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The Feng Shui Color Black
By Deborah Redfern

As we recently acknowledged the darkest day of the year, the Winter Solstice, it seems a perfect opportunity to think about what darkness and the color black mean to you.

I remember what it meant to a client who called me because her landlord was painting her front door black. She was sure it was going to be 'bad energy' from a feng shui perspective. So we explored some of the meanings of black: strength, independence, stillness, quiet, introspection, the night, dreamtime, the unknown, mystery and self-protection. Then she was able to associate her new front door with some qualities that were quite important to her.

Black is also associated with the cycle of life and of beginnings and endings: beginnings — we are born into the light; endings — death, a return to darkness. In feng shui, black is associated with the bagua area Career.

Bagua Map ~ The Career Area










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On the bagua map, black is the color for the Career gua. The element for the Career area is water, and the trigram means 'deep water'. If you have studied feng shui, you may know that Career does not mean only what you do as your job; rather it also refers to the soul-searching that happens when you contemplate your purpose in life. From my book on the bagua Odyssey of the Heart,
"Deep water means to go very deeply inside on an inner journey to find the quintessential nature that is you. I believe that through this journey you can find your personal alchemy which gives you the opportunity to turn your life around."
So if black represents finding yourself and your true purpose in life, those qualities of black (power and stillness) are important. For example, do you use your power in a constructive way? There are two types of power, one having to do with the misuse of it and the other having to do with self mastery. The misuse of power (having power over someone) explains one of the cautions on wearing black. It is said to, "express hidden aggressive impulses and causes one to absorb unfiltered energies from the world outside."

Do the qualities of black help you become more centered or still inside? Or, does black protect you in some way — to 'disappear' or go unnoticed?

Healing with Feng Shui ~ Using Black
Black should not be used in young children's rooms, therapy rooms, or living rooms.

I sometimes do a feng shui consultation for someone who wants a black and white bedroom scheme. I try to dissuade them because while it might look dramatic and mysterious in the night, by day it depresses the energy. Have you ever been in a night club or restaurant with a black or very dark color scheme by day? Were they places you wanted to linger in?

Similarly, long term wearing of black, head to toe - almost like a uniform - is not recommended from an energetic perspective, but then too, there are color/fashion experts who tell us that a lot of us just do not look good in black! Some wear black because it doesn't show the dirt, but personally I find the opposite is true and my black clothing seems to need cleaning after each wearing. But there are times when it is useful:
  • If there is a time in your life when you need self-protection or to go unnoticed
  • When you are feeling extreme exhaustion
  • To quiet an over-active mind.

Share your thoughts and experiences with the rest of us.
Have there been times when you've worn or decorated in mostly black?

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Deborah Redfern, author of Odyssey of the Heart, guides learners in feng shui study. She is the creator and instructor of these popular online feng shui courses:

Feng Shui Soulutions: Your 30 Day Home and Life Makeover
Healing with Feng Shui and Color

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