Want to try some DIY feng shui? I’ve draw up a simple feng shui compass sector chart (known as a Sheng cycle), to get you started.
The old system, known as ‘Black Hat Sect School’, where the front door is used, has been largely discredited, as it was over-simplified when it first appeared in the West (in the 1980s). It was based on the compass school formula, where each direction resonates with an area in life.
Your home’s compass sectors can be found with a compass or by looking at google maps or google earth, although readings may be up to 10 degrees out, as feng shui consultants factor in magnetic declination to get a ‘true north’ reading, versus map north. Alternatively, take note of where the sun sets (west) and rises (east).
Feng shui works on many levels, but at it’s core, ‘compass sectors’ rule particular areas of life. If family relationships are rocky, try sprucing up your home or living room’s eastern sector, starting with a good clean and declutter, then boost the energy with plants or flowers. Lucky bamboo is also a good enhancer, along with happy family photos.
Career is in the north, finances in the south east, romance in the south west, travel and helpful people in the north west, and so on. You’ll find them on the Bagua map, above. Feng shui works on deeper, more complex levels as well, but even simple changes can help to shift energies and lift the vibe.
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Whether you’e a true believer or not, there’s a lot to be said for many of the principals of feng shui, in creating a happier, calmer and more organised home. Why not try these quick tips yourself and see what effect they have?
Beautify your entrance
To draw the best possible energy into your living space, make your home’s entrance is as clutter-free and inviting as possible. Not only will you attract more luck and good fortune into your life, you’ll attract more visitors too. Weeds, cracks and peeling paint convey poverty in feng shui, while creaky gates and overgrown gardens subconsciously say ‘stay away’. For an instant lift, jazz up your entrance with extra lighting or pop in a load of fragrant flowers or culinary herbs.
Reassess your art
Step back and take a good look at what you’re inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness and violence can conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or people you love tend to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. If you’re after romance, avoid displaying lonely or solitary figures in adult bedrooms, and parents, don’t overdo photos of kids. Sunrises, landscapes, aquatic scenes and mountains are especially fortuitous.
Move your mirrors
Strategically placed mirrors can draw more natural light and pleasant views into your living space, but reflecting dark corners or boring walls will only emphasise your problems. It’s said that mirrors facing the front door can scare people (and good fortune) away, while reflecting bathroom doors can magnify health problems. Attract abundance by reflecting your dining table or a big bowl of fruit. Click for more on mirrors
Clean your kitchen
In feng shui, the kitchen symbolises a household’s health and wealth, so try to keep your kitchen as clean and well aired as possible; broken taps and appliances should be promptly repaired or replaced and the stove kept sparkling clean. To encourage a steady income, use all hotplates regularly, rather than favourites. Make your kitchen an inviting place to spend time in; food cooked in a calm atmosphere will nourish the soul and warm the heart.
Shift your furniture around
Sounds ridiculously simple, but moving your furniture around can shift energy within your home or office. Wipe down walls, vacuum and declutter as you go, then spritz some kaffir lime oil for an extra lift. As one of my favourite feng shui masters recently said, to change your life you must first change your habits – and your surroundings. Even sitting in a different chair will start the process!
Surrounding yourself with clutter can weigh you down, and even worse, it can act as a barrier, making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
*Your home’s entrance should receive special attention as it represents both your approach to life as you walk out, and your impression as you walk in. Keep it as clean, beautiful and clutter free as possible .
*The same goes for furniture that looks bad or that you never use. Ditch it, sell it or give it away; consider getting rid of objects that conjure up sad or unpleasant memories, too. If you’re not sure about heirlooms or valuable items, pack them away in a labeled storage box and reassess after a year.
*Unhealthy plants should be given some special TLC in the garden or completely removed from your home. While you’re at it, toss any dried flowers and ditch cracked or rusty pots. Dying plants are a negative influence, so don’t put it off!
*Stray paperwork should be collected together and collated. If you don’t already have one, buy a filing cabinet or try an expander file. Alternately, create a ring binder especially for bills, or set up an in/out-tray near your computer. You’ll feel organised in no time!
