Greetings at Bealtaine,
Feng shui is deeply rooted in honoring our ancestors. In the east, the study of feng shui was originally utilised to position “the houses of the dead”. In careful positioning and honoring the ancestors, there was an innate knowledge that the ancestors would look after us and generations to come. It was an honoring of the continuum of energy of which we are all a part. Our own Celtic forebears were also deeply connected to the energy of those who had gone before, remembering and calling in their wisdom at the turning points of the year with various celebrations and rituals.
In our homes, the space associated with this energy of family, ancestors and the past, is the eastern sector (if utilising compass school feng shui) or the middle left hand sector when standing at the front door looking into the house (if utilising three door gate of chi feng shui).
This is the area to honor our lineage, our mentors, our family and our community. This wood energy space, associated with spring growth benefits from the addition of tall leafy green plants e.g. bamboo, woodland imagery, tall rectangular shapes in design or a splash of the colour green. Having elements here that you have inherited or which remind you of your part in a lineage/community are also beneficial.
Many people like to have a small “altar” in this area where they can light some incense or burn some sage while connecting in to the people who have gone before us, asking for their assistance in our journey.
Before we begin to manifest new things, experiences, relationships etc. we must first do a clean sweep to make space. A spring clean – de-cluttering physically and on the atmosphere of our spaces.
Next week in our workshop Essential Feng Shui- on May 7th, we will delve deeply into the importance of clutter clearing and space clearing – clearing the way forward in order to manifest whatever energy we wish to invite in for the coming year.
Space clearing is a very powerful way to shed what is no longer helpful in the atmosphere of our spaces. It is very important to do this when moving into a new home/workplace, when feeling stuck in a rut, when there has been illness or bad fortune, after a burglary or bad patch of any kind. It is useful when we wish to simply sweep the decks and start fresh.
Our ancestors lit a special fire at Bealtaine, after all the other fires in the community had been put out. People jumped the fire to purify, cleanse and to bring fertility. At the end of the evening the villagers would take some of this fire to start their own home fires anew.
This month, create a ceremony around clearing out and starting fresh, really connect with you are in-tending – in tending our inner fire/passion we tend to what we really want, rather than what we “think we should want” more of in our lives.
After a recent space clearing for a client she emailed me to say how delighted she was with the results -“I feel like my home is my own again”. This is the essence of feng shui, clearing out what is no longer you, setting the tone, the energy of your space to reflect you and to support your hopes, dreams and aspirations going forward.
On May 7th we will delve deeply into this subject, encompassing the use of essential oils in space clearing and to enhance the feng shui (energy flow) of our homes (our outer skin). An excellent plant for this purpose is Thyme – our Celtic forefathers and mothers used thyme as a powerful tonic, energising and enlivening spiritual and physical vigour. Place some thyme at the entrance to your space so that its scent will fill the air as you brush past or diffuse the essential oil throughout your space for the same effect.
There are still a few places left to join us on May 7th – click here for more details.
In the meantime, en-joy this time of new growth and vitality!