In Feng Shui a religious or symbolic object has always been used to introduce a "heavenly blessings or a heavenly aspect" to the home or business. This means restoring "heavens luck" or creating an element to the consultation where the heavenly fortunes are present in the life of the recipient (ie setting up the Kitchen God for instance or setting up a Meditation or Yoga area that can allow the person to incorporate peace and meditation into their lifestyle).
Generally speaking, there is quite a bit of reverence and respectful thinking required for installing these types of Feng Shui remedies. For instance, it is bad Feng Shui to place the Gods in a master bedroom - because this is the place where intimacy takes place and the Chinese People consider this is disrespectful to the Gods. Another example is keeping Gods away from toilet or bathrooms - why because this is not their place!
A good way to set up religious or symbolic objects is when we position the medicine gourd next to a photo of our loved one and ask the Gods to help with our situation, or maybe we position feng shui crystals and other healing objects in a way that we can receive the benefit from them - then this does have a power in our homes (excepting when the flying Stars energies have a powerful energy going on...). Irrespective of the Gods or symbolic objects we use, all Gods or symbols of religion need to be set up respectfully and appropriately - according to the blessings that might be received by setting them up properly.
In Feng Shui, symbolic objects are used to bring a message to people.
For instance, in a sales office it's quite common for sales people to write up their monthly goals. Alternatively, people involved in self development often want to write up sayings that stimulate them to remember an aim or piece of information they want to impact in on their lives. In this way, symbolic objects give "The Self/Soul" the message that "heaven" is looking after them, or they have the blessings of the Supreme. So whether you are working in a sales office or simply writing yourself a piece of wisdom you dont want to forget... getting these important "messages" and surrounding yourself with positive symbols of wisdom and blessings makes these types of Feng Shui Remedies beneficial for people.
Other ways we use symbolic items in Feng Shui is when we surround ourselves with objects to make us feel wealthy, strong, protected, successful and again these types of remedies need to be "thought out a little" in order to create the beneficial effect upon the psyche. A good demonstration of how to use remedies like this is shown on our Feng Shui Remedies for the Workplace page.
Sometimes in the madness of Feng Shui marketing, these items get misrepresented. For instance, people think that by sticking money in your prosperity star that you will become prosperous. Or they are told that to buy the mystical 4 leaf clover and this will make them lucky and change their luck forever. The reality is there is a lot of hard work that goes into becoming prosperous or lucky, and whilst it is good Feng Shui to surround yourself with positive symbols (and it will definitely help), people also need to guard against being gullible.
When it comes to adding symbolic remedies using the Flying Stars system, we like to position things in our prosperity energies, our human fortune energies and all types of other positive energies we can have in our Flying Stars building horoscope. Alternatively, we may position symbolic remedies in a sickness star, a lawsuit star, etc but these will be unique to the people and the building in question (there is no generic formula as to where to stick them... it has to be individualised, according to the person and what they are experiencing in life as well as the building horoscope).
May your Symbolisum in Feng Shui be Good !