6 Air Purifying Plants for Your Feng Shui

6 Air Purifying House Plants for Your Feng Shui

Air purification in Feng Shui is important because of the increasing environmental toxins in products and the amount of technology in our world.

1. Bamboo Palm: According to NASA, it removes formaldehyde and acts as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Found by NASA to absorb nitrogen oxides and formaldehyde.

3. Areca Palm: One of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: Great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the “clean-all.” They’re often placed in bathrooms or laundry rooms because they’re known for removing mold spores. Also known to remove formaldehyde and trichloroethylene.

6. Gerbena Daisy: Not only do these gorgeous flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen over night.

Thanks to Teresa Chung Huang for sharing this!


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Feng Shui Office Tips for Your Desk

Unfavorable Desk Positions. Best to move the desk on the right in the top diagram 90 degrees clockwise with a wall behind and door to their left side.

What are Feng Shui office tips for your desk?

Feng Shui has become popularized to apply to all things, expanding its original purpose.  The following is a contemporary adaptation of classical Feng Shui concepts.

The location of the desk and chair are key factors for Feng Shui in the office.  Put your desk in the “Command Position” of the office. There are several layers to the Feng Shui power spot.  Today, we will talk about the desk location and what you see when you look up.

Are you in command of your space?  The first principle is to get the Yin Yang correct.  Have supportive and receptive Yin to your back and right side.  Have energetic and active Yang to your front and left side.  Door on your left is preferable.


The Feng Shui “Command Position” of the office desk is:

  • The spot furthest from the door is the “protected” location.  We perform better if we feel safe and supported at work.  Facing the yang side is positioning yourself to see what’s coming and grab those that are opportunities.
  • Having the grandest view of the entire room.  You can see everything in the room, especially the door.  This is in command of the space.
  • A solid wall behind the chair that gives proper support.  The back is the vulnerable Yin side.  Remember the concept, “I’ve got your back.”  It governs the quality of your relationships and health.  Hang a picture of a solid mountain or one that exudes  confidence, strength and integrity.
  • The door is in clear eye shot.  The door is the Mouth of Qi, where the active Yang energy penetrates.  Facing Yang places you in the optimum position to see, filter through, and capture the opportunities that are in perpetual existence.
  • Having the most active energy to your left while sitting (i.e. the door, window, street, noise, lots of activity or movement).  Entering your desk from the left (while sitting) is best.  This is the Yang side, associated with the active Male energy.  It influences material opportunities, incoming wealth and prosperity.  If you cannot place your desk in this position, place a CD player, TV or water fountain on your left, something that moves, generates activity or makes noise.
  • The right side is the receptive Yin side, associated with Female energy.  It is ideal for the right side (while sitting down) to be supported by a wall. Make it quiet, subdued and less active than the left.  This lends support to the qualities of nurturing, creativity and, personal development.  Place heavy pieces of furniture, earthen objects or a picture of mountains here.
  • In Feng Shui we do not distinguish one side as being better that the other.  They are interdependent and one exists because of the other.  Both are necessary to balance your sense of well-being.
  • The next level.  Learn what your Gua or Life Star # is place your desk in one of your good directions.  To find your gua and good directions go to this link http://bazi.masteryacademy.com/App/Basic/Bazi.aspx.
It is not easy to get all the components working correctly.  Do the best that you can.

All bad desk locations. The best option would be to take the desk in diagram #3 and move it clockwise 90 degrees. This would have a solid wall behind, the door to your active Yang left side and a solid wall to your receptive Yin right side. Never angle yourself into a corner #5. Or, have beams over head #6.

No Nos of the desk position:

  • Sitting with your back to the door is not good.  Your back to Yang energy is an obstructed view, creates obstacles to getting your work done, missed opportunities and increased politicking behind your back.  You are not facing the world that is happening around you.  Instead, you have your back to it.  You inadvertently miss what is happening around you.  If it can’t be helped, try to position the desk so the door is to your side or in your periphery vision.  The last option is to put a mirror in front of you so you can see what is behind you.
  • Do not sit in alignment with a door, two doors or between a door and window.  You end up sitting with yang on both sides of your body.  Over time, you will find your self feeling drained and tired.  This is because humans need a balance of activity and rest.  Constant bombardment of energy will deplete you.  Solutions – Move out of alignment of these configurations. Put a curtain or screen on your right side.  Keep one of the doors closed.
  • Do not sit facing a wall. Over time, you will begin to adapt the psychology of facing blockages and obstacles. Your mind does not work at its peak. You will miss out on opportunities and encounter obstacles in your work. Projects have difficulty getting off the ground and promotions are slow to come by. If it cannot be helped, use a mirror to reflect what is behind you. Try this experiment. Sit with your face to the wall. Look up and notice how it feels. Then turn around and look out. You will see and feel the difference! 

Facing a Wall is not optimum. Click for details.

  • If you cannot move your desk, hang a picture of scenery featuring an open field to symbolize your own personal “bright hall”.  Or hang an image in front of you to symbolize being faced with many opportunities.  This will help counter the negative effects of facing a wall, and will create reason for you to change desk to one with better feng shui.


