Chinese Symbols for Luck
The image above is the Chinese symbol for luck. The concept of good luck is intense in the Chinese culture. So much so, it is believed that surrounding oneself with lucky charms and images is a way of insuring luck in life. The Chinese even have three gods of good fortune: God of Prosperity (lu), God of Longevity (shou) and of course, the God of Luck (fu). The Chinese have a saying that underscores these lucky gods that goes something like: "There are three lucky stars in heaven. On earth, these stars are called fu (luck), lu (prosperity) and shou (longevity). It stands to reason that in a culture so keen on the idea of luck, there are tons of things to represent it. Even certain words fill in for good luck. For example, the Chinese word for bat is fu, or bian fu. For many reasons, it's considered a lucky animal because of word-play. the word bat sounds almost identical as the word for good fortune (fu). It goes without saying the Chinese symbols for good luck listed here are not the only ones - but they are the most commonly recognized as lucky in Chinese culture.
So the idea of fu (luck, blessings, good fortune) is a very big deal. As a result, the idea of luck is prevalent in art, clothing, architecture, even food, song and dance. For example, the Chinese written symbol for luck is often seen engraved at the front door of many homes and buildings. It's a way of stamping a home with luck - much like the European tradition of hanging a lucky horseshoe over a door. The Chinese symbols shown below represent the Chinese gods of luck. From left to right, the symbols represent: Luck, Prosperity, Longevity.
Now that we've got a little background on the overwhelming importance of luck for the Chinese, let's dig a little deeper and explore lucky animals within the Chinese culture. The following are not the only lucky ones - just six of the most common. Enjoy, and good luck! ;)
As mentioned in the intro of this article, these are only the tip of the iceberg. There are seemingly endless Chinese symbols for luck. So don't stop here. Scour your library, do some research, track down more interesting and awesome lucky symbols. In the meantime, check out the links at the end of this page for more Chinese symbols and lucky signs on this website.
I hope you enjoyed this article. I also hope you consider the idea of attracting luck in life comes from within. Sure, symbols are great reminders and visual touchstones to make luck more approachable and attainable. But in truth (I believe) luck is an inside job. What I mean is: Luck most likely shows itself to those who feel lucky. Just something to think about.
As always, thanks so much for reading,
May you always feel luck within your life,
An Important Note About Signs, Symbols and Their Meanings
Signs and symbols cultivate their meanings according to culture, context, passage of time in society as well as mass societal opinion. What's cool and highly important is that signs and symbols earn their most powerful meanings from our own personal perspectives.
This website strives to provide you with the best, time-honored information when defining signs and symbols. However, in the final analysis, "Beauty (and symbolism) is in the eye of the beholder."
Having said that, it's in our best interest to invest the time to do personal research on symbolic events happening to us. This website is just one perspective in an ocean of variety and diversity in the realm of symbolism. So dive in! There is a whole universe of deeper meanings to explore! You can start your research by clicking on the links at the end or to the side of this page. Odds are good I've got a follow-up article about this symbolic topic. ;)
As always, thanks for your willingness to learn more about the language of symbolism. It's a language that is universal and everywhere. It's super-groovy to travel with you on your symbolic path, and maybe offer a little translation along the way. Thanks for reading and exploring!