Whether they're stone, painted or art dragon metal work, if you look closely, you'll find that dragons are in more places than you think.
There's the Dragon Bridge in Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Nine Dragons wall at the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Singapore and in Chicago's Chinatown and the red and white dragons of Wales and England, respectively. Here's a look at some dragon metal work from around the world.
Dragons represent yang energy and its most auspicious direction is east. A dragon figure in the eastern part of your environment helps to encourage high energy, prosperity and success.
When using dragons in your home there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Avoid putting a dragon in your bedroom - Dragons draw high energy, which goes against the restful energy of the bedroom.
- Pair them up - If you want to draw positive chi to your marriage or romantic relationship, pair a dragon with a Phoenix.
Aside from the Imperial Dragon pictured here, there are five main types of Chinese dragons:
- Tian Long
- Shen Long
- Di Long
- Cang Long
This art dragon metal work sits on the gates of the White Cloud temple in Beijing. A Taoist temple, White Cloud is "The First Temple Under Heaven" of the "Three Great Ancestral Courts." The White Cloud temple is a part of the Complete Perfection or Quanzhen sect of Taoism.
Feng shui good fortune coins, like the one pictured here, often depict dragons. These coins are carried in three's with read ribbon attached to them in order to attract wealth, good fortune and prosperity.
In the Flying Star school of feng shui, this cast iron dragon can help prevent illness in your family as well as ward off accidents and arguments within the home.
Chi energy is the "cosmic breath of the dragon" or the "dragon's breath." In Chinese folklore, dragons were the controllers of all the natural forces on Earth. The number associated with the dragon is nine because dragons are said to be comprised of nine different animals.
This fierce dragon resides in Phuket, Thailand. In feng shui, metal is represents wealth, prosperity and protection. When paired with the color gold and the symbolic dragon, as in this picture, it attracts auspicious energy.
Though gold is considered one of the most auspicious elements and colors in feng shui, when looking to add art dragon metal work to your environment, consider other auspicious metals such as:
These metals help generate positive chi and are much less expensive than gold.
Since most metals are extremely durable and weather resistant, consider adding one of these mythical creature figurines to the outside of your environment near the main or commonly used entrances.
This small and unassuming piece of dragon art is a great example of how you aren't just limited to figurines and statues when adding dragons to your décor. Items such as this make it easy to incorporate any of the five natural elements of feng shui as well as a dragon or two, into your work or living space.