Feng Shui for Autumn

Autumn is a wonderful time to clean out your house of all the things you no longer need, want or like. Many garage or yard sales are going on in local neighborhoods and you can make some extra cash by getting rid of your “treasures.” You never know what people are looking for and you may just have that odd piece of furniture, kitchen accessory/appliance or accent piece they have been looking for. This is also a great time to make room in your home, garage, basement and attic for the upcoming holidays. Remember, with the weather getting cooler and eventually colder with snow, your family needs room to relax, read a book or magazine, write out the bills, enjoy each other, watch TV or play video games, and do homework. They need a comfortable and organized living space.

With the new energy of the season, it is important to clear out the summer energy and have a more relaxed and calming environment. Many people rearrange furniture, change bed linens to glorious fall colors and change curtains in every room. Any alterations bring a change of energy with them so be sure that you feel comfortable, happy, relaxed and stress free after you redecorate or update your room’s look. If you are tired of the same old curtains or comforters, change them. If the same worn out throw pillows are a site for sore eyes, perhaps going to flea markets, garage sales or local stores who are having sales would be a good alternative. It will make you feel re-energized as you bring in new energy of the item and the color into your home.

1. Be sure to have your wooden deck or porch power washed and water sealed before the heavy snow of winter. Snow can easily erode wooden decks. Be prepared to have a new, fresh-looking deck in the spring. Many people have asked if I had built a new deck after I do this every two years. It looks that good.

2. Check and double check all outdoor sensor lights. Make sure they are where you want them for the winter keeping in mind that you may have to shovel a driveway or walkway and pile the snow high on the lights. They may even be broken when shoveling as you can’t always see them in the high snow drifts. Make sure you place them where your guests and family members can see the driveway and walkway clearly in the dead of winter.

3. Put all outdoor furniture away in the garage or basement. If this is not an option, be sure to buy covers or tarps and wrap up all the tables, chairs, BBQ and other equipment if they are going to be exposed to the upcoming harsh weather.

4. Start raking the fallen leaves a little every weekend. If you are lucky to be home (retired, work from home, etc.), you can rake the leaves or use your mower with the leaf attachment any time you wish. Do this at least once a week so you don’t get behind on this boring task.

5. Get all the fall/winter curtains, bedspreads, blankets and afghans dry cleaned or washed so that they will be ready when the cold winter nights are upon us. With everything fresh and clean, you are free to change the linens and curtains whenever you are ready.

6. Steam clean wall-to-wall carpeting so that as the crazy holidays approach, this is one less thing you have to do. (Some people actually steam clean their rugs after the holidays so that it stays fresh and clean right through spring! That’s a thought!).

7. Give your home a good “fall” cleaning and get rid of items you no longer need, like or want. Declutter. Organize.

8. Have a garage sale and make some money with all of the “treasures” you no longer need OR bring your items to a charity and get a tax write off for you income tax.

9. Check all of your Christmas (or holiday) supplies and decorations. This could be Christmas tags, wrapping paper, tape, money holder cards, tins for your cookies, tissue paper for your gifts, gift bags, etc. All decorations and Christmas lights should be looked at and be sure they are in good condition. Check your Christmas lights so that you won’t be disappointed after stringing them on the tree and finding out many lights no longer work.

10. Get everyone’s holiday list and find out when and where major holiday sales will take place. You will have your holiday shopping done in no time and you’ll save money too.

11. Don’t go out on Black Friday. The stress level of that day is not worth it. By now, you will have had purchased many of your presents. If you still have shopping to do, try to order on line and have it delivered to your door. No fuss or waste of time, energy and gasoline.

12. Talk to the family and find out who will be hosting which holidays so there is no confusion.

13. Organize lists for food shopping, guest lists, invitations, and/or phone calls. Delegate responsibility so that everyone has a chance to help with the holiday festivities.

14. Be sure to bring all of your plants in pots indoors. This can be in the basement or garage or in a sunny window. Read about what your particular plant needs and try to accommodate that plant. Many plants can be ready for the spring time and bloom again. Saving money by not having to buy other plants to replace them is a good thing.

