White Willow Bark – The Critical Weight Loss (Diet) Assistant

Hippocrates was possibly the first person to record the benefits of white willow bark. He did so in the Fifth century BC. In 1828 a French pharmacist, Henri Leroux and an Italian chemist, Raffaele Piria, we able to isolate a compound in the grayish brown bark from the white willow tree (Salix alba) known as salicin. Since then, salicylic acid, an active derivative of salicin has been further separated out and has found a home as one of the primary ingredients in aspirin.

In an effort to get bigger, better, faster, the body building industry popularized the concept of “stacking” or combining certain ingredients to take advantage of their synergistic effect. Synergy occurs whenever ingredients are combined and the specific combination of those ingredients provides a greater benefit than the individual benefits that could be realized if each of those ingredients were taken independent of each other.

For decades, the ECA stack reigned supreme for its popularity in the body building industry. This was a “stack” that combined Ephedra, Caffeine and Aspirin. Although the ratio of this combination varied, 25 milligrams of ephedra was commonly combined with 200 milligrams of Caffeine and 325 milligrams of Aspirin. Unfortunately, this combination became extremely hard to put together when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the sale of all dietary supplements containing ephedra on February 6th, 2004. Despite numerous studies demonstrating the safety of ephedra in controlled doses, the FDA would not budge on their finding that ephedra posed an “unreasonable risk of illness or injury.” On August 17th, 2006, after being challenged in a federal appeals court, the FDA upheld the ephedra ban with a 133,000 page report citing 19,000 individual adverse reactions. In the wake of this dilemma, ephedra alternatives were quickly located to combine with caffeine and aspirin.

Conceptually, the ECA stack effectively assists with weight loss and energy gain. Certain stimulants, such as ephedra are known to be “beta agonists”, meaning they function as keys on a certain gene in the body (by targeting the “beta-2 adrenergic receptor” or “ADRB2”) to unlock a genetic response. Three responses that are believed to be unlocked are increased levels of norepinephrine, increased levels of epinephrine and increased levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).

Norepinephrine and epinephrine are quite similar. Both are common neurotransmitters in the brain that also function as hormones in the body. As norepinephrine levels and cAMP levels increase, heart rate increases and the release of glucose is triggered from stored energy in the body. When taken in a stack with caffeine and aspirin, this chain of events increases blood flow to muscle tissue and increases body temperature, creating a thermogenic effect on the body. It is also believed that during this process, the body begins burning white adipose fat tissue, appetite becomes suppressed, and fatigue is reduced as energy levels increase.

When a stack of stimulants and aspirin (or white willow bark) enter the body, a little light goes off (not literally) telling the body that it was just stimulated as the metabolism begins increasing. In response, the body begins producing phosphodiesterase inside your cells and prostaglandins outside your body’s cells. Both of these reactions lower cAMP levels, slowing the metabolism boost from the ECA stack.

Caffeine prevents cAMP levels from decreasing by blocking the production of phosphodiesterase inside cells, while further increasing the body’s production of epinephrine, which again helps raise cAMP levels. Aspirin (or white willow bark) prevents cAMP levels from decreasing by blocking the production of prostaglandins outside the body’s cells. Through these specific actions of caffeine and aspirin (or white willow bark), thermogenesis is sustained for longer periods of time while the metabolism is held at a higher rate, allowing the body to burn more calories longer.

Taking this combination of ingredients prior to exercise should also help with a better work out, as the body will not get fatigued as quickly and muscles will recover and feel fresh faster. All that being said, please remember that your body is not designed to burn stored fat as fuel, if you are eating more calories each day than your body is burning as fuel. Taking a dietary supplement may help your body burn more calories, but do not expect dramatic, long-term changes in your body shape without also making lifestyle changes to your eating and exercise habits.

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Weight Loss

Is Derek Wahler’s Belly Fat Shrinking Signal a good book?

