Feng Shui to Alleviate Anxiety

Feng Shui to Alleviate Anxiety

  • Jana, selected from Natural Solutions magazine


Anxiety escalates around the holidays as life’s frantic pace shifts into overdrive. Too much to do in too little time leaves you more susceptible to the telltale signs of anxiety such as headaches, muscle tension, insomnia, irritability, and even panic attacks. Looking for relief? You could follow the typical Western path, or you could try an option with considerably fewer side effects: The metaphor-rich design system called feng shui (pronounced fung shway).

Based on influencing the flow of qi (chi) or energy through your home and other aspects of your environment, feng shui principles align energy patterns with healing forces of nature. The result is a harmonious home that lays the foundation for emotional, spiritual, and physical health, says Brooklyn-based chakracologist (a term she’s coined) and feng shui expert Nancy SantoPietro.

“The feng shui of your home mirrors your life and health back to you in an objective, tangible way,” says SantoPietro, author of Feng Shui and Health: The Anatomy of a Home (Three Rivers Press, 2002). Survey your abode. Do clutter and chaos reign supreme? If so, your home’s feng shui may reflect the emotional, spiritual, and physical issues contributing to anxiety. But according to SantoPietro, by correcting the energy flow in your intimate living space, you can dismantle anxiety supported by unhealthy energy patterns and design layouts.

Use these feng shui tips to make your home an anxiety-free zone.

Repair all electrical systems. “Electricity runs through the wires of your home much like qi runs through the meridians of your body. When your home’s electrical system breaks down, it interferes with your energy flow and ability to stay focused, clear, and calm,” SantoPietro explains. Avoid energy clogs or leaks by repairing or replacing worn wires, blown light bulbs, and faulty outlets.

Clear away clutter. Clutter stagnates energy, both in your environment and in you. Entranceways are particularly important, SantoPietro notes, as they set the tone for the feng shui throughout your home. Keep them clear and unrestricted.

Reduce bedroom energy. “Remove electrical sources such as TVs, computers, and LED clock radios from your bedroom because they leak radiation, depress immunity, and interfere with sleep,” urges SantoPietro. The bedroom is meant for rejuvenation, renewal, and intimacy.

Just add color. “White decor deflects life force and thus neutralizes feelings,” SantoPietro says, “but decorate with color and you’ll invoke it. Any time I evaluate a home with all white decor, I know that someone in that house is not dealing with something.” And avoiding feelings often leads to anxiety.

Feng Shui Tip of the Day for Deceber 14th

I swear that I won’t monkey around with sharing some empowering advice during today’s ‘Monkey Day’ energies. Even though the monkey is one of the twelve animals represented in the Chinese zodiac, it is the combination of the monkey and the elephant that can help you to accomplish the highest ranking that anyone in your profession can aspire to. Placing an image or a statue of a monkey sitting on an elephant’s back on or around your desk represents your ability to find stability and the security of an important position in your company, and this symbol says that you will stay there, too! The monkey signifies the duke or the highest ranked among the five ranking lords in ancient China, while the elephant brings the blessings of strength, sagacity and prudence. The combination of these two potent friends also promises unbreakable power and authority. In this case I guess it really does make sense that monkey see and then monkey do — for you!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Daily Number for December 14th: 2

Dreams and psychic ‘insights’ will not be unusual for you today. You’ll be a master problem solver when it comes to personality issues. Others are drawn to you in a real and lasting way. Your tact and wisdom will have a profound influence on others.

Fast Facts

About the Number 2

Theme: Adaptable, Tactful, Gentle, Cautious
Astro Association: Moon
Tarot Association: High Priestess

Today’s I Ching Hexagram for December 14th is 39: Temporary Obstacles

39: Temporary Obstacles

Hexagram 39

General Meaning: Have temporary obstacles been blocking your way? In the course of trying to reach a goal or to fulfill a personal ambition, obstructions inevitably present themselves. This is not always a bad thing. Obstacles, difficulties and even setbacks that are eventually overcome often turn into assets. Without irritating grains of sand, oysters would never make pearls.

The obstacles pointed to here are not permanent, yet they are in the way. As when a large boulder falls in the road, the best course of action is usually to go around it, rather than to try to move it out of the way. Temporary obstacles must be seen for what they are — temporary — and should not be allowed to take on too much significance.

A positive aspect of even the most difficult obstacle is that it may cause a person to turn inward, and gain greater depth and character. While the ignorant bemoan their fate and seek to blame their problems on others, the wise seek the cause of the problem within themselves. Through this type of introspection, obstacles become a means for personal growth and self-discovery.

