Water Features and Feng Shui


water feature
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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. 

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.

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! 

It’s Been a Long Year…


sleeping-kitty

Sloane expresses it best. We are leaving a metal year behind and embarking on 2022 and the Water Tiger year.

In many ways, 2021 was more difficult for many than 2020. Unending COVID, product delays, fatigue, stress, absence of civility, and general uncertainty.

We hope that 2022 proves to be a positive transition with many great opportunities. Water Tiger years are said to be years marked with determinism; a year to improve ones life and living condition. It’s also a year of technological advancements, stock market advancements, medical advancements (yay), and advances in research. 

Here’s to 2022 and all that it promises.

Floyd Fail


Sometimes, the Feng Shui is all wrong. This was the bed in Floyd’s master bedroom. Yes, they left the bed.

Some Feng Shui tips for furniture that is not yours:


If you can, buy a new bed including a mattress, new sheets and pillows when you move to a new home.

If you can’t do all that, at least seal the mattress and get new pillows and bedding. 


This bedding screams scary, sociopathic cabin. Wood, mirrors and bears do not really invoke peace and good sleep.

For the record, we did not sleep in this bed; we got it out of Floyd ASAP. If you can avoid it, do not use prior occupants beds, especially mattresses and bedding.


So what’s wrong here? Too much wood -this can spark arguments and inhibit rest. The mirrors right above your head are also disturbing to good sleep, and the bears speak for themselves. 

Stay tuned next week for the after!

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.