Heaven, Earth and Humanity’s inter-relationship explored by both Chinese Astrology and Feng Shui is emphasised by Chinese coins. To display these appropriately is auspicious, attracting good-fortune to those so doing.
Heaven, Earth and Humanity’s intertwined links are represented by the Snake in Chinese culture. Snake Year (2013-14) Year Element Water’s 5 Elements Feng Shui Wealth connexions, makes Chinese Coins ideal for display during this period and helps explain their popularity.
Coins and Combinations
Chinese coins’ design is unique: their square centres represent Earth energy and their circular shape Heaven. Overall, this symbolises prosperity, abundance and good fortune hence Chinese coins’ Feng Shui use.
Especially in combinations three (linked via red thread or fabric) these are particularly effective for attracting prosperity and good fortune into one’s life. ‘Heaven, Earth and Man,’ (between the two and handling the coinage) is this triple-link message.
Arrangement and Location
Arrange coins Yang side uppermost (displaying four Chinese Characters) popular combinations include Coin-swords–coins linked by red thread in sword-shapes. 2×3 and 3×3 coin arrangements (6 represents heaven and 9 the Universal whole) locate these in South-East Wealth Sector, on desks or next to cash-registers to encourage Snake Year 2013-14 prosperity.
Burying large coins alongside bamboo or other healthy houseplants in S.E Wealth Sectors activates financial growth. Add a ‘Chan Chu’ Money Frog, Dragon-Tortoise or Chi Lin to create a personal Feng Shui wealth ‘Cure’.
Brief History of Chinese Coinage
Cowries (or Kaurii) tiny, resilient sea-shells common on Eastern beaches were China’s first currency. The Shang Dynasty (1500-1045 BCE) saw their gradual replacement by bronze and copper Cowrie-shaped coins.
The Zhou Dynasty (1045-256 BCE) introduced copper Spade and Knife Money. Representing certain amounts of cutting or digging, coins with these shapes could hire and reward such work or obtain goods and services.
Standard circular coins having square central holes, bearing his name (the four Yang side characters) were introduced after First Emperor, Qin Hwang De (of Terracotta Warrior fame) reunified China in 256 BCE. Successive Chinese Emperors produced similar currency until modern times.
Auspicious Examples and those to Avoid
Avoid coins of the last 5 Qing Emperors. Presiding over a long period of Chinese Economic and Social decline, their coins are inauspicious.
Look for coins of the first 5 Qing Dynasty (1664-1911 CE) Emperors (when Chinese was stable and prosperous) which are much more auspicious, particularly Chien-Lung’s (1736-1796 CE) China’s longest-reigning Emperor. Avoid those of later date.
Whilst Chinese coins are mostly replicas Feng Shui’s ‘resemblance’ principle means these are as good as the ‘real thing’. However always choose metal and not plastic resin replicas.
Metal’s Feng Shui Wealth links (via, gold, silver, copper etc.) and contributions to human prosperity are important to remember. Metal replicas of long-reigning Emperor Chien Lung’s coins are the most popular, useful and readily available coins for Feng Shui today.