Feng Shui and decoration

Author: Cath  /  Category: Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements


Feng Shui and decoration

One of the most frequently asked questions is how to decorate the house according to Feng Shui?

Feng Shui does not require a special way to decorate the house to “work”. Everyone has its own style and when decorating the house, our personal style is reflected. There are as many styles as people.

When we decorate our house, the ideal is to first analyze our home to know which the energies of each sector of the house are. From there, we’ll know what the necessary or appropriate elements for each sector are.

In choosing the color of the walls, furniture and decoration, we can be guided by these elements to choose the most suitable. Each element has its features such as color, shape or the element itself. This will allow us to decorate the house according to Feng Shui, taking into account the elements identified.

The same applies to the bedrooms of children and adolescents. We can let them freedom in their tastes, especially among adolescents, when decorating their room, provided they respect the use of the appropriate elements.

Feng Shui & our element

Author: Cath  /  Category: Ba Zhai - 8 Mansions, Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements


Feng Shui and our element

In Feng Shui, each person has its own Ming Gua, or personal number, which corresponds to one of the five elements. In Chinese astrology, the animal for our birth year also corresponds to one of the five elements.

Are the two elements identical?

Sometimes yes and sometimes no. The element of our Ming Gua is not identical to the element of our animal in Chinese astrology. But it can happen that both are equal.

2008 is the year of the water rat and children born this year will have the water element. But in Feng Shui, the calculation of Ming Gua makes the difference between men and women. Thus, boys born in 2008 will have the water element and girls born in 2008 will have the earth element. As we can see, the Ming Gua is the same for boys but different for girls.

Another example is that of persons born in 1982: the element of the Chinese animal is water, but the Ming Gua for men is the fire element and for women is the metal element. Thus, we can have three different elements for the same year.

It is clear that the element of the animal in Chinese astrology is not synonymous to the element of our Ming Gua.

Feng Shui and love

Author: Cath  /  Category: 8 Aspirations, Ba Zhai - 8 Mansions, Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements, Xuan Kong - Flying Stars


Feng Shui and love

How can benefit Feng Shui our relationships?

As I said earlier, Feng Shui is only one third that influence our lives. However, there may be blocked energy in our home or workplace that prevents us from having harmonious relationships, whether with our partners, colleagues or family.

More than the South-West sector - relations - of the 8 Aspirations system, we can choose our favorable direction Yan Nian, according to the 8 Mansions system, to favor our relations.

In the Flying Stars system, the Mountain star is responsible to all personal, whether health or relationships. We need to look at the house and activate the favorable Mountain stars to enhance our personal well-being that is both our health and our relationships.

Once again I want to focus on the importance of correctly analyzing the house before applying any element to activate a particular sector. We cannot activate the South-West sector of the house without taking into account the Flying Stars, as it could trigger a malignant Star with its consequent negative result.

Applying Feng Shui correctly helps us improve our life, in all aspects.

Feng Shui and money

Author: Cath  /  Category: 8 Aspirations, Ba Zhai - 8 Mansions, Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements, Xuan Kong - Flying Stars


Feng Shui and money

Many people expect that Feng Shui improves their economy. How can Feng Shui help us financially?

In the 8 Mansions system, we can use our favorable direction Sheng Qi to attract prosperity.

In the 8 Aspirations system, the South-East area of the house corresponds to wealth. Using this system alone can be activated with the water element, as the South-East is of the wood element. But if we consider the Flying Stars system, we risk activating negative Stars and won’t get any positive result.

In the Flying Stars system, the Water stars - also known as the Facing stars - are responsible for wealth. We need to analyze the house to see the combinations of stars and activate the Water stars that are favorable.

If we combine the two systems (8 Mansions and Flying Stars), taking into account the surroundings of the house that may trigger the stars, we can enhance all aspects of prosperity.

This does not mean that we will win the lottery overnight, as Feng Shui is only one third that influence our lives.

What we can expect is an improvement in our economy and hence our quality of life.

Feng Shui and bedrooms

Author: Cath  /  Category: Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements


Applying Feng Shui in the bedroom

One of the most important rooms of the house is without doubt the bedroom. We spent many hours there in our lives sleeping. In the case of children and adolescents, the bedroom becomes even more important, as they spend a good part of their time in it.

