Is your top blowing? Is your lid flipping? Your clients, children, friends, and otherwise convivial people? Rage, specifically road rage is the theme of the last few weeks going into next week in September.
I’ve been noticing this EVERYWHERE!!! In fact, I saw an altercation in moving vehicles on the road today! It finally dawned on me we are in a monkey month in a tiger year. Monkeys and tigers clash hard, so this Monkey month is usually pretty contentious! This month is no exception.
So what to do? Avoid confrontation. Seriously, don’t take the bait, count to 10-this too shall pass. If you get involved, it will not end well.
Just take a walk, literally or figuratively. This will ease in the second part of September. In the meantime, let the ragers rage and stay out of the way.
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 😳
Create a Healthy Home with Feng Shui
In Feng Shui, self care/self love/self acceptance is at the heart of many challenges to a good life and good chi in your home. It is something that can be cured as well.
Knowing birthday information, along with information on your space, can allow a Feng Shui practitioner, like me, to assist in giving one skills to create healthy boundaries as well as a healthy home with good chi flow.
Your Stomach and Earth
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.
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.
• 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.
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!
Summer-Fire, Fame, Reputation
It’s Summer and it’s Hot! In Feng Shui, Summer is associated with the Southern direction. It’s also associated with high visibility, popularity, fame and reputation.
If you get the elemental balance right, you can elevate your popularity or reputation-you may be recognized in a public way for your achievements, or you may find your dance card full.
If you get it wrong, you may experience some negative notoriety, or scandal, and a decrease in your popularity. So how do you get the balance right? It’s complicated…But here are some tips to get the most out of your summer:
If you’re seeking more positive visibility, spend time with your animals. Animals are the element of fire, which stokes fame and reputation.
Spend time in the Southern part of your home-this is where the sun is anyway.
The color red can boost the energy in this sector. So can triangular shapes.
Too much fire is just as bad as not enough fire. If you feel like everyone’s obsessed with you, and not in a good way, you may want to add some earth-like ceramics, to lessen the fire. If it’s out of control, bring on the water.
Flashback Feng Shui Friday-Look for Signs!
Feng Shui can be very complicated, but sometimes it’s not.
The written word is strong and influential, especially if you see it everyday.
Think about what you surround yourself with, and pay attention to messages, especially the ones in bright yellow!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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