Meet Irmgart, My Metal Rooster


It’s the month of the metal rooster! Meet my rooster Irmgart! He hangs out at Floyd, guarding the property. The metal rooster is associated with Fall/Autumn and the West. For me, metal is an element that represents output, which is work, and activity. To balance this, I need fire, my resource element, to give me strength, or I’ll get exhausted faster.

For my husband, metal is wealth, which is great! So Irmgart is great for Tom, but a little draining for me. We each have a combination of all 5 elements, and need some more than others, and at different times, which is what makes Feng Shui so complicated and confusing!

Often, we are attracted to elements we need, and sometimes, it’s the opposite and we surround ourselves with elements that drain us. Some of us love the ocean, but what we need is fire, or earth. Pay attention to spaces that drain you versus spaces where you feel revitalized. Also note what time of year it is in each of these instances and you may be able to see patterns.

California Dreamin’

Sometimes, the Broad Advice in Feng Shui is Maddening


Well well, we are in the middle of July already! I have this daily Feng Shui Almanac App that I look at occasionally…

Why, only on occasion, you ask? Because every activity to be avoided is always the activities I’m doing that day.

Tomorrow: we are driving back from LA to our house with our cats and we have to get the car tire repaired. 

We are not moving house… well thank goodness for that. 

Sometimes, the broad advice in Feng Shui is maddening! Remember, your best day or my best day for a medical procedure is not necessarily tomorrow, as it says in my almanac. And sometimes you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do and Feng Shui be damned 😳

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. 

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!  

What the Ch’i?



Yesterday, my Feng Shui master and I were discussing Ch’i-what it is and what it is not. People call it energy, but I think that is too broad and doesn’t really explain it. Some call it dust, and maybe that’s helpful for people to see why it’s so elusive and uncooperative.


I think we settled on life’s breath, for lack of a better description. 

He says he can feel it-I said I know when it’s not there. Feng Shui is based on position or place, and the idea is to attract Ch’i, making sure it travels throughout your space, not too quickly, and not stopping.

If it’s lacking, or doesn’t reach your whole space, that’s a problem. If it gets stagnant, that’s also a problem.

Almost every space I’ve ever visited has areas where I do not feel the Ch’i, including Floyd, our current house. 

There are, however, some absolutes when choosing a home or apartment.

If possible:

• Do choose a home where the air is calm and not constantly windy so the Ch’i can settle and enter the home through the main door -if it’s too windy, it just blows away (like dust in the wind).

• Do select a place that is not at the end of a T junction. You want to control the chi coming at your home with no car headlights barreling towards you (they call these tiger’s eyes), which is very unsettling to find coming toward you. 

• Do select a place where your neighbors that you can see from your home have similar home sizes and land. This creates continuity and better relationships. Avoid homes that look onto cemeteries or religious buildings. It may seem obvious, but cemeteries attract Ch’i too, so you may be in competition for it with your neighbors.

Bottom line; If you feel comfortable and at ease while visiting your prospective future home, then there’s probably a potential to create positive Ch’i and good Feng Shui. 

Movin’ Out!


In Feng Shui, it is always more auspicious to have fewer items and less clutter…Enter the storage unit! Out of sight, out of mind for the low, low price of some absurd annual amount that makes one wonder if their stuff is worth a fraction of what they are paying.


One of my absolute truths is “Everyone should be given, upon their birth, a therapist/shrink and a storage unit, because they’re going to need both.”


Today I am celebrating the first time since 2008 that I do not have a storage unit!! 


I’m free, and I could’ve  funded a college education, one with a scholarship anyway, with what I’ve spent over the last 13 years. 

It feels great, and I have to say, other than feeding my obsession with storage unit mystery (what’s behind the door number 1022, 1024 as I walk to mine), I won’t miss it one bit! 

Beams over Beds in Feng Shui


There are a lot of opinions on beams over beds across all schools of Feng Shui.


We all have some sense that it is not good, but why? It is said that beams cut through whatever is below. Sometimes, their edges form arrows, the corners facing directly at the sleeper.

Our bedroom


If the beam is parallel with the sleeper, it can set up a case of sleep disturbance, illness and depression. 


If it is between a couple and parallel to the sleeper, It can cause marital or relationship problems if it is between the sleepers. 


If it’s perpendicular to the sleepers, it can cause illness in the area it is directly over, cutting that area of the body. 
Beams are an integral part of western building and a premium feature at that.

So, what to do? 


If you can’t move, and you’re suffering from any of the above, what do you do? There are a couple of “cures” that can help. 


One is to sleep in a canopy bed with material over your head for protection. Or to cover the beams with some kind of material.

Our Skylights

What if you have skylights, like we do? There is an old cure with bamboo flutes, shown below, you can hang over the offending beams in a specific arrangement. I’ve used these before myself in a previous home. 

Bamboo Flutes


The last is to have lights pointing to the beams, essentially “burning them up.” I’m skeptical of the last as flaming wood by fire isn’t really a calming cure. 


Message us with your bed and beam pics and let us know if you are sleeping well and are healthy! 

Stay tuned; we have lots of beams in our soon to be bedroom! 

Dragons and Stuff


Here comes May, the month of the Dragon and the height of Spring. In Classic Form Feng Shui, the dragon resides in the Southeast and is considered lucky for bringing abundance. This does not mean you should stock up on dragon tchotchkes! More is not better in Feng Shui. But if you love dragons because you do and they make you happy, indulge away! 


Generally, people who have dragon in their Bazi chart have strong interpersonal skills, may have important in careers and can earn money easily.  On the downside, their tempers can get the best of them and foil the path to success. 


We have a few dragons in the house, but this guy is my favorite! 

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. 

6 Feng Shui Tips For 2021


Seasons Greetings! As we enter into 2021, the year of the Metal Ox, there are some Feng Shui tips that we can all apply that will help make the year easier for us. 


In a perfect world, to optimize the best Feng Shui, we must take into consideration the occupants birth date and time to choose best directions to sleep, work, and prepare food, where to break ground and where not to, as well as a host of other activities. 


The tips below apply to everyone for this coming year… so here we go. 

1.You’ll need to get a compass or use your smartphone compass to orient yourself to your home’s directions if you don’t already know them.


2. It is best to not occupy the Southeast or East of your home longer than is necessary this year.


3. Seek out the West and North, Southwest and Northeast areas of your home.

4. In the Northeast and the West, if you can, leave lights on 24/7 or if you have natural light, let it in consistently. 


5. In the Northeast and in the Southwest, it is helpful to place 4 plants or 4 stalks of bamboo stems in water-these must be healthy and alive! Replace them with like item if they die. 


6. 2021 is supposed to be a year of recovery and restoration, with less volatility.  Let go of objects and clothing you no longer use or need. Be light with your belongings. Declutter and keep surfaces clean. Work on letting go of resentment and anger. This is a good year to reset your temper. 


Try some or all of these to set you up for a better balanced 2021!