We can apply Feng Shui in the bedroom, but we must always take into account the entire house. As you know, we have to analyze the house to know in which sector or sectors is the bedroom. Once we have all the necessary data, we will know which is the most appropriate element for the bedroom. From there we can choose furniture, decorations and appropriate colors.

Another very important point is the location of the bed. The main guideline is to have the bed in one of our favorable directions. If the layout of the bedroom allows us, we can choose which of the four directions should be most favorable. If not, we must always give priority to a favorable direction. You can use the Ming Gua calculator to know your personal number and favorable and unfavorable directions (to avoid).

What must we avoid in a bedroom?

The bedroom has to be more Yin, thus we must avoid water sources or an aquarium, plants, mirrors that reflect directly the bed and electrical appliances such as television or computer.

The bedroom has to invite us to rest. But when it comes to the bedroom of a child or adolescent, they use to play, study or listen to music in the bedroom. We will have to be careful with the “poisoned arrows” or edges of the desktop and shelves towards the bed. We should separate the spaces of rest and activity inside the bedroom, using one side of the bedroom for the bed and the other side for other activities.

Feng Shui and colors

Author: Cath  /  Category: Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements


Feng Shui and colors

A very common question is whether there are specific colors in Feng Shui. The color is a characteristic of the elements used in Feng Shui. To find out what color is best suited in a room or a section of the house, we must first analyze the house to see what element is needed and where. We’ll use the Flying Star or the 8 Mansions system for the analysis.

If we must harmonize a sector of the house with the water element, we can choose the color - black or blue - to paint or for the decoration. We can use all shades of blue, from light blue to dark blue. For the bedroom, a soft color will always be more appropriate, since the bedroom is Yin. On the contrary, we can choose a stronger blue for a living room, as it is a Yang room.

For those who prefer the walls of their house in white, they can utilize the characteristics of the elements in the furniture and decoration to harmonize the energies.

Can I use red in a bedroom?

The red color is very intense and Yang, thus does not invite to sleep. However, it depends on the sector of the house and the person. I saw red bedrooms for people with Ming Gua 9 - Fire. When analyzing the house, the fire was appropriate in this sector and the person had no problem sleeping.

There are no specific colors for specific rooms. We must always analyze first the house and its inhabitants to know the appropriate element. From there, we can choose between color shades that we like.

Beijing 2008 - Part 1

Author: Cath  /  Category: Feng Shui, Wu Xing - 5 Elements

Beijing 2008 - Olympics and 5 elements

15 days left to the 2008 Olympic Games to be held in Beijing. You’ll be wondering what this has to do with the 5 elements and Feng Shui. If we look a little bit closer, we will find a lot of Feng Shui influence in this year games. The Official Mascots of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (Fuwa) are representing, inter alia, the five elements (Wu Xing) used in Feng Shui to harmonize the energies.

Fuwa also embody both the landscape and the dreams and aspirations of people from every part of the vast country of China. In their origins and their headpieces, you can see the five elements of nature — the sea, forest, fire, earth and sky — all stylistically rendered in ways that represent the deep traditional influences of Chinese folk art and ornamentation.”

Known as the Chinese five elements (or five phases = Wu Xing), water, wood, fire, earth and metal are represented by each of the figures forming the Fuwa. As explained in the official Web site, “fish and water designs are symbols of prosperity and harvest”. Among Fuwa, Beibei represents the sea and the water element. The lotus designs of Jingjing symbolize the lush forest and the harmonious relationship between man and nature. It is clearly the wood element. Huanhuan is a child of fire, and its element is obviously the fire element. Like an antelope, Yingying races across the earth, remembering us that the next one is the earth element. Finally, Nini symbolize the infinite sky with her golden wings. Here, we need to have a look at the 8 trigrams: Qian - Heaven - belongs to the metal element.

As you can see, they are placed in order of the creative cycle (Sheng Qi), as water nourishes wood, wood nourishes fire, fire produces the earth, the earth produces metal and metal produces water.

Feng Shui is not only used for living spaces. It can be used from a minimum surface like a room to a maximum surface like a continent.