Festive season feng shui

christmas front doorAt first glance the Australian festive season and feng shui may appear to be worlds apart, but many of their symbols are surprisingly alike.

Decorating our homes with auspicious colours like red and gold encourages fun and festivity (along with prosperity), while the sound of music, bells, and even bon bons, can help to cleanse and recharge our homes.

Smell also plays an important role in feng shui, with sage, pine and frankincense being perhaps the most powerful scents of all. If you’ve had a tough year or your energy levels need a boost, there’s no substitute for a freshly-cut Christmas tree. The invigorating aroma will lift your spirits every time you enter the room.

Displaying bowls of oranges, mandarins, nuts and candied fruits is said to encourage abundance in feng shui, especially in dining and living areas, while a well-used stove should rev up finances; to fully activate your money luck, use all of the hotplates rather than just one or two.

The tradition of lighting up our homes and placing garlands on front doors also fits nicely, as energising your home’s entrance is the first step to improving your feng shui. Outdoor lanterns, fairy lights, window displays, garden decorations and door ornaments should all attract people and good fortune into your home, so if you’re embracing the spirit and festooning your home, keep that fridge well stocked. Visitors will be drawn into your home like moths to the flame!

 

For a happy and prosperous 2014, try these feng shui tips:

  • Display bowls of oranges, mandarins, nuts and candied fruits to encourage abundance, especially in dining and living areas
  • Attract more luck into your life by giving your home a good clean, paying special attention to the kitchen, your home’s financial hub.
  • Ensure a year of sweetness by topping up your sugar bowls and place bowls of lollies or candied fruit around your living areas.
  • Encourage prosperity by filling your purse with crisp notes and gold coins, and paying off as many debts as possible.
  • Activate your home’s money sector, in the south east, with flowers or twinkling festive lights; a bowl of coins can also work well.

Feng shui for home buyers

Flying star chart

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Find out if your new home has good feng shui BEFORE you buy it, not after.

How can you tell if a home or office has good or bad feng shui? As a professional feng shui consultant I use complex calculations to assess a property’s strengths and weaknesses, but certain signs are clear, even to the untrained eye.

A few tips…

Noting the flow of passing traffic is always a good first step. Roads are like the modern-day river: ideally, we want a smooth, fresh flow of energy. Overly busy roads can feel stressful, while cul-de-sacs can sometimes lack energy or feel stagnant – unless kids are livening things up (then they can be ideal).

Assessing surrounding landforms is the next step. In feng shui, the ideal configuration is a protective hill, a stand of trees or a building to the rear, and similar-sized trees or buildings on either side. It’s all about the balance of yin and yang: an emphasis on the left can indicate lethargy and tiredness, while large scale structures on the right (from street view) can lead to stress and over-work. Look out for twisted trees or out of control ivy too, as they tend to indicate emotional entanglements or legal problems.

An attractive, inviting entrance is preferred but not always essential, for they can generally be improved once you’ve moved in. Good lighting, fencing and planting can work wonders, but steep steps or driveways can’t be fixed – and the goal is to draw auspicious chi – and people – into your home.

Pre-purchase feng shui reports

I can check your potential home using google maps, streetview and domain (floor plans are usually available on websites like real estate dot com). After assessing surrounding landforms and compass directions, its feng shui flying stars can then be drawn up, to assess health, wealth and relationships. Some homes and offices are far more auspicious and supportive than others! Investment for an average size home: $150; Business premises from $200

Email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or phone 0411 631 940

Feng shui pre-purchase report – sample

Time to stop and smell the roses

mercury-retrograde 2Mercury turns retrograde this weekend, but what does that mean? Roughly three times a year Mercury appears to slow down, then move backwards for around three weeks, at least from our perspective.Being the ruler of travel, communication and intelligence, these retrograde periods have a reputation for bringing mix-ups, misunderstandings and delays. Transport delays are often par for the course, so be sure to pack snacks and take a good book if traveling.

It’s also a time when being careless with money, our personal information or paperwork can be costly, so take extra care. Basically, life can go a little haywire!

From this weekend until October 26, take care if:
signing agreements, sending letters and emails, finalising business deals, booking tickets or accommodation, buying white goods, installing software or electronics such as computers, internet services and phones, or beginning any new enterprise (plans may be reversed later).

On the other hand, Mercury retrogrades are ideal for:
reviewing the past and reworking plans, cleaning out the metaphorical closet, starting your family tree, researching schools and study courses, or simply for tuning into your deeper thoughts and desires.

It’s a terrific period in which to tie up loose ends – especially in the week before the October 24 new moon/eclipse. So many of us have unfinished projects … maybe your door just needs a lick of paint or the veggie patch needs some TLC?

Retrogrades can also draw old lovers, friends and acquaintances out of the woodwork, so don’t be surprised if some familiar faces blast you back in time over the coming weeks.

As they say, every cloud has a silver lining!

