To bring good vibes to your space, you might want to consider purging unwanted items from your bedroom. "If you store objects from your past or present that you do not associate with beneficial emotional memories or energetic frequencies, it could negatively influence your aura (energy field), dreams, emotions, and thoughts on a subconscious level," cautions Cerrano.
The main feng shui recommendation to deal with the negative energy of the annual feng shui star in the South area in 2019 is obvious: use a variety of Fire element decor such as candles, Himalayan salt lamps, fiery colors (red, purple, orange, magenta and yellow), images of fire, etc. A strong light source that is kept on most of the time is a very good feng shui cure for the South area in 2019.
"You should always be able to control the level of light in your bedroom," Brophy says. She recommends having lights on a dimmer, so you can have exactly as much or as little light as you want. "Lighting has such an effect on our moods and energy. I tell people to buy a few different kind of light bulbs and test them out," she says. "See what kind of light works best for you."
If you plan to reuse last year’s feng shui cures, be sure to cleanse them thoroughly. However, the best way to go is to purchase new feng shui cures to use as your annual 2019 feng shui cures. You can do that in any Chinatown, as well as many online stores (we certainly recommend our online feng shui store powered by amazon.com). Instead of dividing the info by good and bad 2019 feng shui areas, I will guide you step by step through all bagua areas to give you a good idea as to what is happening there in 2019. Let’s start in the East feng shui bagua area and move clockwise from there.
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:
The bagua is a nine-area grid, like a tic-tac-toe board, that lies over the floor plan of a building or a room. The areas of the bagua, each with associated elements, colors and shapes, correspond to aspects of a person’s life. The most important places to apply the bagua are in the home as a whole and in rooms where you spend a lot of time, with the bedroom being the most important. It is important to apply the bagua in offices, as well as dens or living rooms if you spend time there. Don’t apply the bagua to bathrooms, closets, halls, foyers and seldom-used rooms. Instead, look at where those rooms lie within the bagua of the home as a whole. It’s the presence of someone living in a space that matters when applying the bagua.
Purple’s not for everyone, and if it’s not for you, please skip on down to the next color. If you already like purple, or think you could be talked into it, read on. Purple is the color of royalty. That was the case in ancient China and in ancient Rome; in both cultures only royalty were allowed to wear purple. The island that produced purple dye (from seashells) was left off of the ancient Roman maps of the Mediterranean so that emperors could maintain their monopoly of the color.
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Brighter colors tend to shout out at you, which can amplify your emotions and give you more energy. They also reflect more light, which is known to disrupt your biological clock and keep you awake. If you desire to use bright colors, you may need to dim down the bedroom lights to balance out the brightness. Another method is to use the bright colors as accents rather than the main theme.
Regularly check the flow of chi at your house and personal office. A fresh and strong flow of chi, coupled with various feng shui wealth symbols, must be your goal if you are focused on attracting the energy of wealth and abundance. A good chi flow brings an upward moving energy with spaciousness, comfort, and a calming rhythm. For example, make sure hallways are clear of clutter and objects, with pleasant images on the wall.
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As you know, the native feng shui element of the South area is Fire, so this by itself is already weakening the negative Wood element energy of the visiting star. If you have done a good job with creating harmonious feng shui energy with Fire element decor that is needed in the South bagua area, the potentially negative energy that is present here in 2019 is already diminished.
In feng shui philosophy, a crystal represents the dispersing of energy because a clear, faceted crystal can indeed disperse energy—it can refract clear sunlight into rainbows. It can be a manufactured crystal (usually disco ball or octagon shaped) made of clear glass with a high lead content so that it makes rainbows in the sunlight. It can also be a natural, from-the-earth crystal but it must be quite clear or have rutilations that cause rainbows within the crystal. Keep the crystal clean so that it can sparkle. When placing a crystal, say out loud your rationale with words something like, “I am placing this crystal to disperse harsh energy from (name what the problem is) before it reaches people.”
My bagua number is 1 and I have to sleep in the west area of my home. South is my best direction. Please can you tell me what I can do to lessen the effects of the west area in 2017. My walls are cream, side tables are cream, and my bedspread is silver grey. I do have difficulty having a restful sleep and often wake up several times in the night. Please will you advise. The TV is covered overnight.
