Winter Celebrations to you! Welcoming the cold rainy weather, short days and long nights, with the anticipation of possibly snow and frost. The leaves are falling and the universe’s energy is shifting. This the yin time of year a time for stillness and patience and just be. Remembering we are human beings not human doers.
There are five elements to Feng Shui: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal.
Winter is associated with the element of Water. Feng Shui, literally translated, to ‘Wind & Water.’ So, as you can see, Water is a very important element in the field of Feng Shui. Water represents intuition, that inner knowing let the water element guide you into a space of trust and going deep into you. Enjoying the time of winter refill yourself, dream and plan for the changes that you want to make in the approaching spring, where new beginnings start.
Winter is a time when the earth rests and gets prepared to sustain life for another year. The winter offers us a special time to go inwards for introspection. By Creating a nurturing, harmonious home during this time will support you in staying grounded and in joyful throughout the season.
Feng Shui: Wind & Water
In Feng Shui each of the seasons are linked to a specific area of your home. Winter supports the areas of your home that face north. This is known and associated with your Career and Life’s journey so it’s important that the home its representing support in this area of your life.
The best way to evaluate your home is to stand in the north area and close your eyes and feel how the energy feels, does your energy rise or fall, what is this area of your home saying to you. Do you feel light or heavy? Is there clutter, do you have items you love, is there sharp objects, things that are broken? The North location of your home is associated with the water element and the body parts of kidney, bladder, the ears and reproductive systems. So from a health standpoint it’s vital the energy is flowing freely.
So making sure there is no clutter, only things you love and use, no sharp corners, and no broken items. The best crystals to bring to the north areas of your home to support with health and career are the ones related with water, black obsidian, black tourmaline and turquoise. Adding moving water a nice fountain or fish bowl to a room in the north can help to stimulate the energy in your career. Or add artwork with the water element like the ocean, waterfalls a lake. Spend time each day sitting by the fountain whilst you focus on your career or business goals.
It’s also important to make sure your bathrooms are in good working order as they are filled with the water elements, make sure all your plumbing is in good working condition. Due to the bathroom already having an access of water element bring earth in to balance that so maybe a nice bowl of river rocks, some brown towels and floor mat.
Some Suggestions for Your Home
1. Have Your Home Warm & Bright
Have your home warm and bright. Put your lights on timers so when you come in the evening you arrive into a gently lit home. Make sure all the bulbs are in good working order. Use full spectrum lighting. This is the closest lighting to natural light and will be kinder on your eyes. Your plants love full spectrum light so you can put some greenery nearby, and create a small winter garden that will cheer you up and help provide oxygen for your rooms.
2. Lots of Indoor Plants
During the winter months we tend to spend more time inside so make sure you have lots of indoor plants to improve the air and give out oxygen and remove the carbon dioxide.
3. Windows in Good Working Order
Make sure all the windows are in good working order. If it’s an older home and windows do not close well get nice heavy curtains to keep the heat inside and keep the cold outside.
4. Honor Your Five Senses
Honor your five senses and have candles lit around your home and with sweet smells for the holidays like mulling spices and cinnamon.
5. Create a Special Area in Your Home
Create a special area in your home that captures the most sun that you can curl up with a good book that’s cozy with warm yang colors such a burnt orange, yellows and reds with a warm throw and pillows. Have some good books.
6. Honor the Sense of Touch
Honor the sense of touch and think about your feet have warm rugs on the floor and not leave cold tiles. When bringing new items into your home use natural organice fibers for the rugs.
7. Celebrate the Long Winter Nights
Plan to celebrate the long winter nights with friends, make it a point to invite friends over for dinner and share stories around the fire.
8. Honor the Sense of Taste
Honor the sense of taste by cooking natural organic wholesome foods that are in season such as Pumpkins and squash.
9. Keep the Birds Feed
In the garden keep the birds feed with filling up the bird feeders. Bringing wildlife into your garden brings joy and color into your garden and life.
10. Have some Time Outdoors
It’s important to have some time outdoors and connect with mother nature each day take a stroll, do a little gardening, hug a tree allow your child like wonder to explore.