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5 spring feng shui projects

Fenng shui - shiney kitchen splashbackBeing the season of fresh starts, spring is the ideal time to feng shui your home. Here are five simple projects to get you going.

1 Clear the clutter

Hanging onto unused items can trap you in the past and block fresh opportunities – and people! – from entering your life. Spring is the perfect time to turn over a new leaf, so ditch anything that conjures up negative feelings and only keep items that you use, need or love. If you can’t bear to part with old clothes, pack them into boxes then, if unopened after a year, donate them to a charity next spring.

2 Beautify your entrance

Not only will an attractive entrance draw more luck and good fortune into your life, you’ll invite more visitors in too. Weeds, cracks and peeling paint convey poverty in feng shui, while creaky gates and overgrown gardens subconsciously say ‘stay away’. For an instant lift, jazz up your entrance with extra lighting or pop in a load of colourful or fragrant flowers. Bird feeders and bird baths can also lift your home’s beneficial chi.

3 Feng shui your kitchen

To support health and wealth, make your kitchen as airy and inviting as possible. Leaking taps, broken appliances and chipped crockery should be repaired or replaced, and the stove kept sparkling clean. If your back faces the kitchen entrance when cooking, consider adding a reflective splashback (or a shiny pot) to take away the element of surprise and calm your nerves. Tuck knives away to promote harmony and display fruit to invite prosperity – oranges are especially lucky.

4 Liven up your love life

If your bedroom feels more boring than boudoir, add some exotic touches: rich colours, sensual textures and moody lighting can all spice thing up. Arouse your senses with sensual ylang ylang oil, then activate your romance sector, located in the south west, with crystals, candles or flowers. If sleeping under a beam is causing relationship problems, paint it to blend in with the ceiling or invest in a canopied bed. (If things have really deteriorated, you might want to consider an onsite consultation).

5 Reassess your plants

Flowers and plants can really energise your home and garden, but only if they’re healthy. Start by replacing any sickly specimens then dirch any dried flowers (bad feng shui). Plants with oval shaped leaves create a calming vibe, while pointy-leaved varieties can stir up chi and liven up quiet corners, both in and outside. For extra luck, consider jade plants (money trees), peace lilies, bamboo, orange or cumquat trees, magnolia trees or fragrant flowers.

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Starsign birthstones

ARIES

March 21 – April 20
For you, Aries, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend”. These glittering gems are said to attract love and money, though there’s a catch: their powers are strongest when received as a gift. Rubies can lift your energy and libido, but if you’re revved up enough, watch out. Traditional April birthstone: Diamond

TAURUS

April 21 – May 21
Emeralds, known as “the stone of successful love”, are believed to strengthen the memory and promote a happy family life – it’s no wonder they’re your special stone. Topaz also resonates nicely with your sign, bringing purpose and helpful people into the picture. Traditional May birthstone: Emerald

GEMINI

May 22 – June 21
For jittery Geminis, Agate and Tourmaline are both a perfect match. Roman soldiers once carried these gems as lucky talismans, but today, Tourmalines are known as “healing stones”. To sooth frayed nerves or calm a racing mind, keep one close at hand. Traditional June birthstone: Pearl

CANCER

June 22 – July 23
Pearls embody the female spirit: soft and luminescent but strong and resilient – just like you, Cancer. Being lunar ruled creatures, Moonstones also resonate on a deep level. To balance your hormones and even out emotions, wear a silver Moonstone ring. Traditional July birthstone: Ruby

LEO

July 23 – Aug 23
For sun-worshiping Lions golden Citrines are said to attract good fortune, while Tiger’s Eye crystals bring courage, confidence and clarity of vision. Being the zodiac’s royalty, Rubies also resonate with your sign, especially when set in gold.
Traditional August birthstone: Peridot

VIRGO

Aug 24 – Sept 23
Once worn as amulets by warriors, Sardonyx are said to boost stamina and bring happiness; some even say they aid childbirth. Being a natural healer, Peridot also suits your sign; for a sense of peace and well-being, wear a necklace or pendant. Traditional September birthstone: Sapphire

LIBRA

Sept 24 – Oct 23
Being ruled by the scales, it’s no surprise that your stones promote balance and harmony. Opal, the “stone of hope and justice” is your official gem, but for a calming influence try Sapphires and Aquamarines. They should attract good fortune too! Traditional October birthstone: Opal

SCORPIO

Oct 22 – Nov 22
For Scorpions, golden Topaz really is “your little ray of sunshine”. Worn as a ring, this healing crystal should bring joy and good health into your life. To release negative patterns, try wearing a Malachite ring, know by many as the “stone of transformation”. Traditional November birthstone: Citrine

SAGITTARIUS

Nov 23 – Dec 22
Looking for equilibrium? Search out a Turquoise. Prized by Aztecs and ancient Egyptians, these stones are believed to energise the spirit and promote harmony in love. To recharge your batteries or raise spiritual awareness, wear a Topaz on your ring finger.
Traditional December birthstone: Blue topaz

