Feng Shui Tips That Keep Your Head Above Water

“Never bend your head. Always hold it up high. Look the world straight in the eye.”
– Helen Keller

October 20 new moon, curious, passionate, humanitarian Pig stepped onto the horizon. Amazingly patient and strong willed, they root through challenges without fear. When they put their mind onto a troublesome situation they stay with it until resolved. A shui (water) animal their keen resilience and survival instincts help them persevere in difficult situations.

Natural disasters have overwhelmed our trust in the future but we have a champion to lead us into new territory. A super curious zodiac sign, develop your super power of curiosity, in particular, the pursuit of new knowledge (a favorite Pig pastime). Look around. Look under the rocks. Creative people are making positive change with inventions that are of service to humanity. Compassion and commitment are calling upon us to make a difference. Will you accept the challenge? Enjoy the month!

Chinese winter will begin November 7. Nourish your Ch’i until February 16, 2018 (Chinese Lunar New Year of the Dog) with Feng Shui tips that keep your head above water.

Stay hydrated. Eat dark foods like black beans, black sesame seeds and black walnuts. Include foods from water like fish, shellfish, seaweed and kelp. Eat soup or drink broth. The Kidney is your natal battery and the root that fulfills your deepest needs: survival and reproduction. When Kidney Ch’i is strong, you are clear and able to articulate your thoughts and feelings. Life’s transitions are more easily processed.

Address stress in your life. Kidney Ch’i becomes easily depleted by stress. Practice any one of the following: Tai Ch’i, Qigong, yoga and meditation. Making time for water activities like a quiet bath will benefit your Kidney Ch’i and restore your equilibrium.

Confront life situations where you are fearful. Fear is the lower emotion of Water/Kidney Ch’i. Journal daily. Examine where you feel you need to be right. Make a commitment to live consciously and in the present moment.

Balance rest with work and daily activities will boost your vitality. Adequate sleep nourishes your Kidney Ch’i. Arrange the Feng Shui in your bedroom to help your body let down and rejuvenate. Place your bed in command position to the bedroom door. Remove unnecessary electrical equipment to eliminate electromagnetic energy. Choose bed linen colors that are health sustaining like green and soft blue.

Add nine plants to your front entry. Plants are life force and vivify your Ch’i. In Feng Shui, the front door, the mouth of Ch’i, represents your career, reputation, Helpful People and health. 

Chinese winter “Li Dong” begins November 7. Celebrate with dumplings and if you eat meat, prepare a dish of chicken, duck or fish. As you make ready for the cold months that lie ahead, this astrology guide can help you in your decisions and actions. Rat: you will worry as much as you are joyful. Be mindful of being overly proud and refrain from being arrogant in the happy occasions in your life. Don’t be greedy. Stay clear of gossip and dispute. Ox: this is a mutual offensive month. All your endeavors will be one step short of success. Examine your motives if you are being competitive or overly calculating. Stay away from gossip. Focus on relaxing your mind and you will be free, free to attract what you desire. Tiger: this is an auspicious month of three harmony. The stars are favoring your every move. Be humble and amicable, know your place and be content. By keeping your restraint in check and exerting caution, you will attract luck, peace and auspiciousness in all areas of your life. Rabbit: this is a six harmony month, you have lots of lucky stars guiding you. Helpful People will be at your side. You will have good timing and opportunities. Peach Blossom Luck is favored with the opposite sex, be mindful it does not turn into Peach Blossom Menace. Dragon: this is a “direct conflict” month and luck is scarce. Look around, stay aware, be cautious and mindful in your transactions.  Watch out for scoundrels. Stay away from gossip and rumors so as not to be blamed for something you did not do. Snake: there is an undercurrent flowing beneath the smooth surface. Accept negative circumstances with grace. Don’t blame yourself for circumstances. If you are suspicious of others it will be counterproductive. Avoid quarrels with your beloved this creates a vacuum for a third party. Horse: there may be unfortunate circumstances embedded in good fortune but don’t lose heart. Take care of your personal relationships. You will feel more supported. Don’t over think as it will cause worries about gains and losses. Ram: your plans are not going you planned. In your personal relationships try not to read too much into the behavior of the other. Relax and go with the flow. Watch for disasters. Host a celebration to ward off inauspicious events. Monkey: exercise caution with your money and finances. If you are seeking new friendship, be selective. Be patient when you face adverse situations. Rooster: the luck of the month is “mutually offensive”. Events in your life do not go smoothly. You may end up taking the blame, avoid that attitude. There is interpersonal disharmony among those you work with and your family. When you have confrontations, chant The Heart Calming Mantra. Dog: prosperity will be high this month where money is coming from common and uncommon sources. Try to hold on to it, you need not spend it because you have it. Don’t start gossip and don’t get involved with it. Pig: your luck is not favored this month. You will find not all of your plans will go as you expected. With your partner you may find your relationship has stalled. Be patient. This month don’t get trapped by details and lose sight of the big picture. If you request a cure from this forecast, I will ask you to honor the red envelope tradition. Have a great month, Zodiac friends! 

