Friday, June 15, 2012

Feng Shui: Male or Female?

Enjoy this guest blog post from International Feng Shui expert, author, teacher and TV personality, Carol Hyder.

It’s a woman’s world when it comes to Feng Shui. Or is it? According to Chinese ideology, the male and female aspects are balanced and cooperative. If you simply look at the tai chi symbol, you will see there are equal parts black [dark] and white [light], yin and yang, heaven and earth, male and female. And yet, women seem to reign when it comes to Feng Shui considerations.

Although women take the lead, there are some important male factors that need to be included in order for good Feng Shui to settle in. Generally, Feng Shui derives its principles from nature (female) but there are also some man-made principles (male) that need to be integrated as well. The ideal is to have some of both—-a balance between the two—which will then result in a balance in the Feng Shui of the home.

Here are some typical suggestions identified as male or female to help you determine if your space has a reflection of both. . . . .

The following reflect a female approach:

1. Curvy paths in the garden and on the sidewalk approaching the front door.
2. Asymmetrical shapes for furniture and artwork.
3. Soft, tactile and inviting bedroom.
4. Round tables for cooperation and conversation.
5. Colors that speak to the soul.
6. Sentimental items and tokens.

The following principles use a male approach:

1. Straight rows for fences and shrubs.
2. Symmetrical shapes for nightstands and furniture (balance and equality).
3. Efficiency and clarity in the office.
4. A place to call one’s own.
5. Colors that speak to productivity.
6. Cleared horizontal surfaces

Look around and see how your space shapes up—-Mostly male? Mostly female? You want both.

Carol Hyder operates the highly successful Wind & Water School of Feng Shui: