Monday, September 15, 2008

Does Feng Shui clash with my religion?

I do not see any clash between Feng Shui and your faith. You do not need to do anything that your faith or the Church prohibits. You do not need to worship or even recite any mantra. You do not need to follow any rituals.

I have received two mails.

The first is from a Christian lady. Her marriage is on rocks. Her husband is having an affair and may walk out on her any time. Can Feng Shui help? Will it clash with her faith?

The second is from a Muslim who has been following this column closely and wishes to make Feng Shui changes in his house. He has reservations, though, and wants some answers. His question: Idol worshipping is taboo in Islam. Can he incorporate Feng Shui changes in his house without Phoenix, Dragon and other Feng Shui cures?

No clash between religion and Feng Shui

However, Feng Shui doesn' t clash with other religions. I wrote to the Christian lady:

"Dear Angeline, I do not see any clash between Feng Shui and your faith. You do not need to do anything that your faith or the Church prohibits. You do not need to worship or even recite any mantra. You do not need to follow any rituals. In fact, even the most revered Laughing Buddha need not be worshipped. All you need to do is to place it to bring good luck. It is the same for my Feng Shui paintings , the Greedy Dragon of Ambition , the Phoenix, the Apex…or the Turtle, toad and Fuk Luk Sau. Of course, they are deities. There are scores of gods, worshipped by the Chinese. But you do not need to."

Feng Shui may clash with Islam

I have observed over the years that Feng Shui has more to do with the harmony of the elements, directions and colors. A bright bulb or a musical wind chime can trigger any sector. A round mirror, placed at just right spot can work like magic. And elements have always been a part of most of the religions. Also, the harmony between Yin and Yang. However, to the Muslim, I wrote:

"Feng Shui may clash with Islam unless the Feng Shui advice is restricted to directions, elements and colors. This will be incomplete advice." Feng Shui does clash with traditional Islamic beliefs. Though original injunction was not to worship `graven images` which progressed to destruction of icons worshiped by followers of other religions and later restricted displaying any image, portrait, picture, photograph, painting, statues and sculptures in Muslim houses and business places."

All religions mention elements

But not with the Hindus, the Parsi, the Sikhs, the Jains…(Of course, it is not possible for me, or any scholar, to seriously discuss this issue with reference to all the religions on the face of the earth.) The Hindus talk of 5 tattvas, Purush and Prakriti (Masculine and Feminine, Siva and Shakti) and do not see any clash between Hinduism and Feng Shui. In fact, as Vaastu Shastra, Feng Shui is an inevitable part of Hinduism. Fire, a masculine element is balanced by water a feminine element. Hindus worship both each morning with prayers to flowing water and the day's first rays of sunlight.

Zoroastrianism, again, is based on a never-ending battle between good and evil. In their temples they worship Fire. The holy Fire burns eternally. Three thousand years ago the prophet Zoroaster taught his disciples to regard the elements Earth, Fire, and Water as symbols of Ahura Mazda, the supreme Lord of Creation. Parsis do not see any clash between Feng Shui and Zoroastrianism.

Even the Mesopotamian writings dating to about 3000 B.C and even writing in the Babylonian context, elements have figure in a big way. They are called Hudor (water), Gaia (Earth), Hieron "a divine thing", Heile (fire) and Aer (air). The Greek classical elements too are fire, air, water, and earth. These elements were used by Hippocrates in describing the human body with an association with the four elements: phlegm (water), yellow bile (fire), black bile (earth), and blood (air). And of course, in Chinese Taoism there is a similar system, which includes metal and wood but excludes air. Different things in nature are associated with the five types. For example, the five major planets were named after the elements: Venus is metal, Jupiter is wood, Mercury is water, Mars is fire and Saturn is earth. Also the Moon represents Yin, the Sun represents Yang. Yin and Yang and the five elements are recurring themes in the I Ching, which is strongly related to Chinese cosmology and astrology.

The four elements (Fire, Water, Wood and Earth) are also known as the four directions of the compass: North, East, South and West. While Feng Shui is all about the elements and setting right their harmony the figurines, Feng Shui paintings and cures are employed to correct and enhance the impact in different sectors.

So, except for the followers of Islam, I do not see Feng Shui seriously clashing with any faith. Not even if you hang a painting of the Greedy Dragon of Ambition on the wall of your drawing room.

Note: The right of privacy is sacred for me. The names of the people mentioned in the diary are usually changed to protect the identity of my clients. The real names are mentioned with the consent of people mentioned.The picture accompanying the article is only for representational purpose.

Get The Energy Flowing

Before you can Feng Shui your home or work place you need to rid yourself of clutter. There is no point implementing remedies if you have clutter, as it will reduce the effective flow of energy.

If you look up the dictionary for the word "clutter" the words referred to are disorder and confusion. This is symbolic of what you may be experiencing in life. In different areas of your home you may have clutter that may refer to the way you are feeling in a specific area of your life. Your home is a reflection of you and clutter can block the energy flowing effectively through the home and therefore can affect opportunities available to you.

Start with a drawer, once you do it you will feel great. Anything that you look at that you do not like or conjures up a negative feeling either throw it out or give it to a charitable organization. An example of this is a present or gift you may have received from someone you don't like and every time you see this item you have negative feelings….what is the point of holding onto it? You must surround yourself with positive energy and that means surrounding yourself with items that mean something positive to you and make you feel good.

I make a point of de-cluttering every 6 months. Once I get started it's hard to stop because you feel a load lifted off your shoulders. If you want to keep things, get organised. Put them in a cupboard so they are neat and you know where everything is. You will feel a lot more in control of your life.

In short, if you don't like it or haven't used it for a long time, get rid of it!

Feng Shui Entrance

# The energy coming through the door is the single most important factor that will determine how prosperous the occupants will be. Therefore you must keep the entrance clear of any clutter to allow the energies to flow freely.
# Make sure there is nothing in direct alignment with the door such as a tree or telegraph pole. To remedy this place a Bagua mirror over the door so it is reflecting the Sha Qi.
# The path to the front door should be wide & spacious & well lit. Curved windy paths leading to the main entrance are auspicious.
# Place two wide leaved plants next to the main door to help entice the energy in such as peace lillies .
# A beautiful picture placed on the wall opposite the main door is used to encourage energy into the home & therefore opportunities to come into your life.
# Your main door should always open inwards into a wide space to invite the Qi & therefore opportunities into ones life.
# The location of the door with regards to the sectors of the home, indicate a priority to the occupants therefore if the door is located in the North sector, you will find that your career is a priority to you.
# Avoid facing a dark, pokey room, an interior staircase, mirror, stove, sink, fireplace, the door of a toilet, laundry, bathroom or bedroom. To remedy this keep the doors closed or place a screen between the doors.
# Be careful placing water features as they could activate negative energies.

Erotically Charge Your Bedroom with Feng Shui

You can turn your bedroom into a romantic retreat by using the ancient art of feng shui (pronounced fung shway). Feng shui is about enhancing the environment or the energy around you.

Lillian Too who has written 16 books on feng shui says, �The structures around you also emanate energy and if these structures are placed in a harmonious fashion based on feng shui guidelines, you can attract good energy, and therefore you can attract good fortune and good luck.�

Feng shui guidelines take into account compass directions, colors, natural elements like wood, minerals, fire, water, and earth and aspirations such as wealth and prosperity; recognition and fame; marriage and love; creativity and children; mentors and helpful people; career; knowledge and education; and family relationships and health.

In feng shui, romance begins in the yin (feminine) vibration of your bedroom. Excite the ch�i (life-force, energy) by making your bedroom romantic.

Here are some of the basic ways to erotically charge your bedroom with sex positive energy by using the guidelines of feng shui.

