Daily Feng Shui News for May 18th – ‘Visit Your Relatives Day’

‘Visit Your Relatives Day’ encourages you to pay a call on beloved family members. But what if they don’t live nearby or have long since departed this earth? You can still ‘visit’ with relatives, if only in your heart, by using a traditional Feng Shui cure that sends your loving energies straight to them. Start by locating the ‘Family/Friends/Ancestors’ area of your living space, found in the center or middle of the left-hand wall. Put a picture or photo of your loved one in a wooden frame and place it into this same space and then simply send your good vibes and blessings to them. If your relatives are living, don’t be surprised if you get a call or text. If not, just know that they are feeling your love as well.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com


Daily Feng Shui News for May 16th – ‘Wear Purple for Peace Day’

Today is ‘Wear Purple for Peace Day’ and I’d like to look at other ways that wearing purple can help improve our lives. Feng Shui says that wearing purple will help you gain recognition and added prestige that will further your ambitions for fame. It is also considered an excellent enhancement to children’s rooms when used in furnishings or even painted on one wall. It is believed that this color can increase a child’s imagination while inspiring their creativity. Purple also enhances personal growth and wisdom. Lastly, all shades of purple are considered excellent for stimulating good luck. So whether you’re wearing it or simply see it around, purple attracts fortune and opportunities.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily Feng Shui News for May 15th – ‘May Flowers’

If April showers bring May flowers, then what do May flowers bring? According to Feng Shui, some May flowers might bring health, healing and happiness if that’s what you intend. This philosophy believes that positioning a bunch of blue-hued flowers in a white vase and then putting that anywhere close to the front door can cure what ails you, especially when involving your internal organs. This bouquet of Shui is said to be especially true regarding illnesses affecting the kidneys. This tradition also teaches that fresh flowers placed anywhere in the house also attract angels to your living space. So, thanks April showers for bringing us May flowers. We owe you — a bunch.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily Feng Shui News for May 14th – ‘Buddha Day’

Today’s ‘Buddha Day’ is a time for me to share what Feng Shui has to say about placing Buddha statues or images in your home. This tradition states that any holy object such as those just mentioned should always occupy a place of respect and should never be treated as decoration. One of the best places for displaying a Buddha statue or image is in the front entryway. The statue should be placed so that it is diagonally facing the front door so it can welcome fortune, luck, opportunity and blessings into your living space.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Your Daily Feng Shui News for May 12th – Isn’t it ironic that ‘Fatigue Syndrome Day’

Isn’t it ironic that ‘Fatigue Syndrome Day’ immediately follows a day honoring mothers? If you or someone you know suffers from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome then you’re probably already taking medications to alleviate symptoms of this disease. Holistic treatments include taking ginseng, an Asian herb known to increase energy and combat persistent fatigue, as well as supplemental L-carnitine, found in nearly all body cells, especially those that produce energy. Coenzyme Q-10, DHEA and essential fatty acids, like those found in avocado or fish oil, are all considered critical to the treatment of this condition. Of course, you should always check with your physician before beginning any alternative forms of treatment, but if you’re always low on energy, you might just want to put that appointment high on your priority list.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

My Mother’s Day Feng Shui Ritual

My Mother’s Day Feng Shui Ritual

Plants and flowers make this Taurus mama happy!

Maria DeSimoneMaria DeSimone on the topics of taurus, mothers day, feng shui, blogs, astrology

Each year, when my kids ask me what I want for Mother’s Day, I offer the same immediate response: “I want to play in the dirt.”

My son, Vincent, who has both Jupiter and Saturn in Taurus and Venus in Virgo, understands. He remembers being a small child and gardening with me in our once gorgeous back yard. He can recall digging in the dirt and helping me plant seeds or pick fresh salad. He would help me water the garden, and he actually took pride in it. I do believe that boy has green-thumb potential.

My daughter Anna-Maria, on the other hand, who has no Earth in her chart, doesn’t get it. This Leo with Libra Rising wishes her mom would want to go shopping. You know. Like a normal girl.

Regardless of the excitement level (or lack thereof), my kids recognize that Mother’s Day is “mother’s” day, and for years they’ve patiently indulged my traditional dirt fest.

My Mother’s Day plant shopping ritual

We pile into my car early in the morning and take the hour-long drive to the affluent North Shore of Long Island. Here, there happens to be an absolute gem of a nursery. In fact, I think it is world famous. When I tell you this place is completely breathtaking I’m making an understatement. Rare, exotic plants, trees, flowers, vegetables, herbs and fruit trees are everywhere, along with your everyday greenery.

There’s an entire section devoted to ornate sculptures, waterfalls and any other type of outdoor accessory you could dream up. There’s outdoor furniture, gardening tools and other essentials. Everything is displayed in the most elegant, picturesque way possible.

For a few hours each Mother’s Day, I truly feel like I’ve walked across the gates of heaven.

