Eclipse, Mercury Retrograde, Big Change


Yay! Summer Is here! June 21 marked the Summer Solstice of 2020. The longest day of the year, coupled with a rare Solstice solar eclipse. It is said by some Feng Shui Masters if you observed this solstice solar eclipse outside, you will have 2 years of bad luck. As if we needed any more! The yang of the sun is essentially covered by the yin of the moon during an hour where there is supposed to be light, so it is considered sha chi, or bad chi, to expose yourself to it. I stayed inside!  

Now we have Mercury Retrograde. June 17-July 12. Problems with communication, delays in travel, meetings. Don’t sign a contract or make big purchases. A great time to complete a project, or practice anything with re-Revive, reorganize, review, revisit. 

2020 will certainly be a year that we all remember, but with the Summer solstice, change is in the air (and by change I do not mean COVID) All of this planetary activity gives way to big shifts. The year is more than half over, and we have an opportunity to move in a different direction. Let’s take it, get out in the sun and begin the process of healing. 

solstice eclipse
Solstice Eclipse

Tom and Healing in Nature


As many of you know, my partner Tom had a rather sudden heart transplant at Stanford on April 6, 2020.


Our Bazi (Chinese astrology birth chart) interpreted by Richard Ashworth, a Feng Shui and Bazi Master I consulted, told me that Tom would heal quickly as the weather got warmer. 


This has all come to pass, and I’m thankful every day that Tom is doing so well. Our charts also told us that we need to handle earth (dirt) and that will ground us in this new phase of our lives. Though Tom is not supposed to handle dirt yet, he can stand on it, and we have plenty of it. This is part of our property, Floyd, and Tom is standing where the ivy used to be. 


The fire of the Sun, the wood from our trees, and the earth from Floyd are a great combination for healing. 

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.