Water Element and Feng Shui


What are You Drawn To?

People who need the water element often seek out lakes or oceans to visit or to live. My daughter really needs the water element; she traveled almost 2 days both ways on a bus to get to the ocean in Argentina…that’s motivation! 

I would never choose to live on cliffs over the ocean or on the ocean. I love to see it, but too much time near it makes me nervous. But I know plenty of people who spend all their time in the water. So how do you know? Looking at a destiny or birth chart reveals a lot about a person’s elemental structure.

Me, I need fire, dry earth (mountains, which is where we live), some wood-no metal needed for me and I’ll never run out of water, so I’ll never need to live in it, or next to it, that would be too much.

What are you drawn to? It may be something you need, and it may not be. See how you feel after a day in or near the ocean…calm, revitalized, anxious? These are all things to pay attention to. 

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’

Glass Coral vs. Real Coral Placement


Is placing glass coral the same as real coral? Placement of accessories explained.

I had the opportunity to see one of our stunning Arteriors fixtures up close at our set up at the new City Lights showroom in San Francisco. 

The coral on this fixture is white lacquered resin-there are 49 individual pieces that go into this fixture. I’m in love!!! Anyway, is resin coral the same as real coral as far as adding an element to a space?

In short, no, and don’t sweat it!  Real coral would fall into a couple of Feng Shui elements that might surprise you.

Coral is actually an animal and calcium carbonate (limestone) skeleton. 

In Feng Shui, animals are generally fire element, and limestone generally earth. Fire feeds earth so this is a good combo, but it lives in water, so it’s always in danger of being snuffed out….we see this happening today.

The Diallo Arteriors fixture-it’s fire because it’s lighting, the coral represents fire, but the resin stems are actually made of wood that is treated with lacquer to shape and seal it…

That’s the wood element, which feeds the fire element. 

When we break it down, you can see elemental matches that don’t seem intuitive.

In the end, if you love the Arteriors Diallo like I do, get it and don’t sweat it! The smaller elements in a space don’t have much effect on their own. 

“Resentment is like drinking poison and waiting for the other person to die.”


-Origin unknown

Yesterday was the Jewish day of atonement. We talked a lot about resentment, so relevant in the time of COVID. There’s plenty of anger and resentment to go around these days. If this is you, you may have too much wood in your life.


People who have too much wood element in their Bazi, their home or office, or are near too much wood have the potential to harbor anger and resentment, to explode and be aggressive. Too much wood can affect the liver and gall bladder as well. It’s important to get the Elements into balance.

How do you balance this? In magnitudes:

If you have a little too much wood, you add earth because wood because wood depletes earth in order to grow, so adding earth quells this process.

If a moderate amount of excessive wood, metal can help as it controls wood but can become exhausted quickly if not proportionate and can run out of strength.

Way too much wood, add the fire element, as it consumes wood and will destroy it. 

This does not mean set fire to your trees; it means adding fire in quantities or on the property in the East or Southeast. A fire pit, bbq, but also triangular shapes and live animals represent fire. 

This can help to begin to create a balance of the chi in your home or office.

Floyd Friday Fire Prep


preparinghouse

It’s fire season again, so this year, we are prepping early. Tom got on the roof to blow off what seems like 30 years of pine needles. 


If you describe your current state of being as “overwhelmed,” “at the breaking point,” “under the gun,” or “under water,” you may want to check the state of your roof. It’s probably full of debris or in poor condition. 

Weight on your roof sometimes translates to weight over your head. In addition to safety, regular maintenance of your roof is helpful to the overall health of your home’s Feng Shui. 

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? 

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.

doors


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?