By Kathryn Weber
In feng shui, shapes have significance in their meanings. Shapes are related to various elements and having each of the elements represented in your décor and environment is an exceptional way to balance your home’s energies and bring in the full energy of each shape.
It’s not hard to use shapes either.
Having various shapes in your environment or even your clothing and décor can help you use personal feng shui and invoke the energies of the specific shapes for your particular desires or goals.
Using shapes in your home, office and bedroom can help you surround yourself with the kind of growth that brings enhanced luck and good fortune!
For instance, famous fashion designer, Tory Burch, was profiled in an Architectural Digest article that included photos of her office, which employs feng shui, and showed her use of the rectangle shape, among others.
Looking at her desk, she is flanked on both sides by tall bookshelves, that also act as sentinels to watch over and protect her while promoting upward growth.
Even the office is decorated with a balanced mix of blue (water) and white plates in a rectangular pattern (wood), showing the round plate shape (metal) , in rows of 5 (earth) in three rows (wood) for a total of 15 plates (heavenly metal number).
She also has an assortment of gold mirrors (metal) with spikey patterns (fire, sun energy) in a grouping of 10 (a number that reduces to 1 – meaning water).
The only thing missing is some green growth – and that’s handled by the green upholstery and pair of plants. Looking at this office tour, you’ll notice that numbers play a significant role – especially the number two (represents pairs, the woman, double goodness).
You can use the energy of shapes in your life too. Each kua number has a shape associated with it that is especially auspicious. (Find out your kua number here.)
Look around your home to see if you home and office has a variety of shapes. Look at what your missing in your home and add it in with shapes!
This shape represents the full energy of wood and of upward growth and the number three and four, with the number three being more auspicious. The rectangle represents movement. Add this shape when you have too much metal or earth energy or when you desire more growth and protection. This is the shape of success for the 9 and 1 kua.
This is the element of earth and the number two. Squares are solid and grounding. They are beneficial for adding the energy that benefits relationships and the family. Add this energy when you are feeling like there is too much movement in your life. This is the wealth and success shape for the 8, 2 and 5 kua.
This is the shape of the element of fire and the number nine. This shape should be used sparingly, but it signifies success and upward movement – especially when the points are up. Look for this shape to add more success and increased energy, but use this sparingly as it is the element of fire and too much fire can burn down the house! This is the shape of success for the 3 kua.
The wave shape signifies water and is very auspicious! It’s represented by the number one. The curvilinear shape symbolizes the fluidity of the water element and its ability to transport and transform. This is one of the shapes least seen in home and office settings. Too much wavy shapes can create depression and too little can create a lack of opportunity and growth. This is the shape of success for the 4 kua.
This shape is considered the most auspicious as it is the shape of heaven and the element of gold, or metal, and the numbers six and seven, with six being the most auspicious. Metal shapes help to keep too much wood (often found in homes) from overtaking the energy of a home. Many homes have wood floors and wood furniture. Employing round shapes helps to control excess wood – which can increase tensions in the family. A small round table or round objects can help keep wood from becoming oppressive. This is the shape of success for the 6 and 7 kua.