Feng Shui is an ancient philosophy with origin in China that many apply to the home to improve the influences and energies that the objects in our environment exert on ourselves. Among the enormous spectrum of variants that Feng Shui contemplates, there is one in particular that even among experts is complex to classify: bonsai.
Is having a bonsai at home good or bad according to Feng Shui? Where should a bonsai be put? They are questions without a simple answer, but if you want to unravel it or find out a little more, join us in this Green Ecologist article about where to place a bonsai according to Feng Shui.
The discipline of Feng Shui is ancient and originated in the Chinese empire, where it was applied exclusively to the buildings and homes of nobles and rulers. Currently, its simplest application in homes is based on attract positive energies with the distribution and orientation of the furniture and elements of a house.
But what are the energies of bonsai? Feng Shui establishes very clear and direct guidelines in some aspects, but it is more free and subjective in others; bonsai is one of the latter. If we go back to origin and history of bonsai We will reach a period of about 2,000 thousand years ago, again in China. There, the Taoist monks applied very laborious techniques to get some trees to grow much smaller than natural, also giving them the forms that the strict discipline of bonsai marked. The spiritual meaning of bonsai, well, it was that of a bridge between the divine and the earthly and in Japan it was adopted as part of Zen aesthetics and philosophy.
Thus, the importance of bonsai in Feng Shui it lies mainly in what its presence and care arouses in the inhabitants of the home. It is true that the cultivation of bonsai is inevitably associated with artificial control and growth limitation, so it is common not to advise having a bonsai at work or a business, where the exact opposite is sought: growth. On the other hand, it is recommended to have a bonsai a house for people sick with degenerative diseases or that spread throughout the body, precisely because of the idea that those energies of constriction and growth impediment act on the disease itself.
In the end, as we have already said, the most important thing is what bonsai does in you. If when you see a bonsai you are amazed by its orderly beauty and you feel respect and admiration for the discipline and perseverance that its work requires, as well as for having contact with nature, it will be a positive influence on you. If, on the other hand, you see a plant that has not been allowed to grow naturally or the human hand on the tree is unpleasant to you, you should definitely not have a bonsai at home.
If your intuition tells you that bonsai will be a positive energy element for your home and for you, it is time to decide the bonsai location. As is evident, it is an object closely linked to the wood element, so you must place it in a Bagua area of this element, that is, located east or southeast, fed from the south. Well located, you can enjoy all the advantages of caring for a bonsai in your home, working on patience and discipline and learning to cultivate harmony.
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Growing a bonsai is not easy, since the technique that manages to shape a bonsai is one that requires a lot of patience and discipline, especially when working with certain species of trees. However, here we indicate the main caring for a bonsai:
These are all general guidelines for most bonsai, but cannot be automatically extended to all of them. Consult your specific species of bonsai and find out about its specific needs and techniques used in its cultivation. To learn more about how to care for a bonsai, we recommend these two guides on the care of two very common species in homes:
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