Which Direction Should the Feng Shui Tortoise Face?

Understand the Feng Shui Power of the Ancient Turtle Symbol

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There are many feng shui tortoises with specific designs on their back, or with additions, such as feng shui coins to attract more money, for example. Rosanne Olson/Getty Images

Question: Please help me to get out of a terrible mess! I have moved a stone tortoise from its feng shui position at our West facing front entrance and can not remember its exact feng shui placement. I do know that it is extremely important to my wife, who is away for a few days, and that if the feng shui tortoise is not facing the original feng shui direction when she returns, I am likely to be in a lot of trouble! So much for trying to help with the cleaning. Any feng shui help that you can give will be very much appreciated.

Good feng shui question. First, there is no reason to worry. Even if a feng shui cure is misplaced for a couple of days, there is a very small chance that this will considerably weaken the feng shui energy in the home. There are several feng shui rules, or guidelines for placing a tortoise as a feng shui cure in your home, your garden, or your office.

Feng Shui Tortoise Meaning and Placement

The Tortoise is one of the four Celestial Animals, or Guardians in feng shui, which are the Green Dragon in the East, the Red Phoenix in the South, the White Tiger in the West, and the Black Tortoise in the North. These four animals are considered the guardians of good feng shui energy and the roots of their symbolism and feng shui use go deep to the feng shui beginnings.

The first feng shui use of turtles or tortoises in feng shui is the feng shui use as a protection and energy strengthening cure. For this purpose, the best feng shui placement of the tortoise is in the back of the house.

This means you can also place a small tortoise behind your back in the office (if this looks appropriate for your workspace), as well as in the back of your garden.

The second use of the tortoise, particularly a black tortoise made from metal is in the North bagua area of your home. This use is based on the tortoise as a feng shui energy enhancer for your career; it is believed that this feng shui placement can help attract a smooth, grounding energy for your business projects and steady promotions in your career.

The third feng shui use is to bring the grounding energy of the tortoise to any feng shui bagua area of your home that needs more protection and stability. You mentioned you have a stone tortoise close to the West facing front door, which brings the energy of grounding and protection to the main door. The stone material belongs to the earth feng shui element that is nourishing for the metal element of this direction so your wife made a smart choice! If your wife chose this application of feng shui, be sure that the turtle is facing towards the main door.

The fourth application is used in a slightly more advanced feng shui -- as you might have in your case, too -- when the feng shui tortoise is facing the best directions for the inhabitants of the home. This is calculated by looking into one's Kua number, the birth feng shui element, as well as the current feng shui energies for the year.

There is a wide variety of feng shui tortoises with specific designs on their back, made from different materials, as well as with additions, such as feng shui coins to attract more money, to improve health, family life, etc. Then there is the dragon turtle feng shui cure; which is a mystical combination of the energies of the turtle with the energies of the dragon.

From what you describe, there is no reason to worry. I am sure you do remember the approximate positioning of the turtle. If in doubt, make sure it faces the main door, but definitely ask your wife if she placed it as a more advanced feng shui cure.

You can't really go wrong with this Celestial feng shui symbol if you treat it with respect. Besides, I am sure your wife will only appreciate your help with cleaning, as well as your concern and your respect for her feng shui interest. Best of luck to you!