Feng Shui Plants
Generally, Feng Shui plants represent growth and they absorb negativity. They can help combat negative energy emitted by computers and to soak up noise. The Chinese believe that if your plant flourish so is your health; if your plants are not growing well, so will your health suffer.
This is important, as modern buildings can be deficient in chi, due to their insulation materials and the extensive use of synthetics, which often inhibit the flow of chi into a home.
A variety of Feng Shui plants is ideal. In general, Feng Shui plants are considered to have wood chi and they are suitable for all rooms as long as they remain healthy. Wherever you are short of floor space, use hanging plants.
For example, the pine tree is seen as a symbol of longevity and should be planted where older relatives live in the home. The bamboo has the same meaning, but it is also a symbol of endurance and protection.
An immortal peach blossom tree in the far right hand corner of your home of office will ensure a beautiful, loving marriage and a wonderful relationship that will withstand all the pressures of time.
The jade plant - because of its fleshy, round leaves that look like coins-is one of the most famous symbols of wealth and prosperity. It takes almost ten years for a jade plant to produce flowers, and then it hap¬pens only under specific conditions. But once in bloom, money will begin to flow into the house. This Feng Shui plant also represents the energy of patience and reliability.
Chrysanthemums, Orchids, Hyacinths and Narcissus signify a life of ease and good beginning. Plum tree is a symbol of pure and superior.
The Lotus is a symbol of purity and spiritual attainment. As it flowers from the mud floor of the ponds, it is an allegory of the perfect and the pure springing from the Yin darkness.
Bonsai plants, originally grown in Japan, can be considered from two points of view. On one hand, the process that keeps the plant small - namely drastic pruning - greatly reduces its chi and thereby its strength and vitality. On the other hand, in spite of such drastic treatment, this plant has enough vitality to persevere and grow.
The profusion of blossoms of the hibiscus plant connects us to abundance, fame, and wealth. The magenta flowers of the fuchsia plant look like little lanterns and provide strong yang energy, which is why the plant is a symbol of good luck.
Ivy, because of its ability to attach itself so securely to structures and objects, stands for friendship and is an expression of constancy and patience.
In China, a magnolia tree in the front yard is a symbol of contentment and good fortune. The same tree in the backyard points to hidden jewels or consistently increasing wealth.
In China, this plant is called "eternal water" and is brought into bloom for the New Year. It promises good fortune.
The cypress is an evergreen plant that, in Europe, is frequently seen in cemeteries. Since they grow upright and live to be very old, cypresses are a symbol of long life and solemnity.
- Red of pink flowers, preferably in a pink, white, glass or crystal vase on both your bedside tables, will heal relationships. If you use rose, remove the thorns before you put them on display.
- Grow plants with pointed leaves in corners to help stimulate potentially stagnant chi.
- Place bushy plants in front of protruding corners, to calm and slow the fast, swirling chi generated by the sharp edges.
- Grow as many plants as possible in your bathroom, as their wood chi helps soak up any excess water chi.
- By strategically placing one or more Feng Shui plants, we can literally create a protective shield. This could be outdoors to protect the back of the house, or to neutralize a dead corner outdoors or indoors. It is important, however, to chose the right plant. Plants with sharply pointed leaves, like the yucca palm, should be avoided because the shape of the leaves sends out poisonous arrows, according to Feng Shui beliefs. Ivy, bamboo, and philodendron are ideal.
Feng Shui Elements Assigned to Plants
- Wood: Columnar plants, those with upward-growing habits, climbing plants
- Fire: Plants with cylindrical growth and/or pointed leaves and thorns
- Earth: Plants that remain wide and loW; ground covers, plants whose leaves or branches point down
- Metal: Plants that have ball-shaped, round, or half-round growing habits-either naturally or by training
- Water: Irregularly growing plants with wavy leaves.
Each plant or tree, indoors or out, needs a special place and special care to remain healthy and strong. Only then can their beauty and energy be of benefit to people. When buying Feng Shui plants, pay attention to care instructions and get expert advice if you are unsure.
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