You Want to Use Feng Sh’what? – Part 3
Explaining Some Things You’ve Heard About Feng Shui
Have you always wanted to try a Feng Shui cure but been nervous about its consequence? Who wouldn’t want to utilize a system that creates harmonious and beneficial spaces to live and work, yet might seem fake, or a lot of hocus pocus? It is an art and science that’s at least 7,000 years old. Today, we’ll share some info on the common “Feng Shui” practices of which you might have heard.
Three Lemons in a Bowl
Although this cure (solution) isn’t a part of the BTB traditions that are practiced by this firm, 3 is an important number in Feng Shui. It represents heaven, man and earth, among other things. There are many cures that involve 3, 6, 9 and 27 items in Feng Shui. All citrus fruits are considered auspicious, so oranges, lemons, and limes can be used for many cures.
The Significance of Bamboo
Bamboo by its nature tends to bend but not break, and is the visual representation of the Wood Element: being flexible enough to adapt your goals as necessary. It was also used in ancient times as swords or arrows to protect oneself from attackers, so plants are used today for protection from the outside world. In general it represents fidelity and peace.
Plants That Bring Good Fortune
Plants are wonderful in general to have in your home and garden. Something I didn’t realize until I studied Feng Shui was that many plant species originally came from Asia, and were initially shared with neighboring cultures in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. In the sixth century C.E., plants were transported by seafarers to India, East Africa, and Arabia. Eventually, European botanists unknowingly gave them misleading specific names such as armeniaca, indica, persica, and syriaca.
Avoid plants with prongs, thorns, or anything that can poke or scratch a person. Therefore, cactus are to be avoided. Outdoors, you want to carefully place these plants so that you can enjoy them… from a distance
Orchids: bring a sense of decorum and formality to your home. You could place one in the Partnership gua if you want to attract a partner who likes to attend the opera, the symphony, art galleries, ballet performances, etc.
Money Tree: used to attract wealth and prosperity, so it’s best placed in the Wealth gua. The base of a money tree has several smaller twisted branches entwined together, and is not the silver dollar plant you often see shown as the “money tree.”
Pothos: can enliven an area with stagnant Ch’i/energy in your home. It’s super easy to grow, and can survive some neglect.
Lucky Bamboo: is actually is Dracaena sanderiana (and isn’t bamboo at all.) Purchase the ones with a straight base, rather than the ones that entwine around one another for good luck as the picture shows.
Outdoor Plants :
Bamboo represents high moral character.
Evergreen plants represent long life.
An apple tree represents peace.
A Lily represents cooperation.
A Day Lilly dispels sorrow.
Magnolia represents purity and feminine beauty.
Gardenias represent discretion and politeness.
Lilac is the symbol of home.
Chrysanthemum is a symbol of honor; long life.
A trumpet vine symbolizes rising to heaven.
A symbol of good luck, Koi fish are said to attract positive Ch’i (energy.) Some say they specifically attract wealth and abundance. A koi pond on your property can bring a positive flow of energy. Having 9 fish, 1 black and 8 orange is even better luck, particularly if placed on the left side (as you stand in the street) of your back yard- your wealth gua!
Today we covered the significance of bamboo, indoor plants, outdoor plants, and a few other Feng Shui “cures” you may have heard. On May 9 we covered doors and windows, as well as why Feng Shui can be confusing. On May 23 we covered a home’s placement, colors and their meanings. Interested in a consultation? Check out this website: https://TFI.design/contact.