Feng Shui | Part 1 - Colours

I'm guessing you are thinking: "why on Earth does Lauren want to learn about an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China called Feng Shui?" Well my dears, let me just tell you that everything and anything interests me - even the minute thing in the world, I will want to learn about it. I want to learn about Feng Shui because it is all about the energy in your home and what can give off good feng shui. It can affect your day to day life and you, who haven't learnt or heard of Feng Shui, may not even notice. Your problems can simply be sold by Feng Shui, if it is indeed real. I damn hope it's real!

Before we get started I just want to say that I got all this information off a website so it is mostly all copy and paste. I have changed some of it so it is easier to understand and more on my level of English - I hope you understand it.

What is Feng Shui? 
This is a simple question that can be difficult to answer. Feng shui is an ancient art and science developed over 3,000 years ago in China. It is a complex body of knowledge that reveals how to balance the energies of any given space to assure health and good fortune for people inhabiting it.

Feng means wind and shui means water. In Chinese culture wind and water are associated with good health, thus good feng shui came to mean good fortune, while bad feng shui means bad luck, or misfortune.

Feng shui is based on the Taoist vision and understanding of nature, particularly on the idea that the land is alive and filled with Chi, or energy.

The ancient Chinese believed that specific land's energy could either make or break the kingdom, so to speak. The theories of yin and yang, as well as the five feng shui elements, are some of the basic aspects of a feng shui analysis that come from Taoism.



Here is the color correspondence of each of the five feng shui elements:
  • WOOD: Green, Brown
  • FIRE: Red, Strong Yellow, Orange, Purple, Pink
  • EARTH: Light Yellow, Sandy/Earthy, Light Brown
  • METAL: White, Grey
  • WATER: Blue, Black
Knowing how to use color to strengthen and balance the energy of your home is a complex feng shui subject, but there are always basics to it. The right placement of feng shui colors is defined by the Bagua, or the feng shui energy map of your space.

What is Bagua?
It literally means '8 Areas.'

Feng shui bagua (also called ba-gua or pakua) is one of the main tools used in feng shui to analyze the energy of any given space, be it home, office or garden. Basically, bagua is the feng shui energy map of your space that shows you which areas of your home or office are connected to specific areas of your life.

You need to first take a compass reading of the area of the bagua before you start your reading. This will show you the location of different feng shui areas in your home or office. Each of the 8 feng shui areas, or directions, has a specific feng shui element, feng shui colour, as well as life area connected to it.

Here are the fend Shui areas of your Bagua:
  • North (compass reading from 337.5 to 22.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Water
    Colors: Blue and Black
    Life Area: Career & Path in Life

  • Northeast (compass reading from 22.5 to 67.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Earth
    Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
    Life Area: Spiritual Growth & Self-Cultivation

  • East (compass reading from 67.5 to 112.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Wood
    Colors: Brown and Green
    Life Area: Health & Family

  • Southeast (compass reading from 112.5 to 157.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Wood
    Colors: Brown and Green
    Life Area: Money & Abundance

  • South (compass reading from 157.5 to 202.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Fire
    Colors: Red, Orange, Purple, Pink and Bright Yellow
    Life Area: Fame & Reputation (a better translation is "The Light Within You")

  • Southwest (compass reading from 202.5 to 247.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Earth
    Colors: Beige, Light Yellow, and Sandy/Earthy
    Life Area: Love & Marriage

  • West (compass reading from 247.5 to 292.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Metal
    Colors: White and Gray
    Life Area: Creativity & Children

  • Northwest (compass reading from 292.5 to 337.5)
    Feng Shui Element: Metal
    Colors: White and Grey
    Life Area: Helpful People, Blessings & Travel
The energy of the South feng shui bagua area is connected to your Fame & Reputation energy. A better translation, actually, is the Light, or Fire Within. The energy of the South feng shui bagua area is also connected to the image you project to other people, or your identity in the eyes of others, as well as to how well you are able to maintain your own Light - your identity and values.

The feng shui element of South is Fire, and the feng shui colors that express it are red, purple, pink, strong yellow and orange. Obviously, you want to keep your fire energy strong, which means it is best to avoid many blue or black color decor items in the South feng shui bagua area of your space.

Why would you avoid blue and black color scheme in the South bagua area? Because blue and black colors have the energy of the Water feng shui element, and Water puts down the Fire element of the South in the destructive cycle of five feng shui elements.

Here Are Some Easy Feng Shui Color Tips For Your Home:

  • Color Green is excellent for improving health and balancing family life when used in the East feng shui bagua area of your home.
  • Color Blue is a very good feng shui choice in the North bagua area to support the energy of your career growth or in the East (Health/Family) and Southeast (Wealth/Money) to water and nourish the Wood feng shui element.
  • Have some strong Yellow in the South feng shui bagua area for happy gatherings and good times.
  • Pure White in the West feng shui bagua area (Creativity & Children) will bring supportive energy for all your creative endeavors.
Before using specific colors in your home as feng shui cures, be sure to study the light patterns throughout the day in the room. Would the color feel good in the morning? How about at night with artificial lighting?

Be sure the chosen feng shui color has a good relationship with the other "inhabitants" of your home, such as your furniture pieces, decor objects, art, etc. You would like all of them to have a good time, rather than argue and continuously fight for your attention!

(...To be continued...)

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