How To Create A Bagua Map Of Your Home

Creating a Feng Shui Bagua Map of your home can be a little time consuming but it is well worth the effort as it enables you to create a guide which you can refer to and follow each time you want to assess, change or support the energy in your home. The Bagua is an…

Creating a Feng Shui Bagua Map of your home can be a little time consuming but it is well worth the effort as it enables you to create a guide which you can refer to and follow each time you want to assess, change or support the energy in your home. The Bagua is an important guide that you can use when realigning the energy in your home to bring positive benefit to your life and a little time spent now will provide you with a reference guide that you can use time and time again. In this article I am going to show you the steps you can take to complete a Feng Shui Bagua Map.

There are certain things you will need to complete a Feng Shui Bagua Map of your home. It is useful if you have two different colored pens, a pencil, a piece of paper a ruler, a protractor and a directional compass. It would also be helpful if your paper was divided in to grids but this is not essential.

Below are the steps you will need to follow to create a Feng Shui Bagua Map of your home:

Step 1. Draw the outline of your house on the piece of paper, making the outline as large as possible so that it almost fills the sheet.

Step 2. In the center of the piece of paper (outline of your house) draw, using a pencil, a small circle with a radius of about 5cm (2.5 inches).

Step 3. Stand facing the front of your house and use your directional compass to identify north and south. Using a ruler to aid you make small pencil marks on the circumference of your circle to correspond with north and south. Draw a pencil line across the circle to connect these two points.

Step 4. This step is the tricky part. You are going to divide the outline of your home in to the 8 areas of the Bagua. To do this you will need your protractor. Place the protractor so that the base of the protractor is on the north – south line that you have drawn across your circle. Align point north with 0 degree on the protractor. Now taking a pen make marks on the circumference of your circle at 22.5 degrees, 67.5 degrees, 112.5 degrees and 157.5 degrees. Turn the protractor round so that the base line is still on the north – south line but this time 0 degrees is showing at point south. Repeat the steps as above by making marks at 22.5 degrees, 67.5 degrees, 112.5 degrees and 157.5 degrees. You should now have 8 pen marks on the circumference of your circle. Find the center point of the circle. Placing your ruler on the paper so that it connects one of the marks on the circle with the center point draw a line in pen. Repeat this for each of the marks. The circle should now be divided in to 8 equal segments (ignore the pencil line). Now in pen again and using your ruler continue each line until it meets the outline of your house. The outline of your house should now be divided in to 8 areas.

Step 5. Label each of the areas with the 8 directions. Using North as the starting point (this is the area which has the north – south line crossing it in the north) work clockwise labeling each area North, North East, East, South East, South, South West, West and North West. Once this is done you can now erase the north – south line as it is no longer needed.

Step 6. Add the five elements on to the Bagua Map. Starting this time in the area in the East and moving clockwise the elements appear in the following order; Wood, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Metal, Water, Earth.

Step 7. Now taking a different colored pen, draw the rooms of your house in the outline so that you have a plan of the first floor of your house.

Step 8. Repeat Steps 1 – 7 for any additional floors that you have in your home. Congratulations, you now have a Feng Shui Bagua Map of your home. Now you have the Feng Shui Bagua Map you can use it to assess your home to ensure that the energy flows in harmony in each of the different areas.

The Eight Directions of the Feng Shui Bagua

In this article I show you how the eight different areas of the Feng Shui Bagua correspond to the different areas of your life. With this knowledge you are able to assess and enhance certain areas of your home if aspects of your life are not as healthy or filled with abundance as you would…

In this article I show you how the eight different areas of the Feng Shui Bagua correspond to the different areas of your life. With this knowledge you are able to assess and enhance certain areas of your home if aspects of your life are not as healthy or filled with abundance as you would like them to be.

The area in the east of your home is linked to your family. This does not just include your immediate family of parents and / or children but includes your extended family and also those close friends who are as close to you as family members. If you are currently experiencing problems in certain relationships with family members, if there are difficulties between two or more members of your family, or you are not as close as a family unit as you would like to be then the energy in this area of ​​your home should be strengthened.

The south east of your home governs wealth and abundance. Do not make the mistake of thinking that wealth equals finances. Wealth does not mean just money (although this does form part of it) but also security and happiness. As far as the universe is concerned to live a wealthy life is to live one which is rich in health, joy and security. Strong energy in this area of ​​your home will not necessarily make you rich, but will ensure the universe provides you with what you need to live a wealthy life

The high yang area of ​​the south focuses on your self confidence, your self esteem and your dreams. The energy in this area is all about you. Just like when the sun is high and bright in the sky it is impossible to ignore, if you have strong energy in this area of ​​your home you, your hopes and your dreams become the center of attention. If you are currently having doubts, suffering from a lack of confidence, feeling worried, struggling with low self esteem and self worth or feel as though you are not being recognized for who you are and what you do, then you may want to assess the energy in this area of ​​your home to see if it needs to be strengthened.

The south west area is the area of ​​your home that focuses on love. If you are married, or are in a relationship this area affects the significant relationship that you have with your other half. If you are single and are looking for love, strong energy in this area of ​​your home will help you in your quest. I have been asked several times how this area affects you if you are single and happily so. If you are single and do not want a relationship then you certainly should not lose the energy in this area. Strong energy in this area of ​​your home means that love with another person is available to you, should you wish to pursue that path. If your relationship is currently going through a difficult patch, if it is not everything you wish it to be, or if you are looking for love you will find it beneficial to strengthen the energy in the south west area of ​​your home.

The area in the west is the part of your home that focuses on creation and creativity. This area is all about new life, new beginnings, new ideas, new opportunities. It is beneficial to strengthen this area of ​​your home if you are looking to bring new children in to the world, if you want to stimulate new opportunities and take your life in a new direction or if you want to build on an idea that you have .

The north west area of ​​the Bagua brings support and help to your life from wherever you require it. Traditionally known as the helpful friends area people often think this area relates to friendship and is there restricted to the friends in your life. It is actually actually a lot more than this. Strong energy in this area of ​​your home brings people in to your life who can help and support you with what you need. These may be existing friends with a particular skill or knowledge, strangers you have yet to meet who may become friends or acquaintances or people who you will never know personally but who may have a powerful message just for you.

