Feng Shui Grid
This type of grid is available in many black hat books but hasn't been used in many, if any, Chinese (or Eastern) Feng Shui books. I have created my own. You place this grid down on a scale drawing of your home using precise compass directions. You can then divide the home up the same way the grid is and each square provides you with a cheat list of what goes into that sector to energize it. Feng Shui made 'easy'.
If you prefer Black Hat, or western Feng Shui, you place the bottom of the grid along the wall with your front door and divide the house up and follow the grid.
Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is sometimes called the ‘Ancient Chinese art of Placement’. There are many components to Feng Shui and two distinctly different styles used. The short version of what the words Feng and Shui mean is ‘wind’ and ‘water’. Feng Shui originally began as yin Feng Shui or Feng Shui for gravesites. The burial sites of ancestors were of great importance as they played a large roll in the future prosperity and well-being of the family. Feng Shui has grown over the thousands of years to include Feng Shui for the home, grounds, offices and even boats. I can’t imagine the difficulty in trying to find a compass reading for a boat.
At one point in Feng Shui’s history there were books written that contained false Feng Shui information to render it ineffective to the masses trying to use it for themselves. The people who were knowledgeable about Feng Shui (the rich and powerful) wanted to keep this information for themselves.
Today there is much written and each of us decides on our own what is valid and what isn’t. We advise finding a few writers that you like and work your way through their information. A decision must be made between the two distinct styles of Feng Shui. The first is Traditional Chinese or Compass Feng Shui. It is believed to be several thousand years old and everything is based on compass directions and the energy flow. This is not as difficult to do as it may sound as you only need to take a compass reading on your house once. The second type is called Black Sect Tantric Buddhism Feng Shui or Black Hat for short. This style of Feng Shui was created by Professor Lin Yun. There is no compass used rather the bagua which is laid over the home and based on the location of the front door.
Of course an alternative would be to simply have a consultation done. The cost for consultations varies from city to city and the different practitioners.
The use of symbolic objects is considered a large and important part of Feng Shui today. Symbolic objects are an invaluable tool for enhancing wealth, love, career, family, etc. Most people who practice Feng Shui have at least one symbolic object! Some of us have a great many more.
FENG SHUI SYMBOLISM AND DEFINITIONS
This very wonderful plant has many Feng Shui uses. Bamboo is believed to have the power to dissolve Shar Chi. Planting a small grove of bamboo in the east will enhance longevity and good health. Small varieties of Bamboo can be grown in the house as a houseplant, so placing the plant in the east would be very good feng shui and a great alternative if you don’t live in a home with a yard.
Tie three coins, yang side up (side with four characters), with red ribbon. This creates money luck. Put them on your computer, files, deposit books, place in purse, wallet, (but not with the credit cards, we don’t want to enhance debt) and especially in your SE corner. Place in red Chinese envelopes for added power and tuck around your house.
The Dragon is the ultimate symbol of good fortune. It is best placed in the east but almost anywhere will bring good fortune. Do not place in the bedroom or bathroom. The bathroom is so negative that the Dragon cannot be placed in front of it or even looking at it. We have heard some real stories about the folly of ignoring this piece of advice.
The wonderful, and our favorite, Dragon Horse is the symbol of enormous riches, prosperous children, longevity and ‘great spiritual wisdom’. The Dragon Horse is a fabulous creature for your feng shui in that it will create luck in the sector they are displayed.
Fu Dogs (lions) are a symbol of protection and are most commonly displayed on either side of the driveway, entryway, etc. There is no particular ‘best’ place in the house and most rooms would be excellent. They are however too yang for the bedroom.
Kwan Kung is often referred to as the God of Wealth. Kwan Kung is also a powerful symbol of protection, used by people such as politicians, leaders and business people. I have even heard a rumor that he is the symbol used by the Triad. Display on a high table or shelf preferably facing toward the front door. Do not place on the same level as a Buddha.
