Use of the Elephant Symbol in Feng Shui

Cures for Fertility, Good Luck, Wisdom, and More

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    Feng Shui Meaning of Elephant Energy

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    In feng shui, the symbol of the elephant can bring energies of beauty, silent power, kindness, fertility, and majesty. Even though elephants are the largest land animals living on the planet today (and one of the strongest, too), its energy feels invariably kind and wise. The elephant symbol is very easy to use and can offer many different benefits throughout the home or office. 

    As with the use of any feng shui symbol—be it a deity, a flower, or an animal—let your first guide be your own intuition and your own likes and dislikes. There are no strict rules for good feng shui when it comes to decorating your house with specific symbols other than your genuine liking of the symbol.

    The elephant is associated with many traditional uses in feng shui, but keep in mind that these uses come second to your own personal connection or feeling about an elephant's energy.

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    Elephant Symbolism

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    Protection, good luck, wisdom, and fertility are the main feng shui energies brought by the symbol of the elephant into any space, be it home or office. The elephant's trunk has a complex language of its own, and this is the detail you would pay most attention to when choosing the elephant symbol as a feng shui cure (along with its colors and material, of course).

    An elephant's trunk is both very sensitive and very strong and is used for a variety of purposes from drinking to picking up food to greeting friends or warding off enemies. In most feng shui applications, the elephants are usually depicted with the trunk up, symbolizing the showering of good luck. If you want to use the elephant symbol as a token of friendship and love, then look for intertwined trunks.

    There are numerous elephant motifs in home decor, such as ceramic elephant statues, elephant toys, colorful elephant embroideries, and stunning photos of elephants in the wild. These and any other elephant images or symbols can be used for feng shui energy. 

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    Fertility Feng Shui Cure

    Elephant as a Fertility Feng Shui Cure
    Emily Henderson

    One of the most popular uses of the elephant in feng shui is as a fertility cure. When used for this specific purpose, choose an elephant with the trunk down. There are several explanations as to why an elephant with its trunk down is beneficial for this specific application. An elephant with its trunk down can store and accumulate energy. Also, an elephant with its trunk down is prepared to push through various obstacles, just like a couple seeking to push past an infertility obstacle. 

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    Protection Feng Shui Cure

    Elephant Statues at Hollywood and Highland
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    Because of its strength and physical power, the elephant also represents protection and stability. You will often see a pair of elephants at the entrance of Asian buildings, such as temples and businesses. Unlike fu dogs (another very popular feng shui protection cure), elephants impart a sense of respect and humility, and this does not take away from their strength or power.

    To make use of elephants' protective powers, you can place a couple of elephants at your home's main entrance. This does not have to be a dramatic arrangement. Even just an elephant couple on a side table can work very well. If you have children, it is wonderful to make use of the protective powers of the elephant energy in their room decor. You can do this in a variety of ways from elephant art prints and wallpaper to toys and figurines.

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    Nuturing Feng Shui Cure

    Female elephant with calves
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    Elephant images and figures depicting a young elephant with its mother symbolize the bond between mother and child. This is a nurturing symbol to place in your home's family area. You might also place this maternal symbol in the parents' or child's bedroom. 

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    Good Luck Cure

    Elephant as a Good Luck Cure
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    Elephants are considered a symbol of good luck for many reasons, most of them tracing their origin to ancient folklore as well as Indian religion and mythology. For this specific feng shui application, always have the elephants with the trunk up, which allows the lucky energy to be dispersed throughout your home or office.

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    Wisdom and Knowledge Cure

    Books and elephant statue on mantle
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    The elephant is one of the sacred animals in Buddhism and is often depicted in Indian mythology. This symbol can be used in your child's study, your home office, or living room to activate the energy of study and curiosity. Most of all, elephants emit an energy of kindness and strength, and every home can benefit from this beautiful energy.

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    Love Cure

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    A pair of elephants is commonly used in the bedroom or in the love and marriage area of the bagua to activate a love relationship. However, a better symbol for a love cure may be a pair of swans or mandarin ducks or even your own representation of what a strong love relationship looks and feels like to you. Whatever you choose, you should understand the mating pattern of the animal you like and decide whether you want to replicate this in your life and your love relationship.  

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    Career Success Cure

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    Place an elephant at or near the door of your office to promote power, wisdom, and success in your work life. If you have a small home office or workspace, you can also place an elephant near the door or entrance to the space or set a small elephant figure on your desk, work surface, or on a shelf in the room.

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    Your Connection to the Elephant Energy

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    After exploring the feng shui symbology of the elephant energy, take a moment to feel your own understanding and association of this powerful energy. Does it speak to you of protection? Wisdom? Good luck? Kindness? See which meaning has the strongest connection for you and let this determine how you invite this beautiful energy into your home.