The north is about your career and business life. Whereas every other area of ​​the Bagua focuses on you, the individual, this area focuses on your work whatever that may be. Strong energy in this area of ​​your life ensures that you either have a job that you enjoy or that you have the opportunity to gain a meaningful and enjoyable career. It is beneficial to strengthen this area in your home if you want to change jobs, develop at work or bring increased success to your working life. A poor flow of energy in this area of ​​your home may mean that you are struggling at work or not finding the fulfillment that you crave.

The final area of ​​the Bagua, in the north east, focuses on knowledge and learning. In Chinese philosophy learning is one of the five factors that helps people to live a successful and meaningful life and we should all take the opportunity to constantly develop and gain new knowledge and skills. Strong energy in the north east segment of the Bagua helps you to focus your mind on this pursuit, making it easier to find the time in a busy life to devote some of your energy to self improvement and supporting you in retaining new knowledge.

I hope that you have found this article useful. You may find that many books on Feng Shui refer to a ninth area of ​​the Bagua which corresponds to your health. While this is important I prefer to believe that ensuring a strong flow of energy in all of the 8 Life Areas will automatically ensure that your life is as healthy as it can be.

Feng Shui And Your Bedroom

A good night sleep is vital for health and alertness especially when you need to focus and be mentally active the next day at work. However, you may want to look at your bedroom and its surrounding features to make sure that it is conducive for a peaceful slumber. This is both practical and common…

A good night sleep is vital for health and alertness especially when you need to focus and be mentally active the next day at work. However, you may want to look at your bedroom and its surrounding features to make sure that it is conducive for a peaceful slumber.

This is both practical and common sense to make a place of rest as comfortable as possible. You do not want any disturbance while you get ready for bed or during snooze time. At the very least, you should have a comfortable bed to rest your weary soul.

But what is pleasurable may not needlessly be good for you in Feng Shui speak. For example, a water bed may be a novelty for those who seek the finer things in life but it is not what Feng Shui would recommend. This is because water is Yang. The concept of Yin and Yang form the bedrock of Feng Shui and all Chinese metaphysics. Yang is opposite of Yin. It is like day and night, hot and cold, active and passive, loud and quiet, bright and dark, movement and persistence, etc. You can not have one without the other. They co-exist and complement one another. The key is achieving an optimal balance between the two.

For a bedroom, it should be more Yin than Yang. It is a place that should be quiet and inactive. Feng Shui equates Yin with health / relationship aspects and Yang with wealth / career aspects. Water is Yang and for a water bed, it makes the bed too Yang. Imagine sleeping on a pool of water that is constantly moving. It is not a good Feng Shui feature. Your sleep is not going to be a restful one. Feng Shui does not recommend having a TV in a bedroom as it is also too Yang.

Other negative features that are too Yang for a bedroom: –

– Too many windows or large windows

– Too much sunlight streaming in during the day

– A lamppost or electrical pole outside

– A bedroom door that is aligned directly to the bed

You should make sure to drape the windows with thick curtains to block out excessive sunlight. If there is a lamppost immediately outside the bedroom, you should keep the window closed at most times. The bed should be realigned away from the bedroom door and its headboard should rest against a solid flat wall for stability. A hill or mountain is a Yin feature. If it can be seen from the bedroom window, it is even better as it provides stability. Feng Shui favors a bedroom that is more Yin – calm, peaceful and stable. You should feel recharged and rejuvenated after a good night sleep.

Practical Advice for Feng Shui Energy Harmonization

Harmonizing the energy in our home is one of the foundation stones of Feng Shui and one of the very first steps we should take when practicing Feng Shui. Get this right and every other step starts to fall in place quickly and quickly. Although energy harmony is a simple concept, it can catch us…

Harmonizing the energy in our home is one of the foundation stones of Feng Shui and one of the very first steps we should take when practicing Feng Shui. Get this right and every other step starts to fall in place quickly and quickly. Although energy harmony is a simple concept, it can catch us out if we are not careful and we often make it more difficult than it needs to be. In this article I share some practical advice on how we can all balance the energy in our homes.

Energy harmonization occurs when we have the five elements of the universe working together creatively in our home. The five elements; wood, fire, earth, metal, and water work together and balance each other in the natural world, and this natural flow of energy, clearly demonstrated by the natural flow of the seasons across and through the earth should be replicated in our own homes. If we have harmonized and balanced the energy in our homes so that it flows naturally and easily then life becomes easier and seems to flow effortlessly. If one of these elements is missing in our home or in a particular room of our house, then we may find that the energy does not flow as well in this area leading to challenges or difficulties in certain areas of our life. If this is the case we need to take action to ensure that the element that is missing is brought in to our home if we are to bring about natural balance.

It seems on the surface an easy process to bring natural balance by adding an object that represents the missing or under represented element to the home. Adding metal objects to an area in the west of our home where metal is under represented, or a few plants to an area in the east of our home which takes its energy from wood looks like two of the simplest things in the world. The problem is though, if we have not given careful thought as to how this object is going to affect the balance of our whole home, quite often what we have added looks out of place in the overall design theme of our home. What was placed with the intent of harmonizing energy actually casts a jarring note and negatively affects the space. The longed for benefits do not material and we think that the “Feng Shui” has not worked.

This approach to energy harmonization is what I call logical Feng Shui, and it does not always work. Taking the logical approach is not always the best approach when using Feng Shui in our home. Feng Shui is all about balance and harmony so whatever small changes we make have to fit in with the whole. Our home has an existing style and décor that matches our personal preferences or the shape, style and size of the house and anything we add needs to link with the overall décor and the existing furniture and objects that we have in place. While ensuring that the five elements are represented in our home is vital to positive energy flow, it is also important that we place objects and pieces of furniture that we like and that fit in with the overall look. Nothing disposes the energy in the home more than a piece of furniture or an object that looks out of place. If we add something with the intent of harmonizing the flow of energy and then find that it looks out of place, it is best if we look for other ways in which certain elements can be strengthened to balance and harmonize the flow of energy around our home . For energy harmonization to work to our benefit then it is not only important that the five elements are represented and are working together but that everything feels as though it belongs and is a natural part of the whole.

