!
Of course, another reason why jade has been extensively used in feng shui is that jade is widely available in China, the birthplace of feng shui. Jade comes in many colors—from green-blue to white, and you can choose your jade stone correctly by better understanding the energy of specific colors.
How to Place Jade for Good Feng Shui
As jade belongs to the earth feng shui element, it is best to place it as a feng shui cure in the areas that are either governed or nourished by the earth element. All bagua areas except the north and the south can benefit from the soothing energy of jade.
Choosing Jade for Feng Shui Practice
You can choose either a jade carving in a specific symbol that speaks to you personally or a simple tumbled and polished jade stone. Explore the meaning of various feng shui symbols to help you make a better choice for your home or office.
For example, you can choose jade Mandarin ducks for love energy (placed in the southwest bagua area) or a jade Pi Yao for wealth (placed in the southeast area). Carvings of flowers, especially peonies, are popular in jade because of the way flower energy seems to flow through this gentle stone.
A jade Buddha may be an excellent feng shui decor/cure for your home, as the soothing and wise energy of jade is perhaps the best match for Buddha energy, whether it is the Laughing Buddha or the Medicine Buddha. Another popular Buddhist deity figurine is the Green Tara carved in green jade stone.