Han Xiang Zi guards the southeast, and his element is wood. He is considered the Five Phases of Energy, and is the Master of Heaven. His robes are decorated with scared knots that combine the energies of Yin and Yang into the One Original Energy. He’s usually portrayed carrying a bouquet of flowers and flute, on which he plays the Six Healing Sounds.
Han Zhong Li guards the east, and his element is also wood. A bearded figure, his hair is coiled on the sides of his head. He holds a fan, which he uses to revive and reincarnate the souls of the recently departed, and he frequently visits the Earth as a messenger for the Gods of Heaven. He is usually shown riding a Chi Lin, a mythical animal sacred to the Taoists. He signifies longevity, and will bring good sons into your family.
Chao Guo Jiu’s direction is northeast, and his element is earth. He holds castanets, which he uses as a soothing tool to facilitate meditation. He’s seen riding a Pi Yao, a great animal of Chinese luck, who helps him to reveal the secrets of the Tao and of immorality. The Chinese believe he’s still living on Earth, and having his likeness in your home attracts his presence. He’s considered a great protector, and an ally for those who need help in their studies.
Zhang Guo Lao guards the north, and his element is water. He holds a tube containing phoenix feathers, which he uses to divine the future. The Chinese believe that he assists those who have died in achieving a beneficial reincarnation. His image is often placed in the bedrooms of people hoping to conceive, and of those who wish to have prophetic dreams.
Lan Chai He, the youngest of the Immortals, guards the northwest, and his element is metal. He carries a whisk for brushing away flies, plus handfuls of branches from plants associated with longevity – chrysanthemum, peach blossom, pine and bamboo. He’s usually shown astride an elephant, a symbol of wisdom and strength. Having him in your home brings joy and beauty.
Lee Tie Guai’s direction is south, and his element is fire. He’s shown as a street beggar, carrying a magic staff and an iron crutch. His staff and the gourd that he also carries are symbols of medicine, and he can create medicines due to his mastery of energy. He’s a benevolent saint, believed to help the poor and the sick. He occasionally travels to the Heavens in the form of a dragon, but also visits Earth when needed, rising a chimera.
He Xian Gu guards the southwest and her element is earth. Taoists believe she is still living, and would be more than 1,400 years old. When she 14 years old, she was given the Peach of Immortality, and she’s shown holding a lotus blossom, which symbolizes her power and purity. She rides a deer, a symbol of longevity, and is believed to help people who are desperate and in need of divine intervention, as well as bringing luck to marriage.
Lee Dong Bin guards the west, and his element is metal. He carries a double-edged, magic demon-slaying sword on his back, which was given to him by a dragon. The sword makes him invisible to evil spirits and allows him to hide from them in the Heavens. Called “Ancestor Lee” by the Chinese, his beard, which is parted three ways, symbolizes the three channels taken to achieve the highest form of meditation. His inclusion in your home insures that no one with evil intentions can enter.
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