Should Books Be Behind Glass According to Feng Shui?

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Open book shelves are notorious for creating what's known as poison arrows or sha chi (negative chi energy) in feng shui. Placing your books in a bookcase, even one with glass doors is preferable to storing them on an open shelf.

Bookshelves Create Poison Arrows

The lines created by open bookshelves present a unique dilemma for homeowners. Uneven books scattered on these shelves, some upright, others on their sides create more poison arrows as well as clutter. All of this can create potent and damaging effects to positive chi energy in your home.

Placing Your Books Behind Glass Doors

One of the best solutions for books is to place them inside a bookcase. Solid doors are an ideal solution, but glass doors are sufficient in blocking the effects caused by open bookshelves.

While the books can create additional poison arrows, the main issue with open bookshelves are the shelves themselves. When placed inside a glass cabinet or glass doors built onto the shelving systems, the issues created by sharp angles created by the shelves are remedied.

Once Books Are Behind Glass Doors

It isn't enough to simply place your books behind glass doors, you also need to adhere to basic feng shui principles.

  • Make sure books are neatly aligned upright
  • Keep shelves dusted
  • Replace books in organized alignment
  • Keep glass doors closed

Bookshelf Doors Not an Option?

If you can't add glass doors to your shelving unit, then you can try the next best form of remedy. Move all of your books to the very edge of the shelf. You want to make sure that you line up the books so that they are flush to the front edge of the bookshelf. This placement is effective in eliminating the harsh sharp line of the shelf. It's not a long-term practical solution if you use the books on a regular basis. Each time you return the books, you'll need to realign to the edge of the shelf.

Should Books Be Behind Glass According to Feng Shui?