Is that a bagua in your pocket or are you just happy to see me…?
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui holds that a harmonious home contributes to a harmonious life. As anyone who’s done a good old-fashioned spring cleaning will attest to, energy really does circulate more freely when things are tidy.
To optimize your home, Feng Shui consultants make use of a bagua. Derived from the I Ching, the bagua is a diagram that can be overlain on your home. There are baguas within baguas, so you can also apply the map to each room, or even individual pieces of furniture. With the main entrance of the home or room somewhere along the bottom of the diagram, a bagua looks like this:
Whether you’re in a relationship or single, in order to enhance your love life, the relationships area (northwest corner looking in from the door) of both your home as a whole and of the bedroom should be free of clutter. The power position of the bed is to place it as far away from the door as possible. It should not be in line with the door, and placed against a wall rather than a window, so that vital chi doesn’t flee your body during the night. If neither can be avoided, Kirsten M. Lagatree, author of both Feng Shui and Sizzling Sex: 242 Sure-Fire Ways to Heat up Your Love Life, recommends hanging a crystal or wind chime above the bed as a fix.
Earth is the element associated with the relationships area. As such, warm earth tone colors are meant to be good choices, as are reds and pinks, as long as you don’t go too Hello Kitty, which risks being a romantic buzz-kill. Black, chic as it may be, is considered a no-no for the boudoir.
Feng shui specialists recommend adding pairs of decorative objects to the relationships corner rather than single items. Other enhancements for the area include candles, wooden objects, and fresh flowers. Avoid sharp objects or spiky plants (there goes my cactus collection!) Ditto for “withering, dead stuff”, which I would argue might be inauspicious in any corner of the home…