The 4 Feng Shui Celestial Animals
The four key animals (and directions) guardians in feng-shui are:
- the Green Dragon,
- the White Tiger,
- the Red Phoenix, and
- the Black Turtle
In ancient Feng Shui history, they mark the directions East (Green Dragon), West (White Tiger), South (Red Phoenix), and North (Black Turle), respectively, as you stand facing the South.
As Feng Shui took hold, these directions were also interpreted as left (Green Dragon), right (White Tiger), front (Red Phoenix), and back (Black Turtle) regardless of the direction the house faced.
As you stand inside the house facing outside, the Green Dragon is to your left, the White Tiger to your right, the Black Tortoise at your back, and the Red Phoenix in the front.
They represent landform structures that would create a protective barrier around the home or business location. In Feng Shui terms, the balance and presence of these four animal guardians, represented by structures in the immediate environment, are extremely auspicious and ideal for locating a home or business.
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The four protective features are identified with reference to the position of the observer.
Landform for residential and commercial sites
The yang feng shui applies to homes and businesses. This is the formation you will need to account for when you access your surrounding.
The black turtle refers to the large structure or building behind your home or business.
This structure should be large enough to create a protective shield in the back of the building. A series of buildings, fences, solid walls or mountains ranges make strong black turtle structures. The more solid the construction of the back structure the stronger the black turtle.
The turtle represents the support for the structure and for its occupants. The turtle in the back will bring occupants of the business or home good solid support and backing. Without the turtle, residences of the home may face exceptional challenges.
The next important structure is the Green Dragon and the White Tiger.
For the dragon, we want a tall structure, not as tall as the turtle, but slightly smaller. The dragon can composed of a series of buildings, bushes, another home, or other land formations, not necessarily just one individual structure.
The dragon represents helpful people, such as a business's investors, life partners, or simply just friends and family.
Therefore, it is important the dragon is close by, in terms of actual distance, to the home or business. For example, to assess the involvement of investors/partners to a business, we just need to look at the proximity of the dragon to the actual business building. If the dragon structure is in close proximity to the business, then the investors/ partners are close by. This means that if your business needs assistance, help will not be far away.
However, if the dragon structure is far away, it implies the business has distant investors/partners, such as an overseas or foreign entity. Since all businesses need helpful people to succeed, because no one can succeed alone, we want to ensure the dragon is present. This also applies to our homes. We need a good support system from our friends and family in order to succeed and be content in our lives. A person who lives alone with no friends or family around is like an island, a loner. He/she will feel isolated, which can and often will lead to depression. Therefore, helpful people are essential and one should seek out the dragon to bring in helpful people.
In addition to representing helpful people, the green dragon also signifies the Yang or male energy. According to the Tai Chi, the Yang energy is an active energy source.
Therefore, to avoid stagnant energy, which will cause health problems, the green dragon must be present in the home.
In a rural environment, it is ideal for the Green Dragon formation to be covered with vegetation and the White Tiger formation to be an outcrop of whitish-colored rock. The Black Tortoise and Red Raven should have smooth slopes and ridges.
In an urban environment, the ideal Green Dragon formation is a building with a greenish or bluish tint. A building with a green stone facade or windows tinted with the appropriate color will serve the purpose. Buildings with trees or hedges on their sides or with ivy clinging to the walls are also viable Green Dragons
If your dragon side is missing from your home, you can grow bushes or other plants, such as a row of bamboos, put up a fence, or create a dragon structure to the left of your home to tap into the green dragon's energy. For those who live in plan communities, popular in the United States, your next-door neighbor's house to the left of your home is a good solid green dragon.
The white tiger is another significant structure that needs to surround the structure.
The tiger represents the right side, standing inside looking out of the building.
The tiger needs to be smaller than the dragon. Since the tiger can, at times, be a ferocious creature, it is important the tiger side does not dominate the dragon side of your home or business.
Therefore, the left side should always be higher than the right. The white tiger signifies the female energy, which tends to be more passive.
An effective White Tiger is a building that has a white stone facade. The next in order of preference is a building simply painted white.
Finally, we want to look for the phoenix and turtle
The phoenix refers to the front of the home or business. This is where you need a spacious area to allow chi to gather. In addition, you need a small-scale structure in the front as well.
A good phoenix is an area that is quite open, but not completely exposed. The phoenix area should be large enough to accommodate the flowing chi and to direct it towards the home or business.
For example, a good phoenix for businesses is a parking lot. It would even be better, if the parking lot were slightly slanted towards the front door. This way the chi will flow downwards toward the business. Just imagine it just rained outside, where the water flows to is where the chi will flow. If the water is flowing towards the front door of the business, the chi will follow.
The Black Turtle should be a building taller than yours, but not too close.
In a suburb, your backyard should provide enough distance between your house and the Black Tortoise. In the city, you would want to have a parking lot or even an alley between your building and the one behind you.
Ming Tong ("Bright Hall")
Every home should preferably have a ming-tong (translates to "bright hall" in English term).
In ancient Chinese homes, there is usually an open courtyard in front of the homes to allow auspicious energy to gather, therefore, ensuring there is plenty of chi to enter the home.
A good ming-tong would be an open and wellkept lawn. A park or picnic area in front of your home is also another good example of a ming-tong.
This means that one must ensure the front of his/her home is clear of debris and clutter, so that good and positive chi can collect before it enters the home.
Some points to note
There are some points to consider when you look for protection from these animal guardians:
- Try to look for site surrounded by all four guardian landforms.
- If not, the next best is one that has the Black Tortoise, Green Dragon, and White Tiger.
- Still not possible?? Then, if there is only one protection feature, it should be the Black Tortoise.
- Never position a house on the Green Dragon, White Tiger, or Black Tortoise formations. These landforms are meant to shield the house from the onslaught of destructive energy. Should you build a house on top of them, the occupants will bear the full brunt of the destructive forces.
- The Red Phoenix formation should not block the view from the front of the house.
- The Black Tortoise should not be too close to the house.
- Do not live in a house on a slope without vegetation, because vegetation is a form of protection.
- Do not live in a house that is situated on top of a ridge or a mountain. These sites have no protection on any side. Similarly, a high-rise apartment that is the tallest building in the immediate area also is unprotected from destructive energy.
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