First of all remove all clutter so positive energy can flow throughout the room. Clutter blocks the flow of ch�i. You should also remove anything reminding you of past lovers. Photos, love letters, presents and gifts, anything that reminds you of the past should be removed. You might want to go as far as getting new bedding and even a new mattress, especially if you shared you current one with a long term love who is no longer part of your life.

According to feng shui guidelines you should get rid of items associated with loneliness. You should not have just one of an item, not one flower in a vase, or one single photograph or one painting and definitely not one night stand. Everything should be arranged in pairs to symbolize a union. Have two candles on a dresser, two paintings on a wall, two end tables, etc. You should also avoid paintings or photos depicting one thing.

Pointy items should be avoided; they produce too much yang (male) energy. Replace pointy items with softer items representing natural curves.

Plants, whether they are living, dried, or artificial should be avoided in the bedroom.

Water is prohibited in the bedroom according to feng shui. It clashes with the fire element, the element of passion. Avoid having any water features such as fountains or fish tanks in the bedroom, also avoid any photos, painting or sculptures depicting water scenes such as waterfalls, rivers, lakes, streams, etc. Water in the bedroom can lead to financial loss and loss in a relationship.

Try to keep computers and televisions out of the bedroom. If you can not keep them out of the bedroom try to hide them in a cabinet or armoire that has doors that can be shut at night or cover the television and computer monitors with screens or thick cloth at night to block the yang energy that they emit. The bedroom should be full of yin energy, not yang.

Feng shui guidelines say the bed should be placed diagonally opposite to the entrance door. You should be able to see the door but not be in front of it. Do not sleep with your head toward the door. Have your headboard against a sturdy wall and your bed up off the floor with nothing underneath it to impede the flow of energy. Do not sleep next to a window because feng shui concepts say it disturbs the energies around you. You should also avoid having a mirror directly facing the bed. The mirror should not reflect the bed.

You should not be able to view your bathroom from your bed. Bathrooms should be screened or the door should remain closed. Feng shui principles suggest bathroom plumbing drains energy.

Keep all exercise equipment out of the bedroom. According to feng shui the bedroom is not the place for the excitement and flow of yang energy used during exercise.

Feng shui places a lot of emphasis on color selection and use. Stay away from cool colors in the bedroom such as blues, grays, whites, and blacks. Warm colors are best for the bedroom such as browns, beiges, reds, apricots and yellows. Red, the color of love and passion, is best for sexual energy. Yellow is also another very good color for the bedroom because it symbolizes communication.

Women should avoid filling the bed with lacy pillows, dolls, and stuffed animals. The bed should be comfortable but uncomplicated.

Feng shui suggests including materials derived from animals such as fur, leather, and wool. Do not use polyester or other synthetics. For your bedding you should use natural cotton or silk.

For an erotic bedroom incorporate the fire element of feng shui by using candles and oil lamps.

The bedroom shopassionate energy in your room with objects and paintings in shades of red, pink, and garnet.

Feng shui principles suggest placing a red object on the female night stand to increase eroticism in the female partner. On the male�s night stand place a tiny jar of copper scraps or something made of copper. Copper represents the male essence and enhances eroticism to its fullness.

To preserve sexual receptivity place a ruby or garnet on or hanging over the night stand. These stones are very energizing and powerful in attracting the opposite sex.

By incorporating these principles of feng shui in your bedroom you can create an erotically charged romantic retreat to attract a new lover or recharge the energy in eroticism in a relationship. Even if you can not apply every principle of feng shui into your bedroom, try to use as many as possible to get the erotic energy flowing.uld be an erotic retreat fro a couple. Display photos of the two of you doing things together. Avoid having too many photos of friends or family members. The bedroom is a private place, the children and in laws should not be involved.

Open your curtains and let sunlight into your room during the day. Let sunlight charge your bed with positive energy.

To enhance the sexual energy in your bedroom with feng shui, use the right hand corner (from the entrance) of your bedroom to display symbols that activate the energy of love, such as a photograph of you and your loved one, a sculpture of lovers, or two sculptures, a heart shaped object, a crystal prism, a mobile, or a sensual painting.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Activate your Fame Section - South

Feng Shui is important for attracting success and luck for your career and business.
Activating the fame section helps bring you fame, whether it is in the business
world or the arts.
If you are an artist, writer or musician, activating this section can help increase
your chances for recognition and success. Painting this section of the house red
will be beneficial for attaining success and fame. Placing a horse, turtle or elephant
in this area assures that you will have strength and power to complete your
projects. You can have all three objects to make sure you have strength and determination
to achieve success.
Keep this area well lit, the brighter it is, the better. If you wish to become famous,
put a world globe in this area and twirl it from time to time. Whatever you have
to send out will go to all parts of the world.
Never have water flowing in this area, in the form of a fountain or sink.
This is not a good placement for a bathroom, either. If you have a bath in this area,
be sure not to use it if your desire is to become famous.

Your Element and its Relationship to Colors

If you know your element, it will help you decorate by identifying the best placement
of things and the best colors so that you can achieve overall harmony and
WOOD - Green
If you are a wood element person, you can benefit from using lots of greens, blues,
blacks and some reds, but not yellow, gold or white. Use plants and water in your
home, but be careful as to the placement of these elements. They belong in the
North, South or East section of your home.
FIRE - Red
Fire element people can use lots of reds, greens and blues, but not too much white,
gold or yellow. White is a detrimental color for fire, wood or water elements. It
causes misunderstandings between family members and friends. It can also cause
loss of income. Use lots of the color green, including green plants, and you will
see an increase in your financial status. In fact, after red, green is the most important
color to be used in your home. Blue is also beneficial, as it enhances the quality
of your life by creating harmonious conditions for good relationships between
family members and friends. Blue is also a good color to use to help attract partners
if you are single. If you have single children in your home, it helps attract a
lucky and happy marriage for them.
EARTH Ð Gold, Yellow
If you are an Earth element person, you can have a lot of gold and yellows in your
home, in addition to some browns and reds. Avoid an abundance of green, blue or
black as these colors are detrimental to your health. Crystals and crystal chandeliers
are beneficial in different locations within the home. In fact, I am an earth element
and have every room painted yellow, except for one wall which is red. Red
is a beneficial color for Earth people.

A Few Precautions

Mirrors are among the most useful remedies, but they must be used in the proper
location for mirrors. Never use square mirror tiles that adhere to walls – they break
up images and are considered unhealthy. Never hang a PaKua mirror inside your
home. It must be on the outside of a window or door to deflect poison arrows.
Keep them away from your bed and out of your bedroom altogether, if possible.
Keep them in good repair – if they are old, they may need to be re-silvered so that
the reflected image doesn’t show the mirror’s flaws. Never have mirrors hung to
where they are too low and cut your head off or you cannot see your head.

Dried flowers and arrangements are very unhealthy to have in your environment.
They are dead, and consequently have that meaning wherever they are placed. Use
fresh flowers (but keep the water fresh and dispose of when they start to wilt) or
silk flowers instead. Scented potpourri is dried flowers and should not be used in
the home.

Water can be very beneficial, but it can also be detrimental if it is placed in the
wrong area. Be sure to follow the tips in this book.
Any dripping water from faucets, drains, roofs, etc., will drain your resources.
Water problems should be fixed immediately, as they are very detrimental to your
financial health.

Burned-out light bulbs should always be replaced immediately, as they are very
detrimental to healthy ch’i. It is a good idea to keep replacement bulbs on hand so
that you are never “without light”!
Our ancestors had a natural feeling for the principles of feng shui,
when you consider the following sayings:
“Cleanliness is next to godliness”
“A stitch in time saves nine”
“Waste not, want not”

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Zeta-Jones to be Douglas' Leading Lady in Real Life?

