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COLOR THEORY

Detail from a painting by Katy Allgeyer.

Detail from a painting by Katy Allgeyer.

Color plays an important role in the practice of feng shui. You can wear colors that attract the corresponding feng shui area, or decorate your home or work space in colors that maximize the feng shui potential of each area of the bagua. Read on to see how the right hue can maximize your career prospects.

CAREER: Black is the color of the Career sector of the bagua map. Black represents water, which is the natural element associated with career. Wearing black or having black furniture and accessories in your office makes a strong statement that you are serious about your career. Touches of black are enough — anything in excess represents an imbalance. Feng shui is about achieving perfect balance in all areas of your life.

WISDOM & KNOWLEDGE: Green and black and midnight blue are smart choices. If you’re studying for a test, consider wearing one or all of these colors until you’ve passed the exam. Or consider using these colors in your library or office, especially if you are in the professions of law, teaching, clergy or dispensing knowledge of any kind.

FAMILY & HEALTH: Green strengthens ties to health and family. Eating green foods leads to good health.

WEALTH: No surprise here — the color of money is green. Red and purple also enhance prosperity. These were considered royal colors in ancient times and were more difficult and costly to produce. Any symbols of prosperity, such as gold or jade jewelry and accessories, are also good chi boosters for wealth.

FAME & REPUTATION: Red matches the element of fire, which is the activator for fame. Just watch political candidates — even Democrats will wear a red power tie. Wearing red under clothes is also effective.

LOVE & RELATIONSHIP: Red and shades of pink, peach and white are all conducive to romance and the strengthening of relationships. Incorporate these colors into your wardrobe if you’re looking to find romance. Find your Love & Relationship area on the bagua map and use these colors to decorate whatever room or space in your home falls into this section.

CREATIVITY & FUTURE PROJECTS: White is what works here. Perhaps because it represents a clean slate, an empty canvas, a clear mind? White is also equal to the element of metal, which rules this area of the feng shui map. Rooms where creative types meet and work on new concepts ideally should be pristine white.

TRAVEL & HELPFUL PEOPLE: Grey or black or white used singly or together will enhance this area. Silver and other metals also work. Consider framing travel photos in these colors or try wearing a gray flannel suit when you’re meeting with your investors.

Katy’s article was originally published as “Color Therapy” by Working World Magazine.

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RED ALERT

Red Orange, Mark Rothko c. 1968

Red Orange, Mark Rothko c. 1968

In the ancient Indian Chakra system, each power point of our energetic body is represented by a specific color. We are literally a rainbow of colors! Not only do our bodies emit color energy in this way, our personal ch’i / energy is deeply influenced by the hues we surround ourselves with in clothing, in home and office decor, even in the presentation of the food we eat.

Our language is peppered with references to color as it relates to mood: green with envy, yellow with fear, blue with sadness to name just a few. Numerous studies have been done exploring the correlations between color and mood. Color is a powerful tool. It can lift our spirits, or drag us further into despair.

Within the study of Feng Shui we know that color is ch’i /energy. There is one color above all others that can be used to activate and energize your Feng Shui wherever you use it. Guessed yet? It’s red. If you’re shopping for a so-called “power tie” in the neckwear department of Barney’s, you’ll be shown to the red silk versions. Nancy Reagan made red suits her signature when she was our First Lady. Red is a color of leadership and action. Red symbolizes Fire, the original energy heat source.

Need to get your creative juices flowing for your next big project? Here’s how you can harness the Power of Red in your work environment right now:

* Wear red clothing to important meetings and interviews. Red not your color? Try wearing it where no one can see it (red Jockeys for example).

* If you have a choice of chair, choose a red one.

* Keep red flowers on your desk.

* Add red color wherever possible (paint an accent wall, use red binders on “hot” projects, red file folders, etc).

Aim for balance, though: a little red goes a long way. You DON’T want to be dressed in head-to-toe red sitting in a red chair surrounded by red walls! And, you don’t want to cause anyone in upper management to be “seeing red” when they think of you.

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