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December 14, 2005

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In this issue:
• Feng Shui Article:
   Jade: The Stone of Heaven
• Announcements:
   December Give-Away
• Feng Shui Q+A:
   Damaged Wall between Neighbors
• Featured Resources:
   Do It Yourself Space Clearing Kit
   Green Nest - Creating Healthy Homes
• Clutter Clearing Tip:
   Clothes Clutter
• Featured Charity:
   The Child Health Site


Jade: The Stone of Heaven

by Stephanie Roberts

Among the many Chinese feng shui objects, symbols, and figurines available at feng shui retailers, you've probably noticed that some - such as pendants, amulets, and miniature figurines - are made of jade or, for the cost-conscious, of a pale-green colored resin made to look like jade. Why is this stone so popular, and what does it add when a feng shui symbol or object is made of jade or made to look like jade?

Jade is revered in Chinese culture not only for its beauty, but also for its many symbolic meanings. The high value given to this natural stone is as old as the dawn of Chinese civilization itself; jade objects dating from as early as the Neolithic period (that's around 7000 years ago) have been found in China by archaeologists.

The Chinese admire jade above all other valuable materials, even gold and ivory. In Chinese culture, jade is believed to be a link between the physical and spiritual worlds, and is thought to be the material form that most completely embodies both the yin and yang qualities of Heaven and Earth. Thus it is called, "the stone of Heaven." The Mandarin word for jade is "yu." This character is similar to a capital "I" with a line across the middle. The top of the character represents Heaven and the bottom represents earth, with the line in the middle symbolizing mankind.

The following description of the "Eleven Virtues of Jade" is attributed to the sage Confucius (551-479 BCE):

"The wise have likened jade to virtue. For them, its polish and brilliancy represent the whole of purity. Its perfect compactness and extreme hardness represent the sureness of intelligence. Its angles, which do not cut, although they seem sharp, represent justice. The pure and prolonged sound, which it gives forth when one strikes it, represents music. Its color represents loyalty. Its interior flaws, always showing themselves through the transparency, call to mind sincerity. Its iridescent brightness represents heaven. Its admirable substance, born of mountain and of water, represents the earth. Used alone without ornamentation it represents chastity. The price that the entire world attaches to it represents the truth. To support these comparisons, the Book of Verse says: 'When I think of a wise man, his merits appear to be like jade.'"

Another Chinese saying states that, "Gold has value; jade is beyond value."

The ancient Chinese believed that powdered jade taken internally could cure virtually any ailment, and perhaps even bring immortality if consumed in the right quantity. Jade is a non-conductor, so it feels cool to the touch. This coolness is said to elevate and purify one's thoughts, quiet the mind, and help to induce a state of contemplation.

Wearing jade was thought not only to confer greater health and vitality, but also to ward off back luck and misfortune. One ancient text states, "Jade cannot prevent the living from dying, but it can preserve the corpse from decaying." Liu Sheng, the ruler of the Zhongshan State (113 BC), must have been a believer: he was buried (as were other royalty) in a suit of 2,498 pieces of jade sewn together with several pounds of gold thread:

Jade is often carved into representations of gods, bodhisattvas (such as Kuan Yin, "the Jade Goddess") or symbolic animals, especially the dragon, bat (luck), birds, fish, tortoises, and the phoenix.

The color most often used for feng shui items is a medium-to-pale shade of green. However, jade comes in many colors, including white, yellow, brown, green, lavender, red, and black, making it possible to select a jade piece by color to represent any of the five feng shui elements. This pair of "Lo Shu" or dragon-headed tortoises (thought to bring both good health and money luck) are of dark green and yellow jade:

Jade Lo Shus

The twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac are also popular. Here's one of my Chinese animal, the Dog:

Jade Zodiac Charm - The Dog

Some dark resin feng shui talismans feature jade-colored symbols or characters, such as this one representing wealth and blessings:

There are two types of jade: soft (nephrite) and hard (jadeite). Because most jadeite comes from Burma, it is sometimes called "Burmese Jade". Most contemporary jade pieces are made of jadeite.

Many inexpensive jade pieces are made from poor quality stone that may have been dyed or color-enhanced to look more appealing. Others are not made from jade at all, but from synthetic resin that have been colored to look like jade. This does not mean, however, that you must use expensive, authentic jade for your feng shui cures. It is true that the better the quality of the stone, the stronger it's energy will be. However, it is certainly permissible to use a lesser-quality or "imitation" piece to evoke the qualities of jade that you wish to bring into your home - just as you might use a beautiful photograph of flowers or a silk flower arrangement to evoke the chi of fresh flowers when they are not practical or affordable.

