How is the Chinese Abacus Used in Feng Shui?

Understand the feng shui use of this ancient tool

The abacus is an old calculator that was used in cultures around the world for many centuries. Even though it has a simple, basic look, the abacus can be used for quite a few mathematical calculations. Not as many as the modern calculator, of course, but still quite a few for such a basic looking tool.

The Chinese abacus, also called suanpan for counting tray, has been used since about 2nd century BCE and is still in use today. It has the look of a rectangular board with several rods—usually ten or eleven—and many hardwood beads. There is an upper deck (with two beads on each rod) and a lower deck (with five beads) in the Chinese abacus, all used for different computations.

What does the abacus represent and where to display it for good feng shui in your home or office/business

The abacus is closely associated with money and prosperity, so in time the Chinese abacus became a popular feng shui cure for wealth. The abacus is being used by many business people in the hope of “ringing more sales,” so to speak.

As a feng shui cure, the Chinese abacus is usually made of brass; the golden look emphasizes the wealth aspects of this cure. There are several feng shui guidelines for the placement of Chinese abacus, mainly depending on the specific form of the abacus.

If your Chinese abacus is a small keychain—a popular interpretation of this feng shui cure, then its use is obvious — just clip it to your keys and carry it with you! The use of the abacus as a keychain is popular with many classical feng shui cures—from Pi Yao to Chi Lins— because it allows for a constant presence, as well as interaction with the energy of a specific talisman or feng shui cure. Basically, it adds the energy and the focus on numbers, wealth, and money to your personal energy.

The main feng shui placement rules of abacus

  • Display a large abacus in the Northwest bagua area, the area related to benefactors, mentors, and receiving heavenly help/blessings.
  • Place it in your lucky direction for wealth. Best to display it in your lucky area in your living room or office, make sure never to display the abacus in the bathroom.
  • If your career is connected to counting numbers, meaning you work in accounting, engineering, or a similar field, you can display the Chinese abacus in the Northeast bagua area connected to personal growth and self-cultivation.
  • If you own a retail store, you can display a golden abacus close to the cash register. It is not necessary to have it in plain sight, but it is considered auspicious to shake the abacus at the beginning of each business day to activate its energy and attract more sales.

As with any feng shui cure, or feng shui symbol, be sure to treat it respectfully and, of course, be sure you like it if you decide to use it. There has to be a good connection between you and the feng shui cure for its energy to actually work for you.

If you are focused on building wealth, the feng shui abacus symbol is a really good one to use. However, it is not the only one and not the main one! There are many feng shui tips and cures to help one attract the energy of wealth and money, explore them all and choose what will work best in your home or office.

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Rodika Tchi


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