The Year of the Fire Rooster is about to end and the year of the Earth Dog is fast approaching with a solar start on February 4, 2018 and a lunar start on February 16. Although the Lunar year is more celebrated, it is more appropriate to use the solar New Year for analysis in classical Feng Shui.
The year of the Earth Dog happens once every 60 years! The last time was in 1958 and before that in 1898. Each year brings a distinct Qi and the Dog years are creative and favorable to Arts and Academics.
Cleanse Your Home With White Sage
Sage burning or smudging
Sage burning or smudging your space contributes to a fresher, more vibrant FengShui energy. It is an easy process that you can repeat as often as you wish.
Origins of sage burning
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Clearing your body
Smudging is not only for spaces, it’s also for clearing your body, mind, and spirit of any negative or stagnant energy. Breathe deeply and direct the sage smoke around your body from head to toe, front to back, right and left before smudging your space or someone else.
How to do a sage ritual? Simple!
- Preferably after cleaning and clearing your space of clutter, open doors and windows and let fresh air in.
- Light a bundle of sage for a few seconds, traditionally over an abalone shell, extinguish the flame and let the embers start smoking.
- Set your intention on cleansing the space of any bad energy, impurities, negativity, problems, or anything that does not support the people living there, and ask for protection and peace.
- Slowly walk from room to room, starting at the front door, waving the smoke into the air, and taking it to each area you would like to cleanse, including every corner, closets, under counters, behind curtains, along ceiling lines, laundry room, basement, garage, and everywhere your intuition is guiding you.
- When you’re done, cup your hands over the smoke and pretend to wash your face with it, repeat all over your body like if you were doing some ablutions, visualizing any negative residual disappearing entirely.
- Extinguish the stick in a cup of water and dispose of it safely.
How often should you smudge your space?
Smudge as often as you feel; stagnant and negative energy can accumulate even in homes with great Feng Shui. Burning sage on a weekly basis can help bring light and peace into your space, and open you to new opportunities.
If you need additional help, contact your Feng Shui Consultant.
The original article was published in LA Times:
Homeowners looking for major impact with minimum effort often overlook the easiest solution: the front door.
While white, gray and brown remain go-to colors for the less adventurous, more exuberant hues are on trend for those who want their entry to provide an instant pop of personality to their home.
“The front door may very well be the first and last thing your visitors see up close, so it might as well be memorable and inspiring,” says interior designer Meg Braff, whose new book, “The Decorated Home,” is chock-full of her signature colorfully cheerful interiors. “For my own home, I chose an aqua lacquer — it brings me joy every time I turn into the driveway and see it shining in the distance.”
How your front door reveals your age
Los Angeles feng shui expert Francoise Courty-Dan says the color of your front door can be revealing.
“A bright, rich front door creates yang energy, which is active and male and is usually more appealing to younger people,” she says. “Softer, quieter colors create yin energy, which is more passive and female, and often appeals more to older people.”
SoCal’s distinct edge
When it comes to how certain hues look, Southern California has a distinct advantage to other locations.
“What happens here is that the light is really clear and strong, and even when it’s diffused, you can see the undertones,” says Farrow & Ball color consultant Erik Runner. “Saturated, rich tones really come out, both indoors and out, and colors that are complex change a lot from day to night.”
Pulling the look together
Start by assessing the other elements of your home’s exterior — the color of your roof, trim and walls, and the overall style.
“A brown brick Midcentury Modern house would look great with a quiet terra cotta, but you could also go with the kind of bright orange you’d see on an upholstered chair from that era,” Runner said. “A Spanish colonial with a red tile roof and white stucco exterior could take a deep, saturated color — even something more unexpected like teal would look wonderful.”
Inspiration from unexpected places
Braff also advises simply taking a look around your property before embarking on painting your front door.
“The color selection should never come from out of nowhere,” she says. “It should relate to something in the area, even if it’s the flowers in your garden. I often repeat the color from the garden bench or a garden gate entry. Repeating the color has a way of connecting the property in a subliminal way.”