Without air resistance, no plane would ever fly.

If you are facing temporary obstacles, try not to be overly concerned. Obstacles are a part of achieving every goal and furthering every undertaking. Setbacks and reverses can affect morale, but keeping up your self-confidence in the face of challenges is part of a successful solution to many of life’s problems. Obstacles of short duration are best handled with a yielding attitude. Go around the rock, don’t put your shoulder to it.

Today’s Runes for December 14th is Laguz

Today’s Runes

Jade Runes are most commonly used for questions about love, friendship, and relationships. Laguz is the most strongly feminine of runes, representing water. Deep sexuality is suggested by this rune. Through Laguz, water is seen as the ocean – vast, uncontrollable, ever-changing, and vital. When interpreted as the returning tide, Laguz can also predict the inevitable return from a long journey.

Today’s Tarot Card for December 14th is The Chariot

The Chariot

This Tarot Deck: Art Nouveau

General Meaning: Traditionally, the card usually entitled the Chariot points to a triumphal feeling of freedom, as if the charioteer is being paraded through the streets as a hero (or heroine). The card reflects congratulations for high achievement, and serves as a sign of empowerment.

Huge wheels and frisky steeds speed the rate at which the driver’s willpower can be realized. This kind of charge makes more of the world accessible to anyone ambitious enough to seize the Chariot’s reins. But there is danger in this feeling of freedom, because of the increased rate of change and its power to magnify mistakes in judgment. As a seasoned warrior, the Charioteer is called upon to be extra attentive to the way ahead.

What Does Your Sun-Sign Seek?

What Does Your Sun-Sign Seek?

  • Annie B. Bond

Our sun-sign horoscope can give us a simple but powerful affirmation of what it is we seek in this life. As we begin the new year we could all benefit from this reminder, to help us stay on the path that is right for us.

Find out what your sun sign tells you about your deepest soul nature, and what it is you seek, here:

Aries, March 21-April 19: I seek my Self. I accept my energy and ability to launch new actions for the betterment and benefit of myself or for others.

Taurus, April 20-May 21: I seek my Self through what I have. I use stability and persistence for the benefit of myself and others.

Gemini, May 22-June 20: I seek my Self through what I think. My keen perceptive intuition is all that is needed for the evolution of myself and others.

Cancer, June 21-July 22: I seek my Self through what I feel. I am the star in a sea of stars, I am Water and the Moon, I provide the haven, the safe haven, in the universe.

Leo, July 23- Aug 22: I seek my Self through what I create. I am the Monarch of the universe, I am the Heart of hearts. I am the heart of Creative energy.

Virgo, Aug 23-Sept 22: I seek my Self through what I learn. I am the Magician of the universe. I accept the healing and magical powers I have or will use. The key for tapping into my deeper resource is the ever-increasing acceptance of who I am now.

Libra, Sept 23-Oct 22: I seek my Self through what I unite. I hold the celestial balance in my hands; I am the Cosmic Judge. I am the artist and the lover, Peacemaker of the Heavens.

Scorpio, Oct 23-Nov 21: I seek my Self through what I desire. I am the Transformer, I am the Keeper of Mysteries, I am the Mystic.

Sagittarius, Nov 22-Dec 21: I seek, therefore I am. I am the Seer of the Zodiac. I am the future now. I remember the future.

Capricorn, Dec 22-Jan 19: I seek my Self through what I use. I am enterprising, the Builder, the Organizer who looks toward higher orders, greater justice, constantly building relationships, families, communities, and countries.

Aquarius, Jan 20-Feb 18: I seek my Self through Humanity. I am the Truth Sayer, the Scientist, the Revolutionary. I am the genius Sign of the Zodiac.

Pisces, Feb 19-March 20: I seek my Self when I don’t seek my Self. I amt he Beloved, I am the Loving, I am the Poet. I am the Divine Dark Warrior, I am the Divine White Healer.

Your Daily Horoscopes for December 14th

Today’s lively Leo Moon provokes us to do whatever we feel is necessary to be seen and heard. We don’t want to sit idly on the sidelines; we prefer to be in the game where the action is. We’re not afraid to start a new project and express our creativity with enthusiasm, since there are planets in each of the three Fire signs. Additionally, sharing our opinions is easier now that talkative Mercury is moving direct in philosophical Sagittarius.


Aries Horoscope
Aries Horoscope (Mar 21 – Apr 19)

You aren’t in the mood for anyone to tell you what to do today, but your rebellious attitude can create problems if you just do the opposite of whatever you are told. Doing things your way may seem like the best course of action, but your efforts won’t lead to a positive outcome now unless you also take time to listen to others. Don’t lose track of your long-term goals, but remember to soften your stance so you don’t alienate your allies.