Master this and you are well on your way to understanding the basic principles of positive Feng Shui.

What Does a Water Fountain Have to Do With Feng Shui?

It has been long believed by the Chinese that water is one of the five important elements of Feng Shui. The five elements include: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Water fountains continue to be among the most popular of Feng Shui products. Water provides the moisture for wood to grow. Wood provides fuel for…

It has been long believed by the Chinese that water is one of the five important elements of Feng Shui. The five elements include: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal. Water fountains continue to be among the most popular of Feng Shui products. Water provides the moisture for wood to grow. Wood provides fuel for the fire. The end result of fire is ash and that becomes the soil of the earth. The earth forms metals and minerals, and metals fill the water with life giving substances. This ancient Chinese practice is believed by some to have originated more than 6,000 years ago. The words Feng Shui (fung-shway) mean 'wind' and 'water' and together represent harmony and balance.

Gentle winds and smooth water are linked to a good harvest and good health. Harsh winds and stagnant water are associated with famine and disease. Feng Shui practice involves the arranging of our environment to properly foster the smooth flow of energy, or Chi. This includes the strategic placement of furniture, mirrors, and lights. Chi is the energy that governs spirit, health, fate and environment. If Chi is flowing properly, then there is good Feng Shui. Indeed, a goal of Feng Shui is to make the self more compatible with nature and everyday life in order to have a positive impact on finances, health and emotions.

Utilizing a water feature is believed to have a positive impact on career success. The water element has a direct association with the flow of money. Feng Shui principles suggest that Chi flows more smoothly when a room, house or apartment is a square shape. However, if this is not the case for you, a water feature can be placed in an area to act as a corner. The water feature then acts to keep lively Chi circulating. Additionally, gardens are the 'arms' around your home. They bring life energy to your environment, especially when completed with some water fountains. Garden is the Yin and the home is the Yang, so your garden should reflect the balance of Yin and Yang.

According to Feng Shui, the most optimal positions to place a water fountain are North, East and Southeast. Interior and exterior water fountains move and stimulate Chi while also providing a relaxing focal point. There are many different sizes and styles of water fountains from which to choose. Consider purchasing a water fountain to encourage positive Chi flow inside and outside your home.

Feng Shui and Kung Fu’s Five Elements Connexions!

Introduction Kung Fu students interested in Feng Shui ('Wind and Water') the Art of Location and Placement can find things rewarding In certain circumstances. Students' knowledge of Feng Shui, Chinese Culture, Kung Fu, Wu Shu all can improve substantively when 'Wuxing' principals appear in their training routines ,, The same 5 Elements or 'Wuxing' are…

Introduction

Kung Fu students interested in Feng Shui ('Wind and Water') the Art of Location and Placement can find things rewarding In certain circumstances. Students' knowledge of Feng Shui, Chinese Culture, Kung Fu, Wu Shu all can improve substantively when 'Wuxing' principals appear in their training routines ,,

The same 5 Elements or 'Wuxing' are featured in Chinese Martial Arts, Feng Shui Chinese Astrology, Medicine, Philosophy, Pa Kua, Daoism, Shaolin Chan and many other aspects of Chinese history and culture. Thus understandings and 'Wuxing' insights are transferable and developed where one area can apply and be relevant in the others, enhancing and continuously improving your overall understanding, particularly of underlying issues. Kung Fu, however, is the specific perspective from which this article considers the topic ..

5 Elements Internal Kung Fu

Far Eastern Societies like the People's Republic of China and Malaysia consider Internal Kung Fu attainments superior to their better known (in the West) External equivalents and a balanced (Yin / Yang) blend of both essential for optimum progress. 'Wuxing' in Chinese means both '5 Elements' and '5 Animals' (different Chinese characters represent each term) and long-ago The Shaolin Temple used Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth as foundation for the Five Animals: Snake, Crane, Leopard, Tiger and Dragon later incorporated into its Martial Arts and Wu Shu. Each Element is associated with a color, a Location and one of the 5 Directions, 5 major internal organs, 5 senses of perception, and 5 Kung Fu Animals, respectively. Also termed 'Wuxing' in Chinese, these 5 Animals play a devastating role in Shaolin Kung Fu / Wu Shu performance, practice and Combat-use.

Feng Shui adds land-forms, materials, shapes, patterns, objects and more items this list of Wuxing correspondences. You can remember and understand Wuxing applications better by using Wuxing principles to arrange the content (and even decoration of your home. when you can understand and evaluate things better and understand the principles involved take a defect and more practical interest in 5 Elements Feng Shui if you wish. Such re-arrangements harmonize and improve Qi-flow through your home environment and its 5 Elements Internal Kung Fu equivalent of operations work similar within your body, in particular within and between its five major internal organs: lungs, kidneys, liver, heart and spleen.

The 'Inner You'

Getting in touch with this has inspired much speculation and much and quaint but useless advice in the West. Internal Kung Fu is the key vehicle leading to this as the 'Inner You' is located within your torso and represented by the 5 major internal organs and their Wuxing / 5 Elements links ..

5 Elements Kung Fu Training includes structured routines incorporating extended breath-circulation, sequential focussed meditation on the 5 organs, plus movement / strengthening of internal body parts, while holding and moving between various extreme limb-training positions in balanced fashion (amongst many other things ). The internal organ quality-improvement process enables you to 'contact' and 'get to know' these vital 'Inner You' components individually and as a whole system. Occasionally, your overall health, endurance, resilience and self-awareness will improve. Persist and deepen this inner knowledge until you smile like a Shaolin Monk!

Inside / Outside

Occurring invisibly within the body's interior Internal progress is hard to measure but will-power and inner strength (the kind needed when things get tough) increases in those who persist. The same 5 Elements also manifest internally in a regularly changing sequence like their external counterparts. Chinese Astrology chronicles and prerequisites these changes (which are part of historical records) Chinese Medicine, Science and Philosophy also use the 'Famous Five' as analytical tools.