Still nervous? There’s this:
If you’re still nervous about jazzing up your home’s entry with a vivid splash of color, Runner has some words of wisdom: “It’s a quart of paint,” and perhaps part of a weekend or two to plan and prep, and one to execute. “What could be easier than that?”
50-70% of your home’s Feng Shui is determined by its environment. Mountains, roads, rivers, oceans, electric and power poles, trees and buildings can bring chaos or harmony to your life. For instance, a home with too many roads surrounding it makes the occupants confused and creates difficulty to focus and to save money. A home with a steep slope in the back can cause serious financial problems.
Since you cannot control the Qi outside your property, it is necessary to maximize the energetic support on all sides of your land so that the Qi does not dissipate and leave. Fortunately, classical Feng Shui offers remedies to alleviate challenging Qi and protect your property by creating needed support with the Four Celestial Animals.
The back of the home is called the BLACK TORTOISE and offers support and stability in life. It is important for a home to have a solid wood fence, a wall behind it, or another home because it supports its occupants with career, finances and relationships.
On the Left side, as you stand facing out the front door, is the GREEN DRAGON. It must be represented with a solid fence or thick landscaping to build wealth as it can positively or negatively affect the cash flow of the residents.
The RED PHOENIX in front of the home can be a low laying wall, a small mount, small boulders or shrubs to receive energy.
When the FOUR CELESTIAL ANIMALS are properly represented, they allow the chi to accumulate and stay on the property, benefitting the residents. It is Qi or Earth Luck, along with Heaven Luck and Man Luck that give people opportunities with health, wealth, relationships, career and harmony.
Is your home Feng Shui protected?
If you are like Henry, in a hurry to find a new space, whether it’s residential or commercial, think twice and follow your intuition.
Henry sensed there was a problem with the space – but ignored it.
To Your Intuition!
3 Feng Shui Tips To Improve Your Blood Pressure
May is High Blood Pressure Awareness Month and in addition to a healthy diet, exercising regularly, reducing sodium and alcohol intake, Feng Shui could help you toward better health.
What is High Blood Pressure?
High Blood Pressure or HBP is when your blood pressure, the force of the blood flowing through your blood vessels and arteries, is consistently too high. According to American Heart Association, “about 85 million Americans – one out of every three adults over age 20 – have high blood pressure. Nearly 20% don’t even know they have it” because often there is no symptom.
The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have it checked! “Usually hypertension is defined as blood pressure above 140/90, and is considered severe above 180/120.”
High Blood Pressure and Feng Shui
Classical Feng Shui takes in consideration and analyzes the exterior as well as the interior of your home since both can strongly impact your wellbeing. Whether or not your blood pressure is elevated, check around if your home and workplace are conducive to keep you healthy.
In The Kitchen
The location of the stove is essential due to its Fire Element. It could impact all occupants of the home, and in some cases mostly the man, with various health problems including High Blood Pressure and heart conditions.
The kitchen, stove and oven(s) should be located based on the Gua number, the facing direction, time period and chart of the house.
As a rule of thumb, avoid:
- Placing a stove next to a sink
- Having a cooking range on the island
- Having the kitchen in the center of the home.
If your stove happens to not be well located but you don’t cook or don’t use it, then, no worry, it won’t affect you.
A kitchen with good Feng Shui is source of wealth, harmony and good health.
In The Bedroom
The Bedroom plays an important role in regard to health, especially since we spend about 1/3 of our life in bed. So let’s maximize all these hours spent sleeping or trying to sleep by simply following these basic rules:
Have a solid headboard to provide energetic support
Increase the Sheng Qi (positive energy flow) in your home to influence your well-being by sleeping with your head preferably to your Tien Yi (+80) or to one of your 3 other positive directions.
Do the same if you sit for a long period of time, for example working, reading, or watching TV.
Everything has its own electromagnetic field and radiates some safe and/or harmful waves to your body. Long exposure to high levels of EMFs can be detrimental as
it can change your body’s natural frequencies to unhealthy ones causing tissue damage, disease, and high stress leading to HBP.
