Feng Shui Color Chart – Re-energize Your Home With Color

Feng Shui is all about manipulating the objects in your space to create the right energy flow. Using a Feng Shui Color Chart to help you select color is an easy way to quickly and inexpensively redecorate a room and revamp the chi of your space.  

In Feng Shui, colors are an extension of the Five Feng Shui Elements: Earth, Fire, Water, Wood, and Metal.   Each person has their own element based on the Chinese Calendar. You can choose color to honor your own element, or bring colors into your space based on the type of energy you are striving to create. Use color on the walls for a dominant energy or highlighted in art and accessories.  This Feng Shui color chart will demystify the colors and the energy they create. 

The Earth Element represents the Center element of the home. The harmonious use of Earth Element colors in your home will encourage constancy, sustenance and protection for all of your relationships.   Earth Element colors are beige and pale yellow.

The Fire Element fuels passion and high energy, and are the most vibrant on the Feng Shui color chart. The harmonious use of Fire Element colors are ideal for the home office as they bring a sustaining energy to all career efforts and help you attain career recognition. Fire Element colors are orange, red, strong yellow, pink, and purple.   

The Water Element is the ancient symbol of abundance and considered a strong Feng Shui cure. It creates a fresh energy of purity, tranquility and ease. Water Element colors are blue and black.  

The Wood Element is an ancient Feng Shui cure for financial prosperity and abundance. It encourages an energy of health, vitality and growth. Wood Element colors are brown and green, and offer calm on the Feng Shui color chart. 

The Metal Element encourages efficiency, clarity and precision. A balanced use of the Metal Element will bring an energy of lightness and lucidity to your life. Metal Element colors are gray and white. 

This Feng Shui Color Chart will clarify the energy each color brings.

Black is the color of sophistication and mystery. Black brings power and protection to any space. It is a grounding color used to bring strength and a defining presence to any room. Use sparingly in the kitchen, dining room and in kid’s rooms. 

Red is a passionate, high energy color. It encourages an energy of happiness, excitement, and sexual energy.  Focus on accessories and art, rather than walls, to avoid over-stimulation, anger and restlessness.   Use sparingly in kid’s rooms, but go crazy in kitchens, dining and living rooms.

Blue is the color of the sky and rejuvenating, healing water.   Gentle blue enhances study; ideal for kid’s rooms.   Deep blue encourages serenity and good sleep, great for a bedroom. Aqua is playful. Blue nourishes wood elements, so bring them together in accessories. The calming combination of blue and white evokes joy.

Green is the color of new beginnings, fresh energy, growth and healing. It is a calming color, which promotes good health and balance. Use varying shades to maximize the energy effects. The use of plants (except in the bedroom) is a great way to bring the color green to any space. 

Brown carries a nourishing energy. It is great for entries, kitchens or bedrooms, or an accent wall in the living room. Brown and robin’s egg blue have a great synergistic energy and are a stunning decorating combination.

Yellow brings light and cheer to any space. Yellow increases self-esteem and overall well-being and is great for kid’s rooms, family rooms, or large spaces.

Orange is considered a social color, used to promote good times and sparkling conversation. It carries a playful, vibrant energy so is great for a playroom, living room or kitchen.

Grey emits a sharp, clear energy. Great for entries, living rooms or home offices, but avoid using in bedrooms. Best used as an accent color.

White is the color of purity and tranquility, and new beginnings. It promotes a crisp, fresh energy. Avoid all white. Use as an accent or contrast color, and in Metal dominant areas. This is a great color for a meditation space or bathroom.

Purple is a strong, high-vibration color which should be used in moderation. Purple walls are discouraged. Amethyst crystals are a great way to bring purple into your space.

Pink is the color of love. Gentle pink is soothing. Use pink accents (like a bowl of rose quartz) in the bedroom to encourage romance. Hot pink is a fiery color, especially with orange. Pink/green or pink/back make great combinations.

