Traditional Chinese families customarily display many deities in
their homes and offices. These range from health and protection deities
to wealth and love deities. Not surprisingly, the deities who promise
wealth and financial success constitute some of the most prominently
displayed by the Chinese. Most of these deities are Taoist in origin.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list; these are but the most
commonly found in conventional Chinese living spaces.
Tsai Shen Yeh
One of the most popular Chinese Gods of Wealth is Tsai Shen Yeh who is frequently depicted wearing a dragon robe and sitting on a tiger. Display the image of this powerful deity in your home for lots of wealth luck; in good times, he brings great prosperity; in bad times, he protects your family from poverty.
Another extremely popular Wealth God is Kuan Kung who is, among many other titles, protector of the oppressed, patron saint of the police, guardian deity of the triads, politicians and business leaders alike. The image of Kuan Kung is most powerful when placed in the Northwest corner of your home; he ensures peace and harmony for all residents, protection for the patriarch and prosperity luck for all. Ensure that he always faces your main entrance, so that he can protect your family from all bad influences.
One of the most beloved of Buddha images, the Laughing Buddha can be found in many Chinese homes and Chinese restaurants. He brings prosperity and wealth luck to all, so the bigger his round tummy, the more auspicious the image. The wonderful Buddha of Happiness also loves to pick up all our troubles and problems and keep then in the huge calico bag he carries around; then, in return, he transforms them into abundant happiness. Display his image in your living room directly facing the front door.
Tua Peh Kong
This Taoist deity of wealth is chiefly revered by the Hokkien Chinese community. He is dressed in longevity robes and carries a Ru Yi in his right hand and a gold ingot in his left. With the Ru Yi, he confers fabulous luck for power and authority; while with the gold ingot, he bestows wealth and success. Depicted with an expression of benign compassion, he brings immense good fortune wherever he is displayed.
Xi Wang Mu (Queen of the West)
The Queen of the West symbolizes all life aspirations including a healthy and prosperous long life filled with great honor, wealth, fame and recognition. Display an image of her in your home to keep your family together and ensure that siblings enjoy harmonious relationships. Place your image of Xi Wang Mu in the vicinity of the main entrance into your home.
Pi Kan: Military and Civilian
Pi Kan is a wealth deity that is portrayed in two very different aspects - military and civilian. He is said to have been a former sage in the 12th century who was eventually deified as an auspicious bringer of wealth.
Displayed in most homes collectively as the three popular star deities Fuk Luk Sau, they represent Prosperity, Authority and Longevity respectively.
The first star deity or Fuk brings wealth and prosperity into your home. Dressed in a merchant's red robe, he is depicted on the right of Luk the second star deity. Fuk Luk Sau are best displayed as together in dining and living room areas.
The Eight Immortals (Pa Hsien)
Being superior beings of Taoist legend, the Eight Immortals are widely regarded as symbols of longevity and good fortune. Comprising six men and two women, they each attained immortality under different circumstances. Often depicted as a group of eight crossing wide waters, their symbolic presence in your home bestows good health, happiness and general good fortune on every member of your family.
Along with other symbolic representations of wealth, displaying these wealth deities in your home will bring an abundance of prosperity luck into your home and plenty of happiness into your life.