In my work with clients I’m often asked whether antiques and the like have “bad Feng Shui.”
As with so many things, the answer is, “It depends.”
If you know the provenance of the item and it feels good to you, there’s no problem — your parents’ wedding china or your favorite aunt’s traveling case, for example.
The situation is more complicated when you don’t know much (or anything) about an item’s history, as with things that you’ve picked up at an antique store or vintage clothing shop.
If you’re among the many people who just LOVE the look and feel of antiques, you’ll be wise to keep a few things in mind from a Feng Shui perspective:
- Try to stick to purchasing things that are actually useful to you, so you can start imbuing them with your own story and energy right away.
- Be sure that you truly love the item itself, since you’ll be living with it, looking at it and using it from this moment forward.
- If you have any premonitions that its history might not be a positive one, let it go. Trust the universe to guide you to another, more positive item sometime down the road.
When you bring a vintage item into your home, transform any residual negative energies by symbolically clearing it using Feng Shui:
- Let it rest for a few days in an out-of-the-way location in your home.
- When you are ready, place it in a sunny location for a few hours. The sun’s powerful rays are the most Yang energy we have available to us.
- Focus the power of your Intention on the vintage piece. In this case your Intention should be along the lines that this item support and nourish you as it becomes a part of your life.
Combining the powerful forces of your Intention and the sun’s abundant energy refreshes and renews your new purchase, making it into a positive addition to your life.