Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of positioning the things around us so that we are in greater harmony with our environment. Feng Shui means “wind and water”, which reminds us that many hundreds of years ago these were the strongest forces of nature. Feng Shui aims to harness the earth’s good energies or vapours and thus enhance the wellbeing and potential of the animals and people working with these energies.
It also attempts to neutralise unhealthy or blocked energies. The nice thing about Feng Shui is the ease with which circumstance can be changed! Bad energy currents are referred to as “black streams” or “ley lines”. They can be caused by natural geological faults, tunnels, quarries, power stations and even building foundations. T o the untrained eye these ley lines can be invisible. But for experts, bare patches of lawn, stunted plant growth, large insect populations and bacterial and fungi growth are all signs. Once a black stream has been identified, a few basic principles are applied to convert it into a “white” stream. A horse stabled over a black stream will never reach his full potential and could be more susceptible to injury and illness. (082 888 6511).
Basic Feng Shui principles
Try to make the yard square, as U-shaped yards lack corners that leak energy and therefore lack certain life aspects. Often a simple fence will create a complete square. Keep brooms out of sight, as they are associated with sweeping away both bad AND good energy. Use a compass to establish north, south, east and west.
This element enhances wealth and career achievements, so a water bucket will improve your horse’s prospects. It is important that the water flows inward into your yard (bringing wealth in) and not away behind the stables (draining wealth out).
It is a good idea to use a red or dark orange light in the southern section of your stable block. This will promote peace and harmony. Animals are represented by the fire element.
The wood element represents nourishment and growth. There should be plenty of this around!
The metal element brings good luck. A wind chime or wire hanging basket will cover this principle. Central south/west and north/east positions would benefit from having earth, rocks or crystals positioned there. Any dangling crystal should be well out of reach of any horse.