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I’ve talked before about how symbols hold the energy of ideas and items that they represent. In the practice of feng shui it is important to utilize positive symbols to activate good ch’i (energy). Following colors and symbols that naturally belong in the feng shui bagua is one system of doing this. Incorporating these –and also identifying your own mythology of positive symbols–can be a powerful validation and reinforcement of good energy.


I was recently commissioned to do exactly that in this wedding gift to a young couple starting out. It’s a very large piece,  5 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall. This mixed media painting utilizes images and colors, dates and personal mantras that represent the bond between the two lovers. I am available to create personal feng shui portraits on request. Please contact Feng Shui By Fishgirl for more information.


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We hate to think of ourselves as the kind of people who think
in stereotypes, don’t we? But even those of us with the best
intentions are subconsciously influenced by our perceptions
of certain archetypal symbols that represent either positive or
negative emotions.

For example, most of us would react with disgust and repugnance
if we walked into a potential employer’s office and found a huge
Nazi swastika on the wall. But did you know that Hitler borrowed
that windmill shaped cross symbol from ancient Chinese and Tibetan
cultures where it has an auspicious and benign meaning of good
fortune? I’m not saying that we should suddenly embrace the swastika as a good luck symbol. My point is to illustrate how we imbue symbols with powerful energy for good or for evil with our collective perceptions.

(Pic courtesy of Reclaim the Swastika)

This is an extreme example. From smiley faces and Valentine’s
Day hearts to Nike swooshes and Starbucks mermaids…
in daily life, we are surrounded by iconic symbols that stir emotions
within us.

Feng Shui teaches us that the intentions behind the symbols are
what makes them powerful. With that in mind, wouldn’t you rather
have your working environment filled with positive, upbeat,
supportive symbols?

Look around your work space. Do you find any of these:

Feng Shui No-No’s

* Dead or scraggly plants.

* Unless you’re in the movie industry and equate movie posters
in terms of the film’s financial grosses, having posters that depict the Titanic
sinking, for example, would not be a positive symbol for a company’s

* Broken clocks symbolizing stopped momentum.

* Sports memorabilia from perpetually losing teams.

* Photographs of people or situations that make you feel sad.

* Delapidated furniture.

Feng Shui Go-Go’s

* Healthy thriving plants (or faux silk ones that look real) and cut flowers.

* Any uplifting art that relates to your business or makes people happy to look at it.

* Images of successful people you personally relate to.

* Your beautifully framed degrees of higher education.
* Well maintained furniture and equipment.

* Awards and outward symbols of achievement (dollar bill from first sale, etc).

* Motivational and inspirational calendars and posters.

Have you got anything negatively charged in your space? Do tell!


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