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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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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