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Feng Shui - Tips

Feng Shui as an art of placement suggests making the first impression upon entering your home a warm and welcoming one.

Home Exterior
  • The address or the name plate written outside the house should be clearly visible from the street both day & night. Have prominent nameplates. Your identity is the first source of Ch'i.
  • Hang an actual 'flat' Ba-Gua above the outside of any entrance door - either front door, back door, sliding door, etc. and also hang 3 Chinese coins tied together with red ribbon on the back of your front door handle which will attract Auspicious money.
  • Place a pair of Fu Dogs on either side of the front door, preferably outside as they guard the home and/or business. If it is not possible to place them outside then put the right inside on either side of the front door.
  • The main entrance door of the house should be free and clear. And there should not be any shoes or slippers lying around outside the main door of your house as it is said to drive away Ch'i.
  • If your business is particularly home based, paint your mailbox to make it colorful and eye catching as this is expected to encourage more business through the mail.
  • Waterfalls outside the house help in creating cash flow especially when placed in the far left rear corner of your back yard.
  • Have a water body outside your house that has 9 goldfish or carp; of which 8 are red or gold and 1 black fish. The black fish is believed to absorb all the negative and undesirable energy. However, it is strictly prohibited to fish in the bedroom, the bathroom or kitchen as it is stated to create material loss. A fish tank placed correctly can bring about greater fortune, as you will tap on the "Divine Water Dragon's Den". But if placed wrongly, it can cause you to have work pressure, monetary loss, legal hassles, troubles and problems.
  • You can recreate the landscape by adding flowering plants in groups of 3's along the walkway to your front door preferably red flowers and also, light the walkway to your door at night. This combination is said to bring wealth and prosperity to the occupants. Also, care should be taken to replace any dried flowers in your space with fake or silk, as dead flowers is said to make your wealth dead.
  • Add items preferably of bright colors in your front and back yard that create motion or have eye catching appeal such as figurines, pinwheels, garden gazing balls, etc.
  • Brooms and mops should be kept out of sight and preferably upside down as this is believed to keep intruders out and prevent the family's livelihood from being swept away.

Home Interior

  • Feng Shui considers the entrance hall to be the most auspicious as it is the place where one might pause upon entering or leaving the home, thus being energized by the Chi that flows through it. Entrance halls without any doors or windows leading from them or are enclosed in some way can cause Chi to stagnate; which can be easily solved by mirrors, a ceiling fan or a small water fountain.
  • Color your room so as to enhance the colors of the furniture or artwork which will help create a harmony between the two. Soft pastels are always good but it is advisable to check the symbolic definition of a color before making a final decision e.g. Yellow signifies authority, signifies purity, Green signifies longevity, Blue signifies heavenly blessings, Red signifies happiness.
  • Have live plants in as many rooms as possible and if the leaves look like round coins, it is auspicious.
  • You can change the positions of your furniture often because besides creating a new ambience it is also said to change the flow of energy. Moreover, do not overdo your house with too many furniture as it might restrict the flow of our opportunities.
  • Place mirrors on the walls to increase the size of a small room. Besides creating a feeling of more space it will also bring in endless opportunities.
  • Keep your garage, closets and drawers clean. Give away, sell or dispose things you do not like or do not need any more.

Kitchen

  • Keep your kitchen well stocked with food as it gives you the feeling of abundance.
  • Ensure that in your kitchen, there is no refrigerator, washing machine, washbasin and toilet opposite your stove. The kitchen sink represents water and your stove represents fire. Feng Shui believes that fire and water crash can cause family members to have disagreements.
  • The stove in a kitchen should be positioned so as to avoid the cook standing with their back to a doorway.
  • Good lighting and ventilation by the stove will reduce the influence of Sha Ch'i (negative energy).
  • White is the preferred color for kitchens as it symbolizes purity and therefore promotes good health from well prepared (pure) food.

Study

  • Study is a room where we require creativity and reflection therefore it is necessary to keep this room tidy and uncluttered so as to prevent Sha and produce Ch'i. Feng Shui recommends placing a picture symbolizing water behind the chair, which will help encourage the flow of creative energy.
  • Feng Shui recommends placing the desk so that the window is to the left of the seating position and the door can be seen from the desk. Do not allow the occupants back to face the door. If there is no window available put a mirror in its place.
  • Cactus and Bamboo are plants grown in very harsh conditions and symbolise good fortune, thus making them ideal for placement in the home office, study or wealth area. Any sharp leaved plants are good Feng Shui in this area as they are believed to deter harmful influences.
  • Bookshelves with doors in the front are stated to be the best for a house; but if there aren't any, then the books can be moved forward to merge with the front of the shelf.

Bedroom

  • Adults will benefit more from a bedroom facing west into gentle rays of the setting sun, where as children will from a bedroom facing east toward the revitalizing morning rays.
  • Do not place mirrors opposite your bed or at the side of your bed as it creates the possibility of third party to the relationship.
  • Feng Shui discourages the placement of television in the bedroom and if it is kept there, it is advisable to cover it with plastic (not cloth).
  • Feng Shui recommends that the bed should not be placed in such a way that the occupant's feet should face the doorway and also the bed should not face the window as it might attract the glare of negative energy.
  • Always open your bedroom windows at least once 20 minutes a day to allow fresh Ch'i to come in as this will bring in more good fortune. And if you do not you will find yourself sleeping with the stale chi every night.
  • Always have a solid wall behind your bed as a solid wall means that you can go into deeper sleep so as to enable you to have good rest and feel fresh and well rested. Thereby allowing you to be able to concentrate on your work better.
  • Feng Shui discourages the use of beams on top of your bed as it is believed that the beam above cause's chi to be pressured thus enabling you to have pressures in life.
  • Children should not be allowed to sleep on mattresses on the floor as it is said to resist the free flow of Ch'i. Since Ch'i is not able to flow underneath the bed, children tend to fall sick easily.
  • Moreover, Feng Shui do not recommend children sleeping in double bunk bed as the child sleeping in the lower bunk do not get 'fresh Ch'i' causing weak health. Under unavoidable circumstances, put a 6 rod wind chime or a crystal sphere to dilute the effect of 'stale Ch'i' around the bed.



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