Vermilion Bird or Zhu Que
Vermilion Bird, also named Zhu Que, is one of the Four Symbols in ancient Chinese Astrology.
It is revered as the Deity of the South, symbolizing the autumn season and the fire element in the Five Element Theory.
Guarding the south section of the sky, the Vermilion Bird is formed by seven constellations:
What does Vermilion Bird of the South look like?
According to some legends, the Vermilion Bird of the South looks like a spectacular red bird whose whole body is covered by fire.
What powers does Vermilion Bird of the South have?
Vermilion Bird or Zhu Que as Deity of Spirit
Vermilion Bird of South is believed to be the divine who leads deceased ones' souls to heaven, where they can achieve immortality.
Therefore, images of the Vermilion Bird have been frequently used in tombs in ancient China.
Vermilion Bird or Zhu Que Fresco in A Tomb of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420 — 589).
In some folklore and legends, the Four Symbols, including Vermilion Bird or Zhu Que, are creators of the whole universe.
What does the Vermilion Bird represent and symbolize?
Vermilion Bird or Zhu Que has represented or symbolized:
Fire from the Five Element Theory
Eternality and Auspiciousness
Virtue, Passion, and Reliability
What are other names of Vermilion Bird?
Vermilion Bird has had many names throughout history, especially after being apotheosized as the Deity of the South.
Zhu Que 朱雀
Ling Guang 陵光
Di Jun 帝君
Sheng Jiang 圣将
Shen Jiang 神将