Your Office Desk and Its Best Facing Direction


Rounding out the office series, I’m going to give you your best facing direction for your desk.


I’m a western house person and I face Northeast-this is a good direction for longevity. For prosperity, Northwest is best. If you seek stability, your desk should face West. Finally, Southwest is best for health. You really want to avoid facing the other areas if possible.


For Eastern House people, facing East is great for longevity. Face Southeast for stability. Seeking prosperity? North is the best direction to face. Concerned about your health? Face South.

Sloane is facing East-is she an Eastern House Cat or a Western House cat? 

Are you East or West?


KUA NUMBER FOR A FEMALE (born before the year 2000):

  1. Add the last two numbers of your year of birth and keep adding those numbers together until you get a single digit.
  2. I was born in 66
  3. 6+6=12
  4. 1+2=3
  5. Add your single-digit to number 5. Bring this number to a single digit, too, if needed.
  6. I get number 8
  7. This is your Kua Number!

NOTE: For a female born after the year 2000, add 6 instead of 5.

KUA NUMBER FOR A MALE (born before the year 2000):

  1. Add the last two numbers of your year of birth and bring it to a single digit.
  2. Tom is 65
  3. 6+5=11
  4. 1+1=2
  5. Deduct your single digit from number 10.
  6. Tom is also gua 8
  7. This is your Kua Number!

NOTE: For a male born after the year 2000, deduct from 9 instead of 10.

If your Life Gua number is 1, 3, 4, or 9, you belong to the East group.

If you personal Life Gua number is 2, 6, 7 or 8, (5 for female becomes 8, and male becomes 2) you belong to the West group.

Tune in next Friday to find out your best and worst directions!

Lights, Doors and Chats


Today and again tomorrow, we are so happy to be spending time at Phillips Lighting and Home hanging new Hinkley displays. They are friends as well as colleagues and it’s so fun to see projects evolving and get to visit.

On a visit with Carrie, we got on the topic of lights and doors and of course, Feng Shui. Your front door is one of the objects in your home that is influential in Feng Shui. The color is not so important to Feng Shui, but what direction the door faces does.

In 2020, My Bazi/Feng Shui teacher and master, Richard Ashworth-a genius and a great teacher, advised us to use the Western Entrance of our house rather than the convenient double doors in the Southeast.

I am a Western House person, as is my husband and daughter. In our current situation and generally, it’s better for us to enter from the West, Southwest or Northwest. For Eastern House people, the East, Southeast, North and South are more preferable. Which are you?

Check in next week to find out and to learn which gua or house you are in!

And finally, Floyd’s current front door-no, not kidding! 

Beware the Ides of March



As we approach March 15, otherwise known as the Ides of March, we know Spring is in the air. Rabbits and eggs everywhere-fertility, birth, daylight savings. In Ancient Rome, it was the date that debts had to be settled.

The Vernal Equinox approaches approximately March 20. March also represents the god Mars and the element wood. Wood will then be used to stoke the fire of summer.

It’s also the day Julius Caesar was said to have been murdered in the Senate by Brutus and Cassius. Change indeed.

This day is etched into my mind historically, and I quote it (to myself mostly) every year. Beware the Ides of March.

Last year, it meant the last normal day before the lockdowns, the COVID, and many unfortunate events for people across the world. 

This year, I feel the meaning of this date is more subtle and more hopeful. After all, it is the water Ox, yin and less volatile. 

As the flowers begin to bloom, and the baby animals appear, we can collectively hope for a positive turn on the 15th this year…I know I will. 

February, Yang Wood and Offices


Remember my office reveal last week? Well, my office has a lot of it! Wood holds the promise of Spring and February, the Tiger month is charging toward Spring and growth. Wood inside an office or home in the form of flooring, furniture and baskets is Yin, whereas the tree outside and the growing flowers are Yang as they are alive. Wood inspires ideas. 

What’s the difference? Yin wood is more subtle and does not have as strong an effect as Yang wood-Yang wood is more powerful and not as much is needed to change the balance of our elements.

Each of us is a mixture of the 5 elements: wood, fire, earth, metal, water. 

I’m told that I need more Yang wood, and luckily we have a bunch of redwood trees growing outside. I also need wet earth, so I should garden, that or roll around in the dirt during a rainstorm. 

Getting the balance right is not easy! I love my office, but it looks like I need more earth there too. 

Feng Shui Office Reveal


office reveal

After a year of a makeshift, so NOT Feng Shui office in our bedroom (a big Feng Shui no no), I finally took over the only other finished room in Floyd upstairs.


This office feels great! I love working up here and then turning it all off when I’m finished. 


It’s bright, airy yet pretty compact. What you notice is that the chair faces the door and my back is to a solid wall. What you cannot see is that I’m facing northeast, which is one of my favorable directions according to my birthday. That’s for another Feng Shui Friday. 


What’s important here is that I can see who and what is coming and I’m protected from behind by the solid wall. I can also see outside and I get morning sun (bonus).


If your desk faces a wall or a window, or you have a window behind you, you may be feeling unprepared or surprised (in a bad way) by the events that unfold in your work and your life. 

Not facing the flow of traffic (and chi) puts you out of balance and on the defensive. Facing a window means you may lose focus and momentum, and may not advance in career or life. 


There are so many things to discuss about work spaces, but this is a start. If you suffer from any of the issues mentioned above, consider moving your desk if it’s possible. 

If you can’t move your desk, and it’s in one of the no no positions mentioned above, stay tuned got more office Feng Shui Tips in the next Feng Shui Friday. 

恭喜发财 Happy New Year!


Yesterday marked the official Chinese New Year-May this Metal Ox year be healthy and easy! 


I was talking to Deb, my office manager, and she reminded me about turtles-pictured below is the mythical dragon turtle-attractor of wealth. My little guy sits on a bed of coins, though he’s missing the coin in his mouth. The turtle sits on top of him. The turtle is a source of longevity and health, and the two together are said to strengthen each other’s powers.


I’ve had him for years but he was packed away until a few weeks ago. Boy, I could’ve used him in 2020. I’ve come to learn through my recent Feng Shui studies that, though he’s cool, he’s not going to move the needle too much on the wealth/health front.


I have to say, since I moved him to his new spot in my new office, he’s been working some wealth magic for me in the form of being busy with lighting projects and orders. Maybe he is helping more than he lets on. 


I’ll keep you posted-he’s in the southeast area of our house and he’s facing East-ish, an area that’s about family and finance. Even though these areas are not my lucky areas, He seems very happy there and I like having him behind me to guard the office. 


The office reveal will be in next week’s Feng Shui Friday so stay tuned. 

Feng Shui and Textiles


I was visiting one of my accounts this week, Phillips Lighting and Home in Modesto, and we were chatting about creativity that has stemmed from the pandemic. Creative people like these women need an outlet, and the most recent happens to be weaving on looms. These beautiful textiles are examples of the efforts. 

textiles


Textiles can represent a few different elements in Feng Shui. If you use the material, it could be fire because the material is mostly wool. If you use the colors, we have a multi, with greens and purples -wealth, yellow and peach in the middle-health, and blues and greens which is Career and helpful people. 

We often are drawn to colors that we need or colors that are our predominant element. 


Which are you drawn to? 

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?