Water Features and Feng Shui


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My Feng Shui Master and teacher, Richard Ashworth, is remotely (from England), placing a water feature on our property. It requires a lot of calculations, door angle placement, and detailed information about those in the household.

The goal is to place water at a specific time and place to create enduring protection and good fortune for the inhabitants. 

Putting water in the wrong place can be detrimental, so it needs to be determined by a Feng Shui expert. 

He has identified the specific date, time, size and place to do this, and the best material and shape of the feature.

Our house, Floyd, has a rustic vibe, so we are using a galvanized feed trough that is 6’ in diameter. The placement will be at 11:00 am on June 26. Stay tuned for more details as we approach June 26.

Your Stomach and Earth


Stomach image

These days, who doesn’t have stomach problems? The stomach is associated with the element earth in Feng Shui and is associated with the direction of Northeast. 


If you have stomach issues, you may have an earth imbalance. Brick, stone, sand, crystals all represent earth. If you are surrounded by earth, you can lessen it by adding some metal to your space. If it’s waaaaaayyy too much earth, you may need to add wood. 


Not enough earth… add earth! Go work in the garden, make some ceramics and/or, add some raw crystals to your space! I need earth so I am trying to get in the dirt these days. 


If you have stomach unease, take a look around and assess the quantity of earth in your space and see if your stomach troubles disappear. 


In Feng Shui, Lungs are associated with the element of metal. 2020 was a metal rat year, and if you remember, we had a disease that affected the lungs. 


Metal and lungs are in the West of the Bagua. If you have too much metal in that area, too much metal on your property, or you are metal heavy in your Bazi, or birth chart, you could have lung trouble or be more likely to. 


Adding some water can lessen metal’s effect and a bit of fire can help lessen too much metal if it’s an issue for you.

Your Liver and Feng Shui


If you’re like most people, the state of the world has us raising glasses…of alcohol! So what area and element of Feng Shui is related to the liver? Wood! Guess what the Tiger is (as in year of the Tiger)…? It’s Wood! 


So, the first half of 2022, or until summer, wood is a predominant element in Feng Shui. 
If there’s a lot of drama going on in the East of your home, your liver may need some TLC. 

All Eyes to the South; Compass Direction, Body Parts and Feng Shui


Eyes are windows to the soul, right? In Feng Shui, eyes have a place in the bagua or area of a space-the South. 


If you are having eye trouble, chances are you’re having issues in the Southern part of your home. 


I recently had eye surgery to remove a cataract and insert a permanent corrective lens. Well, it didn’t go as planned, and my vision is actually now worse 😔. So it got me thinking about the South of our home, where we have a cracked window and we just removed a very “unsightly” non-structural and non-accessible Juliet balcony. It was, as they say, “an eyesore.” Deconstructed, and hopefully looking pretty soon, I hope I will be looking to the South with both eyes soon. 

If you have a part of the body in trouble, chances are the direction for the part of the house associated with the body part is experiencing some challenges as well. 

Tune in next week as I talk parts of the  body and with which part of the compass they are associated. 

Meet Floyd’s Feng Shui Floors


Floyd is getting new floors again-stone! Stone is earth, dry earth, and I know that this is good for me! 

In Feng Shui, it’s helpful to add elements that we are lacking and often our homes are lacking. Floyd has a ton of wood; he’s made of redwood, he’s surrounded by redwood. He needs earth and water. 

Earth is grounding; mountains don’t move so easily. So, if you feel out of control, angry, or have lost your way and have your head in the clouds, earth is a great element to add. 

Earth people are solid, nurturing, supportive-they’re the person you call in the middle of the night to bail you out of whatever you’ve gotten yourself into. 

On the flip side, Earth people can also be apathetic, lazy and stubborn. 

Earth is associated with yellow, and represented by actual dirt, mountains, brick, ceramics, stones and crystals. 

Stay tuned; I’ll let you know how the earth boost goes. 

The Leaves of Change


In Feng Shui, things are always changing-daily, even hourly. These little reminders on the ground mark the movement of time. 


I used to think Feng Shui was a one time thing-set it and forget it. I’m learning it is so much more. 

These little markers remind me to observe these changes and understand that we cannot stop time, but we can work with it to make the most of our days, months and years. 


I just completed a course on date selection, and am developing a new set of skills to advise what to do and when. Stay tuned.


Today is an “establish” day. It happens to be a dog day in a dog month, which is ripe for a fight.

Hang tight; if today’s is not your day, tomorrow might be. 

Fountains and Feng Shui


Whenever anyone hears that I’m a Feng Shui practitioner, most ask if fountains are good luck. 

It depends. Yes, moving water is good luck in the right place, which is difficult to determine unless you know something about the ex people occupying the space.

Water is one of the 5 elements in Feng Shui, and is associated mostly with the North and Northeast. Water is communication; water is getting things circulating. 


You can’t, however, stick a fountain in your house and expect your career to take off, or to receive loads of cash. 
If you have a lot of water element in and around your home already, adding water may cause a problem. 

Tips on water and fountains:

• Put fountains in the Northern areas of your home for general benefit.

• Best not to put a fountain in your bedroom.

• Do not let water stagnate; non-replenished sitting water is never of benefit.

• Have a water element proportionate to the space you’re putting it in-bigger is not always better.

• Put fountains in areas where it’s quiet, just not the bedroom.  

• A great place to find money IS in public fountains, but look, don’t touch!  

Fu Dogs, yin and Yang


I love when I learn something new; today was no exception. My Feng Shui master and I were discussing different symbols used in Feng Shui and their efficacy. He mentioned Fu Dogs and their yin and Yang properties-even they are balanced. 


I never noticed this before, but one of the Fu dogs has a pup under her paw;  she is the female protecting her pup. The male dog has a globe under his paw, which signifies control over his domain. Together they are balanced and are said to protect a space in a balanced yin Yang way. 


Fu dogs are one of the items people use to protect their home. I suspect they’re  not very influential as a Feng Shui cure or element, but they are pretty cool! 


These are my Fu Dogs (above). They are red and they reside in the Southeast on either side of our double doors. 

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?