After reading about salt water cures quite a number of years ago, like any good consultant I had to test and experiment with them prior to recommending them to my clients. There are several different ways to set up salt water cures including having them covered however I have found the set up below to be the most effective. Now I should point out that Salt Water cures are not for everyone, if you have small children or animals that stay inside the home they may be unsuitable and the reason for this is that you don’t want to disturb them once set up. Also some people just don’t like the look of them, whilst others love seeing them develop over time – See the picture below of the salt water cures that I just replaced from my home.

I would also like to thank Michael Hanna who has given me permission to re-produce the majority of this information as I don’t see the point in trying to re-invent the wheel.

Set up correctly you can get excellent results and also a fast working cure to combat sickness and bad luck. I use them for the #5 and #2 stars and this year 2010 you would place them in the South West and North East but you should also use them on your fixed flying star if you have done your own natal chart. If not, it may be worth considering our fantastic value Remote Consultation as this will give you a comprehensive report individually tailored to your own home incorporating the flying star method.

In traditional Feng Shui you do not have to cure every part of the home, if your #2 or #5 star fall in a bathroom, cloakroom, utility or any other less important room you do not really need a salt cure. If it falls in a bedroom, lounge, office or other room that you spend time in you need to set a cure up.

Frequently asked questions:

What element does a salt water cure represent?

Whenever you are recommended something relating to Feng Shui there should always be a reason why and please don’t ever be afraid to ask. There should be an explanation that you are comfortable with and that makes sense. In regards to what element a salt water cure represents, I have done quite a bit of research and the one reason I find makes sense to me is: the salt water cure is made up of metal coins with salt and enough water to create oxidization. This oxidization creates a metal element and it is the chemical reaction with which the outcome is metal Qi. The metal Qi is of course used to exhaust and therefore weaken the challenging earth Qi of the #5 and #2 flying stars.

Can the salt water cure be covered or placed in a cupboard?

No, it must be exposed to the air (qi) otherwise it will not absorb the negative energy, many people place them in cupboards and wonder why the crystal formation is not high, it is because it is not working. Place it in an open area where it is exposed to the air (qi).

I really do not want my partner or visitors to my home or business to see the cure, what can you recommend?

I have many clients who require cures to be discreet and as I always say you do not need to have your home or business looking like a Chinese restaurant to have good Feng Shui. I would suggest placing the salt water cure on a cupboard/shelf and then placing a photo frame or similar in front of it to hide it, as long as the top of the jar/glass is exposed to the air that is fine. Make sure that you regularly check the salt water cure as it may need to be topped up with water, especially in the summer months.

Why do we use six Chinese I-ching coins?

Because six is the Trigram for Chi’en and this is a metal element and weakens the negative earth of the #5 & #2 stars. This is the same reason we use six Chinese coins tied in a row and a six hollow metal rod wind chime. These are the parts of the formula that other Practitioners do not know about and why so many websites just try and sell the cure without adhering to all of the above.

Do you only use a salt water cure for the annual 2 & 5 stars?

Absolutely not, if you have done a natal chart on your home and know where the fixed #5 & #2 star you should also use them here as this is even more effective at reducing bad luck and sickness. If you do not know how to do a natal chart it maybe worth considering our Remote Consultation as this not only calculates your natal chart for your home or business, it also gives advice on colours, cures and enhancers for every part of your home. This consultation is individually tailored for your home and is personally analysed by me. This consultation has proved extremely popular and I am currently completing consultations from all over the world!

I have been told not to have water in a bedroom; does this apply to a salt water cure?

A very popular question and one that does not apply, a salt water cure is fine in a bedroom and any other room in the home, if you think about it, it is no different to having a glass of water beside your bed each night. This is called a “yin” water cure. The type of water you do not place in a bedroom is a “yang” water cure like an aquarium of water feature with a pump, the water movement makes it yang and this is harmful in a bedroom. So a salt water is needed in a bedroom for the annual stars and also fixed stars as these cause even more problems to health and luck.

How often do I change the salt cure and when should it be placed?

This depends on the amount of negative energy in the home, I have some clients who change there salt cure 3-4 times a year because the build up of crystal around the rim is very large and sometimes up to 4-5 inches and flowing down the sides, they really do look incredible. Other clients change them once a year and always on the Chinese New Year (around February). Although they should be renewed on Chinese New Year they can be set up at any time of the year

What size glass should I use?

I use a scotch glass size glass (see pictures below) and I recommend using glass containers. If you are near an Ikea they have a six pack of glasses which are quite cheap and also have glass coasters that are placed underneath the glass and work a treat. Just ensure you don’t use anything expensive as you will need to dispose of them at the end of each Chinese New Year.

What will happen if I disturb or knock-over my salt cure?

This is actually quite common and one that you want to try and avoid, having this cure in a building is like having a bee’s nest in your home or business, it will not harm you if left undisturbed but start poking it and disturbing it, it will sting you. If the salt cure is only a few months old it should be okay, but over three months with a lot of crystallisation around the rim you must renew it as you will have disturbed a lot of negative energy. When you place the cure make sure it will not be disturbed for the time it is there. Also be careful when cleaning around the jar, do not get tempted to pick off the crystals on the rim and do not knock it when cleaning.

What other cures can be placed near the salt cure?

It is good to have metal cures close to the slat cure as these will also weaken the negative earth. Good metal cures are a wu lou, six Chinese coins tied in a row with red ribbon, signing bowl, metal bells, brass pagoda, etc. Please visit follow this link you will see more examples of metal cures.

How do I set my salt water cure up?
  1. Fill up a glass jar; with rock salt to about three quarters full.
  2. Place six coins on top of the salt in a circle. Make sure the coins are Yang side up; this is the side with the four Chinese characters. Don’t worry if the coins sink into the salt as you pour the water.
  3. Fill the jar to the top with tap water. It would be a good idea to place a mat under the jar to protect furniture or flooring.
  4. The jar will form crystals over time; this shows that it is working to absorb the negative energy.
  5. Make sure the water is always topped up.
  6. Do not cover the top of glass/container.
  7. The salt water cure should not be placed in a cupboard.
  8. Try not to touch or move the jar too much as it stores a lot of negative energy.

Remember to place a size able mat under the jar / bowl of the salt solution to protect the table that it is on, because in time, the solution will absorb the negative energy and will crystallise around the top of the jar. If the energy is severe, it might spread all around the surface of the furniture. You may wipe around the surface of the table, but do not touch the rim of the jar / bowl at all.

How do I dispose of my old salt water cure?

At the end of each Chinese New Year you should throw your old coins, glass and water/salt away. Because they store so much negative energy it is best to place the whole glass into an old Tupperware type container and seal the top and throw straight into the bin. If you do not have a container pour the water down an outside drain (one at the back of house that leads away from the building) and place the salt/glass and coins into a plastic bag and place in bin. Do not recycle the coins or container, you will be guaranteed bad luck if you do so.

Where do I purchase the coins from?

You should purchase good quality bronze coins. Follow this link for details on purchase.

Place Salt & coins in glass

Add water – New salt water cure 

The majority of this information has been reproduced with the permission of Michael Hanna of Feng Shui Web UK.