That’s Cat…

That’s Cat…


As we approach Mercury Retrograde of January 30th, the first one of the year. Delays, communication problems, travel delays… sound familiar?

We took ourselves and the kittens on the road to avoid losing power/falling trees/road blocks/ that was supposed to be the storm of the year.


So what happens when elements mix? Rain and fire debris/ash=earth and water. Earth restrains water, but when they mix you get a sludge that you cannot get through. You get stuck, literally. 


How about wood and water? The rain makes the wooden things grow=rain + trees-water nourishes wood. Good,  unless there is too much rain and the soil washes away and the trees fall over. 


Cats represent the element fire, all animals represent fire-they are great unless you’re a hoarder, then it’s too much fire and you burn out. As we know, too much fire is a disaster.


So back to cats… we are heading home with them today. We are hoping all is well, Floyd is in good shape, and that our area didn’t slide away. 

Elements! The balance matters. 

Dreaming of Japan


I’ve been talking about Japan in my last couple of Feng Shui Fridays in reference to their design aesthetic. The images I’ve been perusing for my recent Feng Shui Fridays makes me long to go back to Japan. After all, Japan is where I first heard of Feng Shui and subsequently began my studies of Feng Shui. 


Many of you don’t know that I lived in Sendai for 2 years after graduating from university and I haven’t been back since. I was an English teacher at a private school teaching English to Japanese students of all ages. I also studied Aikido, earning my black belt, and learned how to speak Japanese… seems like a lifetime ago.  


Japan is a magical place, with beautiful, historic architecture, delicious, gorgeous food… I mean, like, works of art gorgeous, colors I’ve never seen before, and the Ohanami Festival(Cherry Blossom)❤️ I wish I could find all of my old photos, but here is one from my daughter’s trip with her school in 2013. 


The further away I am fromMy time in Japan, the more I realize the country is the embodiment of Feng Shui. Clean, uncluttered, and a balance of elements, Japan is the real deal. 

I’ve been dreaming about traveling again and Japan is at the top of my list to visit. 

Where are you dreaming of going? 

Wabi Sabi…what?


Wabi Sabi took the interior design community by storm in 2020, and endures in 2021. But what is it and does it even relate to Feng Shui? Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept, roughly translated as seeing beauty in imperfection. When I lived there, I saw effortless examples of this in pottery, furniture, tea ceremony and flower arranging.


It’s a concept that really can’t be forced, and I think, in that way, it relates to Feng Shui. Wabi Sabi is not cluttered, or austere- it’s real and you can see the human touch. I think in Feng Shui, there is almost always imbalance and constant change and there really is no such thing as perfect Feng Shui or perfect chi. 


There’s a transience to Wabi Sabi as there is in a Feng Shui; it does not sit still. Both Wabi Sabi and Feng Shui are intrinsic to Japanese life. Japanese do not talk about things being Wabi Sabi, and don’t try to make things Wabi Sabi- it just is. It is the same for Feng Shui; it is practiced when choosing a home, remodeling, and location, but it is so woven into their lives, they don’t recognize either concept as things.


If you want the Wabi Sabi design aesthetic and you want that as an example of good Feng Shui, here you go…

Image Credit: VanSeo Design
Crab Plate from Japan

Rainbows and Butterflies….and Feng Shui


After my dad passed away, every time I saw a double rainbow, I decided that was him saying “hi.” Rainbows evoke feelings of positivity-the storm’s over, sun coming out and butterflies.


2020 was a year of tremendous loss, so, recently,  anytime I’ve seen a rainbow, I’m hopeful.


Rain, of course is water, and the water element is very powerful in Feng Shui. Water is akin to stimulation of ides, communication, business and the flow of currency. 


Rain water is also cleansing, ridding of negative chi, new beginnings. Too big a storm, or a destructive storm,  is not good, nor is a little spritz helpful.


We probably all need a good storm now to quite literally clear the air and offer a chance for better communication.