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Wintertime Feng Shui

wintertimeBy Carole Hyder

Every year we face the inevitable change of seasons. We are moving into the most yin time of year—-dark, cold, black, dormancy, introspection. Better known as winter. As part of the yin-yang cycle, we are experiencing a time when things feel, well, dead. And, as part of the natural flow of this yin energy, we also tend to stay inside, even hibernate.

The thing to realize is that despite the overt expression of completion (leaves coming off trees, flowers shriveling, longer days and darker nights), winter brings with it a latent movement, an underlying development that is preparing itself for an eruption in spring. So although all may seem quiet and deserted now, there is plenty of action brewing for later.

It’s no wonder we celebrate holidays during this time—-it’s a direct contrast to the stark silence in the universe. It breaks up the sometimes overwhelming stillness that comes in the winter. To that end, it is important to be aware that winter does require specific Feng Shui considerations around the house. Read our blog post about appropriate winterizing tips.

Keep in mind that this yin time serves a very important purpose: as the seeds in the ground are arranging themselves to break through with all their glory in the spring, we, too, can take advantage of this inner time to plant our own seeds and appear in our own blaze of glory.

Winterizing with Feng Shui: What To Do When Winter Interferes with Your Flow

By Carole Hyder

frostLiving in northern climates requires a shift in mindset in terms of Feng Shui when the temperatures as well as the snow start to fall. Doorways get piled with boots and jackets. Mittens and scarves are strewn around. You can’t use your screened-in porch. Specifically selected and carefully positioned plants are buried by the white stuff.  The pond freezes over; the sidewalks are buried.

What happens to your Feng Shui?

Those of us who live in the parts of the world where the seasons dramatically change have to learn to live with different considerations and patterns for a few months of every year.

Here are some things to think about for your winter-time Feng Shui:

  1. Unless you’ve installed a heater, fountains, ponds and birdbaths will need to be disassembled and stored for the winter. All of these add the element of water to an area which implies flow or movement. To replicate that concept, placing a flag or a wind-sock or something that moves in the spot where the water fixture was can continue your intention for flow.
  2. Flowers placed in planters for a specific Feng Shui purpose will need substitutes for the winter. Tree-tops in planters can replace flowers that were originally there; adding small lights will enhance them even more.
  3. Keep the sidewalk shoveled to the front door regardless of whether you use the door regularly or not. The front door is where good luck enters so having it be accessible is important. Plus, you might be inclined to go in through that door more often.
  4. Provide extra storage for the boots, mittens, hats, etc. that are part of winter fashion. An extra hall-tree or a basket for mittens and scarves could keep them from littering the entry.
  5. Screened-in porches become dormant during the winter for obvious reasons. Nevertheless, keep them looking attractive and inviting, and refrain from using them as a storage space. Hang a wind-sock or chime in the porch to keep the energy flowing.

When spring arrives, you can return to your original adjustments knowing that your Feng Shui intentions were held in place throughout the cold winter months—never missing a beat.

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