Feng Shui is a method of appeasement to make at home a place of relaxation, peace and harmony by playing on the arrangement of furniture, the choice of colors, shapes and materials. This method developed a few decades ago now in France and is spreading more and more nowadays. Discover through this article the origins of Feng Shui and some elements you need to make your home a haven of peace.
Lilian Too’s books refer to the Feng Shui of the compass, it will help you with diagrams to analyze your interior to harmonize it at best. Here you will find the basics to better understand the Fengshuist philosophy.
Where does the Feng Shui trend come from ?
Legend has it that more than 6000 years ago, humans lived on the banks of the Lo River in China. But at one point because of floods and disasters, homes and crops were devastated. One day a man, named Fu Hsi, made his appearance and on his arrival the floods and disasters stopped mysteriously.
While one day he meditated along the river, he observed a turtle (animal sign of happiness in Asian countries) whose carapace had white and black dots. Moreover, when adding the points horizontally, vertically or diagonally, their sum was always equal to 15. Today, this is called the magic square and it is taught in many schools of Feng Shui.
Following this, the Chinese considered Feng Shui as a true philosophy of life that would allow them to live in harmony with nature and in a peaceful way. In Western countries, Feng Shui is a way to develop your living environment to achieve harmony, through the management of stress, prosperity, love …
The elements of Feng Shui
Feng and Shui signify Water and Wind, which are two main elements in this way of life and which materialize for the Chinese the energy of heaven and earth and their perpetual circulation. The belief of Feng Shui revolves around several things: the Chi, the balance between Yin and Yang (which refer to the white and black points of the turtle) and the theory of 5 elements including water and wind.
Chi refers to the energy that circulates in our body, our mind but also in the universe, the earth and in animals. When these energies circulate harmoniously around us, it has positive consequences for our life in general including our mind, our body, our thoughts, …
Chi is not a Feng Shui-only method, it is also used extensively for acupuncture or shiatsu, which are Chinese therapies to get rid of all the bad energies, toxins present inside us.
Yin and Yang:
Yin and Yang are also two fundamental principles of Feng Shui that represent the balance of contradictory impulses. These are two opposing forces that complement each other and therefore form an equilibrium. Yin, which is the shadow, represents kindness, femininity, night, interiority, whereas Yang, which is light, represents masculinity, day, warmth, the positive.
More generally, it is the Yin that relaxes, opens the mind and is therefore the creative side, easy and flexible while the Yang is the side tense, precise and fast. That is why it is very important to establish a certain agreement and energy balance in our mind or body but also in our places of life or even our life simply.
The 5 elements:
A harmonious and peaceful environment consists of five distinct elements. This theory of the five elements is based on the observation of nature, its functioning and its continual evolution. Each element corresponds to a season, a color, an atmosphere … And they all need others to exist or to destroy themselves, so they will create a cycle of creation.
The five elements are: water, wood, fire, earth and metal.
- Water gives birth to wood. It is associated with North and black.
- Natural wood allows the production of fire. It is associated with the East and the color green.
- The ashes created by fire are transformed into earth. It is associated with the South and the red color.
- The earth is at the origin of the metal. It is in the center and is associated with yellow.
- The metal feeds the water. It is associated with the West and the color white.
The Kua Pa / Bagua:
It is about 8 trigrams representing the 8 cardinal points but also the 8 aspirations of the life:
- north: professional life
- north East: Education and Knowledge
- east: family and health
- south east: wealth and prosperity
- south: notoriety
- South West: marriage and love
- west: children
- north west: friendships, mentor and communication
Once the Pa Kua placed on the map of your home, each sector can be activated by a “cure” element.
And don’t forget the 5 animals
Feng Shui also has 5 iconic animals that are considered protective: the turtle, the phoenix, the dragon, the tiger and finally the snake. Each of them symbolizes something and must be placed in a strategic place in a place of life to bring his good waves.
- The black turtle that symbolizes stability and winter. It is usually placed at the back of the house to protect against bad outside waves.
- The red phoenix symbolizes the future and the summer. He is most often placed in front of the house as a good luck charm.
- The green dragon represents health, work and spring. It is placed to the left of the house to ensure the harmony of the house and its inhabitants.
- The white tiger is associated with strength, relationship and autumn. It protects the woman and children by being placed to the right of the house.
- Finally, the yellow snake is the symbol of balance and perseverance. It makes the connection between all other animals Feng Shui thanks to its place in the center of the house.
How to arrange your home in a Feng Shui way?
In order to have a place of life or work Feng Shui way, there are some colors and some materials to put in place to respect the philosophy and achieve a certain balance between the Yin and Yang. In addition, the 5 elements mentioned above must be present in the room and distributed harmoniously according to our desires and the desired atmosphere in this room.
The main colors:
For a Feng Shui atmosphere, it is important to put colors that refer to Yin and Yang. The pastel colors are soothing and therefore correspond to Yin. They are generally used in quiet rooms and where one wishes to rest. Bright colors refer to the Yang and are energizing. These are used in active rooms and where we receive. But the most important thing is to have the respective colors of the atmosphere you wish to install.
The colors used most often are:
- the red which refers to the fire element and which represents love and dynamism,
- the purple that symbolizes spirituality and therefore will be very often placed in offices,
- the yellow that promotes relationships and joy. It will find its place in the children’s rooms or the living room,
- the blue that is the color of wisdom and serenity is why it will be used a lot for bathrooms or offices,
- pink is a soothing color and is therefore suitable for the bedroom or bathroom,
- the gray and purple symbols of concentration and intuition will find their place in an office
- green represents growth and youth is a soothing color that leads to creativity and will be perfect for a kitchen.
- and finally orange is a color of friendship and creativity, it also has an anti-depressive effect and will find its place in a child’s room, a living room, a kitchen or even an entrance.
On the other hand, some colors are to be avoided to have a good Feng shui at home because they can create feelings of emptiness, nostalgia or even of mystery. These colors are white, black and brown.
The layout of certain rooms:
It is now time to implement the colors mentioned above as well as some tips to have a place of life way Feng Shui. You should know that a great rule of feng shui is the need to tidy up. A tidy, clean space without broken objects is a place where the chi circulates freely.
The living room is a place where we welcome and exchange with family or friends. That’s why we will use warm colors with comfortable furniture and not messy. The brightness and the plants must be present in order to let good energy while remaining flexible to allow different moods.
The kitchen is place of creativity but also of sharing. It must be a user-friendly room but also easy to circulate and access. It must also be tidy. For this piece, several materials are well seen (wood, metal, tiles, …) but while remaining harmonious and without much to do. It will also focus on warm colors.
For the room, in order to let positive Feng Shui waves circulate, we will avoid overloading it and using too bright colors. The lighting must be adjustable while leaving a feeling of rest and serenity. It will be important for this room to use elements and colors with reference to Yin to create a peaceful atmosphere that inspires sleep. The location of the bed is very important, it must be away from the window and the door and must have the headboard against the wall.
Finally the bathroom must show the well-being and relaxation. For this piece, you can dare the colors and the materials you want while remaining in harmony. The main colors are neutral colors and pastels but we can very well contrast with colors much darker.
And you, dear Fuzzy, tell us if you use the Feng shui at home or if you are planning your place of work in a Feng Shui way and if it allows you to have better waves and you feel better.