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Feng Shui Tips

Today’s traditional Feng Shui practitioners use the same methods as the old Masters concerned with analyzing the energy inside a dwelling, and most importantly, how that energy affects the occupants. The recommendations are practical and straightforward. With the use of the Five Elements recommendations may include changing the décor or layout of a room for a year if possible, by adding certain objects, or positioning an existing item or pieces of furniture to establish a cure for that space.


The purpose is to always apply remedies in areas in need with powerful Chi using objects belonging to the five elements. The objective is to have the space compliment the established décor, versus having the space look as though it has been “Feng Shui-ed” or turned into a Chinese shop. The space should feel good to those inhabiting it, whether it is a living space or a work area.

As strange as this may sound, in one of my audits I found a wind chime attached to the ceiling of a living room. This was a recommendation by a famous Feng Shui practitioner, who suggested to set up a chime to help control the energy of Star #5 that was located in the center of the house for that year. Although the sound of metal is an amazing cure to keep the energy of Star #5 at bay, having the wind chime in the center of a living room, attached to the ceiling isn’t too appealing. As an alternative, I changed the chime for a metal grandfather clock that produced sound every hour. This way, the area looked both decorative and still had the effect of the cure to balance the negative star.

Fish Tanks and Fountains

Aquariums and fountains are widely used as Feng Shui remedies. You may have read tips either from the internet, or certain Feng Shui books that by placing six red fish and a single black fish in a tank, negative energy or “sha Chi” will be absorbed by the black fish, that will need to be replaced frequently as it will most always die from absorbing the negativity. This is absurd, and the reason could be because the combination of the numbers, one and six, have special meaning in the flying star system of Feng Shui.

Aquariums and fountains are used in Feng Shui to set up the element of water in certain areas of a room, or building. In Traditional Feng Shui there is a saying:

“’Chi’ to ride with the wind and is dispersed, while it is retained on encounter with water.”

This means that wherever water is placed, there is an interaction between wind and water, transforming and releasing energies and enhancing the Chi of the area. Thus, the only purpose for a fish in an aquarium is to keep the water moving. The more fish, the better as water is moving versus remaining stagnant, which is unhealthy. The colour of the fish is irrelevant. It is very important when applying this cure, to keep the water perfectly clean.

Water is a very potent Feng Shui cure, and care should always be taken when placing water in and around the home or workspace.

It is important not to play around with water if you are not sure what to do, or how to place it. If you notice detrimental effects after installing a fountain or an aquarium it is best to turn it off.


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