Feng Shui Gardening

Feng Shui Garden

It’s not everyone’s cup of tea working in the garden, personally I love to; I find it very relaxing and really enjoyable. The garden is often overlooked but it really is the key to good Feng Shui. If you think about it, what is the point of having the perfect home if the area around you is producing bad energy. All this energy comes into your home via your doors or windows, and if you have clutter and junk in this area this will be the energy your home will receive

A tidy garden is a happy garden

A good Feng Shui garden will help you attract nourishing, high quality Qi to your home, as well as delight all your senses. The size of your garden is not the main criteria; I understand that it is wonderful to be surrounded by a big, lush garden but if you are limited in size in the garden, you can still create a good Feng Shui Garden by making the most out of the area wisely. You will need to know the Flying Stars for your home or the Annual Flying Stars as your garden is an extension of your homes Flying Stars. You will also need to understand the five elements theory and know how to strengthen each area to bring auspicious energy and suppress the inauspicious areas.

Introduce decorations and colours

Feng Shui Wind ChimeGood garden decoration can be used as subtle cures such as an earth coloured statue. You should consult the Flying Star chart of your home or for the year and place the Cures in the necessary area. For example, a large metal round decorative ball in the northeast is a great cure for the Annual #5 Star in 2016. If you want to create a play area for your children in the garden, the west, east and southeast are good areas this year.

Wind chimes are a perfect Cure to place In a garden as their sound creates healing vibrations in the air. There is a variety of wind chimes that we sell on our website – from metal to crystal – with various symbols, colours and numbers of strings and rods. While each element of the wind chime design is important, the most vital part of the Cure is the quality of the wind chime as this is always a deciding factor for me (along with the sound, of course.)

Stay on top of maintenance

Clear mould and algae off gardenThe image to the left is from when Daniel moved in to his new home – the back of the fence in the garden was covered in algae and can produce a lot of negative energy.

After the autumn season in particular, leaves start to accumulate which stagnates and stops the flow of Qi- so get the gloves on and remove them from your garden. If you have forgotten about a bucket that’s hiding behind something- check it! There could be stagnated water lying in there which can cause you many problems depending whereabouts it has been sitting. If there is stale water in there, you should try and dispose of it by tipping it down a drain which leads away from your home. When clearing up in the garden, make sure you clean every corner and crack properly. Any negativity should be cleaned away to allow new positive Qi to enter.

Your garden can be a perfect retreat in the stressful times we live in and with regards to Feng Shui, it is the Yang that balances the Yin, you can have the perfect Feng Shui house, if it is not balanced with your garden your efforts will be wasted. The reason for this is because with an untidy garden you will not get free flowing Chi and it will stagnate and this stagnant Chi will end up in your home.

One example I can give you is when a client emailed us a couple of weeks ago asking for advise on how they can enhance their relationship using Feng Shui as they were having a few problems. I emailed back asking what issues they were having, was there anything they had done differently and what their home compass direction was. Her reply was ‘As we have been fairly busy recently doing things as a family, we had forgotten about a big bucket of water at the back of our house, which we were going to throw away after clearing up the garden a couple of weeks ago. I can’t count how many problems John and myself are having.’ As soon as I read this I knew the problem. She gave me a compass direction of 346* which put the bucket of stagnant water in the southwest of their home. The stagnant bucket of water was affecting their relationship, causing them to argue with each other. I replied to her email asking her to carefully dispose the water into a drain which flows away from their house. She emailed me back 3 days later, telling me she didn’t realise how much of an impact a bucket of stagnant water could have on their lives and relationship. She also went on to tell me that since throwing it away, their relationship is better than ever.

Renovations, repairs and upgrades

Digging in garden 2016

If you are thinking about changing the way your garden looks such as putting decking down instead of grass or a new patio be aware of sharp angles, corners and columns. These can create what’s known as poison arrows. These angles redirect the energy funnelling it into a powerful thrust that transforms Qi into Sha energy. It is also vital to check the Flying Stars for the year and month to make sure you are not activating any negative areas with ground-breaking.

Certain types of plants are important in your garden and home; do not use cactus or plants that have spikes as they create aggression and tension. Plants with fat succulent leaves are very auspicious. Overbearing large trees at the front of the house are not good either always try and have them no higher than two thirds of your house.

