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Caroline L’Impératrice, MSC.D
Holistic Health Wellness Associate
Pher Shefat, in a nutshell
Inspired by the original temple (the human body), Pher Shefat (pronounced fair she-fat, which translates to ‘house energy’), is an Ancient Egyptian home placement science focused on creating a spiritual & divine consciousness in the home. The goal is to produce the most positive form of energy.
Ancient Egyptians applied metaphysical knowledge to create high vibrational energetic fields of wellness, prosperity, joy & love in the home using specific shapes, colors, and by selecting, decorating & placing items in intentional spaces according to their symbolism.
A purpose for each room
Each room must have a purpose to determine how it will be arranged. For instance, in her book ‘Heal Thyself’, Queen Afua, a well-known holistic health practitioner & wellness coach, decrees the kitchen as the ‘‘healing laboratory’’, because it’s where we prepare the meals that heal & maintain our well-being.
Take time to meditate on the atmosphere you desire to create in each room, and be clear on what that particular vibe means to you. You can even make it a family activity to choose each room’s purpose. Write it down in color coding, create a vibration board, have fun with it!
Sebayit, the floor plan
Sebayit (degrees of Life) is a floor plan designed to balance the energetic placement in a room according to the cardinal directions. Each room has eight domains of energy: Family, Children/People, Nature/Health/God, Wealth, Justice/Reciprocity, Marriage, Social Life/Village & Institutions/Business. Starting from the room’s entrance, they spread out clockwise & govern the energy field of that area of the room. (see image above)
As per Sebayit, items representing our intention to a specific degree would be placed in that area to support our intention. For instance, someone starting a new business could place a plant at the North-East area of the room to symbolize success, wealth and to keep ‘watering’ their project to ensure its continuing growth.
Symbols & their energetic vibe
As a holistic science, Pher Shefat considers every energetic influence: male/female energies, elementals, cardinal directions, forms, numerology, chakras, colors, zodiac signs, etc. I won’t detail them all but here’s a very general overview of different symbols & what they can represent:
Male energy: hot, active, electric, logic, analytic, protective, colors red, orange, yellow. Female energy: cold, growth, intuitive, harmonious, colors blue, indigo, green. A balance of male & female energy must be set in every room for a fluid energetic flow.
The elementals: air represents new beginning, memory, reason; fire as intuition, faith, full potential; water as emotion, feeling, spiritual communication; earth as growth, nutrition. Zodiac signs’ symbolism is common knowledge today, such as Taurus for money & wealth, or Libra for relationships & intellect.
Everything has an energetic vibe: cowry shells for prosperity, feathers for harmony, scales for justice, palm branches for energy purification, mortar & pestle for healing medicine, bowls for blessings, flowers or fruit plants for wealth, chimes for harmony in marriage, herbs & living plants for protection, family & friends’ portraits for togetherness.
Decorate with elements that express your culture & heritage (ancestral altars, masks, statues). Include natural materials (water, wood, bamboo, minerals, metals, crystals, stones, natural fibers, silk, cotton, hemp). Research different symbols or meditate & allow them to reveal themselves to you. Follow your intuition. Your home should reflect you, your family & your root culture.
Ancient Egyptians were mindful of the cardinal directions’ energetic influence & power to activate positive frequencies. When items of a certain energetic vibration are placed in alignment with their corresponding direction, it creates an energy field that produces more of that vibe.
When entering a room, you’re facing the northern direction of that room. North symbolizes male energy, south is female energy, west is marriage, fertility, family, and east is justice, reciprocity, fresh beginnings & new visions. In each area, place items that stimulate their energy in a positive way.
Laila O. Afrika, Kemetic Master Teacher, says that according to this ancient science ‘‘everything in the home has a purpose, everything is functional, nothing is accidental’’. Decorating must be done intentionally. The overall vibe must be harmonious. Having too much everywhere can ultimately cause clutter & disharmony in the space.
Depending on the room’s purpose, make a list of different items & colors that elevate that purpose to higher vibrations. For instance, if the room’s purpose is intellectual cultivation & mental growth, a library in the room symbolizes abundance of knowledge.
Once you have everything you need, place your items according to Sebayit, the cardinal directions & their symbolic meanings. Follow your intuition, trust yourself, add your own flavor & have fun!
Do one room at a time until you get the full swing of it. I highly recommend Laila O Afrika’s masterpiece, ‘Pher Ankh: Arranging and Decorating your Room, Building, Garden, and Home for Success, Health, Beauty, and Power’ to guide you on this journey.
Pher Shefat is a home placement road map to harmonize, balance & generate positive vibrations in the mind, body & spirit of the home & the people living in it. Invest time, energy & love into your home. As my teacher Dr. Akua Gray said, ‘‘Enhance & maintain the beauty of your home. Your home is like a body temple. It needs care and nurturing to grow & prosper.’’