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Teen Feng Shui: Design Your Space, Design your life Paperback – February 20, 2003
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"A good introduction to a wide array of topics. . . . Part workbook, part text, and part exploratory journal, Levitt manages to avoid the many pitfalls of the teen genre with this contribution. No condescension is to be found here." (Lori Collner, The Blessed Bee, Winter 2006)
From the Back Cover
TEENS / FENG SHUI
Feng shui, the Chinese art of placement, has been used for over 5,000 years to attract fame, wealth, success, and good luck. Now you can take advantage of this ancient practice to design your space--and your life--in a way that attracts positive energies to you.
As you learn to design your room with posters, incense, crystals, mirrors, and furniture, you also will be exploring your many life goals and how feng shui can help you to achieve them. You will learn to apply feng shui to your room, combining the numerous tips on colors, lighting, lucky symbols, and where to put your furniture with the unique needs presented by your life, your astrology, and your body type. Touching upon everything from financial management to developing relationships that make you and others happy, Teen Feng Shui walks you through how to create your room design and its affect on your life from start to finish.
SUSAN LEVITT is a professional feng shui consultant, tarot reader, and astrologer who began her years of studies in Asian literature, Chinese medicine, and herbalism at the age of 17. She is the author of Taoist Feng Shui, Taoist Astrology (with Jean Tang), The Complete Tarot Kit, and Introduction to Tarot. She lives in San Francisco and maintains a web site at www.susanlevitt.com.
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Feng shui is about how "chi" moves throughout the environment. The philosophy is that chi is everywhere and that feng shui helps chi become as balanced as possible; problems result when chi becomes too positive or too negative. Chi is the energy or "life force" moving through all things and it is Yin (dark/feminine) and yang (light/masculine) are the two types of chi. Together, yin and yang form Tao. From yin and yang, eight "trigrams" are derived; these are the stacked lines, which are the same as are used in the I Ching for divination. In the Black Hat style of feng shui, they correspond to different sections of a room. Yang's trigrams are Heaven (Helpful People/Travel), Lake (Creativity/Children), Fire (Fame/Reputation), and Thunder (Family/Health). Yin's trigrams are Wind (Wealth), Water (Career), Mountain (Knowledge), and Earth (Relationships/Romance). These eight are referred to as the Ba Gua. The grid used in the book shows the locations of these sections, which could be applied to any room in your house.
The book goes on to explain the steps of using feng shui for your room, beginning with removing clutter and then focusing on the specific sections of the room. Important objects (such as beds, computers, TVs, and stereos) are given special consideration for placement. Not only does each section that follow focus on the particular section of the Ba Gua and what to put in it, but also discusses the topic involved. For example, not only is the Mountain/Knowledge section described a favorable place for reading, meditation, placing bookcases, religious/divinatory materials, and objects related to hobbies, but the book goes on to explain the importance of mediation, keeping a journal, and understanding more about yourself.
After the Ba Gua is covered, the relationship of the five elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood) is discussed. Each element corresponds to a different color, shape, and material in feng shui. In Chinese astrology, your birth year determines your zodiac animal as well as your element (lists of years for both are given in this book). The only problem that I have with this section is that it incorrectly lists the yin/yang polarity of the elements; Teen Feng Shui states: Fire/Yang, Earth/Yin, Metal/Yin, Water/Yin, and Wood/Yang. From what I have learned in the past about Chinese astrology is that Fire is Yang, Earth is both Yin and Yang, Metal is Yang, Water is Yin, and Wood is Yin. This latter arrangement makes a lot more sense to me, being that it leaves you with two entirely Yang elements, two entirely Yin elements, and one balanced element. It is rather important to consider that Earth is the element that is supposed to represent the duality of the Tao; Yin and Yang. Aside from this discrepancy, I haven't noticed any other problems. A section on Chinese zodiac animals follows, with personality descriptions for each of the 12 signs.
Though this book is geared towards teenagers, it is a fine introduction for someone of any age interested in feng shui. It explains everything clearly and has plenty of exercises for determining what you think about your room, house, and areas of your life in general.