“You won’t need many supplies. What you’ll be doing most is moving around what you already have—furniture, pictures, figurines, mirrors, and plants. If you find you can’t move something, there are easy fixes. The only things you’ll need are a few crystals…bamboo flutes…some candles, and inexpensive chimes.” – From the book
Feng Shui is the energetic art of arranging furniture and accessories to enhance life-giving chi. Too much chi or too little chi are not desirable. Rather, having a smooth, steady flow is the ideal in Feng Shui.
In her book Feng Shui in a Day, Barb Rogers offers quick fixes for remedying stagnant or fast flowing chi in a home, including the main entrance, living room, dining room, kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and home office. She also provides quick fixes and advice for foyers, hallways, and stairs.
Ms. Rogers offers the usual advice—such as the ideal position for a bed (not the coffin position!), orienting a desk so that it faces the door, and keeping the toilet lids down—as well as some fresh ideas. For example, hallway runners with horizontal lines will slow down chi while vertical runners will speed it up.
Instead of using the accessible Dragon Door Feng Shui, which uses the orientation of a room’s doorway as a beginning point, Feng Shui in a Day utilizes the more complex compass system. You can’t really follow the recommendations in this book unless you have a compass. In addition, this system relies heavily on numerology and the Cycle of Elements Chart—both creative and destructive. Adding the five elements to the mix proves quite confusing, especially if one is unfamiliar with Feng Shui!
Not only that, Ms. Rogers states several times that it’s not important to understand why Feng Shui works…just that it does. To trust, experiment, and see what happens. However, I’m the type of person that wants to know the why of things. I’m not going to take what someone says at face value. She does not explain why things work (for example, I inferred the effect of the lines on the hallway runners), but offers a more “just trust me” approach.
While Feng Shui in a Day provides a few good ideas, I find the compass system confusing and limiting. If you want an accessible, engaging introduction to Feng Shui, try Feng Shui in Five Minutes by Selena Summers, which uses the Dragon Door system. If you’re determined to use the Compass School utilizing a Ba Gua map, try one of the books in the Feng Shui Dos and Taboos series by Angi Ma Wong.
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