I decided to implement every single big-payoff tip to see what would happen. I put a cool-looking symbol under my bed that was supposed to bring me a husband (nope), did a ceremonial orange peel water sprinkling around my house to create good fortune (couldn’t tell the difference) and buried coins in rice in a big vase to bring money (also, no dice). I couldn’t understand why this stuff didn’t work for me.
Windows in the feng shui Money Corner are a potential problem because they represent opportunities for your wealth energy to leave the home. Put a clear, faceted crystal in the windows. The crystal symbolizes your wish that the wealth energy be dispersed back into the home before it leaves too quickly. Say out loud words to that effect. The crystal can sit on a ledge or hang. It could even be incorporated into a stained glass artwork. Don’t use small, inexpensive crystals for this purpose in the Wealth Corner. Use the largest crystal that will look appropriate in the window.
Two of the sneakiest drains on your finances are leaky faucets and toilets that leak or run all the time. Invest a few dollars to replace the system in your tank if your toilet doesn't drain and fill up properly. If faucets leak, replace worn washers or other plumbing parts. When you have leaky faucets and toilets, your finances are being syphoned off with unexpected expenses or a constant out flow of income and resources.
Although somewhat less important than the front door, the rest of the doors in the house symbolize the ease with which you flow through life and accomplish your intentions. So to minimize daily hassles, delays, and irritations, remove anything positioned behind doors in such a way that inhibits their full range of motion. In some cases, it can also feel better to remove hooks or racks from doors, specifically if they cause the door to feel heavier or more unwieldy.
In 2019 (chinese year of the earth pig ) ,hanging pictures of water, such as the beach, lakes, rivers, helps honor this element. A running fountain or an aquarium in the front section of your home also helps Ch’i flow wonderfully. By hanging a bamboo flute over the front door on the inside, it will bring blessings to you & your guests each time you enter or leave your home.
Using plants with red or purple flowers will add to the effect. Thorny plants or plants with stiff, pokey leaves should be avoided. Bamboo is considered very lucky in feng shui because of its strong growth. Bamboo is usually placed in a glass pot, but if your plant is placed in a ceramic pot, tie a metal coin to it. Your bamboo plant should have eight stalks, as eight is the most powerful number for wealth and abundance. A money plant also represents money and prosperity.
Mirrors are the absolute must-have feng shui wealth magnet for so many reasons! They bring more light, joy and the energy of the water feng shui element into any space. Mirrors also create beautiful pathways for new and joyful opportunities, just be sure to go for the best mirrors you can find; the ones that your heart adores and your room looks good in. Golden framing is obviously the best choice for the use of a mirror as a wealth feng shui cure.
This energy she speaks of, also known as chi, is the foundation of feng shui. Good quality chi in your home is believed to promote strong relationships, support health and wealth and contribute to a better sense of well-being. If your bedroom is cluttered, has too many bright colors and is positioned poorly, your feng shui (and sleep) will suffer. Here are some of Cho’s feng shui tips for building a peaceful bedroom for better sleep.
The entry and front door to your home represent the way you face the outside. It’s how the world sees you, like a first impression. Be sure to keep the area clean and clutter-free. This does not mean the entry must be completely empty; rather it’s about keeping only what you need there. So if it’s winter, it makes sense to hang your scarf, hat, and coat there. The interior and exterior entry should also be well lit (get some bright bulbs on a dimmer!). Lastly, be sure your door number is clean, hung straight, and easily visible. Auspicious opportunities need clear signage to find you! In addition, I often recommend a nice black rectangular welcome mat to attract good energy.
The far left corner of your backyard is also a feng shui Money Corner and should be maintained with special care. Make it inviting with plantings or a decorative object (such as a purple gazing ball) that draws the eye. Do not keep your garbage cans here, but it is fine to have a compost bin—you are making rich soil. One of my California clients had a locked shipping container permanently parked in the Money Corner of her backyard. She said it was full of old files and records, but that she had lost the key years ago. She was having a lot of trouble decluttering her home, and the stagnation in the Wealth Corner of her yard was exacerbating the situation. The feng shui solution in a case like that is a call to the locksmith.
The toilet holds a downward spiraling energy. When you close the lid, you are protecting chi (energy) from going down and away from you. Again, because of the water analogy, this is especially important! Listen to the language of our world and don’t “flush away” your finances. It’s also a good idea to tie red ribbons on the pipes behind the toilet, with the intention of protecting your finances once and for all.
