2018 Feng Shui Tips

2018 FENG SHUI TIPS

Earth Dog year 2018 is time for honesty, integrity, and loyalty. This is the year to create an environment that reflects who you really are, and helps you live simply in your truth.

2018 is an Earth year, as will be 2019, to make your home earthy, comfy. and cozy. Earth rules the stomach in Chinese medicine, so especially take care of your diet and digestion this year. 

Chinese Medicine

All eight limbs of Chinese medicine work together to create good health: feng shui, astrology, herbology, exercise (tai chi, chi kung), meditation, diet, massage and acupuncture, and moxibustion. (Moxibustion uses heat to stimulate points in the body, similar to how acupuncture needles stimulate points.)

Feng shui is the limb of Chinese medicine whereby health is restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. Phoenix year is ideal for restoration of your health. 

Stay Tidy 

Tidy up before you leave your home and office. Then a peaceful home awaits you as you enter into a clean, not chaotic, environment. Especially at your place of work, it is not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Stop mess before it builds up. Home is important to those born in Dog year. They require a secure, safe environment, they can be very protective of their space, and they respect clear boundaries. 

Luck Enters

Where to start to bring in luck? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. 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 touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug.

For a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance.

First Thing Seen

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes 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 mess. Stay tidy, especially in an Earth year when it’s easy to get bogged down in clutter and just too much stuff.

Ba-Gua Map

One style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.

baguafawnchangfengshui1Ba-gua focus to create abundance in Dog year is to emphasize the Marriage and Partnership corner. This is located in the far right-hand corner from the entry. Good connections with family and friends are important to Dogs who are dedicated to contributing to humanity as healers and helpers. The more solid that Dogs feel in their relationships, the more inspired they are to accomplish great feats and to fight for the underdog. 

Because Dog can be such a rescuer, also embellish the Helpful People (and Travel) corner, located at the far right-hand corner from the entry. In this way, Dog will not be taken advantage of or depleted when assisting others. 

When using the ba-gua map, be sure that all areas are clean with no clutter! Don’t get stuck in life by living with too much stuff. Avoid all clutter, or you could experience poor health.

Enhance Your Dining Room

Every room of your home or office has a Marriage and Partnership corner to focus on in Dog year. But the most important room this year is your dining room because that is the room of the element Earth, and 2018 is the year of the earth Dog. 

Start by standing at the entry of your dining room. Then observe what is in your  Marriage and Partnership corner. Really look at your dining room to make it the dining room that you want. Then focus on the Helpful People (and Travel) corner.

If you do not have a dining room in your home, still focus on the element Earth by focusing on diet, nutrition, food choices — what you dine on.

Flying Stars

In a feng shui system of flying stars, every year the stars change location. I know this system but do not use it because each year a direction indicates an unfortunate place, meaning unfortunate for events such as a robbery. If you have concerns about a direction being unlucky, then be sure that area is clean, made conscious, and nicely decorated! If you fear robbery, install a security system and rescue a dog this year.

Pay Off Debt

It is most fortunate to start the New Year with no debt. (A mortgage or a school loan are not in this category.) If you have personal debt on New Year, think ahead by budgeting and planning. Organize your finances to get out of debt this year. Watch out for overspending, especially in autumn.

Paint One Room

The energy of any environment can be transformed completely by adding a coat of paint. If each room of your home has white or ivory walls, all that white is too much of the element Metal which can lead to arguing and bickering. Be sure to paint at least one room with color.

The painted room can be a small room such as a bathroom. Good colors for a small room are light blue for a bathroom or light green for a bedroom. Be sure the blue or green are restful and not too bright. Yellow is good in the kitchen, or gold in the dining room.

Which room to paint? Paint the room that looks the most rundown and is in the most need of sprucing up.

5 elements brightPaint Colors

Paint colors correlate 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 in bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, and all shades of red or with bright accents to 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 paint in a dining area is 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 a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful.
Strong METAL brings logic, clarity, and intelligence.

WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to 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 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 growth, enthusiasm, and creativity. (Fire, the most yang element, also brings creativity. Wood is minor yang in Chinese medicine.)

Lucky Plants

feng_shui430x300It’s fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. Fresh flowers bring fresh aroma that clears the air. The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen to improve health. So be sure to add fresh cut flowers or a healthy plant to your home and workplace.

For both home and office, a favorite is Chinese evergreen (aglaonema). It grows well in all types of locations and climates, it muffles noise, and you can smell the oxygen when near it. Also good are green house plants with rounded leaves such as the indoor lily or peace plant (spathiphyllum), prayer plant (maranta), jade plant (crassula ovata), and pothos (epipremnum aureum). Also include orchids with round leaves. 

Perhaps you’ve seen what is referred to as a “money plant.” This potted plant usually is decorated with gold or red charms. But this type of plant tends to get leggy as it grows, with long stringy branches weighed down by the charms. So this money plant is not always a good choice, unless you have a green thumb and can keep the money plant thriving. A lush round jade plant is a better choice if you have a gray thumb.

Lucky Flowers

If you do not have a green thumb, bring in fresh flowers on Monday to the office, or add silk flowers in lively colors. Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Also favored are colorful tulips and roses. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like a cactus, indoors or outdoors. Instead, grow plants that have soft round leaves like the jade plant.

Stay Evergreen

Outdoors, it is more fortunate to have plants that stay ever green and do not ever lose their leaves. Bamboo is especially lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it is easily adaptable to change. But be sure your bamboo does not dry out and become yellowed. If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container.

Healthy Plants

Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. A bouquet of fresh flowers is excellent to add beauty, fragrance, and luck, but be sure to recycle the flowers when they lose energy and begin to wilt. No dead or dried flowers, and no potpourri.

Silk Flowers

Silk flowers are superb in feng shui because they are a wonderful way to add color and life to your environment. If you bring home a lovely orchid, after the flower wilts, cut away the dead stalk and insert a good-quality silk orchid into your container. Then your orchid appears to be always in bloom — instead of a dead stalk tied to a stake.

Fish Tank or Fountain

Be sure you can commit to the work involved in maintaining it if you add a fish tank or fountain. If you add an aquarium, you are responsible for the lives of living creatures! Even a simple fountain requires maintenance, too. A fountain in this Earth year is not particularly fortunate because Earth blocks Water, like a dyke or damn. But adding Water can help if you live in a dry climate. Fountains are not recommended in places where the climate is cold, snowy, damp, prone to flooding, foggy, or close to a body of water. 

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