Many modern decor items have specific guidelines for their use as feng shui cures, and candles are no exception. In fact, candles can become a very powerful feng shui cure if you know how to use them strategically.
Only second to fireplaces, candles are one of the strongest expressions of the feng shui element of Fire in your space. Since they're so powerful, there are specific feng shui guidelines you'll want to follow in order to improve the feng shui energy (called Chi) in your home.
Candles invoke the energy of purification and inspiration and help release daily stress. Candles also bring a creative and vibrant quality of energy to any space—their glow can fill a room with a passion for the sacredness of life.
If there's one space in your home that should not be without candles, it is definitely your bedroom. Modern bedrooms are sorely missing the vital quality of sacred passion, and burning candles—especially good quality candles—can purify and warm up the space. In addition to the bedroom, candles are also excellent to use in the bathroom and the living room.
Going deeper with the feng shui guidelines, candles are welcomed in certain areas, and best used with caution in other areas of your home. It's important to know where to add them freely and where to use them sparingly, if at all.
Defining the bagua of your home will help you with the best feng shui use of any cures, including candles. The bagua is not hard to define, and it's your roadmap to creating good feng shui in your living space.
Candles are best used in the feng shui areas of South, Southwest, Northeast and the Center of your home. When using candles as feng shui cures, be mindful about their colors, as well as the color of the candleholder—especially if you're using tealight candles.
Because candles are a strong expression of the Fire feng shui element, they are best placed in the bagua areas that thrive on the fiery energy. This will keep the Chi in your home harmonious and healthy.
Certain candles provide health benefits and can improve the air quality inside your house. It's best to avoid paraffin since their soot contains many of the same toxins that are produced when burning diesel fuel. It's worth investing in natural candles, such as beeswax or soy, unless you use the paraffin candles in an area that has excellent ventilation.
Do your own research and go for the best quality candles you can afford. If you're on a budget, invest in candles for your bedroom first and then gradually add them to other areas. You may even want to explore making your own soy or beeswax candles to save money. Burning a high-quality candle in your bedroom for about 15 minutes before going to sleep can considerably shift the energy and contribute to a much better rest, especially when combined with essential oils.