Harness the Fire Element: Illuminating Fall with Candlelight
Feng Shui Essentials: Modern Tips For Harmonious Living
By, Dee Oujiri
My favorite time of year is the Fall. As the leaves turn these vibrant hues and the air turns crisp, the Fall season brings an opportunity to align our living spaces with the changing energy of nature. In Feng Shui philosophy, the Five Elements play a crucial role in creating a harmonious and balanced environment.
Embracing the Fire Element
The Fire element holds a special significance during the Fall, representing warmth, illumination, and transformation. What better way to embrace this Element than by incorporating the gentle glow of candlelight into your living spaces? Fall is the season of the Metal Element, which is the season of contraction and moving inwards, so the Fire Element perfectly offsets the rigid Metal Element, warming your space and igniting possibilities. The Fire Element symbolizes passion, energy, and illumination. It's associated with the Fame and Reputation Gua, which is the back center of your home (think of the Bagua as a Tic Tac Toe card) and represents the transformative power of light and warmth. During the Fall season, as the days grow shorter and the nights longer, the Fire element becomes even more relevant in creating a welcoming atmosphere that counteracts the coolness of the season. Color Correspondence: Instead of worrying about specific sectors, you can choose candles based on their colors, which are associated with the five elements in Feng Shui:
Red: Fire Element (passion, energy)
Green or Brown: Wood Element (growth, vitality)
Yellow: Earth Element (stability, nourishment)
White or Metallic: Metal Element (clarity, precision)
Blue or Black: Water Element (calm, fluidity)
Intentional Candle Placement
You can place a candle in many places, but doing it intentionally is how you harness the energy of Feng Shui and this Element. The Fire Element activates your Fame and Reputation. Intentionally place the candles in your home or room, and really think about what you want to create with this energy. For example: If it's for romance and passion, choose red. If it's for clarity and focus, opt for white or metallic.
Ask yourself questions to set your intention: Are you writing a book and want it to become a best seller? Would you like to see your business thrive while also building and maintaining an excellent reputation?
Trust that your intentions will come to fruition because they do when you truly set an intention! Placement: Place the candles in areas of your home where you spend a lot of time or where you want to create a specific atmosphere.
For example, in the living room for a cozy and social feel, or in the bedroom for romance. Mirrors: Placing a mirror behind a candle can amplify its energy. This works well regardless of the sector or element.
Enhancing Your Fall Atmosphere
Incorporating scented candles not only adds visual warmth but also engages the sense of smell, invoking a holistic sensory experience. When selecting scents for your candles, opt for those that evoke a cozy and comforting atmosphere. Earthy scents like cinnamon, vanilla, and sandalwood resonate well with the Fall season. These scents ground your space and bring balance to your surroundings.
Select candles that are clean and non-toxic. Mindfully engaging with candles can deepen your connection to the Fire Element and promote relaxation. Candle gazing, also known as Trataka, is a meditation technique where you focus your attention on the flame of a candle. This practice helps calm the mind, enhance concentration, and create inner peace. To try this, dim the lights, sit comfortably, and fix your gaze on the candle flame.
Let any thoughts that arise pass without judgment as you continue to focus on the gentle dance of the flame.
While incorporating candlelight into your Fall Feng Shui practice, it's essential to prioritize safety.
Never leave candles unattended, and always extinguish candles before leaving a room or going to sleep.
Use appropriate holders and ensure that candles are placed in stable, heat-resistant holders to prevent accidents.
As the Fall season brings its unique energy, embrace the transformative power of the Fire element through the gentle illumination of candlelight. By strategically placing candles, choosing scents mindfully, and engaging in the practice of candle gazing, you can create a harmonious and cozy atmosphere that aligns with a holistic home. Let the flickering flame be a source of inspiration, warmth, and introspection as you transition into the beauty of Fall.
By, Dee Oujiri Feng Shui Strategist & Holistic Realtor
Dee Oujiri is a multifaceted professional who combines expertise in Feng Shui, Reiki, and luxury real estate. With a focus on holistic wellness, Dee empowers individuals to create harmonious living spaces that support physical, emotional, and mental well-being. Join Dee on a transformative journey to a fulfilling life by harmonizing your home and nurturing your soul. Follow @dee.oujiri on Instagram or @fengshuibydee on Facebook for more on Feng Shui and home harmony.