THE CRYSTAL CORNER
Hello all you wonderful and creative masters! Another month is upon us and it is finally HOT! Now I get to be grateful for air conditioning and a cool breeze and maybe a tall, frosty glass of iced tea or water. However you experience it, life is good!
This column is going to go in a different direction for a while. We will be exploring the ancient art of Feng Shui. Feng Shui literally translates to wind and water, the two most prevalent elements that shape our world. It can be used to shape the energy around you. It is about changing your life by assessing and maintaining your connection to the natural world.
I will tell you up front that I most certainly am not an expert in this field. I have read books and learned from friends, using many of the ideas on landscaping and my home but what really intrigues me is using the crystals and stones in shaping the energy. But I’m still a work in progress.
The I Ching was written to help people deal with change in their lives, as well as to get in tune with the cycles of nature. It has been said that Feng Shui is the I Ching manifest. A lot of the symbols of the I Ching are contained on the octagonal bagua. The bagua is one of the more important tools in Feng Shui. In the most basic terms, the bagua is used for Feng Shui analysis as well as protection. Hung on the outside of the home, the bagua deflects negative energy. Like the traditional bagua, a bagua of stones utilizes the power of Earth energies and represents the turning of her seasons. The quarter days of the year—winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice, autumn equinox—and their associated stones provide a foundation for invoking the essence of the seasons. A bagua of stones can be as large or small as you care to create. Begin by gathering stones. If you want to create a bagua that represents the seasons, gather pieces in black such as onyx or obsidian, green as in jade or aventurine, red like the garnet or ruby and white such as white quartz. Find a flat table or windowsill upon which to place the stones wherever you sense the need to balance energy. Use a magnetic compass to determine which direction is north. Imagine a circle and place the black stone in the North part of the circle. Place the red stone opposite on the South part of the circle. Place the green and white stones opposite each other in the East and West positions, respectively. If space is limited, use small stones and place them close together. If so inclined, you can take poster board, draw an outline of the bagua on it and glue the stones into the correct positions. You could then prop it up on a table or hang it on the wall.
Creating a bagua of seasonal stones provides balance and a reminder of the cycles of the year (and life). This helps to keep us in touch with the natural world and to keep our energy grounded. Many different baguas can be created using Feng Shui directions. As we learn more about this study of energy, we will create different stone baguas to aid us on our way.
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Until next month, have fun in the sun and enjoy your journey!