Fat Shrinking Signal is a 21-day sequential home-based slimming program that uses natural methods to help you get rid of extra bodyweight as well as tone your muscles. The program is a creation of Derek Wahler who claims to be a Certified Turbulence Trainer and a NASM Certified Personal Trainer. Derek refers to himself as the “weight loss whisperer” and claims to overcome the challenges of traditional diet and exercise routines to help people lose weight. He created this simple follow along body shaping program based on science to help people of all ages and physical conditions successfully shrink body fat.

How does Fat Shrinking Signal Work?

This fat shrinking program targets all angles of your body so that you can tone and trim every inch without the boring effects associated with the same everyday workout routines. Its full body burn sequence sends fat burning signals to the brain through unique complete body movements to release trapped fat in the body. Fat Shrinking Signal relies on the effects of leptin to assist in weight loss. Leptin is a body hormone linked to weight loss and feelings of satiety, it lets you know when you are full and to stop eating.

When the brain does not receive leptin signals, it thinks that the body is starving and thus can never tell when you are full. As a result, you end up having too much storage fat as a result of the food you eat. Bearing this in mind, this program works to counter the problem of leptin level plummet and turn your body into a fat-burning system.

What is Included in the Fat Shrinking Signal Package?

The Fat Shrinking Signal program is based on performing certain exercises, in a particular manner, sequence and intensity for various body parts. It may take a while to master the exercise sequence, but once you do, it should take just about ten minute to complete. The essence of the system is targeted “slimming sequence” that includes four steps:

Body Slimming Burst #1 – The program begins to burn fat immediately with the first step that activates your “Fat Shrinking Signal” that flushes out trapped body fat so that you look and feel slimmer almost immediately. It is asserted that using the Fat Shrinking technique is like performing rapid liposuction, only that without the dangerous side effects or health risks. Therefore, you should be prepared for the psychological shift that comes with it.

Body Shaping Burst #2- This step releases fat-burning signals to your brain so that it instantly releases the trapped fat around the heart, arms, belly and thighs. It features unique body movements that shape the troublesome areas and melt fat away. This step is also known as the “Shock Your System”, it will activate five “shock points” concurrently, to firm and shape common body trouble spots.

Body Sculpting Burst #3 – This is a tightening and toning routine that includes a 40-second tummy slimming movement. It also activates anti-aging enzymes to get you looking years younger and releases the breakdown of fat in your body through the 10-minute “Fire Cracker” method.

Body Shredding Burst #4 – This fourth and final approach activates your metabolism, ignites calorie burning and lowers blood pressure. This means you are able to lose double, or even triple the fat because of the metabolism activation and become slimmer and more toned without adding extra sets or minutes to your workout

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Aquatic Turtles As Pets

Aquatic turtles are often considered easy to maintain and cheap pets. That is not really the case with these little animals.

Time consuming or not

Aquatic turtles are great pets for people that do not like to interact with animals too much but still want to have a pet. They do not need you to train them or spend any time with they.

Cost

The turtle itself is not very expensive but the costs of tank and its accessories goes very well over several hundreds of dollars.

Still, this is only the initial cost. The maintenance of the pet is not too expensive and should not exceed 50 US dollars a month.

If you decide on turtle as pet, invest some money at the beginning in buying a large tank so you do not have to do that once the turtle grows.

Cleaning

Keeping a pet turtle will not take away your time except for cleaning it. This can sometimes be an overwhelming task. Turtles will not make a mess around your apartment but the tank can get pretty messy. To prolong the time between tank cleaning, invest in a good water filter.

To completely clean the tank you will need to remove decorations, filter, pump, basking platform and what ever you might have in it. You will need to clean all that separately and than set up the tank again.

Wild animal or not

If you are thinking if you should get a wild or a bred-in-captivity turtle, please do not take a wild one. It is never a good choice to separate a wild animal from its habitat.

Space requirements

Small pets are considered a good solution for small apartments but an aquatic turtle will need a fairly large tank once it is an adult so make sure you have enough space for it.

Are they good pets for kids?

Probably not. If the kid wants a pet to play with do not get a turtle. Also, take in consideration that a kid cannot take care of it so you will have to.

The last thing to consider about kids and aquatic turtles as pets is – salmonella. Turtles can be carriers of this illness and kids often put their hands in their mouth. If you have a turtle, make sure that your kid washes hands every time it is in contact with the pet.

