~~November 20, 2014~~
Ancient Japanese lore describes Koi fish swimming up a massive waterfall called “The Dragon Gate“. If they reach the top of the waterfall, they transforms into the legendary mythical creature. This legend defines perseverance and is one of the reasons koi fish are held in such high regard.
What Do Koi Fish Symbolize?
By Sue Lynn Carty
Koi fish are a common symbol in both Chinese culture and feng shui, depicted on artwork, clothing, tattoos and even with live fish used in landscape design.
~The Koi Fish Legend~
There are many ancient legends involving the koi fish. The oldest of the legends is the story of when Chinese philosopher Confucius was born a son in 533 B.C., King Shoko of Ro presented to him a magoy, a black carp, as a gift. According to this legend, all modern day koi, and their bright colors, are from the magoy given to Confucius by the king.
The legend says the Chinese then raised the koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese. Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter.
During this very harsh winter, Japanese farmers in Niigata could not fish and could not sustain any crops. As a result, the farmers began building ponds in which to raise koi in order to feed their families. During this time, many farmers began noticing different color mutations on the skin of the newly bred koi.
So they carefully chose the most beautifully colored fish and bred them in separate ponds to keep as family pets .Koi continue to be bred as pets and enjoyed for their wonderful coloring. Today, there are over 100 different color types of koi fish.
Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream.
Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include
~Yin Yang and the Koi Symbol~
In feng shui, the koi is tied to the yin yang symbol. In fact, the black and white tear drops of the yin yang symbol are said to be representations of two koi, one male and one female. The eye of each teardrop is symbolic of the constant watchful eye of the koi. This pairing of fish is often seen outside the context of the yin yang symbol as well. For example, a pair of koi is often used as a good luck symbol for a happy marriage.
Harmony and Happiness
The koi is synonymous with harmony and happiness. The two yin and yang koi complete each other and create a perfect balance of the negative and positive energies of chi energy, which is the life-force of all things on earth.
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~~A Koi Story~~
~Published on Apr 24, 2014~
My Final Major Project outcome for my Foundation Year at the University of Creative Arts.
~~Koi Fish Pond with Nature and Water Sounds~~
~~Published on Aug 24, 2013~~
Koi are both highly social and intelligent, so they are a lot of fun to watch. Aquariums are artificial and cramped, and even in the videos, the behavior of the fish reflect that. I love this pond video not just for its lush and relaxing location in a Zen garden, but because the fish are relaxed and happy.
We ALL are ONE!!