Slow and steady achieves success
Learn lessons from the ‘slow but steady’ tortoise to plod your way to a fat bank account
The north bagua area of your space represents the career and wealth aspect of your life. In feng shui, sustaining both these things require support and assistance, which can materialise in the form of job opportunities, helpful people and mentors, support of your peers/boss or much needed business deals etc.
Remember Aesop’s fable of the tortoise with his grit and deter mination ulti mately defeating the hare? His motto is slow and steady wins the race. I f you are i n f or t he long haul for something and need tenacious support to see things through, you should consider placing a tortoise in your home. It lends its strength and empowers you to plod over tough times.
The north area is home to the water element, the season winter and the black dark warrior ie the turtle. Display one in the north sector of your office (or if that’s not a possibility then behind your chair) for success in the workplace. In Feng shui, this slow but intelligent creature brings career stability and strengthens the positive Chi in a competitive environment. Tortoise energy is smooth and grounding, which is vital to promotions and business endeavours. To support your career and business projects, the turtle must face the north.
This creature from the reptile family protects you and your family and at every step, it literally has your ‘back’. Speaking of backs, observe the shell of the tortoise. In Feng shui the tortoise on its back carries the LO SHU square depicting the entire bagua (energy map) along with its hidden secrets and mysteries. The Chinese consider his hexagon-shaped back the roof of the universe embedded with markings of heaven and earth and powers of the occult residing in the body of the tortoise.
Alongside the tiger, dragon and phoenix, the tortoise is the fourth celestial guardian of the sacred compass bestowed with the power to protect, nourish and support your life. In Hinduism, it is considered an avatar of Lord Vishnu.
The tough shell, literally, is the tortoise’s rock which helps i t endure stor ms, fight illness and hide from predators. This creature’s longevity and life span is legendary. It rarely dies from diseases and is an excellent health cure for the south east area.
Attracting income and generating good fortune are among the many auspicious benefits of a tortoise. Placing a metal turtle (the water element) in a small plate of water in the north area of your home bodes well for your family. However, make sure that only the turtle’s legs are dipped in the water. Do not immerse your entire turtle in neck-deep water, which can spell trouble! In case your bedroom is in the north, then skip the water as it is bad feng shui for the occupants. You can also place a small turtle picture or figurine below your bed for sound sleep.
A tortoise is also used for protection and good health of family members, especially those where three generations reside within the same house. A three-tier tortoise with one tortoise offspring placed over the other ( one for each generation of the family) brings ‘ descendants l uck’, which ensures the well- being of all members of the household. If you are planning to start a family, place this tortoise in the south east area of your home for good health of the mother and offspring.
To support your career and business projects, place a turtle facing the north