Accomplishing Much While Staying Home with Feng Shui

In Feng Shui, one does things at work or at home in short times or by doing small chores. With us all having all this time to stay home with the Corvid-19 virus, you may want to try some of these suggestions:

Plan your day and what chores you want to accomplish and the time you will assign to them, such as: cleaning the microwave, fridge, ceiling fans, stove, etc.  You may want to do one of these each day or tackle them together.  It’s up to you.

Go onto your next task.

Making several meals in one day is a time saver and you can freeze all but today’s meal.

If you haven’t had time to bake, try making a treat for dinner.

Read your mail and sort it. Pay bills or read your magazines and catalogs.

Clean bookcase shelves one or two at a time so you don’t get overwhelmed with the chore and become sloppy with the rest of the shelves’ contents.

Run a virus protection program on your computer, defrag and delete unwanted emails, articles or pictures that you may no longer need which can take up space on the hard drive.

Go through your contact list from your computer and see who you can delete.  Certainly, the people you don’t write to any longer do not need to be in your contact list.  Update duplicate names and addresses.

Remember to delete your trash mailbox.  Usually, there are thousands of emails taking up valuable space on your computer.

If you have a hobby or interest, perhaps now is the time to dedicate one hour or two to it a few times per week to balance the work with pleasure.

Clean out a few drawers of your bedroom dresser each day until they are all neat. Also, clean out clothes that you will never fit into again and put it in a bag for a charity or church.  Keep similar colors of clothing together so you can pick an item out with ease when you know the color you want.

Go through your closet the same way. One day you can work on organizing or getting rid of purses and shoes that don’t fit or that you don’t like. Another day you can then work on clothes, and yet the next day you can organize the shelves above. In Feng Shui, the shelves above the area of the closet where you store your clothes and accessories are YOUR FUTURE.  If the shelves are jammed packed with stuff, your future looks glum with no positive opportunities available to you because there is no room for them to come to you.

What you should do is clear out and organize all the things in your house that represent your future; such as tops of bookcases, hutches, the shelves above each closet in your home, and leave a special cleared-out space for yourself.  It will just be your space.  Place a basket or wooden box there with all the things you would like for your future.  You may wish to find another job, so put your resume in the box.  You may want to remain happy in your marriage, so place a happy picture of you and your spouse.  You may wish to get married, so put magazine brides or pictures of people you know so the energy can be brought to you. Money is always needed so put money into the box that you won’t need as it gives the indication that you would like more money in your future.  If you put a few dollars in the box, you will get a few dollars back in return.  Start with a $20 bill if you can and add a few dollars every time you think about it.  Most importantly, you can put your wish list in there for the future…FOR THE GOOD OF ALL, I NEED: and then list what you truly need (good health, abundance in all things, happiness, good job, etc.  We are here to get what we want and it should not be on the list.

Clean out under the sink cabinets in the bathrooms and kitchen one each day.

Try writing, emailing or calling friends and family you haven’t been in touch with for some time.  It’s a good time to catch up on each other’s lives.

If this is a time to redecorate, handle one room or item at a time.  Do not overwhelm yourself.  That is the whole point of this article.  Things can get done even if you work on them for a short period of time each day.  One day, it will be completed.

You can decide how many items you wish to put on your list in one day, but make the list short.  The purpose is to get to things you never had time for and then have time left over for leisure activities with family and friends.

This is not the whole list.  Only you know what to put on your list, but don’t make it too long so that you feel defeated if you didn’t complete everything you wanted to.  I personally have 3-4 extra things on my daily list before I can play on the computer, Ipad or watch my TV shows.  Give yourself 15 minutes, half an hour or hour dedicated to each task.  If you don’t finish the item on your list, it will go on your list for tomorrow.  It gives you an incentive to do the jobs quickly and efficiently so that you will have that extra time for some well-deserved leisure. However, you will also have a feeling of accomplishment by the end of the week or month when you see all you have completed.

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Nine Star Ki Number Explanations

(Beginning of Chinese New Year: approximately February 4)

You can find your annual 9 Star Ki number in other posts on this site. Remember, if you were born prior to February 4, use the Ki number that is assigned to the previous year. For example, a person born on January 8, 1953, is a 3 Tree.

According to Nine Star Ki, we embody the Ki characteristics of the year in which we were born. For example, a person born after February 4th, 1950, is said to be a “Five Soil” person. Someone born in 1978 is a Four Tree individual, and so on.

The Number 1 White Water Person

It is good to tap into this person’s insight. Being the most yang number, they can be very comfortable when engaged in worldly pursuits, but are strongly attracted to the yin, spiritual aspects of life. This combination gives the 1 Water person a very strong intuition.

These individuals can have a very subdued appearance but, inside, they are very strong.

The evolved One Water seeks out people, religions, books; any means that will provide structure in their life. This inherent drive for structure does not come about because the 1 Water is a weak person. On the contrary, like water, this personality is very flexible and can flow in virtually any direction. Therefore the search is for definition, not to be pampered or held back.

One Waters are very interested in observing others and in sexual relationships. They can keep their thoughts and feelings well hidden, but have a deep respect for the art of communication and are excellent listeners.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Kidneys, bladder and reproductive system

Positive Traits:  Independent, intuitive, good at concentration, diplomatic, adaptable, cool, serious, careful, insightful, social, self-protective, industrious, patient, adaptable, hardworking, intimate, self-conscious, courageous, strong willed, assertive, confident, inspired, serene, reflective.

Negative Traits:  Stagnant, contemptuous, manipulative, stubborn, obstinate, unable to adapt easily, tenacious, worried, disdainful, overbearing, insecure, fear, victim mentality, defensive, paranoid, solitude, loneliness, overconfident, feels isolated.

The Number 2 Black Soil Person

It is good to have a 2 Soil around when there is work to be done. These people are consistent, steadfast and can be very supportive. But they should not be mistaken for blind followers. They have strong ideals and are public minded. Historically, there are many well remembered 2 Soil leaders, such as Lincoln, Kennedy and Tenzin Gyatso (The Dalai Lama).

Because the evolved 2 Soil plays such a supporting role, they sometimes find it difficult to say “no” to the requests and invitations of others, even when they would rather be alone or resting. In fact, it is advisable that they create some quiet time for rejuvenation. They find it difficult to hide from the activities of the world for too long, though, due to their thirst for social interaction.

2 Soils are not the “get rich quick” type, but they can find great prosperity through long, steady effort. Because of their social, hard working nature, they make excellent teachers.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Stomach, pancreas, spleen

Positive Traits:  Steady, stable, secure, delicate, of service to others, caring, sacrificing, dependent, diligent, delicate, maternal, accurate, supportive, feminine, shrewd, conservative, nourishing, observing, dedicated, devotion, systematic, detail-minded, social, sympathy, understanding, compassionate, receptive, methodical.

