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Feng Shui Tips: Garden

  • Find round fountain for the garden to deflect money loss
  • Realigning furniture, adding plants in appropriate places, and removing sharp edges from planting beds in the garden.
  • Front faces water. Back leans on mountain : The best auspicious Feng Shui
  • The best swimming pool shape is the “bean shape” which the inner side is turn to the house.
  • Flower at the windows will raise the energy of the house.
  • The size of swimming pool should be balanced with the house.
  • Don’t have the sharp edge of swimming pool points to your house.
  • If no way to turn the sharp edge to other direction. Have bushy plants at each edge.
  • Pine Tree is a symbol of strength and Prosperity. Pine tree is a tough tree. It is not give up with strong winds or cold weather. If you can have pine tree in your garden or around your house it means you are tough and never give up.You are ready to fight for your life.
  • However, willow/sallow is not an auspicious plant for good Feng Shui Garden. Even though willow is beautiful and can make your garden loks classical. It is not recommended to grow in the house. It points to the ground implying unhappiness and unluckiness. The house members can feel depress all the time.
  • When you buy a house, don’t forget to conider the road or transportation to your home. It should not be too narrow becaue you will feel insecure. The surface condition should be smooth and should not have too many turns.
  • If you live far away from your office you may have to drive a long way to the office everyday. So, the road type or condition to your home has a great impact to your life and character.
    When buying your house, your house should be “behind the water and in front of the mountain.”. The mountain, or big trees/ small hills nowadays, implies that you have a big and strong support. People in the house feel safe and comfortable. Nothing can attack them from the back. Water in front of the house means moving water. In Feng Shui, water flowing represents a flow of energy. It is very auspicious to have stream, clean canal in front of the house to have energy flow around your house.
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Feng Shui Tips: Kitchen

  • Always balance your kitchen with the five elements principles which are fire, wood, water, metal and earth. For example, oven and stove represent fire element and they should not be too close to fridge or taps which represent water element.
  • More examples of balancing, if you have too little wood element you can put some plants on the window area.
  • Cooking, washing and fridge should be in triangle formation.
  • Cooking area should be as clean and neat as possible.
  • Keep good ventilation and space in the kitchen.
  • Do not let one element fully dominate the kitchen. For example, too many electirical equipment in the kitchen.
  • Windows and doors should not be positioned in direct line.
  • Do not position the kitchen to turn your back to the door while cooking.
  • If you have to turn the back to the door placing shiny objects to reflect energy will help.
  • Do not have sharp edge point to the eating area. If so round them off.
  • There are two main factors that you should consider for good Feng Shui Kitchen: Direction and oven. The best directions for kitchen are the South and the East, which are related to direction of light and wind. So, place the kitchen windows to those directions, if possible. Oven is the main item in the kitchen. The Chinese even believes that there’s a God of Oven to protect people in the house. They will always treat oven respectfully. For example, no cloth hanging over the oven, never place oven near the toilet or bathroom etc. Think about all these factors before you choose the place to put your oven.
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Feng Shui Tips: Bathroom

