26.7.10

Feng Shui Part Five - Lucky Objects

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Lucky objects are symbols of good fortune, good health and positive aspirations. Every culture has its own traditions, which are sometimes shared with other cultures, but what sets the Chinese apart is knowing where to place lucky objects to benefit most from their good vibrations.

There are many lucky objects that can be used to attract positive Chi energy and deflect negative Chi energy. Following are some of the most well known and widely used in Feng Shui.

DRAGON
The dragon is regarded as the most auspicious symbol of good fortune. It signifies the power of authority. Place it so that it does not look like it is heading towards a door or window.
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PHOENIX
The phoenix is a symbol of renewal. It brings opportunities, fame and recognition. Place it so that it is not flying towards a door.
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TURTLE
A turtle symbolizes longevity and constancy but as they are slow moving creatures they are not considered suitable for a work environment.
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TIGER
A tiger represents bravery and strength. It is best placed in a den or an office. It should not look like it is ready to pounce or have its mouth open.
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HORSE
The horse symbolizes power and movement. It is often used by people who would like to travel. It should not look like it is heading for a door or window.
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ELEPHANT
Elephants should always have their trunks turned upward, as if trumpeting, to herald good news. They can be placed in the entrance hall, but not directly facing the door.
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FORTUNE FROG
The frog (actually a three-legged toad) holds a coin in its mouth and has strings of coins around its feet. It should be placed facing the door to catch the money of passers-by or near a cash register.
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LAUGHING BUDDHA
This is a symbol of prosperity and joy. He is usually prominently placed in the living room, dining room or family hall.
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AQUARIUM
An aquarium is considered lucky and can bring prosperity into the house. Place your aquarium in areas of your house or room that require activity. Fish can also absorb negative Chi, particularly the blackmoor variety, which are very sensitive.

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Feng Shui Part Four - Fixing Problem Areas

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Once you have utilized the Feng Shui Bagua as described in: Feng Shui Part Three - Utilizing The Bagua, you may discover there are spaces in your home or office that you would like to improve to create better Chi energy flow.

Most problem spaces can be rectified quickly and inexpensively by applying Feng Shui remedies and are usually the only solution that can be used for rented or existing buildings.

These remedies are usually everyday objects such as artwork, mirrors, plants, water features, round fish tanks, wind chimes, flutes, crystals, candles, flowers (real or artificial) and small furnishings that are placed according to the areas of the Bagua.

Do your front and back doors run in a direct line? This may cause money to flow out of your home. Wind chimes slow down the energy flow but a pair of flutes hung above your inside and back door blocks the money leak the best.

Flutes of any kind, also offer protection from burglary and hung above the cash register in business protect profits. Flutes also evoke a magical aura in your home or bedroom to encourage romance.

Any type of fan, including electric and paper fans of all sizes, also create a delicate romantic atmosphere. Side wall-lights placed behind large fans add a welcome glow to a room. This brings double good Feng Shui as it combines two Feng Shui remedies in the one area.

Plants with rounded leaves are the main requirement to use as a prosperity plant. The Maranta or Red-Veined Prayer Plant is an excellent choice as it also enjoys the filtered light often found indoors.

As well as these Feng Shui remedies it is also a case that any item that 'feels' right and placed in the area according to the Bagua that will derive the most benefit from it, will also further improve the flow of Chi energy and good fortune into your home or office.

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Feng Shui Part Three - Utilizing The Bagua


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The Bagua is the most valuable tool of Feng Shui. It is a grid that is used to determine the nine sectors, made up of eight directions plus the central sector, to show the flow of Chi within a space.

Once you have determined where these sectors exist in your space, you can determine if the decor, furnishings or any other elements within that sector are beneficial or not according to the Bagua.

You may already be aware of an area in your life that you feel needs attention and the suggestions from the Bagua can assist you to make the necessary changes for improvement.

The nine sectors, correlating elements, colours and suggestions for these areas are :-

South: recognition, fame
Element: fire
Colour: red, purple, sky blue
Suggestions: trophies, awards, certificates - keep well lit

South - West: marriage, relationships
Element: earth
Colour: yellow, cream, beige brown, natural wood
Suggestions: gifts or mementos from loved ones, images representing relationships

West: children, projects
Element: metal
Colour: white, silver, gray
Suggestions: dining room, stereo (music), electronic gadgets, computer

North - West: networking, communication
Element: metal
Colour: white, grey, silver, steel, gold
Suggestions: telephone, fax machine, electronic gadgets, computer

North: career, journey
Element: water
Colour: dark blue, black
Suggestions: fish tank, water feature, water images or paintings of river, lakes, oceans

North - East: knowledge, contemplation
Element: earth
Colour: cream, yellow, wood, brown
Suggestions: storage, library, desk, meditation area

East: family, elders
Element: wood
Colour: dark green
Suggestions: kitchen, plants, photographs of family / work / sport

South - East: prosperity, luck
Element: wood
Colour: light green
Suggestions: fresh (alive) flowers, plants, water, birds - keep well ventilated and lit

Centre: health
Element: earth
Colour: cream, yellow, beige, brown, wood
Suggestions: As the centre (Tái Chi) allows the other eight sectors to communicate, it should be a free, uncluttered area.


