FENG SHUI in QUARANTINE

FENG SHUI during QUARANTINE

The first tip is to stay tidy while in an enclosed space!
The second tip is to not become discouraged by delays in life plans.

Do a small bit every day towards your goal, and reward comes at harvest time in this Rat year 2020. Autumn Equinox is September 22. Winter is the most fortunate season in a Rat year.

During quarantine, create good luck and maintain good health by doing feng shui in small digestible bites, like a mouse. Then you won’t become overwhelmed or caught up in a rat race. 

Accept that things will take time. Save sweeping change or drastic measures for Water Tiger 2022. Then you can follow your feelings in springtime. But for now, Rat is a planner, and this spring of Rat year is ideal to focus on feng shui to clear the path for new opportunities.

 

CHINESE MEDICINE

Feng shui is part of Chinese medicine whereby health can be restored and maintained in a balanced and peaceful environment. Chinese medical theory is explained in my book Taoist Feng Shui that you can read while in quarantine.

TAOIST FENG SHUI in Spanish. The vases are lovely, but not dried-out leaves!

2020 and 2021 are Metal years. In feng shui, the element Metal is represented by the clean, pristine environment that shines like real metal. Regardless of the lucky element in your birth chart, everyone benefits by developing the element Metal for the next two years.

If there ever was a time to reduce and remove clutter, it’s now while you are stuck indoors! Rat year 2020 is an excellent time to organize and clean up, especially your financial records. There’s always a focus on money in a Rat year, and change in the stock market, like the Great Recession in Rat year 2008. 

The element Metal correlates to the bedroom. (5 Elements info below.) Metal is a yin element, and the bedroom is a yin room for rest and sleep. 2020 and 2021 are the years to make your bedroom a healing (and tidy) sanctuary. Since you are home and have time, then transform your living room. 

Rats are nocturnal animals. The hours of the Rat are 11 pm – 1 am. Those born during Rat year or hour can have a predisposition for insomnia. The Rat mind is always working and thinking, creating and planning. So 2020 is the year to create peaceful bedrooms for you and your family.

 

FIVE ELEMENTS

This summer when the COVID-19 is under control, boost energy and start a new cycle by painting your home.

What color exterior paint? Walk around the block and look at the colors of the neighboring buildings. Paint the color that looks the best with the others, and therefore improves everyone’s property. 

The energy of any room can be transformed by adding a coat of fresh paint. If all rooms of your home have white or ivory walls, all white is too much of the element Metal that can lead to arguing.

So paint one room with color, or trim a room with color. Don’t know which room to paint? Paint the room most in need of being refreshed.

Remember, do the work in small, digestible bites in this Rat year. It’s easier with a group because Rat loves the pack. Start with one room, and by the end of summer, the whole house is done.

Each room of your home correlates to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element Fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best with accents of the bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, orange, and all shades of red. Bright accents stimulate conversation and activity. Strong FIRE brings passion, energy, and creativity. 

EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red walls (Fire) in a dining area are too stimulating and people eat too fast. Strong EARTH brings stability, balance, and patience.

METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in children’s bedrooms. Colorful prints are too yang and not restful. Strong METAL brings logic, clarity, and intelligence.

WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys. In the bathroom, paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine. Strong WATER brings wisdom, peace, and serenity.

WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room. Strong WOOD brings enthusiasm, spirituality, and growth.

 

LUCK ENTERS

Then start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby — whatever the entry is where you live.

Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and paint touch-ups on scuff marks. Add an welcome mat if needed. Or replace an old one if it’s worn out its welcome.

For a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers. A business must be easy to find, and attractive to enter. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance.

In this Metal year, stop clutter before it builds by maintaining the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits you when you return. Especially at your place of work, it’s not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Same for quarantine at home. Clean up your work space at the end of your work day.

 

1ST THING SEEN

TAOIST FENG SHUI in Russian. INTRODUCTION TO TAROT will be published in Russian this year.

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? And when you enter each room? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone to make the room inviting to enter.

Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of clutter. Stay tidy, especially during this element Metal year, the time for a clean, pristine environment.

 

BA-GUA MAP

A popular style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, or ba-gua in Chinese. For those who apply this method, focus on the Wealth corner in Rat year to create an abundance of money.

The wealth corner is located in the far left-hand corner from the entry. Every room of your home and office has a Wealth corner to embellish during this Rat year.

Also of importance is the Fame or Reputation are right next to the Wealth corner, on the middle wall farthest from the entry door. You want to maintain the good favor of others, and avoid gossip in a Rat year. 

 

LUCKY PLANTS

Healthy plants in your home and workplace increase abundance. And plants offer fresh oxygen. I have many large Chinese evergreen indoor plants, and I can smell the oxygen they give off. If you have plants, you have time to focus on them now that you are in quarantine. If you don’t have plants, research a plant to add to your home after the quarantine. I recommend the Chinese evergreen. And they make a lovely lily (see pic).

Indoors or out, it’s best to have plants that stay evergreen all year, and that do not lose their leaves in any season. 

For flower lovers, lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing. Avoid thorny plants like cacti. Don’t have a green thumb? Try silk flowers. I keep orchids, indoors and out, because their flower lasts so long.

Remember, take small bites in a Rat year. And be consistent. If removing clutter, start with one drawer. Then the next one. Want a big life change? Start making plans now, and pursue them in small nibbles. But keep nibbling. Keep in mind that results arrive in autumn.

More info in my feng shui articles: 

The Five Taoist Elements

Abundance for All Animals

Feng Shui for Real Estate 

Read TAOIST FENG SHUI to learn feng shui structure and history.

Use TEEN FENG SHUI as your personal workbook to learn feng shui, and then help others.

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