Thank you to Khadro Crystal Chu, Black Sect Esoteric Buddhist Feng Shui for your unfailing command of Feng Shui and Chinese metaphysics.

Have you decided this will be your year? “Boldness has genius”. Start with one hour of Feng Shui A La Carte. Think of it as a fairy godmother for your house.

What I have discovered about our homes is that creating a heart healthy space leads to peace and contentment. The bedroom is where it begins. Start with my complimentary pdf: 27 Bedroom Concepts To Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind. Design your space to your best advantage. Subscribe to my blog and special offers. You’ll receive this valuable Feng Shui Guide as a thank you gift.

Eight Lucky Cures for St. Patrick’s Day, Feng Shui Style.

Can we change our surroundings to bring about change for our own good?

Happiness said, “Let’s meet.” Serendipity replied, “In a blink an eye”. How lucky I am. I wear green because it brings me the luck, not of the Irish, but of Feng Shui. It shifts circumstances from bad to good, from stuck to serendipity. Or is that a superstitious belief.

Cindy emailed and said she met a wonderful man. I think back a few months ago when I came to her home. As we talked at her dining room table she said she wanted to get her consulting business up and running again. But as I sat there I felt the white curtains, the white walls in her apartment and the white flowers in her bedroom tell a different story. White symbolizes death for the Chinese. When I told her this she shared how badly she had been burned in her past relationship. She didn’t want to admit she was unhappy and at a crossroads. But then the tears started to flow uncontrollably, there was no hiding how she felt. So when she wrote me a few weeks ago with, Also, since I last saw you, I met a wonderful man. We’ve been having great fun getting to know each other. I’m enjoying myself tremendously.” I was ecstatic for her. It was more powerful, more compelling than any new client prospects she could have told me about. In my mind’s eye I could see her hanging new curtains in her relationship gua with a broad smile beaming over her face. And a sparkle of happiness lift her heart when she hit the nail to place the red and white framed cat drawing that she loved. In the bedroom she arranged a vase of beautiful pink flowers next to her bed; they were robust, bursting with vitality. Bit by bit these secret delights started to reshape her world and her inner confidence bloomed once again. The adjustments helped her to open to the vulnerability that she felt in her heart. 

Building a new life using Feng Shui adjustments, each item that Cindy placed was crafting a future moment of joy. Fate works this way: happiness creates opportunities and serendipity follows.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day: luck cannot be contained by borders, it’s spread by the currents of love. May the luck you receive be generous like the blessings from heaven above.

From our esteem founder of the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist School of Feng Shui, “Professor” Lin Yun, here are eight lucky cures for St. Patrick’s Day, Feng Shui style. It’s an opportunity for you to change your energy field and change your fate.