Michael Douglas, after a divorce from his wife of 22 years and a string of affairs, has planned to settle down (again) this year with Catherine Zeta Jones, who is exactly 25 years his junior and pregnant with his child. The exquisitely beautiful Catherine, who shot to stardom after starring as in The Mask of Zorro opposite Antonio Banderas as the spirited Elena Montero (a most apt role!), admits to having a "thing" for older men. "I've never dated anybody the same age as me," quoth she, "I think it's because I love the knowledge older men have." Hmm, but Cathy, even so, isn't Michael a little too old for you?

The Entrapment star gushes that she is "ecstatic, thrilled and very, very happy" with the prospect of marrying ol' Mike. The couple met at the Deauville Film Festival in August 1998 in France and have been dating since March 1999. Now, could this union possibly last? Read on to find out!

Catherine Zeta-Jones (25th September 1969)

Sultry raven-haired beauty, Catherine Zeta-Jones, is the epitome of elegance and intelligence, traits true to the Earth Rooster, her Chinese astrological sign. Quick-witted, clever and sharp as a fencing blade, this lady is a force to be reckoned with! Catherine is forthright and frank like most Rooster ladies, and when challenged, takes the bull by the horns, rarely mincing her words. As a result, she comes across as quite a tough cookie. Beneath that hard facade however, Catherine is kind as can be, seldom holding grudges or scheming to get even.

As with all resourceful, extremely practical Rooster ladies, Catherine appreciates things that are tangible. She will not be wooed with empty declarations of love and romantic poetry, preferring cars and yachts and real estate (that explains her delight at the enormous diamond ring Michael gave to her!). This powerful lady tends to attract weaker men, but it is the strong who will make her melt!

Michael Douglas (25th September 1944)

Michael Douglas was born in the year of the Wood Monkey. Oozing charm and good intentions from every pore, Michael is more like the charismatic, adorable rogue he played in Romancing the Stone rather than the ruthless, arrogant and aloof Gordon Gekko in Wall Street. In fact, like his other Monkey brothers, Michael is generous, outrageous and loud, immensely likeable with rather good sense of humour, never taking himself too seriously.

In love, the Monkey gentleman is the most extravagant suitor of the Chinese Zodiac. He woos his ladylove with jewels and furs, the best champagnes at luxurious restaurants and expensive nights out at the opera. But will all that be enough for Catherine?

Celluloid Chameleon : Nicolas Cage

He has been identified as one of the most versatile actors of our time. He is an award-winning actor, an action star, a serious character player and a sardonic comedian, all rolled into one. He's the nephew of filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola. He's also the guy who's famous (or should that be infamous?) for eating a live cockroach in the bizarre film, Vampire's Kiss. This extraordinary man is none other than Nicolas Cage.

Nick made his first few TV and movie appearances under his real name Nicholas Coppola, but when some suggested snidely that he was only getting roles because of his name, he quickly changed it. He chose the name Nicolas Cage, after his favorite comic book character, Luke Cage. Armed with his new name, Nick was determined to make it in Hollywood as an accomplished actor in his own right. "I had to convince myself I had some value of my own apart from my family lineage. It would have been easier in Hollywood if I had kept the Coppola name."

After making more than 30 movies during a turbulent career of many triumphs ( Leaving Las Vegas, Face/Off, Con Air, The Rock ) and occasional disappointments ( Fire Birds, a Top Gun rip-off), Nick is the proud owner of an Oscar, a Golden Globe award plus a host of other awards for Best Actor for his role in the low-budget, independent movie, Leaving Las Vegas.

Nicholas Kim Coppola @ Nicolas Cage

7th January 1964

Long Beach California

Seductive Mr. Snake Eyes was born in the year of the Water Rabbit. Always suave and charming, Nick is probably often described by the people who know him as a very nice guy. However, he has an innate ambition for social success and is very skilled at networking. He knows what to do to fit in with the right level of society, and having a good image is very important to him.

Nick is also known as a very quirky and eccentric person, which is uncharacteristic of most Rabbit men. On the other hand, he is an actor, and all this weirdness could be just a part of the persona he carefully cultivates to be a success in his métier.

Nick is very shrewd about people, and is an excellent judge of character. Although he may seem accommodating on the surface, he is actually an expert at manipulating others to his advantage. In fact, he can rather materialistic and self-centered if you can look beyond the undeniable charisma he exudes so effortlessly.

There is no room for impulsiveness in his life, as Nick likes to plan every move and decision in very carefully. He does not blindly take on all those diverse roles that have earned him the reputation of being something of an acting chameleon: "I've made it my purpose to embrace every style of expression in my acting, and to change not only characters but genres."
Catch the talented Nicolas Cage next in The Family Man and Captain Corelli's Mandolin.

Would You Pay US$ 95 Million For This?

More to the point, would you hang something like this as a decorative piece in your home? Will something like this – an acknowledged masterpiece – bring good or bad feng shui into your home? Wouldn’t this lopsided perspective of a woman purported to have meant a lot to the artist create the energy of a grotesque caricature? Surely art in the home should bring joy, pleasure, inspire and soothe the senses rather than cause disturbing thoughts. And so, can something like the pictures here possibly be good feng shui? You be the judge!

It was reported in early May that this portrait painting by Pablo Picasso, one of several painted of Dora Maar, arguably the favourite of his four mistresses - the woman who infl uenced him the most during the late 1930s and early 1940s - was successfully auctioned for $95.2 million by famed auction house, Sotheby’s.

This recent revival of interest in Picasso prompts us to delve a little deeper into one aspect of his life – his relationship with Dora Maar and the series of paintings the relationship inspired. It seems that this relationship caused Picasso to unleash all the deepest passions he generated onto the canvas.

This latest successful sale of a Dora Maar painting will surely cause many other paintings of Dora Maar to surface... and there are many of them around.

Several years ago, the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia presented an Exhibition of Picasso and Maar as partners in a remarkable “creative dialogue” that spanned 10 tumultuous years. The show was entitled Picasso: Love & War 1935-1945 – and it featured Maar as a talented photographer who inspired a whole series of harrowing Weeping Woman portraits. The early pictures show a smiling happy Maar and that is when they make her look beautiful, but towards the end of the relationship when Picasso left her for someone else, he succeeds equally in capturing the depths of her misery – resulting in the horrifying series of paintings of Weeping Woman, one of which we showcase here. Surely this is exactly the kind of image you must never hang inside your home? Surely it will create a situation of great unhappiness in the home as it has such powerful energy of sadness?

We present several more portraits of this enigmatic woman who was herself a creative genuis.

Dora Maar died in 1997 but the image of her weeping and of her happy will forever mesmerize Picasso’s zillions of fans in the art world.

It is not surpirsing that the 95 million dollar price tag (one of the highest ever recorded in the auction world) ranks second to another Picasso piece, “Garcon a la Pipe,” which was also sold by Sotheby’s for over $104 million in May of 2004.

Feng Shui World Latest Issue

Foremost on everyone’s minds this last month has been the Beijing Olympics. Everyone’s talking about the spectacular show China put on for the world especially the fabulous opening ceremony which has certainly set new standards for future Games. China has successfully showcased its very rich and symbolic traditions of old and new to the millions of viewers that tuned in from around the world. The Olympic Games remind us that if teamwork, sportsmanship and honour prevail, it can lift us out of the doldrums, even if only for a brief but brilliant two weeks. But let it not stop there; let us instead allow ourselves to be inspired!

