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(Date Posted:02/06/2009 06:12 AM)
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Symbolic Animal Guardians Around the Home

When examining the surrounding landform of your home, we often refer

To the 5 symbolic celestial animals. Locating and observing the

Position of each animal helps us identify certain feng shui aspects,

Which can be enhanced or remedied accordingly. Once you understand

The basic principles behind the placement and function of each

Celestial animal position, you will be able to balance and

Strengthen the surrounding landform around your home in order to

Encourage harmonious and nurturing energy for you and your family.


The Tortoise area refers to the rear of your home (i.e. The back

Yard). In order to feel secure and supported within your home, your

Back area should contain a protective `mountain effect' which is

Symbolic of the Tortoise's strong, hard shell. You can introduce

This Tortoise feature by having a solid fence or a row of trees or a

Collection of large earthenware pots or statuary along the back

Boundary behind your home. You can also simulate the Tortoise

Support with a shed or other building structure at the rear of the

Property, which is solid, uncluttered and tidy. A statue of a single

Tortoise will symbolically add the Tortoise influence to your

Backyard, however you will still need to add a `mountain' feature to

Enjoy the protective qualities of the Tortoise support. The Tortoise

Feature helps retain accumulated chi that has entered your property,

As well as protecting your back. If the rear of your property slopes

Away from the home, then your back is weakened. You will need to add

Tortoise support via the above-suggested features, and you should

Also consider adding up-lights to the back area to symbolically

Raise the chi.


When standing in your front yard looking towards your home, the

Dragon side is on the right hand side of your property. The Dragon

Side of your property should ideally be higher than the Tiger side,

As the Dragon keeps the Tiger energy benevolent. If your neighbor's

House on the Dragon side is taller than yours, then this is OK from

A feng shui perspective, as their house represents protective dragon

Energy. Keeping this in mind, it is still important to retain a

Sense of balance in your surroundings - so you don't want to be

Totally overshadowed by any neighboring buildings. If they tend to

Substantially rob your home of sunlight, block a beautiful view or

Overhang above your property, then the building is potentially

Draining beneficial chi from you. You can introduce Dragon energy by

Planting a raised garden area with flowering trees and shrubs,

Having your driveway on the Dragon side (the yang activity activates

The benevolent Dragon energy), installing up-lights to symbolically

Raise the chi, placing 9 stepping stones in this area in a

Meandering fashion, and/or by placing statues or pots with dragon

Images on the Dragon side of your property.


The Phoenix area is the front yard of your property. This is the

Area where chi first enters your property. From a feng shui

Perspective, we want to attract and accumulate positive sheng chi

Energy to this area. One of the fundamental key principles behind

The term `feng shui' (translating literally as `wind water') is the

Concept that positive energy is carried along by the `wind' (or

Unseen energy currents all around us) and is attracted to and

Captured by `water'. You can simulate the chi-attracting benefits of

Water in the Phoenix area by adding a `Footstool' effect to the

Front yard, in order to capture and retain beneficial chi as it

Enters your property. You do this by creating a mound of earth (i.e.

Garden bed) that is raised (like a footstool in front of the home),

While also maintaining an open area in the middle of the front yard

For the chi to accumulate (known as the `Bright Hall Effect'). You

Can further stimulate the attraction of beneficial chi to your

Phoenix area by planting bright displays of flowers in the front

Yard to add positive growth and abundance chi. Red colored flowers

Are especially auspicious for the front area. The Phoenix influence

Can also be symbolically introduced to the front yard (in

Conjunction with the above suggestions)

, by adding statuary,

Artworks, whirly gigs and symbols depicting birds (i.e. Rooster,

Phoenix, peacock etc). If your front yard is lower than the road

Level, then you can symbolically raise the chi by installing up-

Lights in the front yard, which shine up onto the front face of the

House to make it visually appear taller.


When standing in your front yard looking towards your home, the

Tiger side is on the left hand side of your property. Ideally, any

neighboring buildings on this side should be lower than your home,

otherwise the Tiger energy can become too strong and it can turn

against you (often in the form of negative relations with the

neighbors). Try to ensure that the garden area on the Tiger side is

lower than the Dragon side. Plant low-growing shrubs and plants on

this side. White flowering plants are considered auspicious for the

Tiger side. If your driveway is located on the Tiger side, then each

time cars travel along this part of your property, the Tiger is said

to be prowling. This is especially symbolized at night when the car

headlights traveling up the side of your property resemble Tiger-

eyes glowing in the dark. The yang activity connected with a

driveway on the left side of your property can turn the Tiger

against you. If your driveway is situated on this side, make sure it

is kept uncluttered and relatively quiet, and concentrate on

building up your Dragon side to keep the Tiger energy benevolent.


This celestial creature represents the heart of your home, (ie the

Center of your dwelling). Ideally, the Center of your home should be

open and uncluttered, so the Snake energy can flow freely and

communicate with the surrounding external guardians. In feng shui,

the Snake is known to be a wise and sagacious creature. Its position

in the Center of your home indicates the need to utilize your

knowledge of the surrounding celestial guardians in order to feel

balanced and centered within your own home environment.

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