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Birthdays! Part I
In our series of holiday newsletters in 2007 we discussed how we might enhance our annual holidays with feng shui adjustments. To add to this series, we would now like to present our feng shui recommendations for birthday celebrations.
Birthdays are of course the most personal and individual of all holidays. Yet, there are generalities that apply to all as well as observances dictated by culture, traditions and social norms. These are the Tao of birthdays since they control how we connect to all aspects of our environment. In feng shui we are mindful of our deeper connections to nature, therefore the Tao of our birthdays also relates to the season, climate and topography of our birthplace and time.
In our western culture, astrological charts tell us that we are born under the auspices of a celestial symbol providing a character analysis that is derived from centuries of empirical observations. Chinese astrology provides a different set of symbols and long-held belief systems that influence the nature and life expectations of human beings.
In Pyramid Feng Shui we respect a person’s preferences but would like to add our verifiable specifics on the feng shui aspects of a birthday. Birthday qi is how we experience the world around us with our sensory perceptions. Yin and yang is how we personally expend our energy in processing these experiences. Tangible evidence of how we fit into the environment can be derived from a study of the elements.
Our birth element can be found in the charts of the Chinese lunar calendar, e.g. this is the year of the water dragon. Many Chinese families are clamoring to give birth this year under the auspices of the powerful and lucky dragon. A person’s element profile can also be derived from a simple questionnaire which helps to understand how the element cycle is in a constant state of flux. A significant aspect of an individual’s element profile is the season. If you were a summer baby, you are under the influence of the fire element while a winter baby is more affected by water. Spring resonates with wood and Fall with metal. Babies born in late or Indian summer will have more of the earth element to contend with.
In the overall scheme of assessing the element profile we should consider all aspects and influences as well as how weighted we are by the elements. Since balance is always the optimal goal, we learn to understand how we might have to adjust our environment by adding or reducing one or the other of the elements in our profile.
Tune in to our August newsletter for additional wisdom on the feng shui of birthdays.
Celebrate Your Birthday
With Pyramid Feng Shui!