Using Candles in Feng Shui Decorating
The basic belief behind Feng Shui is that there are five elements, some combinations of which create a productive cycle, and
some a destructive cycle. When one of these five elements – water, wood, fire, earth, and metal, respectively for the productive
cycle – are combined with an element adjacent to the main element, a productive cycle is perpetuated. The reason being that
water sustains wood, wood feeds fire, ashes create earth, earth creates metal, and metal holds water. So if you have a room
where wood is the main element, it would be good Feng Shui to add a water or fire element to the room, as water feeds wood
and wood feeds fire. This is where candles would be a nice touch of good Feng Shui.
A look at the destructive cycle will show which elements do not work well together: water, fire, metal, wood, earth. And we can
see that water puts our fire, fire melts metal, metal cuts wood, wood clogs earth, and earth muddies water. Although these
elements are generally considered bad Feng Shui combinations, one can be used with an adjacent element in the destructive
cycle to minimize an overpowering element. For instance, if a room has overpowering metal elements, maybe filled with
modern metal furniture, you can minimize that with wood elements like some green leafy plants, or with fire elements such as
red throw pillows, a fireplace, or even candles.
It is beneficial to bear in mind the productive and destructive cycles while decorating, but for optimum Feng Shui, a room
would have an equal balance of all five elements – none being too overpowering. If this isn’t the case and there is not one
overpowering element, then the productive cycle is a good place to start when decorating.
Now that we have a basic understanding of the elements, we can see how to best utilize candles in our decorating. In areas
with predominately metal or water elements – rooms which would have a lot of blue or silver colors or metallic furnishings
– a candle would help minimize the overpowering colors and add balance. If you want to start using Feng Shui in a room with
no overpowering elements, you could bring in a candle and a complimentary element like a plant or a brown oval rug since
that color and shape are associated with the earth element.
Candles can be an easy way to bring a natural element into your home and can be a good starting place for implementing
Feng Shui design. Not to mention that scented candles are often great Feng Shui because of the mood-enhancing qualities
certain scents have. Candles provide a simple start in creating a pleasant ambiance and good decorating style.
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