If you are an avid follower of feng shui, you are certainly familiar with the annual feng shui updates. Tracing the movement of the so-called good and bad feng shui stars, or energies, the classical feng shui school called the flying star school recommends every new year a specific placement of feng shui cures in one's home and office in order to avoid the potential negative energy, as well as strengthen and welcome the auspicious energy.
- The feng shui stars, or energies, follow a certain pattern of movement that is calculated in advance and cures are placed on or before Chinese New Year (lunar, not solar).
What do you do with your existing annual feng shui cures, though, when it is time to apply the new year updates? Do you discard your feng shui cures and buy new ones or do you reuse them?
What to Do With Existing Feng Shui Cures
This is a question that cannot be answered by a simple "Yes or "No" answer.
There are many popular annual feng shui cures, and it is important to distinguish between the cures that are placed to increase and stabilize the positive/auspicious energy and the cures that are there to protect and neutralize the negative energy.
It goes without saying that the annual feng shui cures that are placed for protection will accumulate a lot of negative energy, while the cures that are placed to strengthen and anchor the auspicious energy will mostly absorb only positive energy.
So, before deciding what should you do with your annual feng shui cures, divide them into "protectors" and "enhancers". Many feng shui cures can go into both categories, so your decision will be based on how a specific cure was used this year.
Types of Feng Shui Cures
- Protectors: These are the feng shui cures that you used in the challenging areas of your home or office bagua. Some of the most popular annual cures that go into the "protectors" category are the salt water cure, the Pi Yao / Pi Xiu, the Chi Lin, the Fu Dogs, the 6 rod metal wind chimes, etc.
- Enhancers: These feng shui cures are placed in the bagua areas of your home or office that host the auspicious stars of the year. The most popular positive energy enhancers are the gem, or crystal money tree, the Laughing Buddha, Chinese coins, the lucky bamboo, fountains, the Money Frog, etc.
- Both functions: Many feng shui cures—such as the Medicine Buddha, the Wu Lou, the Dzi beads, Kwan Yin, the Dragon, the elephant, 3, 6 or 9 Chinese coins, various crystals and stones can be used in both challenging, as well as auspicious energy areas.
What to Consider When Making Your Decision
Your decision as to whether to reuse or discard an existing feng shui cure will depend on 2 factors:
- How a specific cure was used throughout the year
- The material that your feng shui cure is made of
If your feng shui cure is made of durable, good quality material such as various crystals and stones, brass, high-quality glass or polished wood, in most cases you will not discard it but rather cleanse it thoroughly, and then activate it.
By the same token, if you used a feng shui cure that is made from low -quality material (plastic, resin, etc) you will be better off discarding it and buying a new feng shui cure.
There is only one very popular annual feng shui cure that is never reused—the salt water feng shui cure. Often this cure is changed several times during the year; this happens if the salt water cure absorbs too much negative energy and looks like it cannot do its job anymore.
You will also discard a feng shui cure if it has broken parts, of course.
In rare cases a crystal or a stone will absorb an overwhelming amount of negativity that will not be released during regular crystal cleansing. In this case, it is always best to bury the crystal back into the earth (or give it to a natural body of water).
The "protectors" feng shui cures are usually the ones that need the most cleansing (or even discarding).