Mercury Retrograde Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 23, 2013, begins another Mercury Retrograde phase, when the planet Mercury will appear to be moving backwards. It may feel to you that for each step forward you take, you go two steps backward. Retrograde will continue through March 17, 2013, although the effects may be felt for 3-10 days after, and you may have felt it’s effects for several days already.

mercurySo what does Mercury Retrograde mean and what do we do about it? This is not a good time to sign contracts or start new things. Don’t be surprised if you experience mechanical or electrical difficulties; this may include, cars, cell phones, computers and televisions. You may also have more communication challenges than usual. Stay calm, be patient, it will pass. Perhaps if you remember it is Mercury following it’s nature it won’t be as frustrating for you.

On the postive side, it’s a great time to complete things that you’ve previously started and have maybe left hanging out there incomplete. Try contacting someone you haven’t talked to in a while and reconnect – go backward, like the planet appears to be doing. And of course, it’s a great time for clutter clearing – the physical as well as emotional, so its a good time for retrospection and thought clearing.

What does all this have to do with Feng Shui? I find that the more someone resists Mercury Retrograde the more challenges they may experience during this time. This is similar to Feng Shui in that when we identify the energies in a home or business environment and use them for what they are best suited rather than resist them or deny them, we are living in harmony with our environment. There’s a story that goes something like this…The cow asks “Why did you sting me? I carried you across the river.” The scorpion replied “I thank you for that but stinging is my nature.”

Don’t get stung, go with the flow and see if Mercury Retrograde can help you complete things and get closure; or perhaps open a door that had previously been closed. Most importantly, stay calm. Breathe and it will soon be moving forward again.

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Feng Shui for Stairs

When people find out I am a Feng Shui Consultant, they often ask me questions about Feng Shui for Stairs. This video is an example of great Feng Shui for stairs and for health!

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7 Tips to Get Your Bedroom Ready for Romance

Romantic Couple Dancing1. Remove/Cover all mirrors read more

2. A Hideaway for Two read more

3. Easy Access read more

4. It Takes Two read more

5. A Room With a View read more

6. Leave My Family Out of It read more

7. Gotta Have Faith read more

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4 Steps to Improve Your Love Life

heart 2Just in time for Valentine’s Day, here’s an excerpt from an article I wrote last year.

Men have a natural instinct for interpreting their environment.

This goes back hundreds of years to them being out in the wild, hunting buffalo or other wild animals to bring home to feed the women and children.

Natural providers, that’s what men are. While they were out hunting wild animals, the women were in the caves or nearby picking berries.

They paid attention to detail.

If they chose the berry with the red spots instead of the one with white spots, for example, they could poison their entire village. So women tend not to look up and take in the surrounding environment.

They focus on the details. Men look around and get familiar with their environment. They analyze it. They size it up, so to speak.  They do this naturally, instinctively, subconsciously.

It is usually done from a safety perspective, rather than a romance perspective. It is so natural, that they often don’t even realize they are doing it.

Military trained men are an exception; they are well aware that they are taking in the clues from their environment; assessing and adjusting accordingly.

Put on your “home-vision-goggles” and get ready to take a look at your home.  The following are things you can do to your environment to improve your love life.

4 Steps to Improve Your Love Life

1. Think Like a Couple

2. Balance Yin and YangYin and Yang

3. Be the Center of Your Universe

4. Create A Safe Haven

 

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Good-Bye Dragon; Hello Snake!

dragon from Yasha JampolskyAs we say good-bye to the year of the Dragon and welcome in the year of the snake, it can be helpful to review your experience of the Dragon year. Specifically we are completing a Water Dragon year, and beginning a Water Snake year. Let’s first look at the qualities of water.

Water is powerful and constantly changing. When focused and channeled, it sustains life. When left on its own, it carves through mountains and forges new paths. The end result may be beautiful, but in the midst of its current, chaos can be found.

Dragon, often fire-breathing, is intense. It relates to power, perhaps power struggles. Dragon is about truth and light. Or rather, exposing truth and dispersing darkness and clouds. I think for many of us, we faced truths in the passing year – truth about ourselves, our lives, and the world.

2012, according to the Mayan’s, was predicted to be the end of the world; perhaps it was the end of the world as we know it. I have personally been seeing it as a separation of good and evil. In the ongoing economic challenges, haven’t people’s true colors shown? We’ve learned who our friends are, who we can trust, who resorted to methods with less integrity, and who stayed the course of honesty and truth. There’s that word again, truth. Dragon exposes truth.