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25.7.10

Feng Shui Part Two - Arranging Furniture

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Once you've decluttered and cleaned your home or office (Feng Shui Part One - Remove The Clutter and Clean), it's time to remove the pools of dead Chi energy and arrange your furniture to ensure good Chi energy flow.

The desire for security dates back to when we were cave dwellers, and the Feng Shui implementation of furniture arrangement promotes this to make you feel at ease.

To allow Chi energy to travel unhindered,, the path leading to your front door should be kept clean and clutter free. Adding attractive plants, lights and garden features will uplift and enhance Chi energy as it approaches the front door.

Inside your home or office avoid placing your desk so that the back is to the door - you need to see 'ahead' in life and you need to know what is going on behind you. From your favourite chair, in any room, make sure you can see the door comfortably from where you sit.

In active spaces such as the hallway, dining room, lounge or kitchen, the door needs to open into the space. In other words, when you open the door, you need to have a full view of what is ahead of you. However, bedroom and bathroom doors should not open fully as Chi energy needs to enter slowly and quietly here.

Position your bed so that you have a good view of the door from where you sleep, but make sure the foot of your bed is not pointing towards the door as this will drain your energy. This is also known as the 'coffin' position and does not promote good Chi energy.

These examples make good sense on a practical level as the home and office should be a place of relaxation or concentration, and by arranging furniture to eliminate surprises allows a peaceful energy to flow.


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Feng Shui Part One - Removing The Clutter and Cleaning

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Is your home or office clutter free? Chances are you are probably one of many people that have at least a small pile of clutter that you have been meaning to organise at some point. In other cases you may feel that your home or office needs a major overhaul.

Do you know that by removing the clutter and cleaning, you are not only making your life home or office more organised and look more presentable - you are actually implementing the ancient philosophy of Feng Shui (Feng - wind; Shui - water).

Feng Shui evolved more than 2,500 years ago in China and was mainly used for the design of palaces and dwellings of the wealthy merchant classes. Today it is used by everyone to bring positive energy, good health and prosperity into their lives.

The basic principles of Feng Shui works on maintaining a balance between two fundamental states - Yin (night) and Yang (day)- and the five essential elements - fire, earth, metal, wood and water. The aim and essence of Feng Shui is to harness good Chi (earth energy) and to deflect away any negative energies.

Many people obtain the services of qualified Feng Shui professionals to maximise the benefits of Feng Shui , but a few simple changes around your home or office can make a real difference to the flow of energy within it.

The first step is to clear away useless clutter. By doing so you are getting rid of dead Chi which pools around possessions that are broken, useless or no longer used. Precious keepsakes of course are not considered useless, if they make you feel good.

The second step is to clean away all the dust and cobwebs. Like water Chi energy has a tendency to stagnate in corners, and as it emanates from the Sun, make sure your windows are clean and bright to allow sparkling new Chi energy in.

Every now and then, and usually when my energy level starts to drain, I take a good look around my home and office. I find that by taking the time to get rid of unnecessary items, including paperwork that has been accumulating and by cleaning, I feel more relaxed and energised again.

© Copyright Jan Reid-Lennox. All Rights Reserved.

2.7.10

The Colour of The Rose, Matters

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Over the years the meanings behind the different colours of roses has evolved, and even changed, to cover many sentiments. The Rose is one of the most popular flower gifts, given to convey an expression of emotion or feeling.

Most of us are aware of the symbolic meaning of the red and the white rose, but over the years the meanings behind the different colours of roses has evolved, and even changed, to cover many sentiments.

Red is the most commonly given colour of roses.
  • Red signifies love and passion.
  • True red is the rose for lovers.
  • Fiery red roses signify passion.
  • Cardinal red symbolizes desire.
  • Fully bloomed red roses best convey the message – ”I still love you”.
  • Red rose buds are a way to express love for the first time.

Yellow roses once meant jealousy.
  • Today the yellow rose signifies friendship and domestic happiness.
  • Yellow roses can also be an appropriate sentiment to express sympathy.

Orange roses symbolize an expression of pride or amazement.
  • Orange roses are appropriate for a graduate or a promotion.

Peach roses symbolize appreciation and desire.
  • Peach roses are appropriate to express sincere appreciation, or someone’s accomplishments.

Pink roses signify elegance, gentility, and poetic romance, without the seriousness signified by red.
  • Pink roses are more light-hearted than red and can signify admiration or sweet thoughts.
  • Light pink roses can signify both sympathy and friendship.
  • Dark pink is symbolic of appreciation and thankfulness.
  • A mixture of pink and red roses signifies a romantic relationship.

White roses are sometimes called the ”flower of light”, and are the bride’s roses.
  • They symbolize unity, sincerity, loyalty, purity, and a love stronger than death.
  • Mixing white with red emphasizes the meaning of love.
  • White rose buds are an appropriate gift to a young girl from her father.

Purple roses represent majestic glory and can symbolize eternal love.
  • Lavender or lilac roses signify love at first sight, or the beginning of true feelings.
  • Purple roses are appropriate for wedding anniversaries beyond twenty five years, and as memorial flowers for a lost spouse.
  • Deep purple roses should be reserved for intimate situations.

Black roses are symbolic of death.
  • Black roses may be seen as an omen, however, they can also signify change or rejuvenation, as some rose buds appear black, but then bloom into crimson red.
  • It is best to avoid giving black roses if you are unsure.

Multiple Colours: By mixing more than one colour into a bouquet, you can convey more than one sentiment.


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