This is a simple Feng Shui trick you can do to increase cash flow, bring windfall luck (like lottery winnings), and general protection.
Pi Yao, also known as Tian Lu or Pixiu, is a mythical beast in Asian culture. The legend goes that he lived in the Palace of the Jade Emperor. He had a huge appetite and was always eating, eating. One day he ate so much that he accidentally messed on the floor. The Jade Emperor got angry and sealed his rectum so nothing could come out. He also declared that from that day forward, Pi Yao could only eat gold and silver. Wealth is his staple diet! It goes in but never comes out. So symbolically, it means money coming in, but not flowing out - you know the feeling when you finally get paid but you owe it all for bills? Pi Yao can help prevent that.
He brings these eight blessings:
1) Brings fortune and good tidings,
2) Producer of good Feng Shui or Earth luck,
3) Attracts wealth and prosperity,
4) Safeguards the home and the residents in it,
5) Exterminates evil, adversity and obstacles,
6) Summons windfall luck,
7) Protects from accident during travel and
8) Appeases the Grand Duke Jupiter (Tai Sui)
What you will need is a statue of Pi Yao, or a pair. You can find them in many materials like stone, metal, resin and glass. Jade is a very good choice, but if you need an inexpensive one, that will also work. Make sure your Pi Yao has a single horn! There is another variety with two horns, but those are said to be tomb guardians - you don't want them in the house! Oh, and don't think of it as a purchase - it's traditional to "invite" Pi Yao.
If you invite a Pi Yao from a business with a resident Feng Shui master, you can have him do a ceremony called "Open Eyes", and advise you on placement. But if you just order off the internet, here's some advice:
You will need tea oil, Yin water and Yang water. Yin water can be simple bottled spring water. For Yang water, collect an equal amount of rain water, or if you don't want to wait, just boil some spring water and allow it to cool. Mix equal parts of Yin and Yang water and soak your new Pi Yao in it for three days. Then remove your Pi Yao and towel it dry.
Tea oil is just the skim that you see on tea if you leave it in a glass overnight. Get a little on a brush or Q-tip and dab it on Pi Yao's eyes. Now his eyes are open, you should be the first one he sees. Inform him who you are and ask for his help. Treat him like a living pet - talk to him, tell him you need money coming in every day.
Pi Yao is very loyal, so your Pi Yao won't work for anybody else. If you want to give somebody a Pi Yao as a gift, invite a new one for them. Don't pass your old Pi Yao to other people!
Now place him somewhere at least three feet off the ground, but lower than eye level of the tallest person in the household. There are many theories about placement, and those can change from one year to the next according to astrological influences, like the location of Tai Sui, but it's generally agreed that Pi Yao statues should not be placed in the bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. The living room is best - some people put him on a table, some on a windowsill - especially if there's a bank nearby, lots of money for him to grab! Some of the things you read will contradict, since there are various schools of Feng Shui and differences among Feng Shui masters, but it's generally considered good to have him facing the front door. Sometimes finding the right placement can be confusing, so if you still have questions, give me a call.
Pi Yao is a heavenly creature, but not a god. Nobody prays to him, but he does like a little incense. It's traditional to offer him water, too, just put a small glass of water beside him.
Pi Yao is a loyal pet. If you have a very small statue, nobody should be allowed to touch it but you. You can get a larger one to work for your whole family, and they can touch - but no one else! Pet your Pi Yao every day, talk to him, tell him what you need. A happy Pi Yao does the best work.
Pi Yao is also worn as an amulet. The same rules apply, except you take him off at night and put him on the nightstand beside a glass of water. (It's fine to have the jewelry type in the bedroom, or anyplace you happen to be.) Wear him every day, touch him often. Just take care of him and he will help you. Not just with money - there are many stories of Pi Yao amulet wearers miraculously escaping a catastrophe (e.g. car accidents, earthquakes, etc.)
unharmed, but with their Pi Yao amulets mysteriously broken or
damaged. When this happens, it is believed that their Pi Yaos have borne
the brunt of the mishap and sacrificed themselves to protect their
As you can see, there are several things at work here: The Pi Yao itself, your own daily efforts, and the combined belief of many people. That's what makes Pi Yao much more effective than, say, finding a lucky penny.
And remember the Chinese saying: "Touch Pi Yao once,
good luck comes; twice, money rolls in; three times,
promotion all the way up.”