Feng Shui (Guidelines) To many people, Feng Shui is something mystical. If something cannot be explained in scientific terms, Feng Shui comes to rescue. To a certain degree, it is synonymous to superstition. Feng shui is one of the Five Arts of Chinese Metaphysics, classified as physiognomy (observation of appearances through formulas and calculations). The feng shui practice discusses architecture in terms of “invisible forces” that bind the universe, earth, and humanity together, known as qi. Translated, feng means wind; shui means water. Wind and water are considered opposites, but, in Chinese culture, both are important for good health. Wind and water are both large parts of the natural world, which is critical because the earth is considered to be alive and filled with qi. In traditional Chinese culture, qi or ch’i is believed to be a vital force forming part of any living entity. Qi translates as “air” and figuratively as “material energy”, “life force”, or “energy flow”.
Bagua literally means “8 areas.” These areas correspond to the most important areas of one’s life, the areas that matter the most for one’s health and happiness: Health & Family, Wealth & Abundance, Fame & Reputation, Love & Marriage, Creativity & Children, Helpful People & Blessings, Career & Path in Life, Spiritual Growth & Cultivation. Some people desire better health, others wealth, some improved relationships, etc. The list goes on and is as unique as individuals are. This is partly why feng shui is so complex – it addresses all these circumstances of fortune and has rules to enhance each aspect. Feng shui centers around five elements as one of its core and basic principles: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. They are each represented by their own color: wood-green, fire-red, earth-brown, metal-white, and water-blue. These five feng shui elements interact with each other complexly and necessarily.
As we’ve said, every feng shui element is characterized by the certain color. Color is one of the easiest ways to shift the energy in your home in order to create good feng shui. While finding the right feng shui colors for your space is really easy, it might take a bit of work to make a specific color work harmoniously in your space. Color is alive and its good feng shui presence in your home is dependant on many factors, two of the main ones being the quality of light in your home and the surrounding colors in your home. The feng shui color tips here will help you define your main color scheme in order to create good energy, and then be sure to play and experiment until you find that very right color for your home! While we need to keep all five feng shui elements with their characteristic colors in mind while decorating, ensuring that their relationship is productive and not destructive, we’ll take a look at each of the areas and presenting elements and colors to see how they work in modern interiors.