Archive for March, 2009

The I-Ching: Introduction

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

Fu-HsiThe I-Ching is one of the oldest known Chinese Philosophies of Tai Chi or The Cosmic balance of Yin and Yang. It is one of the most trusted and powerful tools of Divination. The theory dates back to about 4,000 BC.
Fu-Hsi is called the father of the theory behind Tai chi or the yin yang philosophy of cosmic balance. He is often referred to as King and as a Sage at times.
Legend goes thus, Fu-Hsi was sitting on the banks of the river Lo meditating, in an inspired moment of trance; he saw a giant turtle emerge from the river. The turtle had some mysterious signs on its back; these Fu- Hsi understood and interpreted to form the eight trigrams of the early Heaven sequence. His deep understanding of philosophy and observations formed the basis of the main theory of the I-Ching.
A Trigram is formed of three lines; a broken line to represent Yin line; and a solid line to depict Yang lines. The total combinations amounted to eight trigrams. The theory further went on to associate aspects like family members, directions, body parts, food colors and so on with each Trigram. It may be said that almost every life aspect is in some way connected to the deep philosophy of the I-Ching.
Drawing the three coins or yarrow sticks for divination is practiced and trusted in many parts of the world as one of the most trusted methods to get answers to metaphysical issues besides the usual mundane questions.
I-Ching divination involves drawing two trigrams placed one above the other called a Hexagram; making a combination of six solid and broken lines to depict yang and yin lines.
The Hexagram is read from the bottom line upwards. In totality there are sixty four hexagrams. Each of these is interpreted over the ages in different ways. The readings are symbolic and require a very high level of understanding of the subject. The wisdom and experience of the master is of utmost importance to get accurate readings.

Feng Shui Food

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

Feng Shui is a way of life. One of the most important aspects it covers is Health and well being. What better application than Food; for our mind and body is affected by the food we eat.
It is very important therefore that special care shouldYin and Yang Foods be taken as to what you eat, how it is prepared and how well it is served.
Food is categorized as Yang and Yin foods. Nature’s basket is full of foods to bring about a Yin Yang balance in our diet.
Yang is the heating masculine force generating heat and energy. Yang foods create bounce and prepare for productive activities. On the other hand yin is the feminine force; cooling soothing and calming. Yin foods create laze and restfulness they also assist fight stress.
In order to balance health totally food should be consumed according to lifestyle and activity; besides it should also be balanced say a Yang lunch should be followed by a Yin dinner.
Yang Foods- The Fuel
Soups, Broths, Pepper, Brown Sugar, Butter, Cheese, Honey, Tofu, Chicken, Eggs, Red Meats, Garlic, Onions, Spices, oil, Fat, Walnuts, Peanuts, Coffee, Lobsters, Wines.

Yin Foods- The Coolants
Apples, Bananas, Oranges, Mangoes, Curds, Ice Creams, Desserts, Jellies, Salt, White Sugar, Melons, Cucumbers, Salads, Sprouts, Sardines, Shrimps
Neutral Foods- Accompaniments
Breads, Lean Meats, Rice, Milk
The Process of cooking can transform food. At times the same food can be Yin or Yang according to the process of cooking followed.
The Process of steaming, boiling and poaching is Yin, whereas frying; stir frying and roasting is Yang

The Colors play an important role in making food appealing; food can be planned in varieties of combinations.
The dishes and decor enhances appetite and assists digestion.
The Ambiance where the food is eaten is also very important. A pleasantly well lit dining area; comfortable and tastefully furnished is a joyful place for family gatherings and bonding.
Some Pointers

  • A fruit bowl with nine oranges is a mood lifter; it boosts appetite, use it at parties to avoid leftovers.
  • Fresh flowers displayed on the dining table make the atmosphere pleasant.
  • Square and rectangular tables are functional; whereas a round or oval table is festive.
  • Dining chairs in even numbers are considered lucky.
  • A mirror reflecting a dining area doubles happiness.
  • A cross beam running across a dining table oppresses wealth.
  • A dining table visible from the main entrance invites unexpected guests; it also keeps everybody hungry.

Place a crystal bowl with some sweets or chocolates on the dining table it brings joy.