Human Flower Project
Friday, September 30, 2005
Turn Out the Lights, Toss Out the Flowers
A host of feng shui masters say flowers, especially dried ones, don’t belong in the bedroom.
Beware of this bed
If your sweetheart comes home with flowers, well, lucky you. Just don’t spoil things by putting your bouquet on the bedside table.
To our surprise, the Hindustan Times’ feng shui advisor told a reader yesterday: “It is true that flowers and plants are not considered good feng shui in bedroom….” Mohan Deep claims a “scientific basis” for this rule: “The plants and flowers emit carbon dioxide at night,” a compound the Chinese masters called “Sha” and equated with negative energy.
Feng shui, one of the oldest design traditions in the world, is said to promote harmony and prosperity by fitting our environments to their right purposes, easing the way. We would have guessed that beautiful, fragrant flowers would be conducive to loving and rest, but the masters say otherwise. “Add lots of indoor plants in the east, southeast and south areas of your home,” writes one. “But shy away from dried flowers. Especially in the bedroom, such floral arrangements wreak havoc on your love and sex life.”
Dried flowers causing havoc?
This site says that couples who “want children” must “avoid putting flowers in the bedroom. Instead, place a basket of fruits in your bedroom. Fruits, especially pomegranates, are a symbol of fertility.” Yet another site explains “fresh flowers clash with the element of romance, which is Earth.”
By now, you may be leery of even putting on your nightie, but there’s lots more, concerning the proper display of peony paintings, limitation on teddy bears, and location of clothes hamper.
We’ll be sleeping on the couch tonight.