Feng Shui, originating from China, is a pseudoscience which is almost 5000 years old. This ancient architectural practice states that the energy surrounding the universe can positively influence the human beings. Feng Shui has become incredibly popular in India too, where vastu rules play a prominent role while constructing a building.
There are many practices in Feng Shui which is believed to bring wealth and good luck. One of the most important among them is keeping a lucky bamboo in homes and offices. More than a decorative feature, lucky bamboo fills the indoor spaces with positive energy.
Like the name indicates, the bamboo indeed brings good fortune and luck. The Chinese believe that the lucky bamboo is closely connected with the Wu Xing or the 5 elements. The bamboo itself signifies the tree, while the pebbles in the pot denote the earth. The red ribbon tied around it symbolizes fire while the Chinese coin placed inside the pot or attached on the ribbon signifies the metal. The bamboo is placed in a pot filled with water, which is one of five main elements. It is believed that the lucky bamboo which represents all the forces of the nature can bring fortune and luck.
The effect of the Feng Shui may differ depending upon the number of stalks in the lucky bamboo. Usually 1 -10 stalks of the plant are kept inside the house. One stalk represents growth, so it will turn lucky for businessmen/women or entrepreneurs. For a prosperous and successful marriage, lucky bamboo with two stalks should be grown. Three stalks bring peace of mind, fortune and longevity.
It is wise to avoid keeping four stalks of lucky bamboo as they are believed to bring bad luck. Six stalks tied together with a red ribbon will surely bring luck and prosperity. Those who are struggling with health issues can keep lucky bamboo with seven stalks for good health and well being of the family. Eight stalks represent growth and ten stalks in a lucky bamboo signify accomplishment or fulfillment. Five and nine stalks of the lucky bamboo are usually not placed indoors.
It is important to place the lucky bamboo at appropriate places to achieve the desired effects or good luck. Placing the lucky bamboo in the East would bring good health and keeping it in the South results in good fortune.