For You History Buffs……
Mary Shurtleff, Author
Feng Shui History of the Oval Office
Disclaimer: This article is for amusement only. I personally have never visited the White House. I am still awaiting the invitation. I used pictures and history from the Internet to do my research.
The government, stuck in old ways and outdated patterns, will need some new energy and feng shui adjustments set forth within the Oval Office, senate and legislative offices to achieve the new direction and support of that, which President Obama is trying to accomplish. However, will those new adjustments help or harm the already established place the United States has in the world order? And are we willing to take that chance?
The misnomer of feng shui is that all you do is go in and move things around and all is well. A feng shui practitioner must research all history of any place before they can touch any piece of anything. They have to determine what is working and what is not. This interruption of good energy can cause problems with health, money, relationships, and etc. To interrupt energy that is working can be as devastating as negative energy, which is not working. To go in and feng shui the White House without history of all presidential interactions would be careless.
William Howard Taft, in 1909, extensively remodeled the West Wing and relocated the presidential office to the middle of its south side. He took over the secretary’s office and changed it rounded design to a full oval. He felt an oval would make him and future presidents the center of their administration and more involved in the day-to-day operation of the presidency. This assumption according to feng shui principles is correct. This thinking seemed to have worked because Taft was more involved in his duties than any of his predecessors.
In 1929, the West Wing and the original Oval Office was destroyed by fire. President Hoover rebuilt it to the same design, however in 1933, Franklin Roosevelt chose to renovate and further expand the West Wing to accommodate his additional staff. He moved the Oval Office to the southeast corner of the West Wing where the laundry-drying yard was. The new location had better lighting with windows to the east and south. It also provided easier travel back and forth to the Residence. The last 13 Presidents of the United States have inhabited the current Oval Office. Hence, no other major renovations have been made to the Oval Office.
Each president, since 1933, has deposited his energy, thoughts, and behaviors in the Oval Office. Energy of every war, every success, every friendship and foe, and every negotiation is embedded in its walls, floors, and ceilings. With each presidential change, an esoteric space clearing should be done by a Shaman, a medicine man, priest, minister, or qualified Feng Shui practitioner on the office to neutralize any negative energy and enhance all positive energy.
Even though each new president is allowed to create his own style, the position of the room and the desk have been mainstays of the office. The HMS Resolute Desk, located in the Oval Office, is carved from the timbers of a British Warship of the same name and was given as a gift from Queen Victoria to President Rutherford B. Hayes and has served 25 presidents. Every president since Hayes—except Presidents Johnson, Nixon, and Ford—has used the Resolute desk, although some chose to use it in their private study. Its first appearance in the Oval Office was during the JFK administration. When LBJ took office, the desk become part of a traveling exhibit and then taken to the Smithsonian Institute. When Jimmy Carter was elected to office, he asked the desk be returned to the Oval Office. Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. both proceeded to use the Resolute Desk after the Carter administration. George Bush Sr. later moved the desk to his private resident office. Bill Clinton chose to move it back to the Oval Office and George Bush Jr. and Barrack Obama, to date have used it. This desk has become a symbol of power and fortitude within the wall of the Oval Office.
Since, the presidential desk is made from the wood of a wrecked and abandoned British warship, the energy of every document signed upon this desk is questionable. The current desk holds negative energy not only of the warship from which it came, but every administration that has declared war upon another country, British and American. Think of all the serious energy and emotions that must have accumulated in the drawers and wall of this desk, as well as the energy encased in the wood from its experience as an abandoned warship. Sadly, the desk may need to be replaced before any expected changes of peace can manifest.
The pondering begins. The desk could be removed from the Oval Office and displayed at the Smithsonian Institute and a reproduction of the old desk from new wood could then be built to start a new energy pattern within the Oval Office. However, on the other end of the spectrum, would removing the desk of strength from the Oval Office affect the world image of power the United States portrays to the world?
The Resolute desk was removed during the terms of Nixon, Johnson, and Ford and none of them were powerful presidents and each served less than two terms. Johnson finished Kennedy’s presidency and served only 14 months as president. Nixon resigned mid-term into his second term from scandal. Gerald Ford, after serving out the last years of Nixon’s second term, sought another term but was not elected. These are the questions all Feng Shui practitioners should ponder before ever removing such a symbol of power. I am not sure of the answer myself. More research would need to be done.
The Oval office is remodeled with each new presidency. Usually the colors, the furniture, and the presidential rug are changed, however the furniture positions have always remained the same. The most serious of problems in this furniture arrangement is that the president’s back is to the South window. This position with his back to the window may leave the president vulnerable to attack. A large mirror over the fireplace offset from the window would be a desirable feng shui adjustment. The president, could then, as he sits at his desk, see out the window to the world behind him.