Adjust the Feng Shui in your bedroom and office
Professor Lin told the following story: I was recently sick and almost died. I had not been in my office in Berkeley which is my main office for a very long time. It was important for me to be there, to check in and to be sure all was well. It was important for me to:

  • Sit in my office chair.
  • Activate (place a cures like a water fountain in Career and a picture of a beautiful place you’d like to visit in Helpful People). If you do not check in, bad luck may “catch up with you”.
  • Place a crystal ball, or a wind chime, in the center of your office. Visualize that the Feng Shui of your life is positive.

 Changing Your Ch’i Type

  • If you are constantly in a bad mood change this by wearing a solid color of green.

Adjust the Effects Of A Bad Experience

  • Carry nine round pieces of orange peel for twenty-seven days to soften the effects of a bad experience.

Being Taken Advantage Of

  • If you feel you are being taken advantage of, carry the three dimensional zodiac animals.

Refocus Your Energy

  • If your luck is not good, every 9, 18 or 27 days, change some aspect of your furniture arrangement. You are changing the Ch’i using the sense of touch. Your Ch’i will be refocused, and awakened.

Still Encountering Bad Luck

  • If you have completed the Feng Shui above and still encountering bad luck, perform good deeds without expecting a reward. Be sincere, you will never be disappointed.

One thing I have discovered about our homes is that creating a heart healthy space leads to peace and contentment. The bedroom is where it begins. Start with my complimentary pdf: 27 Bedroom Concepts To Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind. Design your space to your best advantage. Subscribe to my blog and special offers. You’ll receive this valuable Feng Shui Guide as a thank you gift.

Year of the Horse Predictions: Fortune Telling Or Practical Strategy?

Either Way, Your Luck Depends On It (See Your Prediction Below).

-painting by Keith Gunderson, Fine Art America

The Chinese participate in cultural traditions because it makes for good business decisions and harmony in the family. Now Americans are taking notice of their Asian neighbors good fortune, prosperity and abundance. And when multi-millionaire, Donald Trump, reported his New York real estate sales sky rocketed after hiring a Feng Shui master, eager westerners sought out palm readings, facial analysis, Feng Shui consultations and Chinese astrology predictions.

Well then how does something you can’t put a finger on like good luck, fortune telling, fanciful festivals, setting off fireworks, family celebrations, eating lucky foods, painting front doors auspicious colors, displaying beneficial offerings and sharing red envelopes work? 

4000 + years of wisdom. China was an agrarian culture. Nature was an intricate process that required keen observation. To meet the hardship of survival, a calendar system was compiled during the rule of legendary emperor, Fu-hsi (2852 B.C.) in an effort to create a plentiful harvest. Seasonal changes, the sun’s transit and the moon’s lunation influenced crop production. Farmers needed to know when swelling tides would flood fields for an abundant rice harvest and on what day the vernal new moon rose to plant delicate seedlings. The Farmer’s Calendar (almanac) is a lunisolar system that not only documents the passage of time but is also a tool that contains exact information that predicts a person’s future – fortune telling. The calculations of year, month, day and hour are represented by the Five Elements – water, wood, fire, earth and metal. These are believed to be the basic components of everything in the Universe. Predictions based upon the relationship of these elements in any given year may amplify a person’s good luck (buy stock in March, get married in June) and help minimize their risks or bad luck (no travel in August, don’t party in September). Because the calendar was intended for popular use, in the Chou period, it was revised. Another phase was introduced to the Five Elements. The twelve earthly branch characters came to be associated with a particular animal: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Hare, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig and thus the Chinese Zodiac arrived.

4712 marks the year of the Wood Horse. January 31 begins the celebration. The Chinese uphold that prosperity is an outgrowth of living naturally, in accordance with the seasons, one’s true nature, in peace, unity and harmony with one’s family. These right actions improve one’s fate. To help you avoid pitfalls and to know when to take advantage of the good luck coming your way, here are 12 brief, Year of the Horse Predictions for of each Zodiac animal.

If you don’t know your Chinese Zodiac Sign, here’s a calculator.