Mother’s Day is typically Taurus

Isn’t it interesting that Mother’s Day falls each year when the Sun is in Taurus — the sign most connected to Mother Earth? My Sun is in Taurus and I have always felt most at peace when outdoors. Mothers everywhere are gifted with plants or flowers — symbols of life and beauty — on this day.

Like many Taureans, I’m a big fan of gardening. Unfortunately, since 2007 I haven’t been able to enjoy my back yard. The ugly residue of my divorce leaves me in a situation where I can no longer stand to be in it. That’s because my next door neighbors happen to be my ex-in-laws. Yeah, I know what you’re thinking right now. What a dumb newlywed move that was! Good point, well made.

Anyway …

When I was happily married my back yard was a haven. There was a gorgeous pond-less waterfall with climbing ivy, the most amazing peony bushes, a pear tree and my once-famous vegetable patch. I spent hours in my yard writing, reading, gardening and entertaining. Even sleeping.

Living in Queens, N.Y., however, the homes are close together. Neighbors are separated only by a fence, and you can always hear and see what your neighbor is doing in their yard. Not a problem when you’re on happy terms with your neighbors, but when you’re not it can get nasty.

Suffice it to say that I no longer have any capacity to experience peace or joy in my back yard. Until I’m able to afford to purchase my own home and leave this area, I’m left to reminisce about my outdoor gardening days.

My Feng Shui consultant to the rescue

But all is not lost, thanks to indoor plants! In fact, my Feng Shui consultant (yes, I have one of those, too!) taught me how to maximize the potential of strategically placed plants, flowers and even trees in my home to take full advantage of Chi (energy flow) and gain a feeling of serenity.

I have to say that my Feng Shui consultant was instrumental in helping me learn how to feel as much “at home” as I possibly can while I’m living in this energetically sticky situation.

I learned how to protect my home from anyone’s negative energy using various “cures” from the art of Feng Shui. I also learned how to attract more money, success, honors and even peace with and for my children by strategically placing plants (part of the element of Wood in Feng Shui), Fire, Metal, and Water in specific areas of my home.

The Bagua (energy map of your home) is a fascinating tool to become better acquainted with. Once mine was presented to me by my Feng Shui consultant, I was taught that one of the easiest ways to promote good Chi in your home is through plants and flowers. Thanks to Feng Shui, I once again found a way to enjoy playing in the dirt. Before this, I had largely ignored indoor gardening.

You can still garden indoors!

Thanks to my first Feng Shui consultation, however, my Mother’s Day tradition never had to miss a beat. Since then, my visits to the luxurious nursery each year have yielded a collection of the most gorgeous and rare house plants. I get to stare at them every day. They adorn my living room, office, bedrooms — even my kitchen.

Now that’s how you make a Taurus mama happy on Mother’s Day! Even though I don’t yet have my own piece of “peaceful” land outdoors, thanks to Feng Shui I’ve learned how to make indoor gardening almost as satisfying.

Eventually, when I am an official home owner, you can bet the first thing I plan on doing is maxing-out the positive Chi of my new crib with the help of my Feng Shui consultant. Well, that might be the second thing on my list.

I might need to sit in the yard and make a few mud pies first. Yep, I definitely have my priorities straight.

Feng Shui News for May 11th – ‘Happy Mother’s Day’

This day honors all those wonderful women who nurture and nourish their babes, the women we call ‘mother.’ Happy Mother’s Day to every woman who shares her maternal energies with the world’s future generations. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to honor your own mom, consider an ages-old Feng Shui cure that will gift her with health, long life, virtue and happiness. Feng Shui says that any jewelry made with jade is more miraculous than the gift of life itself. This precious gem is thought to be imbued with incredible powers, and what mom couldn’t use more of those? This year give mom a bauble made of miracles. I wish all of my fellow moms a simply sensational Mother’s Day!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily Feng Shui News for May 10th – ‘Staying Up All Night’

Did you know that certain folkloric circles believe that leaving dirty dishes in the sink can keep you awake at night? On a day where you are advised to ‘Stay Up All Night,’ I wanted to share another reason you may be having a hard time falling asleep. According to author Debra Dadd, polyester-cotton sheets are coated with formaldehyde, a substance known to cause insomnia. Of course, making sure that what you see right before falling to sleep doesn’t stimulate you in any way is also imperative for good sleep. For occasional bouts of insomnia you may want to try the classic folk remedy of putting a small pillow filled with celery seeds under your usual pillow. This is believed to be an antidote to staying up all night that will allow you to finally have sweet dreams.

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com

Daily Feng Shui News for May 9th – ‘The Stunning Emerald’

The birthstone most associated with the month of May is the stunning emerald. The ancients linked this stone to Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, and it has long been believed that wearing one will protect lovers from unfaithfulness. Legend also says that wearing an emerald will improve your memory and intelligence, enabling you to clearly assess your past, your present and your sparkling future. It’s additionally said that wearing this stone will stabilize, soothe and bring good fortune. Now that’s some truly precious gem!

By Ellen Whitehurst for Astrology.com