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The Directions

Since directions are so important in the practice of Feng Shui, an inexpensive compass is a “must have.”  You should never guess directions when using Feng Shui.

South

The Chinese place tremendous importance on the direction South, which they link with the fire element.  Martian in nature, it is associated with fame, fortune, celebration, festivity, warmth, and happiness.

In Feng Shui, if you paint a south-facing door red, you will ward off harm and attract fame and fortune.  You might also place red candles in the southern sector of your living room or office.  Do not put water in the southern sector of any room because it destroys the natural fire that resides there.  South’s animal is the crimson phoenix, and its number is 9.

North

North is linked with the water element, but it is Mercurial in nature.  Wisdom is a northern keyword.  Northern light is good for career and business.  Face North and work in natural northern light for optimal success.  The northeast sector of a room is regarded as the best for study and mental work.  So, you may want to enhance this area with blue and green accessories and plants.  North’s animal is the black turtle, and its number is 1.

West

West is linked with the metal element, and its planet is Venus.  It is associated with children, their protection, and with purity.  To help your child’s Chi development, place something white and metal in the western sector of his/her bedroom.

West’s color is white, its number is 7, and its animal is the white tiger.  Feng Shui masters do not recommend hanging pictures of the white tiger in your home because of the intense and fierce energy associated with the tiger’s presence.

East

East is linked with the wood element.  Avoid placing metal objects in a room’s eastern sector because metal destroys wood.  East is Jupiterian in nature and is associated with growth, health,  family life, harmony, and prosperity.

The southeast sector of a room is its “wealth” area.  To attract prosperity in the wealth sector, place an aquarium with nine goldfish in the southeast corner.  Fish are symbols for cash flow and abundance.  A jade plant or a plant with purple flowers is also good to place in the southeast sector of your home.  The green dragon, which symbolizes strength, power, and growth, is the East’s animal, and its number is 3.

More Quick Tips

The easiest way to put Feng Shui to work for you is to experiment with it.  Begin by studying each room in your home in terms of color and furnishings.  Keep in mind that small changes can make a big difference, but if something is not working for you, try something else.

It may take up to four weeks, one Lunar cycle, for Feng Shui to take effect, but results often occur more rapidly.  Later, if you feel that things are beginning to take a negative turn, make more changes as you focus on the problem and what you need to do to solve it.  As you move a plant, paint a room, hang a flute, or a wind chime,  new solutions and positive new directions are likely.

Outside your home, objects like sharp rock slabs or boulders, buildings with sharp or pointed edges, transformers, power lines, clotheslines, and roads pointing toward your house tend to be harmful and require Feng Shui counter-measures to protect your home and family from the Sha (negative energy) they generate.

Use a mirror, a basin of water, or a piece of glass to reflect Sha back toward its source.  For large imposing objects, you might choose to place a sand box or pile of cedar chips in your back yard to absorb the harmful Sha being sent your way.

Another effective yet simple remedy to shield your home from large or tall objects is to plant trees or shrubs around your house.  Dying plants or trees should be removed from your yard immediately because of the bad Feng Shui they create.

Inside your home, fireplaces, wood stoves, cooking ranges, and ovens are strong objects of fire that need to be neutralized.  The counter-measure for fire is water.  In the kitchen, the sink will neutralize the stove and oven.  In other areas, use a fountain, an aquarium, a humidifier,  pictures or paintings of waves or waterfalls to introduce the water element and tone down the fire.

Hang a mirror above a fireplace and place plants on each side of it to prevent beneficial Chi from escaping up the chimney.  Strong sunlight and lighting are also representation of the fire element that may be controlled with shades or pottery and ceramic pieces that need light to be seen at their best.

Place mirrors carefully in your home so that their reflected energy does not become negative and raise anxiety levels of family members.  Feng Shui masters often recommend that mirrors be placed inside the bedroom closet rather than in the bedroom where they create havoc in Chi flow and interfere with sleep and rest.

Another item in the home that can create an uneven Chi flow is exposed ceiling beams.  Hang Chinese flutes on these beams makes them symbolically disappear so their Chi flow disruptions are eliminated.  Place a red dot on each blade of a ceiling fan to overcome the disturbance of Chi flow that the fan creates.

When two or more doors form a straight line, Chi goes straight through your home, instead of circulating and spreading luck and prosperity as it should.  Use plants and crystals to help Chi flow throughout a room and throughout your house.

Bamboo flutes can be used to correct many problems areas in Feng Shui.  The Chinese view them as having the power to make problems disappear in a symbolic sense.

Use the color black sparingly to enhance dignity and draw respect.  Red is a strongly Yang color that can be used to create activity and movement.  The Chinese frequently place red ribbons over the bed of those who are ill or depressed to give them the strength and warmth to aid their recovery.

Always energize the corners in your home by using objects in keeping with the direction and the element of the direction.  For examples, energize the south with red candles, the southwest with a pink quartz crystal, the west with a horseshoe or metal hangings, the northwest with a wind chime or a brass bell, the north with a fountain or painting with water, the northeast with a ceramic bowl or figurine, the southeast with purple flowers, and the east with a potted plant or small tree. Another easy way is to place auspicious paintings or pictures with good fortune symbols to attract positive energy.

Feng Shui works best in a well-maintained home where everything is clean and in good, working order.  Peeling paint and defective plumbing or lighting generate negative Sha that can be turned into positive Chi  with replacement and repairs.

