Applying feng shui basics in the home isn’t that complicated. There are some simple ways in which you can use the ancient practice to make your home flow with positive energy.
In Feng Shui, the whole house is viewed as being connected. So even though you get good vibes from your living room, neglecting other rooms can contribute to the overall house itself. Feng Shui can become very complex, but there is no need to become overwhelmed when you can easily start with the Feng Shui basics.
These are some basic feng shui practices that, once you know, can easily be applied to make your home as well as your life abundant with positive chi.
Feng Shui Basics – 3 Power Principles of Feng Shui
Chi is energy. It is the constantly moving and changing life force that we feel around us making us feel either good or bad in a certain location. Chi can accumulate in the objects around you. In your home or office, the chi will flow in through the door and out through the windows. The goal of Feng Shui improvements (or “cures”) is to keep the chi flowing gently throughout your environment rather than running straight through it. Chi can have a negative effect on your surroundings when it gets stuck or blocked.
The Five Elements
The Five Elements is the collective name used to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. The Elements are: Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood. Each Element is distinguished by a characteristic shape, colors, and set of attributes. Feng Shui improvements for homes and offices balance all of these Elements in your interior environment.
The Bagua is the chart used to map the areas of a home or office and determine where to locate the objects and colors that represent the Five Elements. The traditional bagua is an octagon (the word bagua means “8-sided” in Chinese). Modern approaches to Feng Shui use a grid-shaped chart to map nine areas of your life:
Light, Air and Feng Shui
One of the main aspects of Feng Shui is to make sure you have enough high quality ventilation as well as natural lighting. It is believed that Chi flows with the aid of air as well as natural light. Due to this, it is essential that these two elements are in balance to let the Chi flow to it’s best level. You will need to open windows in the house often to allow good energy into your home, as well as keeping doors open in the home to allow the energy to pass from too to room.
This is why the use of plants is a big focus in Feng Shui. Plants will naturally purity your air, maintaining high oxygen levels. You may also consider using an air purifier to help with this. Always remember to allow as much natural light into your home as possible. This enables good energy to fill your home, and also helps on many different levels to keep you happy and healthy. One such element is allowing your circadian rhythm (sleep-wake) cycle to operate the way it’s supposed to.
Unclutter Your Home
As we’ve talked about, In the art of feng shui, energy needs to flow unobstructed through space and all of life. Health and happiness is created by smooth circulation of good chi, where as problems will appear from stagnation, confusion and high levels of bad chi.
When you’re disorganized or ‘cluttered’, energy flies all over the place with no purpose. There’s no smooth flow of good chi; energy isn’t replenished, negative feelings become common place. Disorganization can lead to a weakened focus, a scattered mind, anxiety, mis-communication and feelings of stressed. The phrase “An organised desk leads to an organised mind” has just as much meaning in Feng Shui as it does in your work life.
Clutter is a known obstacle to the flow of chi. It can have an effect on peoples health as well as their overall energy levels and quality of life. Too much clutter can drain your energy, leaving your tired and sluggish, as well as obstructing good energy from flowing through your house and life. Getting rid of the clutter, frees good energy as well as making you feel more organised as a person. By clearing clutter and getting rid of stuff you have for the sake of it, you are creating a harmonious environment in your home, abundant with good energy.
Know Your Feng Shui Birth Element
Another aspect of Feng Shui is knowing your birth element. This increases your ability to achieve balance in your home and life. There is a specific element that corresponds with your birth year, knowing this enhances your grasp on Feng Shui by helping you decide on the best approach to achieve perfect balance. Use your feng shui birth element to introduce different expressions of the element into your life. This can be achieved through the use of colors and symbols that complement the element of your birth year.
Use the chart below to identify your birth element. Remember the Chinese new year falls on a different date, usually in January or February, so make sure you pick the right year depending on were New Year fell on that specific year.
Know Your Kua Number
Similar to the birth element, each person has their own Kua number, that corresponds to your date of birth and gender. This Kua number gives more information into a persons energy needs. As taught by the Feng Shui school ‘The Flying Stars’ people will be in one of two energy groups; east or west.
Those in the East Group will have the kua numbers of 1, 3, 4 or 9. Those in the West group will have the Kua numbers of 2,6,7 or 8. Use your kua number to determine the best directions and orientation of structures such as where your home faces. This allows the best energy to flow through the structure. These feng shui basics can help you start off in making your life and home flow with good chi.
Calculate your Kua Number:
Take the last two numbers of the year you were born and add them together. Reduce them down to a single digit. For example if you were born in 1957 then you take the 57; 5+7=12; 1+2=3.
MALE – take the single digit and subtract it from 10. Example: 1957 single number of 3; 10-3=7. The Kua number is 7.
FEMALE – take the single digit and add 5. Using the 1957 single number of 3; 3+5=8. The Kua number is 8.
What your Kua Number Represents:
- Name – Kan
- Trigram Form – 2 broken lines separated by a solid line
- Growth Direction – North
- Element – Water
- Color – Black
- Form – Water and Moon
- Bagua Area – Career
- Name – Kun
- Trigram Form – 3 broken lines
- Growth Direction – Southwest
- Element – Earth
- Color – Pink
- Form – Earth
- Bagua Area – Love, Marriage, Romance and Relationships
- Name – Chen (Zhen)
- Trigram Form – 2 broken lines followed by a solid line
- Growth Direction – East
- Element – Wood
- Color – Green
- Form – Thunder
Bagua Area – Family and Health
- Name – Sun (Xun)
- Trigram Form – 2 solid lines followed by a broken line
- Growth Direction – Southeast
- Element – Wood
- Color – Purple
- Form – Wind
Bagua Area – Prosperity and Abundance
The 5 Kua is representative go the centre. It is a special number. When getting a five, the female gets the male ken trigram – number 8. The male gets the female Kun – number 2. Look at these numbers to see what they represent.
- Name – Chien (Qian)
- Trigram Form – 3 solid lines
- Growth Direction – Northwest
- Element – Metal
- Color – Silver and Gray
- Form – Heaven
- Bagua Area – Helpful People and Travel
- Name – Tui (Dui)
- Trigram Form – a broken line followed by 2 solid lines
- Growth Direction – West
- Element – Metal
- Color – White
- Form – Marsh (Lake)
- Bagua Area – Children and Creativity
- Name – Ken (Gen)
- Trigram Form – a solid line followed by 2 broken lines
- Growth Direction – Northeast
- Element – Earth
- Color – Blue
- Form – Mountain, Youth
- Bagua Area – Knowledge, Skills, Wisdom and Intelligence
- Name – Li
- Trigram Form – 2 solid lines separated by a broken line
- Growth Direction – South
- Element – Fire
- Color – Red
- Form – Brightness, the Sun
- Bagua Area – Fame and honour
These are the basics of Feng Shui and knowing these will get you off to a great start. Take some time to identify you Birth Element and Kua Numbers. They will help you as you delve deeper into the art of Feng Shui. If you’re interested in learning more on Feng Shui Basics, here’s an excellent video: