Feng Shui by Clear Englebert

Feng Shui & Prayer Flags

A prayer flag can be a traditional Tibetan prayer flag or modern equivalent images (preferably on natural fabric like cotton) that are spiritually affirmative to you. The ones that are fluttering in Himalayan breezes are often white, but the ones that are available in the West these days are in sets in various bright (some might say garish) colors. (And those colors are often the colors of the Buddhist flag, which can vary somewhat from county to country.) Often the modern prayer flags have imagery based on various traditions and the colors are anything but traditional. Some of the modern ones are made in Bali and the colors and designs are brilliant and unique.

These flags correspond to the different areas of the feng shui bagua. This is the one for the Fortunate Blessings/Wealth Area, where the I Ching trigram is Wind. It’s also the correct color—purple.
These modern prayer flags were given to me and the first thing I did was to separate them so that I could use them when I teach bagua classes. I don’t keep them up in our home because they wouldn’t match our style, which is more 1920s & 30s.

When a person wonders where they should hang their prayer flags, the first thing I ask is whether they want them inside or outside. If they want them inside, I’ll usually suggest that they separate the flags and place them according to the colors of the bagua map.

If they want the flags outside, I look at the landscape around the home and if there’s an area that goes down where it should be going up (the two sides and the back of the house), I’ll recommend that the flags be hung high in those areas. Things that move and are place high lift energy. Things that are above head height and MOVE, lift energy because we tend to look up when we notice then. It is our “visual energy” that is lifted.

These two prayer flags are on the outside of a humble gazebo in the woods. It’s fine for prayer flags outside to “weather in place”.
These prayer flags are inside the gazebo and are with a Balinese wind chime.

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