By Kathryn Weber
One of the things that frustrates me most is when I get a referral for a feng shui consultation and it’s to re-do a consultation from another consultant who took the crazy train right on out of feng shui town. And it happens.
I understand that we all have a different take on things, but what I’m talking about is the difference in feng shui that it’s no longer recognizable as feng shui.
It’s the kind that has clients doing positively weird stuff, crazy rituals and stuff that’s just hands-down odd. Here’s some of the kinds of feng shui that I’ve come across and how it hurts the feng shui profession.
In feng shui, wealth frogs are toads that are placed on a low table across from a door and are used to symbolize wealth. They symbolically hold the good chi coming into the door. Frogs are good omens of wealth and prosperity because they are most often associated with the presence of water, which is the element of prosperity.
Some feng shui practitioners say you have the frog face the door during the day and then turn it away from the door at night. If your consultant tells you to do that, then you should ask them to face the door and then walk right on out. Frog turning is not feng shui.
You must store water.
All homes need water. Water represents income and prosperity. Sometimes water is used to solve problems in feng shui. Like when a serious affliction falls in a sector with a toilet, that commode is doing you a favor! However, some consultants will tell their clients to put large bottles of water (or wood, or metal, or boulders) all over the house. I don’t know about you, but living with jugs of water stacked in a closet doesn’t seem like good feng shui to me. Water is best when it’s flowing – and it works better in feng shui, too.
Your home is a sanctuary.
The best, most productive, healthy and prosperous houses are those that lean more on the yang side. That is, they have vibrant atmospheres with nice landscaping around the house, attractive furnishings, the house is well kept and visually appealing. Too much talk around feng shui is about creating a “peaceful” environment for the whole home.
While it might sound nice, think about the most peaceful environments you know – they’re usually cemeteries or churches (considered yin houses ). I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to live in either of those places. Having a peaceful, relaxing bedroom is one thing, a completely “Zen” home is another.
What houses need is a balance, with the scales tipped a bit more toward the yang, because that is a house of the living, with plenty of bright light, movement, and a harmony of elements. A house must look and feel alive or it will become yin. When a house is starved for yang energy, residents will suffer with health problems, lack of money, relationship difficulties, accidents, injuries, and so forth. Always aim for an energized home that’s not overly peaceful, or you’ll be living in a yin house.
Hang a crystal above every door.
Hanging a crystal in a window to catch sunlight and throw rainbows in the room is just plain pretty – and good feng shui. Hanging a crystal in every doorway is just plain odd. And, yes, I’ve heard this from practitioners. Anything overhead exerts a strong influence, and crystals are of the earth element, symbolizing earth overhead. Again, we’re back to cemeteries.
Cure my bathroom.
Not every bathroom is a problem. In fact, I quite like mine. Many times, there are afflictions and problems that bathrooms solve. If you have a bathroom, you’re never going to “cure” it, but you can help your home’s feng shui by activating the energy in the corner of the house that the bathroom corresponds to. For example, if your bathroom is in the SE corner of wealth, activate the SE corner of your living room to help create more wealth and improve your assets.
Harmonizing is a sure sign that your practitioner doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. This is when you try to harmonize the room with the color, for instance, like adding red (a fire color) to a kitchen because the kitchen is associated with the fire element. Here’s what I know: fire is dangerous. Too much fire is really dangerous. It’s the same for a bathroom being associated with water and painting the whole thing with a beach scene. Too much water drowns. Harmony is great, in music. In feng shui, it could cause problems.
Put mirrors above toilet, tie faucets with red ribbon…..
A sure sign you’re dealing with some crazy shui is when it starts to look silly. Take for instance, tying a ribbon about sink faucets. Good feng shui also looks good and is something you can reasonably do and maintain. Putting a mirror over the toilet looks odd. One of the most impractical recommendations is to close all the sink and bathtub drains. It’s just not practical, so it’s not really good feng shui. If the concern is about the drain of water in a bathroom, simply close the door. But making your home both pretty and practical goes a long way toward creating good feng shui.