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In general, plants can be divided into two categories:-
1. Plants that are considered `yang' e.g. the characteristic is that their leaves are `pointed' shape or have thorns eg. cactus and chrysanthenum.
2. Plants that are `yin' eg. leaves that are rounded.
In a recent US NASA study on the effects of plants (natural plants) on the environment, it was found that plants (infact most plants but they ranked the plants) are found to be good to be placed indoors and good on the internal environment.
It is also considered particularly good if the pot is made of clay.
The caution under feng shui is to avoid having too many plants concentrated particularly at the West side of the house. This includes the South-West (Devil's backdoor) and North-East (the Devil's main gate).
I mentioned earlier, that plants are `favourite' cures or enhancers of Taiwanese Feng Shui Masters/Practioners. They consider it auspicous to place a plant at the `elusive' "wealth" corner some of us are so eager to `believe'.
`Moderate' use of plants are thus good in the home not just Bird Nest Ferns (provided ideally the leaves are of `rounded shape). Therefore, natural plants like what you mentioned are acceptable. Do avoid having plants with thorns in the house especially if it is at an auspicous location. (Ideally, this should coincide with the areas done after using the Flying Star theory if one has done it). It is still an acceptable practise to place e.g. a cactus at an `inauspicous' location provided it is not a bedroom.
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Question: My bedroom is in SW.Im aware that this is a Yin location. I have one small pot plant on my bedside table. No good ? What about fresh flowers? Water no good in a bedroom? Please advise.
Yes, the bedroom is a Yin location (especially for adults). In Feng Shui the reason why many FS Masters suggest not to have plants is because plants are GROWING and do create some form of Yang `activity'. I guess a small plant is acceptable. What usually is no good are larger potted plants with large leafs.
As for fresh "cut-flowers', there is no problem in placing them in a bedroom.. Most flowers do smell nice:)
Water in the form of an aquarium or a fish tank is not good to be placed in a bedroom. This is because fishes swimming in the fish tank do generate yang Qi and again as the bedroom is a place of rest (yin) it is not ideal to have a fish tank in the room. Even symbolic paintings such as a scenery of sea waves, or water `hitting' against coastal rocks are best left out in the bedroom.
However, if you have a Children's room; as they are growing up, it is good to have radios, musical instruments and bright coloured walls etc. Try to create abit of yang environment here.
Do take note of this:-
Fountains, artificial waterfalls (man-made) or otherwise are excellent Qi enhancers. However, fish tanks/aquariums are usually meant to correct `sha' (poison arrow).
To counteract adverse `sha', Hong Kong Feng Shui Masters usually prefer to use a fish tank. For example if the window at the main entrance faces a `lone' street lamp, a Hong Kong FS Master usually ask the house hold to place a fish tank in `full view' of the street lamp. As the lamp post being tall and thin, represents the `Fire' element, the fish tank has an element of `Water' to put out the fire.
On the other hand, a Taiwanese FS Master usually prefer to use plants instead of fish tank to counteract adverse `sha'.
Both are not wrong, just that they are used to using what they had been taught by their Masters to use. So, next time if you see a traditional FS Practioner use either one, you will know where they learn their FS from.
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Q.1 I have recently started up my aquariums after a three year lay-off and would like to know the suggested number of goldfish to put in a tank. Remember reading something about placing at least one black one in a tank with red goldfish- how many reds? Are there many versions of Feng-Shui, because I have also read that it is not good to raise predatory fish/arowanas-- but I know throughout the Orient this fish is a great symbol of good luck.
I mentioned earlier in some of the replies in the forum that it is common practise of Hong Kong Feng Shui Masters/pactioners to use fish tank as Feng Shui `cures'. What I mean is that between the two : fountains / waterfall, which is considered to bring beneficial Qi to a home. Placed either outside the compound outside the front of the house or in the living room.
Fish tank as a cure. For example if a lone lamp post can be seen from the living room entrance, a Feng Shui practioner would then suggest that a fish tank be placed `overlooking' the lamp post. Notice that the lone lamp post being thin represents the `Fire' element and the water in the fish tank represents the Water element. Under the 5elements principle (reference:Five Elements) Water DESTROYS Fire. Thus neutralising the `threat'.
In addition to this, black gold fishes are placed in the aquarium. Sometime back, I wrote a short article in this website. (Reference:Fishes). Where best, fishes should be numbering e.g. 5, 6, 8. (9 is still acceptable).
In addition, a fish tank also consists of two elements:-
1. One view is that it is made up of the Water element and Metal element ie. the water in the fish tank is = water element (straight forward) and the other is Metal element e.g. fishes like goldfish or kois (carps) and arowanas (Dragon fish) because it is " gold " and gold is the metal element.
2. Another view is that the water again = water element. But the fishes are of the fire element i.e. gold fishes (red gold fishes) represent the fire element.
3. Black gold fish represents the water element as colours such as black . to grey represents the water element.
In all the above cases, all three " answers " are correct.
Why do I bring this up? It has to do with the five elements `cure'. It's take a different example. For instance if a peron's Pillars of Destiny element is `weak water'. The direct cure is to add water element to it. The indirect `cure' is to add metal to his water element. If you cannot follow, I suggest, first look at the Productive and Destructive cycle of the Five Elements.
As black gold fish = water element, it is said to strengthen the Water element. This will be more effective to counter any `Fire threats'. Similiarly, adding fishes with the `metal' element also helps to strengthen the Water element. As Metal supports the Water element under the Productive cylce of the 5 elements.
Here, what I am trying to say is that if you are using the fish tank to counter the threat of the `Fire element' then, the Water element would not be strong. However, the good news is that if one is not using the fish tank to neutralise a `threat' by all means get yourself any coloured fishes.
Yes it is not advisable to raise predatory fishes in a fish tank. It is akin to putting up a painting of a hungry animal e.g. tiger . this is bad feng shui for the home. I am pleased to inform you that arowanas are also known as Dragon fish and is also a member of the carp family i.e. kois and are auspicious fish to rear.
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