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What does a rat figurine signify in feng shui??

I was gifted a glass statue of a rat (medium sized) by a friend of mine. Its a multi-coloured rat with its tail pointing upwards. According to her its from a feng shui store..
Please tell me wat does it signify according to feng-shui and wher shud i place it in my home. According to chinese astrology my sun sign is Snake. Please share ur views.
Thanks.

4 COMMENTS

  1. I know too little to advise you, however –
    the Chinese view rats as being resourceful and having other positive qualities. That was a wonderfully kind thought on the part of your friend, how neat.
    The location to keep it in your home depends on all the conditions (shapes, textures, color) and structure of the household environment. Different parts of the home, or a particular room, represent different things. The least expensive way to figure this out would be research online or borrowing a book from the library. Otherwise, a reading from a Feng Shui master will cost you a bit.
    Best wishes.

  2. From a Feng Shui perspective, the Rat symbol just signifies the year’s Earthly Branch. This means that 2008 is the year of the Rat, nothing more and nothing less. The use of animal signs to name the year was used by farmers and less educated people of ancient China to help them remember the year.
    In the Chinese tradition, people like to display figurines or statues of the animal that the year corresponds to. They believe that displaying the animal of the year will help them tap into the good energy of the year. So this year, being the year of the Rat, many people will display the rat figure in their homes and business.
    In terms of placement, majority of the people will display the figurine in their living room or family room at home. For a business, they will usually display it by their front door or register area. If you want to be very specific, you can also place the Rat figure in the North sector of your home of business. This is because the Rat rules the North.
    In terms of Feng Shui, the Rat is not having a good year this year. So you actually want to display the Ox, the secret friend of the Rat, rather than the Rat itself. Rat is consider to clash with the year and will face some challenges and changes ahead. However, the Ox being the Rat’s secret friend will help bring in the good energy of year.
    Good luck.

  3. Hi,
    The significance of the rat has nothing whatsoever to do with Feng Shui! But it does have a lot to do with the Chinese horoscope. The person in the post above has set out the significance of the Rat in the scheme of things. But if it is a better life you are seeking to achieve I would suggest you take a short course in the practice of Feng Shui
    The first thing you should do is go to your local Chinese shop and buy a “Bagua”
    A Bagua is a Chinese compass which is split into nine sections. Each section is associated with a particular area of your life. You can use this on the floor plan using the direction of your home and work out what the different sections of your home mean. Another important part of Feng Shui are the colors, by using specific colors you will be able to improve the flow of energy. It can be very complicated to learn Feng Shui techniques, however it does get easier.
    It’s possible to improve your life fairly easily by doing small things such as adding wind chimes to stop the chi stagnating. You should use metal wind chimes which are hollow so that they make a noise. Anything with a sharp corner is bad, so try and use plants to soften the corner. You should always sit so that you are facing away from the walls, preferably towards the door, you should never sit with your back towards a window.
    I hope these few words will set you thinking.
    Good luck for the future
    Mark
    Chew Kok Wah)

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