“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”


-Origin unknown

Yesterday was the Jewish day of atonement. We talked a lot about resentment, so relevant in the time of COVID. There’s plenty of anger and resentment to go around these days. If this is you, you may have too much wood in your life.


People who have too much wood element in their Bazi, their home or office, or are near too much wood have the potential to harbor anger and resentment, to explode and be aggressive. Too much wood can affect the liver and gall bladder as well. It’s important to get the Elements into balance.

How do you balance this? In magnitudes:

If you have a little too much wood, you add earth because wood because wood depletes earth in order to grow, so adding earth quells this process.

If a moderate amount of excessive wood, metal can help as it controls wood but can become exhausted quickly if not proportionate and can run out of strength.

Way too much wood, add the fire element, as it consumes wood and will destroy it. 

This does not mean set fire to your trees; it means adding fire in quantities or on the property in the East or Southeast. A fire pit, bbq, but also triangular shapes and live animals represent fire. 

This can help to begin to create a balance of the chi in your home or office.

What Element are Crystals in Feng Shui?


I love crystals and have them in every shape, size and color around the house. Now I have to hide them from our cats, who think they are toys. 


My Bazi master, Richard Ashworth, says I can benefit from crystals as they represent the element earth, and evidently, I need more earth in my life. 


I understand this because they exist in earth and often make up what we see as earth. 


But there is another contender for element of crystal. I read somewhere that in Feng Shui, crystals are metal element, because the earth creates/produces them and they need to be extracted from the earth. This makes sense to me as well, as they are mineral composites yielded from the earth. 


So which is correct? Maybe they are somewhere in between. Some people correlate element to color, so maybe clear crystals are metal and garnet is fire because it’s red. So confusing, right? 


I’ve sort of settled on earth element, because they are solid and are often part of the earth and most Feng Shui texts identify natural crystals as earth. 


There is that part of me that wonders about the metal component, and I’m still working it out.


What do you think? Earth or Metal?

Dragons and Stuff


Here comes May, the month of the Dragon and the height of Spring. In Classic Form Feng Shui, the dragon resides in the Southeast and is considered lucky for bringing abundance. This does not mean you should stock up on dragon tchotchkes! More is not better in Feng Shui. But if you love dragons because you do and they make you happy, indulge away! 


Generally, people who have dragon in their Bazi chart have strong interpersonal skills, may have important in careers and can earn money easily.  On the downside, their tempers can get the best of them and foil the path to success. 


We have a few dragons in the house, but this guy is my favorite! 

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. 

Tom and Healing in Nature


As many of you know, my partner Tom had a rather sudden heart transplant at Stanford on April 6, 2020.


Our Bazi (Chinese astrology birth chart) interpreted by Richard Ashworth, a Feng Shui and Bazi Master I consulted, told me that Tom would heal quickly as the weather got warmer. 


This has all come to pass, and I’m thankful every day that Tom is doing so well. Our charts also told us that we need to handle earth (dirt) and that will ground us in this new phase of our lives. Though Tom is not supposed to handle dirt yet, he can stand on it, and we have plenty of it. This is part of our property, Floyd, and Tom is standing where the ivy used to be. 


The fire of the Sun, the wood from our trees, and the earth from Floyd are a great combination for healing.