Sorry this post is a bit later than usual...but here goes:
In this episode, we discussed Feng Shui tips that you can apply to your birthday celebration! This topic came up due to the plethora of Gemini-Cancer-June-July birthdays of myself and my friends...I guess birds of a feather really DO flock together! ha ha
In working with "birthday" energy (chi), we will be looking to the Success/Fame/Luck area of the Bagua Board for insight. If you remember from previous episodes, this area is at the top of our tic-tac-toe diagram, OR the FAR WALL of your space and the CENTER "square". This area is activated by the color RED, FIRE element and the shape of TRIANGLES/STARS/POINTS.
To set the "ambience" for a birthday party/celebration, the music you pick s/b "fiery"...think salsa, samba or even Big Band music to really get the energy flowing! If you want to use aromatherapy, as well, to help set the scene-think spicy scents such as cinnamon & clove.
To utilize FIRE energy, you want LOTS of bright light-whether you are outside or making use of electric light and candles for an inside party. Mirrors set at strategic locations will also help to diffuse the light throughout the space. Remember that you can use mirrors on your table place settings as well under plates, candles or flowers.
You want to display a picture of the Birthday Boy/Girl and have a spotlight on their photo. You can also use RED candles placed underneath/around the picture as well to help ensure "luck" energy throughout the year.
The Birthday Boy/Girl should also sit in the FAR LEFT corner. This is the WEALTH/ABUNDANCE area of the Bagua, and this will help to activate that energy for them as well in the upcoming year. The color GREEN and anything in the WOOD element should be placed on the table or their place-setting.
For a neat tradition, have a piece of RED paper available for EACH guest. On this paper, the guest is to write 9 things that they like about the guest of honor. 9 is the single most auspicious number in Feng Shui!!
For the place-setting and other decor ideas: again, use the color RED, use mirrors/candles/crystals/light to get energy moving, fold napkins into triangles, place the gifts in a pyramid formation and even have pointed birthday hats for guests (or at least the birthday boy/girl) to wear to REALLY activate the FIRE energy!
***As a side note, you can add some WOOD energy to help "feed" the FIRE energy. Bring in GREEN, WOOD items or the shape of rectangles.***
All of the above tips work for adult as well as kid parties with the EXCEPTION of kids need a QUIET place to eat in. Make sure that they eat in a different area than where games are being played. In this area you also want to add WATER element to help "calm and quiet" the kids. This will help settle their stomachs after an overdose of sugar from treats/cake, and to settle them down after all the excitment of the party!
Until next time...Happy Feng Shui-ing...