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Top 17 Symbols of Abundance and Their Meanings

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Throughout the course of history, symbols have played an important role in everyday life. Symbols carry the beliefs, concepts, and notions linked to the common ideology of the land. Cultures throughout the world, from ancient times to modern, have created various types of symbols to attract abundance and wealth.

This is how ancient symbols came to represent wealth and prosperity. People of ancient times considered symbols to be extremely powerful tools to attract abundance to their lives. Symbols can imply whatever meanings apply to them. 

As ideology and beliefs change, so do the meanings attached to symbols. These symbols range from spices and animals to plants and trees. Many symbols of abundance also include religious figures as well as geometric shapes. Anything that is a reminder of your goal or intention can serve as a symbol of abundance. 

Let’s have a look at the Top 17 most important symbols of Abundance:

1. Fish

Salmon jumping in the river.
Salmon jumping in the river
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Chinese Feng Shui uses fish as a symbol of abundance. This has been from ancient times, and it was used to increase the Feng Shui wealth and prosperity. There is a special look of this fish which is gold and red in color and are kept eight in number. These are usually kept in the office or aquariums to bring good luck.

Another fish called Arowana, or dragon fish, is also a very powerful Feng Shui symbol of wealth, and people give it as gifts to be kept in large aquariums in offices. [1]

2. Garlic

Garlic bulbs.
Garlic bulbs
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In Chinese Feng Shui, garlic is also considered a symbol of prosperity. You will sometimes see – on a dining table – a bowl of garlic bulbs that are still in their sheath to attract abundance and prosperity.

People sometimes use gold-plated garlic figurines as a centerpiece on the table to get good fortune. Garlic is also used to ward off any malicious force so that the home can be spiritually safe. [1]

3. Basil

Piece of Basil of a wooden brown surface.
Piece of Basil of a wooden brown surface
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Basil has always been very popular from very ancient times and is also planted as a symbol of luxury, wealth, and happiness. It is said that Lakshmi, a goddess of good fortune, was turned into a basil plant by a rival.

She easily transformed back into her original self, but her essence to bring prosperity was permeated in all the basil plants. Basil is also known for its medicinal qualities. It is grown in homes to bring in wealth and prosperity with very little effort. It is also said that since basil leaves are so much like paper money, they are used as a symbol of wealth.

If you want to invite money to your house, then place a pot s of basil near your door. Also, by caring for the basil plants, it is said that fortune and success will multiply. [2]

4. Cinnamon

Close up picture of cinnamon sticks.
Close up picture of cinnamon sticks
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Cinnamon is a very unusual spice because it comes from the bark of the tree rather than the seeds or the flowers. It’s delicious and good for many ailments; cinnamon increases the body’s metabolism and is used for indigestion.

It is also used in the belief that it will bring in money and can bring success in any of the business deals. If you want to bring money into your home, just sprinkle a little cinnamon and sugar in the doorway. This will increase the positive energy in the house and money will enter the house.

Shopkeepers have used cinnamon in a similar way so that their businesses could flourish. [2]

5. Laughing Buddha Statue

Laughing Buddha Statue.
Laughing Buddha Statue
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In Chinese Feng Shui, a laughing Buddha statue with a rounded belly is considered a symbol of prosperity, abundance, and wealth. This Buddha is called “Budai” or Hotei in Chinese, and in some Buddhist traditions, it is also called “Bodhisattva.”

According to Chinese traditions, he was a monk and was identified as Maitreya Buddha in Chan Buddhism. When Chan Buddhism spread, he also came to Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. The large, big belly and a happy smile have given this Buddha the name of Laughing Buddha. 

His large protruding belly is symbolic of happiness and prosperity. In homes or offices, it is usually placed facing the door, and it is also believed that if someone rubs the large belly, it will bring in good luck for that person.

In China, he is worshipped as the god of luck and prosperity. [3] [4]

6. Deer

Close up deer.
Close up deer
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In Chinese Feng Shui, the deer is also a symbol of abundance. Even in Native America, painted deer is one of the most important symbols because it is still valued as sacred and denotes continuity, prosperity, longevity, food, and abundance.

For centuries, Native Americans have hunted this animal and derived a lot of benefits from it. They would eat deer meat known as venison and also made cloth out of its skin. Navajo tribes would sing to the deer to call them. Even in Chinese traditions, a paper cut of a plum-blossom deer is a symbol of prosperity.

