Feng Shui Australia
Explore the Elements, Create a Pa Kua - Part III
by Faith Ellis
Thank you to all those wonderful folks out there in Feng Shui world
who send me encouraging words and requests for more. Please know that
what I present here is a result of excellent tuition from Lillian Too
and that in comparison to this magnificent, wise being I am but a rank
beginner. I would strongly encourage everyone to listen to his or her
own inner wisdom, if I say or suggest something that doesn't feel
right, listen to your heart and have the belief in yourself that you
know better than anyone what is best for yourselves.
How did you all go after our last session - starting to get the
hang of things? What about the fun quiz, any thoughts? OK, my darling
Eric and I had an interesting debate and we came up with a theory - and
it is just a theory folks - that just as you read the trigrams from
bottom to top, maybe the Chinese created the compass Pa Kua in the same
manner and it is actually meant to be read from top to bottom???!!!!!
There again, maybe not - who knows? If anyone out there can shed better
light on the matter Eric and I would love to hear from you.
OK, so to continue. In our last session we created a Pa Kua or
circle divided into 8 equal sections. We then worked out the compass
directions and their corresponding elements, learnt the 3 cycles of the
elements and therefore how the elements interact with each other. We
also looked at how balance and harmony could be affected if one element
became too strong or weak.
Now we are going to fill in another layer of our Pa Kua and explore
how that interacts with everything else. Again we start with S at the
top. S is also symbolic of Fame and its colour is red and its season is
high summer. SW is symbolic of the Matriarch, family and marital
harmony, mountains and its colour is beige, brown-based colours and
earth colours. W represents children and the metallic colours gold,
silver and bronze and the season of autumn. NW is symbolic of the
Patriarch, Heaven, mentors/helpful people and the colour here is again
the metallic colours of gold, silver and bronze. N is symbolic of
career/employment, the colour is black and blue and the season is
winter. NE corresponds with education/study and the colour is the same
as SW, beige, brown based and earth colours. E is symbolic of health
and relationship, new growths of spring therefore the green colours of
new growth and of course the season is spring. Last but not least comes
SE representing wealth/abundance and established growth, therefore
darker green colours. Now you can see how each section and its
associated meanings flow into each other - spring into summer into
autumn into winter and then back to spring again. Wow yet another cycle
to ponder and explore, the layers just keep coming don't they?
What can you do with all this new knowledge? Go around your home
environment - what colours are the walls/paintwork, the soft
furnishing, picture frames etc? What elements do they then represent
and do they clash, overwhelm or complement the element of that sector?
Is there one element that feature strongly in your home causing
possible imbalance? What could you do to bring the elements into
harmony and balance? What does that sector of your home represent -
health, abundance, family harmony? Can you think of appropriate ways of
increasing your abundance for instance? Which sector represents
abundance? That's right the SE, well done. OK, so what element and
colour is symbolic of the SE? Right again - small wood and darker
greens. Remembering the 3 element cycles, which element is productive,
which controls and which is non-productive to wood? Gee you are getting
good - that's right… water=productive, fire=control and
metal=destructive. We also discussed wood as being unproductive to
earth, but do you think that small wood could deplete big earth?
Balance don't forget, the big and small are important parts of the
equation. Would you paint a kitchen located in your S sector red or
burn candles here? Would that balance the fire element of this sector
or create imbalance …we don't want to burn our food or houses now do
we? Of course we wouldn't that would obviously create way too much fire
wouldn't it?J What would be a good sector to locate a kitchen, a
bathroom and what would be nice colour schemes? Don't go making huge
structural changes or refurnishing and repainting your homes just yet,
there is still more to learn. Slowly, slowly catchy monkey as the
saying goes, for now just absorb, observe think, make small changes and
then start again - absorb, observe, think etc.
I will leave you to your homework, which is to go around your home
and think of ways you might tap all the positive chi energy represented
by the knowledge you are now gaining.
Next time we will look at personal numbers and what mystery they
can help us unravel. Till next time have fun and happy feng shui.