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Brass Ba-Gua Mirror for protection
Hang or place this auspicious Feng Shui cure to protect:
Use to deflect "Sha-Ch'i" also known as "Killing Ch'i" which are the poison darts, sharp arrows, and cutting blades of negative Ch'i Energy in Feng Shui.
Due to placement of things directly pointing at your space/house/office (sharp corners of other buildings, roads facing directly at your home, light posts immediately in front of your door, etc.) this negative energy disrupts the natural flow that you are striving to maintain. Hang this traditional style Ba-Gua mirror on the outside or facing out a window or door wherever the Sha-Ch'i is pointed at your space to deflect and harmonize the energy from adversely affecting you.
Used to ward off ghosts and spirits.
Mirrors were always used to ward off and "scare" bad or malevolent spirits. The belief was that a spirit would see themselves within the mirror and would either flee from being scared at their own reflection, or the realization that they were a spirit would set in and they would move on. Hang this traditional style Ba-Gua mirror above the main door facing out to keep unwanted energies and influences from entering.
An eight-sided mirror, representing the eight fundamental elements of Taoist cosmology in balance and harmony.
In ancient times, mirrored glass was not readily available. Also easily damaged or shattered, it was not practical to have. Prior to the invention of the glass mirror, highly polished pieces of metal were commonly used instead. This Ba-Gua Mirror in brass is an example of a traditional mirror from ancient times.
The highly polished center of this mirror is the Yin-Yang symbol formally known as:
太極图 tàijítú the Great Supreme Diagram
This represents the fundamental Taoist concept of harmony and balance, duality, and polarity: an ever shifting yet always present natural and divine balance in all things, each half contains the essence of the other.
Around this middle reflective face is the Ba-Gua 八卦 or 8-trigram symbols, which is specifically the patterns of 3 broken and unbroken lines representing the 8 fundamental elements of Taoist cosmology (Heaven, Lake, Fire, Thunder, Wind, Water, Mountain, Earth) arranged in a way that embodies harmony and balance. The Chinese written characters are the words for those elements.
On the back side of the Ba-Gua Mirror, the words, inscribed upon read:
鎮宅之寶 zhènzhái zhībǎo
Literal translation: guard home, precious treasure
or “Precious treasure to suppress evil spirits and guard this dwelling.”
驅邪降福 Qūxié jiàng fú
Literal translation: expel evil, send down good fortune
Above this are the tasseled, crossed 7-Star Swords to vanquish evil spirits and to ward off negative energy. The seven stars suggest the constellation symbol, marking the swords’ power. The seven stars symbolize, Favor of the Celestial Emperor, Keeper of Harmony between Heaven and Earth.
It represents the constellation of the Big Dipper or Northern Ladle Constellation (běi dǒu xīng 北斗星) which rotates around the North Star (běi jí xīng 北极星).
This celestial constellation is seen as the chariot or seat of the Celestial Emperor, who keeps the harmonious balance of Yin and Yang, rulership over the 4-cardinal directions, and the 5-elements.
It is a virtuous symbol of protection, and divine harmony and balance in all things.
Below this is the Celestial Black Turtle for stability, longevity, and harmony on Earth. Also known as 玄武 Xuánwǔ or Dark Warrior, one of the 4 great Celestial Animals, sometimes depicted encircled with the Earth Snake coiled around his shell; also associated with the Taoist god of the North 真武 Zhēnwǔ, god of healing and protection - also known as the Perfected Warrior.
The Turtle/Tortoise is a symbol of long life, good health, being in a position of great respect, and a life of well-being and fulfillment.
How to use:
Place the mirror directly above the front (and/or back) door outside your home or office, mirror-side reflecting outward.
The Ba-Gua Mirror can also be hung outside, facing any source of Sha Ch'i
(never inside the home or office).
Be sure to keep it clean, dry, and polished - if it shows signs of damage or corrosion, it's time to get a new one.