The Feng Shui Way: Green Elephants on Valentine’s Day?


Feng Shui is an 8,000 year-old Chinese philosophy about the relationship between humans and their environment. Every item in a space and its placement is thought to either enhance or diminish our well-being. Based on the laws of nature, logic and common sense, we have incorporated feng shui principles into our office.

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When we think of Valentine’s Day the colors red and pink and images of teddy bears and cupids come to mind; but what do elephants and the color green have to do with a holiday dedicated to romance?  Forget to spend some ‘green’ on your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, and it won’t be forgotten!  In the words of famously witty writer Dorothy Parker, “Elephants and women never forget.”  Interestingly, recent science has revealed that elephants really do have great memories, which allows them to remember the landscapes where they live.

Elephants are considered one of the auspicious animals in feng shui, along with other animals, like joyful magpies and hardworking camels.  Images and sculptures of these animals are used to adorn living spaces to symbolize the positive attributes they represent.

In traditional Chinese culture, the elephant is associated with intelligence, good luck, and strength, all good qualities to bring into your environment. Anyone who has ever watched footage of elephants or been lucky enough to see one in the wild would probably agree that elephants are tremendously endearing animals, so it is not surprising that they have such positive mythological symbolism.

According to Chinese lore, elephants bring prosperity and luck into any environment. Thousands of miles from China, here in Wilmington, North Carolina, we chose to represent this much-loved symbol of wisdom and equanimity in the Acupuncture Associates office with a cheerful green lamp base in the shape of an elephant. We were drawn to this green elephant lamp because green is also richly symbolic in the practice of feng shui.

Green is considered the color of growth and healing, important qualities we wanted to represent in our office. By bringing the color green or by introducing a “lucky” elephant into your home or workspace, you can also bring a little balance and wisdom into your life.

Want to show your intelligence to your sweetheart?  Want him or her to feel strong and lucky this Valentine’s Day?  The gift of acupuncture is a very wise choice….


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