Summary

So, are aquatic turtles as pets good or bad? Bottom line – setup costs money but the upkeep price is low, you do not need time to socialize with it but you will need time to clean the tank, turtles are silent and will not interrupt your daily routine.

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Surviving a Bear Attack

How to survive a Bear attack!

Bears can attack people if they feel they are in danger, if they are surprised, have cubs or are protecting their territory. If at all possible – steer clear of the bear! But if you have put your self in a situation where you can not avoid them, make sure they are not surprised by you.

Here are some crucial rules to live by.

1. Never camp or hike alone.

2. Avoid bears. That “teddy” bear can turn you into ground beef really quick – this includes the smaller black bear.

3. Do not feed it even from the “safety” of your car. There have been movies made that show people being ripped from their cars because they were dim-witted enough to feed it. If you have to feed an animal, feed your cat or dog at home. The wild is well, wild and wild animals will attack given the right circumstance.

4. Do not leave food around camp. This is the chief reason a bear will come into your camp as they smell food. Zip up your tent even if it’s hot and clammy. Always keep an eye out. Please clean your camp and put any fires out before you leave. If you have any food left, seal it in plastic or in a container far up into a tree away from the camp site. Better he has that food for dinner than “camper ala cart”.

Bear profiles:

The black bear is a scavenger and although small is very dangerous. More commonly seen around human habitats, it may not think of you as an enemy. Be careful and use the procedure below.

Grizzly bears will attack you on a whim. Although not aggressive by nature they are very unpredictable. He might run away. He might see you and act as though you are just another animal or he might charge you if he woke up on the wrong side of his bed. Grizzly bears rarely maintain the attack however, with their huge size and weight they can with little effort mangle an average size man.

Polar bears are a different nightmare. Indians still live in fear of them and there is plenty of history to divulge the terror of what they can do. These creatures can and do stalk humans. They are highly intelligent and deadly. Staying out of polar bear area is wise and will keep you alive. Unless you are doing a project for national geographic, do not engage!

What to do. . .

Singing, talking or listening to music out loud is a good way to not surprise any animal. In any case most bears will leave your area as they don’t really look for a conflict.

The rule is if you are facing a bear, talk gently while holding your arms above your head and slowly walk away. Be aware of your surroundings so you don’t trip over something as this can create a problem! Holding your arms above your head not only makes you look bigger but keeps his attention as you walk away.

Bears may grunt, growl and some times put their head low with their ears back before an attack. If a bear stands on its legs it’s not a sign of aggression, it’s just trying to get a view of where you are at.

So what happens if that does not work and you realize your going to be attacked? While this can be a horrifying experience you must keep your wits about you. Shooting a bear does not usually stop an attack. Sometimes the more valuable weapon is bear spray.

If you notice the bear is going to charge you, spray! Bear sprays shoot out at a great distance. In any case do not try to run. Some bears can run as fast as a horse and definitely run faster then you. Quickly do one of two things. The best thing to do is find a large tree that you can quickly climb. Make a lot of noise and waving your hands as this might make the animal leave. If you are stuck on the ground keep your back-pack on, this will give you some protection for your back. Cover your head and neck and get into a fetal position. PLAY DEAD. Continue even if you are being bitten. In many cases the bear will quickly realize you’re not a threat and leave. What if he does not stop? Scream, yell and fight back, this includes throwing dirt in its eyes, throwing large rocks at its head- anything to make him realize your not going to be an easy meal. With some people that was enough to get away unharmed.

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Camping Food Storage – How to Keep Your Food From Being Stolen By Animals

Birds, squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons, deer and more. They look cute but when your back is turned, watch out. They’ll easily take a chance to rummage around for your food. Although many of these animals are small they pack a big strong bite and their sharp teeth can cut through just about anything, their sharp claws can open up most boxes and containers.

I have lost a fleece jacket to a squirrel after leaving it on our picnic table for an afternoon with a few bits of nuts in a pocket. That squirrel ate his way through my zipper to get to the pocket and eat the bits of nuts.