Negative Traits: Perfectionism, meticulous, conservative, envious, irritated, suspicious, egotistical, cynical, sceptical, jealous, shrewd, irritable, stubborn, discriminating, aloof, doubtful, overly fastidious.

The Number 3 Green Tree Person (3 Wood)

A good person to see for fresh insights and new opinions. As their rising energy suggests, 3 Trees are very active. They like to explore and to choose their own path. The 3 Tree personality is honest to a fault and is, not always, as tactful as one may wish. But their adventurous spirit and their joyful attitude towards life can attract many people. Due to their active nature (tight spiral), many 3 Tree individuals have firm, yang bodies.

People born in the 3 Tree position like to win, but evolved 3 Trees also have the capacity to truly feel joy when others succeed. This being the case, fully adjusted 3 Trees are extremely pleased when “everyone wins” and, for this reason, can be very effective leaders.

Three Trees often act spontaneously and, sometimes, with insufficient consideration of the details. Therefore, they learn through experience. They make good performers.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Liver and gallbladder

Positive Traits:  Patience, flexible, tolerant, susceptible, stamina, insightful, outgoing, accessible, active, optimistic, progressive, creative, advancing, frank, straight forward, intense, passionate, sensitive, talkative, passionate, extrovert, uncomplicated.

Negative Traits:  Explosive, inflexible, intolerable, brash, frank, bold, aggressive, impatient, rash, hasty, self-pity, upset, alienating, prejudice, preoccupied with trivial matters.

The Number 4 Dark Green Tree Person (4 Wood)

Four Trees make good experts. They can provide very powerful advice, concerning issues that dwell within their field of expertise. However, their response to questions that are outside of their normal studies may be less practical. The archetype of the absent- minded professor comes to mind.

Four Tree people have a great love for life and they like to focus upon those aspects that can provide the deepest personal meaning. Therefore, they tend to be romantics, idealists or musicians and are not especially appreciative of oppressive situations. If conditions necessitate that a 4 Tree become an expert in a field that is of little personal interest, they will be miserable.

Because of their capacity for analytical thought and devotion to a specific field of study, genius can be expressed in many different ways. Albert Einstein and Jimi Hendrix were, both, 4 Trees.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Liver and gallbladder

Positive Traits:  Tender, confident, controlled, reputable, prudent, adaptable, liberal, flexible, compassionate, smooth mannered, emotional, harmonious, open, creative, adaptable, social, and affectionate.

Negative Traits:  Too impulsive, stubborn, evasive, calculating, uncontrolled, changeable, not able to adapt easily, reckless, hypersensitive, moody, inflexible, scattered, self-centered, impractical, manipulative, meticulous, and indecisive.

The Number 5 Yellow Soil Person

A good manager and controller of ventures, projects and households. The 5 Soil can be found in all walks of life, from the very humble to the highest circles of wealth and power. Wherever they are, events and people tend to center around them. It is not as if they are in the limelight and they are not necessarily the center of attention. But they possess a power and control to such an extent that it would be difficult for the other 8 types to fathom. They are inscrutable.

If you are not a Five Soil person, the best time to get an idea of their characteristics is when you occupy the 5 Soil annual position. When you are in the position of another number, you take on some of the attributes that are associated with that personality. Since 5 Soils are in the “center”, both positive and negative situations move towards them. It is their nature to make use of the good aspects and to turn the other energies away, or to manage them into a more beneficial state.

Five Soils collect things. Some collect people and build large organizations. Some collect stamps.

The evolved 5 Soil knows they are a 5 Soil. Not necessarily because they have studied Nine Star Ki. They come to know that their thoughts and actions can have a profound influence upon the well-being of others and they use their energy towards that end. Being the balancing influence, they don’t appreciate sudden change, so time is required for new ideas and directions to take root.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Stomach, pancreas, spleen

Positive Traits: Independent, strong, assertive, constructive, controlling, proud, persistent, humane, determined, resolute, talented and artistic.

Negative Traits:  Egoistic, bold, destructive, late maturing, stubborn, destructive, forceful, irritated, aggressive, self indulgent, calculating, set in their views and ways of doing things.

The Number 6 White Metal Person

This person is good for providing solidarity and purpose to a group or an event. Six Metals have a strong sense of ethical propriety. Choosing a practical approach over idealism, they can be strict and strong willed when applying their authority.

Many mechanics, machinists, mechanical engineers and jewelers are 6 Metals. The evolved Six Metal is socially oriented, working for the good of the team or family. They share their opinions on life by setting a strong example through their behavior, rather than verbalizing their ideas. They are good financial managers and they excel at producing finished products.

Most 6 Metals are “main stream” thinkers, with little interest or belief in methods that are not “tried and true”. But, they can have very strong powers of intuition, in and of themselves. In some cases, this intuitive nature can become so profound that some would call it psychic.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Lungs, Large Intestine

Positive Traits:  Holistic approach, leadership, will power, organized, stylish, judicious, loyal, faithful, prudent, perfectionist, magnanimous, dignified, perseverance, convincing, trustworthy, proud, rational, ethical, determined, merciful, nobility, considerate.

Negative Traits:  Depressed, non social, controlling, stubborn, opinionated, sadness, complaining, hurt, melancholy, stubborn, rigidity, sentimental, defensive, calculating, offensive, moralist, inconsiderate, tenacious, insecure, merciless, uncompromising, unyielding.

The Number 7 Red Metal Person

It is good to turn to this person for extravagance and fun. This is the energy of early evening, of the setting sun, and the 7 Metal personality reflects the sensual nature of the times. Therefore, this person will be interested in the morays and fashions of the day and their interest will, often, be exemplified in their clothes, jewelry and hairstyle. These individuals may appear to be emotional and superficial, on the surface, but inside they are solid. The evolved Seven Metal is very organized and will have a practical response to almost any situation. This mode of operation provides balance to an, otherwise, exorbitant and overly emotional state of being. They are masters of oratory and can sway opinions with their voice.

Due to their natural sensuality and general attractiveness, Sevens are easily noticed and are often promoted quickly through the ranks of an organization. While they can be extremely practical and patient, they flourish best when receiving the attention and support of others.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Lungs, Large Intestine

Positive Traits:  Easy going, joyful, happiness, social, flexible, talkative, energetic, sensitive, passionate, polished, entertaining, indulgent, resourceful, expressive, persuasive, uncomplicated, optimistic and exuberant.