5 Elements Feng Shui applied to your immediate external environment improvements Qi-flow in ways benefiting your happiness fortune and health, increasing your Wuxing knowledge through this practical application and benefitting your Kung Fu. My own greatly esteemed Teacher Grandmaster Yap Leong, also a famous Feng Shui Grandmaster, has helped me appreciate the importance of this inner knowledge of unseen invisible energies fundamentally affecting our life and progress, linking Feng Shui and Kung Fu together, hence my wish to share this knowledge with you.

Top 5 Lifestyle Feng Shui Tips for a Fantastic New Year

As we herald in the New Year many of us take this time to reflect on the year past and to set intentions for the year to come. The use of Feng Shui can provide us with a defect understanding and appreciation of our lives and our intentions. For many of us this is a…

As we herald in the New Year many of us take this time to reflect on the year past and to set intentions for the year to come. The use of Feng Shui can provide us with a defect understanding and appreciation of our lives and our intentions.

For many of us this is a time for resolutions and resolutions are often focused on things we do not like: our weight, our relationships, clutter in our home, our jobs or lack thereof, and our balance between work and life, to name a few. This year I'd like to suggest that we shift our focus from New Year resolutions to New Year realignments.

A New Year realignment is an awareness and appreciation for what's working in our lives rather than a focus on what is not. When we focus our thoughts and energy on what's working, we actually make it bigger.

And when we make the good in our lives bigger, those things that are not as good become smaller. When they're smaller, they become less important and when they're less important we give them less energy. With less energy they continue to get smaller.

Top 5 Lifestyle Feng Shui Tips for the New Year

  1. Clean your house – literally. When you take care of the space around you, you feel better about yourself and the world reflects your energy back to you … if you do not like what you're experiencing, give your house a good cleaning!
  2. Place your bed in the 'Command Position'. The Command Position is when the position of the bed provides the widest view of the room and is supported by a solid wall. (The more you can see, the safer you feel and when you feel safe you feel supported.)
  3. Celebrate the positive in your life (no matter how small, good things are even better when we notice and appreciate them)
  4. Choose to shift your focus in your relationships away from what is not working and embrace what is working. (Changing your thinking and behavior is so powerful, it's literally enough to completely makeover the quality of your relationship.)
  5. Write an affirmation focused on gratitude and appreciation on a lovely piece of paper and then plant that paper in the soil of a plant (ideally located in the Abundance area of ​​your home). Each time you water that plant visualize the positive in your life growing stronger, more resilient and abundant. (To find the Abundance area of ​​your home).

In the world of Feng Shui you get what you focus on. Changing your focus energizes and empowers the positive in your life – and when our lives are empowered we are too!

Wishing you a wonderful New Year filled with happiness, health and abundance!

Career Path, Are You on It?

Career, just the word sends some of us into a tailspin of confusion, frustration and dismay. Is a career the same thing as a job? And is it something I even want? In Feng Shui, Career is tied to finding our true calling. Diving deep into the depths to connect to our inner knowing, that…

Career, just the word sends some of us into a tailspin of confusion, frustration and dismay. Is a career the same thing as a job? And is it something I even want?

In Feng Shui, Career is tied to finding our true calling. Diving deep into the depths to connect to our inner knowing, that place where we know who we are and what we're supposed to be doing.

Who you are is not necessarily what you do. You are not your job. But if your job is in alignment with who you are, your job gives you the opportunity to embrace your talents, abilities and knowledge.

For many of us, that place of connection is elusive at best. The good news, with a little feng shui knowledge you can find your path. Or at least you'll be able to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

Begin your journey by connecting to your passion. What brings you great joy, satisfaction and a sense of fulfillment? Is there a way to combine your passion and your work?

Sometimes we have to be willing to change what we do in order to find our passion. Other times we have to add something new to our lives, such as volunteering, or giving of ourselves in a way that enables us to embrace our passion. When we are passionate about what we do, we experience a sense of vitality, enthusiasm, and contentment.

Embraceing your passion, expanding your spirit and aligning energetically with who you are at the core of your being taking commitment and clarity. It's all about movement and flow, keeping moving toward what you desire.

Based on the Bagua, the Career area is located in the center front 1/3 or your home or room.

Career energy is water energy. Flowing along the river of life we ​​are taken from one opportunity to another. Movement, adaptability and discovery are the keywords to a bountiful career path. The best results occurs when we go with the flow instead of trying to force it.

To symbolically reinforce the flow of water in your living space, make sure your furnishings are positioned to optimize movement throughout the area. Remove anything you dislike, or that does not represent your current or future intention. Remove clutter, clutter creates stagnation and stagnation stops flow.

To connect to the energy of water, place pictures or images of streaming water in the Career area of ​​your home or room. Incorporate an object that represents your aspirations, something that has symbolic meaning for you. This is the perfect Bagua area for a fountain! Beautiful, clean water flowing in your space, sparkling sound and energy. A great enhancement!

Top 5 Feng Shui Tips for Career

  • Water fountain or aquarium
  • Pictures or images of flowing water
  • Incorporates accents in the colors of black or dark blue
  • Place a mirror in Career to expand your opportunities (and to really juice Career energy, place the mirror behind the fountain to multiply the benefits of flowing water, flowing energy and opportunity in your Career!)
  • Healthy, vibrant plant with white flowers – such as Peace Lily

Incorporating all or some of these improvements and changes into the Career area of ​​your living and working space will put you on the fast track to an energized Career!

Feng Shui Enhancements in The Year of the Water Dragon

On Monday 23rd January we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Many people think the Chinese New Year is when the animal signs change but in actual fact this change always happens on the first day of Spring which this year will be the 4th February. As we move from the year of the Metal Rabbit…

On Monday 23rd January we celebrate the Chinese New Year. Many people think the Chinese New Year is when the animal signs change but in actual fact this change always happens on the first day of Spring which this year will be the 4th February. As we move from the year of the Metal Rabbit to the year of the Water Dragon I thought that it would be a good time for me to look forward and see what we can expect to see happening in the world in 2012. From a Feng Shui perspective the movement from one animal sign to another always provides some great opportunities to realign the energies in your home, so in this article I will also share with you some of the actions that you can take to ensure that the year ahead is as positive and as beneficial for you as it possibly can be.

