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. 

Front Door Colors and Feng Shui


Floyd’s new front door is in!!!

(It still needs the doorbell, which is a very old turn ringer-see below-and part of the reason I love Floyd)


People often ask me about front door color; what color they should paint the door? My answer- whatever color you like! In reality, the front door’s location is far more important than the color. 

Red doors do not necessarily bring you wealth any more than purple or green doors. If the green door is in an area where the color green is relevant, for example, maybe slightly helpful. Unless you know your best directions according to your gua number (my husband, daughter and I happen all to be west gua 8) then the color isn’t going to save you or your wealth gua.

If you want to learn your directions, you can go back to my post Are You East or West?, or you can just paint the door any color you fancy.

Notice the first pic is without lights, the second with lights on- look how different the light makes the same door!

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Floyd and Stove Position


We have a kitchen!!!!!

Yes, a rough stage, but we can cook, wash dishes and we have counters… plywood until the soapstone gets put in, but it’s such progress.

The centerpiece of our kitchen is a fully refurbished O’Keefe and Merritt range, who I’ve not named yet… Ursula, Loretta…

Anyway, stove placement is one of the majors for the inside of the home. Ours faces North – Northwest, which is a very auspicious direction for me and Tom, who are western Gua 8s. It’s complicated, but one universal no-no for stoves is if they are directly opposite the sink. Noooooo-that’s exactly our setup. The cure for this is to place wood between the two-in our case a really, really, really narrow island or something that. 

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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. 

Floyd’s Floors


So, yesterday the guys finished laying the floors and we moved back upstairs last night! Finally, a bathroom 10 feet away!!! 

The floors are reclaimed tobacco barn pine and they do not disappoint! 4”, 5” and 6” random widths, lengths and variegated and fit Floyd’s personality to a T.

Moving upstairs from the basement is good Feng Shui. Anytime you move up in the level of a building, you’re getting further away from the bottom. This is not to say it’s bad Feng Shui to hang out in your finished basement, it’s just better not to live in it 24/7. 

Moving furniture and the room in which you do different activities does disrupt the chi in your home. The basement was pretty yin, the secret room is more yang, so we will see how that affects our sleep. 

Stay tuned…

Yin and Yang; masculine and feminine energies that are perfectly balanced.


Floyd got a bathroom makeover! He went from rustic, dark yin, to a more yang space. 


Yang= crisp, light, white, shiny, noise, contrast


Yin-dark, soft, brown, earthy colors, quiet, consistent


Your home should have both yin and yang spaces, with a little more yang to get you moving.


Now Floyd’s bathroom is a clean, crisp place with a some yin remaining, and addition of lots of yang.


The black and white theme brings the opposites together. The wood trim is warmer, more yin, as is the tub. The floors are yang, so is the lighting. Floyd is definitely feeling more balanced now. 

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Earth and Healing



Fixing Floyd’s Flora 

Floyd, our house, age: 109 years and counting.

When we purchased Floyd, he was overwrought with ivy; it was literally everywhere. It was holding up the fence, and covered almost every inch of the ground outside. The fence was falling over, so we had to clear the way for a new fence. 


The guys worked on the yard for days, with machetes! But we can finally see the earth through the ivy (and a slow, children at play sign, and a leaf blower)


It is said in Classical Feng Shui that you can identify a good property by the quality of the earth. It should be rich, brown and should kind of hold together if you squeeze it shut in your fist. I’m happy to report that Floyd possesses good soil! 


If the soil is poor, so goes the chi, and the Feng Shui. 


In Classical Feng Shui, a potential buyer would check the soil. Today, many of us don’t have the luxury, or frankly, the soil to check. So how do you tell? 

Does anything grow around your property? Even weeds suggest an environment for growth. Do you grow plants? How do they do? Plant killing people notwithstanding.


Earth is a vital element in Feng Shui and assists in grounding people, creating boundaries and processing grief. 


So, get out in your garden, pull some ivy, plant some flowers or work on that path. It’s good for your health as well as the health of Chi in your home. 

Feng Shui Floyd


As some of you have seen, my neighbor and I have been hitting the cast iron tub in Floyd’s upstairs bath with a vengeance, and a lot of power tools.

The tub is cast iron, metal element without a doubt. Last night, we were watching ATOM, (yes, it’s a science documentary and yes, I love these). The narrator reminded me that iron is the most stable element of all the elements and this is why it is common on earth and elsewhere. Iron is stable, for sure, and tough as well. We’ve hit it with everything we’ve got and still, it’s pretty unyielding. One day, I’ll get to the actual cast iron, and it will be sealed and it will be stunning. 

Metal is a crucial element in Feng Shui, and brings stability and clarity to the occupants of a home. I’m learning in my latest Feng Shui course with Dato Joey Yap, that it’s not about the metal statue, the metal accessories or even the metal tub, but that metal is represented in the West and Northwest as a necessary balance to your property. It is strength, continuity and stability. 

Ensconced By Floyd


Yesterday,  I caught up with my good friend and mentor, Martha Graham. She said something very interesting about my house, Floyd, she said that he has “ensconced us and protected us.”


We have been living in Floyd, a 108 year old hunting lodge, while renovating him since Christmas 2019, and 2020 has been a strange year. 


My partner, Tom, was hospitalized at Stanford for what we thought was COVID, but turned out to be an extremely rare autoimmune disease that was suddenly killing his heart. He had a successful heart transplant at Stanford, all the while with me at home, in Floyd, with our cat, Licorice, unable to leave or visit him because of COVID. 


Our neighbors were wonderful, and watched out for me the entire time Tom was at Stanford. I felt safe in Floyd, even though he’s a bit of a renovation wreck. Even so, Floyd has good bones and good Feng Shui.


We have been spending a lot more times in our homes than we ever remember. Take stock before you venture back out into the new normal and ask yourself how you feel in your home, on your property, about your neighbors, in your neighborhood?  These are all issues that Feng Shui can help support. 

Luo Pan


Many of you know I’ve been studying Feng Shui since 1992, where I was introduced to it while living in Japan. 


As with all knowledge, it is a lifetime of learning. I used to have a Luo Pan (Feng Shui Compass), and over the course of all of the moving we’ve done before landing in Floyd (our current home), that Luo Pan is officially MIA. 


I’ve been searching and finally found a massive Luo Pan with some English translation as well! Now I can see it and I can read it. 


My return to classical Feng Shui and exploration into Ba Zi (Chinese Astrology) and deepening knowledge of Flying Star Feng Shui will introduce some new thoughts and ideas to FSF…stay tuned!

Luo Pan