Our lead story this issue features the rich symbolism on display at the Beijing Show where symbols, which have always been at the heart of Chinese culture, were created to showcase the diverse heritage of China. We feature also the golden stars of China – the highly talented crop of Olympic heroes and heroines have collectively and at time of printing harvested an astonishing 43 gold medals. While there were history-making moments of true glory, there was also heartbreak at the Games – when China’s athletics star Liu Xiang succumbed to injury and dashed the hopes of an expectant nation along with it – but that’s the reality of sports, and of life – you have yin and yang, ups and downs, but you can pick yourself up again, to battle on another day.

Turning to practical feng shui side, this month we have some great articles and ideas for you to use should you be decorating or building your own house. We feature a gorgeous house in Bangsar where architect and owner worked hand in hand to create the kind of home you’d be proud to show off to anyone – and with such attention to detail, the feng shui has not been left to chance either. Lillian Too meanwhile brings some good advice to those living on a slope. Many homes, especially those with breathtaking views, sit on undulating land. While such locations can be auspicious, they are also tricky to build. She gives some valuable pointers.

One of the aims of feng shui is living the good life, so we rarely forget the glitz and glamour. Check out our feature on celebrity babies whose exclusive pictures sell for astronomical sums. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt lead the pack here, successfully selling pictures of their latest twins for millions of pounds. We also bring you Anna Wintour, arguably the world’s most powerful lady in fashion. Books have been written and movies made inspired by her story and personality, and she continues to dictate how the world should look and dress. Nothing wrong with following a trend if the trendsetter has good taste!

Around the world, interest in feng shui continues to grow; we constantly find yet more examples of feng shui being cleverly applied and creatively adapted to modern living. Commercial photographer Martin Vrabko of Slovakia for instance uses his skill to create giant sized photographic prints to bring auspicious scenery into the home and office, while Victoria Evangelina tells how she flees Georgia amidst hostile bombing by Russia, with talismans and mantra protection keeping her safe!
As we near the end of the year and 2009 looms ahead, don’t forget to get tickets to Lillian Too’s Feng Shui Extravaganza 2009 where she will give you all the updates and important info you will need to make the most of the Earth Ox year. She will be in Singapore on Sunday 4th Jan 2009, Kuala Lumpur on Sunday 11th Jan 2009, Hawaii on 17th & 18th Jan 2009 and Amsterdam on 7th & 8th Feb 2009. Lillian will also be giving the keynote address at the International Feng Shui Convention, happening in Singapore on the 22nd & 23rd November 2008.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Feng Shui and the State of Florida

As we all know, Florida has been the State which the whole country has been focused on since November 7th. It is undeniably in the southeast section of the United States. This is interesting from a Feng Shui perspective because the direction of Southeast this year has been an unlucky direction. Each year there is a direction which is considered unlucky and it is to be avoided for a number of activities. It coincides with the direction associated with the Chinese Zodiac sign for the year. This has been the Year of the Dragon, which is linked to East/Southeast.

In a Feng Shui consultation, this has been one of two areas which I have advised clients to avoid doing any remodeling in (the southeast portion of your house inside or the southeast sector of your backyard or front yard.) If someone goes ahead and does any significant remodeling or demolition in the accident-prone area, it can cause a variety of problems, complications or delays.

The other negative area this year was North. Over the years, I have received quite a bit of feedback from clients who had remodels or additions in the wrong areas and heard their aggravating experiences. On a large scale, certain parts of the country associated with those same directions can have problems which range from natural disasters, severe weather, political upheaval, or social unrest. As an example, back in 1992 the direction of southwest had the annual negative influences associates with fire, pain, arguments, and disaster. We here in Southern California the southwest part of the nation) experienced the L.A. riots.

These annual influences repeat themselves every nine years (solar) and every twelve years (lunar). The two negative areas to avoid construction in for 2001 will be southwest once again (last time was 1992) and South/South-east since it is linked with the Year of the Snake.

To further clarify: remodeling does not mean you have to be afraid of putting up a shelf or painting a wall in one of these two areas. But substantial changes, like moving walls, pulling up flooring, and outside digging--these are the activities which can stir up the negative vibrations. Even having a neighbor doing construction in alignment with your property can be a potential problem (above and beyond the obvious noise factor.)

If you want to learn more about the annual influences in every area of your house, contact me for a copy of Master Sang’s book: The Principles of Feng Shui. You can also take a class with me.

And if you have been a client of mine, seriously consider having me do an Annual Update Reading for you.

Feng Shui Related Holiday Stuff - Top
Check out my website for a variety of books and videos available that make great gifts. ( I can even put together a Feng Shui Gift Basket for you. I can also make Feng Shui Gift Certificates if you would like to gift a consultation to someone.

My friend Marjorie Rothstein is available for Instant Re-Design Make-Overs for your home or a single room, using the furnishings you already have! She is a designer and artist who works with me and helps clients follow through with my feng shui recommendations.Call her: (818)905-1999.

Another friend of mine, Edy Rose, is a color consultant. She can advise you on colors to add in your home, in conjunction with my feng shui recommendations. She is also a certified Aura-Soma Color Therapeutics specialist. (This system uses aromatherapy, color, and crystals to remove emotional and spiritual blocks.)

Feng Shui Principles That Annoy Architects - Top
It is often said that good design is also good Feng Shui. Generally speaking, I totally agree. However, Feng Shui principles of how ch'i moves in and around a building, and what kind of effect that has on people, will sometimes be in conflict with interesting architecture or landscape.

1. Does symmetry = balance? I have seen many floor plans where the architect deliberately placed doorways or windows directly opposite each other. Sometimes there is a whole succession of windows along a wall, and the opposite wall will be a mirror image. I have seen entrances or exterior facades where columns, hedges, and pathways create long straight lines toward a main door. In looking at these designs, the symmetry is obvious. But from a Feng Shui stand point, this is not necessarily harmonious or balanced. Think about nature, and winding meandering paths through gardens, and groupings in odd numbers. This is very different than the perfect pairing of windows, doors, or other architectural features. Two windows exactly opposite each other may feel like balance through symmetry from a designer's training. But this arrangement allows for ch'i (air currents) to either move too quickly through a room and/or the room leaks its vitality too soon.

2. High ceilings: A room may feel dramatic and larger (intended effect) when the ceilings are high. Most people initially feel good in this kind of room. But the function of the room will determine the appropriateness of high ceilings in Feng Shui theory. It may be hard to concentrate in a room with high ceilings, and it may be difficult to get good sleep as well. Sometimes the good energies which need to be cozy and contained in a small room, will get dissipated in a room with high ceilings.

3. Beams: The look of exposed beams can also bring personality to a room from a design point. But open beams in a bedroom are known to cause health and relationship problems in Feng Shui theory (in all schools of Feng Shui.)

4.Views from front to back: A major selling feature in many homes is to create a spectacular view from the entrance, all the way through to the back (showing a garden, or views of a valley or ocean.) But this is not the home you will sell to an adherent of Feng Shui. Once again, the premise is that incoming energy will make a bee-line for the back, escaping too quickly. The mundane result of a house losing its energy is that the occupants will have a hard time saving their money.

5. Angles and odd shapes: When a building or a single room has an odd shape, (not a square or rectangle) this can make the ch'i boomerang around the room, causing lack of focus, ill health, or arguments. I have often been in very odd-shaped buildings or houses, where the real orientation (of what is the front and what is the back) is also very confusing.
Just because a building looks striking from afar doesn't mean it is a comfortable place to work in. I once saw the design for a new building by some famous architect and it honestly looked like a crumpled piece of paper! This can't possibly be good Feng Shui.

**Keep in mind: there are some buildings which get classified as being good for money, but not good for health and relationships. The ideal is to create a building that is good for both, but given a choice, the priority should be more in favor of people over money.

