The symbolism of the koi fish (pronounced shy fish) is common in Chinese culture and feng shui.
what is a koi fish?
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koi is the Japanese word for carp, a brightly colored type of freshwater fish commonly used in Asian landscape and design, including Chinese feng shui. fish come in a variety of colors and have symbolic meaning in feng shui.
Many of the koi’s attributes symbolize various lessons and even tests that people often encounter in life. Koi fish have a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by their ability to swim against currents and even travel up rivers. some of the characteristics associated with koi fish include:
- good fortune
koi fish legends
Many of the symbolic meanings of the koi fish described above come from the Chinese legend of the dragon’s gate in which a koi fish swam up a river, through waterfalls and other obstacles to reach the top of the mountain. at the top of the mountain was the “dragon gate”. Legend has it that when the koi finally reached the top, he turned into a dragon, one of the most auspicious creatures in Chinese culture.
koi fish feng shui meaning and use
The fish has always been one of the most used good luck symbols that correlate to attracting wealth and abundance in the world of feng shui, because the word fish in Chinese (yu) sounds like “surplus”, which represents an overflow of good fortune. Furthermore, fish belong to the element of water and in Chinese belief, water also symbolizes wealth and prosperity. In addition to these, the koi fish is also a symbol of success and determination.
meaning of the colors of koi fish
Koi fish come in a variety of bright colors such as yellow, red, blue, white, and black.
white and red koi fish
This koi has a white body with red spots. symbolizes success in your career.
black koi fish
yin yang koi fish
In feng shui, the koi is linked to the yin yang symbol. in fact, the black and white tears of the yin yang symbol are said to be representations of two koi, one male and one female. the eye of each tear symbolizes the constant vigilance of the koi. This fish combination is also often seen outside of the context of the yin yang symbol. for example, a pair of koi is often used as a symbol of good luck for a happy marriage.
koi is synonymous with harmony and happiness. the two yin and yang koi complement each other and create a perfect balance of negative and positive energies of chi energy, which is the life force of all things on earth.
koi fish feng shui tips
koi can be represented in interior design with works of art such as paintings, drawings, photographs or sculptures. its placement is said to bring auspicious abundance and prosperity into your home and life and some choose to have multiple representations of this fish.
Koi can be kept at home in either a pond or a very large aquarium. If you’re considering raising a koi on your own, be sure to always bring auspicious energy your way by keeping the water meticulously clean and well-filtered and making sure they have plenty of room to swim and grow. the preferred numbers of koi fish in the aquarium and artwork are 1, 3, 6, 8 and 9.