15. This is a lovely time to clean out and organize the attic as well. The temperature is still moderate or slightly chilly, but pleasant to work in. Keep or toss Christmas decorations while decluttering your attic. (Your attic represents “the future” in Feng Shui, so be sure it is organized with limited amounts of junk or unnecessary clutter. You wouldn’t want your future filled with junk or unnecessary things, would you?). Items that should be in your attic are holiday decorations, luggage, seasonal clothing and bedding/curtains. Always box other items that you truly feel you need to store. A better place for a lot of items is in your basement since the basement is “your past” so anything in the basement cannot hurt you in the future. Be aware of flooding. I personally put wedding albums in my basement and when Super Storm Sandi hit, the Rubbermaid bins floated, rolled over on its side and opened. I lost a lot of stuff; however, I realized I was supposed to let go of the past and it didn’t bother me. Be careful how you store things in the basement.

In regards to color, bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy. The pastels bring in the energy in a softer, more harmonious plane. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories.

The bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy and you could change your environment or space around quickly. The pastel color brings in the positive energy in a softer, more compromising and yet harmonious level but it is very soft energy which means it will take a concerted effort to move towards your goal of changing your surroundings. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories. If a particular color touches your skin, they are absorbed into your auric or energetic field for the day and you would be surrounded by that color and influence for the entire day. Be careful of the color of clothing you purchase and wear.

The easiest way to get colors into a particular gua (or area) is by placing art work into that area. Flowers, gardens, an outdoor café lined with colorful umbrellas, a meadow scene with lots of wildflowers all can bring many colors into a particular space. The ultimate idea is to bring all colors into every part of your house, apartment, condo, townhouse or room. It does not have to be so blatant that everyone knows that this is the black or red area, but be discreet by putting pillowcases, linens, curtains, sheets, tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, etc. with a hint of these needed colors.

Of course, scatter rugs or entry runners may also add color into the area as well as wall color or shades.

Color References

Black
Most teens wear black and now we know why they act the way they do! Black represents depression, upset, negativity, sadness, restrictions, limitations, obstacles, concerns, issues and feeling out of place or without a connection, despair, misery, hopelessness, dejection and melancholy. If you must wear this color or decorate your home with this color, you need to accent it with positive strong colors to balance this negative energy.

Blue
This soothing color helps you express emotions, empathy, sympathy, compassion and sensitivity. This is a nice calming color for an adult or child’s bedroom or any area of the home where you would like to bring tranquility. Blue also means clear sailing, harmony, peace and going into the right direction.

Gray
This color is not recommended for rooms (but may be used for a neutral rug or window treatments). Gray represents fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, being over whelmed, stressed, confused, lost, procrastinating tendencies and indecisiveness. You feel as if you are on a foggy road and cannot read the signs which would guide you to your destination, so you just keep on going and going until someone saves you or helps you find your path.

Green
This is a beautiful, peaceful and calm color. This color brings in prosperity and abundance, financial security, fertility and growth. It gets projects “growing” in the right direction; it is a nurturing and supportive color.

Pink
This refreshing and uplifting color brings harmony, peace, joy, self confidence, love, happiness, self esteem, relationships, partnerships, friendship, prosperity and everything that will make you happy.

Purple
This is the most spiritual color which has the highest vibrational rate. Purple brings in esoteric interest and study, philosophy and honors all cultural, spiritual and religious traditions. Metaphysical or spiritual knowledge is brought through this color for you to use or to pass along to others who could use the knowledge and insight from Above. Many psychics surround themselves with this color or see this color when they are meditating.

Red
What an assertive, dynamic, passionate and energetic color. Red usually motivates people who are procrastinators and helps them bring their never ending list of things to do to an end. This color brings vibrant energy, makes one self motivated, active and lively. It gives them much motivation and drive to accomplish whatever they feel is important in their lives. Too much red can cause temper tantrums and anger. This is not a color that is recommended for a young child’s room. I do not recommend this color if you are looking for a restful or peaceful environment.

Tan/Browns
This section includes beige, mauve, orange, and khaki as well. This is a very grounded, focused, stable and organized color. Tan, etc., brings a good foundation and is very secure. It helps you stay connected to Mother Earth, keeps your feet on the ground and makes one very persistent. It also helps you prioritize your life in a very analytical way so that you can accomplish your dreams and ambitions in a positive manner.

White
White is the sucker color. It brings energy of being too good, caring, loving, kind, generous, honest, trust worthy and doing everything for others and in return, no one does anything for you. Eventually, you will become a doormat or have no life of your own since you are too busy helping others. Set some boundaries and limitations and stick with them. Stop falling for sad stories. Stop lending money which you will never see returned. I tell my students never to wear white underclothes as your foundation for the day is to be a sucker and have everyone take advantage of you! Wear more beige! You will become more grounded and strong and would certainly never let anyone take advantage of you ever again! (Never paint the inside of a house white if you would like to sell it – it is a cold color and puts people off).

