Feng Shui 101
No, I did not Ambien order another Rosetta Stone language in the middle of the night. I am talking about Feng Shui pronounced “Fung Shway. ” Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese form of energy balancing. The actual word Feng Shui directly translated to English is wind/water, two opposite energy forces. The practice of feng shui is the harmonizing of the earth’s energy forces with human energy forces “qi” pronounced “chee“ for the purpose of achieving optimal harmony and balance or good luck, some believe.
Does all that sound like expensive millennial gibberish to you? Well it’s not, evidence of Feng Shui has been found and dated as far back as 4000 b.c. Ancient Chinese buildings were found with Chinese Star Maps on their doors that correlate with Feng Shui beliefs. I personally believe that If something has been around for that long and is still going strong there has to be validity to the ancient practice.
Still thinking Feng Shui is a little too “new age” or expensive for you to incorporate into your life? Well, think again! I’ve slowly and very inexpensively rearranged the “qi” in my house over the last couple of years. And before you ask, no my home is not cluttered with mystical do-dads on every surface. With the exception of my beautiful “juju kitty” who waves at me every morning from my desk. While ushering in the good “juju.” Which I will be getting into a little bit later in my list of Simple ways to Feng Shui your Home!
7 Simple Ways to Feng Shui Your Home
Start at your front door
Your front door is the main gateway for letting energy or “qi” into your home. Therefore your door needs to be welcoming, clean, cleared of clutter and balanced. Feng Shui also dictates that it should be facing the right direction, but in most cases, unless you are a die-hard “feng shui-r” and building your home you really have no control over that, so we’re going to gloss over those principals of feng shui.
- Door Color – An easily doable project in a weekend. For whatever direction that your door is facing there is a corresponding color group. If you don’t know your direction just grab your phone’s compass app and figure it out. It is as follows;
The Feng Shui element for East is wood so use an Earthtone color such as browns, greens, or wood tones.
Southern Facing doors are the Fire Element– Reds, yellows, oranges, pinks, or any colors in those families
The element associated with West facing doors is Metal, therefore “west” can use white, silvers, grays or any metallic colors
North Facing doors coincide with the Water Element– The blues and greens, and black.
There are other great “in-between” directional paint combinations you can find HERE
- Eight Gold Stones- I have 8 river rocks balanced on the right side of the door. I simply spray painted eight river rocks and stacked them from largest to small. This invites prosperity into your home. It also leads to some fun conversation!
Find Your Home’s Different Energy Areas
There are two Feng Shui methods to mapping your home, which is important when finding the different “areas” of your home. Areas that are associated with different things such as money, family, happiness, sex and so forth. If I went into full detail about mapping both the old school compass directional way and the newer BTB version (energy mapping from the location of the front door) this post would be endless, so I will spare you. I will mention some great Feng Shui resources at the end of this post if you should want more information. I am telling you this because it is important you located different areas for different purposes.
For example… My homes “center” where I focus my happiness on and put my “lemons” in to attract positive energy (scroll down) is my kitchen. It is literally in the geographical center of the house, so that made it easy for me. That is where we spend our most time and gather to eat and laugh. You can find a mapping guide here.
Money and Prosperity
I consider my office to be my money or prosperity feng shui area. This is where I focus my feng shui efforts in balancing my qi for optimal balance and harmony. Ways to do so are;
- A wealth bowl is exactly what it implies. A bowl signifying and inviting wealth. It is meant to be auspicious and kept in the open. Fill your wealth bowl with whatever symbol of wealth you so choose. Below is a picture of my wealth bowl I keep in the money area of my house, my office. Mine is full of traditional Chinese symbols of wealth. Gold ingots, Chinese Coins I recently received as a gift, a laughing Buddha, jade pieces, gold stones, a turtle, and my “juju kitty.” What do they mean? I knew you were going to ask!…
Laughing Buddha- Brings Happiness, that’s why he is laughing, he is also guarding your wealth
Gold Ingots & Chinese Coins- Represent Wealth, You can also use gems
Jade stones-represents serenity and balance
Turtles- In Feng Shui are very auspicious and represent wealth
Lucky Cat- In my case “juju kitty” are called Maneki Neko, means “beckoning cat” in Japanese they wave in good luck!
- Money Tree-Any type of plant can be used to attract good energy. The most common is the type you see below in the photo. I have the traditional Pachira tree, another very common type is the Jade plant, a succulent used to represent wealth. Money trees or plants need to be placed in the money, wealth, or prosperity area of the home, never in a bathroom. I also have plants in my homes center the kitchen.
“Mirror, Mirror On the Wall”
This is going to sound crazy, and If you didn’t think I was cuckoo before you just might now. Before I did this one simple rearrangement in my home, there was a lot of tension and bickering. The second I switched some things namely mirrors on the walls. I could literally feel the tension evaporate. The most optimal place for mirrors is right above fireplaces, their calming energy balances the firey energy of the fireplaces. Another prime spot for mirrors is by your entryway but not directly facing the entryway. Yes, I know it can be tricky don’t let it overwhelm you…baby feng steps!
There are many other factors that go into fireplaces as well as other elements that can have impacts on the qi in your house. Such as shape, direction, and lighting. To read more on fireplaces and the impact they can have on the energy in your home check out this article with tons of information on fireplaces and mirrors in your home!
“If Life Gives you Lemons…Put them In a Bowl!”
If you are a follower of The Housewives of Orange County you know exactly what I am talking about. Shannon Beador and her lemons in a bowl. I got quite a kick out of that episode knowing I had the exact bowl sitting on my kitchen counter. All the time wondering if I looked as bizarre as she trying to explain the number and significance of the lemons to her family?
Fruit has always played a significant role in feng shui. From being esthetically pleasing to the qi around you, while also drawing it into the home. The varying amounts of fruit and types needed to be taken into account to bring forth that qi. There are several different theories about this. I’ve seen and read some sites say 7 oranges or lemons, and some sites the magic number is nine. Some feng shui pro’s even mentioned pomegranates and other different fruits. My number happens to be seven. So seven lemons in a bowl it is! And an extra added bonus, a lemon centerpiece never goes out of season!
Bathroom Feng Shui
Yes, I said it, “potty room feng shui,” there is such a thing. From toilet, placement to paint color, plants, candles and lighting toilet room feng shui is endless and complicated. So I will give you just one very important one tip and move on…Keep the toilet seat down and the bathroom door closed. The reasoning behind this is energy enters and leaves the home thru any opening, including toilets. And it is common sense that toilets have nasty energy so put two and two together bad energy=bad qi. Keep the lid down, and the door closed. To read more on Bathroom Feng Shui Check out this awesome article by The Spruce.
Those seven simple tips for achieving harmony are just the tip of the feng shui iceberg. The basic principals of feng shui for bringing harmony and balance into one’s house and life are easy, get rid of clutter and simplify your life. Even without feng shui teachings, just those two acts would surely invite the changes into your life that you are looking for. If you would like to read more about feng shui here are a few resources for you;
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