Feng Shui harmonizes energy flow throughout space in the home, it is an ancient Chinese system of design and placement. The philosophy is that people are affected either negatively or positively by their surroundings and the energies within their home. Everything must be taken into consideration, colour, furniture, furnishings, lighting, ornaments, statues, fabric, and placement of all items. The garden, types of flowers, trees, garden statues, water features, window shape, door colour, type of doorbell ring, house and room shape, is all considered when energy flow is being considered. The individual’s Chinese astrological animal sign is also to be considered when feng shuiing your home, this allows the energies to be aligned to your individual needs, assuring greater harmony.
Balancing Yang Energies
Balancing Yang energies with more yin. Yang animals are, rat, tiger, dragon, monkey, horse, dog, these are the extroverts of the Chinese horoscope, they are more physically active than their counterparts. Yang signs require a yin oriented environment, where they are able to rest, relax, reflect, meditate, regenerate and be still. To achieve more yin, a wet, soft, cold, dark, inward, receptive, round, down, north and curvy setting is required. More yin is achieved in the home with, dark, cool rooms, curved, rounded furniture, gentle, melodic, soothing, relaxing music.
Balancing Yin Energies
Balancing Yin energies with more yang. Yin animals are, ox, hare, snake, rooster, pig, needing a quiet environment, they are the calmer, more sensitive animals of the Chinese zodiac. Within their environment more yang energy is required to activate and build their energy reserves and charge their environment. To achieve more yang a light, dry, hard, warm or hot, up, south, outward, straight, angular, creative setting is required. More yang is achieved in the home with, light, bright room, angular furniture, passionate and energetic music.
Harmony through the Elements
By knowing your signs primary and dominant element based on your year of birth, in the Chinese Astrological Chart, specific features identified with each element can be added to your environment. By applying the features of your primary and dominant elements to your environment, the characteristics in your personality can be enhanced.
Natural Element and Natural Energy of each animal sign
This year 2011, is the year of the Metal Rabbit, Yin Metal, and Rabbit Wood, the qualities of Metal are fair play, justice, balance, philanthropy, altruism. The qualities of Wood are benevolence, compassion, understanding. As Yin Metal is in control of Yin Wood, Metal is the driver, this creates conflict with Wood. This year we are to be very aware of our environment, and must take notice of what is going on around us, be alert to world events, and be proactive in our own lives.
Balancing the Elements in your home.
Elements flow in cycles, they can be either productive or destructive, thus it is necessary to not only focus on the features of your own element, but to add some features of those missing in your sign.
The Productive Cycle
Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water
If your sign has a double element, with the same natural and dominant elements, it is necessary to reduce the influence of the element, by using features of the element that can destroy it. This can be done by utilizing the features f the destructive cycle.
Wood, Earth, Water, Fire, Metal
An example of the destructive cycle, is water destroying fire. If someone wants to reduce the fire characteristic in their personality they can add water features in and around their home, creating more balance. Photographs and paintings of waterfalls, lakes, rivers and the ocean, throughout the home, will also help. The garden is the ideal place for water features, they also work particularly well in the bathroom.
The Five Rat Types
Wood Rats – 1924, 1984
Fire Rats – 1936, 1996
Earth Rats – 1948, 2008
Metal Rats- 1960
Water Rats – 1912, 1972
Water Rat – George Washington, US President, 1732
Fire Rat – Mata Hari, 1876
The Five Ox Types
Wood Oxen – 1923, 1985
Fire Oxen – 1937, 1997
Earth Oxen – 1949, 2009
Metal Oxen – 1961
Water Oxen – 1913, 1973
Metal Ox – Diana, Princess of Wales 1961
Wood Ox – Paul Newman, actor, 1925
The Five Tiger Types
Wood Tigers – 1914, 1974
Fire Tigers – 1926, 1986
Earth Tigers- 1938, 1998
Metal Tigers – 1950, 2010
Water Tigers – 1962
Water Tiger – Jodi Foster, actress, 1962
Fire Tiger – Hugh Hefner, Playboy publisher, 1926
The Five Hare Types
Wood Hares – 1915, 1975
Fire Hares – 1927, 1987
Earth Hares – 1939, 1999
Metal Hares – 1951, 2011
Water Hares – 1963
Wood Hare – Ingrid Bergman, actor, 1915
Water Horse – Cary Grant, actor, 1904
Wood Dragons – 1964