Armed with the Feng Shui color chart, and an idea of the energy you want to create, you can effectively use color to redecorate, re-energize and revitalize your living spaces quickly and inexpensively. 

Astrological Choices – What Can Be Charted?

In previous articles I began simple explanations for understanding astrological charting. My overall intention is to slowly but surely identify the basics of astrology charting so that anyone can understand it. I have already explained the difference between Tropical and Sidereal Astrology (western and eastern) and Geocentric and Heliocentric Astrology. Now I want to go over what can be charted. Just how many types of astrological charts are available for our use? Having said that, I’ve been studying astrology a very long time and I know of many chart uses, but I doubt that I know all of them. I run into new applications of astrology every day. So here is a beginning to our what can be charted list.

If you have read or studied astrology at all, you already know that you can chart the life of a person and that is called a natal chart. But you are not limited to charting a person and you are not limited to the use of a natal chart only. When a litter of kittens was born in my house, it seemed natural to cast a chart, or rather four charts, one for each kitten. Born close together in time, the kittens had very different outcomes to their lives just as people do. One little guy met his doom fairly quickly. One was given to a good friend and had a wonderful, pampered life. Two stayed with me for many years; one died at age 11, the other at age 19. A difference of a few minutes of birth time gave very different outcomes. Years ago I took a workshop from a well-known astrologer who raised thoroughbred racehorses. She used the charts to determine which horses would make the best long-term investment.

Many astrologers use their skills to gamble just as any other human. A friend had a horse-betting system that to me just didn’t live up to its hype astrologically. Another friend bet on the dog races. A couple of years ago I had a client who had won well over $100,000 in three days and wanted a repeat. I plotted and planned but did not see a similar energy pattern to her earlier win. There are astrological gambling books available if you are interested, just be cautious and do a little practicing before you commit. While not billed as gambling, financial and stock trading is a major category for some very successful astrological investors. I personally believe that this is a form of gambling; but if done astrologically, you should have a much better chance of winning. You do have to pay attention to the continually changing patterns. Once I purchased a penny stock at 50¢ a share, which thrillingly climbed to $10 a share in a very short time. I went on vacation, wasn’t paying attention and came home to an outright, bottom of the barrel loss. This is not an area of entertainment. That is not the stock market’s problem, that’s the problem of my own lack of attention. When you put cash or credit on the line, you must know what you are doing and you must stay focused to prevent disaster. Know what you are doing first and pay attention!

You can chart a company, an event, a country, an illness or whatever else you choose. Whatever begins in a moment of time can be mapped. The question would be ‘do you have the skill to interpret that chart?’ A chart of the moment an illness begins can show both the severity of the illness itself and its potential progress. Charts are often erected for the start of surgery (especially elective surgery) or a treatment, or for the birth of a child. This is a risky one that should not tackled unless you have developed the skill and have the experience to do so. Once upon a time, medical doctors were also astrologers. More recently this application is frowned upon as are many old common medical practices. I personally believe that a medical doctor or a psychologist with additional skill as an astrologer could really be better at what they do. Astrology is a useful tool. It can work hand in hand with medical training but should never be considered a replacement. A time can be chosen for the start of an action or an event prior to the action or event itself. That is called an election chart. Previously I mentioned a medical choice or a stock market trade. There are cycles within cycles and there are times that are better than others for starting an action such as opening a company, negotiating a deal, signing a contract, planting a garden, cutting your hair, proposing or getting married, etc. Our lives are filled with beginnings and we want to choose the best timing and the best circumstances for the best possible outcome.

