When we no longer have good cooking in the world, we will have no literature, nor high and sharp intelligence, nor friendly gatherings, no social harmony.
— Marie-Antoine Carême (“King of Chefs, Chef of Kings” – 1784-1833)
In the principles of feng shui, the kitchen is the fiery heart of the home, making the biggest contribution to our overall wealth and health. And the Qi in the kitchen naturally comes primarily from the stove, so its position and condition are paramount.
Ideally, it should be positioned so that the cook does not have her or his back turned to the main doorway. But for many of us, this is not the case, nor can we change it. Luckily, feng shui also provides a number of remedies for less than ideal situations.
For instance, one solution is to place a mirror on the back wall of the stove. Just make sure it is hung high enough so that it doesn’t “cut off” anyone’s head in the reflection.
Another possibility is to attach a 3- or 5-inch convex mirror to the overhead vent above the stove, or, if you have a microwave unit about the stovetop, you could hang it on the door. This adjustment will allow you to look up into the mirror and see the kitchen door behind you — and without the unfortunate illusion of your family member’s head being missing in the reflection!
In addition, you might want to hang a metal wind chime over the “cook’s station.” This pleasant remedy will offset any negative energy that may be coming in from behind you.
While it seems obvious, in feng shui terms, it is extremely important that you keep your stove clean and in good working order. Remember, more than any other area in our homes, our stove oversees our finances and brings in the Qi of prosperity.
One simple way to make sure that the flow of good Qi is steady and consistent is to circulate your tea kettles, pots and pans, using all the burners rather than one particular burner all the time. And be fanatical about keeping your stove and oven clear and clean! Make sure all burners and knobs are in good working order. When the fire (either literal, or as heat from electricity) is flowing freely through all the burners, the fire energy governing prosperity will be flowing in your favor.
Because of this, feng shui advisers suggest that if you double your burners, you’ll enhance your prosperity. No, you don’t have to get a new stove, although if you’re in the market, don’t skimp!
You can achieve similarly favorable results by adding a convex mirror to the area around the stove (or on the hood above the burners), making sure the burners are clearly reflected in it. This will turn your four burners into eight and double your wealth energy! To strengthen this energy even more, hang a metal wind chime over the area where the cook stands in front of the stove.
As mentioned before, this exact same procedure will also protect you from the less favorable Qi if your stove is located in a way that your back is turned away from the kitchen door while you are cooking.
If you’re still up for this (Hello? Hello? It sure is quiet around here!), I’ll have more next week. But tomorrow, and over the weekend, it’s time to turn our attention to our Ostara celebrations!