What Is the Ru Yi Feng Shui Cure?

This feng shui cure is best used in the office

Ruyi sceptre, China, late 18th-early 19th century.
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Ru Yi is a Chinese scepter used in classical or traditional feng shui. Not many people in modern feng shui schools are familiar with the Ru Yi look or use. Literally translated, Ru Yi means "as you wish." It has become a feng shui good luck and good fortune symbol.

To know whether you need a Ru Yi or not in the feng shui of your home, first decide if you like the look of the Ru Yi and then see if you feel connected to its meaning.

 The quality of the Ru Yi you want to buy is important, as some feng shui cures are made of cheap materials and are of questionable quality.

After you understand the meaning and use of Ru Yi in classical or traditional feng shui applications, it is up to you to decide if a Ru Yi is a good match for the energy of your home or office.

The Meaning of the Ru Yi

As with most ancient symbols, there are several different versions as to the origins of Ru Yi. Some believe Ru Yi originated from the Buddhist ceremonial scepter, some from a self-defense weapon and some believe it originated as a simple back scratcher. Whatever its origin, records show that in time Ru Yi became a symbol of power and authority.

The additional meaning of Ru Yi is that of good luck and protection, with a reputation for helping its owner find a clear way to the fulfillment of his path or destiny. Because of Ru Yi 's association with power, authority, and fulfillment of a destiny (yang quality of energy, often translated as "career" in today's world), a Ru Yi is best used for good feng shui in the office, not at home.

Where to Place a Ru Yi

In classical feng shui schools, a Ru Yi is most often positioned in the North area of a place of business,  which can be a home office or a large, corporate office. A Ru Yi in the office is assumed to protect the owner from negative energy and clear the way for career advancement.

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At home, the Ru Yi is most often placed in the Northwest bagua area—the area connected to male energy. It is also the feng shui area connected to networking and helpful people. Sometimes a Ru Yi is placed in the West feng shui bagua area (Children and Creativity) to create a more authoritative energy in the interaction with children.

Types of Ru Yi

The typical feng shui Ru Yi is made of metal or a lighter material with a bronze finish. A more expensive and better-crafted Ru Yi is made of jade or precious wood. You often find the feng shui Ru Yi adorned with red tassels with the mystic knot, as well as various feng shui symbols.

If you like what Ru Yi is about and feel connected to its look and meaning, definitely go for this feng shui cure. However, in applying good feng shui in your home or office, do not make the mistake of feeling limited to using cures that do not resonate with you.

Feng shui is all about energy, and energy can be expressed in endless ways. You have to be clear with your intent and know what you want to achieve by using a specific feng shui cure. Ru Yi is just one option among many other options. Understand its energy and explore how the same energy can be expressed in various ways that are appropriate for your home and office decor.