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This Fall, I am celebrating the season completely and thoroughly! Already came up with a butternut squash breakfast bread (recipe on its way) that is arresting, and the pumpkins come this week. Just in time for the season, Carol Olmstead posted an article on Halloween Feng Shui and I wanted to share it with all of you!
Halloween Feng Shui by Carol M. Olmstead, Feng Shui For Real Life
October is the month when just about everything is decked out in orange and black, or covered with cobwebs and creepy creatures. Several readers have asked whether the changes they make when they decorate for Halloween can undo the the Feng Shui adjustments they already made. The simple answer is that there’s no need to worry about ruining the positive Feng Shui of a home if you follow a few simple decorating guidelines for balancing the Five Elements. The Five Elements is the term we use in Feng Shui to describe the colors, shapes, and textures around you. These Elements are Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood, and each has a characteristic shape, color, and set of attributes.
Here are a few simple Halloween decorating tips that help keep the Five Elements in balance.
Decorate in Orange and Black. It’s natural to use lots of the colors orange and black for Halloween decorations, but it’s also good Feng Shui to balance these Fire and Water Elements. Orange, a Fire Element, is called the “social color.” Using lots of orange decorations promotes conversation and communication, which is especially important to assure a lively and festive Halloween for the whole family. Black is the Water Element color that represents the flow on energy, so it’s best used by the front of your home. The front door is considered the “Mouth of Chi” in Feng Shui where all positive energy enters, and this is the ideal place for the Water Element.
Lighting. Lighting is a major tool of Feng Shui, and for Halloween this could be as simple as displaying a lighted jack-o-lantern near your front door or keeping the porch light on. You can also light the path to your home with lanterns or luminarias. For a Halloween party, use orange bulbs in some lamps and overhead fixtures, or black, orange, white, or metallic colored candles. Just be sure to avoid displaying these colors in your bedroom or in the Love/Relationship area of your home.
Cobwebs. Halloween is the one time that cobwebs are considered positive Feng Shui because they are part of the spirit of the holiday. Normally, cobwebs around your front door or outdoor furniture represent being so stuck that you are unable to move forward. Just remember to quickly remove all the fake webs from around the outside and inside of your home after Halloween, and dust away the real cobwebs as well.
Animal Symbols. Animal symbols like owls, bats, and ravens are good Feng Shui symbols for Halloween. Outside, display owls by your front door facing out and inside place them in windows peering out. Ravens are another mysterious and powerful symbol because their deep black color and macabre presence represents mystery and power.
Thank you Carol! I can not wait for Halloween this year!!! xoxo Dana