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 How to attract health, prosperity, harmony, and love into your home

FENG SHUI. This is Chinese wisdom that dates four thousand years. In those days, the wiser realized that there were spaces in nature where plants thrived. They later realized that they felt better in some houses than others, and that the families who resided there were happier and more prosperous than others.

This knowledge evolved over time, was perfected and although they didn’t yet have a compass, the results of being in better or worse directions were visible in both body and mind.

The Feng Shui masters then emerged, who for generations shared their knowledge with their apprentices, who would later become masters too, ensuring the continuity of this chain of thought. Following a sequence of study and dedication, the knowledge of Feng Shui thus arrived today.

Feng Shui enables us to harmonize, balance and boost the energy of homes and spaces, helping their inhabitants achieve certain goals, such as prosperity, wealth, health, relationships, social status, and studies, among others, seeing that a home is a reflection of the people who live in it.

Having plants at home is an excellent choice, as they stimulate harmony and balance, which allow us to transform less beneficial energies into healthier energies and environments.

Although the East and Southeast sectors are more usually used for placing plants, this does not mean it is where you should place them. There are various types of plants and they are associated with the different elements (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal), which in turn are associated with cardinal sectors. As such, in the East and Southeast sectors of your home, place tall, vertical plants with green leaves and, such as bamboo. Plants with these features in these sectors will stimulate the emergence or continuation of a good development of new projects, prosperity and health.

Plants with pointy leaves, star-shaped, red or violet (strong colours), namely birds of paradise, sunflowers, dragon tree and Christmas flowers are used in the South sector to attract fame, success, recognition, popularity and passion. Creeping plants, with small yellow or orange flowers are used in the Southwest and Northeast sectors. Pansies are ideal to achieve good family relations, strengthen the mother’s energy and also improve love relationships and friendships. Lilies and arum lilies contribute to increasing the inhabitants’ motivation, as well as stimulating studies and spirituality.

Round, white plants are indicated to be placed in the West and Northwest sectors (Metal). Crassulas were already used by the Chinese thousands of years ago to improve the family’s finances. Tulips, daisies and carnations are used in the West to boost romance.

Lastly, irregularly shaped plants are ideal to be placed in the North sector (Water), such as climbing plants and orchids, which foster luck professionally.

However, I’d like to point out that we are talking about general rules, and as in any rule, there are exceptions. For instance, the South sector is the most well suited for birds of paradise, but if the Fire element is already in excess (we can tell this via each space’s energy charts) or because it can drain the element of those who lie there, or simply because that sector may have harmful energy, it would be a mistake to boost the sector with plants. Accordingly, each case is unique and, in a house, usually there’s an exception to the rule that requires a more personalized and professional analysis.

Like any other living being, plants need care, attention and being clean, fresh and healthy. A plant that is wilting is like a patient who needs care. That weak energy will contaminate the inhabitants. That is why, when a plant dies, we should replace it at once.

To conclude, how many of us have visited a place where the scent of plants, harmony and well-being filled the air and we were caught up in that soothing and rejuvenating energy?


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