I don't have the definitive answers to life and the universe so I play it safe and dabble in multiple theologies. I engage some historical fact, some family religion and a bit of mysticism.
What can I say; I am a sum total of many generations through history.
Feng Shui is one of my belief systems which is basically working with energy in the environment. Does it work? I can't prove it but at the very least it can't hurt.
This year is the Year of the Water Dragon Ren Chen.
Some may remember the post I did last year about the Year of the Metal Rabbit but unlike that story my house is not filled with dragons!
There are lots of predictions regarding earthquake volatility in the year of dragon, lots of upheaval etc. but I am interested with my immediate surroundings and how to get the best out of the year.
My laundry and bathroom are located in the south-east. This year with the change of the flying stars brings yellow 5 into the SE making this a very dangerous sector and the advice is very clear about not undertaking any renovations or digging etc in this area.
Our towels were about five years old and showing signs of wear and starting to hole. This creates bad energy to have things in your environment in disrepair. My first instinct was for vibrant red against the black and white tiles but given the predictions for this sector I wanted to keep things more subdued and calm.
Naturally I have been able to buy at bargain prices and have combined a couple of different brand ranges in neutral shades of "quartz" and "stone" to combine texture and towel sizes (I like them small, he likes them big!) Buying when ranges are at an end means you can get them very cheaply but don't restrict yourself to one brand because it is likely that the full range won't be available. Buying a monochromatic palette works every time.
In feng shui texture and colour represent the elements of water, wood, fire, metal, earth as much as the materials themselves. Balancing the elements helps to create harmony and I hope a quiet and calming influence in this corner.
I have brought other pieces from other areas of the house and placed these dogs. Rooster is said to be the best friend of dragon but I think dog is also on good terms too. These Japanese made dogs were swimming trophies my mother won when she was little and they have a very sentimental meaning for me. As a pair they are also auspicious for my relationship.
I do not normally buy special "cures" for Feng Shui but I had a friend visit his family in Malaysia recently and his mother very kindly sought for me this tiny five pagoda with seed pod especially for the SE cure.
Like I say....it can't hurt.
If you are interested to learn more about Feng Shui, there are many sites on the net but be aware that you do not really need to buy anything special. Take the information and try to gently balance and reposition some of the items and colours in your home. One of the most basic cures is to simply clean and tidy. Ridding the house of grime and repairing broken items enhances the energy immediately. Beware of hoarding as this can stagnate a lot of energy.
A couple of books that I have found useful are
Feng Shui Made Easy by William Spear
The Western Guide to Feng Shui by Terah Kathryn Collins.
There are also many auspicious flying stars as well as inauspicious ones so it's not all dread and doom but the SE sector has been on my mind for the past month or so now. At the very least it's good to have a tidy and freshen up.