The following story demonstrates with poignant clarity just how Feng Shui works and how our environment is intimately connected to our inner world.
In November 2009 I was consulted by a client who had married a widower a few years previously. His first wife had died several years earlier after being hit by a car. His still traumatized children, two girls and a boy, were now in their early teens. Since her marriage, my client had been slowly connecting to them with warmth and empathy, but it hadn’t been easy.
The year they had married, my client and the children’s father had bought a house together and moved in with the children. She had already realised that the girls, particularly the older one, were still not coping with their grief for their mother. Ironically, my client had herself lost her mother as an eight year old, so she understood how they felt.
According to Feng Shui, a house has a natal chart which has energies (called stars) which entered when the house was built. While they may change in nature over time, each one stays in the same location. At the beginning of each year new stars fly in and stay for 12 months. In addition, each month another set moves in and stays for a month in a particular location.
During 2009, the younger daughter occupied a bedroom that had a star number five, the most negative star which indicates misfortune and accidents. The annual star in her room for the year was also number five. And then in May, another number five moved in. During that month she was hit by a tram on the way to school! Fortunately she survived.
Meanwhile the older daughter occupied a room with a double seven combination which indicates lung problems. The annual star in her room for the year was also a number seven! In October a third number seven moved in. During following month she was diagnosed with pneumonia and it was at this stage that I was called in!
I believed that the house, in its energies, was expressing the girls’ unresolved feelings of grief and loss. The youngest had an accident which symbolically re-lived her mother’s experience, and, through her pneumonia, her older sister was manifesting her unexpressed grief.
Colours and materials play a central role in weakening or neutralising the invisible energies. They are also central to the process of balancing each area. The younger girl had a yen for the colours purple and red. But these represent the Fire element and her decorations and bedding were stirring up the number five negative Earth star. So I suggested she move to the room with the double seven star, where the Fire colours would help to ‘melt’ the metal of the double seven.
The older girl, meanwhile preferred to move to her sister’s room, further away from her parents’ room to feel more independent. This room needed lots of metal and white, silver or gold color to weaken the number 5, but this metal would not affect her lungs.
My client reports that since then the girls have been healthy, and the older is so much more grown up. There have been no more accidents. And the fire colours make the double seven room feel really cosy.