The year of the dragon traditionally is a very auspicious year bringing as it does the four blessings of the east which are wealth, virtue, harmony and longevity. This year in the world in general we can expect a better year financially than the tumultuous times seem in 2011. The worst of the world's financial crisis seems to be behind us now and many economies are once more likely to see the start of growth and new optimism, although do not expect fortunes to change overnight. Eastern economies are likely to grow much stronger and faster than those in the west. Improvement overall will start slowly from around the end of spring 2012 and as we move through the year confidence will grow and we can expect to see the start of a long but sustained period of financial growth.

Although finally we are unfortunately to see dramatic changes, a dragon year often signifies momentous change and this year will be no exception. The water dragon is a calmer, quieter animal than some of it's siblings so even though momentous events are likely to occur expect them to slip under the radar, or happen very quickly with the minimum of fuss. We are certainly extremely unable to see the conflicts that we saw in 2011. In saying that, expect some traditional or long serving governments to fall this year, and expect those that replace them to be led by new governments or structures that put the family and traditional values ​​at the heart of everything they do. New governments or rulers that begin this year are likely to be in power for a long time, the last year of the water dragon saw the start of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II which is still going strong 60 years later.

In this year of the water dragon there will be a general sense of optimism and an emphasis that anyone can achieve anything. People power will topple one long standing family ruler in a country but not in the way that was seen in 2011. It is likely to be a very quick process that ends almost before it begins. We are also likely to see the formation of a new major charity or charitable event this year, one which has a global reach and could well start to change the world.

As far as the natural world is concerned in 2012 there is a high likelihood, unfortunately, that we will see more natural disasters. I predict that major flooding will affect two major cities or countries this year and later in the year the world will see ferocious tropical storms that are stronger than many yet experienced. A major relief effort will need to start this year which is likely to be led by a group of people rather than by a government. With the stronger sense of optimism in the financial markets we can also expect to see some of the wealthiest individuals in the world make some major philanthropic gestures to support those most in need.

Turning our attention to an individual level, the year of the water dragon is a good time to start a new business, begin a new relationship, get married or learn a new skill. Businesses, alliances and learning are likely to succeed and have long lasting benefits, providing that careful thought and planning has gone in to them. Dragon years can be rocky years for the unwary so do not try a get rich quick scheme or get married on the spur of the moment. This is definitely a year for slow and steady accumulation not speculation.

To make the most of the opportunities that the year of the water dragon is going to bring, there are a number of Feng Shui enhancements you can make in your own home. When enhancing your home through Feng Shui always make sure that any cure or enhancement you put in place does not negatively affect the existing flow of energy around your home and is placed with intention. My web pages on Intention and Chi will help you understand these practices if you are not sure.

Feng Shui Enhancements for the Year of the Water Dragon

Welcome in the year of the water dragon by hanging a wooden wind chime in the east or north east of your garden. Other improvements you can make to this area of ​​your garden are to place a picture or a statue of a dragon or to plant a fruit tree (cherry, plum or peach are best)

If you do not have a garden you can hang a picture of a dragon, or place a small dragon ornament in the east or north east area of ​​your home. If you are placing a dragon ornament it is best if it made out of crystal, wood, stone or ceramic.

If you are starting a new business enhance the career and knowledge areas of your home this year. These areas are in the north and north east of your home. Good improvements to make in the career area include placing a small indoor fountain, hanging a picture of a stream or waterfall or placing a small crystal dragon in a prominent place. In the knowledge area a stone or ceramic dragon, a small indoor garden or a square bowl filled with carnelian crystals can be beneficial.

If you are getting married this year create a small display in your relationship area filled with plants, candles and crystal dragons. The relationship area is the south west area of ​​your home. A beautiful indoor garden can be created filled with miniature roses, two pink candles and two small crystal dragons. Scatter rose quartz or amethyst crystals across the surface of your indoor garden and after you are married place a small photograph of your wedding day in the center. Not only will this help your relationship be everlasting but it will also serve as a lovely reminder of your special day for years to come.

If you are beginning a new course, learning a new skill or taking qualifications this year you can help this area of ​​your life by placing a ceramic or stone dragon in the knowledge area of ​​your home (the north east area), or in your study or the room where you learn. Other improvements you can make to this area this year are buying a pot plant which is displayed in this area of ​​your home or filling a bowl with crystals and placing this on your desk. Excellent plants to buy for this area of ​​your home are indoor plants that flower in the spring and the best crystals to use in this area are Green Fluorite, Carnelian or Amethyst.

I hope that you have found this useful and are looking forward to the year of the water dragon with positivity and optimism. All that is left for me to do is to wish you a happy new year and to hope that this year brings everything you hope for.

4 Wealth Feng Shui Tips To Attract Overflowing Abundance

If you want to make it big, then you might want to learn a few wealth feng shui tips to help you along. People do not need to believe them, but you'd be surprised at how many of those same people arrange their homes or their spaces in accordance with this unique Chinese system. Here…

If you want to make it big, then you might want to learn a few wealth feng shui tips to help you along. People do not need to believe them, but you'd be surprised at how many of those same people arrange their homes or their spaces in accordance with this unique Chinese system.

Here are a few important ones to help get you started.

Wealth Feng Shui Tip # 1: Have A Clutter-Free Environment.

It's all about good energy. If your home or your office is always untidy or cluttered, then you need to fix the situation as soon as possible.

Good energy can not hide in areas with too much clutter. Consider it hitting two birds with one stone. Not only do you get to invite abundance into your space, you can also appease your parents, your family or your co-workers by clearing a few things out.

Wealth Feng Shui Tip # 2: Put Images Or Objects Related To Flowing Water.

According to feng shui experts, images of flowing water are good for abundance. Sometimes the time has come for you to get rid of your abstract painting and put one in that depicts flowing water. Waterfalls, seas and rivers are wonderful examples of what I'm talking about.

Fountains symbolize free flowing money. If you want to enjoy more prosperity in your life, then investing in a fountain is a good idea.

It does not have to be a huge fountain either. There are many small fountains being sold at feng shui stores to choose from. Just as long as you keep the water clean and flowing, you'll have no trouble attracting money into your life.

