By Kathryn Weber
Few things in life are as rewarding as the feeling that you have support.
In feng shui, support can come in the form of friends who help you, the right assistance becomes available in times of need, and business, career and job opportunities materialize when you need them.
If that describes your life, you have what’s known in feng shui as good tortoise support.
The tortoise is considered a celestial creature, one of four. The tortoise represents the compass direction of north, the element of water and the number one. His corner of the bagua represents earned income, such as from a job or business, and support for career and business endeavors.
Often confused with turtles, tortoises are land creatures. Turtles are at home in water. In feng shui, the black tortoise is represented by hills or mountains behind the home. However, the tortoise can also be a rise of land or taller building that’s behind your home.
When this element is present, you have assistance when you need it and the relaxation that comes from a life that’s fully supported, protected and drawing good fortune.
Like turtles, tortoises are deemed to be very auspicious in feng shui and the name turtle and tortoise are often used interchangeably. When they’re present they attract the good fortune of wealth, generating income and business opportunity.
Perhaps more importantly, they provide protection against malevolent forces and misfortune, and is a true living celestial animal unlike the phoenix and dragon. Having the tortoise presence in your home and life bodes very well for making money and having many opportunities to move ahead.
The turtle also represents longevity – and we all know the benefits of staying power. The turtle with its slow, plodding ways wins the race in Aesop’s fable. Turtles demonstrate that those who keep working and applying themselves with tenacity win the race — and the turtle empowers you to keep going.
The tortoise is also important to feng shui because it carries the map of feng shui, the lo shu square, on its back. Looking at the shell of a turtle, you can see the individual squares of the bagua or lo shu square.
Chinese legends tell of how the turtle came out of the Lo River carrying the secrets and mysteries of the bagua, the source of feng shui.
Of course, some homes don’t have a rise of land at the back of their home, and if not, the tortoise’s support can be mimicked with landscaping or even an image of a tortoise or turtle at the rear of the home.
Use these 6 tips to increase the income, support and good fortune in your life with the beautiful support of the celestial tortoise.
1. Accumulate more wealth.
Placing a turtle figure or image in the southeast is another way to grow your money. Even better? An actual turtle in the southeast wealth sector not only helps your investments grow, it also protects them. The small wood of the southeast wealth sector just loves the water energy of the turtle. Even a fountain with a turtle figure is a great wealth activator!
2. Sleep soundly.
Place a small turtle figure under your bed to help you sleep better at night. The added support gives you more refreshing rest and protection while you are sleeping – and attracting more income and opportunities to you while you sleep.
3. Gain income opportunities.
Adding a turtle figure or image to your office will boost your support and recognition at work – not to mention opportunities to move up the career ladder – and earn more money! Place a Chinese coin in its mouth to represent the impending arrival of money.
4. Increase your earning power.
Place a turtle image or figure in the north sector of your living room to increase your generating income and opportunities for more income and job promotions.
5. Improve your health.
If you’d like happier family relationships and better, more vibrant health, add a turtle to the east sector of your house or living room to improve both areas of your life. The turtle, a symbol of water, enhances the wood corner of the east to make it grow. That growth also represents an expanding wallet, too.
6. The dragon and tortoise improve your career.
If you’re looking for serious gains in income and opportunity, consider adding a dragon tortoise to your office. These creatures are the embodiment of both the dragon (power) and tortoise (protection, influence) and together symbolize the development of good fortune in work and business. Add him to your desk, on the side, as he is too powerful to confront, or on a table behind your desk. Place a Chinese coin in his mouth to represent increasing income.