Feng shui has many animal symbols and one that towers above them all is the world’s largest land mammal, the elephant. Many often ask if elephants are good luck. The answer is yes. Elephants symbolize some of our highest ideals and can be used in feng shui to improve everything in your life, from wealth, to intellectual stimulation and wish-granting, to improved fertility for conception.
The elephant is revered throughout Asia. In China, elephants once roamed the lands but have died out there though they are often symbolized in artwork and held in high regard for their strength and noble character.
In India, the esteemed elephant is a treasured part of society and is given a god status as Ganesh, the remover of obstacles and new undertakings.
In Buddhism, it is said that the Buddha’s mother dreamt of a white elephant presenting her with a white lotus, which was how she learned of her pregnancy would be to a special son and who became the Lord Buddha.
It is this legend that strengthened the love and association of Buddhism with elephants.
The White Elephant
In Asia, the elephant is considered divine. In particular, the white elephant is regarded as a holy animal, and embodies reason coupled with power. Seeing a white elephant is thought to bring good luck.
The precious elephant is known for its intellectual ability, its kindness, and for its memory and concentration.
As a symbol, the elephant is believed to bring power, strength, and its high moral and loving character to wherever it is displayed, making it an auspicious symbol for the northeast sector of the mind, intellect, and education.
Place an elephant symbol or image wherever you desire greater intelligence, wisdom, and decision-making or to enhance education luck.
Symbol of Wealth
The elephant has the capacity to bring good fortune. Because his trunk can hold water, an elephant is associated with wealth. When displayed in the wealth locations, the elephant brings opportunity, income, and the power to bestow good fortune and wealth.
In the southeast wealth corner or the north corner of business and career, place a wealth bowl or other bowl of precious items or flowers on the elephants to promote the arrival of wealth luck and promotes your power on the job or in business.
In all corners, the elephant brings strength, the ability to push past problems and remove obstacles. In the northwest corner the elephant strengthens the patriarch and brings blessings and heavenly assistance to the home.
In the east, the elephant brings loyalty, strength and the power of good health. For the family, the elephant promotes family happiness, respect, and order.
The elephant symbol here also helps you to start anew, with fresh energy to power past problems.
In the south, the elephant brings regard, recognition and ignites your passion for success.
Fertility Myth of the Upward Trunk
In general, elephants are loving and devoted parents and family members, making them an auspicious symbol for improving family relationships and to help promote fertility, especially for sons.
One myth that is pervasive is that the elephant image or figure must be displayed with the trunk up to improve fertility or to conceive male children, or that only a trunk that’s pointed upwards is good luck. However, both are myths.
The elephant itself is a strong enough symbol for improving fertility and improving chances of pregnancy, and is a symbol of luck no matter which way its trunk points.
Images of children riding atop an elephant are common in Chinese prints and augur good fortune and when placed in the bedroom are a wonderful symbol of conception.
The humble and respectful elephant is believed to carry the Buddha’s wish-granting jewel, making the elephant a granter of wishes. There is no place that you cannot display the elephant for its majesty will imbue all corners of your home with its magnificence and good fortune symbolism.
Placed outside your door or displayed at an entryway, elephants represent an auspicious and powerful greeting and augur the arrival of good fortune and good luck.
In the west corner, elephant images will help promote fertility and conception luck as well as wiser and more filial children, and their placement in this corner also protects children.
Elephant as Protector.
The elephant is peaceful but will only become aggressive in defense. This makes elephant guardians especially useful as protectors. You can trust that the elephant will use sound judgement to protect and defend the members of your household.