The Laughing Buddha is considered both the Buddha of Wealth and Happiness. He is often shown with a bag and/or sitting on a bed of gold ingots and Chinese coins. The bag could either be to take your troubles away for you, or to bring wealth, as in a bag of gold. You should place his image in the living room facing your front door. This Buddha should be as large as you can manage. Auspicious energy is believed to radiate from his image. Stroke his big belly every day. It will make you smile.
Three Legged Toad
This is a very popular and powerful symbol of wealth. There are as many placements for the toads as there are feng shui writers and consultants. I have found that the best placement for me is in the living room facing toward the centre of the room. Another is by the front door, but not facing it. Lillian Too has nine in her living room.
The fruit of immortality is a symbol of longevity. Whenever the issue of health comes up, this is the symbol that we recommend. It is especially auspicious for married people to display peaches.
This is Lillian Too's favorite wealth symbol. The ship must be placed facing inward rather than heading toward the door. Place on a low table such as a coffee table. If you have an office, place one there. Fill the deck of the ship with gold ingots and coins. Real gold would be excellent, so you could use any gold coins that you have, but also any old gold jewellery, with or without precious gems, could be put in the ship too.
The Three Star Gods or Fuk Luk Sau
The three Star Gods, Fuk, Luk and Sau represent wealth and prosperity, rank and authority and longevity. Place them in the dining room or on a table facing the front door. It is perfect to elevate them, such as on a china cabinet or side table in the dining room.
Recipe for a Wealth Bowl
Choose a bowl that is rounded and narrows at the top to ‘hold the wealth in’. The materials best used are ceramic and good crystal. At Dragon Horse Feng Shui we have a potter who makes these bowls for us. The bowl should be filled to the very top with a mixture of the following. Please have fun with this. The rules aren’t that hard and fast. People have come into the store and had wonderful ideas and suggestions for objects placed in their bowls.
·In the bottom of the bowl you start with coins tied with red ribbon. They should be in threes or nines. ·Start placing objects in the bowl and while you are you will be filling in around the bowl with semi-precious stones. The mix we use at the store is jade, clear quartz, carnelian, tiger eye, citrine, amethyst, moonstone and rose quartz. If you simply can’t afford this quantity of semi-precious stones, in their place you can use uncooked rice. ·Natural crystals will energize the bowl, so put a few in as you fill the bowl. ·If you have access to it, get some garden soil from the yard of a person you admire greatly or who has reached the level of attainment that you hope to achieve. Place in the red Chinese envelope and put in bowl. ·Nine Chinese coins tied with red ribbon and placed in a red Chinese envelope. ·Real money in denominations of 8 or 9. For example, $9.99, $8.99, etc. If you are trying to enhance another currency, it is a great idea to use the currency of that country. Place it in a red Chinese envelope. ·You can use the eight treasures, although some of them can be hard to find. They are a pair of elephants, a horse, the never-ending knot, double fish symbol, a shell, a canopy (use one of those little umbrellas from a drink as the canopy can be an umbrella), lotus and a vase. If you can only find one or a few, don’t worry it’ll still work. You don’t have to follow exactly, and have fun and use things that you have, like gold jewellery that you don’t wear anymore, a coin set, etc. ·Gold ingots are Chinese New Year decorations that represent wealth. They are perfect for the wealth bowl and Chinese New Year. In addition to their being available on this website, you will find them in Chinatowns everywhere at Chinese New Year. ·The finished bowl should be placed in a relatively private part of your home and not on display. I know they are beautiful and you want to show it off, but resist that urge. Discretion with this is important. So put it in your bedroom or home office if it isn’t public.
Just before Chinese New Year empty the bowl and clean it. Then you can renew the contents. Change the soil if you like, use new coins, etc. It is a symbolic refreshing for the wealth bowl. Follow your own instincts about what if anything needs to be changed. Soak the semi-precious stones and crystals in salt water to ‘cleanse’ them.
About the Chinese New Year
A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s Day. The Chinese New Year is a celebration of change ... out with the old and in with the new!
The Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year because it is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. It usually occurs in January or February. On Feb 3, 2011 Chinese communities around the world will ring in the Year of the Rabbit.
