In FENG SHUI, there are certain plants and trees we favor and consider sacred. The Chinese believe these trees are sacred because of the auspicious energy that is associated with them. They would even bury their dead near a particular tree. They believed the good spirits of their ancestors would absorb into the tree, bringing them riches and good luck.
Trees are considered the lungs of the planet. They clean the air by taking in carbon dioxide and give us life-sustaining oxygen. Trees offer more than just shade on a hot and steamy day. They provide a habitat for wildlife and help with soil retention. Trees give us building materials for shelter and warmth from firewood.
One of the most beloved plants of FENG SHUI is Bamboo, because it is strong and durable. Bamboo is renewable; it grows quickly and replenishes rapidly. It is believed in FENG SHUI that Bamboo can increase our wealth and it has the power to ward off unwanted energy. If you plant Bamboo in the back of your home, the Chinese believe it can increase your wealth and abundance. If it is planted near the front of the home, it will attract positive energy or auspicious Chi. Bamboo is easy to grow and requires very little maintenance, making it one of the most honored trees of FENG SHUI.
Another sacred tree in FENG SHUI is the Evergreen. They are favored in FENG SHUI because they keep their green color all year long. For that reason, the Chinese believe Evergreens bring prosperity throughout the winter months. Pine trees, in particular, symbolize friendship and loyalty. However, any type of Evergreen symbolizes durability and endurance. They never lose their positive energy and can create an optimistic spirit.
In FENG SHUI, we love fruit trees because they represent abundance and good health. They attract good Chi or energy to our homes. In 1912, the Japanese gave the United States the gift of Cherry trees, as a symbol of good luck. A Cherry tree planted in the yard brings good luck to the home. Another example is the Apple tree. It can bring peace and strengthen family relations. I like to suggest to my clients, that if they are blending a family together, they can plant an Apple tree. The Apple tree can help to create harmonious family relations.
Citrus trees are also favored in FENG SHUI, especially the Orange tree. An orange tree is believed to increase abundance. Oranges are presented to loved ones around the Chinese New Year as a way to ensure prosperity throughout the year. Lemon trees can help with fertility and reproduction. There is a legend that if a couple is trying to conceive, they should plant a lemon tree in their yard, to increase the chances of getting pregnant. I have seen lemon trees placed in planters and positioned on either side of the front door to bring this scared energy into the home.
Other trees bring blessings and good fortune. For example; Maple trees can bring balance and stability to our yards. The Oak tree is the mightiest of trees and symbolizes strength and courage. They can help to increase career success. Birch trees represent new beginnings and a cleansing of the past. They would be good to plant when you move into a new home or in a newlywed’s yard.
Trees anchor the energy that is vital to our well-being. They are powerful healers that bring us peace and comfort. Take the time to see if you have any of the sacred trees in your yard. Before you plant a tree, you might want to consider one of the sacred trees of FENG SHUI, so you can take advantage of the auspicious energy associated with them. Trees help to frame the landscape of our planet. They provide strength for us and give us powerful grounding energy.