Magpies are beautiful birds even before they spread their wings and are related to the crow family of birds.
Studies have also shown that certain species of magpies are some of the most intelligent creatures in the animal kingdom.
It is of no surprise that such a magically looking has significant symbolism in feng shui.
Legend of the magpie
The manchu people who have a strong presence in Chinese history treat the magpie as a sacred bird that is able to help overcome obstacles in life.
So much so that it was used as a totem to represent certain influential clans.
The manchu also played a vital role in assisting the Qing empire conquer China by defeating the Ming rulers.
The magpie featured prominently in victory banners and emblems.
In a famous mythical classic story, a farmer by the name of Chien Niu fell in love with a fairy named Chih Nu when she was doing her round of good deeds on earth. But the heavenly jade emperor refused to approve of their relationship and prohibited them to meet by recalling the fairy back to heaven. However, their love was so deep that the emperor finally relented. Magpies then filled the sky to form a stairway to heaven for Chien Niu to meet his loved one.
As they are permitted to meet once a year on the 7th day of the 7th month, folklore insist that on this calender day no magpies will be seen as they are busy building the bridge for the couple in love to meet.
Symbolism of magpie
While the magpie sign seemed to feature in victory parades, it’s symbolism is not about wars and battles like the victory banner.
In feng shui it is known as a powerful attractor of happy and joyous events worthy of celebration. Thus, the nickname the bird of joy.
It is written as 喜鹊 (xi que) in mandarin. With 喜 carrying the meaning of happiness.
On top of that, it is a signifies the overcoming of obstacles to attain goals.
It is generally a bird of good omen.
Because of this, mystical ability, the magpie can be used for a variety of purposes to help users take one step closer to their ultimate goals.
- People wanting to get married might find opportunities to do so
- Couples wishing for children could get just what they wished for
- Business people will find lesser obstacles standing in their way towards success
When you spot a magpie, it is a sign from the heavens that something good is going to happen soon.
When it nest in your house, it literally implies that the bird is bringing good fortune to you. So don’t chase them away or burn their nests under any circumstances unless it is absolutely necessary.
Placement of the magpie bird
Homeowners who intend to place the magpie at home must be reminded that this is symbolic feng shui as the bird don’t represent any particular elements.
This means that you can place it in any sector to power-up the feng shui configuration that is already present in a particular sector.
For example, the south is a section of the house that is associated with recognition, status, and rank. Placing a magpie painting in this sector can enhance opportunities for promotions.
Placing it in the southwest can help enhance the energy that governs relationships in the houehold and create harmony.
However, do note that birds are generally not recommended for placement in bedrooms.
It can also be carried around as a personal charm as it has a positive aura that help avoid and overcome problems in general.