At the last magical experiments potluck, one of my friends presented on Feng Shui. She’d just gotten her certification in Feng Shui and she shared what she learned with us. I found it fascinating and I’m going to pick up some books and possibly even take a course or two as I think it could be applicable to my spiritual work, especially with movement.
I’ve always noticed that when I clean my home or we move furniture around that the energy also gets moved. The personality of the home changes, and even the way the energy moves through the house also changes. In fact, one of the suggestions my friend made was that I should change the position of my desk in my office. Originally it was set up so that my desk was facing the window and my back was turned to the door. According to Feng Shui this actually hurts the flow of energy toward your business because you are essentially indicating that you don’t want more business. It makes sense in a way and I figured it didn’t hurt to move the desk. So I moved it so that now it faces my closet, while still giving me a view of the window and the door. I don’t yet how it’ll affect my business, but I have noticed a change in the energy of the room and I actually like the current set up better.
When I look at movement as an elemental force one of the things I consider is how I move through an environment. Movement is as much about what you can’t move through or around as it is about the actual movement that occurs. I’ve changed my desk so I sit differently, have a different view and there’s a bit more space in the room. I swivel my chair around to reach for things on a shelf and everything is in easier reach than it was previously. If nothing else has changed, how I relate to the room and the various tasks I do in the room has changed. While there’s nothing overtly magical about that, it is fascinating because it makes me think about how set up and design influence movement, both the physical and spiritual movement that a person does in a given space.
If you’ve read Magical Identity, you know that a lot of my interest in magic has shifted toward exploring magic as an ontological activity. My interest in movement is part of the next step of that exploration as I see it as an essential part of an ontology of magic.