The mystic knot is known by other names like: the lucky diagram, the eternal knot, the endless knot, the glorious knot and so forth. It is also called shrivasta in Sanskrit. The mystic knot originated in India as an emblem of Lakshmi on Vishnu’s chest. Lakshmi is the Vedic goddess of wealth, so this symbol brings abundance and good fortune.
This mystic knot is a symbol that is said to swallow its own tail, and symbolizes the eternal nature of wisdom and compassion. Many other ancient cultures have mystic knots. For example, you can look at Celtic or Islamic sacred geometry patterns.
In Buddhism, the mystic knot is the sixth of the eight auspicious symbols. The eight together symbolize offerings that are said to have been presented to the Buddha when he attained enlightenment. The other seven offerings are the parasol, treasure vase, lotus flower, conch shell, victory banner, and a golden wheel.
The mystic knot is also connected to many other meanings in Buddhism, including the combination of compassion and wisdom. Just like this knot, these two things are intertwined and connected. In Asian culture, the mystic knot is also connected to long life, harmony, and continuity.
Ways to Work With the Mystic Knot
Asian culture brings the mystic knot into many of their decorative charms. An endless knot of red cord is often paired with another Asian symbol. The color of red is the most auspicious color in feng shui. It is the color of fire, of protection, as well of life and vitality.
The mystic knot is a motif found on ornaments, artwork, clothing, jewelry, tattoos, and so on. You can wear the mystic knot, carry it, or display it in your home decor. You can even learn how to draw one or create one with cord. The method is not as important as connecting with the symbol. If this knot is something that you find yourself attracted to, pay attention to that. It might be helpful to also research how it might be connected to your own cultural heritage.
Bagua Areas to Activate
The fun part of feng shui is that you can use the bagua energy map to help you find places to place items that connect to an intention. Here’s our list of all the bagua areas with suggestions on how the mystic knot symbol might be used (with intention) in this area of your home.
Zhen: Family and New Beginnings
This area is connected to family and vitality. A mystic knot in this area of your home can invite family harmony with both compassion and wisdom.
Xun: Wealth and Abundance
The Xun area is a feng shui favorite. Placement of a mystic knot here might support a feeling of infinite abundance while cultivating wisdom and compassion.
Tai Qi (Center): Health and Overall Well-being
The center of your home affects your overall well-being, and affects all the areas of your life. The center of your home would be an excellent place to locate a mystic knot with the intention that you want to bring a long healthy life to all the household.
Qian: Helpful People and Travel
This area is all about inviting benefactors into your life. A mystic knot located in this bagua area could be set with the intention to call in endless amounts of support and helpful people for you and your family.
Dui: Completion and Children
This area is related to children and joy. It’s a great one for the mystic knot if you want to bring more connectedness, continuity, and wisdom for your family.
Gen: Self-Knowledge and Cultivation
The Gen area is connected to your spirituality and knowledge. If you’d like to cultivate your inner world, try a mystic knot in this area to represent your commitment to weaving together your inner and outer lives for true compassion and wisdom.
Li: Fame and Reputation
The Li area is connected to your visibility as well as your inspiration in life. Li position is your fire energy. Try a mystic knot in this area of your home as a reminder to always circle back and check in with your level of inspiration and fire in your life.
Kan: Career and Your Path in Life
This bagua area is about your career and life path. The mystic knot is a beautiful symbol to include here if you’d like to enhance wisdom and compassion in whatever path you take.
Kun: Love and Partnerships
Another feng shui favorite, the love corner of the home is an important one if you want to have a long, healthy partnership. The mystic knot is a great way to invite in more compassion and wisdom in your existing or future romantic partnership.