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The Symbolism of the Elephant


In many Asian cultures, the elephant is considered a sacred animal. In others, it is regarded as the most wondrous creature ever created and is greatly admired

. According to Buddhist beliefs, elephants are celestial animals and one of the sacred treasures of Buddha.

Throughout time, these regal animals have come to symbolize many things including:

  • Dignity
  • Fidelity
  • Good fortune
  • Good luck
  • Intelligence
  • Longevity
  • Power
  • Strength
  • Success
  • Virility
  • Wisdom

In the application of feng shui, the elephant is considered a sacred symbol. Although it is often used to symbolize power, wisdom, strength and fertility

it can also be used to symbolize longevity, good luck and success. It can act as the grantor of wishes and as the protector of the household.



Applications: How to Place a Feng Shui Elephant

There are many applications of the use of elephants in feng shui depending on the material of the elephant and its placement in the home or office.

The following are some of the more common applications.

  • Placing a statue of an elephant, or a pair of elephants, at the front door brings good luck, protection and strength to the household.
  • These elephants are sometimes referred to as elephants of many blessings. Most feng shui practitioners believe that these elephants should have
  • their trunks facing upwards as that represents prosperity, good luck and victory. Others believe that elephants with their trunks facin
  • g downward represent longevity and conception.
  • Another use of elephants is as guardians and protectors of the household. They help you to keep the powers that you attract and maintain inside the house
  • . The elephants act as housekeepers as they guard the door and bar the chi energy from leaving.
  • An elephant or a pair of elephants displayed in the bedroom promotes love and faithfulness between two people.
  • The statues can also be placed in a study or office to enhance the love between couples.
  • A statue of a mother elephant and her baby is as symbol of the love and bonding between a mother and her children and placing one in your family or
  • children sector will make that bond stronger
  • Couples that want to have a child should place elephant statues in their bedroom, as a symbol of fertility. Often a statue or a group of seven elephants is
  • used in the bedroom to activate chi energy for fertility since in feng shui the number seven represents children. A mother and baby elephant
  • statue can also be used to represent fertility.
  • Using elephant symbols to bring knowledge and academic success to children is yet another feng shui application for these magnificent creatures
  • . Place a statue in your child’s bedroom, on her desk or wherever she does homework.
  • Depending upon the material the symbolic elephant is made of, it can be used within a specific environment to achieve the proper balance of elements.
  • Elephants that are holding or supporting an object, such as a crystal, can also be used to balance the elements based on the object they are holding.
  • Placing a statue of a frog on an elephant or a monkey on an elephant in the North promotes

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