A chart can be cast for any question on any subject and that is called a horary, which means ‘of the hour.’ There are times when the chart indicates the question was asked too soon or too late and the answer is either already known or not ready to be known. This is true! If you lost an object and were desperate to find it, you would ask a clear question and then read the answer in the chart. Even map directions are possible and this type of charting is excellent for timing. The lost can be mapped and found and mysteries can be explored. Again, this is not for the faint-hearted… skill is required. Charts can be cast for two people in a relationship (or three or more) and compared. Two additional charts can be cast for the relationship itself, the composite and the relationship chart. I have covered the basics of relational charting in a separate article: Relationships: An Astrological Look at Possibilities. Charts for a group such as a band or a family are possible, very involved but still possible. Again, it takes skill to read it, but it is not truly difficult. A chart can be cast for the start of a job, for the relationship between boss and employee or between co-workers. A chart can be cast for the start of a company, for an incorporation of that same company, for the release of an IPO for that company, for a merger or a hostile takeover for that same company and finally for the demise of that company. These latter maps are of the journey of what began in a moment of time, a business. For my own purposes I used the birth of social security to map what was occurring currently to that energy pattern. That is a major part of today’s news stories.

All of this and myriad other possibilities exist in potential as a chart. There are charts for weather patterns, for migration patterns, for natural or man-made disasters. I personally have done the charts for the Challenger and Columbia shuttle disasters, the Chernobyl melt-down and explosion, the death of Princess Diana, 9/11, airline disasters, the collapse of the Clearwater/St. Petersburg, FL bridge, the development and use of the A-bomb, the rise of the latest pandemic (H1N1), too many to list. I’ve also charted many good events such as the birth of our country, successful space shots, the selection of the current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church and charts of many spiritual leaders, celebrities, sports figures, and people from all walks of life I’ve mentioned a couple of charts that go past the point of the beginning we call a natal. The journey itself can be mapped at any given moment of time, for any event, and even for the end of time for that energy pattern. Most astrologers won’t map death, but it is possible. There are so many techniques and methods they are too numerous to list such as Solar, Lunar or Planetary returns.

The sky seems to be the limit. For these ongoing charts, clients usually want to know currently one of three major areas in their lives. Most questions asked are about career/finance, health, or relationships, and all can be mapped. The use of method falls to the eastern/western choice. The type of map depends on the use and information you want of that map. Charting itself is never-ending, unlimited in potential, animal, vegetable, mineral or any other category you choose. Such charting will always be dependent on accuracy of the basic information, chart construction, the skill of the reader and the acceptance of the information generated. This is human-to-human interpretation, subject to human-to-human receptivity, but all is possible if you have the skill and are prepared to study the science.

Spotting Themes in A Birth Chart – The Rule of Three

An old rule says that for an astrological interpretation to be true, you must be able to see it expressed three ways in the chart. If you see it once, it is only a possibility; if you see it twice, it becomes more likely; but if you can see the same theme a third time, that interpretation then becomes a probability. These repeated and related chart features often point to major themes in a person’s life.

What constitutes a theme? When analyzing a chart, you would look for sign and house placements and aspects that are similar in nature to one another. One starting point is the astrological alphabet popularized by Dr. Zipporah Dobyns, which held Aries, Mars, and the 1st house as equivalents, Taurus, Venus and the 2nd house as equivalents, and so on.

Then look for repetitions in the chart. A concentration of Pisces planets, plus the Sun or Moon in the 12th house and several aspects to Neptune would make a person highly Neptunian. The themes of Neptune, Pisces, and the 12th would, therefore, be a strong dynamic in this individual’s life, whether expressed primarily in a positive way (such as spiritual study, creativity, and service) or in more problematic ones like addiction, rescuing, self-deception, or even delusion. With any such concentration, the life path of the individual may be strongly colored by attempts to master the issues and drives connected with that sign, house, and planet.

Another person might have Cancer rising, the Moon as the focus of a grand trine, and the Sun, Mercury, and Venus in the 4th house. Lunar issues – home, security, family, the mother, nurturing, and food – would strongly motivate this individual and be a major focus of effort. However, such a person will not necessarily deal with these issues in a typically Cancerian way, for the sign and aspects of the Moon become important modifiers of the pattern. Also, when the Sun and other planets are located in the 4th, the individual places great emphasis on home life and family but may not be as moody and emotional as the typical Cancerian, depending on the Sun’s sign and element. A person with a stellium in air in the 4th may not be particularly emotional but would still tend to be deeply invested in the home.

