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By Cassie Desir
I would like to first acknowledge Karen Rauch Carter for being an invaluable resource on teaching the basics of Feng Shui in a way that is accessible and understandable. Her website can be accessed here for further information.
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art that teaches one how to create balance in their environment in order to promote balance in their life.
Before we delve into the use of crystals to assist this purpose, I must first share the cardinal rule of applying Feng Shui to your space: DE-CLUTTER! Many of us accumulate a lot of possessions throughout our journeys, which tend to collect dust after the novelty has worn off. My mom recently advised me to leave the curtains open over my windows to let the blessings flow through. This applies to all of your space! Go through your possessions and start sorting into three groups:
1. Keep – these are items you not only absolutely love and need in your life, but that you have also used or admired within the past year or two.
2. Give Away – as they say, one (wo)man’s trash is another (wo)man’s treasure. Have a garage or yard sale, give these items to someone you love, or donate them to a local thrift store. It feels good to give something you no longer appreciate to someone who will.
3. Toss/Recycle/Compost – these items can only be given new life by being destroyed and reborn.
After you’ve decluttered your space, you can then begin to map out your space using the Bagua, a visual tool for assessing what areas of your home and room correspond with certain areas of your life.
The front door or entrance to your space will align somewhere within the bottom three squares of Wisdom, Career, or Travel and Helpful People. If your front door is in the center of your house then this is the career area. After figuring out where your front door aligns, you can grid the rest of your space and place crystals that correspond with the colors and life areas represented in each box.
The wealth area supports abundance and prosperity in all areas of life, including - but not limited to - financial wealth. It corresponds with the color purple, so Amethyst is a good addition to this area to increase spiritual wealth, as well as Citrine and Green Aventurine which are also known to aid abundance.
The fame area represents your reputation, and it will affect how you are perceived by others. It corresponds with the color red and with the element fire, so Carnelian and Fire Agate can be placed in this area of your space.
Love and Relationships
This area relates to romantic as well as other types of love that exist in the various relationships in your life, including your relationship with yourself. Rose Quartz and Kunzite are wonderful additions to this area for their ability to enhance these various types of love.
Children and Creativity
Children in your life and your inner child are represented by this area. How does your inner child express its creativity? Are you seeking inspiration in your life? Clear Quartz programmed for this purpose and placed in this area could be your muse.
Travel and Helpful People
Clearing and programming this area can help attract the right people into your life at the right time and ensure safe travels. Clear Quartz, geodes, Smokey Quartz, and Moonstone all correspond with silver, the color associated with this area.
This is an area to pay attention to if you are feeling stuck in your career or unsure of your path in life. Black is associated with the career area, so Black Onyx and Black Tourmaline are good additions, particularly if your front door is located here as they will protect your home. This area is also associated with the water element, so to get things flowing, Aquamarine works well as an additional placement.
This area relates to your acquiring and communicating knowledge. Sodalite and Lapis Lazuli work well here as these are qualities they are known to impart, as well as being blue, the color associated with the wisdom area.
This area affects your physical health as well as familial relations and ancestry. Green stones help get the energy flowing in these areas, such as Moss Agate, Bloodstone, Malachite and Peridot.
The center of your home concerns your spiritual health, well-being, and anything not mentioned previously. It also connects to each one of the other areas, so will affect the well-being of all areas of your life. This would be an ideal area for a crystal grid programmed for whatever your heart desires!
|Great Info! I have a rough Citrine geode in my wealth corner right now! (Submitted by: Stephanie on January 30, 2012)|
|thanks! I've since began to interpret the Bagua differently, using the directions in my home as a guide that corresponds with the respective areas of life. Using this method the area of your home facing North would be your career, East is family and physical health, South is fame, and West is children and creativity. (Submitted by: Cassie D on December 27, 2012)|
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