6. Staircases: Sometimes the design of a grand, swirling staircase can make a huge statement for the room or entrance. But energetically, a staircase is a conduit for energy. It will swirl and activate whatever it is around. If the stairs are located in a positive section of a building, they can make it even more positive. If they happen to be in a bad location, then the movement they stir up will only further irritate the area. This can only be understood by Feng Shui practitioners who can calculate the "unseen" influences.

7.Aesthetics: Sometimes a home or commercial property just looks and feels great, and all the visual features are in sync with good Feng Shui principles as well. But every structure has been built facing a particular compass degree, and within a certain time frame, and those two coordinates may produce a house-type that can attract tremendous misfortune, even though it "looks" good. This is the level of Feng Shui that architects find most startling. How could it be that their gorgeous new home can create lawsuits? Or miscarriage? Or accidents? Or divorce?

The good news is that more and more architects are considering working with Feng Shui practitioners, so that the blending of their talents can truly create a superior space-- visually, functionally and energetically.

The Art of Feng Shui and the Feng Shui of Art - Top
A question that comes up often during a feng shui consultation, is how to interpret the effects of art in our home or work place. Here are my thoughts:

1. Art is subjective: if you like looking at a particular piece of art and it makes you feel good, then that is good feng shui in one sense. 2. When an art object or painting or photograph is boldly one color, then it will emanate the element associated with that color. Example: a giant red canvas on the wall is the fire element.
(That color may or may not be good for that particular area, but if you have good reason to believe that a certain element is appropriate for that area, then a large display of it via color will enforce the effects.)
3. A picture which has several or many colors will NOT be strong enough to represent one or all of those colors--the energy gets dissipated.
4. Art should not conflict with the function of the room. Example: I once had a client who had a large painting over her bed. It was brash and modern with the actual words "LISTEN TO ME NOW!" sprawled across it. Perhaps a joke, but not exactly the kind of message you would normally want to display for the new boyfriend!
5. Placing a series of pictures along the wall or walls of a room with frames all at the same level will create a subtle second ceiling to the room. Air currents travel along walls, ceilings and floors. This could be good for rooms with ceilings that are too high.
6. In general, placing pictures a little higher on the wall will make the room feel bigger.
7. Art pieces, such as bronze statues or sculptures are definitely feng shui metal remedies.
8. Having an attractive paining on an otherwise blank wall can be a feng shui remedy for a congestive entrance.
9. Having pictures of landscapes can be good for rooms with no windows.

***Recommended Reading: a new feng shui book by Master Gahle Atherton (Feng Shui: The Perfect Arrangement) has now joined the ranks of one of my favorite authentic feng shui books. (A grand total of six!) It is not in stores in America yet, but you can get signed copies from the author by contacting her at Don't forget the "au" part of the domain name or you won't get Gahle's site. I have a few copies, and I'm ordering more. $20.00

Question from a student: Are new houses better than older houses? Answer: A newer house may be in better structural condition. This contributes to good feng shui. A newer house will statistically have had fewer past occupants. The result is less lingering energy of past occupants, or even the potential for one of them to return as a ghost. These are just a couple of advantages of the newer house. But there are many older homes that still have good ch'i, even better than the new homes which were built against feng shui principles.

Second part of the answer: Houses go through cycles that last 180 years, broken down into 9 construction cycles that last for 20 years. Once a house reaches 180 years old, then its ch'i gets renewed, as if it were a new house again.

Question: What's the best color for the exterior of a house?

Answer: We have eight basic house types, each one associated with a direction. That direction is asociated with an element, and that element has a color. If you paint the house the same color as the element which defines its orientation, then you have an exterior color that supports the house instead of undermining it. You can also use a color which is "productive" to the element that matches your house.

As an example: Your house faces East, therefore it "sits" in the West. The real nature of the house is that it is a West type house. West is associated with Metal. Metal colors include grey and white. Those would be good colors for the exterior. Also, since Earth makes Metal stronger, then earth colors would also be strengthening to the house. Earth colors are beiges, oranges, and yellows.

What would be a bad color for the metal house? Well, fire melts metal--so a house that was reddish in tones, or salmon colored, would not be an ideal color for this orientation of house.

Good Feng Shui and Good Neighborhoods - Top
I have found an interesting coincidence with some of the better neighborhoods I have visited and the better feng shui houses that exist there. I am speaking of the 4 major house types which are determined by their precise compass orientation.

Here is one example: In the Pico/Robertson area of Los Angeles, there is a neighborhood south of Pico Blvd. called "Beverlywood Adjacent" and it includes many homes that were built between 1924-1943. Those which are on the east side of Robertson Blvd. and face east or west are often the house types that are called "Reversed." This implies a house type that is more prone to money and health struggles. (Right next to a lot of gang activity as well.) This neighborhood has never been considered as prestigous as the neighborhood on the West side of Robertson Blvd. Many of these houses have identical floor plans and were built in the same period, but the difference in street alignment on either side of Robertson, makes them dramatically different house types. If you measure the compass degree on the East side of Robertson, the homes are aligned pretty much exactly dead-on east (90 degrees) or West (270 degrees.)

Then you go a few blocks West of Robertson and the street alignment is a little different, where the east facing houses do so at about 75-80 degrees and West at about 255-260 degrees. These house types are considered inherently good for money and people. So this 15 degree shift may look almost imperceptible on the Thomas Map Guide, but it creates two very different house types, consistent with the general affluence of the neighborhoods they are in.

Another predictable area is the San Fernando Valley, which is mostly laid out on a North-South (345-165 degrees), East-West (70-250 degrees) grid. Many of these homes were built in the 1950's and are also classified as "Reversed."

But when you get up into the hilly areas, with winding roads, particularly south of Ventura Blvd., the same 50's homes will face any number of directions, and often end up being better feng shui homes than the ones in the flat lands. Again, this has nothing to do with the size of the homes. It is the compass alignment combined with their construction age.

Another subtle shift takes place between Culver City streets in a Northeast-Southwest alignment, verses the slightly different alignment on Santa Monica streets in better neighborhoods.

In the fall of 1999, I visited a new 80-home development near Claremont at the request of the concerned builder. The Asian buyers were only buying the South-facing houses. I knew that some of this had to do with cultural superstition that South is a lucky direction. In this case, there was some truth to the situation, because new homes which face south are some of the best feng shui houses being built in the current time frame.

Yin House Feng Shui

Ying-yang theory in feng shui explores the effect of opposites and extremes. As an example, a place that is very lively and full of energy is considered yang and a place that is very still and dark is considered yin. Neither in extreme is good in many instances. The type of feng shui that most Westerners are now familiar with is referred to as Yang House. It is the analysis of homes, buildings and the surrounding environment, be it natural or man-made.

Yin House feng shui refers explicitly to the divination of grave sites and it has historically been a big branch of feng shui. If the type of environment you live or work in can have profound influences, then the location of burial can conceivably have consequences on future generations. The philosophy behind this states that all souls are connected and that families share karma. Energy grids under ground can be tapped into by the body laid to rest, and those very bones can act as transmitters of energy to souls who are connected to the dearly departed. Funny that we Westerners have an expression, "I can feel it in my bones."

There are numerous stories about families who were cursed with bad feng shui because of an improper burial or families who prospered for several generations because of good yin house feng shui.

What Do People Consider A Good Burial Site?

Yin House feng shui is as complicated as yang house feng shui.Initially, the natural landscape is taken into consideration. The location, proximity, and shapes of nearby mountains will influence the good or bad energy of a large area. The clustering of hills and mountains and their ability to store energy in them is one aspect that is assessed by the feng shui master. Some of the research and reading I have done makes perfect sense in analyzing the shapes of mountains. Just in my own immediate area, I have noticed a distinct difference between the mountain formations in Malibu, Agoura, Chatsworth, Simi Valley, Hollywood Hills, Sierra Madre and various other mountainous regions that I frequently visit.

