Color plays an important role in the practice of feng shui. 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.
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.
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.
The folks at fengshuiatwork.com put together this infographic and invited me to post it. Which of these facts do you find most interesting? For me it’s most interesting that there are 4 South American nations on the list of most feng shui interest and the USA is not even on the list. I might need to get me to Rio! Meanwhile, speaking of Feng Shui At Work…there is an entire archive of my Feng Shui At Work articles written for Working World Magazine of Los Angeles if you’re looking for some great career advice from Feng Shui By Fishgirl.
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They used to call it the secretarial pool (and on Mad Men they still do): that wide open space with waves of desks one right after another. If you work in this open office type of environment no one needs to tell you about the lack of privacy, the constant noise level, and the myriad of distractions to keep you from your work. Some people thrive off of this communal atmosphere (cops, newspaper reporters, and stock market traders to name a few). Others flail around in the pool, getting nowhere fast. Could this be you?
How can we use feng shui to cope with and to improve a situation where what little space we have is being invaded constantly? Is there a way to put up an invisible boundary that can help us concentrate and get the job done under adverse conditions such as the ones I’ve described? The answer is: yes.
Make room on your desk for a potted plant. Believe it or not, choosing a plant with spiky pointed leaves will do the trick. A prickly cactus plant is even better (and requires less attention on your part). Locate them to the center of your desk or to the center sides where people adjoin your desk. Be careful to avoid placing it in the upper left or upper right hand corners of your desk. The reason? Your goal is simply to put up a barrier to negative influences. You don’t want to stop the flow of opportunity in your wealth area or to create prickly communications with colleagues in your love & relationship area.
Another useful feng shui solution is to harness the power of the mighty dragon to protect your territory. Buy yourself a carved statue of a dragon (easily found in your local Chinatown or online; do a search for “feng shui import” companies) and locate it in the wealth area of your desk (upper left hand side). It doesn’t need to be large or expensive. Dragon symbols are powerful wealth activators. But they also serve to scare away negative energy and put up a protective shield around their domain. Which just happens to be YOUR desk!