It carries a sacred fungus of longevity in its mouth, and because of the white spots, it looks like Plum blossom.

Even in Japan, the humble deer is considered very sacred. It is considered a messenger of gods and is associated with longevity and prosperity. [5]

7. Peony

Peony flower.
Peony flower
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Peony is a flower that symbolizes prosperity, wealth, and abundance. These flowers have very prominent petals and have a variety of colors. These flowers also have medicinal properties and can be used to treat wounds, cramps, gout, and asthma.

In Greek mythology, there was a nymph called Paeonia. In the Victorian era, it was believed that if you dug up a peony, fairies would come and put a curse on you. But in Japan and China, it was called the king of Flowers and is used in all important and religious traditions.

These flowers are also used to symbolize wealth, and because of this, for a long time, the Chinese emperors used peonies. In Japan, they are a symbol of bravery, honor, and good fortune. Nowadays, people send peony bouquets if someone is getting married, graduating, or has had a child as a symbol of prosperity and good luck. [6]

8. Pachira Money Tree

Pachira Money Tree.
Pachira plant
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Trees and plants reflect the abundant energy of nature and hence are one of the top symbols of abundance. Feng Shui principles also believe in placing a Pachira money tree at home in order to gain wealth and attract good luck. The tree has to be placed in the left-most corner from the door. [7]

The Pachira money tree has deep roots and grows quickly. This plant also reflects immense positive energy. The Pachira money tree has clustered smooth leaves that have round edges. According to Feng Shui principles, these leaves are a blatant sign of good luck. (8)

9. Bamboo

Bamboo shoots.
Bamboo shoots
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Bamboo is a popular symbol of good fortune and abundance in Asian culture. The Chinese prefer to call the bamboo ‘Fu Gwey Zhu.’ This term comprises three symbols in Chinese. ‘Fu’ refers to good luck and fortune. ‘Gwey’ refers to honor and might. Lastly, ‘Zhu’ refers to the bamboo itself.

Bamboo is considered a plant that nurtures positive life experiences and abundance. The ‘lucky bamboo’ as it is known to bring harmony between the five primary Feng Shui elements. These elements are Fire, Water, Wood, Earth, and Metal. The manner in which the bamboo is placed in one’s home also signifies wealth, peace, love, luck, and abundance.

Many believe the ideal location to place the lucky bamboo is in the east if you want to focus on your family. You can also place this plant in the southeast of your home if you want to focus entirely on gaining wealth. The bamboo is also a low-maintenance plant, hence a good choice for your home. [9]

10.  Jade Plant

Jade Plant.
Jade Plant
Image by Glenn Lucas from Pixabay

The Jade plant is considered a plant that opens the door to prosperity and has round leaves. This medium-sized plant is often placed at the entrance of homes. It is also a popular gift option. This plant is mostly given to business owners in order to attract success.

A vital good luck charm in Asia, the Jade plant is thought to activate financial energies. This plant has vibrant green leaves that symbolize renewal and growth. The Jade plant’s leaves resemble Jade coins; hence, they symbolize prosperity, wealth, and abundance.

Many entrepreneurs also place the Jade plant in front of their shops or restaurants in order to attract success. When Chinese New Year celebrations commemorate, the Jade plant is kept over investment certificates and stock so that their value increases in the coming year. [10]

11. Rubber Plant

A rubber plant.
Rubber Plant
MokkieCC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The rubber plant also has round leaves that symbolize prosperity and positive energy in Feng Shui. It is believed that wherever you put a rubber plant, it will be beneficial. This plant is specifically known to attract wealth. If you place the rubber plant at home, it is thought to attract abundance and fortune.

Feng Shui strongly advocates that tropical plants remove harmful toxins from the air. This stimulates peace and positivity. Therefore, going green adds a uniquely positive charm in both indoor and outdoor spaces. [11] Originally the Rubber tree was part of the Moraceae family, which means that this good luck is linked to figs.

If you strategically place a rubber plant, it can create a stress-free, natural environment in any room. The rubber plant that is potted and kept indoors can grow as high as 6 to 19 feet. It is the perfect choice for rooms and offices. [12]

12. Orchids

An orchid flower.
An orchid flower
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Not only are Orchids lovely to look at, but according to Feng Shui, they also enhance good luck and love. This is especially the case where family is involved. According to various sources, the violet orchid is the most auspicious of all orchids.

Many Feng Shui plants that are considered lucky are mostly green and leafy. So, from all the ‘lucky plants,’ Orchids really stand out.

