Feng shui is the ancient practice that involves using the arrangement of a space to help direct a favorable energy flow and bring people and their environments in harmony. And those who practice feng shui often use what are known as feng shui cures, or enhancements, to adjust the energy of a space.
Feng shui cures can be objects that hold personal meaning for you, such as photos or gifts from loved ones. They also can be objects that symbolize the five feng shui elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. These might include a metal vase to bring the clarifying energy of metal to a space or a candle to boost the passionate and expressive energy of the fire element. Finally, cures can be classic feng shui symbols. For instance, fish are said to attract the energy of wealth and abundance. And tortoises represent stability and protection.
In order for a feng shui cure to do its work bringing positive energy to your space, the item should be in the best possible condition, meaning it shouldn't have any noticeable wear and tear. It also has to be energized or activated.
Cleansing a Feng Shui Cure
Energizing feng shui cures is both important for new cures you bring into your space, as well as for items you’ve had for a while. The cures that are meant to be protectors can accumulate a lot of negative energy over the year, so they especially can use reenergizing.
Your first step is to cleanse the feng shui cure. Begin by thoroughly cleaning the item’s physical surface. Remove any dust and dirt, and polish it if necessary. Make sure there are no scratches, scuffs, or chips on the surface. If it looks too shabby to you, you might be better off replacing the item.
Then, you have to cleanse the cure on an energy level. There are several different methods for doing this. You can leave the cure in the sunlight or the moonlight for at least four hours, or you can use the sun or moon to energize a container of water for 24 to 72 hours that you then use to cleanse the item.
Another option is to burn sage around your cure and then leave it on a candlelit alter for around six to nine hours. This will purify its energy. Moreover, salt is known for its purifying properties; one way of using it is to clean your feng shui cure with a saltwater solution.
Energizing a Feng Shui Cure
Once your feng shui cure is cleansed, you are ready to energize it. Do so soon after cleansing for best results. If you have multiple cures to activate, do them individually. That way, you can clearly focus your intent, or goal, for each cure. The best time to activate a cure is between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. during the waxing cycle of the moon. This is when energy levels are at their highest.
Bring the cure to where you want it in your space, and focus on your intent for it to activate its energy. For instance, a pair of mandarin duck figurines is said to promote a happy marriage. So place them in your bedroom, and focus on how you’d like for them to improve your partnership.
After you've done this, you can "seal" the feng shui cure's energy by lighting a candle or burning incense near it while continuing to visualize the positive energy you hope it brings to you and your space.