Everything you need to know about your Feng Shui Three Legged Toad God
By Michael Hanna
Essential tips and advice on using a three-legged Toad God to improve wealth and luck
There is so much misinformation on websites and books about the three legged Toad, also known as Chan Chu (wealth calling Toad), Jin Chan (golden Toad), money Toad, wealth Toad, Toad God, three legged Toad God, money Frog and it represents one of the most important aspects of Feng Shui charms with regards to generating wealth and protecting it.
This legendary celestial and mythical creature is said to appear during the full moon, near houses or businesses that will soon receive good news with regards to wealth but also just good news in general. In most homes and business in Southeast Asia you will find a three legged Toad close to a main entrance and sitting proudly on a desk or office although there is much confusion about how and where it should be placed and whether the Chinese i-ching should always remain in its mouth. This article will demystify the legend of the three legged Toad once and for all.
Like many ciphers in Chinese folklore, the wealth Toad came from a myth. The legend is about a Toad named Chan Chu. The story is that a wife of one of the eight immortals stole the elixir of mortality from Hsi Wang Mu, the Goddess of the west and fled on a full moon. When she drank the elixir, it turned her into a toad. The compassionate Gods allowed her to keep the tail of a tadpole rather than two legs of a fully developed toad.
The story goes that Chan Chu, loved money and was drawn into a well with gold coins. One reason wealth Toads are said to be connected to money is that they can always be found where there is water and as water means wealth, the relationship of wealth and water were associated with the toad. It’s also said that the money Toads looks like a fat coin purse, further enhancing the Toads association with wealth and good fortune.
A three-legged Toad God helps attract and protect wealth, and safeguards against bad luck. Because it symbolises the flow of money, Feng Shui lore insists that a three legged Toad God statue should not be positioned facing the main door (“outward”). It also “should never be placed in a bathroom, toilet, bedroom or kitchen.
There is a contradiction to this in that you can place one three legged Toad facing the main entrance and another one beside it with its back facing the door, this way it is said to encourage new wealth and protect your wealth and bring luck into a home, personally this is what we have had at our main entrance.
It is one of the most important icons of prosperity and wealth gains and protection in Feng Shui and no home or business should be without one, personally we have four in our home and at least two in each office of our business.
Rules for placing a three legged Toad placement:
- Place the Toad near the main entrance.
- Place near a cash register or safe
- Place lottery tickets under a three legged Toad
- The money Toad generally should face in towards a home or business or you can use two, one facing in and the other out.
- Place a Toad close to where you keep investment papers, stocks, shares, pensions or anything to do with your finances.
- Placing it in SE (the wealth area) of an important room like an office, living room etc is said to activate wealth.
- If you know your Xuan Kong flying stars natal chart place a Toad where you have the number 1-8 and 9 facing starts and face the Toad towards your sheng chi direction.
- If you want to enhance career, place it in north of an important room like an office, living room etc.
- It must be placed on a table, cabinet or desk at around hip height.
- It is good to place on a desk, right side of desk for a male and left side for a female (left or right side as you sit at desk)
- It must be kept squeaky clean; I clean mine every 3-4 months and leave out in the sun or a full moon after cleaning.
- If you know your Gua trigram you face the Toad towards your Sheng Chi direction, as an example if you are a male born in 1958 you would face pointing towards the west.
- The Chinese i-ching coin must face yang side upwards, so you will see four Chinese characters facing up and must always be kept in its mouth.
- You should either tie a piece of red ribbon around the Toad or sit the Toad on a piece of red paper.
- The Three Legged Toad is said to bring you a dividend of wealth and luck when displayed in your “Sheng Chi” corner (Feng Shui Gua Trigram),
You will find many Feng Shui websites saying that you should have nine Three Legged Toads in the same area. It is believed that it is ideal because it symbolises the flow of money inwards from the nine directions of the Lo Shu. The Toads can be placed either in your living room, office, study or in your front garden; display them all together all pointing in the same direction, Personally I have never used nine in one place and I do think this was made up to sell more Toads, I will let you decide.
Three legged Toad placement that must be avoided
- A wealth Toad must never be placed in a bedroom, kitchen, bathroom & toilet.
- Never place a wealth Toad on the ground or floor.
- There must be no chips or deep scratches on a Toad
- The area where the Toad is placed must be completely clutter free at all times
- The Toad must be kept spotlessly clean at all times and this also applies to the area around the Toad.
- Never take the coin out of its mouth.
The most important aspect is that you cannot just use just any Toad God and why we had ours commissioned to a specific size, posture, colour, quality and weight, they really are very beautiful and perfect for any home or office.
Take a look below to view the different three legged toads we have to offer