One conceivable interpretation of someone with Mercury on the Midheaven could be that a brother or sister functioned in a parental role, since Mercury, like the 3rd house or Gemini, often indicates the role of siblings. Suppose you also note that Saturn, one indicator of parental authority, falls in the 3rd house – a repetition of the sibling/authority connection. Then, you find that the Moon, which describes the Mother, is in the Mercury-ruled sign of Gemini. This is another clue that a sibling may have taken on a substantial share of the parenting functions. You are then fairly safe in venturing that interpretation – and smiling modestly when the client gasps, “How on earth did you know that?” (A second level of interpretation of these same placements, given Mercury on the Midheaven, would focus on the career. We might infer that this individual is very much a communicator and will pursue a career in a related field.)

Astrology students often worry about a particular facet of a chart, but they need not become alarmed unless this factor is confirmed in other ways. For instance, many people born without planets in the water signs have sworn that they are not especially emotional. Yet, some of them have Neptune on the Ascendant and Pluto conjunct the Moon; these people are, on the contrary, extremely emotional. Their challenge, instead, is to manage those emotions.

Other people worry excessively about some feature of their chart that is shared by most of the people born around the same time. For instance, almost everyone born in the winter months of the early 1940s had Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto all retrograde. This astrological event deeply meaningful in the psychology and sociology of the entire generation born on Earth in that era. However, when individuals assume that a single retrograde planet in that collection (say, a retrograde Saturn) pertains to their life alone, rather than to the challenges held in common by their entire generation, they are personalizing a generational influence.

Others congratulate themselves prematurely on some facet of their chart without balancing it by considering aspects or house placements. For instance, people with Jupiter on the Midheaven might conclude that they would enjoy good luck and fabulous success in their career. Before lying back and waiting for fortune to find them, however, they’d best take a look at the aspects to Jupiter, Saturn, and any 10th-house planets. Early in my career, I taught astrology as a volunteer at an alcohol treatment center in a slum, and I was chastened to find that some of these patients who had lived on the streets for years had Jupiter on the Midheaven.

To give an example of how the Rule of Three works, suppose that a client had Neptune and Saturn conjunct in the 4th house, which shows conditions in the home life and often in the family of origin. I might speculate that there was some mystery, hardship, and maybe a loss in the family of origin, but I would look further to see what it might be. Suppose I then noticed that the Moon was in Pisces in the 8th house. The suspicion of a painful loss involving the mother and the family of origin would grow stronger. If the Moon also formed a difficult t-square, that would pretty much clinch it. I would inquire about the early loss of a female authority figure – maybe even go out on a limb and ask if the client was adopted, since natal or transiting Neptune aspects in the 4th or 10th have shown up numerous times in my practice in cases of adoption.

Seeing a difficult placement in the chart – like that 8th-house Pisces Moon, for instance – would you automatically conclude that the mother will die? All mothers die ultimately, but when and how they die are not written in stone. You would never make a fixed prediction, especially one so negative in tone, based on a single aspect in a chart, whether natal or transiting. Look for repetitious chart patterns and for mitigating forces, such as supportive natal or transiting aspects. You also need to ask questions about how that placement has worked in the person’s life, especially during important past transits to that point, and what the native has learned in the course of living about how to express the higher potential of that placement. In the case of a transiting aspect, you must have a clear grasp of the natal condition of the planet in question and also look at all the other transits currently going on in the chart, for balancing factors. If you are still concerned about a natal or transiting pattern in your chart, consult a seasoned professional astrologer with a well-balanced approach. Find one who can admit the realistic drawbacks of a given placement but can also help you to work toward its positive expressions.

©2005 by Donna Cunningham