Some of the interpretation of these areas appears quite subjective and reminds me of those psychological ink blot tests. As an example, more than one resource states that if a mountain range looks "like a woman lifting up her skirt," then a burial there will produce future generations of prostitutes! This is truly frustrating. What may look like a "dragon" mountain to one person could look like a "snake" to another. What may look like a row of soldiers (producing future generations of army commanders and political leaders) may look like something totally different to another feng shui practitioner.

It gets quite technical with descriptions of "yin mountains" and "yang mountains" as well as inner mountains and outer mountains. You really need to fly over these areas in a plane or look at a topographical map in order to assess the total configuration and decide if the area is auspicious for a burial site. No wonder the fathers of feng shui used to spend years "walking the mountain" to determine its value.

Some of the theories and formulas are more or less agreed upon and not all of it is subjective.

As an example, if no animals live on the mountain and there are no oily, green plants, then this is the type of land that is too barren to store good chi. Another way to find a good burial site is to discover a small space that is distinct from the basic characteristics of the land. For instance, if the land is essentially flat, then the best spot is where you find a ripple of hill formations. This is where the best energy is stored. Or if a big area is full of mountains with lots of variation in height, then finding the nice flat pad is where the energy gets stored for that particular area. This is like reading the I-Ching Trigrams; notice the line that is different from the others. (Like a blonde in China!)

On a more personal scale, the best direction for the head and feet when laid to rest can be determined by the personal astrology of the deceased. There are also calculations to figure out the best day for a memorial service, even a cremation or scattering of ashes. While Yang House feng shui is done for the benefit of the person who enlists the feng shui services, Yin House feng shui is done for the benefit of the living relatives and future generations to follow.

Some Western practitioners like myself wonder about the likelihood of ever putting Yin House theory into practice. We can’t just hike the Santa Monica Mountains to find a wonderful spot for a burial. Everyone must be buried in a cemetery and even the direction of the plot is limited. Because of health laws or Judeo-Christian religious beliefs, burials must usually be performed within a certain time frame after death. The Chinese are known however for waiting until the best time, even if weeks pass. They are even known to dig up a grave and re-locate the body if it is deemed necessary for better yin house feng shui.

The location of water regarding a burial site is less important. Proximity to water is for the living. But virtual water can include a road or highway, since it carries so much energy with it. I think about this every time I pass the Veteran’s cemetery when I’m on Sepulveda or the 405 freeway. This just seems like a very disturbing location for graves.

For more fascinating reading on Yin House Feng Shui, I recommend a book called, "The Art and Science of Feng Shui," by Henry T. Lin. I will be trying to get copies of it directly from the publisher in the near future.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Feng Shui, a mystical belief or a natural science?

Feng Shui has gained widespread popularity in the United States and around the world. Originating in China more than 2,000 years ago, it is quickly becoming a part of architecture, building development, and home living. Much has been written and reported about this topic. So truly, what is this thing that recommends avoidance of sharp angles and putting metal objects in your home for balance and other strange recommendations?

Feng Shui is a body of knowledge that has developed and grown for thousand of years. Originally, it was the exclusive knowledge of the court meteorologists of Imperial China. The meteorologist studied medicine, geomancy, astrology, and other esoteric arts. These meteorologists protected their knowledge. People of the time knew little about it. Many people had heard about it, but most knowledge outside the Emperor?s palace was hearsay. Eventually this knowledge spread to only selected families outside the palace. These first Feng Shui masters used the knowledge to help common people. The knowledge was passed from father to worthy son in order to protect the family?s name and position. Over the last 2,000 years, this tradition has continued. However, with each succeeding generation, the Feng Shui knowledge was leaked until a popularized version of Feng Shui has developed in the West today.

What has grown to be known as Feng Shui in the West, is in reality a popularized version of Feng Shui. Feng Shui is not based on any religion, mysticism, or superstition. Rather it is a mathematical science. Feng Shui is based on four aspects: Building, Environment, People, and Time. Most authors and practitioners today utilize only the first two aspects, while leaving out the most important (although more complicated calculations) of People and Time. Just as the Earth is constantly moving and changing, so are the energies of Feng Shui. Modern science has shown that geomagnetics are in a constant flux. Feng Shui calculations show changing results based on the variables of building, people, time, and environment. There is no fixed place for money, love, or study. Although the “qi” (energy) for these objectives exist, they are found in different places in different buildings. It takes a qualified practitioner who knows how to uncover these locations.

Much has been said about the “cures” used in Feng Shui. Traditional Feng Shui does not prescribe any flutes, mirrors, charms, chants, or other mystical objects. Rather, a qualified practitioner only utilizes the five Chinese elements of wood, fire, earth, metal and water to bring a place into an energetic balance. These elements can take the form of many objects such as a brass pot, or an aquarium, but the actual remedies are still strictly the element. Many books have written about using mirrors as a Feng Shui cure. In actuality, mirrors used to be made of polished brass (a metal remedy) and in the Middle Ages, it worked as a cure. Today?s modern mirrors do not have enough of the metal element to be prescribed as a remedy. When asked today, about where to put the mirror, most qualified practitioners answer “In the bathroom, which is where it is needed most!” Although a mirror can be used architecturally to hide a pillar or make the room appear larger, it is not a Feng Shui remedy. The objective of the remedies is to return a natural balance of qi (or life energy) to a building. Feng Shui remedies are only based on the natural elements and not the objects themselves.

As for avoidance of sharp angles, just as in art, rounded edges are much more beautiful and pleasing than angles. This is part of the environmental aspect of Feng Shui. Environmental Feng Shui can be as simple as correcting a room from being too light or dark. Again, you are looking for a balanced environment. Turning on a heater to warm a cold house can be considered a form of Feng Shui from an environmental aspect. Although these are basic examples of environmental Feng Shui, a more detailed analysis of the environment will be left for another article.

There are a lot of benefits to having a proper Feng Shui analysis performed. People have reported increases in wealth and love, and significant improvements in health. Feng Shui can be shown to be both a science and an art. The Science of Feng Shui is the detailed analysis of the four aspects using mathematical calculations. The Art of Feng Shui is the experience of how to best implement the remedies. How much, exactly where, and for how long, is the skills of a practiced Feng Shui master. Feng Shui is not about making drastic changes, but making energetic improvements in your living space that will result in the best possible benefits for all who reside there.

Today unfortunately, there is much hearsay, superstition and nonsense about Feng Shui. On the contrary, Feng Shui makes complete sense and is based on logic and scientific principles. How does one find a qualified practitioner to render an analysis? Ultimately, it boils down to whether what is presented makes sense. Just remember that the ultimate objective of Feng Shui is to create a balanced and harmonious place that is supportive to the people who live there. It is a scientific study of the “built” environment. Do not take any advice that does not sound right to you. The most important piece of Feng Shui is that the environment be supportive and comfortable for the people who live and work there .

Feng Shui for Commercial Properties

Consultations for commercial properties are also in high demand. Each business is unique and what may be appropriate advice for a restaurant is not necessarily correct for a doctor's office. Kartar has evaluated hundreds of businesses, from small one-room offices to whole corporations. Kartar has advised on everything from attorney's offices to zen gardens and everything in between. In Feng Shui for Skeptics, she highlights some of the unique aspects to look out for in planning or designing scores of commercial enterprises.

Consultations Outside of Southern California

Kartar is based in Los Angeles, and routinely sees several hundred clients per year in Southern California. But she also travels to see clients in other states and occasionally other countries.
Kartar's long distance projects have included traveling to Washington state, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, Nevada, Minnesota, Florida, Connecticut, Colorado, Montana and New York. Kartar is internationally known and once taught a course in Barcelona, Spain.

