Feng Shui can be adapted not just for design, construction or renovating a building but also on festive occasions like Deepavali to usher in Yang energy.
Traditionally, Deepavali is a time for new beginnings, business ventures and even signifies a new year for the stock markets in India. Symbolic of the triumph of good over evil and illumining lives, the Festival of Lights is heralded with ritual cleaning of homes and adorning interiors with special lamps and candles. Special sweetmeats are also prepared on the occasion.
According to Feng Shui, colours are one of the primary remedies to bring in positive energy and remove obstacles in our lives. Refurnishing or painting the home especially the foyer helps in removing stagnant energy. Decorating the foyer with flowers of bright red and placing bright lights at the entrance, stimulates Yang energy.
De-cluttering space, re-decorating homes and pruning your garden plants are considered good feng shui. Cleanse your space with incense or aroma candles. Employ sound energy by using your music system to remove blockages in your premises.
• Burn bay leaves, sage or sandalwood and let its aroma seep in every corner of your home. This will cleanse the energy.
• Fresh flower decorations usher positive chi in your home. Flower garlands on the main door also invite auspicious energies. But remember to remove them the moment they wilt, or else the effect will be contrary.
• A gift of jade brings glad tidings in the life and health of the receiver. Jade has a nourishing, calming energy, and is symbolic of balance and serenity. Jade comes in many colours, though it’s most commonly seen in shades of green.
• To attract positive chi place a healthy potted plant with shiny round green leaves in a gold coloured pot in your house. Green leaves represent wood and are a symbol of growth; a gold coloured pot ushers this new growth in your life.
• Decorating the home and foyer with handmade lanterns in shades of red and yellow or lighting coloured earthen lamps is auspicious. Colourful earthen lamps with ghee or linseed (flaxseeds) oil in multiples of four signify the divine quartet of Goddess Lakshmi, Ganesh, Kubera and Indra.
Ghee and linseed oil also have antibacterial properties when lit.