Negative Traits:  Stubborn, stormy, egoistic, extravagant, hyper sensitive, arrogant, conceited, self-important, superior, overconfident, nervous, complicated, calculating, shy, over indulged, spoiled, needs to be the center of attention.

The Number 8 White Soil Person

This person is good for anything that fits in with their plans. Usually, their plans include lending a helpful hand to any and everyone. Eight Soils are kind hearted, fair minded and family oriented. However, when they feel an injustice has been performed, they are quick to speak out and take remedial action. These individuals alternate between periods of reserved, deep activity and extroverted interaction. They are deep thinkers and boisterous revelers.

The evolved Eight Soil will study important issues before taking action. They often have a very straightforward set of plans, concerning their career moves and what they want to accomplish next. But, they are not afraid to become involved with new ideas and directions. They are intrepid travelers and make excellent road companions. They move around in life. Eight Soils love family. Even if their experiences keep them from settling down at an early age, the thought of family is always there. As they age, their deep love and respect for elders grows.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Stomach, pancreas, spleen

Positive Traits:  Seeking, striving, persistent, sympathy, wealthy, abundant, is good at saving, energetic, adventurous, tenacious, curious, revolutionary, self motivating, ambitious.

Negative Traits:  Suspicious, antipathy, jealous, arrogant, sceptical, opinionated, stagnated, self indulgent, materialistic, greedy, possessive, obstinate, straightforward and pretentious.

The Number 9 Purple Fire Person

This person is good for developing new ideas and initiating fresh activities. But, in order to reach a successful conclusion, their path must be well defined. Like Fire, they attract a lot of attention and can be very charismatic. Their temperament can change quickly, so it is sometimes difficult to know what the mood will be, next. Outgoing and enthusiastic, these individuals are brilliant on the surface but, often, concise plans and opinions have not been carefully thought out.

The evolved Nine Fire will use their good fortune, charisma and outgoing nature to develop a business or profession that will balance their somewhat chaotic existence with the more substantial, material aspects of life. They have learned to channel their flamboyant nature, to obtain the required social approval and support. Many 9 Fires are very successful in public relations and sales positions. Often, Nine Fires have difficulty settling down in a long term job or marriage.

Related Body Parts and Organs:

Heart and small intestines

Positive Traits:  Calm, proud, foresight, honorable, intelligent, successful, generous, charismatic, enlightened, brightness, holistic, embracing, tasteful, stardom like quality, medium, fullness, intuitive, proud, enlightened, impulsive, vain, distinguished, colorful, witty, expressive.

Negative Traits:  Stormy, self-concerned, impulsive, vain, fickle, hyperactivity, flamboyant, stormy, silent, over emotional, inconsiderate, repetitive, superiority, self absorbed. 

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Spirit Energy in Trees

Spirit Energy in Trees

I had a lovely 50′ tall Japanese Red Maple tree in front of my house for over 28 years. Unfortunately, two years ago, it died from a beetle infestation and had to be removed. I was really sad that the tree could not be saved and then felt that the energy in the front yard was somehow changed. I couldn’t quite understand why the energy was different, but it was. It felt lifeless, cold and stagnant.

Talking to some energy experts, I discovered I was correct. When trees are removed from your property (forest, etc.), you should ask the tree spirit to leave all of its energy in the ground, thus in your property. I was unaware of this so never asked the tree to leave its spirit or essence behind and now it is lost; that seemed to be the energy fluctuation I had felt for almost a year until it was replaced by other flowers and trees.

Then a miracle happened. Some saplings started to sprout in the front yard, just little tiny 1″ sprouts that had come from the mother tree. I had collected them for two years and placed them in a large planter; then they still surprised me by occasionally popped up on my property after all of this time. I am especially proud of the 2 stronger saplings which are now 1′ high each. I had transplanted them in the front yard and then worried if one of them was too close to my house, not only it’s physical presence but also from a Feng Shui point of view. I was assured by many that Japanese Maples take many, many years to grow and that most of my yard (and I) would be fossilized before I had to worry about this 1′ tree taking over the front lawn. I also planted it askew to the front door so it would allow energy to flow into the house every time I open the front door (apparently as it will for a very long time period until it grows!).

Normally, trees blocking the front entrance is not preferred and definitely is not good Feng Shui. One wants a flowing energy pattern that can enter the house without obstacles in the way, such as a large tree in line with the front door.

I had also put two ads on Craigslist to remove some day lilies and yucca plants as I was clearing out those two gardens (one was going to be home to the smaller Japanese Maple Tree) and within a half of an hour of putting up the ad, I had people in my yard digging up the plants and carting them away on Memorial Day! That goes to show you that many people are looking to adorn their property with various forms of greenery but also that FREE is a great price. So if you want to move some plants or trees from your property, or maybe get some, check out that site. It’s helped me a lot and it’s free to advertise.

I was not particularly in love with the yucca plants and actually felt better that their energy was now going to be in someone else’s yard. I did ask the day lilies to keep their spirit energy with my property – which I believe they have since I did not notice a drop in the energy field in front of my house as I did with my tree. I also feel better about not having the yucky yucca plants (I’m not fond of them) in my front garden. So it seemed to work out well on both counts.

Trees have very special spirits and should be considered as intelligent energy fields and not just a tree. Ancient myths spoke of Oak Tree spirits or entities that guarded the person living on the property. Being I have 48 red oaks on my property, I feel I am very blessed and protected.

Plant trees on your property for good chi (or positive energy). Keep them pruned and healthy. Many nurseries can tell you which birds inhabit specific trees, so if you want to attract more wildlife into your yard or area, consult a professional. Otherwise, any tree can be a home to a host of birds who live in this part of the country or who are passing through on their way to migratory destinations. Birds always bring positive energy to your home, so feed them frequently as I do and keep clean water in a bird bath that they can use each day. The fluttering of their wings moves the stagnant or negative energy that may be on your property. Also, remember chimes or windsocks are a good remedy for negative chi on property as well.

Live plants, flowers and trees are fundamental to good Feng Shui. The prettier the plant or flower, the nicer the energy that flows towards your home and family. Be mindful of the flower colors you chose for each area of your yard. Following the ba gua’s suggestion for colors is always helpful and preferred. This is the season to plant trees and flowers on your property – have you planted anything yet?

Spirit Energy in Trees – Part II

It has been more than four years after my favorite maple tree had to be taken down because of a beetle blythe. I have three of it’s offspring lovingly cared for on my property and they range from between one foot to three feet tall. They are bundled up for the winter and will once again bring me a lot of pride and pleasure when I see them in the spring.

