A mirror over a fireplace can sometimes be very beneficial and even a cure to an afflicted sector in your home. The mirror represents the water element since, like water, it is a reflective surface. Its energy has an effect on the fire energy produced by a fireplace. There are a few rules to consider before installing a mirror over your fireplace.
Inauspicious West or Northwest Fireplace Placement
A mirror can become a remedy for fireplaces located in inauspicious sectors of homes. For example, a fireplace located in the west or northwest sector of a home creates disharmony. The west and northwest sectors are governed by the metal element, but the fireplace generates the fire element.
In the destructive cycle, fire destroys metal. That means the ruling element for your descendants' luck (west sector) or mentors' luck (northwest) is non-existent or, at best, severely afflicted with this type of fireplace placement.
The easy remedy for both sectors is to place a mirror over the fireplace. The water element in the destructive cycle extinguishes the fire element. If you wish to activate the metal element in these two sectors, you could select a metal-framed mirror.
Fireplace Placement in Other Sectors
When considering placing a mirror over a fireplace located in other sectors of a home, it's important to examine the location along with the furnishings to determine if introducing a water element (mirror) into the mix would negate the chi energy.
Southwest and Northeast
A fireplace located in the southwest (earth element) and northeast (earth element) is auspicious since the fire element produces the earth element. When a mirror is added above the fireplace, the water element would potentially destroy the fire element except the earth element destroys the fire. This destructive triangle negates any harmful reaction that introducing the mirror might have.
The south is governed by the fire element and a fireplace in this sector is a natural addition. If there are a lot of wood elements, such as furniture and plants, in the room to fuel the fire, the addition of a small mirror over the fireplace shouldn't douse enough fire to make an impact.
East and Southeast
The east and southeast are wood elements that feed the fire. However, in the exhaustive cycle, the fire element exhausts the wood element. When a large mirror is introduced over the fireplace, this possible cycle is interrupted since the water element feeds the wood element in the productive cycle.
The north is ruled by the water element. A fireplace in this sector isn't harmful since water destroys fire in the destructive cycle. Adding a mirror over the fireplace will further activate the water element for this sector.
What's Reflected by the Mirror
Since the energy of a mirror is very powerful, anything reflected in the mirror is doubled. This can be very beneficial for such things as a dining table for doubling abundance. However, there are some things you don't want reflected by a mirror over the fireplace. These include:
- Column or post: A column or post is considered a poison arrow.
- Another mirror: This creates an imbalance in chi energy since it bounces energy back and forth between the two mirrors, entrapping it and causing a chaotic stream of energy.
- Sharp corners: The corners of furniture and walls are poison arrows.
- Bathroom: This is an inauspicious room where clean water is transformed into waste water.
- Front door: Chi energy enters through the front door, but a mirror will bounce the chi out of your home.
- Kitchen: More specifically, the mirror should not reflect the stove/oven/range since these produce fire. Reflecting kitchen flames is believed to encourage a kitchen fire.
The things that are good to be reflected in a mirror over the fireplace include a crystal chandelier, nature, water and food on a dining table. Placing fresh flowers on the mantel will double the vibrant auspicious energy associated with such reflections.
Shape of Your Mirror
Another way to introduce an element into your mirror usage is with shapes. In feng shui, shapes represent elements. These include:
- Round or oval: Both round and oval symbolize metal.
- Square: A square frame represents earth.
- Triangle: The triangle represents fire.
- Rectangle: A rectangle symbolizes wood.
- Wavy lines: A wavy line represents water.
Using a Fireplace Mirror
You can use a mirror over a fireplace without too much concern of creating disharmony or imbalance. The frame element and size of the mirror should also be taken into consideration for the best results.