  • Do not use sharp color for the bathroom. Soft color is always better for bathroom.
  • balance all of  the five elements in every room in our home, and the bathroom is no exception
  • find a picture with the colors black, white, green, yellow and red and you will have all of the elements represented
  • toilet should not be visible in the mirror
  • position toiler as far from the bathroom door as possible, separate it into separate room or separate it from the bath. In essence, you want to make it difficult for energy to find the toilet.
  • Keep the night-light on twenty-four hours a day and place the plants higher than the toilet. To raise the energy exponentially, place a tabletop water fountain on the sink or shelf allowing it to run continually. Do not place a water fountain on top of the toilet since it will double the dirty energy.
  • bring in the spa feeling with candles, flowers and soothing artwork.
  • To further counteract the draining effect, the toilet should be as inconspicuous as possible.
  • to avoid multiplying the dirty energy, make sure that a large mirror is not reflecting the toilet. In other words, you shouldn’t see your entire body when you are sitting on the toilet.
  • treat bathroom as micros/macros
  • Balance five elements:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Big mirror increases energy.
  • Hide the toilet section from bath area.
  • do not place mirror opposite of each other.
  • Do not use sharp color for the bathroom. Soft color is always better for Feng Shui Bathroom.
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  • go for Earth and Metal feng shui colors in your West or Northwest bathroom, e.g. white, grey, sandy; limit water colours – e.g. black or blue, limit strong presence of mirrors as mirrors bring the Water feng shui energy
  • focus on subtle and harmonious decor
  • Place a mirror on the outside of the bathroom door or above it.
  • Keep the toilet lid down when not in use, and keep the door closed as much as possible
  • Keep drains closed or covered when not in use, pop in the drain cover when finished with taking bath
  • Place growing bamboo plants in the bathroom, especially where they can be reflected in the mirror
  • Using earthy objects–a terra cotta soap dish, a pottery vase–in the bathroom is a good technique for balancing the water energy there.
  • Open the window whenever possible. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, hang a mirror above the toilet.
  • Use gold-colored towels to attract abundance. This can help to counteract any down-the-drain effect.
  • Warm colors in bathroom décor help to balance dark, damp yin energies.
  • create ambiance by installing a dim switch
  • add earth elements to counteract water elements (water, mirrors) by adding golds, yellows and taupes to the wall color, or in towels, rugs, pictures and bathroom accessories
  • have space for candles
  • hang a crystal 9′ from the ceiling
  • only have on counters things you love to look at. Add a live or silk orchid, great smelling soaps, an attractive soap dish and decorative Kleenex cover with an attractive toothbrush holder
  • Use beautiful baskets to store objects you use every day if you have no place to store them and edit them down to just what is needed.
  • Freshen up towels, along with cushy matching rug
  • Have spa robes from terry cotton, or cotton velour and terry; have the robes monogrammed to get custom luxury; get spa robe rack or hanger accessible from the tub or the shower and don’t use them to hang your towels. Buy a finish to match your décor.
  • Get multitasking furniture, Ottoman/Chair, or Laundry Hamper that Serves as Seating
  • Full Length Mirror
  • Consider home energy enhancers
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Feng Shui Tips: Bedroom

  • It is better to have the same furnish at each side of the bed such as lamp or small cabinet.
  • Pictures in the bedroom should be in pair
  • If possible, have empty space underneath the bed.
    Wood and other natural elements are always desireable material for your bed.
  • The best bed position is diagonally opposite of the door.
  • Bedroom should be for sleeping and resting. Keep away working or fun items away.
  • The heading part of the bed should be as simple as possible.
  • For a good bedroom, do not put many books, none is the best, on the bed.
  • Do not place the bed right under the beam.
  • No phone, and mobile phone, on and/or next to the bed. Leave it for sleeping purpose only.
  • Water bed is not recommended for good Feng Shui Bedroom.
  • Never put your feet in the direct line with the doors
  • Door and windows should not be position at opposite of each other.
  • Do not place the bed in the middle of the line between two windows or door and windows.
  • Keep electrical equipment away from the bed, especially if your bed are made of metal.
  • As well as the beam, do not hang any items right above the bed.
  • Ideally, the bedroom should be as far away as possible from the front door, mirroring the practice of our prehistoric ancestors who did not sleep in the mouth of their cave.
  • On entering your bedroom, note where the windows are located. Chi tends to travel between the door and any windows, so avoid positioning your bed in line with this ‘”draught’” of chi.
  • Position your bed so that you can see the door from where you sleep. This gives you a deep sense of inner security.
  • If it is feasible, position your bed as far away from the door as possible.
  • Avoid sleeping with your head close to a window as your chi will dissipate through the window and make you feel more tired on awakening.
  • Bed equality in the relationship, shared bed crammed into the corner of a room, is giving more freedom of chi to the individual on the open side whereas the partner will literally and symbolically feel up against a wall.
  • Make sure all bedside tables have rounded edges and not square to prevent cutting chi being focused towards the occupants. If two sleep in the bed, ensure matching beside tables on either side for added stability and protection in the relationship.
  • If you sleep with another person, make sure your bed is symbolic of this relationship. Beds that are rickety or likely to fall part speak volumes about the state of the relationship.
  • Given that the bedroom is a more yin environment, the lighting that you choose needs to reflect this. Soft lighting is ideal.
  • Avoid having ceiling lamps right directly over your bed.
  • Pastel colors are ideal.
  • Place something beautiful that inspires you where you first look in the morning.
  • If you have a two piece box spring (as in a king size bed) cover the top of the box spring with a red cloth to cover the split between the two pieces. It will help a couple to be more compatible.
  • Bedrooms should be simple and quiet.
  • Do an annual or bi-annual cleanout of your closets. Seriously question the wisdom of keeping any item of clothing you haven’t worn for at least 12 months. Give away all those clothes that are no longer ‘you’, making room for a new and more exciting wardrobe.
  • Use the bagua to identify the various feng shui areas in your bedroom and place pictures or ornaments accordingly. A framed photograph featuring water in your wealth area and one of family members in your relationships area can blend into your decor seamlessly.
  • Stand at the door looking into your bedroom and note your first impressions.Does this feel like a restful place to sleep?
    Does it convey comfort, safety, spaciousness or whatever other sensations you require to relax?
    If not, experiment until it feels right for you.
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Feng Shui Tips: Office and Wealth