Recently, I had to have trees removed from my yard because some were obviously dead, others had huge dead branches hanging over my roof (and I needed a new roof and the roofers suggested removing any potential future danger to the expensive repair) and I wanted many of the very tall oaks trimmed so that more light and air would be able to circulate throughout my property.

I had walked throughout my property and touched each tree the evening before and on the morning of the tree removal. I told them that this was best for them and the property that this landscaping be done. I explained that it would be healthier for them because with dead branches being removed, more nutrients would be able to feed the healthier parts of the tree. I also asked that they would leave any energy that they could into the earth so that I (or they) would feel no difference in the vibrational levels of the land. I asked each and every tree which took me a very long time, but I didn’t want them to be concerned or upset about the men’s presence.

The tree removal men were wonderful, knew what they were doing and were very efficient. Unfortunately, I didn’t realize how many dead branches I had on my 38 trees, so many trees were trimmed up quite a bit – almost three quarters of the height of the tree. My daughter, the ornithologist, was in a hissy fit saying that the canopy was now ruined and she would have to find another site for her research studies. What is funny is that my daughter married seven years ago and does not live with me, but she still thinks she has a say in the only other home she knew – kids are funny, aren’t they? I really don’t see the difference in the bird population here on the property and feed them every day, just like I’ve always done — but what do I know, I’m just a mother, lecturer, author, artist, web master, metaphysician and international teacher and not an ornithologist!

The men removed three huge dead trees and with that, the sun was able to shine on my house and in the yard. Hopefully with the upcoming spring, we won’t have so much moss and mushrooms on the property any longer.

Throughout subsequent thunder storms, more dead branches had fallen on the house (smaller ones, thankfully) so I am glad that I had the wherewithal to have the tree removal specialists do what they do best. I had also been informed that I have another huge dangerously dead and decaying oak leaning towards a neighbor’s house and two smaller ones with holes in the bottom of them which should be removed in the next year or two, but I will worry about that at another time.

With the winter weather coming, I am so glad I did take care of a potentially dangerous situation, but I am also glad that I asked the trees to leave their beautiful energy on my property because it now feels almost identical to the way it was before the tree removal.












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What Inspires You to Feng Shui?

I was approached by a columnist to talk about Feng Shui and what could possibly inspire one to, say, redecorate a house. She asked, “Can you be inspired by a photograph, a color, a picture, furniture or lighting fixtures?” I thought about her question for a moment and decided that these are not the mundane things that inspire me to fine tune Feng Shui in my home.

I told her, “No. I think people should be inspired by wanting to better their relationships with their partner or family members. Perhaps they would be inspired by needing to fix their wealth area so that they can make more money on the job, or work smarter and not harder. If health is an issue, I would imagine people would like to fix their health area so that their health would improve easily and stay stable.”

Thinking about her statement and my response was interesting. I am not sure she got it. Inspiration can be received by doing many things. In my field, I think inspiration comes by wanting to help those who need assistance in a particular area(s) of life.

The nine areas that I work with which are listed from top to bottom in the bagua are as follows:

Wealth area – far left corner of your space from the architectural front door. Keep blues, purples and reds in this area to keep your wealth in good shape. This area need rectangular shapes. It also represents the hip and bones in the human body. This area’s number is 4.

Fame/Good Luck area – this area is the middle wall of the back of the house as you enter the architectural front door. This is a red or fire element area. Candles or pointed sculpture, pictures, etc. should be in this space (butterflies, stars, snowflakes, etc.). It represents eyes and heart in the human body and can many times also encompass the joy in your life. This area’s number is 9.

Relationships/Marriage – this area is the right hand corner of the back wall as you enter the architectural front door. This is a pink area which also needs square shapes and is an earth element. It represents the abdomen and organs in a human body. This area’s number is 2.

Ancestors/Family – this area is to the left middle of your space as you enter the architectural front door. This is a green and wood area which also represents the feet, throat and buttocks in the human body. It does also represent kindness (given and received). This area’s number is 3.

Health/Well Being – this area is in the absolute center of your space and can sometimes be parts of two rooms. It is a yellow/earth tones area and is represented by a square shape – also an earth element. It also represents the stomach and spleen in the human body. It does also represent calmness. This area’s number is 5.

Creativity/Children – this area is to the right middle of your space as you enter the architectural front door. This is a white and metal area. The shape needed in this qua is round or a circle. It also represents the mouth, head and lungs and does also represent courage. This area’s number is 7.

Knowledge/Education – this area is to the immediate left of the architectural front door and may sometimes be behind the front door as it is open. This is a black, blue, green area and is represented by earth and a square shape. It represents the hands in the human body. This area’s number is 8.

Career/Business Success – this area is as soon as you open the architectural front door if your door is in the middle of the outside wall. The colors needed here are black and dark tones. It is a water area and the shape is abstract, wavy or unusual; a shape that is not represented within the other guas. This gua also represents the ears, blood and kidneys in the bagua and also correlates to gentility. This area’s number is 1.

Helpful People/Travel – this area is to the immediate right of the architectural front door. This is a white, gray and black area and represents the head in the human body. The shape for this area is circular and the element is metal. This area’s number is 6.

If you are having a particular problem with your job, family, career, or whatever, you should determine which of the guas need your immediate attention. Get rid of clutter. Organize the space. Keep it clean and neat. Make sure it is well lit and a 60 mm round faceted leaded crystal hanging from the ceiling (especially if you have a ceiling fan which cuts up health, wealth and happiness) would be auspicious. If you would like to hang a crystal in at least one window in every room of your house, you will be inviting all the colors to be represented in every room, which is your goal. With each color comes the energy of that color to help balance your space.

Inspiration for Feng Shui? How about better health? How about a stable and secure job? How about improving family, friends or colleague relationships or if you don’t have a relationship, how about inviting one into your life and how about just wanting your life to be stress free and more conducive to your being constructive, happy and allowing all the positive opportunities to find you? That’s the true inspiration, isn’t it? Let’s make our lives much better – not by being inspired by a piece of art or a possession, but by ideals and ideas of happiness, family, love and intelligence and a stable financial future in which we could all flourish and grow.


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What is Feng Shui?

Feng Shui literally means wind and water. In essence, this practice works with the chi or energy of the land or buildings and how it interacts with individuals. Feng Shui is believed by many to promote prosperity, good health and stronger relationships which benefit everyone involved in the process.

We use a Bagua (eight Tri-grams from the I Ching) which is like a map in Feng Shui to determine which areas of a building are best for particular people or activities. It can also be used to determine which areas of the space you may want to enhance or balance. The optimum objective is that the Chi moves and circulates freely in each area before leaving the space.

