There are five elements in Feng Shui and one will apply especially to you, based on the year of your birth. The elements are Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water. Using your birth element as the predominant element when you are decorating your spaces will result in the best possible environment to nourish and support you.
The best way to bring the energy of your element into your home is to decorate in the colors of that element. For wood decorate in greens and brown. To evoke the energy of fire use red, orange, warm purple and strong pink. Sand and earthy colors as well as light yellow and light brown correspond to the earth element. For metal decorate in white and grey. Use blues and black bring the water element into your spaces.
How to calculate Your Feng Shui Birth Element
Chinese years don’t correspond to the western calendar with each new year beginning on the 1st January, instead Chinese years are calculated on the Luna calendar with the year beginning on the second full moon after the winter solstice. So the first day of each will be a different date in either late January or early February. For example if you were born on 25 January 1990 your element is Earth and not Metal which is the sign for the majority of people born in 1990.
Use the chart below to see the Chinese year that your birth date falls into and the element for your year:
Be sure to reference the Bagua to make sure that where you are placing the elements is constructive and not destructive!
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If you are serious about creating wealth, prosperity and abundance then treat the money that you do have seriously too! A primary expression you have of money, and of wealth energy is your wallet. The best wallet for you will help you to attract and retain money and achieve prosperity. Although the idea of ‘Feng Shui-ing’ your wallet isn’t traditional Feng Shui, Feng Shui shapes, colors, elements and principles affecting your wealth energy can definitely be applied to your wallet.
The classic Feng Shui cure of clearing out the clutter applies to your wallet too. A cluttered wallet, stuffed full of receipts, coupons, photos and cards severely reduces your ability to attract wealth and abundance. It represents a lack of clarity and commitment to building wealth, a chaotic approach to money and blockages in attaining prosperity and abundance. A wallet that is full of stuff has no room to allow in money Qi to enter! So, completely empty out your wallet, take out all the cards, coins, receipts, photos – everything, and re-organize your wallet following these rules:
Feng shui wallet rules
Keep your wallet or purse clean and in good repair. Zippers and clasps should work easily. If your wallet is damaged, scuffed and especially if it doesn’t close properly replace it straight away.
If you are overhauling your finances, or if you have had a run of back luck with money then it is an ideal to buy yourself a new wallet ~ clear out the old negative energy and start afresh.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on your wallet, but it needs to look good! And don’t use a second hand wallet as this will carry the energy of the previous owner with it. Even if they are wealthy and successful you don’t know for sure that they had good luck with money while they owned the wallet.
The look of your Feng Shui wallet
Chose a wallet that is made of good quality material, is large enough to comfortably fit what you need and has ample room for your money. The notes should fit in without needing to be folded.
Don’t buy a wallet that is irregular in shape. The most auspicious shape for your wallet is a rectangle, one that will easily fit the notes.
Select a wallet with compartments for cash, coins, cards etc. This will help you to reduce the clutter and bring an organized energy to your money.
Colors for wealth
The best colors for your wallet are based on the elements and the lucky colors of wealth.
Black is the ideal color for your wallet. It represents the water element, which feeds the wood element – the element of wealth. Black stands for power and depth. Black will support you in career and business advancement and promote wealth and prosperity for you.
A deep rich brown also represents the wood element. Brown represents stability and responsibility with money. Brown will help you to save money.
Green also represents the wood element and is a good color to choose if you are completely overhauling your finances (and your life!). Green represents new beginnings and expanding wealth. Green will increase income and business opportunities.
Red, gold, deep blue and purple are also colors that attract the Qi of wealth and abundance.
Avoid pale and muddy colors.
Chose the color that resonates best with you.
Where to keep your wallet
Keep your wallet in the same place all the time. Make sure that it is a spot that is easily reached, is specifically set aside for your wallet. A space in the money corner of your home is ideal. Place your wallet here after you clear it out every day. Don’t ever just throw it down anywhere when you get home (or anytime), this shows you have no respect for money. Never place your wallet on the floor, or your hand bag either, especially if your wallet is inside.