  • When sitting at the desk you should be able to see the door.
  • But, not in the direct pathway to the door.
  • There should be a solid wall behind you.
  • The best kind of desk goes all the way to the floor so that your feet are not exposed.
  • Sit in a strong, high backed chair.
  • In an office setting, the boss should have the office in one of the back corners. Never in the front.
  • However, a home office is better in the front of the house.
  • Take a short walk before entering your office to work each day and another one at the end of your working day. This separates the business and personal aspects of your life.
  • Place your desk on the corner diagonally opposite to the doorway.
  • Leave space between your furniture (bookshelves etc.) and the walls. Feng shui experts suggest leaving a 7-9 inch gap.
  • An important aspect of office feng shui is to keep your work space tidy to allow a free flow of energy throughout the room.
  • Using the first bagua placement system, stand in the doorway to your office and locate your wealth area in the upper left hand corner of the room.
  • Here are some traditional feng shui aids you can use to enhance your wealth area:
    • Place a picture of a lake, waterfall or any other water scene on one of the walls in your wealth corner. Water represents energy flow.
    • Use an aquarium or small fountain if you prefer.
    • Place a green, smooth-leafed plant (e.g., a jade plant) on a shelf in this corner. You can substitute an artificial plant if you tend to neglect live ones. The allusion to growing wealth is obvious.
  • Place other symbols of wealth in the corner. They can include:
    • red eggs symbolizing wealth creation
    • a red envelope containing several coins
    • a crystal on a red ribbon near the window
    • three Chinese coins tied with a red ribbon
    • a pearl or anything spherical (to curb unbridled ambition)
    • a wheel or bell representing power
    • a symbol or picture of red fish symbolizing wealth
    • a lotus flower symbolizing great achievements from humble beginnings
  • In addition, you can place a decorative jar of water near the entrance to your office.
  • Make sure all items in your feng shui wealth areas pertain to wealth. In term of office feng shui, they might include a bookshelf with all your business or wealth creation books, your business computer, your diplomas and business awards.
  • Add any inspirational pictures, quotes, affirmations, etc. to your area, in other words, anything that moves you to take action.
  • Use the bagua to determine the wealth area of your desk, your bookshelves and so on. Then place additional symbols there as well.
  • If fame is a component of your drive to success, you can add some additional items to the fame area of your office:
    • any item that’s red (representing fire)
    • any item made of wood
    • a conch shell representing a prosperous voyage
    • a wheel or bell representing power
    • a phoenix, rooster or peacock symbolizing good fortune
  • You can add some fame symbols to your south wall and place a plant and a photograph of water to the second wealth area located in the left hand corner of the south wall.

Checklist:

  • Is it uncluttered?
  • Does it suggest flow? Are your tools placed logically and within easy reach?
  • Is it aesthetically pleasing? Do you enjoy being in this space?
  • Does it suggest focus? Power? Efficiency?
  • Is it inspiring? Motivating?
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Feng Shui Tips: House General

  • House numbers on the outside of your house should angle slightly upward from beginning to end. It encourages prosperity.
  • Plants should never touch the outside of the house.
  • Wind chimes are good outside the front door.
  • If the first room you enter from the front door is the kitchen, you’ll gain weight while living in this house. Try to partition off your entry so you don’t go directly into the kitchen if possible.
  • The front door should be solid wood. No glass!
  • Keep the entire house and garage clear of clutter.
  • Exposed ceiling beams cause a disruption in the flow of Chi. To lessen the effect, hang bamboo flutes at right angles where each beam where it meets the wall.
  • In the kitchen, keep the stove immaculately clean to increase prosperity.
  • If there is a fan, microwave or anything else hanging over the stove – hang a small bell there to keep your money from escaping up the vent.
  • If your stove and sink are directly across from each other, hang a small crystal between them to reduce arguments between the husband and wife.
  • If you can see the back door from your front door, hang a mirror over the inside of the back door to keep the Chi from escaping.
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Feng Shui: Getting Started, Feng Shui Colours