Yellow
The powerful and alive color of the sun stimulates the mind. It activates intelligence, logic, analytical and methodical thoughts and is a great color for a library, place where children study and where common sense is required.

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What Inspires You to Feng Shui?

I was approached by a columnist to talk about Feng Shui and what could inspire someone to redecorate her home. She asked, “Can you be inspired by a photograph, a color, a picture, furniture or lighting fixtures?”

I responded, “No, I don’t feel that people are inspired by things. I think people are inspired by wanting to better a relationship or to attract more abundance and prosperity, or even perhaps wanting to work smarter and not harder so that they could enjoy more family time.  If health is an issue, people would like to improve their health and make it more stable.” Inspiration can be received by trying to attract more positive energy to better her life and that of her family’s in general.

The nine areas of the bagua of Chinese floor plan that Feng Shui consultants work with which are listed below.  (See sample of a bagua on www.fengshuimoon.com home page).  If you are having a problem with a particular area of the body, check the list below.  This would suggest that that gua (or area) needs attention for your health to improve.

Wealth area: Keep blues, purples and reds/wood in this area to keep your wealth in good standing. This area needs rectangular shapes. It also represents the hip and bones in the human body.

Fame/Good Luck area: This is a red/fire element area. Pyramid or pointed sculptures or wall hangings, (i.e., butterflies, stars, snowflakes, gnomes’ hats, etc.) should be in this area. It represents eyes and the heart and encompasses the joys of life.

Personal and Business Partnerships/Marriage:  This is a pink/earth area which also needs square shapes.  It represents the abdomen and organs.

Ancestors/Family: This is a green/wood area needs a rectangular shape which also represents the feet, throat and buttocks. It also represents kindness (given and received).

Health/Well Being:  It is a yellow/earth area and is represented by square shapes. It represents the stomach and spleen, as well as calmness.

Creativity/Children: This is a white/metal area. The shape needed here is round.  It also represents the mouth, head and lungs and courage.

Knowledge/Education: This is a black, blue, green/earth area and is needs square shapes in this space.  It represents hands.

Career/Business Success: The colors needed here are black and dark tones. It is a water/abstract shape area. This gua also represents the ears, blood and kidneys in the bagua as well as gentility.

Benefactors/Travel: This is a white, gray and black/metal area and represents the head. The shape for this area is round.

What inspires you to Feng Shui your home?  How about better health, a stable and more secure job, or improving relationships? Or what about just wanting your life to be stress free and more conducive to being constructive, artistic, creative, 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 thoughts of happiness, family, friends, love, goals, dreams, intelligence and a stable financial future in which we could all flourish and grow.

You may contact Vikki Anderson for an in home Feng Shui consultation by calling 570-215-4223.

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Fish Tanks in Feng Shui

Most people who are interested in Feng Shui know that water represents money in Feng Shui.  So what could be better than placing a water fountain or water feature in your career area as you walk into your space.  A water feature that is a wonderful addition to any home is a fish tank.

When I first started this new adventure with a 10 gallon fish tank, I thought it was all about filling up the fish tank and placing fish in it.  Well, was I surprised.  After killing a few fish by accident just by changing the water, I realized that one needs a Ph.D. in Fish to keep them alive and well.

I bought ten fish because I started with ones on sale for 5 for a $1!  You don’t have to get the most expensive fish; in fact, you can start with 8 gold-fish (at .29 each) and one black gold-fish.  One of mine died so I do have 9 at present and I am happy to report that they are all doing very well.

Eventually, after much trial and error (and having a daughter with many bio degrees who walked me through putting in the good bacteria, the stress coat liquid and finally the right clarifier when the water was a dirty mustard color), my fish are alive and well and I have a water feature which actually has been bringing in more money than I have seen in some time.

If your fish tank has dirty or cloudy water, you won’t be able to see your money clearly or there might be some issues with the honesty related to getting that money.

I get three-four Feng Shui consultations per week now.  I also get many more tarot and astrology consultations and my class schedule has quadrupled during the second part of 2011.  This all happened because I put in a Feng Shui cure in my architectural front door entrance in the career area of the bagua.