We’ve also had what we thought were raccoon proof containers invaded. The lids were torn apart and broken off and the food inside became a buffet for a family of raccoons one night.

Even some types of food coolers are easily broken into by bears. With crafty paws, sharp teeth and a desire to stop at nothing to munch on your food the only animal proof way to protect your food and containers is to either hang your food or better yet when camping with your family, keep your food stored in your vehicle when you are not at your campsite.

Even dry food that is sealed in containers or zip lock bags can attract wild animals. Their sense of smell is so much greater than a human’s sense of smell and even sealed food can become easy prey for them.

Do not store your food inside your tent either. You risk losing your tent to the wild if they really want a sample. These animals can rip through fabric, tear through zippers and will stop at just about nothing to get to your great smelling food.

Our best advice is to keep your food inside the large containers and coolers you’ve brought with you camping. Only bring food out for meal time and snacks. When you are leaving your campsite for long periods of time place your food containers inside your vehicle. And never leave open food or any food item on your picnic table, eating table, inside your tent or just laying around your campsite unless you want it to disappear. If you do, you’ll attract more animals as they’ll see your site as easy prey.

Some coolers are more bear proof then others and if your cooler is a very large and heavy one you can chance it and leave it out at night. It also depends on how bear friendly the area is where you are camping. If there are bears in the area I wouldn’t leave your cooler to chance.

Protect your food, protect your food containers and keep the animals at a safe distance from your campsite. They look cute but don’t mind stealing your food. Don’t leave any food out after eating, keep all your food inside containers and place those containers inside your vehicle during extended time away from your campsite.

Happy Camping!

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The Bare Truth About the Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus means river horse in Greek and spends most of the day soaking in the water and even though it appears docile, it is a fact that the hippopotamus is one of the more ill-tempered mammals in the wild. Hippos kill more humans than any other wild animals such as tigers, lions or even gorillas included.

Hippos are fiercely territorial and are common knowledge that hippos attack boats that infiltrate large herds and fisherman who work along the banks and frequently lay waste to inland fields, crops, farms while roaming the land at night. Hippos are huge animals and often grow up to 15 feet long and weighing up to 8000 pounds. (Remember ‘Moto-Moto’ from Madagascar 2 movie?) They can run up to 20mph and have large, strong choppers, canine teeth that can as long as 20 inches. Do you know that crocodiles don’t pick a fight with hippos because hippos can literally bite crocodiles in half easily! Imagine what it will do to a fragile human body.

If you go diving in jungle rivers or lakes, make sure they are no hippos in the region. If you encounter a hippo, go ashore as quickly as you can because they are clumsier on land. Do not try to go head on with a charging hippo as most probably you will end up like a squash marshmallow. If you have to fight with a hippo, poke its eyes and stay out of their mouth. You may not be able to outrun a hippo, but you can easily out maneuver the hippo by running in zigzag fashion and climb a tree if you see one.

Hippopotamus have glands that ooze a protective oily liquid whose red color has led to many myths that hippos sweat blood. Actually the oil helps the skin moist and possibly helps heal wounds and combat germs.

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Understanding Some Basic Bear Terminology

Organised bear tours with an expert wildlife company are an excellent way to observe these magnificent animals in a safe and instructive manner. If you’re embarking on a tour with a qualified wildlife guide you might hear some unfamiliar terms, so before setting off, make sure to brush up on your bear vocabulary.

Adaptation – Adaptation is a biological process in which a species gradually becomes better suited to its environment. Like most plants and animals, bears have adapted to their individual environments, and have specialised features that help them make the best of their surroundings. The Polar Bear, for example, has evolved over thousands of years to adapt to its frozen surroundings with wide paws, thick blubber, and white fur.

Habitat – During bear tours, you are treading in the bear’s habitat, its natural ecological and environmental home. For example, deciduous and coniferous forests are the habitat of the Black Bear, and the edges of the Arctic ice pack are the habitat of Polar Bears.

