Feng Shui can also benefit those of us who live in apartments, the first step being to focus on your Feng Shui apartment entrance. Mapping the bagua onto your floor plan will play a vital role for us here. Since there are a variety of apartments available out there, the practice of Feng Shui may slightly differ from place to place depending on the type of apartment that you have.
It's important to keep in mind though, that even if there is a vast variety in apartment style, the basics of Feng Shui will still apply to any given space or location.
If you are living in an apartment building, you have to keep in mind two very important things. The first thing is the building entrance and the second thing is the Feng Shui apartment entrance. Map your bagua tool with the north side aligned to the wall with the main apartment entrance. This will prepare you for applying any given Feng Shui cures and improvements you may want to use to energize and activate your life areas. Your entrance will need to be free from clutter and be generally inviting, inside and outside your door. Less clutter will allow more energy to flow into your apartment. In Feng Shui, the position of the entrance to any room or space is very important, it can either block energy or allow it to flow in.
When looking for the best location for an apartment, you have to avoid those which are in a raised structure. How would you know if a given apartment building is sitting on a raised structure? This is easy to determine because these buildings usually have a parking lot at the ground floor, making it seem like the apartment building is raised from the ground. Because of the fact that these structures are not grounded, it can be a possible venue for bad and stagnant energy.
Most apartment buildings have pools located in the penthouse or the top level of the building. This is not a good Feng Shui sign because it signifies that everything else is below water. Feng Shui strides to keep the balance between all five elements as well as the Yin and Yang, so making one element dominant above the other is a big no-no.
If you have an option to live in an apartment located in the lower floors rather than the upper floors, keep in mind that the lower the apartment is or the closer it is to the ground, the better. The chi will travel a long way before it can reach an apartment in the upper floors, but to help, you can keep your lights open or hang a plant outside your place to assist the chi to flow in.
Another popular kind of apartment style is a studio apartment, which is not conducive to Feng Shui. Although, when using the bagua map aligned with your Feng Shui apartment entrance, mapping out the nine life areas will be pretty straight forward. Meaning, it'll be a lot more obvious where you should actually place any cures. Ideally, different areas should be divided and the boundies should be properly set. A studio apartment means that all the areas are molded into one main living area. If this is the case, then you can use dividers or curtains in making boundaries of the different areas in your apartment. It is most important to divide the bedroom from everything else.
If you are out apartment hunting, you have to keep in mind that the ideal apartment is a location where there are no garbage disposal or dumpsters located nearby. Apartments which are too close to the stairs or elevator are also not recommended as well as apartments which are located at the end of a long hallway.
Remember, you can use the Bagua to help as your Feng Shui apartment entrance map. Simply lining it up like a floor plan in your apartment, starting at it's entrance (align this wall to north on the map) to know which directions the different life areas will relate to in your environment, and start feng shu-ing!
Candles have come a long way since their earliest known times from around the fourth century BC At one time, candles were one of the only sources of artificial light. The early Egyptians used rushes soaked in tallow (animal fat) and called them rushlights. During the time of the Roman Empire tallow was melted until it was liquid then famous over fibers of hemp or flax. The Chinese and Japanese made candles by using wax derived from insects and seeds and molded them in paper tubes. In India, taper candles were made from skimming wax off of boiling cinnamon. Beeswax candles came along in the Middle Ages, but quantities were limited, making it too expensive for anyone but the upper class.
Candle making, as we know it, made it`s debut during the thirteenth century when chandlers (candle makers) traveled door to door creating candles with the customer`s tallow or beeswax. In America, Native Americans made their first candles by using oily fish on a forked stick. Early missionaries would get their wax by boiling the bark of the Cerio tree. Early settlers of colonial America discovered that they could boil the berries from the bayberry shrub and create a wonderful smelling, good burning candle. Unfortunately, the process to make this wax was extremely tiresome and tedious. During the 19th century the first patented candle making machines were created. This allowed all homes, no matter what class, to have them.
No longer do we use candles as a primary source of light, but they`re still a very important part of our lives. We use them for many of our ceremonies, as decorations for our homes, to scour our homes, and to create warm glows in our homes during special, or romantic, occasions. What would romance be without candle light?
Source by DNea Smith