Did you know that according to Feng Shui, placing 8 gold arowana fish and one black-coloured gold fish in an aquarium in your home helps harness good luck, prosperity and positive energy?
What is Feng Shui?
Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese custom of Geomancy, or the art of placing or arranging items auspiciously. The words feng and shui translate literally to wind and water, which some believe originates from the fact that ancient villages were located based on proximity to water and possibility of coming winds.
Feng Shui is a combination of aesthetics (putting items where they look best) and pragmatics (putting items where they are most useful). It is a complex body of knowledge developed in China more than 3000 years ago that teaches us how to balance the energies in any given space to assure good fortune for the people inhabiting it . This is done by aligning our lives with chi, the all-pervasive energy that envelops the universe to bring health and happiness.
What role does gold play in Feng Shui?
The metal gold as well as the hue of gold, hold great importance in the ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui, as gold represents positive, vibrant energy and invites good fortune to your home.
Gold is symbolic of money, wealth and prosperity. According to Feng Shui, placing gold in the southeast corner of your house fosters prosperity in your home.
Gold ingots (blocks of gold) are one of the many gold items which are popular in Chinese culture. According to Feng Shui, gold ingots are believed to bring about balance and peace, attract wealth and trigger happiness . You can place them in your living room or at the entrance of your home. To improve your financial luck, you should place them in your office or place of work.
Ancient Feng Shui experts believed that gold home decorations strengthen the heart and increase its endurance. Gold colours in modern interior decorating ideas fill your home with enormous energy, creating great environment that attracts wealth and success.
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How can gold help to Feng Shui your home?
The vibrancy of gold signifies the Feng Shui element of fire that could bring a warm and gentle energy to your bedroom. You could have classic gold frames for your photos or get a quirky decal or wall hanging to complete the setting. A mirror with a gold border could even add a regal touch to your private quarters.
Placing a golden laughing buddha in your living room can harness good luck and fortune and your entire family. You can either have gold wallpaper which have a gold embroidered design or a gold decorative item on a coffee table.
A popular item in Feng Shui, a Wealth Ship comes filled with gold coins or gold bars, wealth ship and is known to attract and protect wealth.
Often placed near the door, a gold toad is said to accumulate wealth.
Also known as the ‘Golden Dragon’ by the Chinese, a showpiece of the arowana fish brings you good fortune. It is also known to usher unlimited wealth into your home.
The Chinese usually keep gold coins in a set of three or nine and tied with a red string in their homes as it is believed to welcome wealth and prosperity.
Gold is an inextricable part of our jewellery boxes, investment portfolio, and festivities. But with Feng Shui, gold also becomes a part of our home.