Every zodiac animal will benefit in Leap Lunar September. October 24-November 22, the signs of the year and the month are in a “Three Harmony” relationship. In a leap month what you attempt will have support. It is a good month to make financial decisions regarding real estate, make investments, move to a location you desire, switch jobs, get married, entertain, have a grand opening and finalize deals.

Rat Your luck is greatly minimized by the direct conflict relationship with the Tai Sui, Year God (Horse). There is an absence of lucky stars this year that makes for more bad luck than good. However performing the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House will minimize the stress directed at your efforts. A few highlights. April 29-May 28, July 27-August 24, December 22-January 19. Adversity will transform into auspiciousness however keep an eye out for misfortune. Perform good deeds daily to offset bad luck coming to you. Volunteer your time to charitable organizations and this generates abundance that will come back to you.

Ox Because of your position on the zodiac, you will find clashes with the Tai Sui, Year God (Horse). A Chinese Folk saying: “White Horses have always been afraid of blue oxen.” (source Yun Lin Temple calendar). The road will be bumpy. The good news is this bad situation will be offset by lucky stars. But be mindful. Watch your step and proceed with caution. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert any disaster. Highlights this year: January 31-February 28, April 29-May 28, July 27-August 24, December 22-January 19.  In these months your endeavors will be smooth. Good fortune and joyous celebrations will be available however the Chinese always advise when things look good to be aware that your luck could change. Do not go over the top.

Tiger All adversities will turn into blessings and you will mostly enjoy prosperity from your endeavors. There is potential for advancement in your job and career with wealth coming in. Be careful of scoundrels wanting to cause arguments. Even though this will be a smooth year watch out for legal trouble. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to add to the beneficence of the year but also pass through any unforeseen danger with safety. Highlighted months this year: January 31-February 28, March 1-30, May 29-June 26, June 27-July 26, August 25-September 23, September 24-October 23, November 23-December 21, January 20-February 18. Wow! Being amicable can bring riches and success. Whatever ‘disaster’ aka difficult circumstance comes your way, if you are righteous and sincere you can transform every encounter into a blessing.

Hare (Rabbit) You are in a slightly offensive relationship with the Tai Sui, Year God (Horse). You will experience wealth and luck, however scoundrels will be causing trouble behind your back. Luck for female Hares is fair while the males watch your love relationships, be above board and you will minimize your trouble. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House and adversities will be transformed into blessings. Highlighted months this year: May 29-June 26, September 24-October 23, October 24-November 22;  a year to be conservative and cautious. The months mentioned endeavors will run smooth with wealth luck coming your way. The lunar month of July guard against robbery and burglary at home. Over all watch your opinions as they may be damaging to your fame and any gains you have made. The harder you work the more rewards you will get.

Dragon Vitality, fame with helpful people coming to your assistance can be expected. If you are quick witted it is time to show your stuff. Opportunities are abundant but it is how you approach them (with caution and a down to earth attitude) that will guarantee your success. Refrain from visiting friends in hospitals and those with recent death in the family. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House; you will avert adversities and attract wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: April 29-May 28, May 29-June 26, July 27-August 24, August 25-September 23, October 24-November 22. Since Dragon and Horse “form a energetic and vigorous pair”, any bad luck will for the most part be offset by the Horse. Caution is a quality to have in your back pocket. Keep a broad and open mind and you will find delight in your interpersonal relationships.

Snake Make new plans and you will set new records. You will find your luck is in power and influence. If you go into business many helpful people will come your way. Fame, wealth, official rank, and honor will be greatly enhanced. There may be relationships difficulties with your partner, whether married or not. You could experience obstacles in your endeavors. Proceed with caution to avoid failure. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House; you will avert adversities and attract wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: March 1-30, July 27-August 24, August 25-September 23, October 24-November 22, December 22-January 19. Career, wealth and fame will be fruitful but also during these times do not boast about your success. Be conservative to keep the ch’i happy.

