The Colours of Feng Shui

Black

Black is the color of mystery and provides protection and strength. It symbolizes nighttime and represents an empty space. It provides intensity to any area and if used often, it can translate into a heavy atmosphere. This color can be used in the East, North and Southeast but you should not use much of this color for a child’s bedroom and it should not be used in the South. If you are trying to attract career opportunities, place this color in the North area of your space. Black can also be combined with white and used on furniture.

Brown

The color brown is used in the East, Southeast and the South and the energy from this color provides plenty of nourishment. It can be associated with different foods and drinks, such as chocolate and coffee. Brown can also be used for the common areas of your home. You should not use much of this color for a child’s bedroom or the Southwest area.

Green

This color represents the revival and a fresh start and provides nourishment, healing and keeps peace in your life. When incorporated with Feng Shui, you should use different shades of green instead of just one. Incorporate plants that have fresh foliage and use in the South, East and Southeast areas.

Red

The color red is associated with the Fire Element, which is a symbol for the sun and life and the energy that comes from it. It represents passion and celebration and can be considered both as a creative and destructive

aspect. With this Element in your home, you can experience happiness. The Chinese use the color red for happiness and luck. In India, the color red is use for marriage and weddings, and in the West, the color red stands for romance and courage. When decorating, the color red is used for richness, although careful consideration has to be implemented not to use too much red otherwise it can provoke anger and excessive stimulation. With Feng Shui, red can be used in children’s bedrooms with caution and can also be used in the common areas of the home, such as the dining and living rooms and the kitchen area.

Red can be used in the East, Southeast, West and Northwest areas of your home but you should limit the amount you use. Red is a perfect candidate to use in the South.

Orange

The color orange is known as the ‘social’ color and is responsible for providing the energy from Feng Shui to engage in spirited conversations and to have good feelings in your home. When winter approaches, it can be a reminder of summer. Log fires also come into play with the color of orange. Just like red represents fire, so does orange. It is not a good color for the areas of the West and Northwest and should not be seen in the East and Southeast, as these areas are controlled by other elements of Feng Shui. Orange can however be used for the common areas, such as the living and dining rooms, kitchen and anywhere else where the environment can have action and lots of energy. It’s a good idea to also implement some Feng Shui products or accessories in these areas. Since orange is considered a soft and warm color, it is easy to incorporate with Feng Shui.

Purple

The color purple should not be overused as it is very strong and has a relationship with the spirit. Although it is not recommended for use on the wall, it can be used in a space where meditation is taking place. If you use this color at home, use it moderately or use lighter shades. It can be used in the East, South and West areas, with limitations. A great way to use the color purple is to place an Amethyst crystal in your space.

Pink

Pink is the color of love and is in line with marriage. It can be used to keep the energy calm and works to quiet the heart and provide it with lots of love. This color is used mostly in the Southwest area. When decorating, a soft pink is used; hot pink is used when there is hot and heavy energy. Pink is great to use for a little girls bedroom. There are also several common combinations of pink that include pink and black and pink and green. Pink and green represents activity whereas pink and black represents a retro style. A good way to use pink is to place a rose quartz crystal in the area.

Yellow

The color yellow gives self-esteem and reminds people of the sun and can brighten up any space, providing an inviting atmosphere. It can be used in the East and Southeast areas. Yellow is a better choice for a childs bedroom and the family room. If you have a dull looking room, using the color yellow will provide it with lots of light. It provides the Fire Element, but in a softer format than the color Red does and is easier to deal with on a larger scale. If you use hot yellow, do not use too much of it.

Gray

Gray represents the energy of the metal element and can provide a clear focus to any space in your home. Although gray is usually considered a dull color with not much life, the noble gray shade can be used as this is considered a little more upbeat than the regular color. Used in the West, Northwest and North areas of Ba-Gua, gray can provide Feng Shui energy into most of the common areas of your home. It should not however be used too much in the East and Southeast as Wood is the dominant element in those areas.

White

The color white represents Yoga rituals and stands for quietness, innocence, beginnings and endings. It has a clean, fresh focus and can be used for Feng Shui purposes anywhere in your home. It is not a good idea to use all white in the East and Southeast so use other colors to blend in with it. Having a white space in your bathroom or meditation room will help with healing. It can also provide possibilities never explored before along with a promising future.

Blue

Blue represents the clear skies and waters and can be used in the East and Southeast of anyone’s space. Since blue is connected with Water, the energy is responsible for supplying nourishment to the Wood Element. Blue can also be used for decoration or art and as a color for ceilings. It has been noted that students have done better in their studies when they have a blue ceiling. A light blue color

works well for harmony but a dark blue color is best for peace and quiet. A deep blue color can be implemented in your bedroom to help you get to sleep, however, you should not utilize deep blue very much in the South, West and Northwest areas. Combine blue with white to provide energy.

When the colors for Feng Shui are used in the right format, your environment will be the recipient of good Feng Shui energy.

