“Merely symbolic” is a term tossed around a lot, but we need to realize that symbols are a language. They tell us stories, and they make us think. They can tie us to our history, remind us of our path and help us to focus our energy.
When we look at the flag of our country we salute those who helped make this country great, and remember those who formed it. The Stars and Stripes convey a message.
When we look at religious symbols we’re reminded of God and the path back to Him. Those symbols tell others who we worship, what our religion holds dear, and identify us to the world.
I use the Flying Star method of Feng Shui. In this method we recognize that there are energies (also known as stars) coming from 8 directions. Personally, I like to think of the stars as angels. Each has a different skill, and a different personality. Some need extra attention, and others not so much. They support us according to their idea of what we want and need. Sometimes their ideas of what we need don’t match ours and things get a bit messy. So, it’s important to speak the language so we can let them know what it is we want and need.
If you want to encourage a star that has a wood personality, you give it what wood would like…water. If you want to encourage a star with an earth personality, you give it something red, representing fire. This is the language of the stars.
When we look at Feng Shui symbols, often we see things like the Money Toad. He’s a cute little guy, with a grumpy face, sitting on a pile of coins and catching another in his mouth. These are considered to be superstition by many, but when you think about it, they’re just another form of language.
What does the Money Toad make you think of ? It probably makes you think of making money! That’s all it needs to do. And, if it’s making you think of making money, it may also be saying the same to the entities that pay attention to such things. If he makes you smile and makes you think of making money, he’s done enough. But, if you want to make money with the energy a specific star can bring, maybe he should be sitting in that sector.
Layers…lots of layers in Feng Shui. The deeper we dig…the more answers and mysteries we find. Isn’t this fun?