Horse You are sitting on top of the the Tai Sui, Year God (Horse). Your luck will be in the extremes. Inauspicious stars make this a more difficult year than what lucky Horse is use to. Watch for behavior that could lead to legal battle. It’s possible for unexpected accidents to occur. There could be blood shedding or disaster for women. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House so that you can safely pass through the crisis. Highlighted months this year: January 31- February 28, March 31-April 28, June 27-July 26, July 27-August 24, September 24- October 23, October 24-November 22. These months will offer opportunities for advancement in reputation and wealth, perhaps go into partnership. Remember to help those who are in need or who are weak and perform good deeds often.

Ram (Sheep) The saying, “Rams together with Horses, give great auspiciousness.” (source: Yun Lin Temple) Your luck will be on top, the best the year can offer. If you’ve been working on your career you can expect advancement. Money luck will be quite good too. If you have been working hard, expect fruitful results. Watch out for the behavior of friends, relatives or scoundrels who try to make life difficult for you. Take precaution against lawsuits. Helpful people will come to your aid doubling your efforts and your reputation will sky rocket this year. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert disasters and bring wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: March 1-30, March 31-April 28, April 29-May 28, May 29-June 26, October 24-November 22, November 23-December 21. Happy Ch’i is coming your way. Career choices are good. Wealth luck make financial decisions easy. During this year take serious precautions against lawsuits. Inauspicious months demand patience. During those times of stress, act passively and you will see better results.

Monkey The luck is very good for Monkey this year. You will experience reward in your progress, it will be a step by step process. Recognition will come to you in foreign places. Think about expanding, your career, your household, your family. Pay attention, disasters could befall you, money loss too. Be mindful of the physical and mental health of your family members. Do not plan major construction or renovation. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert disasters and bring wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: March 31-April 28, April 29-May 28, May 29-June 26, October 24-November 22. Happy Ch’i is written all over your face. Your discipline to work will bear auspiciousness. There is opportunity for travel in May and prestige and helpful people can be found in foreign countries during that month. If you do good deeds during the year, prosperity and honor will be gained.

Rooster Your animal sign is in a mutually offensive relationship with the Tai Sui, Year God (Horse). The good news is that you have lucky stars that alleviate this difficult position this year. Happy Ch’i, Wealth Ch’i, Advancement Ch’i, fame and fortune are achievable. There will be joyous events in your family. Wedding bells are possible. You find you will have to work hard and be distracted with details that may force you to run around and get exhausted. There could be unexpected disasters. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert disasters and bring wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: March 31-April 28, April 29-May 28, May 29-June 26, June 27-July 26, October 24-November 22, November 23-December 21. In July the matrimonial star is on the ascent, a wedding will take place in the family. Joy will come, do not be greedy. Success, fame and fortune are at hand. Career decisions and work situations will go smoothly. During this year practice modesty and being amicable, for he who has great tolerance will have great blessings.

Dog Those born with the Dog as their animal sign will enjoy a ‘Three Harmony’ relationship which affords you good fortune, fame, career advancement and happiness. Your endeavors will be auspicious. Life will indeed be bright. As with any time of good luck, there can be adversity within. Watch for money losing ventures, disharmony at home and health issues. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert disasters and bring wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: January 31-February 28, March 1-30, April 29-May 28, May 29-June 26, October 24-November 22, November 23-December 21. Lucky stars make for Earth luck. Follow your bliss and wealth and fame will follow. Your hard work will yield favorable results. In August if you must travel, take extra precaution, carry an enhanced Buddha for protection. Refer to my blog, Unexpected Death And Feeding (One’s Own) Hungry Ghosts for the Orange Peel Protection. In this year there could be nerve racking events, learn to be calm, do not over calculate, perform good deeds and negotiations will be win-win.

