Feng shui is an ancient Asian art of placement that helps us create harmonious and supportive environments. Feng shui practitioners look at the flow of qi (energy) through a home, and make adjustments that will help invite more health, happiness, and prosperity to the people living there.
Many people come to feng shui with the goal of enhancing their wealth and finances. There are many ways to work on this from a feng shui perspective, and if you work one-on-one with a consultant, they can help you dig deeper to figure out what is going on in this area of your life. However, if you want to try a bit of feng shui on your own, here are some simple tips to invite more wealth and abundance using plants.
Plants and Feng Shui
In many ways, feng shui is really about connecting to the cycles of nature. Bringing healthy houseplants into your home is one way to work with the energy of nature in your space. Plants can teach us a lot about the cycles of life, and caring for another living being helps us practice compassion.
One tool that we use in feng shui to understand and work with the cycles of nature is the five elements system. The five elements represent the different types of qi, or energy, that make up our spaces, ourselves, and the world around us. Each element embodies certain qualities and is expressed through different shapes, colors, and materials.
The wood element is related to growth and flexibility, and one expression of wood energy are healthy green plants. Wood is also connected to abundance in feng shui. Imagine a big, steadily growing tree that produces a bountiful of fruit each summer. There is so much abundance in this tree that it is able to feed many people, animals, and insects.
Finding Your Wealth Area
Another tool that feng shui practitioners use is the feng shui bagua. The bagua is a kind of energetic map or mandala that can be laid over a space with different areas corresponding to different areas of life. One of the most popular areas is the Wealth or Abundance area, called Xun in Chinese. While this sounds like an exciting area to pay attention to, it doesn’t just have to do with material wealth. Working with this area of your home can certainly invite more financial abundance, but it also has a lot to do with spiritual and emotional abundance including your feelings of self-worth.
To find the wealth corner of your home, stand in the front entrance of your home looking in. Imagine a three-by-three grid stretched across your entire space, and then locate the far left corner of that grid. This corner will be your wealth area. If your house is not a perfect rectangle, we would suggest finding the wealth area of your bedroom instead, using the same method. You can also find the wealth area of your home office or your desk, which represent your career.
Our Favorite Plants for the Wealth Area
The most important thing to consider when choosing a plant to activate your Wealth area is to choose one that can thrive in your home’s conditions. Is there a big window that gets a lot of light? Is it near a bathroom with high humidity? It’s important to take this into consideration because an unhealthy plant is not going to be very good feng shui.
Here are a few of our favorite plants for the Wealth area of your home, bedroom, or office:
Jade plants grow slowly and steadily, which is generally the type of growth we look for in finances as well. Their rounded leaves resemble a jade stone, which is very precious and symbolic of good luck in East Asian cultures.
This cheerful plant has coin-shaped leaves, making it a perfect addition to your wealth area. They can also be propagated and shared easily, which is a powerful metaphor for abundance. Being prosperous is about giving as well as receiving, and sharing your baby pilea plants when they appear is one way you can start to embody this.
If you’re choosing an African violet plant for your Wealth area, look for one with purple flowers. Purple is associated with abundance and royalty, and it’s the color of the Wealth area of the bagua. These plants do have a reputation for being a bit difficult to care for, so do your research and take the time to make sure your African violet has the right conditions to thrive in.
The money tree, or pachira aquatica, is often used in feng shui to welcome more prosperity and abundance. These plants tend to do well inside, and it is very satisfying to watch them grow over time. Their stems are often braided, which represents interconnectedness and longevity.
Rubber trees have large, thick, glossy leaves that really embody the feeling of abundance. They often have a bit of a purple hue, as well, which is the color connected to the Wealth area of the feng shui bagua.