The 8 Auspicious Symbols And The Meanings Behind The Signs

The 8 auspicious symbols are associated with Buddhists, especially Tibetans.

As a lot of Chinese households practice both Buddhism and feng shui, it’s not surprising that over the years, the 8 auspicious signs are closely associated with feng shui as well.

After all, various objects among the eight are prominently used in feng shui and Chinese culture with very strong symbolic meanings behind them.

The presence of these symbols on Buddha’s footprints discovered by archaeologists only serve to further emphasize the significance of these signs, especially in spirituality.

1) Wheel

The wheel is also known as the Dharmachakra. And also have various aliases including the Wheel of Life, Wheel of the Cosmos, Wheel of Truth, etc.

It is the epitome of wisdom and nobility.

Many people display wheels at home without knowing they carry very profound meaning within.

2) Conch

The conch is associated with sound and more specifically, the arrival of good news.

Used as a musical instrument, the tune of the conch creates a link to higher dimensions.
It is generally related to good fortune.

Just stop yourself from thinking about seafood when you see one.

3) Victory banner

The victory banner, also known as Dhvaja, provides divine assistance for one’s challenges against foes and enemies.

In ancient times, confrontations between people or groups are common.

It is said that the parading of victory banners are part and parcel of winning battles in the past. As if victory was not complete until the parading of the victory banner.

4) Parasol

While the victory banner is about rising above competition, the parasol is one that offers protection.

In some circles, it is referred to as a canopy. Sometimes even as an umbrella.

It is often carried as an emblem for protection against evil and those with bad intentions.

5) Lotus

The lotus flower is the ultimate symbol of purity.

The most desirable form of beauty is inner beauty. And nothing incorporates that as much as the lotus in symbolism.

It is commonly portrayed in paintings for feng shui. It is also widely known as an emblem of the Goddess of mercy.

6) Vase

The vase is revered for it’s connotations for peace and harmony. They are also one of the favorite decorative wares of the Chinese.

They are often used for keeping invaluable items for good fortune.

The wealth vase is one good example of it being used in feng shui.

7) Pair of fish

A pair of fish is a reflection of the yin-yang theory of everything and offer protection.

When a pair of koi is swimming in circles, a view from the top will enable one to obseve the taichi symbol forming.

While there is no definitive answer as to whether double fish are koi or carp, the general agreement is that they are a type of carp.

Some people insist that they are celestial golden fish.

8) Mystic knot

Also known as the endless knot, the mystic knot represents continuity and long-lasting happiness.

It signifies peace, and often used as an emblem of safety.

No wonder it is one of the most popular symbols used in Chinese weddings as decorations.

8 Auspicious objects in feng shui

It must be noted that different culture and traditions might order the 8 auspicious symbols differently.

The above sequence of objects is understood to be the order determined during the Qing dynasty.

And as mentioned earlier, the auspicious signs are closely associated with religion. It’s just that buddhists practices are often practiced in tandem to feng shui applications.

Which is the main reason why the objects are getting more popular in recent years with feng shui enthusiasts.

With such all-encompassing symbolism, the placement of the 8 auspicious signs can be at any directional areas.

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While each individual object carries strong symbolism and can be placed individually in specific sectors of the house, the real power is harnessed when they are displayed as a whole group.

It’s not called right auspicious symbols for no particular reason.

They are best placed in wealth locations or health corners to enhance the energies residing in these spaces.

If you are a religious person, the best place to locate them is at the altar. However, when doing so do keep in mind the basic rules of altar configuration.

You don’t want to be offending the gods for such minor reasons.

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