The pixiu (貔貅), together with Dragon, Phoenix, Turtle and Qilin, are the five auspicious celestial creatures in Chinese mythology. Detailed description of the pixiu and its legends can be found at Legends of Pixiu.
Wealth is the staple food of the pixiu. The main characteristic of the pixiu is that it can only consume but cannot excrete because it has no anus. Hence, it is considered a symbol of acquisition and preservation of wealth.
Besides having a voracious appetite for money, the pixiu also devours all kinds of sha qi (negative energy), unlucky stars, and disastrous stars. It is, therefore, often used in feng shui for enhancement or cure.
The strong belief in pixiu is clearly reflected in the following popular Chinese sayings, roughly translated as follows:
“First touch pixiu good luck comes, second touch pixiu money rolls in, third touch pixiu promotion all the way up.”
[Original Chinese wordings “一摸貔貅运程旺盛，二摸貔貅财源滚滚来，三摸貔貅平步青云，步步高升。”]
Usage in feng shui
The following is some of the feng shui applications of pixiu:
• Wealth enhancer
The pixiu loves the smell of gold, silver and other treasures. Being loyal to its owner, it will ‘bite’ money from passers-by to please its owner. With a wide, open mouth, it can gobble wealth from all directions, and its big abdomen signifies the ability to store tons and tons of money. As it does not excrete, it means ‘money rolls in but not a single cent flows out’. Thus, it is a good wealth enhancer for your home or office.
The pixiu is especially good in attracting ‘pian cai’ (偏财), which usually refers to money that comes from speculative activities such as shares' trading, forex trading, horse-racing, etc. Extra money that is not earned under your regular occupation can also be considered as ‘pian cai’. It is common to see the display of pixiu at casinos and gambling dens.
This auspicious beast can enhance ‘zheng cai’ (正财) as well. It can bring you career luck. ‘Zheng cai’ is the income earned from your job(s). Businessmen will also benefit by having a pixiu displayed in their offices or homes.
You just need to place a copper, bronze, brass or jade pixiu facing the main entrance of your house. Alternatively, if you know the location of the No. 8 Fortune Star for the year, you can put the pixiu in that spot. This Fortune Star falls on the West in 2012. Make sure the pixiu faces outwards.
The pixiu can also be displayed on the office desk, study desk, and windowsill to attract wealth, protect the office/home, and dispel sha qi.
Many prominent multi-billionaires in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore are reported to have used pixiu to enhance their wealth.
• Guardian of homes
According to ancient text, the pixiu can neutralize any feng shui sha qi and expel evil spirits from your home. The sha qi includes ominous qi caused by visible objects or surrounding environment and afflictions caused by the yearly stars (e.g. No. 5 Yellow Star, No. 2 Black Star, Tai Sui and Sui Po).
Certain sha qi can be disastrous, resulting in ill-health, divorce, financial loss, car accident, and so forth. It is believed that the pixiu can protect the household and bring auspiciousness to your home.
Place a copper, bronze or brass pixiu facing the sha qi or in the locations of the unlucky stars.
• Protection from mishaps
Every year, there tends to be some unlucky stars in our Chinese horoscope. Such stars may cause sickness or misfortunes. As prevention and protection, we can wear a jade pixiu to absorb the bad effects of such stars.
Quite often, we hear of stories where pixiu amulet's wearers surprisingly escaped an ordeal (e.g. car accidents, earthquakes, etc.) unharmed, but with their pixiu amulets being mysteriously broken or damaged. When this happens, it is believed that their pixiu had borne the brunt of the mishap and sacrificed themselves to protect their owners.
• Protection from spirits
Places like hospitals, funeral parlours, and crematoriums are prone to having spirits lingering around. For those working in such places, a jade pixiu ornament can protect them should they happen to encounter a spirit.
This also applies to people whose jobs require them to be on the street in the dark night, those who drive regularly at night, or on midnight-shift duties, etc.
• Fertility symbol
A pixiu is sometimes depicted as carrying its child on its back. It can be regarded as a fertility symbol, just like the White Storks in Western culture.
For those who are having difficulties in conceiving, they can try displaying a “Pixiu bestows child” statue in their homes. Appeal to the pixiu for aid in having a child. Who knows, miracle can happen.
Things to note
The general belief is that the pixiu needs to undergo “open eyes” (开光) or blessing ritual for it to be effective.
When purchasing a pixiu, we should use the word “invite” instead of saying “buy”.
Pixiu figurines are made from different materials. However, the copper, bronze, brass and jade pixiu are considered best for feng shui purposes.
The placement of the pixiu should preferably be on an auspicious day and time.
Being a divine beast, the pixiu will not help its owner if the owner commits crimes or does evil deeds.
The pixiu is also known as Pi Yao (皮休), Tian Lu (天禄), Bi Xie (辟邪), Tao Ba (桃拔) and Fu Ba (符拔).
Related Sites (in Chinese)
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2012 pinkytoky
Tan on December 21, 2019:
I drop my Pi Xiu and I found debris on its leg?
what should I do?
pinkytoky (author) from Singapore on July 21, 2013:
The general rule is that auspicious divine beast figurines should not be placed in bedroom. Putting the pi yao inside the cupboard is like "encaging" it, definitely not recommended.
Amy on July 21, 2013:
I read that Pi yao should not be placed inside Bedroom , but I am living in a shared room in University Hostel , so Can I place Pi Yao inside my cupboard in Top compartment of the cupbaord where its placed at Higher level than my head ?
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Lee on March 15, 2012:
Good that you are sharing all your knowledge. Please continue. Thank you!
Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on March 14, 2012:
This is very interesting. It's neat to hear about the folklore of other countries. Thank you for sharing. I have learned a little about Egyptian lore, but not much about Chinese.