- Paperback: 431 pages
- Publisher: Hay House (February 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1401903347
- ISBN-13: 978-1401903343
- Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 4.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,759,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Feng Shui Do's and Taboos for Health and Well-Being Paperback – February 1, 2005
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Angi Ma Wong, one of America's most popular and prolific feng shui practitioner/authors (who is the only one seen on OPRAH), is an award-winning businesswoman and best selling author. In May 1995 she was honored as one of the "Outstanding L.A. Businesswomen of the Year" by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO). Merrill Lynch and Ernst and Young, co-sponsored Ms. Wong for Inc. magazines prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She has also been featured in Time, USA Today, on CBS Sunday Morning, and Regis & Kelly. Angi Ma Wong is also the author of Feng Shui: Arranging Your Home to Change Your Life, ISBN: 0679765433; Feng Shui Garden Design Kit, ISBN: 0963590685; and Feng Shui Dos & Taboos, ISBN: 158017308X, which sold 250,000 copies; Feng Shui Dos & Taboos for Love, ISBN: 1401900801, which sold 50,000 copies; and Feng Shui Dos & Taboos for Financial Success, ISBN: 140190100X. She lives in Rancho Palos Verdes, California.
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Angi Ma Wong, known as the "Feng Shui Lady", has added another book to her "Feng Shui Dos and Taboos" series-this one focusing on health and well-being. Wong, an internationally recognized Feng Shui expert, practices the Compass School variety of this ancient energetic art. That is, a compass is used to find a space's magnetic North first, and then the 7 other areas of the bagua map fall into place.
A bagua map, sometimes called Ba Gua or Pa Qua, is divided into 8 sections:
East: Family, health
Southwest: Mother, marriage
Northwest: Father, travel, helpers
Feng Shui is the art of directing chi (life force energy) in the different bagua areas by arranging furniture, adding certain decorations and accessories, using color, removing hindering objects, and utilizing the 5 elements (Metal, Fire, Water, Earth, Air).
Wong also explains the Black Sect School of Feng Shui, which doesn't use a compass. Rather, the 8 sections of the bagua change based upon a room's main entrance. She stresses that these schools do not mix, so when choosing one method over the other, it's important to be consistent. Whether you prefer the Compass School or the Black Sect School (which is what I prefer), Feng Shui Dos and Taboos for Health & Well-Being can be used for either system.
This book provides several Bagua maps, as well as the colors, animals, numbers, seasons, and elements that go with each direction. Wong also discusses the generative and destructive element cycle, and presents the five-element Feng Shui Chart. For example:
Organs: Heart, small intestine
Body part: Eyes
The majority of this 431 page book, however, features a singular recommendation on each page for topics such as art, fertility, desk, office, color, cleansing, kitchen, garden, bedroom, the directions, elements, and much more. Some of the Dos and Taboos covered include:
Do position the spines of your books so that they're flush with the edges of open bookcase shelves.
Do wear jewelry with fluorite, tourmaline, onyx, or tiger-eye beads to help you maintain balance while studying or working on your computer.
Do notice that those who sit with their backs to the door in a meeting or conference room have less influence.
Don't give sharp objects as gifts to anyone, as these symbolize the severance of a friendship or a life.
Do prune the leaves of trees and shrubbery so that they don't touch the walls of a house, thus drawing the energy away from it.
Do add more metal in the form of copper, silver, brass, or pewter in your home if your skin is dry and flaky.
Don't design your stairs to lead toward a bathroom or the main entrance door of your home if you're remodeling.
Don't create an imbalance of yellow in your home-too much of any earth color may cause you to worry excessively.
Do add more wood in your home if you're feeling depressed, timid, or shy.
Don't place waterfalls or tabletop fountains in the South area of a room or office-to do so symbolizes water extinguishing fire, which stands for fame and fortune.
Feng Shui Dos and Taboos for Health and Well-Being provides hundreds of practical tips like these to promote harmony and health. Wong's sage advice includes the "3 Golden Rules of the Feng Shui Lady":
1. If it isn't broke, don't fix it
2. If you don't see it, it isn't there.
3. Everything is fixable.
So there's no need to worry if certain elements of your surroundings violate Feng Shui principle. Because "everything is fixable", things can be added or subtracted to promote the balanced flow of the vital life-force energy known as chi.