In the past weeks, I’ve heard several people refer to 2012 as being similar to Y2K – a non-event. Well, if you were in I.T. back then, as I was, you know it was anything but a non-event. We spent hours, days, weeks, months and even years, reviewing every line of programming code for every system and every process. We edited every line of code that had a date field, and some other fields that used “00” as a “dummy” filler for the field. Next came testing, reviewing results, possibly more programming, testing and reviewing, implementing, and then monitoring, and maybe even more programming.

Yes, folks, for those in I.T. it was not a non-event. We worked hard to make it a non-event for others. So, before you think 2012 was a non-event, consider the impact on your life and the lives of those you know that the events of 2012 had. Did I mention that the year 2000 was a Dragon year?

So was 2012 a non-event for you? For some, maybe it was, but for most of the people I have spoken with, there were a lot of changes in 2012. Changes in life-style, spending, housing, work, etc. I don’t think 2012 was a non-event for many people. Maybe the exact day the world was predicted to end was a non-event since we are all still here, but the world is definitely a different place than it was. The powerful water dragon made sure of that.

snakeThe Snake of 2013 is wise and focused; advancing steadily and fluidly. The snake holds the key to the mysteries of life. 2001 was a snake year. In 2001, George W. Bush took office, the World Trade Center was bombed, the U.S. withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, the Human Genome Sequence was revealed, and the worst world-wide economic downturn in 20 years started. Remember, snake is about focus and direction. Back in 2001, the focus was not on the economy. If this snake year stays focused on improving the economy, that is very likely what we will experience – an improved economy.

Dragon was proud and aggressive. Snake is wise and calm. Stay focused on what you want this year and you will very likely achieve it!

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“December is Special”

Have you received the “Feng Shui” email saying that December is special? Every few months it gets sent around. It may in fact be special, but not from a Feng Shui perspective.

Here’s a link to the article I posted in October 2011 that will tell you more about this event and my thoughts on it.

 

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It Won’t Work…

if you don’t do it. That’s what someone recently said to me about Feng Shui. I recently met a man who had just had a Feng Shui consultation. The consultant had told him to cut down the tree in his front yard and he did! Wow!

tree in front of houseI was impressed with his gusto and willingness to apply the suggested changes. I expressed this to him and he said, “It won’t work if you don’t do it.” So true and yet there are many out there that think that Feng Shui is something that happens to them, not something they actively create.

I compare it to a person going to the doctor, being prescribed a medication, not taking it, and then saying the medicine doesn’t work. Of course not! It won’t work if you don’t do it.

In most cases, the recommended changes needed to balance the Feng Shui of a home are pretty simple. However, there are times that more dramatic changes are required. These may include, not using a room, using a back door instead of a front door, not opening a window, or changing the function of a room.

I’ve lived through the impacts of not following the advice of a Feng Shui professional. When I moved into my current home, I didn’t follow my own advice. You know, like the Cobbler whose children didn’t have shoes. I knew the best location for my desk was in the living room near the front window. This would help the flow of money and opportunities. I also knew this was not a good place for my sofa – health could be challenging.

Still, I let my logical side win. I created an office out of an extra bedroom. I put my sofa near the window, because, are you ready for the reason? Because of the location of the cable TV connector. Yep, the cable connector determined the arrangement of my home.   This is especially funny since I don’t watch much television; I’m usually out dancing or taking a yoga class.

The first couple of months went fine. I felt great! I was happy and enjoying life in my beautiful new home. Business was also doing well. This is often the case – just the change of energy from a move can create activity and joy. This is not always an indication of positive Feng Shui energy…as I soon experienced.

SickAfter a few months, I got sick. The cold lasted about 3 weeks and I was completely laid up during that time. I felt better for a week, and then I was sick for another 3 weeks. This pattern repeated several times. My life became consumed by health issues, and not surprisingly, my business slowed because of this. I’ll also add that I usually get sick about once every 3 or 4 years and it doesn’t last more than a few days. Side note: I found myself watching more television than ever before.

One day when I was feeling good and was again thinking clearly. I rearranged my home. Office moved to living room, sofa moved to the other side of the room and cable connection was extended to give flexibility of location.

Immediately business picked up, and opportunities and invitation began flowing in and I’ve not been sick since. It won’t work if you don’t do it.

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