When the Consultant Consults the Master


2020 has been a year for injuries in our household. Finding myself unable to Feng Shui Floyd, because life is just like that, I consulted a master. Richard Ashworth is a published master who is one of the only world renowned Classic Feng Shui/Bazi masters whose native language is English.

He advised us to move our bed so our heads are facing Southwest. This is to counter the opposing Metal Rat year to Tom’s yin Fire Day Stem.

I know this sounds like Greek…he also said to enter through our true Front door, which is in the Northwest, and much less convenient than our porch doors. Hopefully, this will help curtail the rate of physical injury sustained in 2020.

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I’m excited to be studying with Richard to formally learn about Bazi (birth charts) and synthesize this with the classical Feng Shui in his dual mastery program. 

Meanwhile, hold tight for a wild end of 2020, with Mercury Retrograde in full force-it promises to be volatile. 

Balancing Elements


Tom and I both grew up in Palos Verdes. We are back, staying with Tom’s parents as we were evacuated from our house in Mount Hermon in the Santa Cruz Mountains. 


It’s scary to leave your home not knowing if you’ll see it again, having to choose what to take and what to leave behind. 


In the Santa Cruz Mountains we have a lot earth and wood, some water and some metal. Right now we are heavy in wood, fire obviously, and earth. Wood produces fire, fire feeds earth and eventually, earth creates metal. 


In Palos Verdes, we have a better distribution of all the elements. It’s by the ocean, so lots of yang water, earth, some wood and some metal. Physical fire is weaker here, but Palos Verdes is in the south, which, in Feng Shui, is the direction of fire.


Though we love living in the forest, we are mindful that, with this imbalance, comes a cost. We are happy for the reprieve from the fires and smoke, and know that when the earth is out of balance, so goes nature. 

The Phoenix, Nepenthe and Feng Shui


Ok, so this is an interpretive Phoenix carved of wood at Nepenthe, Big Sur, one of my favorite spots on the planet. Nepenthe is a drug derived from a plant during Greek times to produce forgetfulness (lots of us would like this drug at the moment). The Phoenix represents coming back after great catastrophe.


What does this have to do with Feng Shui, you ask? Classic Feng Shui uses animal forms to represent the land forms in nature; mountains, water, the sun, soil and minerals, trees. Traditionally, the Phoenix is associated with fire and rebirth. 


We are in the midst of one of the most challenging years in memory, to say the least. Feng Shui masters the world over had predicted something huge, catastrophic, and far reaching/worldwide. Here we are, learning to really live in our spaces, learning to live with others in these spaces more often than ever before. 


Pay attention to how you feel in different parts of your homes, Now that you have more time to do so, observe. You may have angst in some areas and peace in other areas. In Floyd, we have dark, cold and dusty everywhere, except for the secret room, more on that next week. 

There will be changes, there will be loss, then there will be rebirth. Hopefully, we will learn some valuable lessons about ourselves and the space we occupy and how to care for ourselves, others, and these spaces. Stay tuned and good health. 

Birds and Feng Shui


These two guys are straight from Floyd’s entry. Another great gift from our generous new, old house (108 mighty years) named Floyd.  They were on piers and were literally toppling over. 


Wright Lighting and Fireside, I’m putting you on notice because I’m bringing these two in for a lighting makeover, STAT.


They are metal but are, or were, fitted with sockets and bulbs, a fire element, and meant to light the driveway. They are also animals, which are considered a fire element in Feng Shui. 

Metal and fire do different things to wood in Feng Shui. They each are a pretty severe way of quelling wood, or killing wood. But, when you have a house that is made entirely of wood and is literally in the woods, you need extreme balancing. We do not want to encourage too much fire, but rather cut the wood element down to scale in small ways, a little at a time. 

These two will be restored to their former glory and act as fire and metal guards for the wood house, and give it the balance it thirsts for.

Now, what to name them? 

Pets and Feng Shui


This is Licorice. He’s 18, totally blind, and the best cat ever.

Pets and animals fall under the category of fire in Feng Shui.

Fire is the element of the South in Feng Shui associated with fame and reputation.

Licorice was helping me with work that night in the west, not ideal, but he is a cat and we can’t really control his movement nor would we want to.

This year, Fire is also helpful in the center of the home or office, so we can put licorice there and hope he stays put, or you could keep a photo of your pet or any animal in motion on the center of your home or office as well as in the south.

GoT FSF Fire


Yes, Season 8, episode 1-poor Ned Umber! But what a great example of fire!

Fire in Feng Shui is all about fame and power. Fire is appropriate in the South but can also be placed in the Southeast. This year, the stars are such that fire is appropriate in the center of your home or space to fuel success (the money star, 8, is in the center of the bagua this year).

So light those candles, turn on those lamps, add some red and get things heated!

Light and Fire


Light and Fire is an essential Feng Shui element. How do you know if your lights are good Feng Shui? It’s all about balance and placement, but some fixtures are more dominant in one or two elements and that will influence the space differently. Below is predominantly wood and a little metal. Light on is fire, and the wood feeds the fire-so this light is great in the Southeast or South. It is round too, with some metal, which is good in the West.

So confusing, right?

In this case, the wood and the fixtures function, Fire, feel predominant for me so I’d put this in the South or Southeast.

Light and Fire

Pineapples are hot!


I’m seeing pineapples on shirts, sheets, pillows and in home decor.

The pineapple is a symbol of welcome for the home, and a nice element boost in Feng Shui.
The pineapple below is from my line, Hinkley Lighting, and is an element mix of metal (the frame) and water (the glass)and some fire from the lightbulbs. This light would be perfect for a front door in the West or Northwest.

It’s so perfect, I may need to put it by my front door located in the West.