The three deities should be placed side by side like the image shown above. Shou should be on the left of the viewer, Lu in the middle, and Fu on the far right, just as Chinese characters are traditionally written from right to left. However, Chinese are read and written from left to right today, and the placement order of the deities are reversed.
I often suggest clients place two lucky bamboo stalks in a single vase of water in the relationship area of their bedroom. To locate this area, stand at your bedroom door facing into the room. The far back corner to the right is the relationship area. The pair symbolizes a harmonious union between you and your current or future partner. Both stalks are best similar in size as they also represent a balanced and equal relationship that can grow together in accord.
As soon as you have decluttered, your tendency may be to immediately add new things. However, this second step is important! When I moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, I sold practically everything I owned to drive across the country in my car. I had thoroughly gone through the decluttering phase, but became discouraged when new things were not showing up yet. I realized that I had skipped this important step, of rearranging the feng shui of my new home. I was only in a temporary space living in an area that was only temporary. I was still getting my bearings, and a lot of rearrangement was needed as I lived in such a large city.
Getting started with feng shui for your home is easy when you begin with the house basics and gradually move on to the more complex feng shui levels. After you have mastered these seven home feng shui steps, you can explore the deeper levels of feng shui, such as the annual movement of feng shui stars, or energies. The important things to remember are to start simply, have fun, and thoroughly enjoy the process—this is good feng shui.

Along with the need to balance the areas of the bagua with most appropriate art, it is also important to be aware of the subtle messages your art is sending. Is your art portraying a lonely person? Do you feel sad when you look at any specific images you have in your home? Be aware of the subtle energy your art is sending as this contributes to the quality of energy in your home. Be especially mindful of your choice of art for your bedroom.
Another example is blending the yang energy of a lit candle with the yin energy of a dimly lit room. There is a reason these stereotypical decorating touches work. They balance yin and yang energy and the five elements, bringing the feng shui of your house into balance. Now that you have an understanding of how the five elements show up in indoor and outdoor spaces, you can be your own decorator. When furniture shopping you will recognize the energetic differences between shapes, colors, and finishes in terms of the five elements. For example, if you have a predominance of Metal elements in your dining room, you may opt for a wood table to balance the room, or, vice versa, if there is a predominance of Wood elements.

Feng shui is the use of spatial arrangement to create positive energy that started in ancient China. One way to create good feng shui is through the placement of certain types of plants in certain areas in or outside your home. Choosing indoor and outdoor plants based on where you have space and what sort of energy you’re trying to attract can help you use plants for good feng shui.
Use your feng shui birth element to help create a home that nourishes and supports your energy. For example, if your birth element is Fire, you can introduce the expressions of the Fire element, such as triangular shapes or the Fire colors: red, orange, purple, magenta, pink, and yellow. You will also want a strong Wood element in your home, as Wood feeds the Fire element in the productive cycle of the five feng shui elements.
In feng shui, the goal is to have a space feel energized yet restful. Balance is key in accomplishing this. A large wooden piece, like a bed or armoire, tends to feel heavy and masculine; balancing those objects out with some plush, softer-than-soft bedding, for example, softens the harder edges and large silhouettes and brings harmony into the space. The same can be accomplished with window treatments in any room – sheers paired with classic plaid drapes, for example.
The popular classical feng shui cure for this area, the image of a blue color rhinoceros, can be used in the Southeast area in 2019. His energy is associated with strong protection, and the blue color brings the energy of the needed Water element. There are many ways you can bring this image with subtle decor details that are in harmony with your home decor. Alternatively, you can go for the actual traditional feng shui cure in a lucky charm form (find it in our online store). You can also substitute the image of rhinoceros for the image of the elephant, preferably in the Water feng shui element colors, too (blue or black colors).
"Plants have innate positive chi, clear the air of allergens, and really do wonders for us," she says. "Much like caring for animals, caring for plants and the action of planting or watering elevates our chi and makes us true or more grounded." Gordon explains that the balance of elements like water, earth, and fire are important in our homes, which are predominantly filled with the metal element in the 21st century.
The earth element helps to generate nourishment, knowledge, and stability in your life. My favorite way to harness this element is by decorating with gorgeous stones and crystals I’ve collected throughout the years. I find that creating different designs with them is quite a therapeutic, meditative practice for me. Terracotta planters and natural salt rock lamps are two more fun ways to get your earth element fix. You can also decorate with square shapes and sandy colors, including light yellow and light brown. The earth element works best in bagua areas of the Northeast, Northwest, Southwest, West, and Center.

Once you have removed and rearranged, it is time to energize or enhance the space through feng shui. This can be done using the concepts discussed in the following chapters. You can use the five elements to decorate your home. You can enhance certain areas of your home in conjunction with the feng shui Bagua Map using the colors, elements, and personal items discussed. The more you are enjoying a space, the more it will be energized with positive energy. Our own energy is the most powerful and significant enhancer of our space. Making a room functional and aesthetically pleasing so that you spend more time in it is the best feng shui enhancement you can make.
Feng shui is the use of spatial arrangement to create positive energy that started in ancient China. One way to create good feng shui is through the placement of certain types of plants in certain areas in or outside your home. Choosing indoor and outdoor plants based on where you have space and what sort of energy you’re trying to attract can help you use plants for good feng shui.

