In Feng Shui, the principles of placement are explained through the symbolism of the five celestial animals. These principles are very helpful in determining ideal positions for a bed, desk and yourself
It also helps us assess the position of a house on the property and a city in the landscape.
At first glance, the animals appear to have a mythical quality, but once we understand what qualities each animal represents, we can appreciate their significance.
Phoenix should be in the front, he represents the future, Vision, and term planning its position is in the front.
The tortoise represents the past, security, stability, longevity and protection its position should be in the back.
Man’s greatest need for support and security is at the back, hence the term ‘backbone’. In Feng Shui, the tortoise represents that which is behind us. When considering placement of beds and desks, it is ideal to have a solid wall behind.