Dreaming of Japan

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? 

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.

6 Feng Shui Tips For 2021


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Seasons Greetings! As we enter into 2021, the year of the Metal Ox, there are some Feng Shui tips that we can all apply that will help make the year easier for us. 


In a perfect world, to optimize the best Feng Shui, we must take into consideration the occupants birth date and time to choose best directions to sleep, work, and prepare food, where to break ground and where not to, as well as a host of other activities. 


The tips below apply to everyone for this coming year… so here we go. 

1.You’ll need to get a compass or use your smartphone compass to orient yourself to your home’s directions if you don’t already know them.


2. It is best to not occupy the Southeast or East of your home longer than is necessary this year.


3. Seek out the West and North, Southwest and Northeast areas of your home.

4. In the Northeast and the West, if you can, leave lights on 24/7 or if you have natural light, let it in consistently. 


5. In the Northeast and in the Southwest, it is helpful to place 4 plants or 4 stalks of bamboo stems in water-these must be healthy and alive! Replace them with like item if they die. 


6. 2021 is supposed to be a year of recovery and restoration, with less volatility.  Let go of objects and clothing you no longer use or need. Be light with your belongings. Declutter and keep surfaces clean. Work on letting go of resentment and anger. This is a good year to reset your temper. 


Try some or all of these to set you up for a better balanced 2021! 

Here Comes the Metal Ox


2021 ushers in the year of the Metal Ox and we bid adieu to that Metal Rat that literally plagued us in 2020!

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Metal Ox


The Metal Ox year should be one of recovery and renewal. Things will not change overnight, but it should be less volatile than the Metal Rat of 2020. The Metal of this year is not as sharp or as antagonistic as the Metal element of 2020, but the events of this year have already put into motion change for the coming year.


To prepare, sage your home and workspace on Dec 21, the Winter Solstice. Sage is an antibacterial (yay! but better for you than hand sanitizer) and you should use white sage-they are often sold in bundles and there are even sage kits in abalone. Open your doors and windows-hit every corner of every room. Keep it lit, but embers burning only, which creates a strong smoke.

white sage
White Sage

A Year of Restoration


2021 ushers in the year of the Metal Ox. This year is supposed to be a year of restoration. Phew! We all need that after 2020. 


Pantone has chosen the colors for 2021; a neutral gray, Ultimate Gray, and a bold yellow, illuminating yellow-2 colors! The gray I immediately get-it represents metal, precision, yielding. 

via Pantone


The bold yellow is less obvious. Yellow is usually about communication; this yellow, however, is bold and may not set the stage for communication. To me, it evokes getting up and going, fast…illuminating, like the sun, it may help reveal some ideas that we can only see after living through 2020. 

by Intexure Architects
Hinkley was ahead of the curve using yellow.

What do you think? Do you like both? One or the other? Where would you put this in your home? 

Elements and the Visible Planets


I learned today that the 5 elements integral to Feng Shui come from the five observable planets we can see from Earth with the naked eye. It makes sense that what was observed is the basis for science thousands of years ago. 

Interestingly, this month is the easiest to see all 5 planets at various times from sunset until sunrise, depending on where you live. 

The element planet connection is also likely based on colors-Mars looks red, Mercury has a blue hue, Jupiter, browns and greens, Venus looks golden, Saturn is considered earth. Jupiter is 木星 (Mùxīng), the Wood Star. Mars is 火星 (Huǒxīng), the Fire Star. Saturn is 土星 (Tǔxīng), the Earth Star. Venus is 金星 (Jīnxīng), the Metal or Gold Star, and Mercury is 水星 (Shuǐxīng), the Water Star.

Stay tuned for more elemental information, and be sure to try to spot the planets this month if you are able. 

Floyd and Stove Position


We have a kitchen!!!!!

Yes, a rough stage, but we can cook, wash dishes and we have counters… plywood until the soapstone gets put in, but it’s such progress.

The centerpiece of our kitchen is a fully refurbished O’Keefe and Merritt range, who I’ve not named yet… Ursula, Loretta…

Anyway, stove placement is one of the majors for the inside of the home. Ours faces North – Northwest, which is a very auspicious direction for me and Tom, who are western Gua 8s. It’s complicated, but one universal no-no for stoves is if they are directly opposite the sink. Noooooo-that’s exactly our setup. The cure for this is to place wood between the two-in our case a really, really, really narrow island or something that. 

kitchen before
kitchen wideshot
Stove
dishwasher

Destiny and the art of learning something new


This is my first book on the list for my course-there are at least a dozen books in my course list, but I’m chomping at the bit to tackle them. 


In Chinese Metaphysics, your birthdate, time and place plays approximately 1/3 of your destiny. Feng Shui of your home is another 1/3, and the last is your own luck, which is basically your will to succeed in the things that are important to you. 


They do go together, and though I’ve been mastering the Feng Shui piece for almost 30 years now, I finally realized the birth chart is an integral component to achieve real success. 


There is always something more to know. I think my message this week is clearly that there is always more to learn. I heard stories from many of my customers this week as I’ve been back on the road in earnest. There is always more, and if we listen… I mean really listen, there is something to learn from each interaction. 

Can Anything Protect Us From 2020?


evil eye from greece FSF

We have an evil eye above our front door. We got it in Greece in 2012, and, according to legend, it offers protection against evil across many cultures and religions. I’ve hung it above every front door of everyplace we’ve lived. 

The evil eye finally went up on Floyd a couple of weeks ago, and I can report that, to my knowledge, nothing profoundly evil has landed on our doorstep since.


Do I believe they work? In a word, yes. I believe in stacking the deck in our favor, and if it’s Evil Eyes, horseshoes, or religious objects, I think we choose items that we believe will help protect us, and maybe the act of buying them and placing them makes it so. 


We have to be aware of danger in order to protect ourselves from it. Once we are aware, we may change our behavior, which can change the outcome. 


In Feng Shui, it’s ok to keep items that we link to protection. It isn’t harmful in Feng Shui. More is not better; and I’ve seen people go way overboard. Thinking about protecting your home means that you are thinking about your home, and that does affect Feng Shui In a positive way. 

Stay well! 

When the Consultant Consults the Master


2020 has been a year for injuries in our household. Finding myself unable to Feng Shui Floyd, because life is just like that, I consulted a master. Richard Ashworth is a published master who is one of the only world renowned Classic Feng Shui/Bazi masters whose native language is English.

He advised us to move our bed so our heads are facing Southwest. This is to counter the opposing Metal Rat year to Tom’s yin Fire Day Stem.

I know this sounds like Greek…he also said to enter through our true Front door, which is in the Northwest, and much less convenient than our porch doors. Hopefully, this will help curtail the rate of physical injury sustained in 2020.

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I’m excited to be studying with Richard to formally learn about Bazi (birth charts) and synthesize this with the classical Feng Shui in his dual mastery program. 

Meanwhile, hold tight for a wild end of 2020, with Mercury Retrograde in full force-it promises to be volatile.