Consultations by Mail

Feng shui consultations by mail can be done accurately and thoroughly when the client provides enough data. A narrative report is promptly written, based on Kartar receiving floor plan sketches and photographs of the interiors and exteriors. Kartar can also provide some on-line or over the phone coaching for how to take an accurate compass reading. Long distance clients are given equal priority and attention to detail as local clients. Calls and email communications are promptly returned.

Design Phase Projects

Building an entirely new structure, doing an addition or an expansion all require the assistance of a highly trained feng shui expert if you want to get the most out of what feng shui has to offer. Sometimes the scope of a remodel project may change the energy of the whole space, while other times the remodeled space will be interpreted as a separate area from the original construction. Proper analysis necessitates that a feng shui practitioner have a lot of experience and training with advanced knowledge of the Flying Star School essential.

Kartar enjoys working with architects, builders, and interior designers and has solidified close relationships with some prominent designers and developers.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Feng Shui Tips for Clutter Clearing - Use Feng Shui for Better Energy

The feng shui effect of clutter on your health, your energy levels and the overall quality of your life is obvious - clutter drains your energy and dampens your very best intentions.

Even though we all agree about the feng shui effects of clutter, starting to clear your clutter is never easy. One look at the stuffed bedroom closets or the piled up bookcases in your home office is enough to make you urgently find something very important to do.

There is a way out, though, and feng shui, as an energy tool, can help you clear your clutter in the most efficient, easy and, yes, even enjoyable way! The way to make it work is to keep in mind two important feng shui guidelines:
  1. Bring higher feng shui energy to support you in your clutter clearing efforts. For example, having great music, fresh air, a sense of beauty in the space will start diminishing the low effects of clutter, as in the world of energy everything is in constant motion. Be aware how much easier it is to deal with the low energy of your clutter when you are surrounded by higher energy.

  2. Plan to "underachieve" instead of "overachieve." Start small and time your efforts. For example, give yourself 15 min for a specific area, and when the time is up, just leave it. You've done great. Now plan for the next session and make it a bit longer (20-25 min.)
By mentally changing your approach and having realistic goals you can actually start living clutter free quite soon. It is important to give yourself time, though. Just like with losing the extra weight with feng shui, you will achieve the best results with a consistent system, complimented by new habits.

A very helpful tool in clearing clutter is using the ancient principle of space clearing. There are many ways to do space clearing, and from my experience, ancient cultures around the world have various forms of clearing the stagnant energy. Explore the topic of space clearing with feng shui, as it can be of great help in your feng shui clutter clearing efforts.

From Karen Kingston's Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui (compare prices) and Creating Sacred Space with Feng Shui (compare prices) to Denise Linn's Sacred Space: Clearing and Enhancing the Energy of Your Home (compare prices) there are many resources to help you understand how to shift the energy in your space and make your feng shui efforts really pay off.

To deal with the unseen causes of clutter, such as emotional issues, Christan Hummel, the author of Do It Yourself Space Clearing Kit (compare prices) suggests to "go around the house to places where there have been past traumas or difficulties. Do a cleansing ceremony (sage, or candles work well) and intend for the blockages to be cleared from that space. Intentionally bring in items that represent a more flowing energy, such as a feng shui fountain, chimes, or living things like plants, to attract life energy back into that area."

No matter which way of space clearing you choose, once you realize that the unseen Chi, or energy around you is shifting all the time, you can easily transform it for the better. You might not see it, but you can certainly feel it. Feng Shui is here to guide you through all the steps of creating better energy in your home.

Feng Shui Fountains - How To Use Fountains for Good Feng Shui

Feng Shui fountains (compare prices) are among the most popular feng shui products and come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. The uses of feng shui fountains are many - there are indoors and outdoors feng shui fountains, tabletop, free standing, wall-mounted, and more. For a fountain to be used as a feng shui cure, the fountain does not have to look oriental - in fact, none of your feng shui cures or decor adjustments have to look oriental in order to bring good feng shui energy.

Fountains are very popular in feng shui because they bring the energy of water, and water is an ancient feng shui symbol of abundance and prosperity. The other great feng shui reason to use a fountain indoors is the fact that a working fountain will diffuse healthy negative ions into the air, as well as add more humidity. Many indoor environments are starving for this popular feng shui product!

Best feng shui areas to have your feng shui fountain are the following:

The location of your feng shui fountain is determined by the Ba-Gua, or the feng shui energy map, as well as the interplay of the five feng shui elements.
  • It is not advisable to place a water feature/feng shui fountain in the South area, as in feng shui South is connected to your Fame and Reputation, and the energy of it is Fire. If you bring the Water feng shui element (fountain) into the Fire element feng shui area (South), you are creating bad feng shui/conflicting energy, as Water puts down the Fire.

  • It is bad feng shui to have a water feature in your bedroom, no matter which feng shui area of your house your bedroom is located in. The water feng shui element brings the energy of worry into the bedroom, thus a fountain in the bedroom is not recommended.
On a practical level, when buying this feng shui product, choose a good quality fountain with a silent motor; as well as a fountain with a design that it is easy to keep clean. You can place some feng shui crystals or stones in your fountain, which will strengthen the beneficial energy, or sheng chi; as well as purchase a fountain that allows you to diffuse specific essential oils into the air.

Using crystals and stones, as well as essential oils with your fountain, will double the energy benefits of this very popular feng shui cure.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Feng Shui Bedroom Tips - How to Feng Shui Your Bedroom

A good feng shui bedroom is a bedroom that promotes a harmonious flow of nourishing and sensual energy. A good feng shui bedroom is a bedroom that invites you, lures you in, excites and calms at the same time. A good feng shui bedroom is fun and pleasurable to be in, either you are there for a quick nap, a good night sleep or to make passionate love!

To create a perfect feng shui bedroom, you can use a variety of simple, practical feng shui tools, such as the basic feng shui tips below:

Let go of the TV, computer or exercise equipment in your bedroom. The good feng shui energy in your bedroom is destroyed when these items are present in your bedroom.

  1. Open the windows often or use a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen . Be mindful of the quality of air in your bedroom. You cannot have good feng shui in your bedroom if the air you breathe in is stale and full of pollutants. Please note that plants in the bedroom are not good feng shui, unless your bedroom is fairly large and the plants are located far from the bed.

  2. Have several levels of lighting in your bedroom, or use a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly. Good, appropriate lighting is very important, as light is our # 1 nutrient and one of the strongest manifestation of energy. Candles are the best feng shui bedroom lighting, but be sure to buy candles with no toxins.

  3. Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom. Feng Shui bedroom decor is a balanced decor that promotes the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as sexual healing. Best feng shui colors for the bedroom are considered the so-called "skin colors", and we know the colors of human skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown. Choose colors within this range that will work best for your bedroom decor.
  4. Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom. Feng Shui bedroom decor is a balanced decor that promotes the best flow of energy for restorative sleep, as well as sexual healing. Best feng shui colors for the bedroom are considered the so-called "skin colors", and we know the colors of human skin vary from pale white to rich chocolate brown. Choose colors within this range that will work best for your bedroom decor.

  1. Choose the images for your bedroom wisely, as images carry powerful feng shui energy. Best feng shui advice for the bedroom art is to choose images that you want to see happening in your life. Unless you enjoy being sad and lonely, do not use sad and lonely images in your bedroom.

  2. Follow the basic feng shui guidelines for your Bed, which are:
    • have your bed easily approachable from both sides,
    • have two bedside tables (one on each side)
    • and
    • avoid having the bed in a direct line with the door.
    A "good looking" and well-balanced bed is very important in creating a perfect feng shui bedroom. Good mattress, solid headboard and high quality sheets from natural fibers are also very important in creating harmonious feng shui energy.

