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Create a Feng Shui Wealth Vision Board

by Evelyn on February 10, 2010

If you have been thinking of creating a wealth vision board, how about incorporating feng shui elements and pictures into it? There are many feng shui symbols for wealth, luck and prosperity. We can see them in huge display at shopping centers and stores this time of the year.

feng shui wealth vision board
(A feng shui wealth vision board featuring images of a laughing Buddha, the word “fu” for prosperity and koi fish.)

If you don’t already know, Chinese New Year celebrations start this weekend and last for a period of fifteen days. Decorations in red, gold and yellow and sweet delicacies that promise to melt prosperity in your mouth are being sold aplenty!

While I am no feng shui expert, I do have some very basic knowledge of the symbols used. After all, I was brought up in an environment decorated with Chinese antique furniture, auspicious paintings and mythical statues for wealth and well-being. Just this morning, I decided to make use of what I know, plus some research and creative skills, to demonstrate how we can create a feng shui vision board.

What is Feng Shui?

According to, “Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure the health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.”

Feng means wind and shui means water. Good feng shui means good luck and bad Feng shui means bad luck. Feng shui is based on a Taoist understanding of nature and qi (energy), and the harmony between yin and yang.

8 Feng Shui Symbols for Wealth Vision Board

money plant feng shui vision board
(A pot of money plant and statue of Laughing Buddha sits on a table in my home)

Here are some symbols or images to represent good fortune that you can use for your wealth vision board….

1. Laughing Buddha. The laughing Buddha (see picture above) is my all-time favorite symbol. I cannot help smiling whenever I look at it! Its chubby looks and large earlobes (to represent wealth) is absolutely endearing! The laughing Buddha is sold in many Chinese antique or feng shui shops. Apparently, you receive extra wealth points if you get one featured with gold ingots!

2. Prosperity. The chinese word for wealth or “fu” is often posted upside down on the front door of a home. The upside down fu when spoken in Chinese is “fu dau” which also means wealth arrived.

3. Fish. The word “fish” (or yu) in chinese represent excess. Choose the koi fish as a symbol of abundance. I enjoy watching koi swim. There is much grace and fluidity in the fish’s movements. And every koi is unique in its color, shape and size. The gold or bright orange ones are a hot favorite to represent wealth. A picture alternative to the koi is the goldfish. Select images of three gold fish in a bowl or eight koi carp to invite good fortune into your home of business.

4. Flowing Water. Waterfalls represent flowing energy of abundance. My parents have a large Chinese painting of a beautiful waterfall in their living room. If you cannot find pictures of waterfalls that you like, images of moving water will also do!

5. Money Plant. Consider having money plant indoors! Money plants are very easy to grow. At least in tropical climate. They flourish with little care! Be sure to trim away brown leaves. Any signs of death or ill health is considered bad luck! If you do not have money plants, then find pictures of them to paste into your vision board!

feng shui vision board 2
(Feng shui wealth vision board with words “prosperity growth” or “fan rong”, water symbols, a chest of gold coins and pot of lucky bamboo)

6. Gold Coins. Nothing beats a picture focus of a treasure chest overflowing with gold coins! During the Chinese New Year period, when you give three gold coins tied with red ribbon, positive feng shui is created for both the receiver and giver! Six gold coins is also considered lucky!

7. Lucky Bamboo. I like the appearance of the soft green leaves of the bamboo plant. Bamboo plants represent wealth and prosperity as well as longevity and good health. They are easily available nowadays. You can consider having a pot of lucky bamboo on your office desk even! Lucky bamboo enjoy warmer temperatures of between 65ºF and 90ºF. Do not place the plants in front of air conditioning or heating vents, however.

8. Fu Lu Shou. The Fuk Lu Shou (also known as Three Star Gods) is a well favored symbol with businessmen, executives and high ranking government officials. They also appear in many chinese holdholds as they represent the integration of: Happiness/Descendants Luck, Power/Success/Prosperity and Longevity/Health. The picture I have is a wood carving of the Fu Lu Shou I have at home. Most Chinese prefer them in ornate statues though.

Colors For Feng Shui Wealth Vision Board

Pick rich colors to represent wealth. These include bright yellow, gold, red, purple and green.

Digital or Cut-and-Paste Vision Board

The vision boards I created here are all made with my photoshop software for illustration purposes. However, you can just as easily spend some time flipping through magazines for pictures to cut and paste.