It is almost impossible to get away from electromagnetic pollution as we live among technology devices, telephone poles, high power lines, electricity, appliances, computers, TVs, cameras, videos, cell and cordless phones, Wi-Fi, cell towers, power lines, and smart meters. They all can affect your central nervous system, create stress to your body and, over time, cause high blood pressure.
Our often overly busy life can increase our blood pressure and so do EMFs. I recommend investing in a high quality EMF protection device to protect the health of your loved ones at home and of those at work.
Classical Feng Shui may contribute to many health benefits. However, we strongly recommend you always check with a health care professional. All information presented and advice given through One World Feng Shui is intended for educational purpose only; it is not intended to replace or provide an alternative to health or any other relevant professional advice.
To Your Good Health!
1. Outside Qi
2. Ming Tang
The area at the entrance of your home, inside and outside, is known as “Ming Tang” or “bright hall.” This is where the chi comes in. The more spacious the “Ming Tang“, the more money you may make, especially if it is kept clean, attractive, appealing, and free of clutter. That way, the energy will flow freely into your home.
3. De-clutter but don’t be a perfectionist
4. Avoid online chaos
5. Use environmentally friendly cleaning products
6. Let Qi circulate
7. Let go of the old
8. Welcome new ideas and opportunities
The last two months have been a whirlwind of education, growth, fun and excitement!
As you may know, I gave a Feng Shui presentation at the Annual World Conference of Feng Shui in Delhi, India, in February. It was amazing!
The Conference was held at a retreat center in the madness of this gigantic city of 19 million people (compared to barely 3.25 millions in Los Angeles) – and so many cows!
When traveling, it is important to be open, spontaneous, flexible, patient, and go with the flow… I ended up giving 2 speeches – only one was planned! But it all went well being authentic and talking from my heart and experience.
My fellow speakers were experts and PhDs in Oriental Heritage Arts, such as Feng Shui, Vastu Shastra, Astrology and Oriental Medicine. I had the honor and privilege to sit on the conference panel with them, left on the back row.
During a break, I was asked for an impromptu palm reading, which ended up being quite fascinating.
My husband and I enjoyed Kulfi, which is a type of ice cream. I particularly liked pistachio kulfi in Delhi, which was so refreshing after a long warm day at the conference.
How to make Pistachio Kulfi:
4 cups of milk
1/2 tablespoon of rice flour
1.5 oz sugar
1 oz ground unsalted pistachio nuts
2 1/2 tablespoon of heavy cream, lightly whipped
a few drops of rose water
a few unsalted pistachios nuts, crushed
Pour the milk into a large saucepan, bring to a boil, let simmer until it has reduced by half, about 45 minutes.
Let it cool slightly. Add the rice flour and cook stirring constantly, for about 15 minutes.
Add the sugar and stir. Remove from the heat and let cool completely.
When cool, stir in the ground pistachios, cream, rose water, and crushed pistachios.
Place in a large container and freeze or use an ice-cream maker.
Allow the kulfi to soften for a few minutes before serving.
Enjoy a taste of India! – courtesy of One World Feng Shui.
Then, off to Darjeeling, which is real tea heaven and I truly enjoyed freshly picked Spring flush tea, Moonlight flush and the stronger Autumn flush. I love them all – so delicious, especially after the sunrise over the Himalayas, watching the 3 highest mountains in the world slowly turn pink in the early morning glacial wind. (Mt Everest, K2 and Kangchenjunga)
The high mountains inspired me and below is the way less impressive rock I climbed! Still, more than 1200 steps to the top! Not bad! This is roughly the equivalent to climbing 60 flights of stairs in a 60 story building. And the best reward was a spectacular sunset!
This journey was amplified with so many animals, cows, water buffalos, red pandas, birds, butterflies, giant caterpillars, and monkeys. Monkeys everywhere! But my heart went to this company of monkeys on our bedroom balcony in the early morning.
And of course, the majestic elephants eating dinner in the heavy warm rain. I cannot imagine a world without them, can you?
This journey was magical thanks to the people we met, the food, scents, sounds, colors, madness, wildlife, spirituality, and the life lessons experienced day after day. I returned filled with gratitude, humility, tons of renewed energy, and a lot of exciting projects.
Thank you all for your patience. I am back.