Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Bathroom

The Chinese have a saying:  “A clean and beautiful bathroom is the key to health, peace and wealth.”  Your bathroom should be a retreat; a place where you can relax and pamper yourself. Do hang mirrors on the outside of the bathroom door if the bathroom happens to be in a wealth area (SE, E […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Kitchen

Food represents wealth therefore the kitchen is regarded as the source of general well-being.  If you prepare food in a kitchen with good feng shui the people who consume it will carry the benefits throughout the day. Do have a light and airy kitchen with little clutter. Don’t have the kitchen too close to the […]

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Feng Shui: Do’s in a Family Room

In the modern day home, the family room is the center; it is essential that chi flows freely and has easy access to the rest of your home.  With its central location it is associated with the earth element and the color yellow, because of its lively function the family room is yang. Do have […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Living Room

A living room needs to be warm and inviting; a happy place in which to entertain and for your family to gather.  This room regardless of the décor will affect your friendships, family relationships and your success- the chi should flow in a lively fashion. Do place a large or heavy piece of furniture in […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Home Office

Whether you work from home or simply have a study or work station, you need to separate its activity from your home life because each has a different pattern of chi.  In an ideal world there should be a completely separate entrance into your home office so you can easily move from one mode into […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Garden

An appealing exterior will help attract healthful chi and will improve your homes overall feng shui.  Whether you have a large backyard, a small courtyard or potted plants on a balcony, the idea of harmony applies just as much in your garden as it does in your home. Do have your garden appear as though […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in a Dining Room

The Chinese believe you should not be distracted from the food or the company during a meal because eating feeds the body and the spirit. Do put images of food and fruit in the East area of your dining room to represent the abundance and sustenance that you want to attract to your table and […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Dont’s in a Bedroom

The bedroom is a private place where we rejuvenate and regain physical and spiritual strength- it should be peaceful, secure and subdued.  The happiness of marriage, and the health and wealth of a couple can be affected by the feng shui of the bedroom.  We spend approximately one third of our lives sleeping, which is […]

Feng Shui: Pets

Pets are natural sources of chi and they can bring the loving spirit out in just about anyone.  Pets are brought to hospitals and retirement homes to strengthen the health and well being of the patients.   When you treat your pet with love and dignity, they bring remarkable energy to a home. When your pets […]

Feng Shui: Do’s and Don’ts in an Entry

The front door is regarded by the Chinese as the “mouth” of the home because this is where the external chi-the energy from the environment-enters your home. Do have an entry porch, front verandah or even an overhang to create a better chi- helping to draw good energy. Don’t have a pretentious front door.  No […]

Feng Shui: Yin and Yang

The Chinese believe everything that exists has chi and in turn, everything that has chi has yin qualities and yang qualities.  Yin and yang are opposites and complementary- one cannot exist without the other. One teardrop embodies yin qualities, which are soft, passive, nurturing, dark, fluid, even numbers and the right side of the body.  […]

Feng Shui: Qi (Chi)

In traditional Chinese culture, chi is an active principle forming part of every living thing.  It is translated as “life-force” or “energy flow”.  Chi is believed to be in everything and links surroundings together.  It is associated to the flow of energy around and through the body, forming an interrelated and functioning unit. In feng […]

Feng Shui: The Five Elements

The Chinese believe everything in a constant state of change between the five elements or forces of nature called wu-xing:  Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.  These are not literal elements but are qualities, relentlessly overcoming each other in a continuous cycle. It can be creative and productive relationship:  Water enables Wood to grow; Wood […]

Feng Shui: The Ba gua

The Ba gua is an essential tool used in feng shui and literally translates to “eight symbols”.  The eight diagrams are used to represent the fundamental principles in reality and seen as a range of eight interrelated concepts. The Ba gua is used to divide a home or room into eight areas based on the […]