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Symbols of Mentors
As mentioned in a previous article, the compass direction that
houses the trigram of power, Chien, is the northwest. Thus you should
energize the northwest to activate the kind of luck that brings
influential friends, mentors and advisers into your life.
One way to do this is to display images of deities, gods or powerful and successful leaders in
the form of paintings, portraits, statues or figurines in the northwest
corner of the home. You may use representations of the many different
gods and heroes in the Chinese culture such as Kuan Kung, the legendary
hero from the days of the three kingdoms - he was deified many years
ago as the God of Wealth and Protection. Statues of Kuan Kung stand
proudly in many Chinese homes and offices, as his countenance is
believed to impart protection and support from powerful people.
Paintings or sculptures of religious or spiritual leaders may also be
used as they represent divine blessings from heaven.
Alternatively, if you're not particularly religious, symbols that
strongly suggest powerful and successful leaders of your own cultural
and historical background may be used. All the great traditions of the
world have their own folk heroes and legendary figures. Choose figures
whose achievements or positions signify the kind of luck you desire.
For example, if you're an American, you may wish to display a
painting of a past American president whose qualities you admire. If
you're French, you can display a bust of Napoleon. If you're a budding
actor or singer, you may want to get a poster of a successful actor or
singer whom you idolize and wish to emulate. Or, if you're in a caring
profession such as counseling, nursing or care giving and wish to learn
the ways of kindness, generosity and patience of the late Mother
Theresa, you'd want to get a painting of this icon.
Hanging pictures or placing statues of these mentors in the
northwest of your home can be very effective. One final word of advice:
the statues or figurines can be made of metal, ceramic, crystal or
clay, but avoid placing statues carved out of wood in the northwest
corner, as the northwest's element is metal and in the destructive
cycle, metal destroys wood. This is counter-productive, and instead of
energizing, it may instead suppress, or worse, destroy the mentor luck
you're trying to cultivate!