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Lucky Bamboo & Feng Shui

Feng shui considers the whole house (think of it as holistic medicine for your home), advocating that your home should be a place of respite and relaxation - an oasis in a busy, demanding life. When you walk in the front door, what do you see? Chances are, if you are like the rest of us, it might not be as inviting to enter as you'd like.

Busy parents often find a lot of clutter and and chaos - instead of a quiet and healing atmosphere. Even those of us who live alone - perhaps the family is grown, or you just prefer the single life-style - dash out the door in the morning without taking the time to put small things away.

Before you can sit down and put your feet up, you need to do a bit of housekeeping in order to relax. That's not the way to be greeted after putting in a grueling, challenging work day. While we can't do anything about the clutter, we do have some advice to make your home more appealing. (See also Clearing Clutter for tips on de-cluttering your home.)

LUCKY BAMBOO TO THE RESCUE

Decorating inside your home with houseplants can change the most stark and uninviting room into a welcoming oasis. Beautiful green plants provide atmosphere and ambiance that make your home friendly and relaxing. This is where Lucky Bamboo really fills a void.

If you are attempting to achieve harmony and a peaceful environment in your home, consider decorating with Lucky Bamboo. Notwithstanding the visual appeal of green, growing plants, five elements must exist in order to make feng shui complete. Lucky Bamboo arrangements are designed to contain all of the elements.

What are the five elements of Feng Shui and their meaning?

1 EARTH:

Rocks, sand, pebbles and clay are substitutes for earth. Shades of brown also represent earth.

2 WATER:

Water is always kept in the Lucky Bamboo container. The color blue also represents water.

3 WOOD:

The Lucky Bamboo plant represents the wood, as does the color of green.

4 FIRE:

Fire is represented by the colors red, burgundy, maroon or pink. The pot and/or the adornment should include one or more of these colors.

5 METAL:

Feng Shui coins may be added to the arrangement as well as little ornaments and figurines of metal or metallic coloring. The colors gold, silver, brass, bronze and copper may also be used as substitutes for metal.

Do the number of bamboo stalks have meaning?

YES! Chinese numbers are either Yin (even numbers) or Yang (odd numbers. The Yang or odd numbers are considered the most fortunate of all. The total number of stalks in your Lucky Bamboo arrangements is very significant. The explanations show below are for the Prevailing/Growing Cycle of Yin and Yang.

Meaning of “YIN” numbers: Yin represents the feminine side - it embodies the nurturing nature of earth. Yin is "fluid" in that it contracts and condenses, sensitive to changing temperatures, atmosphere, sensitive to emotions. It represents also the passive side of nature such as dark, cold and wet.

Meaning of “YANG” numbers: If you have a feminine side, you gotta have the male side to go with it. Yang represents the masculine side of nature. It expands, representing activity such as light, heat, and aridity. Yang stands for living, life, action. Yang is the bringer of life - in human form, masculinity is responsible for planting life in Yin; thus Yin is the nurturer providing the necessary elements for life to grow and protecting it.

2 = Double luck, happy relationships; good number.

4 = Academic achievement, creativity, writing, Romance

6 = Easy money, wealth, good flow of luck.

8 = Good luck and fertility. Very popular.

10 = Completeness and fulfillment in life.

1 = Simplicity and a meaningful life.

3 = Good for prosperity and fertility. If used with a curly (money) stalk in the middle, it means wealth. Very popular.

5 = Happiness, good and balanced luck in all aspects of life. Very popular.

7 = Good luck and prosperity in relationships.

9 = Good health, prosperity and love life.

11 = Good all-around luck. Very popular