Pig You may enjoy twice the results of this year with only half the effort. That is good news for Pigs who suffered difficulties in the Year of the Snake. Lucky stars will make wealth, happiness and prosperity easily attainable. There will be luck and enjoyment in your career and fame. Watch your health for illness and your family members for unexpected medical emergencies. Perform the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House to avert disasters and bring wealth and blessings. Highlighted months this year: January 31-February 28, March 1-30, March 31-April 28, June 27-July 26, October 24-November 22. You will feel rejuvenate in the month of March. In general during these months helpful people will offer guidance and you will experience favorable results from your hard work. Use your available energy to do good deeds. You will gain from this on many levels, in many life times. In January 2015 a family member may experience ill health. Host a joyous celebration to dispel the sick ch’i and bad luck.

Gong Xi Fa Cai! May you experience good health, bountiful luck and many fortunate blessings this year.

Thank you Khadro Crystal Chu Rinpoche of the BSTB School of Feng Shui. Her Holiness teaches a Feng Shui certification program. You may find details at  Yun Lin Temple.

If you want to claim a bigger stake for your dreams, read my companion piece, The Year Of The Horse IS The Year of the Heart.

January 22, 2014, I’d love for you to join me at Kiva Tea • Café • Spa 6-8 p.m. Learn joy luck cures and master strategies to gather in wealth, health, fame and happiness to fulfill your wish list. I will share the Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell and Changing the Chi of the House. And a meditation to enhance your Ch’i and clears the slate for you to connect with deep joy. Register at Kiva.

Can’t make JoyLuck and Master Strategies but want to participate in lucky New Year’s traditions? I have put together the main ceremonies in “Three Lucky Feng Shui Secret Traditions Packet”+ Three Bonus Cures with a special lucky cure and the Three Secret Reinforcements (body, mind, speech) to amplify your intentions. Cost: $36 + nine red envelopes (allow time for mailing the red envelopes to me).

Perform these good fortune traditions on Chinese Lunar New Year’s Eve (Year of the Horse in the US is January 31, 2014), along with thousands of others and your collective wishes strengthen each other’s intentions, empowering your actions.

Welcome the Wealth Gods

Bring the Wealth Gods right into your home with this midnight tradition. Fortunate blessings, safety, protection, better health and prosperity accompany their blessings for the year to come.

The Golden Cicada Sheds Its Shell

Remove all work problems, relationship problems, all the things that are not going well in your life, health problems and bad luck. In this ceremony you are peeling them off like the shell from the egg. Your true self, your good chi can surface from the crust of life’s difficulties and you can attract what you desire with a clear heart.

Changing The Chi Of The House and Transforming The Fortunes For Individuals and Residences

Space clear and bless your home. Eliminate the residue of old patterns, negativities and resentments. It wakes up the house with fragrance and invites new beginnings and happy chi (which by its nature attracts good health, abundant wealth, fame and prosperity).

Bonus, The Scoundrel Cure

Someone giving you a hard time but you still have to relate? Change your relationship to one or several persons who bring you challenges and turn them into a helpful person. Works every time.

Bonus, Cure For Uncomfortable Fluctuations

Ceremony for when business and personal life are going up and down, up and down. If your health or finances are swinging from bad to worse.

Bonus, Sun Moon Mirror Meditation

With the power of the Universe, this mirror can offset difficult situations with the balance of the sun and moon, yin and yang. If can clear a space of inauspicious energy, add vitality to your day or strengthen a gua that already has a cure.

Secret lucky cure, The Red Slipper Cure
It can stop with the occurrence of bad luck. If you are at the end of your rope this maybe the perfect cure for you.

Three Secret Reinforcements

The main amplifying tool for any cure or adjustment in the Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui. It is a ritual way of adding extra strength to any cure. It is an active blessing that combines three mystical ingredients of body, mind and speech.

Contact me via email: bette@shenmenfengshui.com to order your packet.

One thing I have discovered about our homes is that creating a heart healthy space leads to peace and contentment. The bedroom is where it begins. Start with my complimentary pdf: 27 Bedroom Concepts To Maximize Your Health, Happiness and Peace of Mind. Design your space to your best advantage. Subscribe to my blog and special offers. You’ll receive this valuable Feng Shui Guide as a thank you gift.