Let your newly organized wallet be a constant reminder to you of your intention to attract wealth, prosperity and abundance into your life.
The Bagua is one of the primary tools used in Feng Shui. It is, in essence, an energy map. The Bagua is divided into eight areas and each of these has an associated life area, with its own color, associated shapes and Feng Shui element connected with it. You can apply the Bagua to your home and office to enhance the positive Qi and attract more wealth, prosperity and abundance into your life.
Choosing the correct bagua
It is important to note that, as Feng Shui is based on the natural environment, where the equator brings warmth and gentle winds, to be embraced, and the poles are cold and harsh, to be protected from, the Bagua diagrams for the Northern and Southern hemispheres are mirror images of each other. The East and West remain the same. So be sure to use the correct diagram when applying the principles of Feng Shui to help to draw wealth, prosperity and abundance to your home.
The eight sectors of the bagua
The Bagua is divided into eight sectors. These are Recognition and Fame, Wealth and Prosperity, Family and Health, Education and Knowledge, Career Prospects, Helpful People, Children, and Marriage and Romance. Each area has associated colors, elements and shapes. These are shown on the Bagua diagrams below.
How to use the bagua in your home
To apply the Bagua to your home you will need to take a compass reading and then overlay a diagram of the Bagua over a floor plan of your home. This way you will identify which areas of your home correspond to the eight sectors of the Bagua. The Bagua can also be applied to each room individually in the same manner. If you home is long and narrow, for example, stretch the shape of Bagua to cover all of the floor plan.
Now that you have identified the Wealth and Prosperity area, also known as your Money Corner, in your home, you can enhance the area to promote the wealth energy or positive Qi to bring you prosperity and abundance. Use the colours and elements of wealth, that is greens and browns and wood to decorate this area. For more help in enhancing your wealth area have a look at these articles:
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Butterflies are feng shui symbols of transformation, metamorphosis and positive change. Because of this they are perfect symbols for you to use when you are trying to make positive change in any aspect of your life, be it wealth, love, health, energy, career – anything at all!
Butterflies will help you with determination, perseverance and maintaining positivity during periods of change and ultimately helping you to achieve happiness, success, joy, abundance, freedom and love.
The butterfly, through its life from caterpillar to pupae to the beautiful butterfly serves as reminder of how we must change, develop and grow in order to achieve our joy, and to encourage us to persist through the difficulties and live with the hope of attaining abundance and joy. So using symbols of butterflies will help you to remain committed to making positive changes and working through the hard times.
Butterflies are a reminder for you
to look for the beauty in life,
even when things are bleak.
How to use Butterfly Symbols for Wealth
You can place butterfly images, use patterned fabric or wallpaper in your bedroom for love and growth and in your place of work for creativity, financial growth, energy and achievement.
A butterfly pendant, jewelry or keychain and clothing depicting butterflies are beautiful ways you can keep the positive energy that butterflies bring with you all day.
Butterflies can be used in any section of the bagua and will enhance that aspect of your life. Be sure to keep the colors relevant to the sector of bagua that the butterflies are placed in.
If you have a garden or balcony use plants such as alyssum, lavender, oregano and sage as well as nectar rich plants to attract butterflies and you can provide a basin to catch rain for them to drink. Never use pesticides or herbicides in your garden.
A butterfly flying into your home is an omen of good fortune.
Butterflies are also used in feng shui for love, creativity and energy and are a symbol of long life.
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The best and most powerful crystal in Feng Shui for helping you to attract wealth and abundance to your life is Citrine. The beautiful soft yellow crystal will assist you in reaching your goals and achieving prosperity.
Citrine is also known and the ‘merchant stone’, ‘wealth stone’ and ‘success stone’ because of its reputation of attracting business success and good fortune.
Did you know that most of the crystals sold as ‘Citrine’ are actually heat-treated amethyst?
How to know the difference…
If the color is a burnt orange or deep reddish-yellow, then it is most likely amethyst. Genuine citrine is a clear delicate yellow.
Citrine is a rare crystal in that it will never need cleansing as it cannot absorb negative energy. In fact, it is transformative in changing negative energy to positive.