Taurus Horoscope
Taurus Horoscope (Apr 20 – May 20)

At times you are stubborn for no apparent reason, yet you might have a real justification for maintaining the status quo today. Unfortunately, you may find it challenging to explain your motives to others because you’re so confident now that you could become overly defensive. Although you’re not likely to change your mind, demonstrating a bit of flexibility in your thinking can help you to get what you want.

Gemini Horoscope
Gemini Horoscope (May 21 – Jun 20)

Your need to interact with others could run into unexpected problems today because everyone seems to have his or her own agenda. Fortunately, you can positively impact the flow of events anyway by concentrating on long-term goals instead of bothersome short-term frustrations. A simple change of perspective alleviates pressures that might otherwise evoke conflict. Tempering a possible extreme reaction improves your chances for success.

Cancer Horoscope
Cancer Horoscope (June 21 – Jul 22)

Co-workers could come on so strong that you feel like retreating to insulate yourself from them. You don’t want to be goaded into making a choice before you’re ready to decide for yourself, so you’re tempted to withdraw without fully revealing your feelings. However, your fears can exacerbate a tricky situation. Instead of seeking solitude today, it might be wiser to admit your sensitivity and ask your associates to hold off with their judgments until you’ve had enough time to make up your mind.

Leo Horoscope
Leo Horoscope (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

You may respond to someone’s invitation without even thinking now that the reactive Moon is back in your sign. Unfortunately, you might discover that you agreed to more than you intended. If you don’t consider what happens next, you could be unhappily surprised that your optimism steered you toward a wrong conclusion. On the other hand, you don’t have to be overly cautious if you just remember to temper your natural exuberance with a bit of common sense.

Virgo Horoscope
Virgo Horoscope (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

Hiding your feelings isn’t the best approach to managing a strong emotional interaction today. You are more transparent than you think, and others probably won’t trust you if they see that you aren’t being honest with them. Don’t wait until your frustration reaches a critical level before saying what’s on your mind. Avoiding an argument is easy now if you remember to share your reactions calmly before they grow out of control.

Libra Horoscope
Libra Horoscope (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

Your need to please others can lead to fun today as long as you aren’t acting for a selfish reason. But if you’re only considering what’s advantageous for you, your expectations may get in the way of a wonderful experience. Ultimately, you might be struggling with control issues now, so try letting go of your attachment to any desired outcome. If you are simply responsive without promoting your agenda, you may end up with more than you thought possible.

Scorpio Horoscope
Scorpio Horoscope (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

You might believe that you have to stand strong today, but your worries about being judged harshly could prompt you to overstate your perspective. You may even be so rigid in your presentation that others pull away from you because they think there’s not enough room in your position for negotiation. Fortunately, you can soften your message without weakening your conviction. Keep in mind that someone’s alternative point of view doesn’t necessarily threaten yours.

Sagittarius Horoscope
Sagittarius Horoscope (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

Your optimism has returned now that Mercury is moving direct in your sign, and you may not have the patience to listen to anyone else’s negativity about your plans. If someone is dissatisfied with your agenda today, you could be tempted to just take off and do your own thing. Nevertheless, it’s not wise to react so quickly if it means that you are excluding others. Take a few deep breaths and give them time to come around because it will be more fun to play in a group.

Capricorn Horoscope
Capricorn Horoscope (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

It might seem as if someone is exerting unnecessary influence over you today and it doesn’t feel right. Instead of avoiding a confrontation by retreating, you’re annoyed enough to face it head-on — especially if you know that you are right. However, you could inadvertently create a situation where being a winner makes someone else a loser. Rather than sinking into unnecessary competition now, change the framework into a cooperative one where everyone comes out ahead.

Aquarius Horoscope
Aquarius Horoscope (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You like it when someone is clear about his or her needs, but you’re not as supportive if a friend or co-worker is acting selfishly today. You may try to maintain your positive attitude, but you might respond with forceful words if someone pushes you too hard. It’s your decision; you don’t have to encourage conflict. You have the power to deflect aggression by quietly holding on to your position and waiting things out.

Pisces Horoscope
Pisces Horoscope (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You may feel the need to put on a show at work today because you want to be noticed for your contributions. But instead of drawing attention to yourself, just go about your business because completing your chores and fulfilling your obligations will garner more support than empty shenanigans. In the long run doing your job well brings you more recognition than shining a spotlight on yourself.