Wealth Feng Shui Tip # 3: Do not Build Your Stairs Opposite Your Door.

Without you want your wealth to leave your home, avoid renting an apartment or buying a home with that kind of design. The belief sounds insane, but you'd be surprised at how many people actually avoid this trap. I know I would not make that mistake.

Wealth Feng Shui Tip # 4: Wear More Purple.

Purple is the color of royalty and that alone can attract abundance and prosperity to you. You do not have to wear it everyday and it does not always have to be your shirt. A purple handkerchief can do the job just as well.

These are just some of the wealth feng shui tips you might want to try for yourself. They're quite easy to follow and you do not even need to spend a lot of money at all; in fact, you'll be attracting overflowing abundance and prosperity into your life.

Year of the Dragon – 2012

In Chinese tradition, every year is dedicated to a particular animal. The 12 animals that are a part of this tradition are the Dragon, the Horse, the Monkey, the Rat, the Boar, the Rabbit, the Dog, the Rooster, the Ox, the Tiger, the Snake and the Ram. Each of these animals is believed to bestow…

In Chinese tradition, every year is dedicated to a particular animal. The 12 animals that are a part of this tradition are the Dragon, the Horse, the Monkey, the Rat, the Boar, the Rabbit, the Dog, the Rooster, the Ox, the Tiger, the Snake and the Ram. Each of these animals is believed to bestow its characteristics to individuals who are born in its year.

According to the Chinese astrology 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. And true to the animal's nature, the Year of the Dragon is expected to be marked with excitement, exhilaration, intensity and unpredictability. The drama and spirit of the dragon is expected to inject vitality, energy and unbridled enthusiasm which could easily lead individuals to throwing caution to the wind. It is especially important to take care this year, and avoid unnecessary risks that could lead to tragedy.

The dragon year is a special year for excellence and Chinese astrology dictates that dragon people are expected to excel during this year. The Year of the Dragon is special in many ways. For one, you will find that the dragon is the only unreal animal featured in the Chinese zodiac year. What's more, the dragon is revered and has a special place in Chinese astrology. In fact, the dragon is generally of special significance to Chinese people.

History

The Year of the Dragon can trace its origins to over 4,000 years ago. During this time, China was formed by two very large tribes and many smaller tribes. An animal represented each one of these tribes. When the two larger tribes decided to unite, they decided that their emblem would be the dragon as a symbol of power. Today, Han Chinese still call themselves descendants of the dragon.

The Dragon

Because its body enterprises of parts from different types of animals including fish, tiger, eagle and snake, the dragon is considered as a powerful and mighty king in Chinese astrology. Unlike the perception in the west of a threatening evil being, the Chinese dragon is regarded more as a symbol of power, protection, authority and superiority. As a result, in many places in China, you will find numerous sculptures and carvings of dragons.

The Dragon Personality and Dragon People

Chinese astrology deems a dragon person as special. As such, individuals who are born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon typically stand out and enjoy a status befitting a dragon. Such persons are generally regarded as being wise and powerful. They are not shy, but instead command respect and attention with their passion, courage and self-confidence. In short, dragon people have a certain aura about them and seem to enjoy very good fortune.

Dragon people are generally regarded as doers as they are able to achieve power by taking action and getting things done. These individuals at best will have pioneering spirits, but at worst, their foolhardiness will easily get them into trouble. Dragon individuals are smart, enterprising and generally have a wicked sense of humor. If you want to remain updated on the latest trends, consult dragon people as they have a flair for fashion. Just as the fire-breathing dragon, dragon people are generally thought to be hotheads. It is therefore wise to steer clear of them in the event that they get angry!

In contrast however, because dragons have soft underbellies, dragon people are thought to have soft spots as well. As such, you may find a dragon person easily angered, yet capable of great compassion for those who are in need of their help. This contrast is further illustrated by dragon people who can be confronting, but if you touch their soft hearts, they quickly become worthy allies. In addition, they are generous – although this is a positive thing, it can easily turn problematic when they become foolhardy with money.

Dragons have long tongues which they often bare and make visible. In turn, dragon people are generally said to have sharp tongues that make them say things that can be very sarcastic and biting to whomever they are directed to.

2012: The Year of the Dragon

The Year of the Dragon 2012 will begin on January 23rd this year, which marks the beginning of 15 days of celebration. January 23rd is actually the Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year which typically occurs in the early months of January or February.

In accordance with the Chinese horoscope 2012 will be ushering in the Water Dragon. The water works in calming the innate fire of the dragon. As such, water dragon people are more open to others opinions and are better able to channel their charisma into leadership qualities. Celebrities born in the Year of the Dragon include Al Pacino, John Lennon, Matt Dillon, Marlene Dietrich and Ringo Starr.

If you were born in a Chinese Year of the Dragon, then according to feng shui 2012 is your year. But what does this mean? Well, first, you should double your efforts in whatever you do – be it your work, studies or any other projects you may be working on. And once you do this, you will find that your natural abilities and talents will easily stand out and enable you to achieve great results. It is also important to watch your temp in 2012 to avoid ruining all your hard work this year.

The Dragon and Love

Because dragons are passionate, they tend to fall in and out of love just as quickly. With their charm and charisma, they are able to easily draw the attention and admiration of individuals of the opposite sex which is what dragon people crave. While they tend to treat love like a game, when they meet the right partner who is strong enough to match their strength, they can settle down.

Wealth in the Year of the Dragon

If you are looking to start a business or begin a new project, the Year of the Dragon is the time to do it. This is because money is more easily accessible for everyone this year – whether you earn, borrow or receive it as a gift. However, avoid unreasonable expenditures as you will have to account for these once the Year of the Dragon comes to an end.

How Feng Shui Water Energy and the Color Blue Can Calm You

Water is the most sensitive element in the environment for it is the universal solvent and can dissolve most substances. Its chemical composition allows great sensitivity and water can pick up the most minute of vibrations. In Feng Shui practice water placements are used to balance the energy of a home, release energy locks, stimulate…

Water is the most sensitive element in the environment for it is the universal solvent and can dissolve most substances. Its chemical composition allows great sensitivity and water can pick up the most minute of vibrations. In Feng Shui practice water placements are used to balance the energy of a home, release energy locks, stimulate peach blossom luck and promote career among many things.