Where to Place Your Feng Shui Vision Board

The following 4 feng shui placement tips came from Marie Diamond and are featured from the Vision Board book:

1. Always place your feng shui vision board somewhere where you can see it, in your office, your bedroom or your living room.

2. Place your feng shui vision board where there is beautiful energy; definitely not in your cupboard or bathroom.

3. Have your feng shui wealth vision board in a place where there is life and action.

4. Be sure to place your feng shui wealth vision board at eye level so that you can focus on it.

Another 4 extra tips:

1. Hang your feng shui board at the entrance of your house, to usher in wealth.

2. Be sure to choose pictures of incoming wealth rather than outflowing abundance.

3. Place indoor plants at south east corners to up your wealth quotient!

4. Never put your wealth symbols in the toilet! Avoid having the representation of flushing away your good fortune!

4-plus-4 tips bring us to the number eight, once again! The number eight when pronounced sounds very similar to “strike” in chinese. As with “strike lottery”, eight is considered an auspicious number to attract good fortune.

Free Image Sources

If you do not already have the feng shui items physically, I recommend sourcing for images to have them on your wealth vision board. Some of the pictures I have used here are free from Dreamstime, while others are photos that I have taken (feel free to download them for your own use)!

Final Note

As shared in the previous year, the Chinese has a habit of clearing out the clutter before ushering in the new year. So this has been a rather busy period for me, not just with clearing physical clutter but subconscious ones! Well, I am not the only one hoping to start the chinese calendar year on an auspicious note. I have been getting requests from clients with energy clearing work as well. So if you have not already done so, consider spending some time on emotional release. Thereafter, create your feng shui vision board :-)

The coming weekend is extra special!! It starts with a double celebration – Chinese New Year and Valentine’s Day – on February 14!! Let us toast to a year of prosperity, love and peace!

Abundance always,

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Farouk February 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm

feng shui sounds very interesting thanks for letting us know about it

Daphne @ Joyful Days February 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

First time I’ve heard of a fengshui vision board! I experimented with feng shui decorating a few years back and liked the results so I still do this. Gong Xi Fa Cai to you Evelyn!

Suzie Cheel February 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Thanks Evelyn
this is wonderful, I am a fan of fengshui and I found this very informative and made me think I do need to do a little decluttering before Sunday, as the new year gets ushered in.
I love your graphics too
In abundance

Wendi Kelly-Life's Little Inspirations February 10, 2010 at 9:25 pm


That was very informative and a lot of fun, thank you. I had forgotten that the Chinese New Year was coming up this weekend. A great excuse to clear away and start fresh. I love learning about the symbolism and culture of feng shui. It made me feel like getting some goldfish and a new water fountain for my living room. :)

Hilary February 10, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Hi Evelyn .. this is really interesting as I’d heard the words, but didn’t understand the whys etc – so a brief overview is great. I must obviously get a Laughing Buddha with large gold ingots! Love your little Buddha with your money plant. The understanding of these symbols is so interesting – I love to know what things mean. I hadn’t seen a Fu Lu Shou carving before. I love the idea of the rich colours ..

Clearing the clutter – that sounds good both for the mind and for life – thanks for this introduction to Chinese culture and the beginning of your year. Absolutely let us toast to a year of prosperity, love and peace – Hilary

Bake February 11, 2010 at 3:02 am

Hey Evelyn,
Happy New Year. I have implemented a few feng shui techniques in my apartment in the past, with positive results. I currently don’t have a “wealth vision board” but I will definetly create one after reading this useful post.

Nat February 11, 2010 at 3:16 am

This was full of excellent information.
Thank you for sharing and giving us some great pointers.
I’ll be working on my fengshui vision board this week for my office.

Take care!

Tricia February 11, 2010 at 5:47 am

Great article TFS. I couldn’t get the links to open in your final note. I was really looking forward to reading them.

Tricia February 11, 2010 at 6:49 am

Great article TFS. I couldn’t get the links to open in your final note. I was really looking forward to reading them.
PS: Forgot to say solid post!

Lana - DreamFollowers Blog February 11, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Evelyn, I was actually just recently thinking to revamp my feng shui knowledge (I studied it few years ago) and make some changes around the house. Your post came so handy as I didn’t know what to start with. Thank you!

And I also totally forgot about Chinese New Year but I was clearing the clutter and throwing away and donating tons of stuff since last week. I just felt like I needed to do it. I guess now I all Ineed is to clear my subconscious clutter and I will be all ready for the New Year! Thank you for this post!

Shasa February 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm

Hi Evelyn,
A very Happy New Year to you. As I am from a Bhutia community & our new year also falls on 14th Feb. which is called Losar.


