Use of the Elephant Symbol in Feng Shui

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    Feng Shui Meaning of Elephant Energy

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    Is it good feng shui to have the image of the elephant in your home or office? And, if it is good, what is it good for? Will the best feng shui placement of the elephant symbol bring you fame and fortune? A new love? A better job?

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

    Luckily, when it comes to the feng shui energy and symbolism of the elephant, few people can object to its beauty, silent power, kindness, and majesty. Even though elephants are the largest land animals living on the planet today (and one of the strongest, too), their energy feels invariably kind and very, very wise.

    We have a plethora of elephant motifs in home decor -- from ceramic elephant statues to elephant toys, from colorful elephant embroideries to stunning photos of elephants in the wild. How do you place this powerful energy for best feng shui in your home or office? Is the elephant energy good feng shui anywhere in your home, or should you restrict it to specific bagua areas?

    Let's look at the classical elephant symbolism as used in feng shui. Do remember, though, that this comes second to your own personal connection/feeling about the elephant energy.

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  • 02 of 08

    Elephant Symbolism

    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 when choosing the elephant symbol as a feng shui cure (along with its colors and material, of course!) Elephant's trunk is both very sensitive and very strong as it is used for a variety of purposes -- from drinking to picking food...MORE to greeting friends or warding off enemies.

    In most feng shui applications, the elephants are usually depicted with the trunk up, as this symbolizes 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.

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  • 03 of 08

    Elephant as a Fertility Feng Shui Cure

    Emily Henderson

    One of the most popular uses of the elephants in feng shui is a fertility cure. When used for this specific purpose, choose an elephant with the trunk down. Why? There are several explanations as to why the trunk down is beneficial for this specific application, one of them being that the elephant with the trunk down stores and accumulates energy. An elephant with the trunk down will also be pushing through various obstacles, so it makes sense that this symbol would be used for a couple who is...MORE looking for a fertility feng shui cure.

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  • 04 of 08

    Elephant as a Protection Feng Shui Cure

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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, be it temples or businesses. Unlike the Fu Dogs, another very popular feng shui protection cure, the elephants impart a sense of respect and humility (which does not take away from their strength or power). To make use of their protective powers, you can place a couple of elephants at your main entrance. This does not have...MORE to be a dramatic arrangement, just an elephant couple on your 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 that in a variety of ways -- from elephant art prints and wallpaper to toys and figurines.

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  • 05 of 08

    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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    Elephant Symbol of Wisdom and Knowledge

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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 or your home office, as well as in the living room to activate the energy of study and curiosity. Most of all, elephants emit an energy of kindness and strength, and there is no home that cannot benefit from this beautiful energy!

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    Use of the Elephant Symbol as a Love Cure

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    Even though some feng shui consultants advise having a pair of elephants in the bedroom -- or in the Love & Marriage area of the bagua to activate the love relationship -- I suggest you do not do that. A couple of swans or mandarin ducks are good traditional feng shui for love cures, or better yet, go for your own representation of what a strong love relationship looks and feels like to you. Understand the mating patterns of the animal you like in order to decide if this is the pattern you...MORE want to replicate in your life and your love relationship.  

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  • 08 of 08

    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 sure invite this beautiful energy into your home.