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FENG SHUI is part of Chinese medicine whereby health can be restored  and maintained in a balanced, peaceful environment. Learn more about Feng Shui and the basics of classical Chinese five elements medical theory in my book Taoist Feng Shui.

2023 can be time of gentle healing after passionate Water Tiger 2022.
This yin Water Rabbit year is internal, meditative, and a time for inner alchemy.

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2023 is a Water year. In Feng Shui, the element Water is yin, quiet, cooling, and soothing. Yin rooms of the home are the bathroom, bedroom, and dining room. Yang rooms are the living room and kitchen that are exciting, dynamic rooms for family interactions and entertainment.

The element Water correlates to the bathroom. (Five Elements info below.) 2023 is time to make your bathroom your personal, healing sanctuary. Create your own peaceful and relaxing home spa, and make your bathroom a cozy haven. Rabbit likes soft and cozy!

When visiting the home of a Rabbit, you’ll see that they like it intimate, beautiful, and cozy, especially the bedroom. The bedroom, like the bathroom, is an intimate room. So focus on both the bathroom and the bedroom this year. In the bedroom, add beautiful bedsheets, fabrics, and rugs. Make the environment tactile and comforting. Be sure that the bedroom is calm, soothing, and restful. Add the color blue in the bedroom for easier and deeper sleep.

I was interviewed about the Five Elements in Reader’s Digest:

This Is What Your Chinese Zodiac Element Is (And What It Means for You)


Boost energy and start a new cycle by painting your a room or two in your home during this Rabbit year. The three artists of the Chinese zodiac are Rabbit, Snake, and Sheep. Therefore, during Rabbit year is it easier to naturally express your creativity.


If you start outside, what color is best for 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. That creates harmony among neighbors, and improves everyone’s property.

Indoors, 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 add a color backsplash, or trim a room with color. Don’t know which room to paint? Paint the room most in need of being refreshed. The main focus is on the bathroom in this Water Rabbit year so you can start in the bathroom if you don’t know where to begin.

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. Fire is hot and expanding energy.

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. Earth energy is grounding.

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. Note that Metal energy can be unyielding.

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, or a soft pastel color that you enjoy and find relaxing. Strong Water brings wisdom, peace, and serenity. Water is cold and free flowing energy.

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 and spirituality. Wood energy brings growth.



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 a welcome mat if needed. Or wash or replace an old mat if it’s worn out its welcome.

Do the same 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 attractive to enter and easy to find. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance. If your business is online, then your home page is your entrance.

In this Water year, do not be emotionally indulgent. Instead, stop clutter before it builds by maintaining the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits when you return. Especially at your place of work, it’s not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. If working from home, clean up your work space at the end of each work day. 




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 that makes the room inviting to enter.

Ideally, the first thing seen in each room is clean, inspiring, and makes sense with the home design. You do not want the first thing seen to be a pile of paperwork or any type of clutter. Stay tidy, especially during this element Water year when people are more in touch with emotions and more sensitive to their environment.



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 Health area that is the middle wall area to the left when entering a room. Rabbit is an alchemist and healer. This is the year to deal with your health, and not delay with health issues.

All areas of the Ba-Gua map need to be lovely in a Rabbit year. Rabbit pursues beauty so be your own interior designer and create beauty. If you have clutter, determine where that area is on the map. That is where you are blocking your own good fortune. Be sure that there are no dried plants, unhealthy house plants, or dried up orchids in any of the areas of the Ba-Gua map.

Indoors or outdoors, it is preferable to have plants that stay evergreen all year and do not lose their leaves in any season. Choose plants with beautiful full leaves. Avoid thorny plants like cacti. 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 or thorny situations.

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.