Posted on November 02, 2012
Feng Shui Emporium Welcomes Carol M. Olmstead
Poison Arrow Chi is the Feng Shui term for the negative energy that occurs when two walls come together and point at you inside or outside your house. When this happens, the chi acts like an arrow aimed at a target and the sharp energy has a negative effect on the quality of your sleep, health, relationships, job, or finances.
Inside, poison arrows include the corner of a night table, sharp edges of a bookcase, edges of an exposed ceiling beam, knife-like edges of cabinets in your kitchen, and soffits, angular beams, and coffered or multilevel ceilings. Outside, poison include the corner of another home or building pointed at your house, edges of tall buildings blocking your view, a straight path leading up to your house, and a T-junction, where two streets intersect and one points directly in front of your house. In Feng Shui this situation is called “tiger eyes,” where the headlights of cars coming down the street are like the penetrating eyes of a tiger piercing your home, making the energy harsh and uncomfortable.
In general, you need to be most concerned about fixing poison arrows aimed at your house because if there is anything sharp aimed at your front door it symbolizes limit opportunities and increased financial difficulties. The cure for exterior poison arrows is to send the negative energy back to its source. One simple way to do this is to place a convex, octagon-shaped mirror called a “bagua mirror” on the exterior of your home aimed at the offending object. This mirror is especially useful to correct a T-junction. Alternatives to using a mirror include placing a reflective garden ornament like a shiny gazing globe or metal sculpture between you and the object to deflect the negative chi. Or, you can plant trees or shrubs, construct a stone wall, or hang wind chimes.
Inside, the most troublesome poison arrows are those aimed at you in places where you spend long periods of time, like sleeping in bed or working at a desk. Inside corrections are a lot easier, because most poison arrows can be corrected by repositioning the furniture in front of the sharp edges. When you can’t move the furniture, place a buffer between you and the poison arrow, such as a plant, decorative fabric hung on the corner to soften it, or corner protectors attached to the shape edge to symbolically round it. If the edges of your night table point at you in bed, drape a cloth over the point. If a wall with a sharp point is aimed at your bed, place a plant or piece of furniture in front of it.
Carol M. Olmstead, FSIA, is a Feng Shui Master Practitioner, author, and speaker who has taught thousands of clients, students, and readers the simple secrets of using Feng Shui to improve their lives. For more than 15 years, Carol has practiced a contemporary version of Feng Shui that honors the essence of its Chinese heritage, but focuses on the practical applications for our culture today. She works with clients nationally and internationally, both on-site and by remote consultation. Carol is author of two book, the 365 Feng Shui Secrets e-book, and the award-winning Feng Shui Quick Guide For Home and Office – Secrets For Attracting Wealth, Harmony, and Love, available at Feng Shui Emporium.
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