If you have been thinking of creating a wealth vision board, how about incorporating feng shui elements and pictures into it? There are many feng shui symbols for wealth, luck and prosperity. We can see them in huge display at shopping centers and stores this time of the year.
(A feng shui wealth vision board featuring images of a laughing Buddha, the word “fu” for prosperity and koi fish.)
If you don’t already know, Chinese New Year celebrations start this weekend and last for a period of fifteen days. Decorations in red, gold and yellow and sweet delicacies that promise to melt prosperity in your mouth are being sold aplenty!
While I am no feng shui expert, I do have some very basic knowledge of the symbols used. After all, I was brought up in an environment decorated with Chinese antique furniture, auspicious paintings and mythical statues for wealth and well-being. Just this morning, I decided to make use of what I know, plus some research and creative skills, to demonstrate how we can create a feng shui vision board.
What is Feng Shui?
According to About.com, “Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.”
Feng means wind and shui means water. Good feng shui means good luck and bad Feng shui means bad luck. Feng shui is based on a Taoist understanding of nature and qi (energy), and the harmony between yin and yang.
8 Feng Shui Symbols for Wealth Vision Board
(A pot of money plant and statue of Laughing Buddha sits on a table in my home)
Here are some symbols or images to represent good fortune that you can use for your wealth vision board….
1. Laughing Buddha. The laughing Buddha (see picture above) is my all-time favorite symbol. I cannot help smiling whenever I look at it! Its chubby looks and large earlobes (to represent wealth) is absolutely endearing! The laughing Buddha is sold in many Chinese antique or feng shui shops. Apparently, you receive extra wealth points if you get one featured with gold ingots!
2. Prosperity. The chinese word for wealth or “fu” is often posted upside down on the front door of a home. The upside down fu when spoken in Chinese is “fu dau” which also means wealth arrived.
3. Fish. The word “fish” (or yu) in chinese represent excess. Choose the koi fish as a symbol of abundance. I enjoy watching koi swim. There is much grace and fluidity in the fish’s movements. And every koi is unique in its color, shape and size. The gold or bright orange ones are a hot favorite to represent wealth. A picture alternative to the koi is the goldfish. Select images of three gold fish in a bowl or eight koi carp to invite good fortune into your home of business.
4. Flowing Water. Waterfalls represent flowing energy of abundance. My parents have a large Chinese painting of a beautiful waterfall in their living room. If you cannot find pictures of waterfalls that you like, images of moving water will also do!
5. Money Plant. Consider having money plant indoors! Money plants are very easy to grow. At least in tropical climate. They flourish with little care! Be sure to trim away brown leaves. Any signs of death or ill health is considered bad luck! If you do not have money plants, then find pictures of them to paste into your vision board!
(Feng shui wealth vision board with words “prosperity growth” or “fan rong”, water symbols, a chest of gold coins and pot of lucky bamboo)
6. Gold Coins. Nothing beats a picture focus of a treasure chest overflowing with gold coins! During the Chinese New Year period, when you give three gold coins tied with red ribbon, positive feng shui is created for both the receiver and giver! Six gold coins is also considered lucky!
7. Lucky Bamboo. I like the appearance of the soft green leaves of the bamboo plant. Bamboo plants represent wealth and prosperity as well as longevity and good health. They are easily available nowadays. You can consider having a pot of lucky bamboo on your office desk even! Lucky bamboo enjoy warmer temperatures of between 65ºF and 90ºF. Do not place the plants in front of air conditioning or heating vents, however.
8. Fu Lu Shou. The Fuk Lu Shou (also known as Three Star Gods) is a well favored symbol with businessmen, executives and high ranking government officials. They also appear in many chinese holdholds as they represent the integration of: Happiness/Descendants Luck, Power/Success/Prosperity and Longevity/Health. The picture I have is a wood carving of the Fu Lu Shou I have at home. Most Chinese prefer them in ornate statues though.
Colors For Feng Shui Wealth Vision Board
Pick rich colors to represent wealth. These include bright yellow, gold, red, purple and green.
Digital or Cut-and-Paste Vision Board
The vision boards I created here are all made with my photoshop software for illustration purposes. However, you can just as easily spend some time flipping through magazines for pictures to cut and paste.
Where to Place Your Feng Shui Vision Board
The following 4 feng shui placement tips came from Marie Diamond and are featured from the Vision Board book:
1. Always place your feng shui vision board somewhere where you can see it, in your office, your bedroom or your living room.
2. Place your feng shui vision board where there is beautiful energy; definitely not in your cupboard or bathroom.
3. Have your feng shui wealth vision board in a place where there is life and action.
4. Be sure to place your feng shui wealth vision board at eye level so that you can focus on it.
Another 4 extra tips:
1. Hang your feng shui board at the entrance of your house, to usher in wealth.
2. Be sure to choose pictures of incoming wealth rather than outflowing abundance.
3. Place indoor plants at south east corners to up your wealth quotient!
4. Never put your wealth symbols in the toilet! Avoid having the representation of flushing away your good fortune!
4-plus-4 tips bring us to the number eight, once again! The number eight when pronounced sounds very similar to “strike” in chinese. As with “strike lottery”, eight is considered an auspicious number to attract good fortune.
Free Image Sources
If you do not already have the feng shui items physically, I recommend sourcing for images to have them on your wealth vision board. Some of the pictures I have used here are free from Dreamstime, while others are photos that I have taken (feel free to download them for your own use)!
As shared in the previous year, the Chinese has a habit of clearing out the clutter before ushering in the new year. So this has been a rather busy period for me, not just with clearing physical clutter but subconscious ones! Well, I am not the only one hoping to start the chinese calendar year on an auspicious note. I have been getting requests from clients with energy clearing work as well. So if you have not already done so, consider spending some time on emotional release. Thereafter, create your feng shui vision board 🙂
The coming weekend is extra special!! It starts with a double celebration – Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day – on February 14!! Let us toast to a year of prosperity, love and peace!