Lucky Cat – Maneki Neko
Cats are considered sacred in many cultures , may be in Egypt , Buddhism or many Asian cultures.
Lucky cats or Maneki Neko as known in Japanese are very popular in Chinese and Japanese culture .
They can be found in any Chinese/Japanese restaurant , or supermarket or Chinatown , For them , Maneki Neko is a fortune charm .They bring in good luck and wealth to their owners.They are cute little sculptures and comes in many different sizes and attractive gestures and colors.
Maneki Neko is a term meaning “Beckoning cats”. Most of these cats have their paw raised, waving in good fortune for their owners.
The Lucky cats with one of their paw raised have their own significance.
When left paw is holding up and continuously waving, it’s a way to attract customers or people.
When right paw is raised, it invites good fortune and money.
Both palm raised, combines both of these actions .While sometimes it is related to protection.
The colors of these lucky cats also have different meanings:
Gold: Gold is always been related to money and wealth. So Keeping a gold-plated lucky cat statue in your money area of house, shop or office, is a good feng shui cure to attract money and prosperity.
White: White is the color of peace and purity. Keeping a white colored lucky cat in the place where you meditate or do yoga is a good idea.
Red: Red is the color of love and relationships. Keeping a red colored lucky cat in your bedroom or love area of your house, enhance your relation with your spouse more.
Green: Green is the color of nature and Good health. For keeping you and your loved ones healthy and fit, keeping a lucky cat in living area is a nice option.
Black: Black color is usually the color of darkness .But in Feng Shui, a dark colors lucky cat keep bad and evil spirits away from you and your family. They provide a sense of protection and shield to your house.
Calico : Finally the Calico , the luckiest of all . It is the most basic and traditional lucky cat bringing good fortune and luck to your home.