How to Use Pixiu (or Pi Yao) in Feng Shui

Pixiu figurines

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The Pixiu (also known as Pi Yao) is a mythical animal from Chinese culture. The Pixiu is a lucky symbol for wealth, good fortune, and protection. If you’re attracted to Chinese decorative items, the Pixiu would not only be a unique addition to your home decor, but also can be used as a powerful feng shui adjustment object.

What Is a Pixiu?

If you visit current-day China, you may encounter majestic statues of the Pixiu on guard. The Pixiu is a hybrid creature that may appear slightly differently depending on the region or time period in which it was made. Generally, they are shown with a dragon head on a lion or dog-like body. Sometimes they have wings, or a horn. They are often depicted sitting on their hind quarters, like a dog. They appear quite stable and maybe even a little portly.

The Story of the Pixiu

There are different Chinese legends that tell the story of the auspicious Pixiu. Most indicate that it was the youngest of the nine children born of the legendary Dragon King. It’s said that on one occasion, the Pixiu visited the Jade Emperor and defecated all over the palace floor. As a result, the Jade emperor sealed the Pixiu’s bottom, and it could no longer excrete and have such an accident again. The myths also go on to tell about how the Pixiu eats valuable jewels, silver, and gold, but it never leaves its body (remember the sealed bum?). Therefore, the Pixiu became a symbol of abundance and wealth because it consumes treasures but never releases them. It is believed that it can receive and hold wealth for its owner.

How to Use Pixiu for Feng Shui

Types of Pixiu

Brass, jade, or other semi-precious stone statuettes are the most popular materials, as it connects a Pixiu totem with wealth and prosperity. Brass can bring in the metal element and is the color of gold. Jade is a treasured healing stone in feng shui, and it’s also the color of the wood element, which promotes growth and life energy.

Protection at Your Entry

Historically, the Chinese positioned Pixiu statues strategically to act as guardians for temples and palaces in ancient times. In modern day, smaller likenesses of Pixiu can be found and used in the home to bring in more wealth or protect the household. A pair of Pixiu on either side of the front door can be placed with the intention to keep the inhabitants of the home safe and financially stable. 

Boost Your Wealth Corner

You can place the Pixiu in your wealth area facing toward the entrance so it can symbolically gobble up and protect wealth and money for the family. You can find the wealth area of your home by standing in the front door, looking in. The far left corner of the home is the corner related to your prosperity and wealth. 

Secure Success for Your Desk

In feng shui, your desk and workspace represent your career. The representation of the Pixiu would be a supportive way to enhance the feng shui of your career to invite more prosperity and good luck.

You can place the Pixiu in the wealth corner of your desk or of your office. The wealth corner is the top left corner of your desk. If you want to locate this area for your office, stand in the doorway, looking in. The far left corner of the room is your wealth area. Be sure to have the Pixiu facing the door so it can catch any wealth and keep it safe for you.

Wear Pixiu Amulets to Enhance Your Qi

Feng shui is not just for your home, but can also be used on your person. Small figurines of the Pixiu can be used as an amulet (as with jewelry) to harness the good luck and symbolism of the Pixiu. It's very popular and easy to find miniature Pixiu on bracelets carved from semi-precious stones such as tiger’s eye, citrine, jade, and even gold.

Care for Your Pixiu

If you do choose to bring a Pixiu symbol into your home, be sure to care for it well, like a favorite pet. Keep it polished, dust free, and clean. You can even offer love and give it a little pat on the head as you pass.