In Feng Shui, Orchids symbolize abundance in terms of family. This implies happy relationships, enhanced fertility, and an overall loving union. Brightly colored Orchids also represent creativity and passion. Orchids are a wonderful gift to give to a new family to promote a harmonious relationship. [13] 

13. Lakshmi

A painting of Lakshmi.
A painting of Lakshmi
Image by Manfred Antranias Zimmer from Pixabay

Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess, is a religious symbol of abundance. If anyone wants to attract prosperity and wealth into their life, they can benefit from Lakshmi’s energy. Lakshmi can also be visited in order to get assistance through the state of meditation.

Lakshmi’s strong energy can enter your life by placing artwork and statues that depict the goddess in your presence. Lakshmi can also be represented through various other images such as the holy basil, coins, and the lotus flower.

Lakshmi can also be reached through yantras. [14] The goddess of prosperity, Lakshmi, also implies rising above the material world and remaining good in the presence of negativity. The Hindu celebration of ‘Diwali’ is also seen as a tribute to Lakshmi. During Diwali, Hindus fill their homes and surroundings with light.

This is done in order to invite the goddess to visit them and bestow upon them both material and spiritual prosperity. [15]

14. Kubera Yantra

Kubera Yantra.
The Kubera Yantra

The Kubera Yantra is an ancient symbol that has originated from Hinduism. A yantra is a geometric piece of art that is used to provide spiritual energy and is used in meditation. The Kubera Yantra is worshipped in order to attract abundance and wealth.

Precise concentration on this yantra also helps one reach a higher state of consciousness. [16] Philosophically, within the realm of Hinduism, Lord Kubera is known as the God of Wealth. He is the representation of abundance, glory, and prosperity.

Kubera the God of Riches.
Lord Kubera
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Lord Kubera is known to maintain and distribute the treasures of the universe. He is also known as the guardian of wealth. The Kubera Yantra is a sacred geometric symbol in a symmetric design. It is a symbolic reference to the power of Lord Kuber. This symbol has the power to attract Lord Kuber. Through the recitation of mantras, Lord Kuber can bless worshippers with wealth and prosperity. [17]

15. Maneki Neko

Maneki Neko on beach sand.
Maneki Neko on beach sand
Image by angelsover from Pixabay

The Japanese symbol of Maneki Neko is described as a beckoning cat with a raised paw. It seems as if the cat is beckoning one to money and luck. Maneki Neko is also known as the fortune cat. This lucky charm from Japan has been a prominent symbol since the 1600s.

There are also some versions of the Maneki Neko with both paws raised. The color of the cat is also important. This cat is available in colors like white, green, Black, red, and gold. The Gold version is the most popular as gold is the color symbolizing prosperity and wealth.

There are some versions of the Maneki Neko in which the cat is holding an object in its paws. These objects can range from fish, gems, mallets, and prayer tablets. Different versions and colors of the figurine represent luck in different areas. [18]

16. Chan Chu

Chan Chu.
Chan Chu
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The Chan Chu is also known as the money frog. It is a part of the Feng Shui charms that bring prosperity. This symbol can be described as a three-legged frog with a Chinese coin in its mouth. The frog is also sitting on a pile of Chinese coins.

The Chan Chu is also known as the Money toad or the Jin Chan. It is commonly believed that this mythical creature appears during the full moon. When it appears, it brings abundance and prosperity with it. It also chases away all bad luck. According to Feng Shui, when placing the Chan Chu in your abode, never keep it facing the front door as it faces the outside.

The Chan Chu should not be kept in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom, or bedroom. [19]

17. Salmon Totem

Olympia Salmon Club totem pole.
Olympia Salmon Club totem pole
Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Salmon was a staple food for Native Americans living on the Pacific coast of America. These Natives highly treasured the Salmon, and ceremonies were held in order to honor it. The people of the region believed the Salmons were immortal human beings that lived deep in the sea.

Native Americans believed Salmons provided them with abundance and sustenance; hence, they were so special. The Salmon totem was widely used in carvings and in pieces of jewelry. [20]

Takeaway

Attracting an abundance of wealth, prosperity, and luck into one’s life has been a popular notion throughout history and in the present.

How many of these symbols of abundance were you already aware of? Let us know in the comments below!

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The Editors of Give Me History, "Top 17 Symbols of Abundance and Their Meanings," Give Me History, December 7, 2021, https://www.givemehistory.com/symbols-of-abundance.

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