January 31, 2011 (Monday)
I would like to end January with a Fire! A fantasy-magical digital photography concept. This is probably due to my super imagination to fly since a kid and grew up with Dragon Ball Z.
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What’s with the Fire?
In Feng Shui, fire is one of the five elements of all energy. The others are Metal, Wood, Earth, and Water. As explained, each of these elements are critical to keep in balance in our lives and in our homes.
The fire element like the others, is essential for life. You need its energy and zest to be fully engaged in life and love.
Expansion, Enthusiasm, and Transformation – The fire element has always been a powerful tool for human beings. Harnessing this power changed the way we live by providing warmth. As our abilities with fire grew, we were able to expand beyond our limits, gas stoves, jet engines, and automobiles have sent mankind into the modern age. Bringing the fire element can add this expansionism and transformation to your own life. Fire increases the vertical flow of energy in your home tremendously.
Too much fire can be chaotic and cause more harm than good. As always in Feng Shui, balance your home with your own persona.
Coloring With Fire
Bright, lively colors are key to fire element implementation. As you might expect, yellow, orange, and red work great, however, any bright color will work. For instance sky blue, or baby blue, or anything that allows energy to “bounce” and flow freely. Any bright color can be a fire color especially if you add a semigloss or highgloss finish into the mix.
Semigloss and Highgloss finishes are reflective, bouncing light here and there while satin or eggshell finishes push the light around the room toning your fire down a notch.
Shape Your Fire
An object’s shape can increase the flow of energy even more so than just the color. Shapes that send energy up and into the air represent fire. Diamonds, pyramids, triangles, and sunbursts provide this sort of upward lift to a room increasing the flow of energy.
* Triangles: A triangle no matter how it is displayed moves energy in a vertical direction because of its defined edges and sharp vertices.
* Pyramids: Pyramids are a little more grounded than a triangle but they still shoot energy upward in a vertical direction.
* Diamonds: Diamonds shoot energy up and down simultaneously.
* Sunbursts: Sunbursts radiate energy in nearly every direction, much like a vase full of seasonal flowers. Use real flowers to increase the effect.
Floral arrangements are a great way to add fire energy. Using real flowers will encourage you to change the arrangement as the flowers die off.
Increasing the amount of sunlight that comes into a room increases fire energy, always try to use natural light. If this is not an option use lights that shoot upward instead of traditional hanging lamps. The same goes for plants, exchange overhead, hanging plantery for plants that shoot upward. Floral arrangements are a great way to add fire energy. Using real flowers will encourage you to change the arrangement as the flowers die off. Hang pictures of bright flowers if fresh flowers are not a possibility.
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FengShui further explains..
Fire is a powerful element. It’s discovery alone changed human life changed forever. Just think about the times you sat in front of a fireplace or campfire. There’s something captivating about the way the flames crackle and pop and their tongues reach for more oxygen. And if you’re like most people, you probably just automatically started staring at it. That’s how hypnotic it is.
The fire element is a symbol of energy and passion. It is associated with the southern direction and often makes us think of summer and vivid red colors. Fire is also considered masculine and brings up images of volcanoes, all types of lights, wood burning stoves, and even cooking ovens. The dragon, which is important in Chinese mythology, is also a symbol of fire.
Of all the five elements, fire has the most yang energy. Too much fire element in a room or a house can stimulate the Chi (life force) resulting in anger, impatience, impulsiveness, ambition and burnout. This is the reason we don’t need much Chi in the bedroom, because it is the place for resting. It’s also why you want to keep the fire element enhancements balanced in other environments as well. Fire also affects digestion so to keep the body in optimal health you need to have proper balance with the element of fire through the food that we eat.
Despite its volatility, you should not be afraid of fire elements. The key is balancing it. If there is not enough fire or Chi in the room you may experience, lethargy, coldness, lack of motivation and dullness. To counteract that, you need to utilize the other four Feng Shui elements: water, earth, wood and metal. For example if the dominating element in your home is fire, introduce the controlling element of water into your environment and highlight with metal and earth, being careful not to use too much wood.
As with any other element the fire element also has a lot to do with your mood. It happens that you feel sad or feel as if getting sick for and don’t find any reason to do so. Without consciously thinking about it, you probably reach for something black or at least grab to put on. It’s the yin Chi influencing you during that time and putting up dark colors only add to the downward spiral. Just help yourself to wear a red shirt and see the difference, you feel energized. That’s the power of color, you can always have the option of using Feng Shui colors to your advantage.
Another interesting thing about the fire element is how it shapes certain people’s personality. People who are born under the influence of the fire element have fierce charm, and impulsive enthusiasm. They are natural leaders with decisive actions, dramatic expressions, and the capacity to magnetically draw in crowds. On the downside they can have restless emotion, and highly impulsive nature.
fThe fire element, which is often associated with the color red, is a great accent color. You can use red cushions or paint around the rooms that need more Chi flowing in. Candles are also are an excellent way to use fire as an enhancement. When there are people to watch them, they can be lit to introduce the actual element into the space. If there are small children or pets around or even a lot of flowing fabrics, it’s better to not light them. In those cases, display candles in red, purple, or other yang colors. Another idea is to use red light bulbs, lampshades or night lights where possible.
But then there is a note of caution, if the fire can keep us warm, give us energy and cook our food, it can also burn down our houses. The fire element in the wrong locations can trigger accidents, miscarriages, divorces, and other undesirable events. When used correctly though, the fire element can bring money and fame and help with relationships. It takes a great deal of Feng Shui study to determine where best to apply the fire element. Lastly, use all of the five elements judiciously and in balance. Feng Shui is about balance at physical, mental and spiritual level
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