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What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the 3000-year-old Chinese method of allowing the flow of energy or ‘Chi’ around the home or business. This positive energy flow can create harmony in your personal life. By moving items of furniture and objects you can help the flow of energy create harmony.
Each area of your home or business relates to an area of your personal life. If there is a problem with a certain area of your lifestyle, for example relationships or finances, there could be an ‘energy blockage’ within your home.
Feng Shui can also be used to work out the compatibility between partners! Based upon dates of birth, each person has an ‘element’, by using this, plus other issues such as your animal sign and Kua number, it is possible to work out how well people will get on together!
Feng shui uses symbols albeit in a manner that is only more familiar to the oriental mind and those that practice its principles. Feng shui is basically attracting nature’s positive forces so that the person is more oriented to it and uses its symbols in a way that will be most beneficial to his requirements
The most powerful of these and most widely in use are symbols for wealth, health, and happiness and long life. Not much different from the desires of cultures with a different set of orientation except that in Feng shui these are augmented by the use of representations.
To attract money, Feng shui practitioners will hang three coins that are tied together and are attached to door handles especially the front doors. The ribbons that are sued must be red and are cut in increments of 9. The reason for the color red is that it is the color that brings about luck the most and the 9 is the highest number in the numeric sequence (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9), hence ribbons are often cut in 9″, 18″ 27″, etc. In the practice of numerology, the number 9 is similarly believed as having the highest value which by the way did not originate in China but whose practices have similarities in this area.
It is not uncommon to find Fu dogs in many Chinese residences. Dogs are symbols of protection and guardians of residences. Hence Fu dogs are usually placed on the front steps of residences but if that were not practical, it could also be placed inside the front door.
In many European mansions and establishments, one can find fountains and waterfalls in the yard and sometimes inside of the house. In Feng shui, these are not only decorative but are means of improving the cash flow. The waterfall is especially beneficial if it is located in the left side corner of the backyard.
For the mind that is oriented in Western thinking, avoiding clutter, mowing the lawn, cleaning up, burning dead flowers and leaves, are ways to healthful living and minimizing accidents aside from aesthetics. For Orientals, these are all of the above but are stretched further by the belief that these practices invite good qi (or chi). Qi is a life force where life or where life comes from.
A pond in the yard whenever possible or an aquarium near the entrance detracts bad luck when they are filled with 9 fishes eight of which are to be either gold or red (goldfish or carp are the more popular choices) and one is black. The belief is that the gold and reds attracts good fortune while the black one will absorb any misfortune that will be intended for the residents.
These are only some of the most popular and common practices. To list them all here will already be far beyond the scope of this article as Feng shui practically covers all aspects of human living and interaction. However, suffice it to say that even when sometimes, Feng shui is shunned by those who are not oriented to it as mere superstition and mambo jumbo, the practice and application of Feng shui, have similarities and counterparts that is practiced by other cultures worldwide.
The difference lies in the scope, dedication, depth, and understanding that its practitioners poured into it.
It is not clear when did the principles of Feng shui start. Its development has been going on for centuries and has been applied countless times in China and today, in many places in the world.One thing is clear though, Feng shui applies principles and practices, many of which could be scientifically proven, and is continuously gaining popularity.
Feng Shui in the West
When Feng shui was first heard in the West, it was dismissed as a collection of mumbo jumbo and superstition that has no solid foundation or basis. Whether it really has solid foundations or not remains to be a point of opinion. One thing is sure, one never argues with success.You can find other tips in other pages of these articles in the practice of Feng shui and determine for yourself those that are directly applicable as it relates to scientific basis. For now, though, Feng shui principles will be discussed.
To find your place on this earth, and how you relate to the forces and motivations that guide and inspire you, you will have to know the following:From your standpoint, determine the four main points of the compass and its four corresponding sub-points. These will comprise your eight directions.
Northern points motivate personal growth, new ideas, innovations, creativity, art, music, career and development.
To enhance this point and derive its benefits it is best to use and place here water elements like ponds, fountains, Jacuzzis, and tool sheds. As much as possible, avoid placing materials that represent the earth like, clay and rocks.
The Northeast is for enhancing spirituality, meditation, and inner journeys it also helps intellectual growth, reading, and knowledge.
This is the place where you place earth materials, rock gardens, and types of equipment that are used for repairing, statues and where you refrain from having plants and trees. Designs on the materials should preferably be low and flat.
Encourages healing, rebirth, rejuvenation and growth. It also contributes positively to family life and relationships. To get its benefits this spot should be a good place to have exercise equipments, fruit trees and medicinal plants and herbs, a playground, and a family gathering area.
Have wood elements and its representation and avoid materials that are made from metals.
The Southeast invites wealth, prosperity, and material possessions and is the spot that makes for better communication. Use this spot to usher those in by using elements made from wood. It is also a good place to cultivate flowers and display fishes. Cylindrical objects also helps including columns and posts.
This is the spot to dream those dreams for it is here where opportunity opens and aspirations happen. Recognition, achievement, long life, festivities, this is the place to have them and to tap your potentials.
This is the spot to use fire and its representation to enhance its capacity to help the person. This also the place to conduct barbecues, to burn leaves and have your fire pits. The shapes that go well with this spot are the pointed ones. Its opposite is materials that are representative of water. This is not a good spot for fountains and ponds.
The southwest is for love and romance, marriage and partners, motherhood and relationships.
Use earth elements in this spot. This is also a good place to dine, sit and talk with your partner, plan efforts that requires a team etc. Avoid as much as possible materials that are made of wood. The color green will help a lot.
Is a place that is best for children and fun. This spot also aids creativity. Use metal elements but avoid fire and its representations. While this spot is good for entertaining, conduct your barbecue in the south. You can also decorate this corner with circular objects and arches.
The northwest is best for representations of activities that are outside of the home like trading, travel, supporters and sponsors including fatherly activities.
Use metal elements and objects made from this material.