Water Features and Feng Shui


water feature
📸: decoist.com

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. 

Feng Shui Floyd



Floyd is getting new kitchen and dining room floors!


The floors we are putting in are slate, which is the element Earth. I need more Earth in my chart, so this is good!


Any tile or stone is considered Earth. If you feel you need grounding, this is a great choice for floors.

Happy Chinese New Year-We’re Back!


Finally, the year of the Water Tiger is up and running! I’ve been not so patiently awaiting this transition. Why was this so important? After several tough years in my birth chart, this was supposed to be my lucky break. 


I’m a believer, and I absolutely felt the shift, not on Feb 1, official lunar Chinese New Year, but Feb 7 for me. 


How do I know if I’m going to have a good year or not? It’s literally written in the stars. We can’t change our birth luck (1/3 of the luck pie), but we can change the Feng Shui (1/3 of the pie) and we can shift our tenacity, our attitude or person luck (1/3 of the pie).

 
How do you know if the year will be a good year for you? I talked about animal signs and luck in an earlier Feng Shui Friday post, but here is a checklist that you may need help.

Starting In February:
1. You are not sleeping as well as you were since the beginning of the month
2. Things suddenly seem more difficult to accomplish
3. You are feeling less energetic, or sick. 
4. More arguments in your home.
5. Sudden money challenges 

There are many more, but if you notice this, and it’s never subtle, you may need some Feng Shui intervention. 

Hoping the Water Tiger is helpful for you! 

My Closet Before and After


We were feeling the monetary pinch and bought a closet kit that Tom put together over 2 weekends. Now I can see everything I own in one place with great lighting.

Good Feng Shui and good chi.

💡: Recessed lights – Nora Lighting Pearl Series 4” comfort dim

💡: Semi flush pendant – Lotus by Hinkley

closet before and after

Bye Bye Ox


4 oxen in a fenced area

As we inch closer to leaving the year of the Metal Ox and entering the year of the Water Tiger, I keep reminding myself only a few more weeks!


Why am I so excited to bid adieu to the Ox? As a fire horse with an earth pig day stem, metal is not my element, nor is the ox my animal.  2021 was Metal Ox.


The upcoming Tiger bodes well for Horses (me) and Dogs (these three are bffs in the Zodiac lineup).


It promises to be an exciting year, with lots of transformation and advancement. 

Should be easy for Horses Roosters, and Dogs and Pigs.

Stable and gains for Rats, Oxen, Dragons, Tigers, and Sheep 

Challenging for Snakes and especially challenging for Monkeys (sorry to my Monkey people)

Mixed bag for Rabbits 

Luckily, we all have a blend of animals in our 4 pillars and luck pillars, so there is always a chance for some benefit.


Everyone has easier and more difficult years, but this one looks pretty good for me and my animal lineup! It’s been a tough few years, so I’m sure I am in good company in having no reservations saying goodbye to the Ox! 

Here Come the Tigers: Feng Shui Tips for 2022


Happy end of 2021! These days, we no longer say that next year will be better, we say it will be different. In Feng Shui, certain people in certain houses will fair better than other by default.

It’s a complex process, but here are some tips you can use to assist you going into 2022.

2022 is coming like a huge wave. Water Tiger years are very active, so it is important to be deliberate and think things through. Not a year to be impetuous, or to act without thinking. Take a moment or many moments before making big decisions.

• Clear your inbox-2021 was year of the exploding email box. It is a great idea to clear everything out for 2022. Even creating a 2021 Archive file for all those straggler emails. Then they are not mixed with the new but still there if you need them. This helps clear space in your head and frees up time.

• Say goodbye to old/dead/dying plants. Dead anything is not a Feng Shui boost, so let them go. Buy new ones for 2021 and put them in the eastern area to soak up the am sun.

• Get a daily meditation/relaxation/stretching/quiet thought time. There are literally a million free YouTube videos/apps to help you find the right one for you. This is proven to lower blood pressure and lead to clearer thinking.

In general:

• Avoid breaking ground on renovations in the Northeast and Southwest of your home.

• The middle of the home is inauspicious this year (if you have a rectangle or square home). If your house is a U-shape and the center is missing, this will add an extra challenge to your year. The same goes for open concept homes. Keep the middle of your home as undisturbed as possible. If you’re having a rough time, you can implement a salt cure (for info on this, go to any of my social media accounts and I’ll be re-posting the salt cure).

WE WILL BE CLOSED FRIDAY, DECEMBER 24, 2021. HAVE A HAPPY, HEALTHY CHRISTMAS!