9 Rules of Feng Shui You Didn’t Know
Feng Shui is an art decorating method that many believe blurs the line between science and magic. Most people think it’s just arranging furniture here and there to be ‘balanced with the universe.’ This ancient art works to “dispel negative energies and improve the health, vitality, and financial situation of those who implement it.”
Even for those who are getting into Feng Shui, there are likely many aspects still unfamiliar to them. Here are a few things about this art that most people do not know:
1. No Shoes at the Door
You might often see shoes by the door in Chinese and Japanese homes, the cultures that most commonly use the ancient art of Feng Shui. But it actually goes against the art’s principles, as it is believed doing such a thing will hinder good chi’s ability to enter the home.
2. There are Five Natural Elements
In Feng Shui, there are five elements associated with balancing chi. The elements and their associations are: wood for creativity and expansion, for fire for enthusiasm and inspiration, metal for clarity and logic, earth for stability, strength, and balance, and finally water for wisdom and insightfulness.
To invoke the wood element, you can use things like wood furniture, plants, and trees. For fire, candles and shades of red and pink can invoke its spirit. Metal is associated with silver or stone items. Flat surfaces and earthy tones of color invoke the spirit of the Earth element. A proper balance of mirrors, aquariums, and the color black will balance the spirit of water.
3. Furniture Placement, material, and color
Furniture placement is indeed an aspect of ancient art, but it goes hand in hand with the furniture’s material and the color of each. It is important that material and color are harmonious in order to promote a proper flow of positive energy.
Using Feng Shui to decorate the bedroom? As wood is associated with growth, new beginnings, and family, it would be best as material for the bed. The colors of the walls and your sheet would ideally be a light shade of blue to represent calm and tranquility.
Together, these colors will create harmonious energy.
4. Chinese Farmers Developed It
People often hire Feng Shui ‘experts’ to help balance the energies of their home. It is not common knowledge, but it was developed thousands of years ago by Chinese Farmers. They realized how the elements affected their crops, observed the best places to plants, and calculated ideal placement for wind, water, and sun.
5. No Mirrors in the Bedroom
Many of us have one or two mirrors sitting somewhere in our bedroom. In Feng Shui, one of the rules is no mirrors in the bedroom. Because they reflect light, the can mess with the bedroom’s atmosphere and cause an imbalance, inviting in bad chi.
6. Entrance to Home Lets in Energy
People often think that Feng Shui is about inviting energy from every direction. But the philosophy of the art states that energy is invited through the main entrance of one’s home.
A decent balance of colors textures and decorations at the entrance will make it possible for good energy to enter the home. In this way, you can promote good health and happiness.
7. There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Money Corner’
Joey Yap, the author of 160 books, said this about Feng Shui:
“There’s a common misconception that there’s a wealth corner, but that’s actually an opportunity corner. So when a [fengshui practitioner tells you], ‘Let’s hang wind chimes or trinkets’ or ‘Let’s activate the wealth corner’, they’re actually trying to sell you those things!”
8. Easy to Bring Home
There’s no need to spend like crazy if you want to get into Feng Shui. You can make even the smallest changes and still benefit.
Buy fresh flowers to lift the energy naturally, such as peonies which can help attract love.
Another way to invite positive energy is to place wind chimes in the garden, which according to the philosophy, can cure a space of negative energies.
9. The Bagua Map is an important tool
Think of the bagua map as a compass for mapping out positive energy flow. It is an eight-sided diagram used to establish the sitting and facing positions and the positive and negative energy fields.
Using this, you can implement the five elements of Feng Shui to outfit your home with the right things.