Hide – On most bear tours, you will observe the animals from a hide (sometimes called a blind in North America). A hide is a shelter used to observe wildlife at close range. It is typically camouflaged so as to blend into the observed animal’s environment. A hide is somewhat reminiscent of a garden shed – normally wooden, with small openings or shutters built into the side to enable observation. Some hides, especially ones built for bird watching, are quite simple – perhaps only a wooden screen. Bear hides are much sturdier, with some even having toilets and beds inside for overnight stays.

Naturalist – Most bear tours will be led by a qualified naturalist, an expert in natural history fields such as zoology or botany. A naturalist will have spent many years studying plants and animals in the wild.

Range – A range is the geographic area normally inhabited by a species. For example, a Grizzly Bear’s range includes Alaska, south-western Canada, and parts of the north-western United States. A bear’s home range, on the other hand, is simply the area in which an individual animal lives, hunts, and mates during its life. The size of an animal’s home range is influenced by available food, mates, the time of year, and the age and size of the animal.

Subspecies – You might be overwhelmed by the huge and diverse bear family, but remember there are only eight species of bear: the Black Bear, the Brown Bear, the Polar Bear, the Asian Black Bear, the Sloth Bear, the Sun Bear, and the Giant Panda. All other bears, like the Grizzly Bear or Spirit Bear, are subspecies of an already extant species.

Territory – At times, some bears may show aggression to defend their territory, an area of its habitat over which it claims dominance. Territory may be defended for courtship and feeding rights, or, in the case of females, for breeding.

On bear tours, as with any wildlife tour, it’s helpful to have a little knowledge ahead of time. With the right facts and phrases, you can get a richer, more informative experience from observing these amazing animals.

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Adventures of a Masai Boy

The adventure life of most consultants and guides, especially those in tourism fraternity, commence as a joke during their tender ages. This is later developed into a hobby as they grow up doing almost the same type of activity that forms part of their life. Take an example of an orphaned Masai boy who grew up looking after cattle. In Kenya, Masai is one of the 42 ethnic tribes who have managed through thick and thin to maintain their traditional African culture. Their lives revolve around cattle rearing and migrating from one region to another in search of water and pasture for the large herds of cattle. Just imagine this young boy of 12 years for instance, alone in the thick bushes of Masai Mara, with all the risks of the black-maned lion or an aggressive rhino emerging from any direction!

Once in a while this has always happened, and a huge battle between the Masai boys has always come to pass. Surprisingly enough, the boys have always survived the fights with remarkable lion scratches that give them a right of passage from childhood to adulthood. After this memorable fight and a close encounter in this Kenya’s land of wildebeest migration, with a very high concentration of wild animals, the boy would definitely learn a lot about the animal’s behaviour and how to go about any sort of confrontation while in the bush.

Both the Kenya and Tanzania Masai communities share quite a number of similarities and follow the same cultural activities that make them different from the rest of the communities. The boys spend most of their days in the bush, feeding on wild fruits, dried meat and milk for their lunch. They know so many birds, that they can easily tell the species of different birds just by listening to their sounds.

Most of them actually track hyenas and wild dogs which sneak into their homes at night and attack their sheep and goats. Do you know how they do this? they look at the foot prints and sniff the leaves of shrubs that the wild animals might have walked through and this has always worked out for them perfectly well!!

They can make the best and the most sincere tour guides and safari consultants in the tourism field.

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Stiff – The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers – A Review

TREES are important to human beings as they provide shelter, fruits, firewood and sometimes its barks or roots can be used as medicine to heal certain diseases.

Most African countries including Zimbabwe should preserve the flora and faunas that are God-given. Despite having the ministry of Environment in African countries, less concern is placed on preserving trees for a healthy environment that can benefit both human beings and animals.

Wild birds can use trees as their inhabitancy as well as some of the reptiles to enrich the eco-system. This may also improve on the fertility of the soil through biodiversity, which is natural soil richness

Trees are good in our lives as their scent can produce health smells for breathing which may help in the circulation of oxygen within our red blood cells. Again if there are some hurricanes or whirlwind tree leaves can trap the strength of the wind.