You need to look at the basic structure of your home. There are four basic house shapes: square, rectangle, L-shaped and U-shaped. In Western Feng Shui, the goal is to turn the dwelling into a square or rectangle. On a large sheet of paper, draw a sketch of the home you wish to Feng Shui. Include any areas that are just out, such as a garage, a breakfast nook or a greenhouse. Make note of any areas that cut into what would make a perfect square or rectangle, such as an alcove or nook.
Take note of where each room is when you make your drawing. All areas under a common roof are considered part of the house. And take note where the front door is located.
If you live in a U-shaped or L-shaped home, you will need to make some adjustments. Chances are you are not fully experiencing some area of your life. The goal of Feng Shui is to restore balance and harmony, and one of the ways you can do this is by completing the square. U-shaped homes are missing an area in the front of the house, or in the back, which corresponds to the Fame and Reputation Area or Career Area.
To overcome the missing areas, you can build an arbor in the space, landscape with large potted trees or add a sculpture or wind chimes. This will help to symbolically “fill-in” the missing area.

 

GUA Direction Element Colour Family Body Part Attribute
Li south Fire red, orange, purple 2nd daughter eye 1 light giving, dependence
K’un southwest Earth pink, white, beige, red mother belly, organs 2 devoted, yielding
Dui west Metal, Swamp, Marsh, white, grey, silver 3rd daughter mouth 3 pleasure
Qian/ Quian northwest Heaven, Aether white, grey, silver father head 5 strong
K’an north Water black, blue 2nd son ear 6 dangerous
Gen northeast Mountain blue, black, green 3rd son hand 7 resting, stand-/ keeping still
Zhen east Wood green 1st son foot 4 initiative
Xun/ Sun southeast Wind, Wood purple, purple blue, purple reddish, brown 1st daughter hip 8 penetrating
yin- yang Centre Centre yellow,  sandy-earthy tones
GUA STAGE PLACEMENT SHAPE ANIMAL LIFE AREA
Li clinging, adaptable, clarity rear middle triangular pheasant fame, reputation
K’un receptive rear right triangular cow relationship, love, mother
Dui tranquil, complete devotion middle right round, mounded sheep creativity, future, children
Qian/ Quian creative front right round, mounded horse helpful people, blessing, travel, father
K’an in motion front middle undulating, free forms pig career, path in life
Gen completion front left undulating, free forms dog, wolf knowledge, wisdom, skills
Zhen initiative middle left rectangular, columnar, vertical dragon family, foundation, past, physical health
Xun/ Sun gentle entrance rear left rectangular, columnar, vertical fowl abundance, prosperity, wealth
yin- yang centre centre health, spiritual health, well being

 

  • (Upper left section) Wealth: This area represents money and anything else that makes you feel “wealthy” or blessed.
  • (Upper middle section) Fame & Reputation: This area represents how the world sees you.
  • (Upper right section) Love & Relationships: This area represents personal relationships, such as those between husband and wife, business partners and good friends.
  • (Middle left section) Health & Family: This area represents physical and emotional health. It also represents your ancestors, current family, friends and co-workers.
  • (Centre) Centre or Chi: This area harmonizes all the areas together. It represents health and longevity and is the center of the Bagua. It should be as uncluttered as possible.
  • (Middle right section) Children & Creativity: This area represents children, current projects or anything creative.
  • (Lower left section) Wisdom & Knowledge: This area represents learning, knowledge or study.
  • (Lower middle section) Career: This area obviously refers to your job, but it can also mean the passage of life.
  • (Lower right section) Helpful People: This area represents relationships with people other than your intimate family and friends, such as a stranger who touched your life a mentor at work, your priest, rabbi (or other spiritual guides).