Try and fill your garden with colourful plants all year round, they will attract good energy as well as looking great. Using herbs to create good health, wealth and longevity. The use of herbs in your garden not only adds colour and life they can have a powerful influence on your life. They also contain medicinal properties that have been used for centuries. Basil prefers to grow apart from other plants and is said to promote individual and good fortune in personal ventures, plant in the north area and do not use whilst pregnant. Jasmine lifts the spirits of depressed or those with marital problems, plant in the south-west to improve relationship or south-east to improve money luck. Lavender I love, not just for its healing and aroma properties but as a plant you can place it anywhere in your garden, below a bedroom window is great to promote better sleep. When I was pregnant with Olivia, the health visitors encouraged all us pregnant ladies to use lavender to help us relax not only during the 40 week wait for our babies but during the labour process too. At first I thought it was an old wives tail but it actually does help you relax and it 100% makes the labour process just a little bit easier.  Rosemary aids bad memory; plant it in the south-west to encourage remembrance. Do not use when pregnant or if you suffer with epilepsy, in fact always seek medical advice before using most oils.

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Feng Shui Garden

Your garden should be treated the same as your home, keep your lawn trimmed, borders clear, patios clean, pay particular attention to your front door, make sure it is unobstructed and no paintwork is peeling on the door. Always clear blocked drains as these can have a serious effect on finances. Use trailing plants on edges of sheds or garden buildings to soften harsh edges, do not let them overgrow or block light. Hide your rubbish bins behind a screen if possible and do not have seating near them. If you have a BBQ have it in the south, South East or North East as it will stimulate the fire energy. Try and use your garden as a sanctuary you will be amazed at how much better you will feel after sitting in the sun or watching the wildlife.

I know I have got you all thinking, wondering if your garden needs a good tidy up… now spring is here it’s the perfect time to get the bulbs in and get the garden looking perfect for those relaxing summer evenings and BBQ parties with families and friends.

“Every time you think you’ve graduated from the school of experience, somebody thinks up a new lesson”

The use of mirrors (including ba gua mirrors) in Feng Shui

“Life is like a mirror. If we frown at it, it frowns back. If we smile, it returns the greeting”

Feng Shui MirrorMirrors are important in Feng Shui and can be used as remedies and cures. They help Ch’i energy to move more harmoniously through your home or office. They can make a small room look larger, a dull room look brighter, increase your wealth and your luck, and deflect bad energy; altogether an amazing tool that has so many practical uses. I did an article on mirrors in the bedroom which you search for in the notes section.

  • The front door of your home or business is crucial to the flow of Ch’i in and out of your property. Try this simple test. Stand at your front door and look out, checking to see what poison arrows (Sha Ch’i) are directed at your home/office. Sha Ch’i are lampposts, corners of neighbouring buildings, a road pointing towards your front door, end of a cul-de-sac, anything you feel is pointing at your home in a threatening way. The cure for this particular problem is a Ba Gua (Pa Kua) mirror. I have listed the different types below.
  • Flat Ba Gua mirrors are eight sided with a mirror on the inside and trigrams on the outside. These are the most popular and can be purchased at most good Feng Shui shops. They are used as a general cure for any of the above problems. You must never use a plastic Ba Gua mirror; they are very bad and can cause many problems.
  • Convex Ba Gua mirrors will reflect and expand Ch’i energy; they are mainly used to remove overbearing images such as a large neighbouring building, which could be an office block, prison or tower block. Do not use a Ba Gua mirror inside. You can use a normal convex mirror inside your home. For example, if you have a staircase directly in front of your front door your Ch’i energy is coming into your home/office and going straight up the stairs, which is not good for the whole home/office. Never have a flat mirror directly opposite your front door as any Ch’i entering is sent straight back out
  • Ba Gua MirrorConcave Ba Gua mirrors should be used to draw in good Ch’i. For instance if you have a good setting for Feng Shui, such as a river, hills etc, place the mirror on the outside to draw in this good Ch’i.
  • Good Feng Shui is never to be in a position where you cannot see what is behind you. A typical case would be sitting at your desk with your back to the door. The ideal solution would be to move the desk so you are facing the door, however this is not always possible, therefore the best cure is to place a normal mirror in front of you so that you can see the door behind you. Do not use a Ba Gua mirror though.
  • Crystal SphereAn excellent cure we have used for many businesses is placing a mirror beside your shop till with a crystal faceted sphere hanging above. We have always had positive feed back on this cure; in fact we use it ourselves. It is said to double your wealth luck.
  • Never place two mirrors opposite each other as they just bounce the Ch’i energy from one to another.
  • Mirrors and bedrooms, hmmmm tough one this. I am sure 99% of our readers, male or female and myself included, would not like to do without a mirror in the bedroom. If you have a mirror you should try and have a full-length mirror where you can see all your body when looking into it, or a mirror that you can see your entire head. At night they should be covered as well as any reflective items such as TV, computers, glass picture frames etc. You only need cover the ones that look onto your bed. When you sleep you expel unwanted thoughts and emotions through Ch’i leaving your body, a reflective material such as a mirror, TV etc sends them straight back to you.
  • Long corridors or narrow hallways. Stagger mirrors on either side (never have them facing each other) to slow the Ch’i energy as well as creating a wider and brighter area. At the end of the hallway try and place the mirror where it can catch some natural light to flow through the area.
  • Always keep your mirrors and windows clean and replace broken or cracked mirrors immediately.