African people across the world should be educated on maintaining a healthy environment that will have long term benefits to the members. It is our duty to document the names of the indigenous trees and pass the knowledge to the new generation as indigenous knowledge.

Due to the power outages like in Zimbabwe where electricity is a challenge, most people resort to cutting down trees for firewood a move that have destroyed most of our forestry. Both those in rural areas and urban centers cut down trees at an alarming rate as a source of energy a move that the government and the relevant ministry should control in order to prevent the disappearance of special local shrubs.

Urban farming in most high density and low-density suburbs in most parts of Zimbabwe should be condemned in order to keep our forestry balanced. Zimbabwe is currently experiencing rural-urban migration, with most people preferring to be in urban centers than in rural areas.

Tress are important to us as human beings as they improve on the rate of evapor-transpiration leading to a high rate of rainfall. It has been studied and discovered that areas with thick dense forestry experience high rainfalls fall.

Africans should be educated also to transplant some of these shrubs to their areas that a drought resistance. This is the education that if well implemented can assist local people to benefit from maintaining a healthy environment.

Thorn bushes which are favoured by goats and other wild animals especially are drought resistant and can be used by farmers in rural areas to fence their fields.

Trees can be used as a source of income for foreigners who may visit to conduct their studies. If host communities are well taught to take care of trees, this may be an inheritance that they can pass to the next generations in their area.

Zimbabwean curriculum at both primary, Secondary and tertiary institutions should teach pupils and students to value trees in their everyday lives.

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Animal Symbolism in Feng Shui – Your Key to Success, Happiness, and Wealth

Below are some common animals used in activating sectors in Feng Shui. There is a long list of animals you can use, this is just a sampling of them.

Cow: The Chinese honor the cow because it pulls the plow used to prepare the fields from which they reap their harvest and it represents the season of Spring.

Crane. Symbolizes fidelity and longevity. Placed with a water feature in the North, it represents good fortune, wealth, wisdom and longevity for mother and father.

Dolphins: Considered magical creatures. They are said to help you to think more freely and creatively. You may place dolphins in your child’s room or in your office.

Dragon: The dragon is one of the four Celestial Animals in Feng Shui and is the animal of the East. They can be placed almost anywhere in your home, but I would at least have one in the East. The dragon is considered “All Powerful” and is said to bring about wealth, prosperity, power, protection, great success, good luck and abundance. If you have a dragon that is holding or protecting a round object, that is said to be the Pearl of Life and symbolizes wisdom and great achievement. They do not belong in bedrooms or bathrooms.

Eagle: A picture or figurine of an eagle in full flight is an excellent symbol of success, strength, power and authority. Always have an eagle flying or perched on a tree do not show one looking fierce and predatory. Best placed in your career sector or N corner of your desk or office

Elephant: Elephants are considered sacred creatures in Feng Shui and are probably best known for their symbolism of wisdom. They also symbolize good luck, fidelity, fertility, longevity and virility.

Fish: (Arowana, Money Carp). The Fish is a symbol of wisdom, faith, freedom, wholeness and purity. In Chinese, the Arowana is called “Kam Lung Yue”, which means Golden Dragon Fish. This name is synonymous with great wealth in abundance. Fish represent Yang energy which brings good fortune into your home or business. Fish also symbolizes freedom from restriction. The fish is often seen on the soles of the Buddha’s feet which represents the power of energy.

Fu Dogs: Fu Dogs are part lion and part dragon. They are used to protect your home or office from negative energies and to ward off evil or people with bad intentions form entering your home. The male represents domain of the world at large, and the female represents offspring and home These are intended to be placed on the ground and to flank your front door. Place the male with a ball under paw on left side of door as you face out. The Female with a lion cub under her paw should be on the right.

Horse: In a galloping stance, the horse represents nobility, fame & recognition and is also used for single people looking for a life partner. Do not display a raring horse directly in front of or behind you. The best location to place the horse is the living room and in the South sector of your home or desk. Do not display the horse in any of the bedrooms.

Iguana: The iguana symbolizes creativity, spontaneity and playfulness. It is a good item to place in your child’s Personal Development sector.

