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.

Orchids are graceful flowering plants. The flowers are long lasting and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They can bloom all year round, even in the coldest winter. Orchids not only absorb carbon dioxide but they release oxygen at night, which make them ideal for bedrooms. They can also help us sleep better because of this fact. But there’s another reason why they are excellent to place in the bedroom. For feng shui purposes, we often use orchids for relationship adjustments. While the bamboo can be used for a current or prospective relationship, the orchid is more often used to find a new partner. An orchid placed strategically in the relationship area of the bedroom or on your nightstand will help to attract an honorable and honest romantic partner.
One thing to remember when selecting feng shui colors for your home is color cannot activate a feng shui element. However, it is a nice design choice that's compatible with feng shui rooms. Choose feng shui colors that enhance compass elements, such as feng shui southeast colors or feng shui west colors. You can also select colors that are appropriate for specific room functions.

Considering that it's halfway between red and violet in wavelength, you might think we should see it as green … but instead we come up with magenta in our brain. This is part of the reason that magenta is associated with magic! I always write my wish lists and to-do lists in magenta. Try magenta in places that could benefit from more imagination and some positive energy.

While there is no hard and fast rule about a certain number of seated pieces in feng shui, the idea is to promote conversation and relationships by organized the furniture accordingly. In large rooms, grouping furniture in smaller clusters facilitates closer ties; in smaller living rooms, this arrangement just makes sense inherently. Don’t forget to include a surface for each seat on which inhabitants can place a book, a drink, a pair of glasses, or whatever they may need to set down.

How can you strengthen both the Metal element of the visiting star, as well as the native Wood element energy of this bagua area? Is there a feng shui element that is good for both elements? Yes, luckily it is! In 2019, focus on the Earth element in the East area, as this will support both the Wood and the Metal elements and keep them both in balance.
It’s important to note that most furnishings and accessories are comprised of one or more than one element, depending on their complexity. For example, a square mirror will have properties of the Wood element (square) and the Water element (mirror). Some items that have an arrangement of colors, shapes, and textures may even carry the energy of all five elements. For example, the image of a potted bamboo plant is often used to exemplify the five elements. The bamboo is the Wood element, its container is the Earth element, the rocks are the Metal element, and the water is the Water element. To complete the five elements, a decorative red ribbon or string is usually added to represent the Fire element.
Artwork is another way to bring any of the elements into the feng shui of your home. Whether it is an abstract painting of a landscape with trees or a photo of the Redwood National Forest, either way the Wood element is coming through the artwork and into the room it is displayed. Imagery is very impressionable to our subconscious mind and therefore an extremely effective way to transfer the elements into spaces. The colors, shapes, objects, and even the mounting materials used for the art piece all play a role in what element or elements are being projected.

The Goldon Pothos is said to be particularly good for removing formaldehyde and carbon monoxide. I like to recommend this to plant to the houseplant novice. It’s great for dead corners and areas above cabinets or shelves. In feng shui, these types of locations in your home attract and easily collect stagnant and dead energy. Because the Golden Pothos is easy to care for and low light, it’s perfect in these places. The plant will stay green, can be slightly neglected but still bring life energy to that area.
Focus on Water element feng shui cures in order to exhaust the Metal element of the visiting negative star, and at the same time to strengthen the native Wood element of the Southeast area. There is a variety of Water cures you can bring into your Southeast area — fountains, mirrors, images of water, decor elements such as pillows, rugs, lampshades, etc in flowing shapes (the shapes of the Water element) and in predominant colors of blue and black (the colors of the Water element). Even a simple bowl with water that you keep fresh and change daily, with a clear intention, will work well as a feng shui cure for the Southeast area in 2019.