Placing Feng Shui Objects

As you follow the Bagua set-up of your rooms you should acknowledge each room with some type of symbolic representation. As you place your representational object in your room (or office or garden), place it with conscious intention. Either have an intention written to place in the section, or say a mantra regularly to boost the energy you are looking to attract.
If you are looking to strengthen your marriage, for example, you can place a statue of two doves in your Love and Relationships area, which is the upper right section of your home, or room.  Along with the statue have a small intention written to enhance your love to your partner. You must clearly state what it is you want out of each section/corner. If you are looking for a new career, place a wonderful letter of reference from your boss, for example, in your Career Area. As you place it say, “I have endless choices and I am uniquely qualified for the job.”
In your Wealth Area, you might want to hang a round clear crystal on a red cord (to bounce positive energy all around the room). The red cord strongly represents wealth. On a table place anything which represents abundance. (If you can afford it a $20 bill works great.)
In the Love and Relationships corner of your bedroom, place your wedding picture, some flowering plants, and a book of love poems; anything that represents romance.

One Room at a Time

It is important not to overwhelm yourself in the process of creating a positive Feng Shui environment. If you bring about change gradually you will have a much better chance of success; and an easier time of ensuring that success. Once you have achieved the intentions you requested in one or two areas of your life, you can begin enhancing other areas of your life that need a boost.

Property
The colours you choose to use in your home and office will have a deep and powerful impact on you. Surrounding yourself with a wide variety of colours is a good way to balance the Chi in your home. You can make positive changes by using certain colours in your décor. Each of the nine Bagua areas (including the center which represents the Chi) has a specific colour that relates to it.

For example, your Wealth Area colours are red, blue and purple. Consider painting the rear left corner of a room a vibrant shade of blue. Or incorporate some cloth of that colour into the décor. If that room is a bedroom, you might want to use a deep rich purple bedspread or comforter. If your kitchen is in the center of your house, or in the Chi area, paint it a vibrant, sunny yellow and accessorize with muted earth tones. Enhance your marriage or love life by placing pink, red or white flowers in the rear right corner of your bedroom. Place a picture of you and your mate in a pink frame and place white or red candles in the area. The possibilities of how to incorporate Feng Shui colours into décor are limited only by your imagination.
One thing to keep in mind is that colour associations vary by culture and society. Red, for example, is associated with danger in the Western Society. In China, however, it is the colour of celebration. In the Western society we consider black the colour of mourning; in the Eastern society, it is used to represent the flow of prosperity.

The following is a list of each Bagua Area and its corresponding colour:

Area Colour
Career Black, Blue & Brown
Wisdom Black, Blue & Green
Health & Family Blue & Green
Wealth Blue, Red & Purple,
Reputation & Fame Red
Love & Marriage Red, Pink & White
Creativity & Children White & Pastels
Helpful People White, Gray & Black
Center or Chi Yellow & Earth Tones

Meanings of Colour

Colour: Meaning:
Red Attraction, Warmth, Strength

Note: Red also represents energy.  Too much can “flare up” an argument; use it sparingly.

Green Health, Potential
Purple Spiritual guidance
Yellow Energy, Life
Black Mood, Perception Note:  too much black can be draining; use it sparingly.
Pink Love, Romance
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Geng Shui: Kua Number

  1. Add the last two digits of your birth year together – For example, if you were born in 1974, you would add 7+4=11.
  2. If the above number has two digits, add those together – Using the above example: 7+4=11 then, 1+1=2.
  3. If you are female, add five to the number in step two.
  4. If you are male, subtract the number in step two from 10.

For females, using the above example, the math looks like this:

7+4=11
1+1=2
2+5=7
The number seven is the Kua number.

For males, using the above example, the math looks like this:

7+4=11

1+1=2

2-10=8

The number eight is the Kua number because you don’t have to deal with negatives.

GUA Direction Element Colour Family Body Part Attribute
Li south Fire red, orange, purple 2nd daughter eye 1 light giving, dependence
K’un southwest Earth pink, white, beige, red mother belly, organs 2 devoted, yielding
Dui west Metal, Swamp, Marsh, white, grey, silver 3rd daughter mouth 3 pleasure
Qian/ Quian northwest Heaven, Aether white, grey, silver father head 5 strong
K’an north Water black, blue 2nd son ear 6 dangerous
Gen northeast Mountain blue, black, green 3rd son hand 7 resting, stand-/ keeping still
Zhen east Wood green 1st son foot 4 initiative
Xun/ Sun southeast Wind, Wood purple, purple blue, purple reddish, brown 1st daughter hip 8 penetrating
yin- yang Centre Centre yellow,  sandy-earthy tones

 

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