You Want to Use Feng Sh’what? – Part 2
Explaining Some Things You’ve Heard About Feng Shui
Have you ever tried a Feng Shui cure that didn’t work? Hmm… what was your source of information? What was your intention? It’s certain understandable that you want to utilize a system that creates harmonious and beneficial spaces to live and work. Today, we’ll share some more info on the common “Feng Shui” practices of which you might have heard.
This is a Compass Feng Shui tradition. There are 24 directions (or 24 Mountains of the Lou pan.). Degrees on the (360 degree) compass change every 15 degrees. Your home, and therefore your front door can face these particular directions which may attract 1.) wealth and a good career, 2.) a good partnership and health, 3.) both, or 4.) neither. Wouldn’t we all want to attract both wealth, a good career, health, and a good partnership if we are building our dream home?
What colors are considered “auspicious?”
Red is an auspicious color, connoting happiness, warmth (fire,) strength and fame. In China, brides wear red, new fathers give out red eggs, and red envelopes with money in them are given on Chinese New Year’s. Just like any interior designer will tell you, however, a little red goes a l-o-n-g way. Auspicious red (defined as conducive to success; favorable) is used in the Li gua (Fame & Reputation area) of the home or business. It represents Fire in the Five Element Cycle, and summer in the seasons. It can turn into infamy if you use too much, so be aware of this.
Canary yellow is also an auspicious color. Again, a little goes a long way. The famous Forbidden City uses a lot of this yellow with the previously mentioned red in combination. Emperors in China enveloped themselves in gold robes embroidered with a gold dragon, giving them a sense of tolerance, patience and wisdom. Yellow is also the main color of the Health Gua (area) in the center of the Ba-gua, inspiring the healing qualities of nature. Furthermore, it is the representation of Earth in the Five Element Cycle.
Purple is an equally auspicious color, inspiring respect. It represents high nobility, power, wealth, and good fortune. It’s the color of the Hsun gua (Wealth area) of any building.
Other Chinese Color Associations:
Green represents tranquility, hope and freshness. It is represented in the Jen gua (Family area) and the Wood in Five Element Cycle. The season spring is characterized in the varying shades of this hue.
Blue has several associations: it is associated with the wood element, symboling spring, new growth, and hope. It is associated with the Gen gua (Knowledge area) symbolizing self-cultivation and wisdom. It is, however also linked with mourning in China.
Blue-Green, Aqua, or Teal are more auspicious than blue, being closely aligned to the colors of nature and spring. The Chinese word for this hue is Ch’ing, which can mean blue sky, bamboo green, or the green of frogs. In general, ch’ing represents verdant youth.
Black (or any dark color) gives a sense of depth in mood or perspective. It is associated with the Kan gua (Career area) and represents the season of winter, as well as Water in the Five Element Cycle. Black can also indicate a lack of hope, making us feel low and depressed when used too much.
Gray is an ambiguous color, and is dependent on an individual’s perspective. Gray can be a dismal cloudy day, or a marriage of opposites: black and white. It is associated with the Chyan gua (Helpful People/Travel area) of the Ba-gua.
Brown gives us a weighty feeling, and can be used to stabilize aspects of life. It symbolizes the depth and roots of plants and trees (wood.) It gives us the sense timelessness- it’s been there for a long time and will live into the distant future.
Tan can represent a new successful beginning, yet can also constitute the passing of life if used too much. (Think about the color a plant turns when it dies.)
Orange is a mixture of red and yellow, is auspicious and is therefore instilled with happiness and power. The fruit orange is often used in ceremonies to promote positive experiences in the future.
Pink represents love and feelings of joy, happiness, and romance. It is associated with the Kuen gua (Partnership area) of the Ba-gua.
Peach is the color of attraction and love, being a great color for single people who are desiring a partner. It can be a destructive color to married couples, as it can bring, among other things, a third party to break up a partnership.
White is associated with the Dwei gua (Children area) of the Ba-gua, and the Metal element within the Five Element Cycle. While it’s an important to use some white in your attire and decor, you don’t want to use too much. It represents, among other things, death in Chinese culture, so a Chinese bride would never wear white like those in our Western culture.
Today we covered a home’s placement, auspicious colors, other colors and their meanings. On June 6, we’ll cover the significance of bamboo, indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a few other “cures” you may have heard. On May 9 we covered doors and windows, as well as why Feng Shui can be so confusing, so be certain to go back and read that entry if you missed it. Interested in a consultation? Check out this website: https://TFI.design/contact