Cycles of Feng Shui

The Productive and Destructive cycles control the five elements of Feng Shui. Wood is part of the Productive cycle that is produced by the element of Water. The cycle continues with the creation of Fire, Earth, Metal and Water, in that order. The Cycle maintains a positive flow and complements each other.

Even though it’s on the opposite end, the Destructive Cycle has just as much prominence as the Productive Cycle. Anything that is negative or contributes to decay is removed and this makes way for things that are positive and will help in the Feng Shui process. With this Cycle, Wood is responsible for separating Earth. Earth in turn soaks up Water; Water douses out Fire; Fire melts Metal; and Metal cuts up Wood. This too, is another cycle that goes around in circles and doesn’t stop.

You will need to use different colors for each direction:

  • East and Southeast – Dominant green
  • South – Dominant red
  • Southwest – Dominant yellow
  • West and Northwest – Dominant white or metallic

With the directions and color schemes, alternate colors can be used for the basic ones.

Blue and black can be used for the East and Southeast and anything in the red family can be used for the Southwest and Northwest. Anything in the yellow, beige and brown family along with any combinations can be used for the West and Northwest. White is the color used in the North because Metal creates Water. In the South, green can be used because Wood creates Fire. The colors don’t have to stand by themselves. They can be supplemented or combined with others to create powerful statements. With Feng Shui, you must keep balance and harmony as these attributes are needed in order to keep the flow of Chi in a positive format.

Yang energy comes from the Element of Fire and is represented by the color red. Other things that help to provide more energy are candles and lights. If you want more intimacy, Earth energy would be needed. Things that contribute to earth energy can help your marriage in a positive way and can also help you in different relationships. You can use items such as crystals and ceramics and items made from earthenware to enhance this. Metal is also one of the Yang Elements that has a positive effect and can also help with the flow of Chi.

With Feng Shui, flowing water is considered to be quiet and relaxing and helps the Chi flow in different areas of your life. As with water, the flow doesn’t stop and you can use this to implement energy into your home. As the Water represents wealth and prosperity, this element can be used if you are starting a new career or want to advance in an existing one.

Implementing an aquarium or water fountain can give positive vibes in certain areas of your home. One area however that water is not recommended for is the bedroom.

The Wood Element connects with your home and garden and you can place wooden objects in certain areas including near plants and flowers, such as a wooden bench, in order to obtain more wealth.

The Five Elements of Feng Shui

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The principle of five elements is important to the concept of Feng Shui as they work in certain ways in accordance with the rotation of the Productive and Destructive cycles. All five of the elements correspond with a certain color and some of the elements will use more than one color. Here are the five elements and their corresponding colors:

Wood

The Wood element represents growth, development and planning. This element resides in the East and Southeast areas of your space. It is associated with the brown/green color spectrum and the columnar shape.

Fire

The fire element represents expansion, enthusiasm and transformation and provides energy to things that are career related. It will also assist you in being recognized in your achievements. This element resides in the South, Northeast and Southwest areas of your space. It is associated with the red, orange, purple, pink and strong yellow color spectrum and the triangular shape.

Water

The water element represents easiness, abundance, freshness, calm and purity. This element can be used in the North, East and Southeast areas of your space. It is associated with the blue and black color spectrum and wavy lines.

Earth

The earth element represents stability, nourishment and protection in relationships. It can be used in the

Northeast, Southeast and Center areas of your space. This element is associated with the beige and yellow color spectrum and the square shape.

Metal

The metal element represents accuracy, clarity and efficiency and can be used in the West, North and Northwest areas of your space. This element is ideal for your home or business and is associated with the white and grey color spectrum and the circle, oval and crescent shapes.

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Methods of Feng Shui

Learning Feng Shui is not as easy as people may think as it can take several years to get the hang of it. You should always start from the beginning with the basics and then make gradual steps to the more advanced phases of Feng Shui. Here are some things you can implement to get you started:

Air and Light of Good Quality

In order to master the principles of Feng Shui you should have good quality air and light. When you incorporate both of these, you will benefit from having good Chi. Allow natural light into your home or office and open windows frequently. Investing in some air purifying plants is also a good idea.

Ba-Gua

Use a Ba-Gua compass to activate the energy map in your home or office. You will find out which areas or rooms are connected with the Feng Shui concept when you connect with your Ba-Gua.

Eliminate Clutter

Discard everything that doesn’t mean anything to you or that reminds you of bad events or feelings in your life. Once this is done, you will feel like a heavy burden has been removed from your shoulders and this will also make it easier for you to move to the next phase.

The Five Elements

You need to get familiar with the five elements of Feng Shui and for certain areas of your home or office, some elements will need to be stronger. This depends on what area you are looking to implement Feng Shui and on what you are trying to attract in your life.

Birth Element

Wood and fire are considered elements and you will need to incorporate along with that a corresponding color and shape.

Cures

When engaged with Feng Shui, you will need cures in order to have a better life. There are different things that can be used to achieve this. Here are five of them:

  • Aquariums
  • Fountains
  • Crystals
  • Colors
  • Clocks