Fish tanks are hard to start, but it is one of the better known Feng Shui cures for bringing money, wealth and abundance into one’s life.  I never recommend anything unless I’ve tried it and it works.  Be persistent, ask for help from your local pet store and get all of the required supplies that goes along with owning fish and don’t forget their food!

You may also put a fish tank or fountain in the far left corner of your space which is the wealth area.  Water generates money, so why wouldn’t you want one in your home?

Just one cure here and there will give you a new perspective on your money, and how to work smarter and not harder.  It will also broaden your horizons for prosperity for you and for those you love.

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Explanations of the Nine Star Ki Numbers

9 Star Years (beginning Chinese New Year: 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.

Explanations of the Nine Star Ki Numbers

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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Does Any Of This Make A Difference?

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My younger brother was a metaphysician before me, but as the years went by, he married and had children and held down a meaningful teaching job in his hometown.  He frequently was chosen as Teacher of the Year and became a workaholic. Throughout the process of becoming a pillar in the community, he became more and more cynical of spiritual matters.

I spoke to his Honors English class a few years ago about Fairies, at his request, for a mythology section they were doing and he was very supportive and interested (I’m sure for the children’s sake).  The girls in the class had interesting questions about did I see fairies or what could they do to invite fairies onto their property, home, and into their lives, etc.  I remember the Captain of the Football team looking as if everyone was crazy talking about faires and he asked, “Does your family believe in all this fairy stuff?”  I looked at my brother and asked, “Well, do you believe in faires?”  It was hysterical.  He hadn’t told his class that we were related and his answer surprised me.  He replied, “Everyone has their own beliefs, but I will tell you that when you go to my sister’s house, the energy on her property and in her home is very calm and feels magical.”  I was in shock.  I added, “Let me just tell you that my brother was a metaphysician before I was.”  He replied, “And now I am just a grumpy old man.”

We talk about things from time to time (as my brother doesn’t like to communicate his thoughts being a Scorpio) and he asked me an interesting question a few months ago.   “Do all of your beliefs, your Feng Shui cures, the blessings you do and the astrology and tarot you use actually change your life for the better?”

Wow.  That was an interesting question.  I know that when I declutter the house, things run more smoothly in my life.  I know when I do a house blessing a few times a year, the energy seems lighter and more positive.  I feel that the energy moves around in the correct manner when I put up a Feng Shui cure in the appropriate area of the house/bagua.  Using astrology and tarot does give me options for my future so I can make the best choices for my family and me.

However, I am not sure that the actual belief system changes my life for the better.  I have a better attitude about life and things that happen in general. The better the attitude, the more positive energy and opportunities you attract to yourself.  Hmm.  I had to think about that.  I still have the same financial obligations I’ve always had, but it seems that business comes more steadily when I am in a better frame of mind and then I have the money to pay things on time.  My life seems to be going well.  I am engaged to a wonderful man and we are planning a positive future together, even though we are dealing with house repairs before the wedding.  Replacing the roof was an unexpected expense we did not need; however, the house was starting to leak after each rain storm at the bay window, over my head at the computer and the TV room ceiling nearly caved in.  Water is money in Feng Shui, so repairing the roof (attic and the roof represent one’s future) gives us a solid worry free future without unexpected expenses or other loss of money or income.  That’s a good thing.

So does any of this make a difference?  I believe it does.  If you are depressed and negative, your future will be the same.  If you believe in a God or Goddess, spirit guides or Guardian Angels or a different modality such as tarot, astrology, numerology, palmistry, Reiki, astral projections, hypnotherapy, past life regression, Feng Shui, crystal therapy, etc., these are the things that give you a positive attitude and hope for the future. It helps you know that things are for a purpose and that we are all part of the plan, whatever that plan may be.

Only a positive attitude attracts positive opportunities for your future.  Conversely, a negative attitude attracts more negativity and fears, doubts, worries, anxieties and procrastination into your life which eventually causes more issues and problems.

Believe in something.  Have a positive attitude and your life will be happier and you will feel as if the world is a wonderful place to live rather than a hurdle to jump over day after day.  So, does any of this make a difference?  I believe so. If you are negative and depressed and believe in nothing, what can your future hold except more of the same negativity you are attracting now.  A positive attitude, any of your belief systems which add to this positive attitude, is very important to bring the wonderful possibilities of a positive future to your family, friends and most importantly, yourself!

