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Feng Shui Decorating Tips for Dealing with Poison Arrows

Updated on January 9, 2012

Using Feng Shui to Alleviate a Poison Arrow

What is a poison arrow in feng shui?
What is a poison arrow in feng shui? | Source

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.

Poison arrow directed at the back of the person sitting in the chair.
Poison arrow directed at the back of the person sitting in the chair.

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.

The cornstalk plant is an excellent indoor plant commonly used by feng shui experts for its soft, large leaves and for its air purifying qualities.
The cornstalk plant is an excellent indoor plant commonly used by feng shui experts for its soft, large leaves and for its air purifying qualities. | Source

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.

Color flower lei decorations will easily slow down the poison arrow.
Color flower lei decorations will easily slow down the poison arrow.
Now whoever sits at the desk will feel more at ease and work more productively without the poison arrow at his back.
Now whoever sits at the desk will feel more at ease and work more productively without the poison arrow at his back.

Other options

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.

Fabric is another wonderful alternative for softening poison arrows.
Fabric is another wonderful alternative for softening poison arrows. | Source

Conclusion

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!

What do you think?

Which method of dealing with poison arrows is your favorite?

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      Kiwi Rio 9 months ago from New York, NY

      Sounds like a good plan!

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      Johne266 3 years ago

      Merely a smiling visitor here to share the adore , btw outstanding style. Audacity, more audacity and always audacity. by Georges Jacques Danton. bkeakdefebfc

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      Guest 4 years ago

      I have a huge poison arrow in the wealth sector southeast. It's a huge column which points directly at me. Money has been non existent! After months I finally realised after reading up on it. A plant is great but not feasible for my room. I have just ordered green wooden beads which I plan to hang up ASAP

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      Kiwi Rio 5 years ago from New York, NY

      You're welcome! And I'm very glad that this hub has got you interested in learning more about feng shui.

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      Kiwi Rio 5 years ago from New York, NY

      The poison arrow is a fundamental concept in feng shui. I'm glad that you got to learn about it!

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      Shell Vera 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      I have never heard of a poison arrow. Thank you for sharing this information and the great pictures to help us "see" what you are suggesting. Reading your hub has encouraged me to read more about Feng Shui. That is always the sign of a good hub in my opinion: one that provides enough information on the subtopic to cause the reader to want to read more about the main topic. Great job!

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      freelanceauthor 5 years ago

      Nice hub. First time to hear poison arrow in feng shui

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      Kiwi Rio 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Well now you know, and thanks!

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I have heard of the poison arrows but only know now how to cover it. Very interesting...

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      Kiwi Rio 5 years ago from New York, NY

      Thanks Robie! Leis and beads are actually my favorite to use in my own small apartment. I also sort of have an obsession with Hawaii. The weather is beautiful there!

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      Robie Benve 5 years ago from Ohio

      Very good info. I knew about plants or fabric protecting from the corners, but I enjoyed learning about lei and beads. Thanks for sharing.