If you have ever flipped through the pages of an interior decorating magazine, you most likely appreciated the comfort and beauty of the living environments portrayed in the photographs.

Now imagine if those living spaces were also infused with positive energy to enhance your living experience!

Good News… You can achieve this with Feng Shui.

This Chinese art literally takes interior decorating to the next level by not only focusing on material comfort but on facilitating the circulation of vital energy as well.

Feng Shui is also known as the “Art of Placement” because it involves designing living spaces by placing furniture and objects in accordance with universal principles.

It uses natural elements to balance the energy flow or chi with the purpose of enhancing one’s personal life force for a more harmonious and happier life experience.

Feng Shui (pronounced Fong Schuay) literally means “wind and water.” These are the two natural elements that are vital for life. Also, they are in constant movement as they flow and circulate freely throughout the planet. Since Wind and Water are never still, they represent energy.

Wind (oxygen, air) is the “breath of life” and water comprises 75% of everything in the planet. Moreover, when these two natural elements combine they create a diversity of weather and temperature conditions that also determine the circumstances of life, not only for human beings but for all life forms on the planet.

Even though Wind and Water are the main elements, all five elements are considered as each has a different kind of energy based on its unique properties.

The Five Elements of Feng Shui

  • Water. Water is always in motion, always running, always conveying energy. It is related to life, nourishment, communication, travel and everything that has to do with movement. It is symbolized by the colors blue and black.
  • Wood. Represents creativity and innovation, inspiration, insight and motivation. It is symbolized with the colors brown and green.
  • Fire. This element represents warmth, energy, passion and enthusiasm when in balance with the other elements. It is the strongest of all elements, so must be used with caution as it can derive in aggressiveness and destruction. It is symbolized by colors in the red spectrum.
  • Earth. This is for stability, permanence, solidity, patience, honesty and methodical activities. It is symbolized by the colors beige and yellow.
  • Metal. It relates to harvest, health, business, money and success. It is symbolized by the colors white, grey or gold.

The technique used to place objects and elements in accordance to these principles is called Feng Shui Map or Bagua.

It is an octagon shaped energy map/diagram with nine areas (counting the center as one) that encompasses all areas of life.

Every section is dedicated to a specific area: Prosperity, Money and Abundance; Fame, Recognition and Reputation; Love, Marriage and Relationships; Creativity and Children; Travel, Help and Mentor; Career, Work and Life Path; Skills, Abilities, Spirituality and Knowledge; Family; and Health.

To learn more details about the Bagua Map, please click here.

When we consider that every single living creature and every inert thing in the universe is swirling energy, all intermingled and in constant movement, we are able to perceive the value of Feng Shui in the state of our living environment that much more.

From this viewpoint, Feng Shui is holistic in nature as it allows you to design your living space in alignment with energy flow and universal principles.

Seven Essentials that You can use to apply Feng Shui to Your Living Spaces

Wind Chimes.

These help increase harmony within family members. Place a wind chime by your front door to invite good vibes to all who live in your home as well as to all who cross the entryway of your home. The soft sounds of a wind chime will make you feel good about being home, and raise the energy of your home environment.

Bells hung on the front door’s knob also invite harmony into the home. The sounds of bells raise the energy every time the door is opened and people come in. Also, wind chimes in the bedroom help enhance love and relationships. In general, wind chimes disseminate good vibes into the air.

Rocks.

Rocks are solid and heavy which help with stabilizing and grounding creating a secure, sturdy and settled environment. These are to be placed by the entry way or foyer or in any place where there is a lot of movement in order to slow down fast moving energy and bring peace into the environment.

Candles.

All candles in different shapes and colors are Feng Shui enhancers. Aromatic candles are particularly good to alter energy in a variety of ways. Some are soothing, others are stimulating. Anything that affects the senses has the power to alter the flow of energy.

Crystals.

These should be hanged over places where family members gather together, and other places where energy can get heavy. Some examples of these are around coffee tables, family room areas and dining room tables. Crystal balls help make disagreements less intense (they absorb heavy energies) bringing calmness to the environment.

Red Ribbons.

In general, colors are very important when it comes to Feng Shui, and red is special in which it reflects energy that balances the Ying-Yang. Use red ribbons to hang the crystal balls, and especially tie them around your phone for clear communication, good business practices and prosperity.

Chinese Coins.

Speaking of red ribbons, tie a handful of Chinese coins with a 9, 18 or 27 inch red ribbon and hang it on the back of your front door handle. This will attract money and prosperity.

Fish Pond.

If you can afford a pond, place one with 9 gold fish (eight should be red and one black) by your front door or in your back yard. Keep the water clean at all times. The red fish is meant to bring good fortune and the black to absorb negative vibes. Also, it is peaceful to watch fish swim.

