Feng Shui + The Legendary Crane

DESTINATION: CHINA + JAPAN

In a world filled with endless distractions, rediscovering the joy found in a simpler and more mindful approach to life can be key to one’s happiness. For millennia, the ancient art of Feng Shui has created a welcome path towards serenity by creating greater energy flow in the spaces we live and work. Two elements, wind (feng) and water (shui), make up the literal meaning of this practice, which can be traced as far back as 300 BC. It’s believed that when we reach the optimal desired harmony of energy in a space, thus the right balance of feng shui, we can achieve a more comfortable state of mind. So, regardless of the décor—modern or traditional—feng shui is a contemplative practice that’s less about a room’s design and more about the internal feeling of comfort and overall tranquility achieved in our spaces.

The natural world has often proven a bountiful source of inspiration when establishing an environment that welcomes feng shui—especially as it relates to the ethereal image of cranes, a powerful symbol of longevity and devotion in Chinese culture. As a complementary subject in the philosophical system of feng shui, the crane can symbolize good fortune, happiness and purity when placed in a south-facing area of a room—particularly when the bird is holding items such as the lotus or peony flowers in their beak. In Japan, the crane’s symbolic importance is also central to their culture. In fact, one of the most significant legends in Japan inspires the folding of one thousand cranes for good luck. Like feng shui, the Japanese believe this simple act of origami can manifest eternal good fortune and a long, peaceful life.

The continuation of family can also play an important role in the crane’s feng shui placement. While facing south is considered the most favorable position overall, west-facing cranes are known to symbolize good fortune for the children of the family. And in some cases, displaying a pair of cranes symbolizes the patriarch and matriarch’s role in family longevity and perpetual devotion. Whether or not the crane serves as a source of inspiration in your chosen decor, consider all the benefits the art of feng shui itself can bring to your home and sanctuary in the eternal quest for joy, good fortune and serenity.