Fire Dragons – 1916, 1976
Earth Dragons – 1928, 1988
Metal Dragons – 1940, 2000
Water Dragons – 1952, 2012
Earth Dragon – Eartha Kitt, singer, 1928
Fire Dragon – Harold Robbins, author, 1916
The Five Snake Types
Wood Snakes – 1965
Fire Snakes – 1917, 1977
Earth Snakes – 1929, 1989
Metal Snakes – 1953, 2013
Earth Snake – Jackie Kennedy Onassis, US First Lady, 1929
Earth Snake – Mahatma Gandi, political social leader 1869
The Five Horse Types
Wood Horses – 1954, 2014
Fire Horses – 1966
Earth Horses – 1918, 1978
Metal Horses – 1930, 1990
Water Horses – 1942, 2002
Water Horse – Barbra Streisand, actor/singer, 1943
Metal Horse – Sean Connery, actor, 1930
The Five Sheep Types
Wood Sheep – 1955, 2015
Fire Sheep – 1967
Earth Sheep – 1919, 1979
Metal Sheep – 1931, 1991
Water Sheep – 1943, 2003
Earth Sheep – Margot Fonteyn, ballerina, 1919
John Denver – singer/songwriter, 1943
The Five Monkey Types
Wood Monkeys – 1944, 2004
Fire Monkeys – 1956, 2016
Earth Monkeys – 1968
Metal Monkeys – 1920, 1980
Water Monkeys – 1932, 1992
Earth Monkey – Bette Davis, actor, 1908
Fire Monkey – Mel Gibson, actor, 1956
The Five Rooster Types
Wood Roosters – 1945, 2005
Fire Roosters – 1957, 2017
Earth Roosters – 1969
Metal Roosters – 1921, 1981
Water Roosters – 1933, 1993
Water Rooster – Joan Collins, actor, 1933
Metal Rooster – Peter Ustinov, actor/writer, 1921
The Five Dog Types
Wood Dogs – 1934, 1994
Fire Dogs – 1946, 2006
Earth Dogs – 1958, 2018
Metal Dogs – 1970
Water Dogs – 1922, 1982
Wood Dog – Shirley Maclaine, actor/writer 1934
Wood Dog – Elvis Presley, singer, 1935
The Five Pig Types
Wood Pigs – 1935, 1995
Fire Pigs – 1947, 2007
Earth Pigs – 1959, 2019
Metal Pigs – 1971
Water Pigs – 1923, 1983
Metal Pig – Lucille Ball, comedian/actor, 1911
Wood Pig – Dudley Moore, comedian/actor, musician, 1935
The term “bagua” (or “ba gua”) is derived from the book of the I-Ching, a sacred text which was used to tell the future. Feng Shui Bagua is a map or chart that relates the various areas of your life to the 8 sections of your living space. These eight main sections of a space are represented by what are known as “guas” of the bagua map. The bagua map can also have a ninth center section that corresponds to the 8 major corresponding life areas. So in this way the layout of bagua map shows the nine main energy centers that we value the most.
To map a room and balance the energies within it, a bagua map is used, this is done to correlate the different aspects of someone’s life. The sections relate to every aspect of the individual’s life. The categories are, fame, relationships/marriage, children/creativity, helpful people/travel, career, inner knowledge, family/ancestors/health, wealth/blessings. The bagua map is used to balance the land/property your home is on, the home, office, bedroom, lounge, kitchen, bathroom, hallway, and so on. The map will show where there are missing, or negative spaces, that need to be attended to, a plant, or water feature may need to be added. New colours brought into the home, furniture repositioned, window dressings changed, statues or paintings placed strategically. The laws of Heaven and Earth are used in the practice of feng shui, it is an ancient Chinese system applied to enhance a person’s surroundings and improve the quality of their life, by bringing the laws of the Universe into play.
Feng Shui has been used for centuries, often used for spiritual structures, especially tombs. When feng shui was first practiced, astronomy was used, this is until the magnetic compass came to be. In China there were rules for the structures of graves, and homes, the rules were followed by builders, who referred to a carpenter’s manual, setting out the rules of feng shui, when building.
Feng Shui (wind and water), the natural elements that comprise all nature, wind and water have an energy that can be brought into your life, your home. By arranging simple elements in your life you can learn how to balance energies, filling your life with positive energy, and harmonizing every aspect of your life, creating a unique balance.
When working with the elements of feng shui, and Chinese astrology, be open minded, be daring and experimental. Not only are you shifting energies within and around your home, you are shifting and awakening mental energies, thus creating room for more positive thinking and creativity. Your home, your living environment is a reflection of you and how you see life and the world as a whole, your life can be enhanced by changing just one element within your living environment. The combination of feng shui and Chinese astrology is akin to the apothecaries practicing their art, by mixing various elements together to form a healing whole.
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