Appalachian Feng Shui? It explains a lot! Did you ever wonder why people in the mountains are the way they are? Self-reliant, a bit stubborn, loving, giving, and independent as hell. There’s a reason for that.
Our mountain people have their beginnings in Scotland and Ireland. A few wandered in from other places, but the majority can trace their roots back to those two countries. Many were dragged here kicking and screaming, often from the arms of their mother. They were forced into dangerous, stinky boats and the lucky ones survived the trip. They came and nestled into the mountains, bringing their heritage of strength and independence with them. Long before Africans were brought to this country, the Scots-Irish were sold here. Is it any wonder the people of the mountains are clannish and distrusting of folks who “ain’t from around here”?
Mountains, with their heavy earth and narrow hollers, are wonderful hiding places for people who for the most part, want to be left alone to live their lives in peace.
In Feng Shui there is a type of place called a “dragon’s lair”. An armchair type form of mountains that represents the best of the building sites. Undulating mountains will create these lucky spots, but in the Appalachians, they seem to be few and far between. When we look at the mountains of eastern Kentucky, the rolling hills are there, the choice spots with mountains and water, are there. But, many more people live deep in the hollows or in the towns where the Feng Shui is less than supportive.
If you live on a site where the mountains are too close you will have Feng Shui related problems. If you can’t see the sun in the morning before half the morning is done, you’re missing opportunities. If your sunset happens before it should, you’re losing time. If your garden sits in the shade of the mountains, it will have less sunlight than it needs, and your crops will not support the family. You will stay poor.
When I go back to the mountains, I can see the areas where families prospered and those areas where it seems that nothing has changed in 200 years. And, you can connect it to the Feng Shui of Appalachia.