According to Chinese metaphysical studies, everything is connected within the whole universe…….between Heaven, Man/Human and Earth. The study of Feng Shui is the environmental examination of Chi/Qi between Heaven and Earth – Time and Space, and by incorporating the principles of Balance and Harmony.
The Christmas celebration happens a few days after the Winter Solstice, when the Water energy is strongest – most Yin time of the year, which is reflected by the cold temperature outside, and the shortest daylight hours during the day. In order to maintain a balance, we would need to activate the Yang energy in the form of:
- Lighting – both for the exterior and interior of the house.
- Activities – good time to have family gatherings around the fireplace, in the kitchen, enjoying the warmth, good nourishing food and festivities.
The Water element represents communication in terms of human activities, so this is the best time to convey the love and affection between family members, lovers and friends. Beware of intoxication due to too much alcohol consumption, as the negative side of the human activity will come out as being verbally abusive, argumentative and depressive.
The Water element also represents love; this is a wonderful time for sharing with others. In our present world with the big gap between the rich and poor, the haves and have-nots, pressing environmental issues as a result of global warming, instead of catering to consumerism and commercialization, acts of compassion and kindness towards others in the form of kind deeds, volunteerism, donations in kind to charities in lieu of gifts, and a helping hand to those in need will exemplify the true spirit of Christmas.
The Earth element controls the Water element, which can also bring in the balance as stability during the Christmas season; a stable home environment will provide the sense of belonging in everyone.
As for creating Feng Shui harmony within a space during the holiday season, the most important points are still according to the basic recommendations:
- Maintain a free flow of Chi/Qi:
- The Christmas tree is not too big for the space.
- The Christmas tree is not obstructing the Wealth Chi/Qi in front of a window.
- No cluttering due to too many decorations.
- No obstructions in front of the doorways and within pathways.
- Pay attention to Colors & Shapes:
As Chi/Qi is also manifested by different colors and shapes, we have to pay particular attention to the ornaments and decorations used in different part of the building according to the flow between the Five Elements:
- Wood – Green in color; stripes, columns and cylindrical in shape.
- Fire – Red in color; triangular in shape.
- Earth – Brown in color; square and cubic in shape.
- Metal – White/metallic in color; round and ball shape.
- Water – Black/navy in color; wavy in shape.
- Negative energy for 2009
Since every individual space has its own pattern of Chi/Qi according to the time the building was constructed, as well as the orientation of the building, without knowing the exact unique pattern of the Chi/Qi, the sensible recommendation in creating harmony during the Christmas season is by using a balance between all the different colors and shapes. The exceptions are as below:
· During the present Yin Earth Ox year, the most negative Earth Chi/Qi is located within the North sector, too much Wood and Fire energy would not be recommended here – do avoid placing the Christmas tree here, especially not with red and triangular shaped ornaments.
· The other area to avoid is the West sector, which has the undesirable Sickness Chi/Qi, too much Wood and Fire energy are also not recommended here – do avoid placing the Christmas tree here also, especially not with red and triangular shaped ornaments.
· Beware of the possibility of real Fire hazards if a tree is placed within these sectors - replace lights with faulty wiring; avoid unattended candles and cigarette smoking.
Teresa Min Yee Hwang
Feng Shui Master & Lecturer, FSRC
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