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Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Dealing with Poison Arrows
Using Feng Shui to Alleviate a Poison Arrow
What is a poison arrow?
In feng shui, poison arrows are pointed areas in the room that stick out and metaphysically hurt people who are sitting near them.
Poison arrows can be created by columns, sharp corners of a table that is placed too close to a seated person, or areas of the drywall that stick out into the room.
Poison arrows are dangerous in feng shui because they make the chi move too fast towards the person's body and thereby causes damage.
In the above picture, the individual sitting closest to the column will never feel comfortable because they are metaphysically being stabbed by the corner created by the column.
Another common place where poison arrows are created is in corners of the room. For example in the picture below, a poison arrow sticks itself into the back of the person sitting at the desk in front.
Using indoor plants to cover poison arrows
The strange corners seen above are actually fairly common in many living spaces.
A common method of blocking the arrow is to place a tall plant in front of the corner. Make sure the plant is not spiky, otherwise it causes more disturbances. Instead, look for a plant that has soft wide leaves to gently slow down the chi.
An added bonus is to look for a plant that also cleans and purifies the air. I recommend a Cornstalk plant, also called a Dracaena Fragrans.
The plant is an excellent indoor plant that can withstand low light and neglect, so you do not have to worry about your plants if you travel. Also, it has been shown in a NASA Clean Air Study to remove indoor pollutants such as formaldehyde, xylene, and toluene.
Using hanging decorations to cover poison arrows
If your living space is small, for example you live in an apartment, then there might not be enough space to put a plant in the corner and to also place the desk in front of it.
If this is the case, I don't suggest forcing the plant into the corner and disrupting the entire space. Instead, I recommend hanging something decorative from the ceiling to cover the poison arrow.
In the following picture, you see how this particular poison arrow has been covered by hanging a colorful flower lei decoration.
If a colorful lei is not your style, you can also hang strings of beads in any color (preferably in red to enliven the chi).
Another method is to install a wooden rod that spans the corner and hang a long swath of beautiful fabric from the ceiling. Then, you can tie it as if it were a curtain. The fabric covers the corner and creates a soft barrier protecting whoever is sitting near the area.
All in all, I hope enjoyed these tips for protecting yourself and others from the effects of poison arrows.
I would love to hear how these tips have worked for you. If you have an questions or comments, please feel free to contact me. Ciao!