Feng Shui Your Home

The art of Feng Shui has been around for thousands of years. Originating from China, Feng Shui has transferred to various different cultures and communities world-wide. Taoists believed in Chi (energy) and that everything around us is filled with either good Chi or bad Chi. The goal is to create a space where good Chi flows and bad Chi is repelled. Known as the ‘art of energy’, Feng Shui is about rearranging objects, people, feelings and personalities to achieve a balanced and centered way of life. In modern American society, Feng Shui is often used in decorating the home or office.

In order to make a home full of good Chi and Feng Shui positive, there are two elements to consider in analyzing your space.In Feng Shui they use something called a Bagua which analyzes the space you want to change. There are two schools of thought on feng shui: The Compass School (Chinese) and The Form School (Western). The Compass school uses a compass and mathmatics to map on the feng shui for the home. The Form school is sometimes called the ‘Western friendly feng shui’ and focuses on the design of the home and placement of objects to enhance positive chi. Both use a feng shui map or Bagua.

Derived from the I-Ching text, the Bagua can be translated into modern language as ‘eight areas’. The Bagua map divides your life into eight different sections and becomes a map in which your home should be arranged. The eight different sections of the Bagua are: Fame, Relationships/Marriage/Mother, Children/Creativity/Future, Helpful People/Travel/Father, Career, Knowledge/Spirituality, Family/Past, and Wealth. For those seeking a more modern approach to the Bagua, there is a Westernized version which includes: Personal Growth/Cultivation, Career/Path in Life, Helpful People/Blessings, Health/Family, Children/Creativity, Prosperity/Abundance, Fame/Reputation, and Love/Marriage. Both Baguas have similar points but the Western version is much more fitting and understandable to the American audience.

In order to begin decorating/designing your home to funnel good Chi in and bad Chi out, you must first get rid of clutter. Clutter is the number one hazard of Feng Shui and it is a great pastime of American families. Collecting clutter and unneeded objects can overwhelm a house and the people living in it; to truly embody the spirit of Feng Shui, de-clutter your house as soon as possible and keep it de-cluttered. After you have mastered organization, start with printing out either the traditional Bagua map or the Western version. Next, if you have a map of your home or if you can draw a rough floor plan use this to align your chosen map with your house. These two maps will be your guide to creating a Feng Shui home.

Now that you have your Bagua map and your floor plan, the first step is to align your front door or the main entryway with the bottom row of squares on the Western map; this means your door will either be in the Personal Growth/Cultivation (Knowledge), Career/Path in Life, or Helpful People/Blessings/Travel. Each of the quadrants represent something different so each square is representative of an area of your home. Each section of the Bagua map has different elements, colors and helpful enhancement ideas to make sure you channel good Chi. For example, if your entryway is in the Career/Path in Life there are several ways in which to decorate that creates good Chi. The entryway should include a water element, the colors should be black or very dark colors, and other enhancements could include things like: glass and mirrors, actual water or a piece of art depicting water, or other works of art created in dark colors depicting a flowing motion. Do not allow clutter to disorganize the area as it will reflect in your career the disorder and confusion of your home.

Let’s work on another example of a room in your home: the kitchen. Say your kitchen falls into the Health/Family quadrant, what are the elements, colors and enhancements for this room? According to the Bagua, in this quadrant the main element is wood, the colors used should be greens and blues and enhancements to the space should include greenery (plants or pictures of plants), items made of wood or have the texture of wood or represent trees in vertical columns or lamps, and family pictures. The kitchen is a relatively easy place to keep to this quadrant’s requirements in that you could have a indoor herb garden on your kitchen windowsill, paint the kitchen in blues or greens, and put a small bamboo shelving unit in a corner to satisfy the vertical requirement, the wood texture and if you include plants and pictures you have all the bases covered.

Each room of your home can be created and designed with the Bagua map. The quadrants all have guidelines to help you perfect the colors, elements and other general enhancements in order for you to create good flowing Chi. In addition to the quadrant guidelines, there are multiple websites, books and videos offering various supplementary tips for both inside and outside your home. Some tips for improvements outside your home include: a Koi pond with eight red or gold fish and one black fish—the lone black fish takes away all negativity, place motion yard objects such as a pinwheel or flag to attract good attention, and finally, get rid of any dried or dead flowers because they reflect your wealth.

Using Feng Shui to make your home harmonious is not a difficult thing to do; there are hundreds of websites, books, videos and tutorials offering help in all subjects related to Feng Shui and Chi. The most important thing to remember for the first step to creating a Feng Shui-centered house is organization and de-cluttering your entire space. After you complete this, you are well on your way to making your home designed around the ancient Chinese tradition of Feng Shui.

Besides being a talented tarot readier, Psychic Allegra is a also skilled Feng Shui. Being a clairsentient making her sensitive to the energy flow within and around you. You are welcome to give her a call at 1-866-525-2655.

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