Symbolism Of Chinese Fans In Feng Shui

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Fans, so pretty, hand painted and since ancient times in Chinese traditions and Feng shuii have been beautiful strong symbols of attracting good luck. We had this beautiful Chinese fan in childhood that had painted images of tourist places, different  countries over it. It was a precious collectible and has been not displayed in our home as to lack of understanding its symbolism then. Chinese fans have evolved a lot and are so beautiful and of course for the real Chinese fan lovers there are huge fans available that make quite a style statement when displayed with any modern decor!

The purpose of the fan, is to guide and redirect energy to the desired space. One of the most auspicious and workable Fengshui cures, The Chinese Fans. Beautiful fan tail motifs are very attractive and decorative fans have been traditionally displayed in every home in China and with Fengshui symbolism, it’s a symbol of wealth, good luck, protection, and warding off evil energies.

The Chinese fans with decorative painted motifs symbolize the required energy. Flowers symbolize happiness, fruits symbolize wealth and symbols, the ones I love, and paint Chinese, they symbolize the required energy. Birds especially peacock motifs are very attractive in Fengshui fans as they act as bringing loads of wealth, helpful mentors, and friends and protective energy as of the thousand eyes of the peacock. Then there are dragons, tigers, cranes, swans, and the beautiful cherry blossoms, all symbolizing prosperity and good luck.

Mostly choose Chinese hand painted fans made of bamboo wood and as this represents the fire element please take care to display this in best directions for benefit.

It is very important that you understand its symbolism and hang it in correct way. The right way to display Chinese fan as fengshui cures for attracting positive energy-

1)Always display it open and never closed, this has strong symbolism. Keeping a closed fan hanging on the wall is that opportunity underutilized and of no use to you. In fact, if it is the wealth sector, wealth shies away from you even if you have the potential.

2)The face, open should show where the energy is supposed to flow, like inside the home and never away from home. You don’t want all the good luck to be driven away out from your home!

3) The Chinese fan must never be displayed with the head facing down or straight up, it is believed in Feng Shui that chi travels in curves so a bit of angle is great! Try to tilt it a bit in the right direction when you hang this fan.

4) Dead ends and long passages can be activated with displaying Chinese fans as cures to circulate chi around.

5) Choose the images painted carefully. Never display a  broken or distorted confusing image painted on fan in your home.

6) Never choose a plain black colored fan. It symbolizes negative strong Yin energy and is not good in fengshui.

7) Choose colors and designs in your Chinese hand-painted fan according to the Feng Shui energy you wish to activate. 

8)Even though technology has brought about many changes  and you can get a cheaper version, always prefer for hand made, hand painted fans as artificial materials used will mar the positive effects from this beautiful feng shuii cure. 

I am Awestruck by the sizes they are available in and the different materials used to make these fans. Chinese fans are so pretty and a large fan can be quite a style statement in interior décor of your living room. Choose a hand-painted Chinese fan with the desired motif you love, dragon, birds, cherry blossoms, mandarin ducks, or many more beautiful hand-painted fans. Great way to improve chi in your space and invite good fortune and prosperity.

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Chinese fans are some of the things that are distinctively oriental in appearance.

Somehow, just one look at one induces the images of cultural China to pop into our minds.

The origins of the Chinese fan can be traced to as far back as 3,000 years ago with archeological findings that have been discovered and excavated.

It was said that these items were first conceived as a screen to block the sun sort of like how we use sun shades for our vehicle windows these days.

The item then slowly evolved to become a handheld that enables people to cool down by holding it firmly and producing a stroking motion of the wrist or arms.

The portable handheld fan became such a favorite among the masses that they started to be manufactured with designs, calligraphy, and decorations.

The beauty of some of the then led to the fans being used solely for display purposes as well.

There are basically 3 common types of Chinese fans. The palm-shaped fan, the feather fan, and the folding fan.

Even today, they can often be found in Chinese households and frequently used by the elderly who continues to love them.

Legend of Chinese fans

There are of course no stories that tell of the adventures of Chinese fans.

But various famous characters in history and mythology were known to carry like personal emblems.

Zhuge Liang, the infamous military strategist of the 4 kingdoms era, was well-known to carry a feather fan wherever he goes. This can be seen depicted in movies, comics, and even computer games.

Zhongli Quan, a member of the beloved 8 immortals, has the fan as a personal emblem. You would see him holding one in paintings, sculptures, and figurines. Sometimes, it’s the folding fan and sometimes it’s the feather fan. This is why the fan is sometimes associated with official rank as Quan was an official.

The bull demon king, a prominent character in the classic novel Journey to the West, has a weapon that is a gigantic round palm-shaped fan that calls on the power of the supernatural wind to blow enemies away in battle.

The fan also makes countless appearances in Chinese movies and cultural TV drama series. They are usually carried by someone who is cultured and with good poise.

Feng shui

It is understandable that the Chinese fan serves little practical purpose in modern times.

We have ceilings fans, wall fans and air-conditioners to provide cooling at home. Then we have portable motor fans powered by rechargeable batteries that we carry with us.

But the Chinese fan can often be found as display items in homes. Especially those with an oriental interior design theme.

They are either placed on a stand like a rug yi or affixed to a wall for display like a painting.

Chinese fan symbolism is mostly associated with authority and status.

But the artwork that is painted on them can bring a combination of other symbolism as well.

When the artwork conveys wealth, then it would be appropriate to place them in the wealth locations. When they communicate philosophy, placement can be at the academic locations within the house. When they call on longevity, then placing them on display in health locations are appropriate.

If there is no clarity to the specific meanings your Chinese fan is meant to convey, then place them in the living room or study room.

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