Elephant Trunk Up – Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?
A few weeks ago, I helped my dad move into his new home. First task: Tackle the kitchen. It became quickly apparent that dad had a lot of extra, unneeded stuff. I mean three can openers and four corkscrews? C'mon dad!
So dad, mom, my niece and I started helping dad cull out the superfluous, and keep the essentials. The result of all this gleaning was my mom and niece inheriting a lot of stuff. I got the super cool hand can opener I coveted! Lol.
Now understand. My needs are simple. I live in a tiny home - 300 sq ft. Talk about having to cull out the flotsam and jetsam!! I did a lot of eliminating to get the bare necessities in my small space!
But I digress. The reason I'm bringing this up has to do with elephant, trunk up. To explain, while sorting through dad's stuff, pops found two elephants. He asked me if I wanted them. Well....like I said, I've got precious little room for anything - much less knick-knacks. Moreover, elephants don't quite fit in with my decor. Let's face it, an elephant trunk up doesn't quite mix with skulls and freaky looking gargoyles. Lol!
Nevertheless, as dad was holding those two elephants, I recalled those pachyderms on display in my childhood home. Having been in the family for so long, it was hard to say 'no' to dad.
So I accepted dad's elephant offering, wondering where the heck I'm going to put them. They're quite lovely, actually. Here's a pic of these two elephants:
It's the only free space in my tiny home I could find. I kept that space clear, because as you can see in the background, my a/c and heat unit is there. Let's just say these elephants have some pretty frosty bums when the a/c kicks on. 😮
So, with elephants in place, I started to wonder about which direction they should face. It matters, you know. I remember as a kid, mom told me they should face east. So that's how I situated them.
But then I got curious. Why face east? And is that really the elephant good luck law? Or is it just an old wives tale with nothing to back it up (no offence mom). So I started doing some research.
Elephant trunk up = good luck, apparently. Elephant with trunk down = not necessarily bad luck, just a different vibe, an introspective energy.
But what about the direction? The preponderance of data I collected was adamant that elephants sporting uplifted trunks should face the front door. This, according sources such as Feng Shui expert, Lillian Too, and superstition connoisseur, David Pickering...front-door-facing is the rule concerning an elephant trunk up scenario.
Why? Apparently it has to do with welcoming good chi, or positive energy into the home. Door facing elephant ornaments are like a big "Howdy! C'mon in!" when it comes to invoking good luck, wealth, a happy family and healthy relationships.
Elephant Trunk Up, Facing East - Is That A Thumbs Up for Good Luck?
Interestingly, elephants with their trunks up facing east is also a good idea. According to Feng Shui, east is an arousing energy. East positions tend to entice good luck, and facilitates the flood gates of prosperity. Same with elephants facing the door - it opens the door to positive mojo.
You know...I'm not the most superstitious person...but if I have an invitation (real or imagined) to allow good juju in my life - you can bet I'm going to take advantage of it.
So I compromised. My two elephants - trunk up - are facing northeast. -North because that's where my front door is, and east because that's a positive position too. Here are some other things I learned during my elephant placement research:
Elephant Trunk Up And The Real Symbolic Scuttlebutt:
No bums facing the door! Supposedly, this blocks good luck and is extraordinarily harmful to positive chi (energy).
Elephants with trunks up are symbolic of fierce protection to the owner of the pachyderm.
Elephants with trunks down have a bad rap for rotten luck. But this isn't true according my resources. A downward trunk has an internalizing energy. It's about introspection, and internal growth. Quite literally, internal growth as in producing a baby. Feng Shui recommends a pair of trunk down elephant in the west quadrant of the bedroom if you want to conceive a child with your partner.
White elephants are supposedly the Grand Poobah of good luck. Their beauty and rarity is considered the ultimate conjurer of good fortune.
Two elephant trunk up meaning: Well, my instinct on the meaning of this one is age old adage, "If one is good, more is better". Lol. Seriously, double (two) elephants are good omens for partnerships - particularly for married couples and/or partners living in the same home.
Three elephants together meaning: Three elephants have a 'triple luck' effect. The number three is hugely lucky. You ever heard of the idea that if you do something good, karma or the universe will deliver good back to you three times over? Three elephants kinda emphasize that idea. They encourage, and intensify what the elephant stands for: Protection, prosperity, luck, and successful relationships (especially with family).
Well, trust me, I haven't covered all the nuances and meanings of the elephant trunk up phenomenon. But I covered the highlights. I hope you found this article helpful, or at least entertaining. 😉
As always, thanks so much for reading.
Bright pachyderm prosperity to you,
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