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In nature, the bamboo is a perfect example of resilience and endurance. It bends over with the onslaught of strong winds, but regains its shape when the winds die down. The lucky bamboo, too, is flexible and enduring. It adapts to any environment, and is hardy and resistant. These aspects make it perfect to improve the growth aspects in your home or office, according to Feng Shui science.

The number of stalks in the lucky bamboo arrangement is also significant. Chinese numbers are either Yin (even numbers) or Yang (odd numbers). Yang is considered the most fortunate. Different numbers of stalk are believed to symbolize different kinds of luck:

  • Two stalks symbolize love
  • Three stalks bring Fu (Happiness), Lu (Health), and Soh (longevity)
  • Five stalks represent the five different aspects of life from which wealth originates (earth, wood, water, fire, and metal)
  • Six stalks bring prosperity and favorable conditions
  • Seven stalks bring good health
  • Eight stalks bring growth and prosperity
  • Ten stalks symbolize completeness and perfection
  • Twenty-one stalks offer a powerful all-embracing blessing.

Use these numbers to create an arrangement and enhance different aspects of your life.

 
 

Feng Shui

The fast-paced and materialistic world that we live in today craves balance and harmony. The ancient science of Feng Shui offers our restless souls some degree of balance amidst this chaos. And the lucky bamboo, or Dracaena sanderiana, is an important element of this science.
The lucky bamboo is not a bamboo, but looks like one. The bamboo, for centuries, has been a symbol of good fortune in Asia. It is resilient and needs minimum care. It grows to a convenient eight of three feet, making it manageable and ideal for home or office settings.

Feng Shui enthusiasts value the lucky bamboo for its influence on life energy, growth, vitality, and physical activity. The bamboo can thrive in any part of the house or office. It is believed to revitalize stagnant energy and enhance the positive flow of energy (or chi). If you place it where chi does circulate, it helps keep it flowing freely and permanently. Place it near a person with health problems, and its energizing qualities are believed to revitalize. Or, place it in a dark spot in the house that requires light. The lucky bamboo is believed to energize the spot.

What does the ancient science of Feng Shui teach us?

That we can live in harmony with our environment by aesthetically combining earth, water, wood, metal, and fire. The lucky bamboo is valued as a perfect representative of these five elements:

Earth Element Feng Shui Earth: Rock, pebble, sand, and clay are substitutes for earth. The color brown also symbolizes earth. All these may be found in the lucky bamboo container.
Wood Element Feng Shui Wood: The lucky bamboo with its vertical stems represents wood, as does its verdant color. Wood, in Feng Shui, represents the beginning of life. Just as spring ushers new beginnings, wood is believed to originate new life cycles.
Water Element Feng Shui Water: Water is essential to life. It is always present in the lucky bamboo container. Sometimes a blue pot, also representing water, may be used.
   
Fire Element Feng Shui Fire: Red, burgundy, maroon, or pink all symbolize fire—the element that eradicates the old, and enables growth of the new. The plant container and any adornments could include one or more of the colors that symbolize fire.
   
Metal Element Feng Shui Metal: Feng Shui coins may be added to the lucky bamboo arrangement, as a symbol of material wealth. Little ornaments and figurines of metal or metallic coloring also represent metal. Gold, silver, brass, bronze, and copper colors may be used as substitutes.