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Closets in Feng Shui

by Vikki Anderson

What can we do with closets, you may ask?  You can do a lot of great things with them, so read and learn.

First, I would de-clutter.  I know, you knew I was going to say that.  It’s true…anything that hasn’t fit you or that you may not like any longer, it is time to give to friends, family or a charity.  The Lupus Foundation (Lupus.org) will pick up your clothing from your home and use the money for research.  You can arrange the pickup date on line, so how easy is that?  Keep the clothes you like, want and fit into and start from there.

Everything should immediately be taken off of the top shelf. We usually throw junk up there that is rarely used.  Because the closet’s top shelf in Feng Shui represents your future, you want it clean, clutter free and filled with your business cards, marketing tools, money and anything else you may wish to attract in your future.  You can always add specific colors and items from the specific gua that you are trying to enhance, i.e., the wealth area, partnership area or health, etc.

If it is the wealth area, be sure to place red envelopes filled with money in the future area of your closet.  If you want a new job, put job offers, job listings, or anything that would represent a new position for you up on the top shelf.  Yes, you may store things up there too, but give your desired enhancement a chance to work by giving it lots of room to grow.  Use purple, green and blue in this area.

If it is in the partnership area, put things that remind you of the two of you: photos, remembrances, movie tickets, souvenirs, etc.  Be sure to also put items in pairs.  Pairs, of course, represent couples.  Place the color pink in the upper part of your closet for the partnership gua.

For health issues, be sure the area if well illuminated and painted in a bright or pastel yellow (or earth tone) and place things that remind you of good health in that area, such as a good blood work report, a picture of you when you were very healthy and happy, a picture of you on vacation hiking or jogging, a health magazine or book, etc.  Be creative and I know you will find tons of things to remind you of good health.

The middle of the closet or where you hang your clothes, represents your present.  This area should be well organized and clutter free.  Remove clothes that do not fit you or that are outdated.  If you do not, you will have situations that don’t fit in with your lifestyle or hopes.  The same is true for outdated garments…your ideas may be outdated for this time in your life and you will be overlooked for some important position, or perhaps even for an opportunity that you were waiting for because of “something” that is outdated or out of style.

The bottom of the closet is the past, so to be safe, place items here if you just do not know where else to place them.  The past can’t hurt you.  It’s done.  No more negative energy can stick to a completed task or project.  Again, this area should be organized and clutter free and filled with wonderful photographs or memories of your past.  If you do not wish your past (ex-spouse or partner, ex-job, etc.) to follow you into the present, you should keep those items in large Rubbermaid tubs and seal them so they are safe from infecting your present.  Also, if old wedding albums of an ex or old invitations to your wedding (which did not work out) are stored in the top of your closets, you will never be free of the negative energy of that relationship, and will continuously attract that same energy into current relationships, etc.  You no longer need that energy around you so get rid of stuff that you just don’t need to be reminded of any longer.

These are just a few ways to help you arrange your life by organizing your past, present and future areas in all of your closets in your home and office, thereby attracting appropriate energies to help you achieve the goals you want and desire.

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Book Cases

by Vikki Anderson

Many of us have large book cases filled with hard and soft cover books that we have read many years ago or the ones that we have yet to read.  Have you thought about donating your “read” books to your local library or your school’s library?   What are you really going to do with them anyway?  Once you have read a book (and sometimes you may read it twice or thrice), it becomes a dust collector and another bit of clutter.

Once your “must have” or “must keep” books are in your book case, try a little variety.  Lay some down horizontally and others in the vertical position.  This will balance the yin/yang energy in the room.  Horizontal books bring in quiet and laid back energies (yin), while vertical books bring in active and energetic energies (yang).  You may also wish to put various colored book covers on your cherished items — these colors should be appropriate to the area of the gua in which the book case(s) are located.

If your book case is filled with old magazines, donate them to a nursing home or doctor’s office OR you can give them to friends who may not be able to afford a subscription to the magazines you currently order.  An easy way of de-cluttering is to throw them out as soon as you’ve read them or just cut out the articles of interest and put them in a folder.  I actually put a folder such as this in the car so that when there is traffic or any type of delay, I can pull out these articles and get something of value completed instead of just waiting around and getting angry.

This is just another example of decluttering your home a step at a time to find the positive opportunities and voluntary simplicity that we all long to have in our lives.

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