Fortune Frog - Wealth and Protection
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Fortune Frog - Wealth and Protection

The Fortune Frog is one of the most well-known and auspicious money-making symbols in Feng Shui. It is also why this lucky object is so popular in many homes and businesses.

There are many lucky objects in Chinese culture, but perhaps one of the more well-known is the Fortune Frog, Money Frog, Lucky Money Toad or “Chan Chu’’ as it is known by the Chinese. It is also one of the most auspicious money-making symbols in Feng Shui; the ancient art and science which evolved in China more than 2,500 years ago.

The Fortune Frog is depicted as a three legged toad or bullfrog, with red eyes and flared nostrils, sitting on a pile of Chinese cash with a coin in its mouth. It sometimes carries the “Pa Kua” on its back and below its crown, or a string of coins around its feet. The Pa Kua (similar to the Ba Gua) is a Feng Shui tool used to find the eight influences of any area. The frog itself symbolises wealth, while the Pa Kua symbolises protection. It is also believed to assist in preventing bad luck as well as removing bad luck involving finances. The duel aspect of wealth and protection; the bringing of money and the protecting of it, is the reason why the Fortune Frog is so popular in both homes and businesses.

A mythical creature, the Fortune Frog is believed to emerge on every full moon and position itself near homes that will soon receive good news pertaining to increased wealth. According to Chinese legend, Chan Chu is a mythical beast and a companion of the immortal Taoist, Liu-Hai, which provided Liu-Hai with instant transportation. However, Chan Chu frequently sought the cool darkness of wells and could only be lured from these sanctuaries with string baited with coins. Chan Chu is considered to be a personification of the moon, and his three legs symbolic of the moon’s three phases.

Often also referred to as the King Money Frog, the Fortune Frog is best placed in the living room of a home or the main business room, specifically at the diagonally opposite corner of the door entrance. The reason for this placement is in accordance with the Feng Shui concept of the flow of Chi Energy. However, as the basic purpose of the Fortune Frog is to attract abundance and wealth, small statuettes are often found near cash registers, on the manager’s desk, reception areas and offices in most Oriental countries. Fortune Frogs are traditionally placed inside the doorway of a home or business, facing inward.

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