In the Far East, this is also the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Farmers take this opportunity to welcome spring as they plant for the new harvest. Thus, the Lunar New Year is also called the Spring Festival.
The events that occurred during New Year’s Day may impact your life for the rest of the year. Be careful in your actions. Be selective with what you eat. Greet people who will bring you joy. To ensure a prosperous and healthy year, you should enhance and stimulate positive energy flow at home, at your business and at work.
Everything associated with the New Year's Day should represent good fortune. To single people, good fortune may mean love and romance. Good fortune may mean good grades to students, children for families, jobs for the unemployed and health for the sick.
To help you find your fortune in the New Year, we have put together the following Chinese New Year traditions and customs.
BEFORE NEW YEAR'S EVE
The celebration actually starts on New Year's Eve with the family or ‘reunion’ dinner. By New Year’s Eve, you should have done the following:
·Clean the entire home to get rid of all the things that are associated with the old year. ·Put away all brooms and cleaning supplies. ·Pay all your debts. ·Resolve differences with family members, friends, neighbours and business associates.
(Note: Very few modern families follow all the "cleaning" traditions.)
Buy the following:
·Red money envelopes ·Oranges, kumquats and/or tangerines ·Circular candy tray ·Flowers (especially plum blossom, peach blossom, water lily) ·A new set of clothes and shoes for children, preferably something red or orange. ·Get new dollar bills from the bank. Insert the new dollar bills into the red envelopes. (In Canada Loonies, our one dollar coin, would be just fine) Now the red envelope is called a lee see or lucky money envelope.
ON NEW YEAR’S EVE:
·Get together with close family members for the "reunion" dinner. ·Pay respect to ancestors and household gods. Acknowledge the presence of ancestors because they are responsible for the fortunes of future generations. ·Open every door and window in your home at midnight to let go of the old year.
ON NEW YEAR’S DAY:
Decorate your home with symbols of good fortune. Here are some suggestions:
·Colours: Bright red (happiness); gold/orange (wealth & happiness). ·Fruits: Oranges, kumquats and tangerines (good health & long life); tangerines with leaves intact (long lasting relationships; fruitful and multiply as in having children); persimmons (happiness and wealth). ·Circular candy tray (candy for sweet and circular for togetherness). ·Flowers: If flowers bloom on New Year’s Day, it will be a prosperous year. ·Red banners or couplets with New Year wishes and symbols of good fortune in gold. ·Here are some suggestions for food: ·Jai - a combination of food that represents good fortune. Jai comprises of ginkgo nut, black moss, dried bean curd, bamboo shoots, vermicelli and scallion. ·Fish and chicken represent prosperity. Always present the fish and chicken as a whole. Do not cut them in pieces. The head, tail and feet (for chicken) must be presented to symbolize completeness. ·Noodles represent longevity. Again, they should not be cut. ·Desserts include oranges, Chinese New Year cake (ni gao) and prosperous cakes (they look like golden nuggets).
DO’S & DON'T’S on NEW YEAR’S DAY:
·Do greet others with "Gung Hey Fat Choy" which means "Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth". ·Give two lee see’s to each child. Because happiness comes in two’s, do not just give one. This is your way of passing good luck to the next generation. Business owners also give lee see’s to employees and associates. ·Wear brand new clothes - preferably in red. Children should wear new clothes and new shoes ·Don’t wash your hair. ·Don’t sweep the floor. ·Don’t greet people who are in mourning. ·Don’t drop your chopsticks. ·Don’t say the number ‘four’ (Chinese homonym for death) or mention death. ·Don’t borrow or lend money.
As you prepare for this important holiday, think of the changes you want to make in your life ... perhaps spend more time with your family, reduce your credit card debts or pursue a new interest. Gung Hey Fat Choy ... and Happy New Year!
House Sale Feng Shui
(or How to sell a house quickly!!)
Inside a red envelope place:
-A piece of metal from the kitchen (tin foil)
-Some earth from your garden
-A sliver of wood from your baseboard
Throw the envelope into a fast moving river.
It has worked every time!!!
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