Be aware that citrine fades in the sunlight and although the reflection of sunlight on citrine is beautiful it will slowly remove the golden color and reduce the wealth giving energy.
How to use Citrine crystals to promote and attract wealth
You can place clusters or pebbles of citrine in the money area of your home. To learn more about the money area of your home click here.
Traditionally, citrine trees or pi yao statues carved in citrine are used to attract wealth energy, but you can use citrine in any form that inspires the ideas and energy wealth in you.
By combining citrine and gold, for example, by placing citrine pebbles in a gold bowl in your money area you are doubly enhancing the wealth energy that citrine can attract.
Wear citrine jewelry ~ necklaces, earring, bracelets and belts to increase your success and confidence.
An added benefit is that Citrine crystals can inspire creativity, create balance by destroying anger and self-destructive behaviour and bring happiness to you. It is a counteraction to greed, self-doubt and fear.
Citrine is associated with the power of the sun and the associated high levels of positive energy. Wearing citrine and having it in our homes and offices will help to remind us that we need to active and not passive in pursuing our dreams and goals.
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How to use the Feng Shui Ba Gua to find your Money Corner
Feng Shui is developed from an understanding of nature and natural energy patterns. From this has developed a map, called the Ba Gua. The Ba Gua needs to be aligned with the compass and placed over a plan of your home or office. From this you can identify the 8 different sectors of your home.
With Feng Shui in the Northern hemisphere the primary wealth corner is in the South Eastern sector and in the Southern hemisphere the wealth corner is in the North Eastern sector of your home or office.
How to decorate your Feng Shui Money Corner
Most importantly you need to keep the wealth area of your home clean and free of clutter. This allows the Qi to flow. To activate the money corner place items that symbolize money, abundance and prosperity in this area. Perfect items to use here are images of moving water, such as waterfalls and crashing waves, a money tree plant and plants that cleanse the air, items that are gold or purple and items and images that evoke wealth for you.
Images of waterfalls and moving water are perfect to display in your wealth sector.
Elements and colors for your wealth corner
Each area of the Ba Gua has an associated element and colors. The element for the Wealth area is Wood and it’s colors are green and brown. So, include items made of wood and in these colors in your wealth area. The element wood is strengthened by water and earth and you can use these elements and colors too (blue and black for water, tans, creams and yellow for earth). Wood is weakened by metal (white) and fire (red and orange) and you need to avoid these elements and colors as they will work against the energy of abundance.
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The most powerful money plant in Feng Shui
The beautiful, delicate jade plant is the most powerful money plant in Feng Shui. It is a symbol of good luck for prosperity, fortune, wealth and abundance. Jade itself is a symbol of growth and renewal and this translates to the Jade plant. Additionally, the round leaves represent money with every growth of leaves representing more and more money for you. So a healthy jade plant will help to attract material wealth and money to you.
The Jade plant is an evergreen plant and lives a very long time, so your wealth will continue to grow and flourish as long as you look after the plant.
Where to place a jade plant to bring money and wealth to you
Placing a jade plant in the wealth corner of your home, the wealth corner of any room and near the entrance to your home will bring the energy of abundance to you.
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The most powerful color in Feng Shui for attracting wealth, money, prosperity and abundance to your life
Purple is the best color to use in your home to attract money to you. Purple is a very powerful color in Feng Shui. It is one of the primary colors of wealth and, when used correctly, will help you to attract prosperity and abundance into your life.
One of the great advantages of purple is that it can be used in every area of your home without adverse effects. Unlike other colors which represent the various elements and have set areas in your home where they can be used, purple is a color for wealth and power and positive change and doesn't work against other colors. However, it is best to use the warm purples in the love and fame areas and cool purples in the career area of your home, so as to ensure that you aren't adding fire to the water elements and water to the fire areas.
HOW TO DECORATE WITH PURPLE FOR WEALTH
Purple is a very powerful color and needs to be used sparingly in your home and office. Purple flowers and plants, amethyst crystals and purple details like cushions, rugs, art works and candles are ideal ways to introduce purple to your home decor.
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