Wu Fu, or, The Five Bats of Happiness

A Chinese shou representing the intertwined forms of

The bats surround the Tree of Life symbol, which resembles a Celtic knot.

The five bats stand for the five blessings in life:

  1. long life
  2. riches
  3. health
  4. love (sometimes also interpreted as "virtue" or "love of virtue")
  5. and a natural death.

They also stand for the five elements: earth, air, fire, water, and metal.

The wu fu is used by Bat Conservation International (www.batcon.org) as its logo.

Hong wu fu yun. Saying meaning "May immense amounts of the five blessings fall upon you!"

Well, except for #5... Presumably just one of those will suffice.