*Books, magazines and DVDs that you’re unlikely to read or watch again should be given away. Clear some space for fresh stories to enter your life.
*Wooden furniture can exude a strong psychic resonance, so if Aunt Olive’s oak wardrobe doesn’t hold fond memories, consider selling it or move it into the spare room. At the very least, give it a good cleansing with sage. Your bedroom should be your sacred space.
*Clothes that don’t fit or haven’t been worn for a couple of years should be donated to charity, sold or given away. If you’re not sure, pack them into a box. If you don’t open the box within a year, donate it.
*Artwork that makes you feel sad should be sold, or if you can’t bear to part with it, moved to an out-of-the-way room. Seeing a sad, ugly or lonely scene every day will eventually rub off on your psyche. If you want to invite joy in your life, opt for feelgood artwork.
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As a feng shui consultant, my goal is to create uplifting homes and workspaces. As cures and enhancements are implemented, and the five elements are harmonised, your health, wealth and relationships should all feel the positive effects. A home that that been properly ‘feng shuied’ feels warm and inviting, not only to you, but to everyone who enters. When needed, space clearings can lift the energy even higher.
Previous clients have benefited from unexpected job offers, better relationships with family and neighbours, improved health, more relaxed pets, surprise windfalls, long desired pregnancies, enhanced creativity and a fresh sense of energy and enthusiasm.
I work with clients via phone, email or in person, mainly in the Sydney, Byron Bay, Tweed and Gold Coast areas.
Color and art advice
Well-chosen colours will not only harmonise your home or workplace and provide a psychological lift, they can improve your feng shui.
Sometimes, all it takes switching your art or mirrors around, or adding a specific colour to a room, and the whole vibe will lift. I pay particular attention to the mood and psychological impact of colours, plus look at a room’s natural light and the feng shui sector they fall in. For example, greens tend to resonate with the east, while earthy, warm colours often suit the south and south west sectors.
Being a designer of 30 years, advising on colours and artwork is a specialty. I include basic colour advice in all feng shui reports, or alternatively, I’m happy to consult or advise at an hourly rate.
Feng shui consultations
Onsite feng shui appraisals/reports average $390 for apartments; homes average $490-$890, depending on size, distance and complexity. Prices include an onsite visit, EMF check, an 8-12 page written report (emailed within 1 week) and followup advice.
When consulting I use a combination of traditional feng shui schools, including compass school, form school and flying stars (a more complex system that factors in time). I also assess balance, energy flow, colours, plants and artwork.
Your written feng shui report will cover relationships, health, finances, career, travel, children and creativity. Suggestions for strengthening and enhancing these areas will be made, along with instructions for ‘cures’ if needed. Simple changes can make a big difference!
For a quote call 0411 631 940 or email email@example.com
“Amazing help with our home design … love, love, love your suggestions! Pretty much every point you’ve mentioned were things I’ve at least considered changing … I’m so happy I found you. The suggestions you’ve made are going to make a huge difference!!” – TC, February 2021
“Thank you SO much for your help and advice. After making the changes suggested in your feng shui report, the problems with our neighbours disappeared almost overnight. Things were so tense but it’s totally turned around … what a relief. I can’t thank you enough!” – GM, April 2021
Feng shui energies change from year to year, and from home to home, but for everyone, an inviting bedroom and attractive ‘south west’ sector will help to activate romantic energies. You’ll need a compass to find your ‘relationship sector’, or try Google maps.
If single, place bedside tables and lamps on both sides of your bed, and turn both on at least once a week.
Display a pair of Mandarin Ducks in your bedroom; when possible, opt for pairs of objects rather than single items.
Assess the artwork in your bedroom and remove anything that conjures up lonliness or sadness; limit family photos.
Place two rose quartz crystals – the stone of love – in the south west or by your bed.
Display peonies, either real, silk or depicted, to attract romance; these work especially well in the south west.
Declutter near your bed, and lift the vibe with low-key lighting and sensual essential oils like ylang ylang.
For a quote call 0411 631 940 or email firstname.lastname@example.org