The eight area of the Bagua are Career, Knowledge, Family, Wealth, Fame, Partnership, Children and Helpful People. These areas are broken into many sub-areas, but these are the main topics of the Bagua. The Bagua is then superimposed over a floor plan or your space in your home, room, desk or office and then the areas that need to be corrected or cured can be determined.

There are many creative tools or cures to use to help circulate, raise or alter the chi in an area. They are crystals, mirrors, plants, flowers, wind chimes, screens, fountains, ponds, flutes, electrical equipment, lighting, colors and artwork. It is important to note that additional preparation is needed before hanging a mirror or crystal.

A de-cluttering of your space will enhance and benefit the area you wish to improve. General de-cluttering, by getting rid of things you no longer need, want or like, will bring positive opportunities and more free flowing chi into your space. With the good flowing chi comes better mental health, logic, happiness, more financial security, opportunities and stronger relationships/partnerships.

It is also very important to use good intention when placing new cures into your space. This is where a Feng Shui professional can help you.

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Interior Design (FS) Tips

The terms feng shui design and feng shui decorating are often used interchangeably, but there is a difference between the two. 

Think of it this way: You would call in a professional designer if you were redoing your outdated kitchen, to help decide where cabinets and appliances would go or what kind of to use.

But you could decorate the newly redesigned kitchen — paint, put up curtains and choose accent colors yourself. Or you could enlist the help of an interior decorator. 

Good Feng Shui Design Helps Energy Flow

The same principles of design versus decoration apply to feng shui. A good feng shui design means a house is built with a good flow of energy in mind; it has an intelligent, nourishing flow.

Some of the results of bad feng shui design are easier to deal with than others. For example, while you can bring air purifying plants and invest in smart lighting, you cannot easily change the effect of a bathroom over the bedroom.

But if you’re planning to renovate your living space, you may be able to have an impact on the feng shui at the same time. 

Here are a few areas to reconsider if you’re trying to do a wholesale feng shui redesign.

Doors: Don’t Align Front and Back

To avoid the escape of vital chi energy,  don’t align the front door directly with the back door. The principles of feng shui dictate that all good feng shui energy coming through the main door will easily escape through the back door without having a chance to circulate and nourish your home. 

Bedrooms Above the Garage Aren’t Ideal

The best energy for a bedroom, in order to maintain health and relationships, is the opposite of what a garage creates beneath it. Most garages have either a lot of moving unsettled energy (with cars moving in and out) or low and stagnant energy created by clutter stored there.

Keep Staircases Away from the Front Door

This may be the most difficult home design element to rectify since it’s expensive and messy to relocate either the staircase or the main entryway. When a staircase is facing the front door directly, the feng shui energy rushes up quickly to either the lower or the higher floor, leaving the main entry and the entire main floor without good feng shui energy nourishment.

With the design of most staircases, there will also be a pushing movement of energy, so most of the good energy that will otherwise come into the home will be pushed back.

Avoid Putting a Bathroom Above the Front Door

By their nature, bathrooms tend to have stagnant, low energy and draining energy. As we’ve discussed, the front door is the main portal of good chi energy throughout your home. If the bathroom is located right above it, the home may feel drained of good chi.

How to Adjust for Bad Feng Shui Design

While all of the above present challenges to a good Chi flow in your home, there are things you can do to minimize their impact. If a house is built for good air circulation and allows maximum natural light to bathe its rooms, that’s a huge step in the right direction.  

Keeping rooms and living spaces clutter-free is another way to allow for a good flow of chi. And adding lighting elements in problematic chi areas can help break up the bad flow.

Although I do not physically go out with you to choose furniture, (but that can be arranged if it is important to you), I can suggest types of chairs, end tables, couches, love seats and other furniture that would fit well into your space.  I could help you find furniture pieces and accessories from any catalog.  I would also tell you the appropriate colors for that part of the bagau that it represents for the best opportunities, changes, good health and energy into your home.

Of course, all homes and situations are different.  I will adjust my expertise to help you find the look you have always wanted for your home.

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The Areas of the Bagua Explained

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Wealth Area of the Bagua

(far left area of your home)

Wealth. Nice word, isn’t it? We all wish we had more, but do we need MORE? In my opinion, having wealth is having enough money to pay your bills and to live comfortably. You live in a comfortable home and have the normal conveniences most people do. Yes, there will always be those people who need the best cars, the best vacation homes, the best travel plans, the best jobs, etc., and there will always be that type of person, but do you have to be one of them?

If you are satisfied with what you have, the universe will continue to bring you what you need. We may not get all of our “wants” in this lifetime, but as long as we have what we need, well, isn’t that exactly what we want? If not, it should be.

The wealth area of the ba gua is another one I usually get asked about. Wealth, money, prosperity, financial security or stability, investments, attracting more money, more ????? In this third dimensional plane we live in, yes, we need money to survive. So, I will give you some hints on how to attract more wealth into your life. It is very simple.

First off, the wealth area (also the empowerment and prosperity area) of your home is the far left corner of your house/apartment from the architectural front door. Many Feng Shui consultants use the whole area, but I like to use the area as close to the actual corner as possible. I think it brings in more power and energy. Do what feels comfortable to you.

This area needs the colors of blue, purple and red, so any combination of these colors would be very auspicious. This area also represents the hip and bones in the body, so if you are having any problems with this area of your body, be sure that this area of the ba gua is clutter free and in repair.

You want to have good light in this area (and be sure to turn the light on frequently to light up the wealth area) as well as many money cures such as the prosperity ball or coin ball, Chinese coins strung together on a cord with a red tassel, two bamboo flutes, live plants, and of course your money vase. Money vase, you ask? Yes, there is a little known feature as a simple money vase that actually attracts more money to you. Get an octagon mirror, a red napkin or cloth (not maroon, rose or magenta), and a clear glass vase that is wider at the top than at the bottom. Put coins and dollar bills from around the world, put money in it that you want to grow (I always keep the amount of one reading or a Feng Shui consultation in mine), put in jewelry that you don’t use but that is of good quality. You intent is to accumulate more money or wealth. You may keep adding to the money vase in whichever way you feel appropriate; however, be sure that the mirror is face up and that the red cloth goes over the mirror. Then place the vase over the mirror and cloth.

Another cure would be to hang paintings or photographs of waterfalls; I actually painted a great picture of a waterfall and another one of a panda bear eating bamboo so I have both pictures in the prosperity corner. I also have a good strand of silk flowers around the GOLD halogen floor lamp (anything that reminds you of $$$) and a money frog in the room facing that corner.

