Use the ancient system of Feng Shui in your green spaces to vastly improve your life by bringing abundance into your home
Is your garden feeling a little lacklustre and like it’s missing something? Feng shui could be the answer. This ancient Chinese philosophy focuses on how we can live in harmony with our natural world and allow energy to flow through our homes and environments without obstacle.
By incorporating all the essential elements into your green space – water, wind, fire, earth and metal, plus crystals, sounds and fragrant scents – you can use this technique to create a haven, restore your soul and enhance your life.
To create harmony with nature, start by dividing your front and back garden into nine equal squares. Use a compass or an app on your mobile phone to find the different locations around the centre – the south, north east, west, north west, north east, south west and south east.
Now, look at each section of your garden in turn and see how you can improve the flow of energy through it. I encourage everyone to really tap into their feelings and emotions when doing this. Put your hand on your heart centre, ask questions and give yourself time to listen to your intuition and feedback. What is the feeling you get? Make notes in each sector so you can use the most suitable changes and colours for each direction and create a space that serves your needs.
The centre is known as the taiji, and is best kept clear, empty and undisturbed. Think of the word peace and employ this here. Be creative and generate a feeling of stillness and expansion. For instance, if there is a tree in this section of your garden, build a bench around it so you can sit, contemplate and rest here awhile. Felling trees is traditionally taboo but planting new ones is a powerful blessed act in feng shui.
The south is the most dynamic sector and symbolises fire as well as powerful uplifting and vertical energy. Examine the south section of your garden wherever it is, front or back. Does it look dull, limp, unstable and unattended?
The south needs to be strong and empowered with lights. If your property faces south, use two uplights or spotlights to increase your success and luck. Do this especially if there is a slope as it prevents energy dropping and even money leaking away from your property.
Plant species that will give you a blaze of bright powerful colours including reds, purples and oranges in your borders. Choose pointed flowers like poppies, foxgloves, dahlias, gladiolus, zinnias, begonias and amaryllis.
You can also use wooden wicker pyramids or poles adorned with climbing
plants like roses and clematis to give a display of explosive colours.
“Be creative and generate a feeling of stillness and expansion in the centre”
The east is a good place for wood and dark green colours, and it’s here
you should embrace dawn, shafts of light and new beginnings. The focus is on shady trees, evergreens, bushes, areas for compost, bird tables and fairies as well as plants like snowdrops, crocus, primroses, bluebells, moss, ferns, azaleas, rhododendrons, healthy bamboo and abundant fruit trees. Keep this area secretive, still and mysterious. Plant wild flowers here to awaken change.
The north is closely tied to water and winter and is represented by the
colours of black and blue. The energy is supportive, yet wanders peacefully. The land undulates like waves and meanders in this serene sector. Plant the area with blue hydrangea bushes and flowers like hyacinths, black and blue salvia and irises with winding paths among them. If the north is at the back of the property it must support you with a solid wall, fence or row of trees. Place a still pond and keep it quiet and peaceful, maybe even with a pet tortoise. I personally like placing gold dragon figurines here as well – they
are a friend of the Chinese rat and will protect your career this year and support you and your family. Empowered lapis lazuli crystal will nourish and sustain your career in this area too.
The colours and materials of the west are metal, gold and white and this
brings luck and positivity here. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy a warm evening with the sunset bringing delight at the end of the day. Use jasmine and honeysuckle to infuse your space with balmy fragrances to lift you. You can place crystal geodes and a metal statue here with freesias, white yarrow, gardenia and daisies set among acer trees and autumn colours. Whatever you use will be amplified, so look for positive improvements as there is wealth potential to be tapped into.
The south east
The south east represents wind and wood energy and is tied in closely to light green colours. It’s an area focused on fertility and productivity and portrays wealth. Let it be a place where children (and your own inner child) can plant, explore, play and make magic. A wooden bench would be ideal here or if you have room, so install wooden decking large enough to exercise or unroll your yoga mat on.
This year, this area will be blessed by heaven and having a water feature with water lilies, lotus and fish would be very lucky. The water needs to flow steadily inwards towards the property as water in feng shui relates to wealth, and you don’t want your money leaving your house! Use blue, yellow and green flowers like bells of Ireland, hostas and marigolds to reflect the feeling of opulence with large round green foliage too. Statues of dragonflies, dolphins and fish, as well as wooden wind chimes and prayer banners are also good additions to this space.
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