Feng Shui 101
Many, for centuries, people believe that the elements of our surroundings affect the comments of our lives. This earth has an energy or “chi” about it. That’s why you can sense something is wrong in a space visually but if you lack the talent and knowledge of how to solve it you will never figure it out. I always do to my clients we each have our own talents and they are diverse for a reason. So don’t worry after this tutorial if you are still lost, you can contact me and I will guide you through fixing your space to look and feel right.
Watch this video to see a quick overview and how I applied feng shui to my office.
Open your compass app on your phone. You need to know the direction your home faces and where the corners lye on the geographic coordinates.
Draw a rough floor plan of your room or home or office.
Draw the same size square as outer wall of your floor plan, and draw the Lo Shu Magic Square. Why lo Shu Square is magic? The number 9 represents heaven and yang. The number 6 represents Earth. So heaven and earth in harmony is the sum of 9+ 6=15, and each direction of the lo shu adds up to 15. Lay it over your floor plan with corresponding coordinates lining up with 9 facing south.Here you will know which element goes I which zone in your space.
Print out the Pa Kua Trigam and see that the nine cells of the lo shu neatly coincide with the eight Trigrams arranged, the center cell assigned to Earth. If it’s easier to reference the Pa Kua to place your elements you may do so moving forward.
Apply each remedy and element appropriate to each space. I will step you through those now.
When it comes to arranging furniture, make sure the general layout is such that there are no cut off corners where ch’i can stagnate.
Arrange chairs so no backs are to any doorway. you should be able to walk easily through the room without bumping into furniture.
minimize sharp edges, avoid l shaped furniture configurations.
Make sure your living room is well lit.
And contrary to current design trends, try not to arrange the furniture around the TV as the focus. Try to position the TV on the west or northwest (metal) sides of the room.
Chairs should not be placed in confrontational positions, but at 90 or 45 degree angles to each other.
In the dining room any paintings should be of food because this room is central to the nourishment of the whole family. Painting of peach or oranges are considered in Chinese culture to be good fortune. orange because it’s golden color, symbolizing wealth, while the peach has an overtone of longevity.
Arrange the furnishing on the Table so all members of the family have a clear view of each other.
A central light fixture is goo, provided it’s not too heavy and overbearing.
The table itself should be round or have rounded corners.
Earth tones are appropriate if the room is located at the center of the home which is associated with the Element Earth.
The direction you sleep can have a huge positive or negative impact on how well you sleep. I will give you that calculation a little farther down.
A bedroom should be a place of rest, and therefore predominantly yin., meaning low light. The bedroom should not be activated too heavily with Feng Shui remedies.
Do not sleep directly under a beam as it will pose a threat hanging above your sleeping head.
The headboard should be positioned flat against a wall to provide maximum support.
Don’t sleep under built in cupboards or shelves or large art work.
Make sure that you can see the door from the bed, so that it is not possible to anybody to creep up on you unawares.
Do not position the bed with your feet pointing directly at the door. So not position the bed so that it is directly between the door and a window, in a straight line.
Hang a red and gold double happiness sign written in Chinese calligraphy in the southwest corner of your bedroom to strengthen your relationship or marriage.
Make sure you cannot see your reflection in any mirror from the bed.
Any bedroom shelves should be covered or enclosed with doors as they act like cutting knives. Do not sleep with a bathroom door opening directly onto your be. The water will drain the beneficial ch’i.
Ty not to have too many electronics in your bedroom. Do not place indoor plants in the bedroom as they are quite yang.
Do not put water features in the bedroom, as they will disturb sleep, and can also provoke bad luck.
Your bed should never back onto a closed-up fireplace. It will certainly drain much of the romance our of your relationship.
preparation surfaces should be located so the chef does not have their back to the kitchen door.
Try to use green in the decor of the kitchen as wood works with both fire and water, both of which will inevitably be present in a kitchen.
Don’t put up mirrors facing the stove, doubling of Fire may pose a real threat of fire to the household
Contrary to popular building trends, a preparation island in the middle for the kitchen is not good Feng Shui, as the central t’ai chi should remain open and empty.
The kitchen is at the root of the family’s health and wealth, and should always be kept clean and well ventilated. Choose light colors for the kitchen to create a feeling of openness.
Adding more of the element of that sector.
Adding more of the producing element.
Clearing out clutter.
Changing the decor to make it sympathetic to one of the elements.
placing specific remedies in that sector.
Follow the following remedies and decor treatments to enhance certain or all areas of your life.
North - Water : Use colors Black and Indigo. Enhances your career
West - Lesser Metal : Use gold or metal of choice. Enhances children
East - Big Wood : Use fresh spring green, growing plants, and wood. Enhances Family
To bring more enhancement into your life add more of the element or the enhancing element with it. See the chart below.
As promised to calculate your personal kua number… Your destined to live happily ever after number.
If you birthday is before Feb. 5 , before Chinese New year, then subtract a one from the year of your birth. (as you were effectively born in the previous Chinese Year.)
Take the year in which you were born for example 1967 and add together all its digits. = for example 23
If the result is greater than 9, add its digits together again 2+3= 5 for example
If you are a male, subtract the result from 11 (6) for example, if you are a female, add the result to 4 (9) for example.
If the result is greater than 9, add its digits together again.
If the answer is 5, the kua numbers is 2 for a male, or 8 for a female. Otherwise the result as noted in the previous step is your kua number.
Take a look at the chart below to determine your best and worse directions.
Now you know how to. I’ve share with you in all the pictures throughout some of my remedies I applied in my home and new office.
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Some of the most basic elements of design come from Feng Shui. Such as the rule of odd numbers. It always looks best when clustering accessories in groups of three.
Ch’i, the positive energy we are trying to encourage when utilizing Feng Shui, should be invited in an uncluttered and welcoming front door. It should be encouraged to circulate freely and gently around the home. Meaning no abrupt wall blocks or long corridors. Interesting fact old Chinese, Roman, and Latin American houses were built with open courtyards designed to receive rain and beneficial ch’i directly from heaven.
North East - Less Earth: Use earth tones . Enhances your knowledge
North West - Big Metal : Use gold or TV. Enhances your mentors
Southwest - Big Earth : Use earth tones, crystals, or geodes. Enhances marriage
South East - Lesser Wood : Use growing plants or wood. Enhances Wealth
South - Fire: Use red, battery candles, or candles, or fireplace. Enhances Fame