The salt water cure is one of the most important in a feng shui arsenal. This cure can counter the negative effects of the annual stars #2 and #5, considered the two negative energy culprits of traditional feng shui. These ill-fated stars move each year, so an annual salt cure is recommended by feng shui practitioners.
How a Feng Shui Salt Cure Works
The salt cure isn't traditionally used by all schools of feng shui. In fact, it was created and used by the feng shui "Flying Star School." This is the feng shui practice of calculating feng shui star placements for homes for both auspicious and inauspicious stars.
Calculate Inauspicious Flying Stars
Feng shui guru Lillian Too explains that time dimension is part of feng shui and is governed by the nine numbers of Chinese numerology. These numbers are arranged on the Lo Shui grid (nine squares). In Flying Star feng shui, these numbers rotate through the grid in fix patterns that can be applied to your home via compass directions. These numbers are referred to as flying stars. Each one has a specific set of energies assigned to it.
The annual calculations for the negative stars #2 and #5 (inauspicious) are countered by the salt cure. These calculations are based on the Chinese solar New Year.
Use Correct Calendar Date
The Chinese New Year is often referred to as Lunar New Year and shouldn't be confused with the Chinese solar calendar. The date to set your annual salt water cure is the Solar New Year. According to the Feng Shui Institute, this calendar defines when "...the Winter season and the old year ends, and Spring and the new year officially starts."
Salt Water Is Cleansing
In many ancient cultures, including the Chinese, it was considered to have cleansing properties and were used by various sects and religions. Salt was believed to ward off evil spirits and negative energy.
How the Cure Works
In the feng shui salt cure, the purification of salt is incorporated with water that when combined are a powerful cleansing tool. It's the addition of metal coins that helps stimulate the chemical reaction that cleanses and dissipates the negative chi energy brought into a home by the annual movement of the flying stars #2 and #5.
Introduction to Public
Feng shui master Michael Hanna of the UK introduced the (formerly secret) feng shui salt cure to the public over a decade ago. Some feng shui practitioners and masters believe that the salt cure isn't a cure at all, but merely a tool to assess the severity of the afflicted area where the flying stars reside. Regardless which side of the coin you're on, the salt cure has become a common and popular one with many testimonies of its effectiveness as a feng shui cure.
How to Assemble the Salt Water Cure
The assembling of your salt water cure is easy.
The Chinese I-Ching coins will need to be purchased; Hanna recommends ones from an auspicious dynasty. The calculator can be found online and is needed to determine the current location of the #2 and #5 stars and thus, the placement for the cures. Just as the actual celestial stars constantly move in the sky, so do the flying stars.
- 2 pint jars
- Table salt (can use rock salt, too)
- 2 mats, plates, trays, or bowls
- 12 Chinese I-Ching coins
- Flying stars calculator
- Fill 3/4 of the pint jar with salt.
- Place six Chinese I-Ching coins face up (Chinese character side) in a circle on top of the salt.
- Fill the jar with water very slowly until it is even with the top of the jar.
- Using a mat, tray, plate, or large bowl, place the jar in the current year's position of the #2 or #5 star.
- Be sure that you set the jar in the open and never inside a cabinet.
- Repeat steps 1 through 5 for the other star's location.
Tips for Maintaining Your Salt Cure
The salt water cure will begin to crystalize along the rim of the jar. Depending on how afflicted this area is, the crystals can spread and completely cover the jar and the plate or tray. You will want to be sure that you have some type of protective cover or mat underneath these and that it is larger than the plate or tray.
- Check water regularly and refill as needed to keep topped off.
- Don't touch jar once placed. This will disturb the accumulated negative energy.
- Don't place a lid over the jar. It should remain open at all times.
- If salt cure becomes unmanageable in growth, dispose of it properly (see below section) and replace with a new cure.
Not All Rooms Require a Salt Cure
Not all rooms in the home need protection from #2 and #5 flying stars, but some are vital to the family dynamics, wealth and resources. When the #2 or #5 flying star falls into these rooms, you should be diligent about placing a salt water cure for the length of time these stars reside in the rooms. Feng shui master Michael Hanna advises that not all rooms require the salt cure.
Rooms to Protect
The main rooms in your home that are used on a daily basis are typically the most vulnerable to the negative impact of #2 and #5 flying stars. This usually include bedrooms, dens, home offices, living rooms, kitchens, dining rooms, breakfast rooms, sunrooms, foyers, craft room, media room, home theater and all common rooms of the home.
Classical feng shui rules state that if the #2 and #5 flying stars are located in the laundry room, bathroom or a room that is rarely used, such as a guest room, then a salt water cure isn't necessary. The bathroom and laundry room carry out waste water, so the negative impact of either flying star is much the same as the normally existing inauspicious energy found in these two rooms.
The guest room that's hardly used has no significant impact to the family unless you have a guest using the room. In that case, you'd want to apply the salt cure.
Removal and Disposal of Cure
The salt water cure must be disposed. Never attempt to recycle any part of the cure used. All the material has absorbed the negative chi energy and you want to get rid of it and out of your home once the flying stars have moved on.
To do this, you can simply seal the cure in a plastic bag and throw it into your outside trash bin for the next trash pickup. Never bury it on your property. This will anchor the negative energy into your land, so be sure to dispose of all related cure items, including the mat and plate/tray used to protect the floor or table surface.
Replace Feng Shui Salt Cure Each Year
The salt water cure should be replaced each year on the date of the Chinese astrology solar new year. This is the easiest way to ensure you have removed the old cure and replaced it with a new one. You aren't restricted to only setting up a cure on that one day. You can set up a new cure anytime during the year, just be sure you have the correct positions for the #2 and #5 flying stars.