Here's a fun "Money Frog" of plastic resin made to look like jade. If this were hand-carved from natural jade, it would be quite expensive. The man-made version makes this traditional feng shui wealth symbol available to those of us without imperial budgets.

Protective King Money Frog

This jade and rose-quartz "tree" is a charming and affordable way to evoke both the qualities of a flowering tree and the beneficial powers of jade for your romance corner:

Romance Bonsai Tree

Jade is so multi-faceted in its meanings and qualities that it has virtually unlimited potential for use as a feng shui enhancement or cure for your home or for your personal adornment.




Jade Ba Gua Necklace
In keeping with the subject of our article, we are giving away a lovely Jade Ba Gua Necklace to one lucky winner. This piece has an octagonal ba gua pendant of pale grey-green jadite, carved on both sides with the Early Heaven sequence of the trigrams. Free-floating round tai chi symbol (carved from the same piece of jade) turns in the center. A powerful talisman for power, balance, and protection.

To enter, send an email with your name and address to before midnight (Hawaii Standard Time) December 21st. We'll announce the winner in our next issue.


Feng Shui Q+A

(Most questions will have been edited for clarity and length, and any identifying details have been changed. Please note that due to the high volume of email I receive, it is no longer possible for me to respond to every question personally. I still welcome your questions, and if I cannot provide a personal response I will try to address your issue in a future Q+A column.)

Q: : "My neighbor has a cinderblock wall on the border between our properties. This summer he backed into his wall and some of the cinderblocks are broken. Can you tell me what to do with this situation?"

A: The key point here is that it is not your wall, and therefore not yours to fix. You can only control what is happening on your own property; you can't feng shui your neighbor's property, much as you might like to do so.

Of course it's not good feng shui to have a damaged wall beside your property, and the more visible it is to you and the more it bothers you, the stronger the effect is. If you can talk to your neighbor and convince him to repair the damage that would be great. If he won't fix it, you may be able to plant some shrubbery to hide the damaged section from your view, or perhaps you could place a trellis or other feature to give you something more attractive to look at.


Recommended Resources

Do-It-Yourself Space Clearing Kit (Extended Offer)
Ever wonder why you feel better in some places than in others? Why vibrational imprints linger in a location after the event is over? Why animals and insects prefer certain areas over others? This illustrated, 160-page workbook with guided meditation CD will teach you how to transmute noxious earth energies & geopathic stress, clear negative "predecessor chi" from previous owners or renters, and contact your own home angel to increase your prosperity, health, and harmony... and much more. Hundreds of dollars' worth of bonus gifts for a limited time only.

Green Nest

GREEN NEST- Creating Healthy Homes
Feeling sick? Your house or office may be to blame. Although the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) connects 150 commonly used household chemicals to allergies, birth defects, cancer and psychological disorders, the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations exempts manufacturers from full labeling of products used for personal, family or household care. provides education about toxins in indoor air, drinking water, personal care, pet care, baby and cleaning products, along with resources to help consumers make their homes safer. Founded by Certified BauBiologists, this is one web resource you will want to add to your favorites. Visit now.


Clutter Clearing Tip


If you, like so many others, have trouble getting rid of too-small clothes that used to fit, that's probably because getting rid of those clothes feels like letting go of the hope that you will someday fit into them again. Remind yourself that plenty of "skinny" clothes will be available for you when you are ready for them, and that fabrics, colors, and styles will have changed.

When you do slim down to a smaller size, what will give you more satisfaction: fitting back into something now old and outdated, or buying yourself new clothes in a smaller size? Going down in size is not the same as going back in time. If you are sufficiently disciplined and motivated to loose several garment-sizes worth of weight, you deserve new clothes to celebrate the new you.

"So far I've de-cluttered 20 Walmart bags of clothes, 1 bag of hair accessories, and 7 bags of trash from my closets and dressers."
~ Clutter-Free Forever! support group member


Featured Charity

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In 2004, visitor clicks funded basic, critical health services for more than 461,000 children around the world. The number of children helped depends on the number of people who visit The Child Health Site. Please click every day, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.


A hui ho! (until next time),

Maui, HI  
Fast Feng  


Feng Shui Books & eBooks

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