I am obviously not yet an expert on feng shui, but its teachings resonate in the use of the natural elements (wood, fire, water, earth and metal) as well as colours relating to each, in affecting our energies and moods. As an artist and art therapist I believe strongly in the power of images. Thomas Moore writes eloquently about our need to reconnect with nature in our everyday lives, drawing on numerous teachings in philosophy and spirituality to explain what we have lost in our modern day lifestyles. Feng Shui too refers to ancient philosophies, and a very specific science for organizing our space to balance and direct our vital life energies, or "chi." In addition to helping us become more present and engaged in the details of our lives, which I believe is always a good thing, I'm finding that it really does make housework more fun, when viewed as an intentional activity of both cleansing and attracting good things (not just a mundane chore).
I have been a bit depressive of late, maybe to do with last week's opposition between Saturn and the Sun, or due to what has seemed like a rash of bad luck resulting in cancelling a long-awaited vacation. In such times I am grateful for synchronicity and feng shui, as reminders that we can influence our lives at least in small ways even when things seem to be going wrong. It is a lesson learned over and over that we cannot always control everything or have our own way; but maybe things happen for a reason. And I can certainly keep myself busy for some time working on cleaning and reorganizing my house and concentrating on better things to come.