The president’s back to the window, metaphorically also says, that he has his back to the world. It gives the impression he is not interested in anything past his office. It says he doesn’t see or understand the problems, which plague the world and common man. A president must always face the world with his or her eyes and ears open. President Obama has been a president who spends so much time outside the Oval office that he may have already feel this energy in his office and wants to connect with the world.
Sadly, with the way the room is set up in a circular manner with the fireplace as a focal point, it is difficult to rearrange its furnishings in a different way. The feng shui energy in the Oval Office moves in a circular motion around the room, never ending and never beginning, causing cycles of behavior to exist. It is no wonder each president drops into the same patterns of achievement and struggle. At one point, the energy needs to slow and collect to be adjusted and changed. Furniture may be able to strategically placed to accent all four directions and help slow energy flow. A continuous chi flow is good, unless, a negative behavior pattern has been established within a room. The history of the United States and it’s continued involvement in war -like behavior may be an example of such a pattern. The Oval Office may need to be redesigned. This, however, is an architectural problem and would be difficult to address without major reconstruction.
As one looks at the history of the Oval Office and the choices of colors and accessories used in each presidency brings forth the question of how these colors and their use may have affected the history of our country.
The colors of the Oval Office in the Clinton administration were dark blue almost indigo for spiritual awareness and tan or gold for grounding and healing. Clinton did amazingly well in office. The hints of red in his office showed passion in all projects but it didn’t overdue so to be construed as aggression.
However, as I look at the office images of FDR, his office was the most powerful office of all presidents. The Resolute Desk was in his President’s study. He used the heavy green curtains that presidents before him back to the Taft administration, had used. These curtains had a gold colored American eagles displayed on them. Green is a sign of money, nature, and healing and the golden colored eagle metaphorically showed his strength and power. He was a very powerful president. Although straddled with the effects of polio, he was elected for 4 terms as president and died shortly into serving his fourth term. I believe FDR’s strength should be displayed in future Oval Offices, in conjunction with the spiritual feeling to still keep America strong but compassionate and spiritual.
Blue has been used as mainstay color of presidents of the past. The blue is symbolic of calming however monochromatic blue could bore the mind or cause lethargy and even depression to set in. Clear thinking may be clouded. To offset this boredom, use a yang color in conjunction to lift passion and drive.
John F. Kennedy’s brilliant red rug was being installed on the day of his assassination. The color, red, could have been a prophecy of what would be the blood he shed for the country. Red is passion and desire but also brings forth anger and pain if used too abundantly.
Ronald Reagan’s office was gold and blue as well. In his first term, he left the Oval Office designed the way former presidents Ford and Carter had it set up. However in his second term, he changed from a florette design rug to a gold rug with sunbeam design. His administration in the second term was more successful than his first.
President George W Bush designed his office to look much like his father’s office, former President George HW Bush. Their history in office was similar, with both starting wars in Iraq.
The accessories in the room and the pictures on the wall bring forth emotions as well. Therefore, the Oval Office should only feature pictures and accessories that are peaceful, stable to the eye, and fulfill the goals of a nation. If pictures of foreign leaders are displayed, all parties in the pictures should be smiling at each other, shaking hands and/or embracing. Do not display pictures of stiff posed interactions with forced smiles. Rogue leaders, dictators, or battle scenes or warships should never be displayed.
President Truman had portraits of FDR, Simón Bolívar, and George Washington on his wall, each of who were involved in struggles of war. President Truman made the decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan. However, the pictures of FDR and George Washington are strong American leaders, so again, would removing those pictures during a time of war have made the country weaker? Thoughts to ponder.
No modern art should be used in a professional setting because the message is too blurry and there are no clear lines of communication. The messages the pictures project should be clear-cut to keep the eye focused and the mind clear. Modern art is fine when used in casual settings.
The Oval Office is located in the West wing. The West Wing of the White House is located in the cocky Rooster of the West in the Chinese Zodiac. The West and Northwest are controlled by the element of metal. The sharp metal energy that resides here can carry the ideas and talk of war energy and weapons. A fountain and plants can be displayed in the corridor before you enter the doorway to the Oval Office to help calm and dull the energy of the metal. I find it interesting our symbol of the eagle can be synonymous with the cocky rooster energy. Reconstruction could be done on the Oval Office and the White House to eliminate this energy, however, do we want this energy altered or do we want to remain the cocky Rooster–the powerful Eagle– of the West?
As you look at and compare the feng shui of each president and in hindsight look at the history of the nation, the facts are hard to refute. The feng shui of our environment does affect the way our lives unfold-consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously. For every subconscious thought there is a movement of energy; for every action there is a reaction.
There is so much history and feng shui that one can piece together in hindsight of the history of our presidents and country. The information in this article has been researched to the best of my ability and any errors in content are unintentional.
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