Paint the walls of a missing southwest area in any of the earth or fire colors, such as earth tones or fire tones like red, purple, yellow, coral, or orange. However, be mindful to also create an opening, or some perspective, in the wall of the missing or incomplete bagua area. Often this is best done with art containing images of depth or visual pathways.
A wind chime disperses the energy of the wind as sound waves, according to the principles of feng shui and can be used instead of a crystal. (Using both a crystal and a wind chime is usually redundant and therefore only creates clutter.) But a wind chime can also attract energy because sound draws our attention. When we hear a sound, we look toward it. Attracting and dispersing are different ways of dealing with energy, and that’s one of the reasons it’s important to announce your purpose.
Any time you use a mirror that is larger than a coin there are several important considerations. Mirrors should not reflect a view of clutter, toilets or only the bottoms of stairs. If you can see part of yourself in a mirror, you must be able to see your head fully and completely; this is true for any adult in the household. Your image must not be distorted by such things as tinting, worn silvering or the cracks between mirror tiles. Finally, a mirror must never be positioned directly across from another mirror. If nothing else, cover one of the mirrors so they do not reflect each other.
There are many ways you can use feng shui to attract wealth, prosperity, and abundance. One simple method is to decorate your home and office with feng shui money cures that appeal to your taste and suit the overall decor. Start by locating your feng shui money area, and be sure to take very good care of it so that the energy in your space feels fresh and vibrant.
Yin and yang are the two divisions of the ancient Chinese system for categorizing energy and objects, with nothing being totally yin, nor totally yang. They are used to connect ideas and unify knowledge, but not to judge good and bad. The yin/yang symbolizes a very basic concept, balance—a balance that changes, yet stays even. In feng shui, this concept is used to create spaces that feel balanced, not extreme nor excessive.
"Family pictures don't belong in the bedroom," says Whitehurst. "It's the most intimate room in the house and should be reserved for you and your partner." Pictures of children, relatives, and friends may cause you to think about your obligations — and that doesn't allow the mind (or body) to rest. So keep only pictures of you and your spouse or partner in the bedroom, and put other pictures in the dining or family rooms.
Be aware of the position of the windows. If you can, try to avoid placing your bed between the window and a door, or you'll be in the middle of the "draught" of chi running between these two places. If you can't avoid it, just make sure you have nice, pleasant curtains to block some of the bad energy. You should also avoid sleeping facing the window, if you can, or your sleep won't be as restful.
Sometimes the simplest tips are the best. Simply clearing your clutter increases your confidence, which in turn gives your success and prosperity a generous boost. Additionally, letting go of what you don’t actually want creates plenty of space for what you do want. In other words, you create an energy vacuum into which wealth and resources instantly and naturally begin to flow. (Overwhelmed? Here are some places to start.)
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Smell: I advise using essential oils in an ultrasonic diffuser or in a candle diffuser (most wax candles these days are packed with synthetic fragrances). Limit it to a few drops of oil in diluted in water, and don't leave them diffusing for more than an hour or two. They are potent! I love lavender and jasmine oils for a calming smell before bed. If I have a cough, I'll go with ravintsara or eucalyptus. Looking to amp up the sexual energy? Check out cinnamon, ylang-ylang, and best of all, winter savory.
I could also build a L-shaped wardrobe in one side of the bed instead, if I don’t place the bed in the middle of the wall, which would create extra space in one side (the bed wouldn’t be squished into a corner, but there would be a considerable difference between the space in one side and the other; let’s say 4 feet in one side and 2 feet in the other side). In your opinion, which scenario would be most optimal? Any remedy for possible issues or variables to avoid?
These artworks can range from paintings to other types of home décor. As mentioned earlier, they are most suitable for the bedroom and sometimes the bathroom. Artworks with a pair of Mandarin Ducks are the most popular, well known, and widely used traditional feng shui cure for love. I personally suggest that you pick the artwork that you have the most feel for.
Who has not heard of Feng Shui symbols like chinese dragon, laughing buddha or phoenix ? Some of the feng shui symbols are well known like mandarin ducks or the lucky bamboo. Whether you use feng shui symbols as gift or as an expression of good wishes you must know where to place it. Otherwise they cannot fullfill the great promise of their meaning.
The Solution: If you have that configuration in your kitchen, no need to gut renovate just yet. Instead, put a wood element between the sink and stove—water feeds wood, and wood feeds fire. So in this case, wood acts like a mitigating element between the two opposing forces. Wood is also represented by the color green in feng shui, which can be used instead of the actual material.