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.
To promote joy and harmony in your home, and ultimately a feeling of joy upon entering and being there, you’ll want to consider the actual uses of a certain space and then decorate accordingly. In a home office, for example, you don’t necessarily have to install a waterfall and rock garden to have feng shui positively affect the space. You want the office décor to be active and vibrant…probably much unlike the bedroom’s décor, which will likely be more muted and serene.
You can't benefit from the positive energies (or opportunities) that flow through your front door if they zip right out the back door. If you open the front door and there's a direct line to the back door or a window, that's runaway chi. "You want chi to run in a meandering pattern so it can deposit good energy throughout your home," says Varone. You can stop runaway chi by placing furniture or some other decorative object in or near the questionable path and by using rugs to impede energy flow. Hanging a room separator or a faceted crystal near one of the doors will help, too.
A wise use of mirrors can do wonders for any space. Being one of the most popular home decorating item, mirrors are used in any room— from the bathroom to the bedroom. Feng shui-wise, there are specific rules to the best use of mirrors in order to create good energy in your home. In addition to the fact that mirrors bring more light into any space, as well as visually make it look more spacious, mirrors bring the powerful presence of the Water feng shui element. As such, there are areas in your home that can much benefit from displaying a mirror or two, and there are also areas that will have better feng shui energy in them without a mirror.
The Earth element in interiors adds warmth to spaces, according to the philosophy of feng shui. The dirt or soil is what we commonly think of as what the earth is made of. When we feel ungrounded, one of the best things to do is to put your hands in the dirt, take a walk, or even lay on the ground. There is a grounding nature to the Earth. If you’ve been on a boat or plane for very long, it feels wonderful to simply feel the earth under your feet. This grounding nature of the Earth element is what adds a grounding energy to our spaces as well.
Lucky bamboo is considered one of the most fortuitous plants for bringing positive feng shui energies into your home or workspace. A symbol of good fortune, lucky bamboo balances all five elements. It is best when placed in the wealth corner of your home or workspace. The number of stalks the plant has will determine which aspects it brings the most luck to.

Plants in the workplace are also important for Feng Shui as they purify the air by lowering CO2 levels, and removing dust, mould, bacteria, and everyday toxins from electrical equipment from the air. This improves concentration, which boosts productivity. Some of the best Feng Shui plants to purify the air include the Peace Lily, Money Plant, and Ficus.
One thing you never want to place in a dining room is a clock. The presence of a clock in this room means you could run out of abundance as the clock ticks away or winds down. Some feng shui practitioners believe a clock in the dining room will lead to a rushed meal and be unhealthy. There are several other rooms where you can place a clock in your home.
Water represents wealth in Feng Shui. A lot of people ask me where the best place to locate a fountain for Feng Shui is. According to Feng Shui principles it’s advantageous to place a water element such as a fountain near the entry of your home. It can be just inside or just outside, but the most important part is that the water should be flowing towards the center of your home. That means that the wealth has the opportunity to pour into your life!
Feng shui of color is a fascinating topic to explore, as well as a very easy way to bring great energy into your home. Color is light, and light is what we absolutely need for our well-being, so the more colors you have in your space, the more vibrant energy you are creating. This sure does not mean we are back to kindergarten again (although notice how happy these little fellows usually are, swimming all day long in a sea of vibrant colors!) There is an art to choosing best colors for your home, a way to create harmony and a sense of well-being. Here’s where feng shui can be really helpful.
To create a space with good feng shui, the use of plants is absolutely necessary. If you want good garden feng shui, you must spend time creating the right mix of plants, and this mix should take note of orientations, shapes and colours. There are also auspicious and inauspicious plants and depending on where you live in the world, it is a good idea to examine the qualities that make a plant auspicious and the characteristics that make a plant inauspicious.

The bamboo is widely represented in Chinese art, literature and poetry and is believed to have the power to ward off malign spirits if displayed in the home in the form of, for example, wind chimes or flutes. It also symbolizes durability and endurance (because it flourishes throughout the year) and a bamboo clump on the left side of your home to signify the dragon is highly auspicious. Planted near the front of the home, it attracts auspicious Chi flows.

"In the bedroom, make it work by adding patterns into the mix, or painting only one wall black — the one behind the bed, as a grounding element," Frampton explains. Or add some luminosity, as seen here in a New York City kitchen Frampton designed: "This backsplash has an iridescent quality — as you move, the light catches it. That counteracts that black and softens the whole look."
All plants belong to the Wood element, and experts use them as a way to balance the elemental energy of a specific area. For instance, it can help boost the energy level of an area associated with wood, or weaken an area associated with water. But of course, there are other factors to consider when balancing the five elements, which we will discuss later.
EAST AND SOUTH EAST-  Use water or wood colors in the south east it enhances your wealth and accumulation of assets so that your net worth grows. It also ensures that you dont get poorer over the years. In the East the wood element enhances your health and longevity. This makes you full of vigor, vitality and you have a healthy body, mind and spirit.
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.

And, of course, because feng shui is all about energy, there is certainly a lot of emphasis on the actual energy of the plants, starting with their specific look and feel to one of the most important factors - their overall health. Having a popular feng shui plant such as the lucky bamboo, for example, struggling to survive, will be quite bad feng shui as compared to another plant with absolutely no specific feng shui reputation but with a vibrant, alive and joyful energy.
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]

"One of the biggest mistakes people make is choosing the color red because they've heard that it's a lucky color and it will 'ward off evil,'" says Benko. "While it's true that red is considered auspicious and it also has authoritative associations (walking the red carpet, wearing a red power tie), the bottom line simply comes down to your own personal connection to that color."


