I haven’t been here bloggin this year ! I would like to begin my first blog of 2015 with a few Koi fish! I have a fascination with Koi ! Perhaps being from Iran and celebrating Persian New Year with Koi on the Haftsin table has something to do with it! I have seen some of the best Koi ponds in Bali but this one is in Southern Ca..and I spend a good chunk of time with each fish!
The Koi Fish Legend
There are many ancient legends involving the koi fish. The oldest of the legends is the story of when Chinese philosopher Confucius was born a son in 533 B.C., King Shoko of Ro presented to him a magoy, a black carp, as a gift. According to this legend, all modern day koi, and their bright colors, are from the magoy given to Confucius by the king.
The legend says the Chinese then raised the koi in their rice patty fields to be used for food, especially during the long winter months, and not for pets. The Chinese then passed on their knowledge of raising koi to the Japanese. Raising koi in ponds began in Niigata, Japan during one particularly harsh winter.
During this very harsh winter, Japanese farmers in Niigata could not fish and could not sustain any crops. As a result, the farmers began building ponds in which to raise koi in order to feed their families. During this time, many farmers began noticing different color mutations on the skin of the newly bred koi. So they carefully chose the most beautifully colored fish and bred them in separate ponds to keep as family pets.Koi continue to be bred as pets and enjoyed for their wonderful coloring. Today, there are over 100 different colour types of koi fish.
- Good fortune
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance. We need to learn to love ourselves first, in all our glory and our imperfections. If we cannot love ourselves, we cannot fully open to our ability to love others or our potential to create. Evolution and all hopes for a better world rest in the fearlessness and open-hearted vision of people who embrace life.” ~ John Lennon
Choose love every time…
To live a life you were not meant, is to create confusion within yourself. This confusion you are feeling will only manifest itself negatively into your physical world. You are here for a reason. You are here to provide a gift to this world. Until you present your true self to the world. Your present to the world will go unopened.
Back to Koi Fish
The fish’s coloring also has something to do with its symbolism. Certain colors represent certain aspects or outcomes in life.
- Kohaku – This koi has a white body with red spots and symbolizes success in your career.
- Kumonryu – There are two main variations of this koi. One variation is a koi with a white body and black spots and the other is an all black body. This Kumonryu koi symbolizes life changes and transformations.
- Ogon – This solid, silver colored koi symbolically represents success in business and wealth.
- Kuchibeni – This white and red patterned koi is often referred to as the “lipstick” fish, because the red coloring around its mouth makes it appear as though the fish is wearing lipstick. Kuchibeni koi represents love and long lasting relationships.
- Yamabuki – The Yamabuki koi is gold in coloring and symbolizes riches and wealth.
Harmony and Happiness
The koi is synonymous with harmony and happiness. The two yin and yang koi complete each other and create a perfect balance of the negative and positive energies of chi energy, which is the life-force of all things on earth.
This year with Koi in my mind ..I will make decisions on harmony and love
“Who can really say how decisions are made, how emotions change, how ideas arise? We talk about inspiration; about a bolt of lightnng from a clear sky, but perhaps everything is just as simple and just as infinitely complex as the processes that make a particular leaf fall at a particularmoment. That point has been reached, that’s all. It has to happen, and it does happen.”
― John Ajvide Lindqvist, Harbor
By keeping your koi healthy, you can expect them to live anywhere between 50 and 75 years. It’s no surprise that these colorful fish symbolize longevity, since some say that some koi have lived for nearly 200 years.