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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Feng Shui

written by Guest Blogger September 20, 2011

As I mentioned in Life Happens: Sporadic Posting Notice, I’m moving to a new pad! I know it’ll manifest any day now so I’m extra grateful for today’s guest post. Michael Schnippering is a Feng Shui consultant and he shares some little known Feng Shui tips to help improve the Chi in our environment!


Many people are aware that Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art involving arranging a home or space to promote good energy flow while removing negative energies. But this practice has many aspects to it that many many not be aware of, even those who are familiar with it.

Here are five things you probably didn’t know about Feng Shui:

  1. Animals – Did you know that along with color and proper use of the elements, animals are also used to promote good Feng Shui? Cranes and turtles are both symbols of longevity and good health. Some people even have live turtles in their homes because of this benefit.
  2. Vases – There are certain decorative elements that also promote the best principles of Feng Shui. One of the ways this is done is through the use of different decorative vases. A vase has curves, which are thought to be beneficial. The color of the vase is also important, for example white stands for family harmony and happiness.
  3. Flying Stars – This is a more advanced Feng Shui element that you may not know about. Flying stars can bring bad energy into your house and you need to check and see where they are and when they are coming in. Once you know what direction a flying star is coming in, you can take appropriate countermeasures to fix it by placing different things in certain locations of your home.
  4. Crystals – Crystals are definitely not just a “new age” thing, and have been in use in Feng Shui homes for many generations. Crystals promote positive energy and should be placed in the Southwest, Central and Northeast areas of your home or office.
  5. Keep the Front Door Clear – Although many people are aware that it is good to have guardians at your front door like Foo dogs, for example, it is very important that you leave some space on both sides of your front door to allow the Qi or chi to collect. If you do not leave enough room on either side of your front door, then the beneficial energy will not be able to collect. Do not block this area with sculptures or plants or any kind of decoration – keep it clear.

So now you know five principles of Feng Shui that you probably were not aware of previously. As you can see, it can be dangerous – even if you have the right idea, you might intentionally do something that could cause great harm to you or your family.

Many people have the best of intentions when working with Feng Shui principles, but they have to be very careful that they implement them properly. For example, it is good to have all the elements represented in your home, but they should only go in specific area, otherwise they could cancel out good energy or worse, allow bad energies to come in. Do your best, and make sure to double check everything.

About the Author

Michael Schnippering is Chief Executive Officer of Feng Shui at Work. Feng Shui at Work is an international company that provides consultations worldwide. He is committed to the true art and science of Feng Shui. Over the years his Feng Shui practice has taken him to various parts of the United States, Germany, France, Spain, Colombia and Argentina. For more information or any questions you can connect through the site or on Twitter: @fengshuiatwork

Hmm… I’ll just add `turtle’ and `vase’ on my decorating checklist. And now I know where to place my crystals! Thanks for the contribution, Michael.

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