Another easy wealth cure is to have a fish tank with 9 fish in it placed in that corner (you can also add additional fish in 9 fish increments). Also, a small water fountain will bring money into your home, especially if you keep it turned on.

As long as you keep the energy balanced in this area, your financial security will become more stable and secure.


Fame and Future Area of the Ba Gua

(the middle of your rear wall)

So now, here we are at the third area of the ba gua in this series. Fame and future. What is fame? Does it mean you will be a famous movie star? Most likely not. What it does mean is that the reputation that you present to the world will be the issue. Do people trust you and find you to be an honest person. If so, do they give your name or phone number to someone who is looking for the type of service or merchandise you supply? Without positive word of mouth or networking about you or your business, it would take a very long time for your business to grow. By enhancing this area, you will have others think of you in a positive light and recommend your services. Of course, you have to be the honest and trustworthy person that they are recommending, so it is a two way street.

What does this have to do with your future? Well, if you are not doing well in business and do not have a good reputation, do you think your future will be positive? Most likely not. No one will trust you, refer your business or service and then finances collapse and it goes on and on. So, if you have a positive fame area, your future will be bright with many wonderful opportunities in the areas that will be in your best interest.

This is a RED area so find a pretty color red and no, not maroon or rose, just RED. This area is in the middle of your back wall in your space. Remember, the wealth area is to the far left and the partnership area is to the far right of your architectural front door, so this is in between them. My meditation room is in this area (along with a bathroom) so I had to do some fancy footwork to make it work. I painted three walls an earth tone yellowish beige, but the middle back wall is a deep red. It is accented with black and red throw pillows, red curtains, a red Japanese fan with a design, stained glass snowflakes, pointed red metal stars in the windows, bamboo as the curtain rod, my favorite Dieties (Buddha and Quan Yin on opposite sides of the room) and of course, a red cloth napkin under a red bowl which holds all of my precious crystals. I also have the appropriate cleansing bells and 4′ metal chimes in that room.

Next to my med room is the bathroom. I had recently remodeled my whole house (which has taken more than two years) to reflect the proper colors in each ba gua area and have updated or repaired things that were no longer functional or aesthetically pleasing. My bathroom was remodeled at the end of 2007. Because money always goes down the toilet or the drain in the bathroom, energy always needs to be uplifted in this area. Being it is in my fame area, I put pointed red metal stairs, fairies, a gnome with a red pointed cap on the toilet tank with a bowl of crystals next to it, bamboo is in a small ceramic container with red glass rocks. My soap dispenser, toothpaste holder and trash can area a beige with red butterflies on them. I also have a smaller version of the stained glass snowflake in that room. The slate tiles on the floor carry through into the shower in a pattern that goes half way across the white tiles (waist height) but at the rear wall, it goes straight up to meet the ceiling. Of course, the middle rear wall of the shower has the slate tiles up against the ceiling going across the whole wall meeting the other two sides that started at waist height and met it up at the top. The premise is that your eye follows the line of the slate and moves upward – so the energy in the bathroom would also move in an upward position. This will not allow the water or money to be wasted or discarded down the drains. I also purchased all new red bath and hand towels as well as face cloths and added a small red rug and a red cotton mat to use when I come out of the shower. I am certainly color coordinated now and ladies, make sure you love your bathroom and all the towels, curtains, shower curtain, items in there, especially if it is in the fame and future area. If you don’t like something in there, how will this bring positive energy to your future? It won’t.

Pointed objects should be in this area. Items like pyramids, stars, butterflies, snowflakes or anything else you can find that is pleasing to you but has points. This area also governs the eyes and head in the human body, so if you are having problems with these areas, fix up this space in your home.

By making some wise choices about this area, your business or career will improve, so will your self worth, self esteem, confidence and overall good health. People will see you in a more favorable light which will give you the confidence to move into a bright new future filled with unbelievable opportunities as well as a favorable business outlook.


Partnership Area of the Bagua

(far right hand corner of your home)

I was asked to do a 20 minute presentation on the relationship or partnership area of the ba gua at a bridal shower. Anyone who has had me as a teacher or heard me as a lecturer knows that I talk for 2-3 hours at a clip, so this was a real challenge. However, I am always up to challenges, especially when it was with such a nice group of women as this.

The first point I made was that in general, we all need to remove clutter from our homes as clutter does not allow positive chi (energy) to circulate throughout our space. With this positive chi, comes new opportunities, ventures, journeys, beginnings and a happier life. So if you don’t need, want or like an item in your home (including clothing that you haven’t worn in years!), get rid of it or donate it to a friend who could use it or a local charity.

Then I continued by adding that the front and back doors should be adorned with bells. The vibration of the bell will actually move energy around. So, every time someone comes into your home, they are bringing positive energy in to your space. Every time they leave your home as well, the vibrational rate will be higher due to the bell’s tones.

Another quick tip would be to have a 60 mm round lead crystal (Aurora Borealis) hanging on every ceiling fan you have to stop the energy from being cut up with the blades. This would deflect the energy from going to the blades (even if you don’t use the ceiling fan, the intent of the fan is to cut up energy). Fans cut up health, wealth, partnerships and happiness. So go out and get some crystals preferably hanging from a red cord in 9″ increments (9″, 18″, etc.).

Live plants throughout the house brings in the much needed “live” energy which sustains and nurtures us. Plastic or silk plants or trees are unacceptable unless they are so real that someone would have to go up to them to touch them to see if they are real or not.

Hang a bagua (eight sided or octagon shape) mirror outside of the bathroom. You can put it above the door trim or on the door itself if you can tape or hang it safely. A crystal should also be hung from the ceiling between the bathroom door and the toilet to deflect money from going down the toilet. Water is money or wealth in Feng Shui, so keeping the toilet lid closed is very important (tell your fella) and if you continuously let water run in the kitchen or bathroom sinks, you are making your money go down the drain. If you have leaks, fix them as you are losing money all day long.

The partnership area is in the far right corner of your space once you walk through the architectural front door. It doesn’t matter if you never use the front door (as many of us come into our homes through the garage), but for the placement of the ba gua, you must use the front entrance. You should at least open the front door once a day to let positive energy into your space. If you have a second floor, it’s the far right corner of the space as you come off of the staircase.

This area should be in pinks and reds. Objects in this area should be statues in pairs (two doves, two flowers, two pictures, two plants, two frames, one piece of sculpture with two people in it, two bamboo flutes, two crystals, etc.). This tells the universe that you want a romantic significant other or partner. Don’t do what a student of mine did. She made all of the necessary changes, especially in her partnership area and had many pairs of statues. She kept attracting new girlfriends. I asked if she were gay and she said no. So I went to her house to look at her statues, and yes, she had many of them — however, they were all adorning PINK ribbons, so that’s the partnerships she attracted – all feminine ones. Once we changed half of the ribbons to blue, she is now engaged to the man of her dreams! You must put a specific intent out to the universe so it knows what to give you.

