parna Agarwal is the founder of Fortune Feng Shui. She is also the Secretary of the International Feng Shui Association and a Feng Shui Master from Singapore. When she dropped by at the Zoya store this week for an event, we decided to catch up with her and dispel common myths and find out more about Feng Shui. This is what she had to say:
How did your association with Feng Shui begin?
I used to live in Geneva and work at the UN, 10 years back, when my husband and I were facing obstacles at work and issues in our newly bought home. We found a Feng Shui consultant who was a French lady and religiously followed all the advice that she gave in terms of colours, elements, directions, etc. Within six months things started flowing smoothly. I started studying and pursuing this field with great interest and thus entered the world of Feng Shui as a full time practitioner. In the year 2012, I was accredited with the “Master” title by the International Feng Shui Association, in Singapore. I have been practicing Feng Shui for the last eight years
Tell us more about the practice
Feng Shui originated 6,000 years ago in China. It was originally known as Kan Yu, which means observing heaven and earth. Then it got changed to Feng Shui where feng means wind and shui means water. Wind and water are the only two things that flow and carry energy with them and that’s why its called Feng Shui. It is one of the many practices that falls under Chinese metaphysics.
What’s in store for us this year?
1) People born in the year of the Rat (1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008), will experience changes and turbulence. We advice them to wear or carry a goat pendant/image to minimise the negative effects of this turbulence.
2) The problem sectors of 2014 are the NW, East and SE. These should be avoided as much as possible. The good sectors are South, North and SW. Increase the use of these sectors. Cures which can come in handy are place some metal in the NW direction, some water or water painting in the east and a pair of red candles or a red colour porcelain decoration piece in the SE.
Myths you would like to dispel?
Many people believe that you cannot purchase the Laughing Buddha and it has to be gifted to you. This is not true. Anyone can buy it as long as you find a good place to keep it, and avoid placing it in the bathroom.
People often consider only the bamboo plant lucky. It is often referred to as the Feng Shui plant. However, I would like to clarify that there is no lucky plant. It’s just plan t and water i.e. wood and water energy combined together.
Many people place the money toad in the wrong direction. When placed on a desk or on a shelf itshould face inwards to symbolise money coming in.
Also, many who were born in the year of the horse believe that this year will be a good year for them. However, this is not always the case. The year can be good or bad depending on your astrology chart.
Tips that people can use
1) The area with the most positive energy is the South sector. You should let in a good amount of light from this direction of the house. You can also put fresh green plants, fresh flowers and red candles in the South sector.
2) The house should be free of clutter. Especially, the SE and South sectors. Also, if we are talking about a man, the NW sector should be fresh and with flowing energy. If we are talking about a lady, then the SW sector should be clean and fresh. Hanging a metallic windchime in the North sector also enhances career prospects.
3) Although there are numerous Feng Shui symbols, the one I found most effective, is the bright coloured Phoenix, placed on the South wall, to open up new opportunities for work and business. A pair of mandarin ducks can be hung in the SW sector of the bedroom to enhance the relationship between the couple
For a consultation, you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also available on What’s App on her Singapore number: +6597331968 and at 09971834478.