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Use Your Garden to Create Positive Energy in Your Home


Happy Year of the Dragon! Did you know that in the Chinese art of feng shui, the Dragon corresponds to one of the sides of your home? A feng shui garden brings a feeling of balance to the property around your house. The balance of the landscape signifies better balance in your life and within the home. In the forthcoming Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert gives you simple, easy-to-implement solutions to invite good energy into your home and protect it from harsh or threatening energies.

“Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home,” says Clear. “The ideal home sites have a surrounding landform represented by these four animals: black Turtle (behind), red Bird or Phoenix (in front), green Dragon (masculine, and to the right, as you stand outside facing the building), and white Tiger (feminine, and to the left). These are very protective energies that support a home in the way a good armchair supports someone sitting in it. That’s why this landform arrangement is commonly referred to as the armchair position, also sometimes called the horseshoe.”

If your home isn’t situated in such a manner, there are many things you can do with your garden to help balance the energy and even encourage certain energies to come your way.

Some tips for the Dragon side of your home:

  • Park cars on the Dragon side; they are powerful and therefore strengthen the protective energy of the Dragon.
  • The easiest way to strengthen the Dragon side (necessary if the Tiger side—the opposite side—is too strong, say if your cars are parked on that side instead) is to add a dragon sculpture, or any item with a dragon image, to the right side of the home. A pot, bell or banner works nicely and will look at home in a garden setting.
  • Plants with an upward form or plants that climb upward are good on the Dragon side. Red bougainvillea is a perfect choice, especially if you can allow the plant to grow large. The association between the red color and fire is good for the yang energy of the Dragon, and a large prickly plant like bougainvillea is ideal for the side that represents protection for the home.
  • Have an outdoor grill? The Dragon side is a wonderful place for it. Every use will strengthen the fiery energy.
  • Looking for love? The Dragon side represents male (yang) energy. To attract a man to your life, place a masculine image or sculpture on the right side of the front door, or on the right side of the yard. (You can apply this to attract a woman by adding female iconography to the opposite—left, Tiger—side.) Once you’ve got your partner, the figure should be removed. Be grateful for what you’ve got, express your appreciation and don’t keep looking.


You can meet Clear at any of the events timed for the release of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens in mid-February:

Book Signings

Sat., Feb. 18, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, (808) 737-3323
Mon., Feb. 20, 11am – 1pm, Dragon Gate Bookstore, Chinese Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania, (808) 533-7147
Sat., Feb. 25, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, (808) 949-7307

Free Library Talks
Talks will focus on exterior uses of feng shui. Plant selection and placement will also be covered. 30% of each purchase of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens sold at these events will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Tues., Feb. 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Liliha Library, (808) 587-7577
Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Waimanalo Library, (808) 259-2610
Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Salt Lake Library, (808) 831-6831
Sat., Feb. 25, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Aina Haina Library, (808) 377-2456
Sun., Feb. 26, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Pearl City Library, (808) 453-6566

In addition, Clear will be offering a series of intensive feng shui classes. Each class lasts three hours and has a cost of $30. There is a $20 refund for any student who attends all four classes. For more information on Clear's classes and the other events, visit the Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens events page.