Feng Shui 101

Written by: Desiree Lajoie

 

In case you weren’t aware, I am one of those hippie dippie, spiritualistic, energy healing types of people. I have been following spirituality for quite some time, I work with balancing energy in people’s bodies and cleansing aura’s. If you aren’t at all familiar with these things, NO STRESS. I am here today to tell you how you can create positive energy that will flow through your entire home.

 

We have all heard of Feng Shui, but what is it really and how can it benefit our day to day lives? Here’s a few simple tips and tricks to get you started.

 

How Does It Work?  feng shui /ˌfeNG ˈSHo͞oē/ Noun – (in Chinese thought) a system of laws considered to govern spatial arrangement and orientation in relation to the flow of energy (qi), and whose favorable or unfavorable effects are taken into account when siting and designing buildings.

So Feng Shui is One of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics. It is truly a science, using formulas and calculations to determine the invisible forces that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. So we can get really deep into this but I’d rather just sum it up to some simple ways to bring Feng Shui into your life. Learn for yourself the mysteries behind this ancient Chinese Philosophy.

 

The Elements: Fire, Wood, Metal, Earth, Water

 

Fire: is thought to be, the most potent of all the elements and represents energy, passion, expansion and transformation. When using the fire element in your home, it can be represented by a candle, or by color, such as a red lampshade.

● Color: red, orange and yellow ● Season: summer ● Direction symbolized: south

 

Wood: The element of wood assists in the change of creative energies such as inspiration, motivation and passion. It represents personal development and growth and purifies and redirects chi. Wood can be represented by plants, trees or by green objects, for example green pillows. *Fire is nourished by Wood, when used together they work in synchronicity.

● Color: green and sometimes purples, not pastels

● Season: spring

● Direction symbolized: east and southeast

 

Metal: The element of metal evokes and unifies all of the elements together. They act as transmitters, conducting the various energies to different areas. Metal stimulates mental strength and intellectual capabilities, making it effortless to concentrate and think clearly.

● Color: white, silver, gray and black

● Season: fall

● Direction symbolized: west and northwest

 

Earth: Representing balance, stability and home, the earth element is solid giving a sense of security and grounding support. It strengthens the emotions of safety and adds a sense of comfort from within. Rock features, thick carpet, antique pottery and old books help to bring the earth element indoors.

● Color: brown, beige, sierra and other muted colors

● Season: end of summer

● Direction symbolized: center, northeast and southwest

 

Water: The water element of Feng Shui is precisely related to the flow of money and career. Flowing water helps us to let go of things we no longer need. Still water helps the surrounding energies to be calm and offers the feeling of a wisdom and insightfulness. The water element can be represented by a water feature, fish tank or pond. Crystals, wavy statues or artwork and paintings of water scenes, and mirrors as well. .

● Color: blues

● Season: winter

● Direction symbolized: north

 

So I hope this gives you an idea of how the elements come into play when you’re working with Feng Shui. I hope this will give some insight on how to implement Feng Shui into your homes. Keep an eye out in my future blogs to find out more about furniture placement, colors, material and even cities that are built and constructed based on the rules and system provided through Feng Shui. If you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to shoot me an email or reach out to me on social media. Thanks for reading!

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