If you’ve ever been to the desert Southwest, then you are familiar with the Earth element. For example, a typical Santa Fe home is made of adobe because of the abundance of clay dirt. Weaved baskets and terra cotta pots are common accessories. The Southwest motif usually consists of a combination of squares and rectangles. Earth tones are usually used throughout the spaces to blend with the landscape. All of these are examples of the Earth element at use in the feng shui of a house. In Southwest décor, the Fire element is often used in tandem with the Earth element as the two elements pair nicely with each other. Wood beams and furniture are also used as a contrasting element.


5. Underneath Beams. Beams are known for their bad feng shui because they bring suppressing Qi (think of the trapped-feeling you get when you enter a place with very low ceilings). That is why feng shui suggest that you avoid sleeping, working, or resting under beams. Placing large tree-like plants underneath the beam is said to help a little, as its upward growth is said to counter the beam’s suppressing Qi.
Green is the fengshui representation of life, health, and growth. Green is part of the wood element family of colors. Found all throughout nature, green associates with growth, with its inherent motivation and action toward positive change. In fengshui, green is used to represent renewal, freshness, and rejuvenating energy. Balance is achieved – a key component of successful fengshui – with green’s deep-rooted place in the natural world.
2. Southwest and Northeast Area. Just like the center area of your home, both Southwest and Northwest belongs to the Earth element as well. A weakened energy in the Southwest area negatively affects the relationship between the husband and the wife. A weakened energy in the Northeast area slows down children’s ability to learn, which may result in poor academic performance.
Use money plants to purify the air in your home. Money plants – also known as philodendron scandens – are believed to attract energy that encourages abundance. They are a common indoor feng shui tree. They can grow in dark corners as long as you keep the tree’s soil moisturized. They also have the added benefit of purifying the air in your home.[10]
Triangular-shaped décor items are not as common as other shapes. In fact, the points of a triangle can create what is called poison arrows. Poison arrow is the term used in feng shui for a sharp point of energy projecting into a space and results in inauspicious energy. However, if used intentionally, triangular or pyramid-shaped objects can add a positive spark of energy to spaces. For example, pyramid-shaped crystals can be used to enhance intention and focus in an office or meditation space.

Another aspect of good feng shui decorating with plants is the choice of plant pots colors, textures, and materials. Every little detail matters in feng shui because everything is an expression of a specific energy. When decorating with plants, be mindful of your choice of plant containers colors and shapes as a representation of one of the 5 feng shui elements.  This way you can either add or weaken the energy that plants bring into your home.

2. Southwest and Northeast Area. Just like the center area of your home, both Southwest and Northwest belongs to the Earth element as well. A weakened energy in the Southwest area negatively affects the relationship between the husband and the wife. A weakened energy in the Northeast area slows down children’s ability to learn, which may result in poor academic performance.


Brick is often used on the exterior of homes and as an accent finish in interiors. Brick is a composite of clay (Earth element) and sand (Metal element) and fired (Fire element) in a kiln. It combines all three of these elements. The color of the brick may help determine which element feels dominant. For example, red brick will feel more fiery, while a sand colored brick may look more like an Earth element, particularly with its rectangular shape.
Houseplants can be an important Feng Shui tool to help activate positive energy in your home or office while they purify the air. Many people think that lucky bamboo is the only Feng Shui friendly houseplant, but there are actually many choices that can fit your décor. The best time to add a new plant is at the beginning of a new month or at the new year, when it symbolizes a healthy beginning for you and your family.
We already know that some plants have the ability to clean the air (literally). Self-purifying plants can filter the air of harmful chemicals, resulting in cleaner breathing air—but what if they could do more than that? We chatted with expert Marianne Gordon of Feng Shui With Me—who helps clients find true love, enhance fertility, and acquire wealth through feng shui courses and consultations—to find out what other hidden benefits plants might have in the feng shui of our homes and, most importantly, where to place them to maximize their positive effects.
In fengshui, red color represents romance and love, courage, and passion. Red is the strongest color representation of the fire element, which supports life energy. It’s not surprising, then, that red is an active, energizing color…which can also be draining if overused. It’s no mistake that red has been associated with an increase in blood pressure. In Chinese, red is the color of happiness and luck; India uses red for marriage; Western areas associate red with love, passion, and courage.