Bamboo, whether it is pieces or live plants, is auspicious or important in every room. If you want to energize a room, just put up bamboo curtain rods. That’s what I did in my home so that each room has the sacred bamboo in it which brings luck and happiness. Not only is it lucky, but it really is a very impressive interior design.

The perfect item for this room is the Love Frogs. They are purple frogs facing each other with a Chinese coin in their mouths. These frogs stand for unity of spirit, identical energy and power, no secrets (because they are looking directly at each other) and the financial security is equal as well. This is always a nice gift to give to a bride and groom or in this case, at a bridal shower.

No knives or scissors should ever be left out including those butcher block knife sets that are left on the counters. Sharp items cut up health, wealth, happiness and partnerships.

I hope this gave you insight into the partnership area. I will be doing each area of the ba gua to help you understand that energy and what you can do to change it with just simple Feng Shui cures.


Family Life or Ancestors’ Area of the Bagua

(middle of the left wall)

We are now in the middle row of the ba gua. We’ve done the wealth, fame and relationships areas and now we are onto Community, Family Life and Grandparents (Ancestors).

This area should be in green tones and is represented by the wood element and a rectangular shape. The Family Life area also represents the feet, throat and buttocks in the body. So if you were having an issue with this part of your body, checking to see what is out of whack in this area of your floor plan would be appropriate. Is it cluttered? Does it have good energy flow? Enough lighting? Is it a pretty area where you can go to relax? Just some questions to ponder. If not, do something to make the space more Yin (calmer, quieter, and a more relaxed atmosphere).

This area is in the middle left wall of your space from the architectural front door. What a wonderful area to display family portraits or those of ancestors who may have passed on. This honors their spirit. Many people place family portraits on top of their fireplace mantel…not a good place to have family portraits in Feng Shui. The fire will burn or destroy the health of those you have placed on the mantel so be sure to remove them as soon as you can. Hang the photos on the wall in the Ancestor area on end tables or coffee tables so you can enjoy looking at them. Have them nicely framed in rectangular shaped frames for optimum good energy. It would be auspicious if the frames were varying shades of green.

You may also place items in this area that reflect what you do for the community or what attachment you may have to the community, whether it’s a sports team you’ve joined or maybe a sponsorship. Have you volunteered in your community? If so, any letters of recommendation, certificates you’ve earned or information obtained from that organization would be appropriate in this space.

You may, of course, place live plants (even the bamboo plants that live in water) in this area to enhance the space. Green curtains, walls, throw pillows, upholstery, bedding, (depending upon which room falls in this area), statues or calming water fountains would work out well and you would feel a sense of peace walking into this area.

Kindness is represented by this gua. Being kind to others and helping those less fortunate would be a good use of this energy.


Health, Unity and Well Being Area

of the Ba Gua

(Center of Your Space)

So now we are in the exact middle of the ba gua or your floor plan. This represents the health area. The colors in this area should be yellow and earth tones. It reflects a calm area in your home and should be yin in nature. The shape for this area of the gua is square and the body parts it represents are the stomach and spleen. This area like all others should be clutter free.

When I had an emergency gall bladder surgery last winter, the doctor said I healed faster than most and was amazed. I really didn’t want to tell him that it was because my living room (in the health area) was clutter free, newly redecorated and I had just purchased new furniture. He knows I am an astrologer and teach tarot and metaphysics, so I didn’t want to concern him any more!

Everything was in order, thus, my health was in order very quickly after my ongoing illness which lasted for over two years. I was diagnosed with acid reflux and on three medications for a year which of course did nothing since I never had acid reflux. Then, I was told I had an ulcer but because I was very sick and couldn’t eat anything, they wanted me to wait until I returned from China to get an endoscopy and cat scan (getting another Feng Shui certification in China Studies). I did lose thirty pounds without being able to eat – not a healthy way of dieting, but I still appreciated the weight loss. Within a week of returning to the USA, I had a horrible attack, went to the emergency room and was admitted for gall bladder issues and pancreatitis. It was interesting to me that once the health area was completely and accurately Feng Shui’d, my illness came to light and forced me deal with the issues at hand. Then, after the successful operation, I was home and felt much better. Everything worked smoothly without incident.

This area in my home is my living room which has lots of light, all the proper cures, colors and shapes. It’s so wonderful to see Feng Shui in action.

What can you do to make that area in your life easier to handle? Think about what you can do to keep yourself healthy. Can you eat better food, perhaps organic? Do you exercise, walk around the neighborhood, walk the dog or go to the gym (or do you just sit home on your butt and watch TV)? Can you clean up any messes left in that area? Can you ask others to keep it clean as well? Are the colors correct or do you at least have the earth tones as accents in the room? Live plants, water fountains, a 60 mm crystal hanging from the ceiling or window and perhaps a statue of Buddha or Quan Yin would be appropriate to protect your health. Any Diety you prefer is certainly acceptable.

This is the calm area of the gua so make it a place where you can reflect, meditate or just relax. Once you do this, you will find that your health issues will be resolved quickly. Stress, exhaustion, being overwhelmed, confused or indecisive will be thing of the past.


Creativity, Children and Feminine Energy

of the Ba Gua

(right middle wall of your home)

Now we are on the last section of the middle of the ba gua called the Creativity, Children and Feminine energy section. This section is to the middle right of your space from the architectural front door. The colors in this area should be white, silver or gold, it represents the metal energy and for the physical body, it represents the mouth, head and lungs. It also correlates to courage.

This is an interesting area in my home as it falls in my kitchen. Without knowing Feng Shui at the time when I redesigned and redecorated my kitchen, I changed all of the hardwood dark cabinets, which were ceiling to floor on three walls, to white and lighter cabinet doors. Immediately, the space felt lighter and bigger. It really made a big difference in the way others viewed this space and I found myself entertaining my kitchen a lot more than usual.

I put up white lace curtains to keep the sunlight coming through the windows and keeping the space bright! I put many circle or round shaped items in this space. I am currently giving my oval dining room table to my daughter who is moving to a new apartment and I will replace it with a glass and metal round table with wrought iron chairs and white cushions. I have many round potted plants here and many items which represent my creativity on the outer wall in that space.

I remember years ago before I was certified in Feng Shui, I had writer’s block. So one of my friends actually put paper and pens in that area for me to get the spark back into my writing. Within a day, I was writing up a storm. I also have pictures of my daughter in that area and some of her artwork to ensure that her well being is stable and happy.

