Christmas is a great time to boost the feng shui of your home and office/business or workplace.
Rituals are panculural and psychology of ritual has been studied extensively. In short, feng shui = intention + positive energy + ritual. Since light is one of the top feng shui remedies you can use it strategically to enhance different zones of the feng shui bagua (relationships, career, family, wealth, health, helpful friends/travel, projects/children, wisdom and knowledge, and success/recognition). Or better still use the Christmas tree to boost specific parts of the bagua.
Styling your home for Christmas and boosting feng shui at the same time
Styling your home for Christmas can seem overwhelming but it doesn’t have to be. Just focus on the key areas that your guest will see: the entrance, dining room and living room and of course the Christmas table. From feng shui perspective, you can utilise the festive season to boost your feng shui at the same time. Any greenery will decorate your home and traditionally bringing foliage into your home was intended to ward off any evil spirits – so place it around on mantelpieces, staircase, above frames, ceiling lights, etc.
1. Energise the bagua of your home or workplace with your Christmas tree. Where do you place your Xmas tree on the feng shui bagua?
Choose the part of the bagua that you want to energise and place the Christmas tree there. If you want to energise different parts of the bagua place other Christmas decorations such as poinsettia plants. You can use the door bagua or compass bagua, depending on what works best for your home and workplace. Obviously, natural Christmas trees are better since they’re alive as opposed to plastic ones (which can create an environmental problem and are difficult to recycle). Trees belong to the wood/tree element in the theory of five elements. Decorating Christmas trees tradition can be tracked back to 16th century Germany. Decorating Christmas trees with candy canes, originally was intended for kids – to keep them quiet during the Living Creche performance and were shaped to represent a sheperd’s staff.
To use the bagua, place it over a plan of your home/room/workplace or even your desk, if it’s a small Xmas tree, in such a way that the door to your flat/home/room is at the bottom of the page in the areas of knowledge, career and helpful friends. This energetic pattern can be used on other things such as your business card, your desk, website, car, etc.
2. Use feng shui fish for prosperity
In many parts of the world traditionally carp is eaten on Christmas eve (in Japan koi carp is also eaten). Get some scales of the Christmas carp and place them in your wallet for greater prosperity in the coming year.
Short of that, you can place a small photo of the koi carp in your wallet or/and just use the image as a wallpaper for your mobile or computer screen. Your mobile phone provides a perfect virtual environment for your feng shui remedies and adjustments. Read more about some fundamental feng shui tips for life and business.
3. Family photos as a way of creating more harmony and boosting self-esteem
Christmas is a very family-oriented event. Print some photos of the whole family and place them all over your home. Research suggests that having pictures of the family around boosts our resilience and self-esteem (because family members can be a resource). This is especially important for children and teenagers, they need to see themselves as a part of a family – it will boost their self-esteem and confidence.
Share stories, traditions and values that define your family – look at some old photos or just the photos from the past year.
4. Space clearing to clarify the energy of your home
Space clearing which is always recommended in feng shui is also found in many cultures all over the world as a way of changing the energies of environments as well as improving the overall vibration of the place. The end of the year is coming near so you can let go of some things, to create new room for new beginnings, new opportunities and new energies. Letting go of mental and emotional stuff is the most difficult though – watch this video clip on the power of letting go. Naturally, the whole Christmas event will have a clearing effect on your home. If you have a natural Xmas tree that will change the energy of your home. If you prefer the artificial Christmas tree then use some candles or a feng shui space clearing mist.
Do space clearing with Christmas music
Since Christmas is a celebration of new beginnings and hope for better times, space clearing the old stuff before embarking on a new year is a good idea. Sound is one of the best ways to space clear space. If you’re not into Christmas carols or any Christmas holiday hits, use any other music that you like or best albums of the year. Over the holiday season watch some of the best Christmas films of all time such as It’s a Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, Holiday Inn, A Christmas Carole, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman.
Make sure your house smells like Christmas – like oranges with cloves.
5. Fasting to boost your energy (chi)
Traditionally, people would fast before Christmas, which has many benefits (apart from the health benefits, fasting is good for prosperity because it sharpens your mind for resources). Read more about the benefits of fasting.
6. Remember your ancestors
Feng shui was originally invented for the design of and auspicious location for burial places to ensure the happiness of the ancestors. Later, oriental people discovered that feng shui can be used for homes, workplaces and business. A few moments spent remembering and honouring your parents, grandparents and all ancestors will create positive energy around your past. After all, they gave us our life. Light some candles on their graves or just by their photos (see the feng shui tip number 3 about the family photos). If possible you can energise the family aspect on the bagua of your home or living room (see the feng shui tip number 1). It’s no surprise that the family area of your home is also representative of your health (genetically, environmentally, emotionally, spiritually, etc).
7. Boost the feng shui of your business (office, shop, clinic, etc)
All above feng shui tips for Christmas can be adopted and modified for boosting your business. Just having a few poinsettia plants will enhance the feel of your office. Any little Xmas accents or symbols can be used on your desk where you work or the front door to attract positive energies. Wood/tree element is associated with wealth creation and prosperity.
8. Decorate your front door with Christmas decoration
To attract positive energy to your home, decorate your front door. The door is the first thing, your guests will see so make it look special, unique and inviting. In classical feng shui, doors are symbolic of the ‘mouth of the property’. The tradition of Christmas wreaths goes back to the 16th century Europe to welcome the Holiday and the visitors. The circular shape represents eternity and the Christian concept of evelasting life.
9. The Chrismas table
10. Have lots of good lighting and red colour
11. The 21st of December is the winter solstice – new beginning
The solstice usually (not always) takes place on the 21st of December. The exact timing for 2020 is 10:02 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on Monday. And some local times around the world are:
Tokyo: 7:02 p.m. Monday
Bangkok: 5:02 p.m. Monday
Dubai: 2:02 p.m. Monday
Rome: 11:02 a.m. Monday
Casablanca, Morocco: 10:02 a.m. Monday (same as UTC)
Boston: 5:02 a.m. Monday
Vancouver: 2:02 a.m. Monday
Honolulu: 12:02 a.m. Monday
12. Play games together
Organise lots of board games or any fun activities. Play is an antidote for unpredictability. Have fun.