Lion: Symbolizes courage and bravery. It is considered as a guardian and protector of businesses and homes. A pair of lions with both their front feet on the ground can be placed on either side of the front entry way to your home or business for protection of wealth.

Love Birds: Because love birds form an attachment to their partners and are said to pine away when one dies or they are separated, they represent devotion, fidelity and romantic bliss. Best placed in the SW of home or bedroom. These are the Western Culture’s equivalent to the Chinese Mandarin Duck.

Lucky Cat: The lucky cat has a very powerful symbolism in bringing luck and good fortune into your home. They can be placed in your Good Luck Sector or in the SE corner of home or desk. The legend behind the Luck Cat is as follows: In the 17th century , there was a run down and poverty stricken temple in Tokyo. The temple’s priest was very poor, but he shared what little food he had with his pet, Tama. One day, a feudal lord was caught in a storm while hunting and he took refuge under a big tree near the temple. While he waited for the storm to pass, the man notice Tama, the priest’s cat, beckoning him to come inside the temple gate. The feudal lord followed the cat into the temple and instantly, a lightning bolt struck the place where the lord had been standing. Thus the cat saved his life. From then on, the Lucky Cat has been considered an incarnation of the Goddess of Mercy ( Kwan Yin ).

Mandarin Ducks: Like the love birds, mandarin ducks represent devotion, fidelity and romantic bliss and should be placed in the SW sector of your home or bedroom.

Money Frog: This is a mythical animal known as the “Chan Chu” and is said to appear every full moon near homes that will receive news of increased wealth and good fortune. Also called the “Three Legged Money Frog” it is usually placed right inside your front door facing INTO the home. The coin in it’s mount should be place with the four symbols up, not down. It can also be placed in your wealth sector and next to a cash register. They are never to be placed in a kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

Panda Bear: This beautiful animal is one of the most endangered animals in existence. It is called Da xiong mao which means giant bear cat in China. The Panda is believed to have magical powers that can ward off natural disasters and evil spirits and is also a symbol of peace.

Peacock: The peacock is the western culture equivalent to the phoenix in China. Placed in the SW of your home or bedroom it is said to attract and enhance happy relationships and marriage.

Phoenix: The phoenix is imaginary creature of the ancient Chinese Feng Shui. The phoenix is usually red or crimson in color and symbolizes the luck of wish fulfillment. The South corner of your home or office can be activated by placing the phoenix there. The phoenix is said to bring opportunities, fame and recognition. When combined with its “soul mate”, the Dragon, put in SW to attract happy relationships and marriage.

Red Bird: This can be an image or a figurine/statue of any kind of bird, a parrot, cardinal, etc. Put in the South for protection.

Rooster: If you have a lot of petty office politics going on in the workplace, displaying a rooster in your office is said to counter this negative energy. The rooster is said to quell arguments, backstabbing and politicking. Also, pointing the beak of a rooster towards a beam or column in the home will deflect the negative chi they can bring.

Tiger: The tiger is considered the king of the wild animals. It is seen as a symbol for royalty, power and fearlessness. An image of the Tiger is believed to dissipate negative chi. The Tiger is very important in Feng Shui because its stripes represent the auspicious balance of Yin and Yang.

Turtles: The turtle symbolizes support, longevity, endurance, wealth, happy family, long generations, good luck and fortune. Because the turtle is one of the celestial animals, it is said to possess protective powers as well. Legend tells us that the turtle has in his body the secret of heaven and earth and the design on his shell shows the Lo Shu magic square which is the guide for life. Turtles can be placed anywhere, but you should really have at least one in the North sector of your home. They can be facing in different directions based on what they are made of. For example: place crystal turtles facing North, metal turtles facing West, wooden facing East or Southeast, ceramic facing Southwest or Northeast. The Dragon Headed Turtle is a powerful symbol of wealth, health, prosperity and protection and should be placed in the North or the Southeast.

Wild Geese: Because wild geese always fly in pairs, they are excellent to put in SW part of your home or bedroom to enhance your romantic relationship. Geese are messengers of good news and represent the married state.

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