Feng Shui uses the Bagua Energy Map to focus on the most important areas of your life, including your family: the ancestors who represent your past, plus your close friends and colleagues today.
It’s important to anchor this sense of rootedness in your space to promote healthy growth, vitality and flexibility, like the trees of the Wood element that represents this area of the Bagua.
I’m lucky to have a wonderful signifier of family in my home: a wooden box that traveled with my grandmother when she emigrated to the U.S. from Norway over 100 years ago.
There’s writing on the top that identifies her and says where this box, carrying all of her belongings, was destined for her new life in America.
The box was beautifully made by hand and still functions as a useful household item, all these years later! I use it as a small table and a bit of storage in my living room.
Its interior is beautiful too: can you see the paper lining inside?
This box says Family to me. And since it’s made of the material that represents this aspect of my life — Wood — it’s all the more significant and nourishing.
How are you anchoring your Family? Do you have a favorite item that fills the bill?