Of course, there is a white ceiling fan in this space, so I made such I was protected from it by placing a large 60 mm round crystal and blessed Quan Yin bell hanging from it. Ceiling fans cut up health, wealth and happiness, but in this area, it is more likely to cut up the creativity and issues dealing with children, etc. So, that is a good reason to protect the effects of the fan. I also have another blessed bell on the back door leading out onto the porch so that when that door is opened or closed, my space also gets blessings.

This is an interesting space since it relates to so many areas in the ba gua. Make it a clutter free, organized and give it positive intent so that the blessings will flow your way.


The Self Cultivation, Knowledge, Wisdom, Education and Contemplation

Area of the Ba Gua

(left area as soon as you come into the entrance)

Here we are on the last third of the ba gua. This portion of the ba gua is in the left hand corner of your space as you come into the architectural front door. This area guides your knowledge, wisdom, education and contemplation areas of life. The colors that rule this area are black, blues and greens. It relates to the hands in the human body and the element is earth.

This is a perfect area for self cultivation; that means that any type of process, information or tools that can help you with your job, your home projects, your education, your knowledge and your beliefs in this lifetime should be placed in this area. What a great area for a study or library. This could also be a viable area for your home office as long as you have lots of helpful items in this area whether it is software programs or textbooks to help you with your business or school work.

What can you do if this area is not perfect for a self help area. You can always put a few books of your interests in your bedroom, TV room, dining room, etc. You can also have some of your favorite items that help you in your areas of interest including hobbies and projects or formal education like textbooks, etc.

The Self Cultivation area is just that. It requires items in it that will help you improve your skills, hobbies, test results and areas of expertise, etc. It could also be a great place to hang posters of places you would like to study (i.e., universities, learning centers, foreign languages or foreign lands) especially if you feel they will help you move forward to obtaining your goals.

Of course, this area should be well lit (without it being lit, there is no emphasis in this area) and it should be comfortable and quiet. It should be an area where you yourself will feel as if you are being cultivated for something special. It should be an area where you attain knowledge in some discipline or area.

Again, make sure it is clutter free, organized, have your desk or chair diagonally facing the door for optimum security and that you have a complete view of the whole room from your desk or chair.

This is one of the entrance gua’s to a space – this is the gua that is used if the entrance is to the left of your home as opposed to the middle or right side.


Life’s Journey, Career and Business Success

in the Ba Gua*

(Middle outside door to your home/apartment)

This is the simplest part of the ba gua to find. If the architectural front door is in the middle of your home, as soon as you open the door, you have arrived. It is the Life’s Journey, Career and Business Success area. This gua is controlled by the water element. It requires unusual shapes, abstract, wavy lines or any shape that has not been mentioned in the other guas. Its color is black or dark tones. It correlates to the ears, blood or kidneys in the human body and refers to the quality of gentility.

This area is where you should have everything in order to attract positive opportunities for your business, your life journeys and your success. The first thing I recommend is a round black rug as soon as you walk into the door. If you cannot find one, at least get a half moon rug. These shapes pool the energy for your business in this area. This area could also use abstract art, black metal furniture or a water fountain. Live plants or bamboo shoots in water would also be auspicious.

When you walk into this space, you should have a clear view of your home or office. If there is a wall directly in front of you, you will be blocked in everything you try to accomplish in business. You should get a lovely mirror (as large as you can for the space) to bring in the outdoors or to allow you to see a beautiful scene as you walk into your space.

Be sure to have a blessed bell on the door to move the chi around every time you enter your home. You should use your front entrance way each day, even if you come in through the garage into your home. Get your mail or water your plants, etc., through this entrance/exit way.

Chimes or whirligigs are very appropriate here too. The chimes will move the energy outside of your door and allow it to come in once you enter or exit your space. Also, an outdoor water fountain, bird bath or perhaps even a lovely metal pair of cranes could adorn your front yard right outside your front door.

The outside of this area should be clear and neat. Be sure there are plenty of flowers outside of this area, especially if your walkway is a straight one. This would send poison arrows towards your home which brings negative energy or leaves positive opportunities outside of your home. If your walkway is a straight one from your front door to the street or sidewalk, then break up the poison arrows with potted plants in an irregular pattern on the sidewalk or place them in a zigzag pattern on your front steps. Geraniums are the best potted plants for this area. Marigolds and roses are the worst. Marigolds kill insects (or opportunities) and roses have thorns which will also hurt your chances at accomplishing something positive.

Make this a light and enjoyable area where people will feel comfortable and safe. You may also have a Quan Yin or Buddha statue facing the front door for protection, chimes inside of the front door area and a money toad with its back towards the front door facing to the extreme back left of your space. This would encourage wealth or continued prosperity from your business.

It’s easy to make this area of the ba gua a positive one. What other ideas do you have for this area?

*A left door would bring you into the Knowledge and Spirituality section.

*A right door would bring you into Travel, Mentors and Benefactors’ section.


Helpful People, Travel, Mentors, Benefactors & Masculine Energy

(right side of your space coming in from the front door)

This is the last section of the ba gua. It is immediately to the right of the front entrance if the entrance is directly in the middle of the structure. This is the white, gray and black area which represents the Helpful People, Travel and Masculine Energy gua. This is the second gua that is ruled by metal. It correlates to the head in the human body. This area suggests a circular or round shape for optimum energy and positive chi.

This would be the perfect place for your office so that helpful people can assist you in developing your projects or business. This would also be a great travel area. Perhaps you travel for your business or wish to travel more for your business, then fixing up this area would be in order. Because this area is so close to the front door and the front of the house, many people will find you and bring in business. Never put any type of office in the rear of a home or building as it would take people a long time to find you. You want to be as close to the public or people as possible.

You can use white or different shades of gray as your metal filing cabinets. You can also use gray metal desk accessories. You can use those colors for your walls or accent colors. A tweed rug would help add texture to this area.

If you wish to travel, place travel posters, photos or paintings of places you would like to go or people you would like to meet.

A bookcase would be appropriate in your office space as well. Remember, books placed horizontally in a bookcase will bring in yin energy (calming energy) and placed vertically in the same bookcase will change the energy to yang energy (energizing energy) depending upon which energy you need for that area.

This is a forceful area bringing in masculine energy so make the most of this energy and accomplish your goals.

This area of your home or office should be organized, structured, uncluttered and well lit for optimum positive energy and opportunities. A round leaded crystal could be placed in the middle of the room hanging from the ceiling or in a window so that when the sun shines through it, you will have all the colors of the prism in that space – your ultimate goal.

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