Celestial Feng Shui Animal Figurines
According to ancient Chinese cosmology (dated from around 6,000 BC), the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices and the fall and spring equinoxes (see yin yang). Each quadrant was visible in its entirety only in the season with which it is associated. These heavenly quadrants were called the Four Celestial Palaces, and each “palace” was represented by a guardian animal, the Dragon – Spring, Phoenix – Summer, Tiger – Fall and Turtle – Winter.
Dragon: Also known as dragon is the highest spiritual power, the divine power of change and transformation, the rhythms of nature, supernatural wisdom and strength. It is often portrayed carrying the “pearl of wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence of the universe”. The Azure Dragon represents Spring and the direction East.
Phoenix: It’s various elements represent the cosmos: The head of a cock is the sun, the back of a swallow is the moon, it’s wings are the wind, it’s tail are the trees and flowers and it’s feet are the earth. The phoenix is a universal symbol of resurrection and immortality, of death and rebirth by fire. The phoenix represents Summer and the direction South.
Tiger: The white tiger represents authority, courage, prowess and fierceness needed for protection. It also represents Autumn and the direction West. When the celestial tiger is paired with the celestial dragon (green) it provides supreme protection and good fortune.
Turtle: This turtle is also referred to as the “Black Warrior” because of it’s strength, endurance and longevity. It represents Winter and the direction North.