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Feng Shui and the Language of Flowers
Mon Dec 10 2012 |
There’s a strong, basic connection between Feng Shui and flowers. What’s your favorite flower, and how does it speak to you in Feng Shui terms? The stronger your connection to a specific flower -- because of its shape, color, texture, aroma, or meaning -- the more powerful it can be as a personal Feng Shui symbol. You can also choose to surround yourself with flowers based on the Feng Shui meaning of their colors. For example, red flowers represent passion and emotion; orange, warmth and conversation; yellow, truth and friendship; green, growth and renewal; blue, clarity and relaxation; purple, spirituality and faith; white, innocence and strength.
Whenever you bring flowers and flower symbols into your home to activate their Feng Shui meaning, first try to surround yourself with actual living flowers. When that’s not possible, display artwork that shows flowers, decorate with floral fabrics and decorations, or choose high quality silk flowers.
Dried flowers are a Feng Shui “no no,” because they are considered dead energy. Occasionally I go into a client’s bedroom and see that dried up bridal bouquet sitting on the dresser collecting dust and know it’s no longer sending a positive message. I recommend keeping one flower from your bouquet in a scrapbook instead of displaying a dried up bouquet.
Fable of the Magic Red Geranium
I want to share a story from my book to show how flowers can speak to us on a personal level. It's called the "Fable of the Magic Red Geranium."
Have you heard the fable of the Magic Red Geranium? A woman living in a shabby, cluttered house was given an enchanted red geranium by a wise person who told her to take it home, where it would transform her life. She took the geranium home and set it on her wobbly kitchen table covered by a stained tablecloth. Immediately, she saw how the beautiful form and color of the geranium made the wobbly table seem in disrepair and the table linen look shabby. So, she fixed the table leg and washed the tablecloth. Then she noticed how her newly washed tablecloth made her floor seem dull, so she scrubbed it. This made her kitchen walls look drab, so she repainted the room in a fresh color and replaced missing cabinet knobs. Eventually her entire home was sparkling, and she had indeed transformed her life.
Here are a few of the more common Feng Shui flower symbols, and the best bagua area to locate them:
1. Peony. Symbolizes attracting love or restoring a relationship. Display a pair of pink peonies in your bedroom or Love Area.
2. Orchid. Symbolizes the search for spiritual growth and purity in life, and also a fertility symbol. Place an orchid in the Helpful People area.
3. Narcissus. Symbolizes the flowering of talents and abilities, and career success. Display a white narcissus in the Career Area to get rewarded for hard work.
4. Chrysanthemum. Symbolizes a balanced and easy life. Display mums in the Balance Area at the center of your home to attract good luck.
5. Cherry, Dogwood, Peach Blossom. Symbolizes freshness and new beginnings. Display flowering blooms in the Health Area to assure well-being.
6. Lotus. Symbolizes perfection and healing. Display a lotus flower image in the Knowledge Area to assure a healthy and harmonious home.
7. Hydrangea. Symbolizes gratitude and enlightenment. Display in the Creativity Area, and give as a gift to an unsung hero.
8. Rose. Symbolism varies according to color: red for love, yellow for friendship, white for purity, pink for admiration. Display red roses in the Love Area to strengthen relationships and in the Wealth Area for prosperity.