Bad with window behind. Click for details


  • Do not sit with your back to a window.  This is too Yang and the backside is not supported by needed Yin energy.  Reposition yourself or use a curtain or screen behind you.
  • Sitting in alignment with the door or to too near a door, especially the front door is an unprotected and vulnerable location.  If the office lay-out means you are in that vulnerable spot, try to sit so you can see the door at all times and have a view of people approaching.  Make extra effort to have the necessary support symbols with you to counter the negative effects of such a desk location.  Create the circumstances to move your desk at the next opportunity!
  • Do not position your work desk so you are directly facing someone as it causes confrontational energies to build up between you.  Move your desk or chair to avoid this.
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Feng Shui Architectural Design

Feng Shui Architectural design in the Gold Coast

Developers warm to Feng Shui Architectural Design …….. “the practice of feng shui are being incorporated into the design of several buildings going up along New Jersey’s Hudson waterfront.”

The New York Times

FLOW OF RICHES? RiversEdge at Port Imperial in Weehawken faces the water, which feng shui deems auspicious for making money.

Respect has grown apace with the understanding of feng shui, a traditional Chinese discipline of aligning buildings and interiors in a way that will produce harmony and success for their inhabitants. It is even starting to find a critical mass of converts among developers, architects and designers in places like New Jersey’s “gold coast.”

Last month, when the Ironstate Development Company and the Kushner Real Estate Group broke ground on 18 Park, an 11-story rental building in Jersey City, they hired Feng Shui Manhattan to help plan the setting for its 422 rental apartments and the Boys and Girls Club of Hudson County’s new headquarters.

As Joshua Wuestneck, Ironstate’s senior vice president for development, put it, “We saw not only how the feng shui principles resounded with the Asian population, but also a subtle linkage to green building concepts that our overall marketplace is interested in.”

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Yin Wood People – The Flowers in the 4 Pillars of Destiny

Flowers and Vines are Yin Wood

In Feng Shui terms, what are Yin Wood people in the 4 Pillars of Destiny?

Yin Wood or Yi, is the image of flowers and grass swaying in rhythm with the breeze. Yi Wood people are delicate, more flexible and find it easier to adjust to their environment. Their character is milder, gentler and a great deal more tactful than Yang Wood people because it is yielding and soft. They can compromise and are more moderate in personality.

Yi Wood will find ways around obstacles, rather than fight directly. They appear to be fragile but, by flowing with the wind, they are in reality rather hardy. They turn their adaptability into a strength.

Yi people make good leaders because they can turn and twist. They are adept at politics and can be fickle. They can mirror grass popping through the cracks of cement. Yi Wood can be the branches of a tree. So, they are often good with their fingers and at handicrafts.

The entire spirit of Yi is to climb upwards in search of sunlight. Yi will lean and wrap around anything to reach to the top. Think of a vine winding up a wall, a tree or a fence. In some cases, vines can can completely cover a tree it grows on and choke or overpower it.  Yi people will give into others to satisfy themselves. They are artful at making use of others

Yi females are usually elegant and graceful. The have the capacity to get the toughest of men to completely submit. It hard to say no to a beautiful lady!

Examples of Yin wood people are Bill Clinton, Princess Diana, Oprah Winfrey, Nicole Kidman, John Travolta, Julia Roberts, Madonna and Prince William.

To have a full understanding of each Wood person, we factor in the hour, day, month and year of birth as each one is complex. More on wood, click here.

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Yang Wood People in the 4 Pillars of Destiny

Yang Wood in the 4 Pillars of Destiny

Yesterday we described Wood people in Feng Shui terms. Today, we will describe qualities of Yang Wood people in the 4 Pillars of Destiny.

Yang Wood or Jia, is compared to the oak tree. Jia expresses the living aspect of continuous growth, upward and outward. It indicates a hard worker and industrious effort. Jia people are highly motivated, always “growing” ideas.

Jia Wood is a person of principle. With strong roots, Jia has a strong foundation that results in stability. Their roots make them literally, down-to-earth with a strong character. Jia people usually like to stay rooted. Moving makes them feel ungrounded.

The tree’s canopy of leaves provides shade from sweltering heat and cover from the rain. This translates into the qualities of benevolence and compassion as they provide cover. Jia is patient and kind, always ready to lend a helping hand.

The oak tree is upright, sturdy, forthright, stern, tough and hard to bend. If the self element is strong in the birth chart, the person is inflexible and rigid to the point of being difficult. They are susceptible to mental problems caused by heavy pressure or depression. This is because it is harder for Yang Wood people to minimize the blow from compromising and adjusting themselves to the environment. They are good number two people as they like to work behind the scenes.

Wood people have the exceptional skill to use all other elements, so they are adept at making good use of other people to grow their ideas.

Jia people have the need to be the tallest tree. What happens to the tallest tree? It gets cut down first! This makes them susceptible to destructive people. Wood provides many resources; i.e. to make fire, furniture, paper and food. Everyone sees the tree as a resource and want to turn Wood into profit. Some Jia people make others rich!

To get the full understanding of each Wood person, we must factor in the hour, day, month and year of birth as each one is complex. More on wood, click here.

Yang Wood people include Nobel Prize winner in Economics, Mr. John Nash – depicted in the movie, “A Beautiful Mind”, Whitney Houston, Elvis Presley and Britney Spears.

The Way of Wood People


“If you’re moving through dark times, dig deep and take heart…you will undoubtedly come out the other side knowing more about yourself, and having grown. Trees with the deepest roots have the greatest chance not only of continually growing and moving toward the light but also of reflecting it in all directions.” Dolly Parton

“Suffering is the mud in which the lotus grows.
Tich Nhat Hanh


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