Feng Shui Blessings in Time for Thanksgiving
Nov 03, 2015 01:54PM
● By Elena Hutslar
Feng Shui by Maria
“Be thankful for what you have and you’ll end up having more…” Oprah Winfrey
Oprah speaks wisely about all the blessings that surround us. Feng Shui, utilizes your positive connection to your environment to help clear the way for blessings to enter your life.
better time to celebrate your blessings than at Thanksgiving, which is a time when
people gather with friends and families to share love and feelings
of gratitude. Your home is a vessel for all these good feelings, therefore the
more harmonious, and welcoming you make it the more you let the blessings in.
As we begin to plan for entertaining it’s important to also to prepare your home’s Feng
Shui energy. Preparing a home for
holidays implies a clean home with a fresh energy, so clearing clutter and cleaning
will be the desired initial Feng Shui steps. The
following steps include enhancing the areas using the Bagua, and having a balance
of the 5 Feng Shui elements: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
Thanksgiving is represented by the Earth Feng Shui element, or the earth bounty. The element Earth is represented by shades of yellows, ceramics and rectangular shapes. In Feng Shui, as in nature, each element is enhanced by a supporting element. Earth is enhanced by the Fire element represented by shades of red, cone shapes and representations of animals, people or fire. An example of combining the two elements is using candles as the fire element, and a variety of earthenware containers as earth element. All of these as part of your home’s décor will bring positive Feng Shui energy to your Thanksgiving and strengthen the feelings of being grounded with family and friends.
These gatherings usually take place in the dining room around a bounty of food, good will and laughter. Our dining rooms become our oasis where we nourish and renew our bodies, hearts and spirits. Since the dining room plays a key role in sharing your Thanksgiving meal and sharing your blessings, and there are a few enhancement that help make your dining experience a pleasant one. There are also a few things that are NOT recommended for enjoyable dining.
Dining Room Dos
· Comfort is inherent in the positive flow of Chi. Make sure your furniture is comfortable, if not, replace or pad the chairs, and make sure each chair has a pleasant view
· Ensure safety by making sure that there are no sharp edges on the table or chairs. Soften sharp edges glass tables with cloths or table runners. Round and oval tables are more Feng Shui friendly.
· Make sure your dining area is defined enough to have its own identity; screens, plants, lighting, area rugs and furniture placement can help define the space.
· Choose art that relaxes and inspires you, and is congruent with the Bagua Area in which the dining room is located.(See below)
Dining Room Don’ts:
· Mirrors, especially large ones, can over activate a room meant to be tranquil, and make your guests uncomfortable. If possible, avoid mirrors in dining rooms, or break the reflection with plants, screens, candles, vases etc.
DINING ROOMS AND THE BAGUA
The Feng Shui Bagua (Ba-gua) Map, is represented as a grid of nine sectors. The Bagua comes from the Chinese philosophy, “The I Ching,” and literally means “eight trigrams”, with the center being for centering and grounding.
Dining Rooms should take on the qualities of the Bagua area they reside in. Here are some examples of using the Bagua enhancements for Dining Rooms:
Dining Rooms in Career Area (Water Element)
* Items in items in black or very dark colors, glass/crystal items
* Water features, (fountains, waterfalls or aquariums)
* Art depicting water scenes
Dining Rooms in Knowledge and Self Cultivation Area (Wood Element)
* Items in wood, the colors of blues, greens, or black and in the shape of columns or stripes
* Healthy plants with rounded soft leaves
*Art depicting nature scenes
Dining Rooms in Friends/Family/Health Area (Wood Element)
* Healthy floral arrangements or art depicting vibrant flowers
* Photos of family, friends or representing perfect health
* Items in wood and the colors of blues, greens, or black
Dining Rooms in Wealth Area (Fire Element)
* Opulent items in the purple color spectrum
* Art representing wealth such as luxurious vacation spots, stunning architectural homes etc.
* Healthy, round leaf plants
Dining Rooms in Fame Area (Fire Element)
* Photos or art representing achievements or inspiration
* Items in the colors red
* Items representing the fire element with candles and lighting
Dining Rooms in Love and Marriage Area (Fire Element)
* Pairs of items (candles, love birds, vases)
* Art or photos depicting romance
* Colors of reds, pinks and white
Dining Rooms in Children and Creativity Area (Metal Element)
* Photos of children or items made by children
* Items in metal and the colors of white and pastels
* Whimsical art
Dining Rooms in Helpful People and Travel Area (Metal Element)
* Art or figures pertaining to spiritual guides, and/or mentors, helpful people or places where you have traveled or want to
* Items in metal and colors of white, black or grey
Dining Rooms in Center Area
* This is an auspicious location for the dining room because food is associated with the Earth Element.
* Items in ceramics, the colors yellow, earth tones, and rectangle shapes
* Art depicting earth tone scenes such as fields, deserts, sunflowers etc.
Remember that in all of these areas you will be adding Earth and Fire elements for Thanksgiving décor. Ultimately, the best celebrations are the ones where you have really good company, so creating a comfortable setting for your friends and family to enjoy is the ultimate Feng Shui goal for the holidays. Good food, good friends and a good dose of Feng Shui’s Earth and Fire elements (candles or fireplace to warm up and purify the energy) are the best ingredients for a well-celebrated holiday and a great way to enjoy your blessings
Feng Shui enhancements do not have to cost a great deal. Decorating with a few red or orange candles, small pumpkins on gold placemats begins to move the energy needed for the grounding of Thanksgiving. Make your home welcoming through the scents of cooking and baking and watch the energy shift. Your dining room represents the nurturing of all aspects of your life. Once you have enhanced the space enjoy a great meal and express gratitude for all your blessings.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING! I wish you many Feng Shui Blessings.
Maria McCullough, a Benicia resident, is the owner / founder of Feng Shui by Maria and is a speaker and educator with over 20 years of experience. She specializes in residential, landscape and business consultations. She is a graduate of the Western School of Feng Shui and has personally trained with Terah Kathryn Collins, founder of the Western School of Feng Shui, specializing in Essential Feng Shui® and author of numerous books including The Western Guide to Feng Shui.
For questions or home consultations email at [email protected] and put “Feng Shui” on the subject line, or visit my website at www.fengshuibymaria.com, or Facebook “Feng Shui by Maria”, where I post pictures as examples to enhancements. Check out my Blog – Just go to the website and click on “Blog.” You can view many pictures and I will respond to your questions quickly.