The im­por­tance of this year

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The Year of the Sheep (Wei) starts on Fe­bru­ary 19, 2015, and ends on Fe­bru­ary 7, 2016.

The sheep is a sym­bol of peace, cre­ativ­ity and the arts. It re­lates to peace­ful and nur­tur­ing times.

This year peo­ple will unite in the be­lief that good will pre­vail. It is the year when faith will win over the neg­a­tive forces that refuse to com­ply with a har­mo­nious way of life. For those who trust in right­eous­ness, joy and suc­cess will def­i­nitely fol­low.

Cre­ate a yang wa­ter fea­ture like a wa­ter­fall, koi fish pond or rolling ball foun­tain in the east of your gar­den for unity, suc­cess, pros­per­ity and good health.

East is also a pri­mary wealth area from 2004 to 2024. help a child enor­mously,” she says. And there’s one colour she warns against us­ing in bed­rooms – red.

“It’s con­sid­ered a volatile shade,” she says. “It can ig­nite tem­pers in re­la­tion­ships and lead to ill health, ar­gu­ments and un­pleas­ant­ness. In fact, you need to be care­ful even when us­ing this shade in other rooms. You can use it on one wall in your dining, or living room but never in your bed­room.” hile on the topic of bed­rooms, she says an im­por­tant fea­ture to bear in mind is decor.

“First, do not use fur­ni­ture that has sharp edges be­cause it can af­fect your aura and thereby your re­la­tion­ship with your spouse. If there’s a sharp-edged piece you just love, en­sure you do not sit with the edges point­ing to­wards you.”

Many of the feng shui prin­ci­ples are com­mon sense, she says.

“If ev­ery time you en­ter the bed­room you end up bang­ing against the fur­ni­ture and hurt­ing your­self, you will be an­gry and up­set and the night is surely not go­ing to be a happy one,” she says.

Sim­i­larly, she warns of hav­ing the bed­side ta­ble with its cor­ner point­ing to your head. “Be­lieve me, you are sure to have headaches if you don’t change its po­si­tion.”

Samita has an­other tip for bed­rooms, “Never have a mir­ror fac­ing the bed.” The feng shui prin­ci­ple is a mir­ror dou­bles ev­ery­thing – so if your mir­ror faces the bed, you are, ahem, dou­bling the peo­ple in your re­la­tion­ship.

Also, be­cause bed­rooms are ar­eas where you re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate, mir­rors fac­ing beds can dou­ble your en­ergy, there­fore mak­ing you hy­per.

Ide­ally, she says, when you are in bed, you should be see­ing ei­ther a nice plain wall, or a calm­ing pic­ture, or a comfy sit­ting area.

“How­ever, re­mem­ber, a mir­ror re­flect­ing the dining ta­ble with a bowl of fruit is a good thing, be­cause it dou­bles abun­dance.”

Samita sug­gests avoid­ing hav­ing the bed’s head­board against the bath­room wall. “It will end up drain­ing you of your men­tal and phys­i­cal health,” she says.

“The kitchen is one of the most im­por­tant ar­eas of the house and con­sid­ered the pros­per­ity po­si­tion. It is im­por­tant be­cause there are two pri­mary el­e­ments – wa­ter and fire – in the same area. As th­ese are con­flict­ing el­e­ments, care should be taken when designing the kitchen so that the wa­ter area – the sink – and the fire area – the cooker – are a lit­tle away from each other. Ide­ally the sink and stove should be at an L shape.”

But what if that’s not pos­si­ble, par­tic­u­larly in stu­dio apart­ments where sink and stove are in the same line? Samita sug­gests a so­lu­tion: “Place a small pot­ted plant be­tween the two, which means cre­at­ing a wood el­e­ment en­ergy that ends up be­ing ben­e­fi­cial,” she says. itchens, she says, should not be painted red, black or blue. “Use earthy tones, white, a sunny yel­low or even soft green.” An im­por­tant point: never leave wash­room doors open and keep the lids of the toi­let down when not in use. Also, never ever hang pic­tures of peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly of chil­dren – yours or of chil­dren in gen­eral – in the wash­rooms, she says.

“I re­cently vis­ited a young cou­ple’s well done-up house in Dubai. The woman, my client, told me they were hav­ing re­la­tion­ship is­sues. Ev­ery­thing in the house seemed fine un­til I opened their wash­room and saw the rea­son for their prob­lem there: a beau­ti­ful statue of a ro­man­tic cou­ple. The statue there was caus­ing their re­la­tion­ship to quite lit­er­ally go down the drain.”

Samita says that barely a fort­night af­ter they re­moved the statue from the wash­room, the cou­ple’s re­la­tion­ship came back on track.

So, what ac­cord­ing to her is the most im­por­tant prob­lem in homes? “Clut­ter,” says Samita. “Keep your home clut­ter-free.

“I’ve done work­shops only on clut­ter ther­apy – how to get rid of clut­ter in dif­fer­ent ar­eas of your life, such as per­sonal as well as pro­fes­sional.

“Clear clut­ter and there will be an im­prove­ment in your life.”

‘A mir­ror re­flect­ing the dining ta­ble with a bowl of fruit is a good thing as it dou­bles abun­dance’

For a feng shui con­sul­ta­tion con­tact Samita Khanna, mas­ter con­sul­tant, Feng Shui Ara­bia, on sami­takhanna@hot­ or 050 656 0628.

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