The Phoenix, Nepenthe and Feng Shui

The Phoenix, Nepenthe and Feng Shui


Ok, so this is an interpretive Phoenix carved of wood at Nepenthe, Big Sur, one of my favorite spots on the planet. Nepenthe is a drug derived from a plant during Greek times to produce forgetfulness (lots of us would like this drug at the moment). The Phoenix represents coming back after great catastrophe.


What does this have to do with Feng Shui, you ask? Classic Feng Shui uses animal forms to represent the land forms in nature; mountains, water, the sun, soil and minerals, trees. Traditionally, the Phoenix is associated with fire and rebirth. 


We are in the midst of one of the most challenging years in memory, to say the least. Feng Shui masters the world over had predicted something huge, catastrophic, and far reaching/worldwide. Here we are, learning to really live in our spaces, learning to live with others in these spaces more often than ever before. 


Pay attention to how you feel in different parts of your homes, Now that you have more time to do so, observe. You may have angst in some areas and peace in other areas. In Floyd, we have dark, cold and dusty everywhere, except for the secret room, more on that next week. 

There will be changes, there will be loss, then there will be rebirth. Hopefully, we will learn some valuable lessons about ourselves and the space we occupy and how to care for ourselves, others, and these spaces. Stay tuned and good health. 

Year of the metal rat


I had read that 2020, year of the metal rat, was going to be a very unstable year. I never could’ve imagined this scenario, still unfolding; certainly one for the history books. 


Metal Rat years are, as a whole, years of great upheaval, followed by new successful beginnings; rising from the ashes.

There is a quote attributed to Mark Twain, but likely not his. It goes something like this:
“I have been through some horrible things in my life, some of which actually happened”


There is truth to all of it this year. It’s important during times like these to try to remain balanced, rational, and simultaneously cautious. If the irrationality wins, we all lose. Let’s collectively get it together and exercise reason and we can see this through.  

Feng Shui & Karma


I’ve been thinking a lot about Karma recently. This week, facing a major email breach, Floyd’s construction being halted by a neighbor, and, in a greater scope, the Corona Virus. This Metal Rat year, 2020, is set to be a year of great tumult and transformation. Out of the ashes kind of transformation. It is my hope that “karma” balances everything out, and sometimes, in moments of great frustration, I wish I could harness and direct that karmic retribution onto the people who’ve wronged me. (I can’t, by the way, Feng Shui doesn’t work that way)


Though Feng Shui and Karma are not connected in any formal sense, inhabiting a space with good Feng Shui can allow us to behave in a way where we reap good karma. Good Feng Shui allows us to weather the bad in the most graceful manner, and allows us to recognize and appreciate the good.