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. 

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. 

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. 

Wabi Sabi…what?


Wabi Sabi took the interior design community by storm in 2020, and endures in 2021. But what is it and does it even relate to Feng Shui? Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept, roughly translated as seeing beauty in imperfection. When I lived there, I saw effortless examples of this in pottery, furniture, tea ceremony and flower arranging.


It’s a concept that really can’t be forced, and I think, in that way, it relates to Feng Shui. Wabi Sabi is not cluttered, or austere- it’s real and you can see the human touch. I think in Feng Shui, there is almost always imbalance and constant change and there really is no such thing as perfect Feng Shui or perfect chi. 


There’s a transience to Wabi Sabi as there is in a Feng Shui; it does not sit still. Both Wabi Sabi and Feng Shui are intrinsic to Japanese life. Japanese do not talk about things being Wabi Sabi, and don’t try to make things Wabi Sabi- it just is. It is the same for Feng Shui; it is practiced when choosing a home, remodeling, and location, but it is so woven into their lives, they don’t recognize either concept as things.


If you want the Wabi Sabi design aesthetic and you want that as an example of good Feng Shui, here you go…

Image Credit: VanSeo Design
Crab Plate from Japan

Rainbows and Butterflies….and Feng Shui


After my dad passed away, every time I saw a double rainbow, I decided that was him saying “hi.” Rainbows evoke feelings of positivity-the storm’s over, sun coming out and butterflies.


2020 was a year of tremendous loss, so, recently,  anytime I’ve seen a rainbow, I’m hopeful.


Rain, of course is water, and the water element is very powerful in Feng Shui. Water is akin to stimulation of ides, communication, business and the flow of currency. 


Rain water is also cleansing, ridding of negative chi, new beginnings. Too big a storm, or a destructive storm,  is not good, nor is a little spritz helpful.


We probably all need a good storm now to quite literally clear the air and offer a chance for better communication.

Here Comes the Metal Ox


2021 ushers in the year of the Metal Ox and we bid adieu to that Metal Rat that literally plagued us in 2020!

metal ox
Metal Ox


The Metal Ox year should be one of recovery and renewal. Things will not change overnight, but it should be less volatile than the Metal Rat of 2020. The Metal of this year is not as sharp or as antagonistic as the Metal element of 2020, but the events of this year have already put into motion change for the coming year.


To prepare, sage your home and workspace on Dec 21, the Winter Solstice. Sage is an antibacterial (yay! but better for you than hand sanitizer) and you should use white sage-they are often sold in bundles and there are even sage kits in abalone. Open your doors and windows-hit every corner of every room. Keep it lit, but embers burning only, which creates a strong smoke.

white sage
White Sage

A Year of Restoration


2021 ushers in the year of the Metal Ox. This year is supposed to be a year of restoration. Phew! We all need that after 2020. 


Pantone has chosen the colors for 2021; a neutral gray, Ultimate Gray, and a bold yellow, illuminating yellow-2 colors! The gray I immediately get-it represents metal, precision, yielding. 

via Pantone


The bold yellow is less obvious. Yellow is usually about communication; this yellow, however, is bold and may not set the stage for communication. To me, it evokes getting up and going, fast…illuminating, like the sun, it may help reveal some ideas that we can only see after living through 2020. 

by Intexure Architects
Hinkley was ahead of the curve using yellow.

What do you think? Do you like both? One or the other? Where would you put this in your home?