A symbol of rank and honor, chinese mandarin rank badge becomes a popular collectible in modern times due to its many positive attributes. After 1662, Kangxi Emperor instated the mythical chilin as the highest symbol of rank amongst his military officers, replacing the lion on the military rank badges. The popular Chilin represents a number of positive attributes, including benevolance, virtue, longevity, grandeur, felicity, illustrious offspring, wise administration, honor, rank, strength, great ambitions, good competing spirits, great health, perseverance and fame. It has the scales of a carp signifying prosperity and abundance. The Chilin will also bless those who are seeking for an illustrious baby son. It was said that Confucious was born after his mother walked on the footsteps of the Chilin. It also benefits adults seeking for higher positions and for kids seeking for better luck in examinations. This thick badge can be sandwiched on glass table or framed for display on the wall.
What the Chilin symbolizes?
The Unicorn, Dragon Horse or Chilin is a heavenly creature of good omen, and the symbol of grandeur, felicity, wise administration, longevity and illustrious offspring. It had attained the age of 1000 years old and said to be the noblest form of animal, emblem of perfect good incarnated essence of Five Elements. The predominant characteristics of the unicorn is its perfect goodwill, gentleness, and benevolence to all living creatures. It possessed all the good qualities found in all animals and has the head of a dragon, scales of the carp and body of a horse. Some believed that the Chilin was actually a giraffe. If one were to observe carefully, it is possibly correct! Its voice is like the sound of bells and other musical instruments. It carefully avoids treading upon any living insect, or destroying the grass under its feet, and its gait is regulated according to propriety.
It is reputed to be able to walk on water as well as on land and last appeared before the birth and death of Confucious. Confucious was often associated to Chilin because he was born a sage after his mother stepped on the footsteps of the Chilin and got pregnant. The Chilin is regarded by Buddhists to carry the civilizing Book of Law on its back. In ancient feng shui studies, the Chilin was described as coming out of Yellow River and appeared to Fu Hsi, the first legendary Emperor, bearing on its back a mystic Ho Tu map from which the Flying Stars formulas is said to have evolved. It is always seen as solitary, and appears to mankind only when a king of the highest benevolence sits upon the throne, or when a sage is about to be born. It had appeared during the halcyon days of the Emperors Yao and Shun and when Confucius was living, but so degenerated have mankind since become that it has never since shown itself to us again.
Since Chilin is a wonderful combination of a dragon’s head and a horse’s body, it produces a harmonized mixture of excellent qualities between the two auspicious animals. It has a more royal status compared to the other guardians and is simply adorable. Chilin blows “sheng chi” because of its Dragon head to benefit the surrounding. Unlike other fierce creatures, the Chilin representing a “new born baby” by ancient chinese is very loyal to its owner and easier to tame, like a lovely horse. Its energy represents vitality, strength, ambition, good competing spirits, great health, perseverance and fame. Besides, it also has the scales of a carp which ushers in wealth, prosperity and abundance. The patterns on its back were used to derive the earlier heaven bagua, an ultimate symbol in the study of Feng Shui.
This powerful symbol is an excellent support for important people. Chinese emperors have Chilin objects on their tables next to their important seals. And many architectural motives will use the symbol of Chilin to manifest blessings and good fortune. Large Chilins are also used to protect huge businesses like hotel industry, ministers’ homes, banks, antique shops etc.
Who should display the Chilin badge?
The Chilin enhances family prosperity, career luck, longevity/health luck, wealth luck and family luck:
- Displaying the Chilin provides protection against loss of wealth and bring in benefactors.
- Displaying the Chilin protects you from harm and danger caused by “annual evil stars” in ones zodiac constellation.
- Displaying the Chilin lets you enjoy tremendous wealth luck constantly coming your way.
- Displaying the Chilin at work brings new avenues of opportunities and subdue legal problems.
- Displaying the Chilin allows those who are studying obtain more wisdom, thus improving their thinking power and excelling in examinations.
- Displaying the Chilin allows woman who is seeking to get pregnant be blessed with an illustrious baby boy.