The main purpose of Feng Shui is to achieve an overall balance of “Chi” or energy in the living spaces. When the elements are combined harmoniously, you notice an “ideal” chi in which you feel a welcoming and warm feeling at home… or, like they say you feel at “Home Sweet Home” 🙂

On the contrary, if you feel the presence of anxiety, lack, sadness, nervousness, depression, fear, anger or any kind of uneasy feeling in your home, you will perceive the chi as out of balance.

Just like blood pressure, the perfect chi is different for every person -and even for every home. The ideal situation is to achieve a balance between ying and yang that is unique for you and those that share your living spaces and that is conductive to your own perfect equilibrium between calmness and excitement.

Obviously, Feng Shui is more mystical and elaborated than what I have presented to you in this short article; but there is no need to become overwhelmed or discouraged.

Feng Shui Bagua Map

Feng Shui is concerned on the symbiotic relationship between man and natural environment. The philosophy of this Art of Placement is that balance in life is achieved when man and nature are co-existing harmoniously with each other.

In Feng Shui, a Bagua Map –also called Feng Shui Energy Map- is a tool to help define the qualities of the energies in your house, office and other living spaces. In that respect, the Bagua Map serves as a guide to help you improve those areas in life that are weak.

To determine the Bagua of your house, is recommended to do a compass reading, starting with the main door or entryway to your house. The front door is considered as a very important starting point in Feng Shui because it is where the energy flows into your home or office. Using the Bagua map, the door guides the energies to bring about helpful people, personal growth or success in your business or career.

There are two schools in Feng Shui Bagua. The “Traditional School” which is based on the octagon shaped diagram and compass and the “BTB/Western School” which does not consider the North, South, East and West directions but instead uses the door to define the qualities of the energies of every area in your home.

However, both schools have the same nine areas of life and consider the same Feng Shui colors and elements. The following traditional Bagua Map was designed by Caroline Patrick BorNei, a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner and Artist, who kindly allowed me to add it here for illustration purposes.

The BTB/Western School Bagua Map is a grid divided into nine parts which represent the nine areas of life. In the Western School, you lay the Bagua Map with its bottom edge aligned with the wall where the main door or entryway to your house is. Each square is assigned to a Feng Shui area.

The lower grid (from left to right) will be your personal growth and cultivation, career and path, and the helpful people and blessings. Middle row is family and heart, health, and children and creativity. Upper Row are wealth, prosperity and abundance, fame and reputation, and love and marriage / relationships.

Wealth Fame Relationships
Family/Heart Health Creativity/Children
Wisdom/Personal Growth Career Helpful People
Meaning of Colors

The Feng Shui colors are needed to bring light into your home, which is a primary nutrient for a happy home. The choice of Feng Shui colors depends largely on the type of energy you need to bring into your living space. This need considers the walls, furniture, draperies, carpets, and everything that you bring into your home. The colors of Feng Shui are expressed or defined by the elements, as follows:

Fire – High Energy and Passion

Red denotes luxury and richness but has to be used in moderation because excessive use of red will bring negative energies such as anger and aggression. Orange is lively and energetic. Avoid using orange with the metal element because fire melts metal. Purple is the meditation color of choice and is associated with spiritual realms. Avoid purple as wall color. Soft red and pink are the colors of love. Bright Yellow enhances self-esteem, positive energy, good health and well being.

Earth – Stability and Nourishment

Light Yellow promotes positive energy. Earth or sandy colors and Beige are linked to permanence and steadiness.

Metal – Accuracy and Clarity

Gray and gold express the qualities of metal: reflective, clear and sharp which gives life and clarity in space. White heals and soothes the psyche and denotes a bright future.

Water – Abundance, Ease and Freshness

Blue denotes healing and refreshing qualities of the element. Black signifies sophistication and mystery, defines the space adding strength and depth to it.

Wood – Vitality and Health

Brown keeps the balance and provides nourishment to the energy. Green represents new life, new energy and renewal.

The Nine Areas of the Bagua Compass

East – has the life area of Family and Health.

West – has the life area of Children and Creativity.

North – has the life area of Life’s Path and Career.

South – has the life area of Fame and Reputation.

Northeast – has the life area of Wisdom, Knowledge and Spiritual Growth.

Northwest – has the life area of Travel, Helpful People and Blessings.

Southeast – has the life area of Abundance and Material Wealth.

Southwest – has the life area of Relationships, Marriage and Love.

At first, it can be tricky to put all elements and colors together, but with practice and intuition it all falls into place. Besides the obvious benefits you can get, it can be a lot of fun!

Author

Tania Gabrielle is an astrologer, numerologist, and psychic. She is the creator of Numerology Academy - the first online certification course in Astro-Numerology. The course has been taught to thousands of students across 37 countries.

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