Symbols

Lo Shu Turtle · Lo Shu Square

龜洛書 · [ guī luò shū ]

According to ancient Chinese legend, there was a big flood in the area of the Lo River (about 3000 years of B. C.). To calm the river God, the population offered sacrifices when a turtle emerged from the river, with a curious pattern on its shell: A magic square with a 3 × 3 grid in which circular dots of numbers were arranged, such that the sum of the numbers in each row, column and diagonal was the same: 15. 

Since ancient times Turtles are considered as mysterious and symbolic animals. One compared its shell with the firmament and the underside with the flat disc of the earth. Thus it’s hardly surprises that the savants of that time recognized the message and the universal harmony in the Lo Shu square and soon understood the natural flow of Qis and the system of five phases (elements). This knowledge is fundamental in Feng Shui, the Bagua (eight trigrams) and other Taoist traditions. 

 

> Usage of the symbol

The symbol of the Lo Shu turtle can help you to win new knowledge and luck in every area of your life. With its fundamental importance in Feng Shui, this symbol best unfolds its positive strength in the centre of your house, but also in the North, the home of the turtle (Black warrior of the North). The same also applies for the more abstract form: The Lo Shu square.

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