Nadia - Happy Lotus February 12, 2010 at 12:01 am

Hi Evelyn,

Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day! Great article! Thank you for sharing all that information with us.

Last year, we bought two lucky bamboo plants because I had heard so much about them. Finally, we were able to find a store that sold them. I was so happy and that is why we bought two.

We placed them in a location that was ideal and it has been a very interesting experience.

And I am with you about the Laughing Buddha. Every time I see him, I cannot but have a bigger smile.

Lisa (mommymystic) February 12, 2010 at 2:41 am

Evelyn, thanks so much, I have always wanted to learn more about Feng Shui, and I love many of these things (laughing Buddhas, waterfalls, Koi fish) but did not know they were associated with abundance. I want to use them in a more formal way as you suggested now. And I have been pulled inward for this Chinese/Tibetan New Year also, to clear away things on many levels. I also read a bit about the Year of the Metal Tiger – sounds like we won’t be bored:-)
Happy New Year.

Patricia February 13, 2010 at 8:36 am

Oh what a wonderful post and it gives me a lovely idea of what to do for my own Presidential, Heart filled, Youngest Child’s birthday weekend. I love making vision boards and I certainly need to laugh more…

One of my daughters collected frogs all her life and loves the color green. When she left for college she got me a laughing frog buddha for my garden, I have it right at eye level from my kitchen window and it never fails to garner a smile in return.

Thank you for such a lovely article and for sharing it

Kelly@SHE-POWER February 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I know very little about feng shui, but it is interesting. And I have always loved the Laughing Buddha, but had no idea he was good for wealth. Bunny actually has one in his bedroom that his grandma gave him. He also has the big Buddha earlobes himself and Chinese Australians often comment on this and say he will be very lucky. I hope so. I think everyone hopes for that for their child.

Very informative post. Thanks.

Kelly x

JACQUI February 14, 2010 at 8:52 am

Thanks Evelyn. This has given me lots of good ideas.

Chris Edgar February 15, 2010 at 4:23 am

I really liked the wood carving — I have a wooden Buddha statue as well. He appears to be letting go of a fish he has caught with his hands. Maybe it is a koi fish and the statue symbolizes letting go of excess in our lives.

Marelisa February 15, 2010 at 4:49 pm

What a great idea Evelyn, I hadn’t thought of incorporating Feng Shui elements into a vision board (although I do have a bamboo plant and two small fountains in my apartment). Now I want a laughing Buddha like yours. :-)

Megan "JoyGirl!" Bord February 15, 2010 at 7:24 pm

This is wonderful, Evelyn! Thank you for the definitions, the ideas, and the stock photography link. What a resource-rich post!

How funny is it that I grew nervous at the idea of a money plant, thinking, “Oh my gosh, I don’t do well with plants unless they’re easy to care for. I wouldn’t want it dying on me and harming my wealth energy!”

Along with a Feng Shui vision board, I like to feel deep within me that I am a magnet for wealth and money. It’s been working since I started doing it a few years ago. I don’t think of wealth as something outside of me that I have to get. Rather I think of myself as being WEALTH embodied, and therefore all manners of wealth are attracted to me.

Have a blessed day!

Ben Klempner, MSW February 15, 2010 at 10:30 pm


Thanks for this great idea.

My wife and I have already begun work on our Wealth Vision Board. I offered her the suggestion that, in addition to photos, we can also use poetry and quotations cut out of magazines and Celestial Seasonings tea boxes. In addition to the visual element created by photos, the written word also creates a literary element.

Are there any specific poems, quotations, or words that you would suggest we add to our Wealth Vision Board?



P.S. I’m going to be suggesting this project to my support-line clients as an “empowerment action.”

Carla February 16, 2010 at 11:54 am

Great ideas. I have created vision boards, but never incorporated Feng Shui in them. Ill have to remember not to flush away wealth symbols!

Steven Aitchison February 28, 2010 at 4:05 pm

Hi Evelyn, this is a really fascinating read. I’ve heard of Feng Shui and read a little about it in the past, but you have brought it to life with this post. I love the laughing Buddha :)

Feng Shui for Rabbits March 20, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Doea putting a digital vision board as your computer or phone wall paper work?

Kate Wright November 4, 2010 at 12:19 am

Great information Evelyn. The Feng Shui element is essential on any lifeboard. I don’t know if you have seen this kit, but it definitely looks to be a great step in the right direction. Thanks for the tips on placement.

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