If RSVP, seek.com.au, gym memberships and Deepak Chopra did not work for you in 2016, maybe it’s time to invest in flowers for the home using age-old feng shui traditions. The ancient Chinese art of feng shui seeks to balance energies (chi) within your space to promote happiness, health and good fortune. Through the use of objects, colours and formations with special symbolism, it is expected you will be able to attract positive outcomes in your life.
To New Beginnings…
With the new year comes new beginnings. And whether you are hoping to attract love or better your career, finances, health or self in 2014, the colours, aesthetic beauty and ‘aliveness’ of flowers will draw powerful chi energy into a home. According to expert Rodika Tchi, when it comes to the feng shui of flowers, attention is often paid to colors, numbers, as well as the symbolism of specific flowers. Below is a description of the most popular flower symbols in feng shui…
Love and Peonies
Available during the summer months, the sensual peony has long been used in feng shui as a cure for love and romance. To attract long-lasting love into your life, consider placing pink peonies in the home. Experts caution however, that peonies should be kept in the living room to promote attraction and romantic love, as peonies in the bedroom symbolize carnal lust (particularly red peonies). It is even rumoured that an image of a flowering peony in an older couple’s bedroom should be avoided to prevent affairs with younger women.
Career and Orchids
If you are hoping to drive your career to new levels of success in 2014, it is recommended to display a vase of orchids (preferably purple) in the living room to bring luck and harmony to the whole household. Not only might you receive that promotion you’ve been after, but your teenage son may suddenly start getting straight A’s. Not a bad investment while beautifying your house in the process. Live in share accommodation? Consider joint investing in a communal ‘orchid kitty’ to bring harmony and career success to all your flatmates equally! Alternatively, narcissus (otherwise commonly known as daffodils, paperwhites and jonquils), are used as a feng shui ‘career cure’ to encourage proper rewards and recognition for hard work.
Wealth and Chrysanthemums
In addition to a bunch of jonquils or paperwhites on your coffee table to benefit career and finances, display a vase of chrysanthemums in your home to encourage prosperity and success, ease and balance. It is believed these fluffy, long-lasting blooms represent bountiful harvests, joy and a long and successful life.
Health and the Lotus
The lotus represents ultimate perfection. A beautiful flower rising from muddy waters, symbolising the ability of enlightened souls to rise above worldly concerns. Every part of the lotus plant, from roots to petals, has medicinal properties, further contributing to its feng shui ‘potency’ for creating a healthy and harmonious self.
To further infuse the energy of new beginnings and ‘freshness’ to your personal space, also consider placing cut branches of blossoming flowers in a vase, such as cherry, apple, dogwood, or peach. Plus it’s a gorgeous look!
‘Alive’ flowers offer more powerful ‘chi’ energy than artificial silk flowers or images of flowers, however not all these symbolic blooms, such as the lotus, are available year round. Depending on what you are trying to attract into your life in 2014, consider placing a beautiful picture of your selected feng shui flower in the home, then when in season, display a vase of these symbolic flowers beneath your image to achieve maximum, positive ‘chi’ effect.
Whether you believe in the possible outcomes of feng shui practices or not, at the very least you will be able to enjoy the simple pleasure of fresh flowers breathing life into your living space. References