Amber is actually not a stone, but fossilized resin from evergreen trees. It looks and feels similar to a gemstone and is often treated as one, having been a popular element in jewelry for many years. Generally a golden or brown color, it is considered to be healing and soothing.
- Colors: Usually golden brown, yellow, or orange, though it can sometimes be red, green, or blue
- Chakra: All, especially the crown and throat
- Number: Vibrates to 3
- Planet: Sun
- Zodiac: Leo, Aquarius
- Bagua areas: Tai Qi (Health)
- Elements: Earth
- Origin: Russia, Poland, UK, Italy, Romania, Dominican Republic, Germany, Myanmar
Meaning and Uses
Amber is great for the times when you want to focus on health and healing. While it’s not technically a gemstone, it is often used similarly to natural crystals and has similar energetic and healing properties. It has been used for many centuries as a remedy for all sorts of ailments, including headaches, sore throats, and more. Energetically, amber can be used to clear all of the chakras in the body and to create a shield of protection to absorb and transmute negative energies.
Amber is most often found in earthy colors, like yellow, orange, and golden brown. In feng shui, these colors are connected to the Tai Qi (health) area of the feng shui bagua map. The Tai Qi area is in the center of the bagua, so it’s connected to all other parts of your home and your life. If you think about health, this makes sense: taking care of your physical body impacts all other areas of your life, including your career, your relationships, your ability to attract wealth, and more. The Tai Qi area is also related to the earth element, which is all about grounding, stability, and nourishment. It’s often a good idea to work with the earth element if you are feeling ungrounded or anxious, or if you want to work on boundaries.
Types of Amber
There are a few different varieties of amber that you might come across:
The most common form of amber, Baltic amber is found on land near the Baltic Sea. This type is also called succinite, because it contains up to 8% succinic acid.
Dominican amber comes from the Dominican Republic. In contrast to Baltic amber, Dominican amber is generally more transparent in color and can occasionally even be found in red, green, or blue. It’s mined through bell pitting, which is a very dangerous process, so it’s important to be conscious of where your amber is coming from.
Green amber has been treated with heat, which may diminish some of its natural healing properties.
Uses in Feng Shui
Activate Tai Qi, the Health Bagua Area
If you’d like more support in your overall health and wellbeing, you may want to place a piece of amber in your Tai Qi (health) area of your home. It's easy to find—it's the center of your home. As you're placing your amber, you can set the intention to invite in more radiant health.
In the Bedroom
You can also place amber in the center of your bedroom or underneath the center of your bed to invite more earth energy here. Because your bedroom represents you, this would be an especially helpful location if you want to invite more stability, support, and grounding into your personal life.
In the Kitchen
Amber can be a great addition to your kitchen. Your kitchen represents how you care for and nourish yourself. Try placing amber here with the intention of transmuting any negative energy that might make its way into this part of your home. This will allow you to prepare food in your kitchen with loving, positive energy, which is more nourishing.
On Your Altar
You can also place amber on your altar. If you don’t have an altar, you may want to try setting one up. Find a surface in your home that won’t be easily disturbed and gather a few objects that are sacred to you. These could be photos of your ancestors, an oracle deck, a vase of fresh flowers, or anything else that you find meaningful. As you’re adding amber to your altar, consider your intention. Are you looking for healing? A more calm mind? Amber is also said to help us manifest our desires into reality, so you can try setting an intention for your amber to help you bring one of your dreams to life.
On Your Body
You can also wear amber on your body to change your personal feng shui. Long admired for its beauty, amber is often crafted into jewelry. Carrying amber with you in the form of a necklace, bracelet, ring, or earrings can be a way to carry amber’s healing, protective energy with you wherever you go.