All living things need and gravitate towards the life giving properties of water. It provides moisture and oxygen. Good Feng Shui and positive chi resides where the terrain can capture auspicious water energy. When water moves– like in waterfalls, fountains, the ocean surf or even a shower-or when heat evaporates water– all these produce free oxygen and negative ions in the air. The negatively charged ions attract positively charged pollutants, so, for example, after a rain the air smells fresher and we also feel better. Negative ions elevate our moods, lift depression, increase our hemoglobin / oxygen affinity and decrease respiration while calming the body. Negative ions also speed up oxidation of excess serotonin in the blood alleviating stress, depression and pain. Studies have also shown that negative ions can also relieve hyperactivity in the body, promote alpha brain waves and assist hormone balance all while alkalizing the body, amazing! Water is one of our largest natural sources of healthy negative ions.

In traditional Feng Shui, placement of the 5-elements have the strongest effect in changing or adjusting the energy of a home, so the water element would be the first choice in placing a remedy where water may be needed. Color is the second choice when it is impractical to place an element– because color has a subtler effect. Color is (light energy) and the blue light wave (light or pigment) has a very similar effect on the human organism as actual water. In Feng Shui the color blue and black are traditionally equated with water energy.

Blue light (contained in white light) adjusts our circadian rhythms or sleep cycles and stimulate the body's serotonin production during daylight hours. This hormone allows us to sleep and relax. Then when the light becomes lower, the body will convert the serotonin to melatonin so we can sleep. Even as blue light helps adjust our sleep cycles– blue light after hours can actually keep us awake – as our bodies need regular long periods of darkness (or low light light) to be able to make this conversion so we can sleep. Computers, TV's or iphones can continue to shine blue light into our eyes even after the sun goes down. The blue light effect happens even if a person is blind because melanopsin, a light sensitive protein in our skin, effectively reacts to the blue light wave of 446-447 nm (nanometers). The color blue also lowers our blood pressure and heart rate (unlike red, which elevates it) and makes us feel cooler. It is interesting that blue light which fades to darkness (black) are also the colors associated with calmness and sleep –and water– which likewise has a calming effect on us. Asians have observed this connection for thousands of year through the practice of Feng Shui.

Blue is a favorite color for many people. Men especially like shades of blue. It is a soothing shade and a favorite for meditation. Blue presentations clear skies, no storms, and a peaceful ocean –and thousands of years of this condition have ensilled it into our brains and bodies. Beautiful blue skies bode peaceful times. New studies have shown that when rooms are painted blue that it can even boost our creative thought with more expansive thinking. As we relax our defensive mechanisms, we also become more open to new ideas and possibilities. New tests in psychology and marketing continue to show how different colors can affect the thinking processes of our brains. The physical environment does affect us more than we know. A classically trained Feng Shui consultant can advise you of the best areas in your home to use water and guide you in making the best choices to balance and promote your home's natural healing energy. The skillful use of water is very important in traditional Feng Shui and can boost your life in many positive ways.

Some Fundamental Feng Shui Ideas

Using Feng Shui fundamentals in your home does not have to be that difficult. There are several ways this traditional practice may be used to make the house filled with good power or chi. Here are a few of the fundamental techniques that you should understand and may effortlessly apply to make your house and…

Using Feng Shui fundamentals in your home does not have to be that difficult. There are several ways this traditional practice may be used to make the house filled with good power or chi. Here are a few of the fundamental techniques that you should understand and may effortlessly apply to make your house and also your daily life full of good chi.

Sunlight and Air flow

To fill your house with positive chi, you may have to have high quality air flow and also sunlight. In Feng Shui, it is thought that chi flows through by using air and sun light. Due to this, it is necessary to utilize both of these elements to make sure that the house flows with positive Chi. To allow the positive chi into your house, you should open the windows frequently to let natural air flow into the house.

You may also make use of air cleaning vegetation or an air cleaner in the home to make sure that the air stays pure and clean. Also try to permit the maximum amount of sun light into your house to permit positive energy to fill your house.

Unclutter Your House

Clutter is a well-known barrier to the movement of energy. It may have an impact on wellness in addition to the overall levels of energy and quality of life. Excessive clutter can easily drain your power and prevent positive power from moving into your house or life. Eliminating the clutter will also help eliminate the negative load that affects your daily life. By removing clutter, you're making a good conditions in your house flowing with positive chi.

Understand The Birth Element

For you to get to know how to make use of Feng Shui to attain a certain balance in your daily life and house, you will need to understand your personal birth element. There's a particular element that corresponds to your year of birth. Understanding what element you're born with will help you choose what's the best way to accomplish this particular balance. You may use your birth element to introduce various expressions of the element into your house by making use of colors and the balance of the other supporting elements in your daily life and house.

Understand Your Kua

Each individual has his personal Kua that corresponds to one's birth date. The Kua also tells of everyone's energy needs. In the school of Feng Shui known as the Flying Stars, individuals may belong in either one of two energy groups- the East or West. For the East Group, their Kua may be 1, 3, 4 or 9.

For all those on the West group, their Kua numbers may either be 2,6,7 or 8. You may use your Kua to determine directions and orientation of buildings including your house or the place you face when working so as to ensure positive chi to flow through. These principals will help you start off in making your daily life and house filled with positive energy.

Water-Related Feng Shui for Dragon and Snake Years 2012-14

Yang Water Dragon Year 2012-13 is followed by Yin Water Snake 2013-14. Thus, this advice, when referring to Water, their Year Element, applies to each of the two years in question. Feng Shui means 'Wind and Water' and the Element has played a vital role in Human existence, evolution and civilization. Locations of Key Sectors…

Yang Water Dragon Year 2012-13 is followed by Yin Water Snake 2013-14. Thus, this advice, when referring to Water, their Year Element, applies to each of the two years in question. Feng Shui means 'Wind and Water' and the Element has played a vital role in Human existence, evolution and civilization.

Locations of Key Sectors

Water is associated with the North and the Northern sectors of rooms and dwellings. This is the key sectors of the Year Element.