  3. Keep all the bedroom doors closed at night, be it the closet doors, the en-suite bathroom door or the bedroom door. This will allow for the best and most nourishing flow of energy to strengthen your health, as well as the health of your relationship.
The idea of a perfect feng shui bedroom may bring different images to different people, but they will all have one thing in common - Pleasure and Dreaming as the keywords. In a good feng shui bedroom, every item will reflect the clear intent for love, healing and relaxation.

Feng Shui Tip: More Sex with Feng Shui

I recently received an e-mail with a question about feng shui for more sex. The man stated he has difficulties in attracting females into his life for sexual pleasure and hopes specific feng shui cures will help.

This is an interesting feng shui topic to write about, I thought. We usually focus on feng shui for love, or feng shui for marriage. However, many of us also go through periods of exploring sex and sexuality in a more open context, or one that does not involve a committed relationship.

Sex is healing, beautiful and very powerful. Many ancient cultures knew the mysteries and secret healing powers of sexual energy, and we have yet to learn to respect, understand and be comfortable with the power of our sexuality. Having said that, here are some feng shui tips to help you attract stronger sexual energy into your life - feng shui tips for sex - as well as to attract a sexual partner to practice with. If you fall in love, do not blame feng shui for it!

Thursday, July 31, 2008


Key principles in the Chinese philosophy of Feng Shui have been used for over 6,000 years to balance and harmonize the flow of energy surrounding individuals, their homes and their workplaces.
Chinese honor the flow of that energy or Cosmic Breath of God called the Ch'i by using color to stimulate growth and placing objects in key positions to add power and strength to that specific area.
They believe that by balancing Chi fresh signals are released attracting the best possible good fortune from the Universe to improve their life's path and destiny, changing their luck forever.

Relationships and money energy changes occur, as well as a feeling of individual well-being for those that live or work within a properly Feng Shuied environment.

Feng Shui is the perfect complement to enhance your office or home for the very best success possible now and for the future. Pyramid Feng Shui addresses the needs of the individual(s) first and how they relate to their home or workplace, combining aesthetics, comfort and function to allow all the inhabitants to thrive within that space as they experience it. Pyramid Feng Shui is a tool to empower them to their highest level of potential, both personally and professionally. Feng Shui is the language through which we can insure health, happiness and empowerment.

Marriage, family and children; knowledge, career, wealth and fame; and travel and helpful people affecting the individual's life are all areas where changes occur dramatically. Feng Shui acts as a key unlocking doors that seemingly are blocked to our happiness and helping us achieve our goals, hopes and dreams.

Chi is also life's breath within each of us, the eternal spirit or soul, the psyche, the sum and substance of our very being.

Logically, anything that is part of our environment would have an influence upon our spirit.

The spirit is the driving force within each life. Honoring that spirit in ways that bring peace and harmony within and into our surrounding space makes good sense.

In recent years Feng Shui has become popular in the West and experts are called in to balance not only existing spaces, but future ones as well. Donald Trump is widely known to seek this wisdom before he builds a hotel or casino to achieve the best possible draw of Chi energy for his site's future business.

Many Fortune 500 companies and international money institutes (i.e.: Chase Asia, Citibank, Paine Webber), The American and the Asian Wall Street Journals consult Feng Shui practitioners to align their business Chi for the most prosperous opportunities.

Although Feng Shui is not a religion, spiritual blessings and prayers are offered to cleanse sacred space allowing success to intensify in all areas.

Alexandra Shaw has been studying the practice of Feng Shui for over eight years and her clients receive very positive results using the art of Feng Shui placement.

If you would like to change your life in ways you can't possibly imagine, that will positively influence your destiny, call today and make an appointment. It is my intention to be the vehicle of change to help you achieve all you wish for yourself, your loved ones and your future.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Find your lucky Kua number

Knowing your Kua number is one of the most important aspects in helping you
identify your best colors and directions. The directions and colors are different for
each person. There are four good locations and four bad locations for each person.
Once you know your Kua number everything else falls into place. Your Kua number
is part of the PaKua.
A PaKua is the compass instrument used since the ancient times to locate the
placement of things for health, harmony, and wealth. It is an eight-sided octagon
listing the eight trigrams from the I Ching and numbers from the magic square.

The I Ching is the most ancient book known to man. It is very much a part of
everything that is in the universe. It is the key to understanding the world and
everything in it. The I Ching has been translated into many languages and with the
passing of time and the different languages some of the true meaning has been lost.
Nevertheless it has survived. Later after you learn everything contained in this little
book you can start learning more about the I Ching. The correct pronunciation
is E Ching. I have written much about the I Ching in my book, “Change Your Life
With Feng Shui.”

The magic square is part of a mathematical formula developed to help us understand
the universe and the forces that affect one’s destiny. The magic square is said
to have first appeared about 4,000 years ago. It was seen as dots on the back of a
turtle as it emerged from the River Lo, and thus signifies the importance of turtle
The magic square is a grid consisting of nine numbers arranged so that each side
adds up to fifteen regardless of whether horizontal, vertical or diagonal rows are
used. The way the numbers are arranged in this square holds the key to your best

Locations are lucky or unlucky according to your special Kua number. There are
actually nine numbers in the eight-sided octagon, but since number five is the center,
men and women with that number are assigned a different number because of
five does not have a direction. Because five is an earth element and so are number
two and eight. The Eight Kua number is assigned to women who are fives and
men are assigned the Kua number two who are fives. The chart in the back of the
book shows you clearly which category Kua numbers you belong in.

This chart contains your Kua number. (If you were born early in the year, please
note that you may have to adjust your year of birth to determine your Kua number,
as your birth date may fall before Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year
begins at different times each year, always after the first New Moon in Aquarius
somewhere between January 21st and Feb. 19th).
As you get further into Feng Shui you will need to know which two groups you
belong in, West or East groups. When you begin to decorate your home with your
best colors and good directions you need this information. Listed below are the
two groups with their different directions, EAST or WEST.
The EAST group includes these Kua numbers:
3 East
4 Southeast
1 North
9 South
WEST group consists of these Kua numbers:
2 Southwest
6 Northwest
7 West
8 Northeast*

There are also five elements to consider: Metal, Wood, Fire Earth and Water. Each
Kua number and direction also has an element. You will also find your element
listed in the chart in the back of the book. It is a lot to remember at one time, but
try to remember your Kua number and keep track as you read this book, because
the information herein is specific to your Kua number, direction, group and element!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Activate your Wealth Corner - Southeast

The wealth or money corner is the Southeast section of a room or house. You must
also activate the North section, as this represents the career section that brings in

You can place a small red envelope with a few coins of money in the southeast section. Crystals cannot be placed in this section unless it is citrine. Crystals are
unlucky in the Southeast except for citrine. Citrine will enhance your money energy.
As this section represents the wood element, thriving green plants placed here will also increase your opportunities for increasing your income. Using the North element of water in your Southeast section in the form of goldfish tanks, or small water fountains will also bring luck with finances.

There are different formulas and methods for better living and working conditions.
Irrespective of the methods used, all symbols bring the same results.

The southeast section is the most important to activate when you want to improve
your financial situation. The wood element is at home in this area, so bring in a
lush green plant. Make sure this area is filled with a bright light.
In my home, I have placed in this area a small Wells Fargo Stagecoach bank that
someone gave me as a gift. The bank is full of coins. Since water is beneficial to
the wood element, a small fountain or fish tank placed here will bring more

Metal should never be placed in this area except for a few coins in a red envelope.