There is a rumor circulating by email and on Facebook about October 2011 and other months as being alleged “money bags” months according to the Chinese metaphysical principles of feng shui. While it is true that October will have 5 Saturdays, 5 Sundays, and 5 Mondays, there is no such thing as a “money bag month” in feng shui. It’s also not true that such combinations only happen every 823 years, as the claims state. A quick look through your own calendar will confirm that every year has a few months with three sets of five of a kind.
However, there are real feng shui cures for money and health concerns. Two favorites are the happiness Buddha, seen at many Chinese restaurants, and my personal favorite, feng shui coins.
I have a large feng shui coin surrounded by red embroidery and “double happiness” knots and tassels. It’s a beautiful piece of artwork, and according to feng shui, correct placement should bring me luck. I had it in another room, and just today realized I should probably change its location. Now it’s hanging over the head of my bed (north placement)–to help me dream up money making ideas!
I have also just placed a spiral eight bell Tibetan chime, centered in the doorway of the closet opposite my bed (south placement). Now I have metal (money-attracting and health-inspiring) charms at both ends of the room. I’ll post an update after I see how that works out for me.
“The Happiness Buddha carries the ‘money bag’ sack over his shoulder and goes around handing out gifts,” said Carol Olmstead of Feng Shui for Real Life. “That’s why you often see the statues or images of the Happiness Buddha in Asian restaurants and businesses.”
Carol also suggests ten different practical things to do around the house (or office) that will improve your surroundings, and thus improve your luck, according to feng shui, such as replacing burnt out light bulbs and dead plants.
Donna Stellhorn suggests making your own money bags on her Feng Shui Form blog.
“Make your own Money Bags by taking nine coins (nine is a very lucky number in Feng Shui) and wrapping them in a piece of cloth (red would be luckiest and if you don’t have cloth you could use wrapping paper) and tying the cloth together with a piece of ribbon (red would be good but you could also use green or yellow),” Stellhorn said. “And place your Money Bags where you receive money in the house.”
There are many different feng shui cures available. These are only a few examples. If you have your own favorite feng shui cure for money or health, please share it in the comments section below. Thanks!
[Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Feng shui is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.]