Feng Shui Tip

Your Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 21 – ‘Pumpkin Cheesecake Day’

It’s ‘Pumpkin Cheesecake Day’ and I’d like to take a page out of the magical cookbook and examine the mysticism surrounding the gourd most associated with October, the pumpkin. Some say that early American legend maintained that leaving a half of a pumpkin open or exposed in any room, but especially the kitchen, would attract negative energies into your living space. Remember that fact as you carve that Halloween jack-o-lantern. Pumpkins are often symbols of the fruitfulness of the earth at this autumn time of year since their round orange bodies also represent the abundance of the Mother Goddess or Mother Earth. Pumpkin seeds, when roasted, dried and eaten, are believed to keep extra pounds away while adding the fruit of the pumpkin itself to delicious delights such as pumpkin bread or pumpkin pie is said to bring money and luck your way as well. That’s one all-purpose pumpkin, wouldn’t you say?

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 19th – ‘Evaluate Your Life Day’

‘Evaluate Your Life Day’ offers you the perfect opportunity to reflect upon whether the goals and dreams that you harbor are aligned with your head and heart. Some of us have a list of hope and wishes that was composed at a different time of our lives and they no longer align with who we are at this moment. That’s why it’s important to occasionally review this list and make sure that everything on it speaks to where we are at present. Today would be that day.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 16th – ‘Bosses Day’

It’s ‘Bosses Day’ and Feng Shui says that one of most proactive ways to get your boss to recognize and reward your efforts is to activate the energies of the ‘Fame’ area. This space is located in the back center or far back middle of your living or office space. It is related to the fire element (think heating up your career) so putting one, three or nine red candles in this space, and occasionally lighting them, will prompt your boss to see how deserving you are of big career advancement and financial rewards. Go ahead and light those candles and let the whole office know that you are hot, hot, hot!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 15th – ‘National Grouch Day’

Are you feeling a little grumpy today? That could be because it’s ‘National Grouch Day.’ But if you want to get out of that curmudgeonly mood, Feng Shui says that movement is the best way to do just that. Get up and hop up and down ten times in a row. This will shake that negative way of thinking right out of you while allowing you to return to your normal happy and healthy self.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 14th – ‘National Face Your Fears Day’

Don’t be afraid to use this next exercise on ‘National Face Your Fears Day.’ If trepidation and anxiety are keeping you from addressing a certain agenda in your life, the most empowering thing you can do is embrace your courage and ‘look the lion in the eyes.’ According to New Thought teacher and author F. S. Shinn, ‘looking the lion right in the eye’ will cause the lion to back off and walk away. So the next time you don’t want to make that phone call or look at that bank balance, just do it and you’ll see that things are not as dire as you thought.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 3rd – ‘World Smile Day’

It’s ‘World Smile Day’ and I’d like to share what a Balinese shaman once taught my friend Arielle about spreading happiness throughout her entire being. He instructed that she should look in the mirror and smile. Taking her index finger and thumb, she would imagine that she was pinching the smile off of her face. The next step was to open her mouth and ‘swallow her smile’ (which is the name of this exercise). As she swallowed it, she was told to imagine a warm and golden light permeating every part of her being. I have now taught this to thousands of people who report that not only is it an effective and powerful mindful meditation, but it just plain makes them feel good. Pack up your worries and smile, smile, smile. Your smile will do the rest.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Daily Feng Shui News for Oct. 2nd – ‘Guardian Angel Day’

Spread your wings and say this next prayer that comes from author and angel archeologist JoAnn Cornug. After all, it is ‘Guardian Angel Day.’ You will be invoking the intercession of Angel Labbiel three times to begin. According to ancient legend, Labbiel is an aspect of the Archangel Raphael, who contributed in the creation of man. He resolves conflict, soothes the spirit and blesses you with grace when called upon. The following is the Prayer For Truth and Peace: ‘Labbiel, Labbiel, Labbiel. I call forth truth and peace in my world now and continuously.’ Can I get an Amen?

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

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Fall Feng Shui Tips

Fall Feng Shui Tips

Find balance in your life with the changing seasons

Stephanie DempseyStephanie Dempsey on the topics of feng shui, fall

 

The fall season beckons us to slow down and enjoy the fruits of our labor. The days are getting shorter and the nights longer, prompting everyone to strike a better balance between their public and private lives. If you feel like one aspect of your life is consuming too much time and attention, this is an opportune time to make some Feng Shui adjustments to your home. Here are a few suggestions that can help you find time for friends and family while keeping busy with work.

Flower power

Nothing says autumn like the burnished colors of chrysanthemums, marigolds and nasturtiums. Display pots of these flowers wherever you tend to feel stressed or overburdened. Glimpsing their russet, gold and orange hues will be like rubbing soothing salve over sunburned skin.

Dim the lights

Change bright light bulbs for ones with lower wattage. It is easier to be active in summer because there is increased sunlight. Now that autumn is here, you need to bring things down a notch. Soft lighting will help you slow down and enjoy simpler pleasures, like a solitary cup of tea in the morning or soothing music in the evening.

Go with the flow

Adding a fountain to your favorite room in the house will help you make an easy transition from work to home. The sound of flowing water can quiet nagging doubts and fears that plague you during working hours.

Streamline your social life

If you feel like your social life is depleting your energy, update your address book. If it’s hopelessly cluttered, invest in an attractive new one. The act of entering people’s contact information into the new address book will make you more aware of the friends you truly treasure, versus the people you merely tolerate.

Get moving

If you’re having a hard time downshifting into autumn, reposition 27 items in your home. Why 27? Nine is considered the number of longevity in Feng Shui, and multiplying it by three, the number of growth, will invite a continuous string of auspicious changes into your life.

Stay focused

Do you have a hard time putting work aside, even after you come home? Hang a shelf bracket in the far left corner of your bedroom, and then place a beautiful vase or sculpture on it. This will help you lift your thoughts to a higher plane.

Picture this

Sometimes a desire to get ahead at work can cause you to neglect the people and things you love most. Displaying a recent photo of your loved ones on the far right corner of your desk can help you to strike a better balance between work and home.

Create boundaries

If you have no choice but to keep a desk in your bedroom, create a barrier between your sleep and work stations. Suspend a flowing curtain so that you can’t see your desk when you’re lying in bed. Alternately, you can shield the desk with some lush plants.

Soften up

Your bathroom represents your ability to nurture yourself. Make this space more inviting with soft lighting, fluffy towels and a tactile rug. Add soaps, candles and lotions that are pleasing to your sense of smell. A radio tuned to a relaxing music station can also transform your bathroom from a utilitarian space to a mini-spa.

Give thanks

The best way to enjoy the fruits of your labor is to pause and acknowledge them. Make a list of 27 things for which you are grateful, and then place this list in a red envelope. Put the envelope under your mattress and keep it there until the Winter Solstice. The energizing power of your list will suffuse you with peace and contentment, allowing you to enjoy autumn’s blessings to the very fullest.

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