Many of the attributes of the koi symbolize several lessons and even trials individuals often encounter in life. The koi fish has a powerful and energetic life force, demonstrated by its ability to swim against currents and even travel upstream. Some of the characteristics associated with the koi include:
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.