Earth and Healing



Fixing Floyd’s Flora 

Floyd, our house, age: 109 years and counting.

When we purchased Floyd, he was overwrought with ivy; it was literally everywhere. It was holding up the fence, and covered almost every inch of the ground outside. The fence was falling over, so we had to clear the way for a new fence. 


The guys worked on the yard for days, with machetes! But we can finally see the earth through the ivy (and a slow, children at play sign, and a leaf blower)


It is said in Classical Feng Shui that you can identify a good property by the quality of the earth. It should be rich, brown and should kind of hold together if you squeeze it shut in your fist. I’m happy to report that Floyd possesses good soil! 


If the soil is poor, so goes the chi, and the Feng Shui. 


In Classical Feng Shui, a potential buyer would check the soil. Today, many of us don’t have the luxury, or frankly, the soil to check. So how do you tell? 

Does anything grow around your property? Even weeds suggest an environment for growth. Do you grow plants? How do they do? Plant killing people notwithstanding.


Earth is a vital element in Feng Shui and assists in grounding people, creating boundaries and processing grief. 


So, get out in your garden, pull some ivy, plant some flowers or work on that path. It’s good for your health as well as the health of Chi in your home. 

Gardening


During COVID19, we are living in Palo Alto, our new neighborhood. I’m kind of obsessed with my new neighbor’s gardens. Gardening activity is up now as it is solitary and deemed safe. 

Gardening is an earth element activity. Earth offers stability to the inhabitants of the home. If things feel unstable, and I’m going to go out on a limb and say we all feel this way, then gardening is a great activity to get grounded, reduce anxiety and enhance this element for your property. Pick what you love and what will work in your climate. 

Earth


We recently rescued these from our kitchen demo of Floyd. They were clearly handmade, and everyone who saw them seemed to love them. 

They are ceramic and represent the element Earth. In Classic Flying Star Feng Shui, my birth element, or core element, is earth. 

In Feng Shui, Earth people demonstrate stability, strength, being centered. Earth people are sociable, agreeable and want to “belong.” They are the peacemaker and are reliable, nurturing and supportive. 

In applied Feng Shui, Earth can do the same to a space, but too much Earth can bog one down, creating slowness and an inability to move forward. 

Kitchen Ceramics
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Happy New Year!


It’s officially the year of the Earth Boar. But just because it’s an earth year does not mean we need to add earth. Earth, is, however, helpful if added in the East this year. Adding ceramic vases, bowls, or other earth based items will help to anchor auspiciousness in this sector, which is connected to family and finance.

This area likes wood, tall plants, so you can make sure your plants are in ceramic holders. Bring on the earth to brighten your fortune!