Make sure you have something representing the five elements — wood, earth, metal, fire, and water — in every room. The goal is to stay grounded, centered, and balanced in your life and your environment. For example, place a wooden bowl filled with stone pebbles alongside a candle and a vase of flowers. Or try to incorporate colors that symbolize the five elements:
Take a look at your kitchen cabinets and check to see if they are built up the ceiling or a soffit. It is good Feng Shui if there is no space above the kitchen upper cabinets. This space above the kitchen cabinets attracts dust and stagnant energy. The chi gets stuck there and encourages dead energy which may hold you back in your life. If there is a space, there’s a Feng Shui adjustment for you! Place some lighting, green plants (live or very realistic looking) or beautiful and loved objects in this location. These objects bring life to this area and transforms the energy.
Find out your Kua number and your lucky directions so that you can be energized by good energy from your best or lucky feng shui directions. Use these as a guide to adjust the position of things like your bed, your desk, or the seating in your dining area. For example, if your Kua number is 1, it is best to face one of the following directions: Southeast, East, South, or North.
As for which direction the toad should face, some experts say that the frog should face the inside of the house, while others say that it should face towards the front door. From how I read this, it seems that the toad should face towards the front door if its applicable. In other instances, such as placing the toad in a wealth area that’s away from the front door, it should face towards the inside of the house.
5. Improves Energy and Performance. Not only do plants improve concentration and productivity, it also gives you feelings of vitality and increased work performance. In a study conducted by Texas A&M University, they found that both women and men experienced increase in innovative thinking, creative performance, and problem solving with the presence of plants and flowers in the workplace.
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.
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.
"One of the easiest feng shui principles to remember is to not let clutter accumulate in your living room or in any room for that matter," says Cerrano. "Some may debate this and say it doesn't matter, and yet science has proven the negative mental and physical effect excess clutter has on the human mind and body," she elaborates. "Whatever you do not need, use, or love, let it go."
The Earth element in interiors adds warmth to spaces, according to the philosophy of feng shui. The dirt or soil is what we commonly think of as what the earth is made of. When we feel ungrounded, one of the best things to do is to put your hands in the dirt, take a walk, or even lay on the ground. There is a grounding nature to the Earth. If you’ve been on a boat or plane for very long, it feels wonderful to simply feel the earth under your feet. This grounding nature of the Earth element is what adds a grounding energy to our spaces as well.
The shape associated with the Earth element in feng shui is square or rectangle. Both have four corners and thus the number four is also associated with the Earth element. The number four is about grounding and foundation, which exemplifies the energy of the Earth element. If you look around your home, you will see that the square shape is quite common in interiors, i.e. tables, beds, and frames. This gives grounding to rooms and spaces.
The shape that represents the Water element in feng shui is a wavy or curvilinear shape. You can think of the typical shape drawn for a wavy ocean. Patterns with curves, such as paisley or scrolls, are examples of the Water element. Tables or sofas with a curvature shape would be a Water element, most likely mixed with another element such as wood or metal.
What I love about using the five elements to feng shui your home is that not only will your home feel good and have a healthy balance, but it will also look great too. Once you learn how each of the elements can be used in your everyday accessories and finishes, you can turn your house into a showroom. When you look at well-decorated spaces, you will notice that they consist of a blend of the five elements. Most decorators and designers are not aware that they are balancing the five elements. Instead, they are intuitively blending textures, shapes, and colors based on design principles. However, you can accomplish the same result by blending the five elements. In doing so, your home will look amazing and be a healing sanctuary for its occupants.
A mirror in the dining room is an excellent addition. The point of the mirror is to double the abundance that the dining table represents. The activity that takes place in the dining room is the feeding of the family. That means there is always enough food to accomplish this purpose. A mirror reflecting the table and any food served on it then symbolically doubles the amount of food.

While there is no hard and fast rule about a certain number of seated pieces in feng shui, the idea is to promote conversation and relationships by organized the furniture accordingly. In large rooms, grouping furniture in smaller clusters facilitates closer ties; in smaller living rooms, this arrangement just makes sense inherently. Don’t forget to include a surface for each seat on which inhabitants can place a book, a drink, a pair of glasses, or whatever they may need to set down.
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