"Feng shui emphasizes the harmony with one's internal and external environment and the world at large," he explains. "Creating this harmony is particularly important when assessing the color of one’s home office, the place in the home where wealth and abundance are of paramount importance." So how exactly should you choose the ideal feng shui office colors? Brown recommends answering one simple question: Which cardinal direction does your home office face? 
But what are the best colors to paint using the principles of Feng Shui? It depends on the room. When you select colors for the floor, walls, and ceiling, make sure to employ the Five-Elemental Cycle using three colors. Also, don't think a ceiling has to be white; light beige or even brighter colors that complement the walls add depth and creativity to a room.
The three deities should be placed side by side like the image shown above. Shou should be on the left of the viewer, Lu in the middle, and Fu on the far right, just as Chinese characters are traditionally written from right to left. However, Chinese are read and written from left to right today, and the placement order of the deities are reversed.
Do you feel happy and nourished in your bedroom? Do you love your bedroom? Are you happy with your bedroom colors? Knowing that color has such an effect on your well-being, wouldn’t you want to be surrounded by the most beautiful colors when you are in your bedroom? If you say yes, for sure, then the obvious next question is: “What is the best color for my bedroom?”
5. Underneath Beams. Beams are known for their bad feng shui because they bring suppressing Qi (think of the trapped-feeling you get when you enter a place with very low ceilings). That is why feng shui suggest that you avoid sleeping, working, or resting under beams. Placing large tree-like plants underneath the beam is said to help a little, as its upward growth is said to counter the beam’s suppressing Qi.
White is the fengshui color of purity, freshness, and new beginnings. It is a representation of fengshui’s metal element, which is just as closely associated with care, focus, and precision as it is innocence. White is crisp and organized; as the keeper of all the other colors, white presents itself as a clean slate, upon which to project your own paradigm.
Although Cerrano advises embracing color, she also cautions against using too much of it. "You don't need to paint your entire room one of these colors," she explains. You'll still reap all the benefits of a hue if you incorporate it into your space sparingly. "You could have a neutral wall color (creme or beige) and accent your living room with noticeably warm colors through light sources, artwork, an area rug, or accent pillows," she suggests.
The color pink, in the fengshui scheme, represents love, but a more sweet and gentle type of love than red’s passionate, romantic love. Pink is part of the fire element’s representation. As the universal color of love and a delicate shade in and of itself, fengshui pink has a beautifully softening effect on any space…and a soothing effect on any person.
The color associated with Water in feng shui is black and shades of blue. We most commonly associate the color blue with water, which is really a reflection of the sky. This is also why the color black is associated with Water as well. If you think of water at night, reflecting the night sky, it is black. Depending on the moon phase, it will also have a reflective quality too.

Purple is fengshui’s representation of mystery, nobility, and royalty. Purple is most often part of fire element’s color family, although certain hues can be more closely tied to earth element. With such a rich inherent nature, purple is used sparingly and strategically in fengshui spaces (with the exception of a meditation room, where fengshui recommends you freely use the intensity of purple).
Use the five feng shui elements—Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, and Water—to create balance and vibrant energy in all areas of your home. For example, if you are working on attracting more prosperity, you can introduce the feng shui elements of Wood and Water in the Southeast area of your house. If you need to improve your health, you can place lush plants (representing the Wood feng shui element) or pieces of wood furniture in the East area of your home.
In fengshui, red color represents romance and love, courage, and passion. Red is the strongest color representation of the fire element, which supports life energy. It’s not surprising, then, that red is an active, energizing color…which can also be draining if overused. It’s no mistake that red has been associated with an increase in blood pressure. In Chinese, red is the color of happiness and luck; India uses red for marriage; Western areas associate red with love, passion, and courage.
Now that you have a good sense as to how each of the elements expresses themselves in everyday interiors according to the principles of feng shui, take a look around your home. Notice if you have a predominance of one or more of the elements. Notice what element(s) your favorite items or finishes consist of. You may notice that you will shop for home furnishings through a whole new lens.
The rooster may be the same as the Rooster King mentioned below (I am not sure, but their uses seem to differ). The rooster has a literal use. The figurine can be used to counter the “Centipede Xa”, symbolizing the rooster devouring the centipede. The “Centipede Xa” comes from power lines or pipes, resembling a centipede, that are visible from your kid’s bedroom (if you have kids) or kitchen window. To cure the Xa, place the rooster figurine facing towards the “centipede” as a cure for this negative Feng Shui energy.

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The yin nature of water requires the support of another element to control or contain it, such as Metal or Earth. Otherwise, it will be uncontrollable and end up causing damage. For example, imagine drinking water without a glass to contain it. This is what happens with water leaks. The water becomes too much of a force and breaks through the Metal, Wood, or Earth boundary that was used to control it. The following are more ways in which the Water element is represented.
Are the 2019 feng shui updates important? Should you rush into applying them in your home as soon as we enter 2019? Will the annual 2019 feng shui updates make a big difference in your home or office? Let’s explore. The annual 2019 feng shui updates are used mostly with the classical feng shui bagua, meaning you can look into applying them in your home or office this year if the way you defined the bagua of your space is by using the classical bagua style.
If you have a large window, specifically one that is oriented opposite a door, feng shui teaches that energy from the door’s opening will be pushed right out the window. In order to maintain a soothing aura in the room, use objects that will keep the energy inside. Drapes or window blinds work well, of course, but if you like the view or the natural light from an open window, consider placing another object in front of the window that doesn’t block the entire thing – a potted plant, for example, is a lovely way to achieve this.
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