Octagon graphic, Bartett Designs
What does a romance/erotic author know about Feng Shui? Early on in my writing career I discovered this ancient Chinese art as a means to organize my desk space. The impressive results prompted me to employ this art well beyond my novel writing, and a dozen years later I've applied Feng Shui to every area of my home. Every Friday I'll share tips to help bring positive energy to YOUR writing...and life. I'll begin by introducing the nine main zones of a house as defined by Feng Shui.
This week: The Wealth Area (right rear corner)
Flip the above octagon so the Career line lies against the wall where your front door sits. Continuing clockwise around the octagon from last week's Family area discussion, if you're standing inside the octagon facing the front door, the Wealth area is nestled into the rear right corner of the house (or room). Energies here influence money! And who couldn't use more of that, right? So let's take a look at how to maximize the potential of this space.
As always, the Wealth area is affected by the same chi-blocking factors (chi=natural, life giving energy) as discussed previously. These include:
*Lack of vital purposing (dead or incorrectly apportioned space)
Wealth Area Fixer-Uppers:
1. Clean it up. By now, you know the drill here. Dust, remove clutter, etc.
2. Light it up. Bright lighting is always helpful in feng shui, but if you'll be utilizing water elements, avoid using lit candles as the source.
3. Dress it up. Royal purples, greens, blues, reds, and golds work well for the Wealth area. Coins are helpful. We have a Chinese coin windchime in our master bedroom Wealth area, for instance. Jade is also a potent cure, and you'll often see jade Buddhas or other statues in a Chinese restaurant near the cash register or Wealth area. Wealth is one of four areas that does not have a natural associating element--five feng shui elements, nine zones. However, water is often associated with wealth--money "flowing" into our pocket, etc., so water features are well placed here.
4. Fix it up. If your Wealth area happens to be a bathroom, keep drains and toilet lids closed and leaks repaired. (Here and everywhere in the home, for that matter.) Clutter in this area blocks money coming into the home. Imagine boxes full of promotional items, prizes, jewelry, computer doodads, etc. stacked on top of the cabinet shown in the photo below. That's what our Wealth area looked like for three years. I finally gave the space an overhaul, and we saw an immediate difference in the flow of our finances. Speaking of "flow," if you use fountains to stimulate wealth here, keep them filled and in good repair with fresh water. Same with fish tanks or any other cure--keep them in fresh repair or the effect is nullified.
Here's some of my Wealth area. I've spread a rich green and gold cloth over the cabinet, and a metal gong and windchime (hanging out of frame) to stir potent chi as well. Metals represent coins and wealth, so gold, silver, etc. work well here. I use strong, pleasing candles--on a warmer, not lit--to effect a constant scent cure that is noticeable throughout the room. My first book cover is framed on the wall for writing income. Though not visible in the shot, we have a small fish tank here. I'm an avid believer in properly placed fountains, and we've used them in this zone with great success. Now we have a little one who finds fountains too great a temptation to stay out of, so for now ours is kept outdoors, pointed so wealth will flow into our home.
Because this area lacks a "don't use THIS element!" factor, I've tried to include all the elements here. I added a natural branch with all the elements of feng shui strung onto it, and embedded natural stones in all the chakra colors. I'll be going a bit more in depth on touches like these later in our series.
As always, regardless of what changes you make to the Wealth area, do it with intention! See money in your hands, know that your energies focused here are working to increase wealth.
Romance writer duties call!! I hope you've enjoyed Feng Shui Friday. Have a Wealth area tip or dilemma to share? Please post in the comments! Until next time, may you find the magic within that brings fortune your way!