The ancient art of Feng Shui believes that the strategic positioning of items within the home or workplace creates positive energy flow (chi). It uses symbolic items for luck both good and bad and it is believed that it can even generate the energies required to help motivate and achieve great things such as wealth and abundance.
Feng Shui considers the colour and shape of objects and their placement within a space, all in relation to earth, wood, fire, metal or water; the five Feng Shui elements. Together they represent different aspects of human wellness, shown in the fengshui Bagua or map.
As can be seen from the brief overview of the map below, in order to enhance wealth you need to focus on the South East side of your space, the element of wood needs to be harnessed and the colours brown and green are important.
North – Water – Blue & Black – promotes Career and Path in Life.
North East – Earth – Beige, Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy Colours – promotes Spiritual Growth & Self Cultivation.
East – Wood – Brown & Green – promotes Health & Family.
South East – Wood – Brown & Green – promotes Money & Abundance.
South – Fire – Red, Orange, Purple, Pink, Bright Yellow – promotes Fame & Reputation.
South West – Earth – Beige, Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy Colours – promotes Love & Marriage.
West – Metal – White & Grey – promotes Creativity & Children.
North West – Metal – White & Grey – promotes Helpful People, Blessings and Travel.
However, much like life itself, it is never that simple and more often than not it is a combination of factors that come together to create the right energies. For example, it may be argued that wealth cannot be gained without a nourished career. Depending on your business you may need to be creative in order to grow your money and so forth and so you may need to position items in various positions throughout your home.
Feng Shui alone will not generate wealth and ancient philosophies claim that a person must strive for prosperity in order for it to materialise. Although, Feng Shui can be used to create an environment that provides the energies to give you the right strength for your quest.
Feng Shui is an art and it is recommended that you research the particular energies you are looking to achieve for the specific areas you are renovating in your home as not all rooms react the same. What may work in a kitchen for example, may not work in a bedroom. Bedrooms are complicated areas for Feng Shui as energy flow should be controlled and kept to a minimum in order for you to sleep and relax.
The following points therefore provide a brief overview only of how to achieve the energies of wealth through Feng Shui:
- Clear Clutter
As well as the exhausting task of clearing your home of clutter, many of us find we avoid clearing our homes due to emotional ties. Try to gain the strength to be ruthless and free your home of the unnecessary items you have collected over time as this will provide you with high energy levels, clarity and a sense of well-being to help you focus on attracting and protecting your wealth.
- Use Feng Shui Symbols
If positioned correctly, there are a number of symbolic elements that you can add to your rooms to create the energies required to promote wealth and prosperity.
• Horses – create the energies for success, fame, freedom and speed. Keep livestock in paddocks preferably located towards the South East area of your property. Alternatively use images of horses through your home; canvases, photographs, seek materials that depict the handsome creatures and so forth.
• Fruits – a simple bowl of fruit can generate lots of positive energy. Try to use fresh fruit rather than symbolic replicas or images, as this represents wood and growth. The colours and numbers of fruits also have effect, creating a vibrancy of positive chi.
• Mystic knots – representing six times the infinity symbol; this ancient symbol attracts a long and happy life of good fortune.
• Fish – the most common symbol for wealth. A well-positioned aquarium can bring an abundance of energy into your home.
Aquariums are wonderful for Feng Shui as they provide a perfect balance of the five Feng Shui elements.
Earth: from the gravel at the bottom of the tank.
Water: the life source. Added to the earth to make wood grow.
Wood: from the plants in the aquarium. Used to fuel fire.
Fire: from the lighting of the tank and also the red, orange or gold of the fish. Used to create metal.
Metal: from the fabrication of the tank itself. Metal is used to create money!
Place your aquarium in the South East area of your home or workplace to promote money and abundance. As the South East is governed by the element of wood, ensure that your aquarium is a shape that nourishes the wood. A square is the shape representing earth or rectangle representing wood itself.
Your aquarium alone will not bring you good fortune, but take good care of it, ensuring the water is clean, the fish are healthy and the plants are green and you will be surrounded by the positive energies required to help focus you.
- Good luck charms
As well as the aquarium there are a multitude of ‘good luck charms’ you can add to your home that should be researched in more depth, including..
• The creation of a wealth vase
• Feng Shui fountains
• Feng Shui coins
• Lucky bamboo
• Wall murals
• Feng Shui gem tree
• Money trees
As well as good luck charms that are used to attract positive energies, there are also Fen Shui cures that can be used to reflect and avoid negative energies. This ancient art can feel like a minefield for the novice, but by implementing just some of the basic elements and focusing your mind on the movement of energy you are already a step in the right direction.
Remember, that the positioning of items within a space cannot generate you wealth alone. Feng Shui generates the energies to assist you on a quest, but ultimately you have to strive for the desired outcome. After all, money does not grow on trees, not even the lucky Feng Shui versions.