“ You can lose up to 30% of daylight from having dirty windows or mirrors”

Feng Shui and the importance of picture frames

Framed images and feng shuiThis may seem a strange subject and one that you would not think was related to Feng Shui but I can assure you that picture frames and even the contents inside the picture frames can have a major effect on the energy in your home or office.

If you were to walk into someone else”s home and take a look around the house and saw pictures of distressing images like graveyards, dark and distressing woodlands and similar photos, chances are your first impressions of the home would not be good ones. This is due to the fact that humans generally take 10-15 seconds to decide whether they like something or not.
Framed pictures and Feng ShuiWith spring bank holiday coming up in the UK on the 26th May 2014, it is predicted that 45% of people in the UK make home improvements during a bank holiday and for many people; to put this in perspective, there are 63.23 million people in Britain and an estimated 28,453,500 people will be doing some type of home improvement. Lets say that only 10% of the 28,453,500 people decide to purchase and hang a new picture on their wall, that equals to 2,845,350 people that could potentially be seriously altering the energy in their home without even realising.

A picture frame can alter the energy in your home or office in five different ways…

  • Shape – All shapes are associated to the five elements
  • Size – With Feng Shui, there are both good sizes and bad sizes
  • Colours – different colours are associated with different elements
  • Material – The material used to make this picture frame
  • Image – This can have an effect with both energy and elements

Lets start with Shapes….

Different Picture framesThe five elements all lay host to different shapes which can really benefit you if used correctly but can also wreak havoc when used incorrectly so please read on to make sure you get this bit right.

Wood – rectangular picture frames are associated with the wood element which could include full body sized pictures and also, wide angled landscape city shots.

Fire – Triangular and spiky picture frames are associated to the fire element; although this shape is a lot less common, it is best to list it to make you aware of the influence that a picture frame this shape can have.

Earth – Square picture frames are associated to the earth element which is one of the most common picture frame types.

Metal – Circular picture frames are associated to the metal element and are commonly used for portrait photos.

Water – Wavy photo frames are associated to the water element; you may have never seen a wavy photo frame but this goes for photo frames that have a windy, flowing curve to the frame.

Now that you know what shaped picture frames are associated to which element its time to look at the effect that these picture frames can have by placing them in different areas of your home…

Five elementsThe five elements are used in Flying Star Feng Shui to weaken, enhance and cure both positive and negative Flying Star combinations which affect the Monthly and Annual Flying Stars. For more information on the Annual and Monthly Flying Stars, take a look here –

I would recommend starting with the Annual Flying stars and keeping an eye on the Monthly Flying Stars and keep track of where you place your picture frames around your home or office and which elements are attached to them.

Next we will look into different sizes and which ones are good and which ones are bad. Different sizes can have different effects; I have listed these below up to two metres which will cover most sizes but you can use our Academy of Feng Shui software that we created which includes everything you need to know to perform a home or office consultation to running a whole Feng Shui consultation business which also includes our Chinese Ruler section which will tell you auspicious measurements from picture frames to tables, televisions and so much more making sure you get your home or office as right as possible. For more information on our Academy of Feng Shui software, you can click the link below.