Dragon affinities are with the East and South-East (via Wood Element links). These are the key sectors of the Year Animal (2012-13). The Snake has Earth associations via the North-East and South West of rooms and dwellings. These are the key sectors of the Year animal (2013-14).

Exception Earth, Elements have Animal associations from Exterior Feng Shui. Earth in this represents the Center, the Feng Shui practitioner's vacant living-space and therefore has none. 5 Animals Wuxing, however, links the limless Snake to Earth, due to their immediate juxtaposition (lacking legs Snakes could not get closer to Earth if they tried).

Water Links

Colors: Black (Water at night); Blue (Water in daylight).

Materials: Glass (plain and colored), mirrors, plastics, natural crystals, silk.

Objects, Images and Motifs: Fish, Taiji Symbols, Snakes, water-features, Aquaria, Dragons (Eastern not Western) Seascapes (especially Water-Colors), Rivers and Lakes, waves and wavy patterns, especially in pastel colors, serpentine, coiling , undulating meandering designs, sea-shells, Willow-pattern and of course the 'Chan Chu' or 3-Legged Toad or Money-Frog, crystal-boats, ships.

Roads and Streets are Water in Feng Shui terms, due to their traffic-flow and use for communication and travel. Statues and representations of the Bodhisattva Kuan Shi Yin, Daoist Immortal and Shaolin Temple Patron Deity, particularly in her Aquarian water-bearing mode may appeal to Martial Artists (in particular) and others at this time.

Remember, a picture, drawing, photo or replica can be as useful as an original for Feng Shui purposes.

Water Associations

Water has strong wealth connexions (eg current accounts, currency, flotations, cash-flow and income-streams). Communications (see above) both physical and verbal are linked similarly (eg word-flow, gushing compliments, stream-of-consciousness accounts)

Crystals and Minerals:

Gem and Crystal Feng Shui has growing popularity. Care is needed to determine the Element these representative, to ensure effective placement. In Feng Shui, Black and 'Snowflake' Obsidian (water-cooled fragments of volcanic lava outflows) correspond to Water (even having the appropriate Elemental color-black) not Fire or Earth as you might suppose. Displays off-set with Quartz (which intensifies the impact of minerals / crystals displayed alongside it) and reflected by Mirrors, both Yin Metal for Feng Shui purposes, may be particularly effective during the period.

Objects with water associations like crystal / mineral boats, fish, bowls and crystal water-features are also appropriate. Beach-stones and pebbles from the river bed can also be used for this purpose.

Backgrounds:

Metal supports / produces / encourages Water in Feng Shui (tanks, taps, pipes and pans confirm this, it even melts and flows when heated). Backgrounds utilizing this Element's features (colors, materials etc) can encourage healthy Qi-flows within dwellings during this period.

Overall

This information may help you to prepare for, participate in and enjoy Chinese New Year Celebrations of Dragon Year 2012-13 in your area – 23rd January 2012 is New Years Day. Hopefully, it will also help you 'harmonize' with Dragon Year Energies, in advance, and improve your health, fortune and prosperity through the Year. It may also sensitize you to the watery nature of following Snake Year 2013-14 (4) and facilitate your longer-term Feng Shui planning thereby.

Notes

(1) 'Daoist Immortal and Buddhist Bodhisattva – Kuan Yin!', At Ezine Articles, by the same Author, has more about this remarkable female figure.

Ghosts, A Myth In Feng Shui?

Yes! Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system using the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth (landform environment) to help a person improve the quality of life by receiving positive Qi from its natural living environment. It literally means wind-water in English. However, the correct term of Feng Shui is actually “Kan Yu”.…

Yes!

Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese system using the laws of both Heaven (Chinese astronomy) and Earth (landform environment) to help a person improve the quality of life by receiving positive Qi from its natural living environment. It literally means wind-water in English.

However, the correct term of Feng Shui is actually “Kan Yu”. Kan means the theory of cosmology and Yu means the theory of the terrestrial. The term is actually a borrowed from the book of Burial Classic.

This practice of Kan Yu began around 3500 years ago. During this period, Taoism's influence was popular in China as well. Many Taoist monks also practiced Kan Yu at that time. As a result Taoist religious beliefs and the principle of Kan Yu were mixed and used in the deeply rooted religious society in ancient China. As time passed, this distorted practice found its way into our modern society as what we call “New Age Feng Shui” that employs the placement of auspicious objects around the living quarters as a cure or activation of Qi.

Among the myths are the beliefs of spirits and ghosts. These beliefs are closely linked to traditional Chinese religion based on ancestor worship, many of which were incorporated in Taoism. In the olden days, the Feng Shui Master and the Taoist monk was the same person. Therefore, in the old days and even at present, Feng Shui Masters were called to cure haunted places and appease angry spirits. It was really a case of mistaken profession. In fact this spiritual belief and cure is more related to Taoism than Chinese Metaphysics.

In the practice of Chinese Metaphysics, there are no ghosts. A place which is haunted may arrise due to excessive yin energy around the natural environment in Feng Shui viewpoint. Certain combination of flying stars flying into a sector may also cause hallucination in the occupants especially if the living environment has a lot of yin energy or Qi.

This concept is very similar to the research done by Michael Persinger of Laurentian University, Canada. In his research, changes in geomagnetic fields which are created by tectonic stresses in the Earth's crust or solar activity could stimulate the brain's temporal lobes that cause the experiences associated with haunting in individuals.

There are many others misconception and myths that have not been found in the Kan Yu theory but may come from religious connotation. For examples;

  1. Hanging the flute or ba-gua can avoid evil.
  2. Color can enhance Qi.
  3. The corner of your cupboard or any furnitures can pose as a Sha Qi to you.
  4. Mirror can protect against Sha Qi as well as enhance Qi.
  5. Feng Shui is from the religion of Taoism or Buddhism.
  6. An aquarium with 6, 8 or even 9 fishes can not block Sha Qi and bring you wealth. The main purpose of water is to contain yang qi and bringing the Qi flow to your home.

As a result of these malpractices, many are skeptical of these practices. Let me tell you this, planting a “Lucky Bamboo” will not help you enhance the Qi. In fact it can be very bad to the ecosystem.