YIN
Feminine, matter, dark/night, shade, winter, wet, curved, organic, small, soft, cool/cold, receptive, wide, passive, valley, moon, low, down, in, negative, earth & metal, fall/winter, ornate, floral, creation, north, inner, time.
*Keep in mind when you add black to any color it becomes more yin. Example; Red (yang) adding black becomes burgundy (yin). Yin colors also are deep, rich, darker & some jewel tones. Colors black, navy, purple, indigo etc.

YANG
Masculine, spirit, light/day, sun, spring/summer, dry, hard, straight, warm/heat, bright, creative, active, positive, up, out, sky, mountain, high, large, plain, narrow, electricity, geometrical, material, physical, intellect, wood/fire, heaven, south, outer, space. *colors – pale, light, bright, rich and some jewel tones. Colors red, pink & white.

The Yin and Yang symbol, you'll notice that the small circle or the "eye" is of the opposites colour. Also, it was obvious that there was heaven (the sky) and there was earth (the ground), the earth could be tilled or ploughed, thus it was moveable, a broken line of the I Ching (Yin), the sky could not be touched, thus it was unmovable, a solid line of the I Ching (Yang). The Yin is Black, and is winter and cold. The Yang is White and is summer and warm. And yet, you cannot have one without the other, because whilst they are opposite, they also need each other, sound familiar???

Now, the universe is not just black and white, there are colors (natural colors) there are grades between Black and White, so the two basics can now be split, from heaven (sky), we get both summer and spring, from Heaven (sky) we get winter and Autumn, this is the "Four Seasons". From this we also get the points of the compass, North, South East and West. When these four are split again, we get the famous "Eight Trigrams", which allows us to add the cardinal points on the compass, so now we add North East, North West, South West and South East. Within these points are the elements which represent all the gifts of fire, water, wood, metal, creation, mountain, wind, and heaven.

All these things can be put together to form an octagon, this is the Bagua the luckiest most auspicious symbol of them all. So now we can see the significance in a Feng Shui survey of your home, that by placing the Bagua over your house, aligning it with the compass points, and therefore with the magnetic force field of the whole planet, we can read its energy forces, align its power with 5,000 years of awesome human knowledge and with the power of the universe, a power so great and yet so invisible to those who do not learn how to work inside its energy field (N.F.S.A.s (Non Feng Shui Awares)), they never feel it, never work inside its power lines, never feel the wind in their sails! The glory of that, the wonder of it, is something to behold, a feeling of power yet with a sobering feeling of your mortality, the classic Yin and Yang.

The irony is we ALL already know this stuff, we All feel this from time to time, we just do not allow the chi to flow, to fill our lives, when you do this correctly, everything and I mean everything changes for you as a person of the modern world.

YIN / YANG PRINCIPLE

Feng shui promotes balance. The Yin Principle.
The right combination of yin and yang are very important when creating good feng shui. Some rooms are more important to be more YIN - the soft, low lighting, quiet places like bedrooms for restoration, rest, healing, the accumulation of chi and intimacy. Studies and library’s are best when more yin to promote concentration, reflection, contemplation and a low amount of distraction. Keep in mind studying is an inward process and a “taking in” of in-formation. Any place you want to promote peace and quiet is best more yin, like a meditation space. Too much yin and one becomes sedated, passive and lazy. And last, bathrooms can be more yin. Bathrooms are already yin because of all the water elements – shower, toilet and sink. It’s good to add a bit of yang to balance the mostly yin quality, however having a darker color (yin) in the bath is appropriate. Adding upward energy (yang) to compensate for the downward flowing drains (yin) is balancing to a bathroom. Upward energy can be added with vertical stripe patterns on shower curtains and wall paper. Elongated plants and/or flowers help create upward energy, besides all plants and flower patterns are yang. Furniture in the shape of a column brings the energy upward - wood element. It’s important to hang a leaded crystal between the door and toilet, if you see the toilet from the entrance of the room to raise the downward flowing chi. Basements are yin because they are at the bottom of the home and often underground. Gardens like a place where one can sit and enjoy the view, meditate and be at peace (yin). Shade is also yin. The sun, yang.

Yang rooms are all the others – family room, living room, office, studio, dining area and especially kitchen. These are rooms that we are busy in, entertain our friends, commune with family members and roommates. We bring our family and friends together to visit, communicate, nourish and especially grow! These rooms like to be yang to promote growth. We want to nourish our projects (office), our bodies (kitchen), our family (family room), and friends (living and dinning area). Yang rooms are bright and rich colors, good lighting, sound (music, TV, computers), communication devises (telephone, TV), information (computers, books or library) and entertainment.

Feng Shui promotes harmony – Five Element Theory
Creating harmony with the 5 elements is crucial with feng shui. All rooms need to have all five elements represented in different degrees depending on personal chart information and room intention. You can feel when a space is balanced and comfortable to be in. Having all 5 elements represented creates a living sanctuary. Our space in harmony brings peace of mind, body and spirit.

Meandering flow
Feng Shui literally means wind / water. Both wind and water have energy currants flowing through and changing, all the time. Creating a meandering flow is important in feng shui. When you enter a space, one’s eye ideally should meander around at the beauty (furniture, art, objects) before flying out another window or doorway at a view.

Shape of space
Squares and rectangles are the best shape for all homes, rooms, gardens and property. Because these shapes are the Earth Element they give the best support and security to a home and its occupants. Earth shapes create whole space and have solid grounding.

Cheryl Oed Feng Shui Consultant
cheryl@touchalchemy.com
410-599-6680

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