Auspicious and inauspicious measurements for picture frames – you can use these measurements to measure both width and height

0cm – 4.5cm – Chai. This denotes money luck
4.5cm – 10.8cm – Pi. This denotes financial loss, bad luck and legal issues
10.8cm – 16cm – Li. This denotes bad luck, financial loss and theft
16cm – 21.5cm – Yi. This denotes success in children and good fertility
21.5cm – 27cm – Kwan. This denotes luck, prosperity and family honour
27cm – 32.4cm – Chieh. This justin bieber movie tickets was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday under suspicion of driving under the influence and drag racing. denotes ill health and loss of wealth
32.4cm – 37.8cm – Hai. This denotes disasters, sickness and arguments
37.8cm – 43.2cm – Pun. This denotes good financial luck, general luck and luck in exams
43.2cm – 48.6cm – Chai. This denotes money luck and good fortune
48.6cm – 54cm – Pi. This denotes financial loss, bad luck and legal issues
54cm – 59.4cm – Li. This denotes bad luck, financial loss and theft
59.4cm – 64.8cm – Yi. This denotes success in children and good fertility
64.8cm – 70.2cm – Kwan. This denotes luck, prosperity and family honour
70.2cm – 75.6cm – Chieh. This denotes ill health and loss of wealth
75.6cm – 81cm – Hai. This denotes disasters, sickness and arguments
81cm – 86.4cm – Pun. This denotes good financial luck, general luck and luck in exams
86.4cm – 91.8cm – Chai. This denotes money luck and good fortune
91.8cm – 97.2cm – Pi. This denotes financial loss, bad luck and legal issues
97.2cm – 102.6cm – Li. This denotes bad luck, financial loss and theft
102.6cm – 108cm – Yi. This denotes success in children and good fertility
108cm – 113.4cm – Kwan. This denotes luck, prosperity and family honour
113.4cm – 118.8cm – Chieh. This denotes ill health and loss of wealth
118.8cm – 124.2cm – Hai. This denotes disasters, sickness and arguments
124.2cm – 129.6cm – Pun. This denotes good financial luck, general luck and luck in exams
129.6cm – 135cm – Chai. This denotes money luck and good fortune
135cm – 140.4cm – Pi. This denotes financial loss, bad luck and legal issues
140.4cm – 145.8cm- Li. This denotes bad luck, financial loss and theft
145.8cm – 151.4cm – Yi. This denotes success in children and good fertility
151.4cm – 156.6cm – Kwan. This denotes luck, prosperity and family honour
156.6cm – 162cm – Chieh. This denotes ill health and loss of wealth
162cm – 167.4cm – Hai. This denotes disasters, sickness and arguments
167.4cm – 172.8cm – Pun. This denotes good financial luck, general luck and luck in exams
172.8cm – 178.4cm – Chai. This denotes money luck and good fortune
178.4cm – 183.6m – Pi. This denotes financial loss, bad luck and legal issues

Now for the colours –

Feng Shui Colours

Wood – Light to dark greens

Fire – reds, oranges, burgundies, purples and pinks

Earth – browns and yellows

Metal – whites, silvers, golds and coppers

Water – blacks, greys and blues

The materials and images are quite self explanatory although I can”t imagine you would have a picture frame made of water. I hope you have enjoyed reading this article and will take this in to consideration the next time you purchase a new picture frame.

It is not as bad as you think!

I have posted below an email we received earlier this year and thought it was such a good topic I had to share it with you as we receive so many emails from people panicking and have had many hundred over the years over the phone crying as they thought their life’s were collapsing around them because they had read an article, book or told by a Feng Shui consultant that their home will cause them problems. Continue reading

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Chinese New Year according to the lunar calendar starts on the new moon after the winter solstice and is celebrated by many people from all over the world. Chinese New Year indicates new beginnings.
Unlike the solar Chinese New Year which we use in Feng Shui the lunar date is the date you celebrate the Chinese New Year with Ang Pow’s with gifts of money, fireworks etc. The date that you would spend placing your Feng Shui cures and enhancers is always on the 4th February which is the start of spring using the solar calendar.