Sunday, March 4, 2012

Koi Fish Symbolism

Koi Fish Symbolism

Koi Fish Meanings: Determination, Aspiration, Bravery,Perseverance, Success, Luck, Excellence,Good fortune, Willpower, Transformation, Intelligence, Diligence

Koi is actually a type of carp or sturgeon. Chinese legend tells us of the few, strong and proud koi who swum upstream with the promise of being transformed into a magnificent dragon.
These courageous koi fought against raging currents of the Lung Men (known as the Dragon's Gate) on the Yellow River. It is said these determined fish showed grand excellence and brave-heartedness in their desire to become dragons.
What's more, their arduous upstream battle to become dragons was made more challenging because only during a certain time could this transformation take place. Only during the third full moon of each year. A small window of opportunity, but to a willing few, the promise of metamorphosis from fish to dragon was worth the risk.

Koi tattoo meanings also deal with intelligence, and in Chinese symbolism these fish represent success in academics, scholarly pursuits and high acumen.

Other Koi fish symbolism: 
Gold Koi = wealth and prosperity, 
Platinum or Silvery Koi = success in business
Black Koi = most likely to cross Lung Men and win transformation into dragons. Symbolic of success after a change.
White Koi = advancement in social settings (career and family).
Red Koi = success in love and romance.

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