Maneki Neko Lucky Cat

Maneki Neko  Lucky Cat

When I was in San Francisco a few years ago, I came across Maneki Neko  Lucky Cat.

There it was waving at me from almost every shop counter in San Francisco’s Chinatown. I become a fan of these cute little cat figurines and needless to say a few made their way home with me.

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Maneki Neko Lucky Cat is less traditional in the practice of Feng Shui  but it’s application offers wonderful beautiful energy. The golden coloured lucky cats are  displayed  at entrances of restaurants and  business  to attract more prosperity and wealth. In your home or business, place the cat in such a manner where its energy can greet visitors and welcome them in.  Never facing inwards as it represents his back to the world and wealth. Right paw raised attracts wealth and left paw raised attracts more customers. Both paws raised ….total prosperity.

These cute cats come in all colours and are adorned with bells and banners. Most of the banners read… ….”Please come in, you are welcome”

Each colour has a meaning ,this may help in your decision.

White Cat:  happiness, good fortune.

Black Cat:  safety, good for protection, good for health.

Gold Cat:  wealth and prosperity and good fortune.

Red Cat:  protects against illness, promotes success.


Pink Cat:  love, relationships and romance, and success.

Green Cat:  education, writing, test-taking, wealth accrual.

Blue Cat:  family harmony , happiness, good health.

Purple Cat:   wisdom, knowledge, intuitive capabilities and self realization.cat7


This cute kitty  has many names ….

Beckoning Cat,Fortune Cat, Lucky Cat, Money Cat and also comes with the most intriguing legends as to his origin. This is my favorite. Simply related  in my own way.

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There was a Temple in ancient Japan, where  an extremely improvised  priest lived with his cat Tama.  The priest often lamented aloud to his beloved cat,if only he could  find a way to bring prosperity to the temple. One stormy day the cat was sitting at the entrance of the Temple when a wealthy Feudal Lord was passing and took shelter under a large tree on the grounds. The cat raised his paw and beckoned the Lord into the Temple. Curious about this strange behavior the Lord approached the cat …. as he stood in front of Tama a bolt of lightning struck the tree under which he had been sheltering. So grateful was he to Tama for saving his life ,the Lord became a benefactor of the Temple.This  brought the Temple  great prosperity. When Tama died, the priest buried him with full honours.

As the story spread people began to make and place figures of cats with raised paws in home and temples with the hope that they too would enjoy similar prosperity.

This delightful smiling kitty is hard to resist and if you would enjoy having it in your home …it will be a Lucky Cat for you.Just ask if you need advise as to where to place your Lucky Cat.


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2 thoughts on “Maneki Neko Lucky Cat

  1. Hi Wendy,from your house plans your Golden Lucky Cat may be placed with his back to a door … must place him facing the door to the study.As Charles wealth direction is East, place the Cat facing East looking at the door.He is then able to welcome in good fortune.
    Good Luck.

  2. Hi Cathy where do I place my lucky gold cat…..its in the study on the top shelf waving at the window…thanks Wendy

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