The Dragon Turtle is a Chinese mythological creature with the head of the Celestial Dragon and the body of a Celestial Tortoise, hence the name ‘Dragon Turtle’, and is one of the most important mythological creatures in Chinese culture and Feng Shui.
Here, we will discuss all you need to know about the Dragon Turtle, both as a cultural symbolism in the Chinese culture, as well as a Feng Shui cure.
Without further ado, let us begin.
What Does The Dragon Turtle Symbolize?
The Dragon Turtle represents a combination of two of the Four Celestial Animals in Feng Shui: the Turtle (or Tortoise) and Dragon, with the two other Celestial Animals being the Phoenix and Tiger.
Typically a Dragon Turtle statue has the head of a dragon and a body of a turtle sitting on a bed of gold ingots and coins. It is also often represented with a coin in its mouth and a baby tortoise on its back.
The Turtle, or tortoise, is a symbol of longevity and protection in Feng Shui, while the dragon is a famous symbol of success, courage, wealth fortune, and determination. The Dragon Turtle is believed to be a turtle that is transforming into a dragon, which symbolizes the owner’s upward movement and positive transformation in wealth and career.
If the Dragon Turtle is sitting on a bed made up of coins and gold ingots, then this base symbolizes abundant wealth and prosperity, and as a Feng Shui cure can help its owner with financial fortune. The coin in its mouth symbolizes more money coming into the house (the Dragon Turtle’s belly).
The small baby tortoise on its back, on the other hand, is a symbol of fertility, wishing the owner many sons and daughters.
In ancient China, it is believed that the Dragon is the ruler of the eastern sky, while the black Tortoise dominated the northern sky. Combining the two mythological creatures, the Dragon Turtle was believed to bring its owner long-term success in career, relationships, and politics.
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Different Types of Dragon Turtle
The Dragon Turtle charm can come in various different types, each with its own symbolizations. However, here are some of the most popular types of Dragon Turtle statues in Feng Shui:
1. Dragon Turtle sitting on a bed of gold ingots
We have briefly discussed this type of Dragon Turtle above, and this is one of the most famous Dragon Turtle designs used not only in China but all over the world. As discussed, this type of Dragon Turtle holding a coin in its mouth symbolizes ever-increasing fortune and wealth income.
2. Dragon Turtle statue with child tortoise on its back
The Dragon Turtle may be portrayed with more than one child turtle on its shell and is believed to symbolize good luck and fertility. For families with children, this Dragon Turtle is believed to provide obedient and intelligent children who can help the family to better success and prosperity. For families without children, this is believed to aid with fertility.
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3. Dragon Turtle with Wen Chang pagoda on its back
Another popular design depicted the Dragon Turtle as carrying the Wen Chang Pagoda (the Feng Shui pagoda) on its back. The Wen Chang pagoda’s name consists of two words, Wen and Chang, meaning knowledge and prosperity. Thus, this Dragon Turtle design is believed to bring both prosperity and knowledge for its owner, as well as positive energy throughout the house where it’s placed.
Dragon Turtle as a Feng Shui Cure
The Dragon Turtle charm can be used as a Feng Shui cure for a number of purposes, and here are some of the common ones:
- Attracting wealth
Like many other popular Feng Shui cures, the Dragon Turtle statue is a famous wealth and fortune cure. As a wealth Feng Shui cure, we can place the Dragon Turtle in the money/prosperity area of your home (the far back left, one-third of your home when you’re standing at the front door facing the house).
For this purpose, you can use a Dragon Turtle statue that is gold-colored with coins and ingots as decorations. You should choose Daragon Turle holding a Chinese lucky coin in its mouth. A Dragon Turtle holding a child turtle in its back is also a good Feng Shui wealth cure.
- Career luck
You can use a Dragon Turtle to help in career advancements. Choose a Dragon Turtle charm with a ru yi (Feng Shui scepter) on its back and with defined claws. Place this Dragon Turtle in either the northwest or north areas of your home. Also, you should choose a bronze or crystal Dragon Turtle.
- For protection
You can use a metal Dragon Turtle to neutralize negative energy and protect your house from bad luck. Choose a Dragon Turtle with an emphasized claw for this purpose. You can place the Dragon Turtle at the entrance of your house to provide safety and protection from negative luck energies.
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Where do you place a dragon turtle at home?
As turtles and tortoises are amphibious, it’s best to place the Dragon Turtle near water, and the north sector of your house is typically the best placement for the Dragon Turtle due to its strong water element. Water element also represents wealth, helping the Dragon Turtle’s performance as a wealth cure.
There is an old Chinese Saying 乌锤, meaning turtles are afraid of metal hammers, and so putting it in the west or northwest (areas with strong metal elements) direction of your hose are not ideal.
You can also place your Dragon Turtle in the east sector of your house, which is the second-most ideal location after the north.
For smaller Dragon Turtles, you can use them as paperweights at home or in the office, and in general, you should leave them on the north or east area of the table.
As with most Feng Shui cures, avoid placing them in areas associated with negative energy like your bathroom or kitchen, which might attract bad luck instead.
Some further tips:
- Do not face the head of the dragon turtle towards your bed or sofa, it’s best to let the Dragon Turtle face the windows or the door
- It’s fine for family members to touch the Dragon Turtle, but you shouldn’t allow visitors or strangers to touch the Dragon Turtle
- Never place the Dragon Turtle in an upside-down position
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