Dried flowers give off excessive Yin energy and should not be used in the home or office.  Use live plants as much as possible because they enhance Chi movement, and like crystals and hollow bamboo stems, they have the capacity to filter the negative Sha into positive Chi.

The Feng Shui masters always warn against placing live plants in the bedroom because their presence in your sleeping area is regarded as very bad Feng Shui.  If you choose to use hollow bamboo stems, tie them with a red ribbon to stimulate their positive purpose.

Animals have significance.  House pets can be a tremendous Yang element in your environment.  The deer and crane symbolize longevity, the elephant symbolizes good fortune, and the tiger or fu dogs protect and guard.  The green dragon, phoenix, tiger, and turtle are also seen as bringing extreme good fortune, although the white tiger is viewed as too powerful to have its image displayed in your home. Symbols paly a significant role in Feng Shui.  So, dislay pictures or paintings with these auspicious animals will also help energize and enhance your environment.

Keep bathroom doors closed,  and the lid down on the toilet whenever it is not in use.  Chi may escape your home through the water going down the drain and being flushed down the toilet.  Hang red tassel over the toilet to help retain Chi.

A crystal chandelier is a powerful source of Yang energy that attracts money and success for an entire family.  Ancient Chinese coins  are regarded as capable of bringing immense good fortune in Feng Shui.  The coins often appear very worn and thin and have a square hole in the center.  The Yang side of the coin has four Chinese characters, and the Yin side has two.

To activate the good fortune potential of the coins, tie three of them together, Yang side up, with a red ribbon.  Tape the three coins in strategic places where income is generated (like the phone, your mail box, your computer, or your office door), or where money is kept (like a safe, cash box, or cash register).

The Pa Kua

Derived from the I Ching, the eight-sided Pa Kua chart above may help to tie a lot of the information given here together.  In Feng Shui, there is also a Pa Kua mirror, which consists of a convex mirror mounted on an octagonal background.  Never hang a Pa Kua mirror inside your home.

Feng Shui masters recommend its use only in the most extreme cases because it is such a powerful remedy that wards off harmful Sha and sends it back to its original source.  The Pa Kua mirror is most effective when it is installed above the front entrance of your home on the outside.  Hang it so that the southern sector is at the top, as the Pa Kua Chart shown above.  In summary, Feng Shui is a valuable living skill that everyone will find it useful.

Good Feng Shui Flowers

The Chinese regard spring, with its new growth and spirit of optimism, as an auspicious time of year, hence their pleasure in cherry and plum blossom and the symbolism they carry.  A great many other flowers also symbolize happiness and can be successfully used to attract good feng shui.  A small selection includes the following:

The Chrysanthemum

The rich, yellow, round-headed chrysanthemum is particulary highly regarded by the Chinese and Japanese.  Yellow is the most auspicious color in a flower, associated with a life of ease.  Chrysanthemums may be used to equally good effect in the garden or in a window box during the summer.

The Peony

This is regarded by the Chinese as the king of flowers, a flower of riches and honor, a Yang flower, and the essence of spring.  The peony represents feminine beauty and of the many colors in which it comes, red is regarded as being especially lucky for families, with daughters who are looking for a partner.  If you buy a peony, plant it in the Southwest corner of your garden to attract relationships, marriage, or romance luck in the home.  Other plants that resemble the peony may be used as substitutes although their flowers may not last long.  These include the hibiscus, gardenia and begonia.  Begonias are quite easy to cultivate and are excellent for adding color to the garden.

Plum Blossom

A symbol of good fortune and longevity, the flowers of the plum blossom signify purity, and the tree is noted for its delightful fragrance.  Planted in the North of the garden, the plum tree will be most auspicious, although it can also be placed in any part of the garden at the back of the property.

 The Magnolia

The white magnolia is a symbol of purity and a single magnolia tree planted in the front garden is said to attract great contentment.  Grown in the back garden, it is said to symbolize hidden jewels, or the gradual accumulation of great wealth.

 Narcissus and Other Bulbs

The Chinese believe that the narcissus symbolizes great good fortune and these flowers are usually given as auspicious gifts in the New Year.  They are relatively easy to grow, but do not choose the dwarf variety, which is not auspicious.

The Lily 

This is regarded as the aristocrat of bulbs.  With a wonderful scent and glorious appearances, in full bloom the lily represents good feng shui throughout  the year.

 The Lotus

If you have a water feature, this is the most auspicious plant to have.  It is believed to inspire peace and contentment, and to symbolize the opening of opportunities.  The lotus blossom is also associated with the Buddha and growing a lotus will engender a growth of spiritual consciousness.

Good Feng Shui Trees

The Bamboo

The bamboo is widely represented in Chinese art, literature and poetry and is believed to have the power to ward off malign spirits if displayed in the home in the form, for example, wind chimes or flutes.  It also symbolizes durability and endurance (because it flourishes throughout the year) and a bamboo clump on the left  side of your home to signify the dragon is highly auspicious.  Planted near the front of the home, it attracts auspicious Chi flows.

The Pine Tree

The pine tree is often planted with the cypress tree because both can survive the harshest of winters; together they symbolize eternal, constant friendship.  The pine is also associated with fidelity.

Note:  Good feng shui involves maintaining the garden:  trimming, thinning, pruning, replanting or repotting to ensure energy remains healthy and vibrant.