Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door

I promise no more talk of death after this post for awhile…

People often ask me if Feng Shui can prevent death or stave it off. I wish I had better news, but the short answer is…no. All the rice bowls in the world placed under one’s bed will not change the result. This is just the cycle of life playing out. 

What Feng Shui can do is assist in supporting good health, improve health through elemental and directional balance, and promote longevity. Finally, it can help foster strength and peace for the entire family during a person’s end of life transition.

In the same way that good Feng Shui cannot prevent death, bad Feng Shui cannot in and of itself summon it, so relax, if your space is a Feng Shui nightmare, it’s not lethal, but let’s work together to make your space more harmonious; it will make your time on earth a more balanced one.



Today I will be saying farewell to a friend, a mentor, a great man.

Even out of such profound sadness, the light will come. So many people will gather together to honor and celebrate Rick; lots of great stories will be shared, lifting our collective grief. 

Rick was a rock; powerful, solid, complex, but with softened edges gained through life’s experiences. Rocks are an ever changing form, changing shape to give a little in order to help create the shape of something new; the transfer of something valuable.

He was a great friend, a thoughtful mentor, and one of the most observant people I’ve known. I’ve learned so much from him, and the weight of his absence is resonant.

Rick remains that rock for me, solid, enduring, yet always changing, reminding me to accept change, and to continue to transform myself. I will miss him immensely, but will carry him in my mind this way as I continue through life. 

As a final note, Rick would find it amusing that I compared him to a rock, and then would commend me for tying him metaphorically to a Feng Shui element-earth. 

Melissa and Rick

Water and Career

In Feng Shui, career is located in the Northern sector of the bagua. 
If you are working on a career change, a career upgrade or any enhancement of a career, then water is an element to add to this sector. 

How much water? Not too much. It’s best to add in increments. A small circulation fountain, glass accessory, or a mirror. Try small additions as water can become overwhelming quickly!

End of Another Mercury Retrograde

It’s the end of another Mercury Retrograde, and what a ride it was. Especially difficult for water signs, this retrograde was intensified by other planetary events and eclipses.

Mercury retrograde is a time to do anything that begins with RE- Reframe, reorganize, revamp… Also a time where you will hear from old friends and old flames. Travel is delayed, communication confused; it’s a bit of a mess. It’s not a good time to sign contracts, buy property or large, expensive, equipment as it is likely to not work out the way it should. We are at the finish line of another one; hoping things smooth out for everyone.