CAPRICORN

Dec 23 – Jan 20
Garnets, known as balancing stones, are your perfect fit, Capricorn; not only do they inspire love and serenity, they are said to lift depression and ease arthritis. Jet and Onyx also hold an affinity to your sign, helping to clear the mind and lift the spirits. Traditional January birthstone: Garnet

AQUARIUS

Jan 21 – Feb 19
Aquamarines, known in ancient times as “the life force stone”, are believed reduce stress and calm fears. Amethysts also have a calming effect, and importantly, can open your mind to new ideas. For best results, wear as bracelets or necklaces. Traditional February birthstone: Amethyst

PISCES

Feb 22 – Mar 20
Once used as charms against disease, Amethysts exert an almost magical pull. When focused upon, spiritual awareness can be enhanced and negative energy cleared. Moonstones also resonate with Pisceans, helping to relax the mind and calm emotions. Traditional March birthstone: Aquamarine

 

20140118-204539.jpgPersonal astrology readings
Want to know where you’re heading … or curious about your career, relationships or hidden talents? Your sun sign is just the tip of the iceberg! Jenny offers detailed personal readings (roughly 60 minutes) for AU$150. Once she’s recorded your reading, a private link will be emailed to you. Written reports available for $170 (posted in a presentation folder with your horoscope to frame).

To book phone 0411 631 940 (Australia) or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

Client testimonial: ” Thanks so much for your reading, Jenny. Accurate accurate accurate. It was quite spooky actually. All very relevant and very informative…”  – TC, Sydney, August 2014

Neptune retrograde … time to dream

full moon jenny blume feng shuiNeptune, the zodiac’s ruler of dreams and illusions, has just moved into a six-month-long retrograde phase (where it appears to move backwards, at least from our earthly perspective). Until mid-November most of us will feel more connected to our imagination, intuition and spirituality. For people with a strong Pisces or Neptune energy in their birth chart (especially 4-7 degrees Pisces) the coming months will shift you into an unusually deep but highly perceptive place. Dreams may become more vivid or prophetic, while for musical and artistic types, inspiration should flow more freely. An interest in healing or the mystical arts might also surface, or you could tap into psychic abilities or previously hidden talents.

For all of us, our compassion, spirituality and imagination will be heightened, but on the flipside, paranoia, hypersensitivity and escapist tendencies could flare. Due to this heightened sensitivity, it’s important to steer clear of negative influences and situations. Exposure to alcohol, drugs, chemicals and toxins should be limited; as we become more open and vulnerable, draining people and negative relationships might also need to be avoided. As your perception becomes more acute, it is important to listen to closely to your inner voice; it’s also important to talk or write about what you are feeling and sensing, because Neptune retrogrades can sometimes produce a type of psychic overload for sensitive types. Don’t try to hold it all in.

On the upside, Neptune retrogrades often bring an abundance of creativity, compassion, understanding, healing and inspiration. If we can manage to stay grounded over the next six months (immerse yourself in nature, listen to beautiful music, practice meditation or yoga) our inner worlds will have an amazing opportunity to blossom and grow.

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Best house plants

air purifying house-plants

As feng shui is about creating a supportive, feel-good environment, indoor plants are often recommended. They can help to harmonise a balance home, and often work best in the east and south east sectors (although this can change, depending on your home’s unique energies).

Plants only do they look and feel good, they can greatly improve the air quality. NASA tested various plants for use on space stations; here are some that rated the best.

1. Bamboo palms: Unrelated to true bamboos, these plants are excellent at improving air quality. They remove formaldehyde and act as a natural humidifier.

2. Snake Plant: Another excellent choice, especially for darker corners, this hardy plant is commonly called the mother-in-law’s tongue because of its sharpness.

3. Areca Palm: Not only do these palms look great, NASA found that they are one of the best air purifying plants for general air cleanliness.

4. Spider Plant: A great indoor plant for removing carbon monoxide and other toxins or impurities. Spider plants are one of three plants NASA deems best at removing formaldehyde from the air.

5. Peace Lily: Peace lilies could be called the ‘clean-all’. They’re perfect for bathrooms or laundry as they’re known for removing mould spores.

6. Gerbera Daisy: Not only do these flowers remove benzene from the air, they’re known to improve sleep by absorbing carbon dioxide and giving off more oxygen overnight.

Other plants that tested well were: English Ivy, Heartleaf philodendron, Elephant ear philodendron, Weeping figs, Rubber plants.

FENG SHUI TIPS:

  • Plants with heart or oval shaped leaves create a calming vibe, making them an ideal choice for entrances, landings and living areas. As round-leaved plants are said to attract wealth, try placing one or two Jade plants or ‘money trees’ near your front door.
  • Fruiting plants like cumquats are also said to attract good fortune, along with scented, flowering plants like jasmine and gardenias.
  • Bamboo is another popular choice, as it represents strength, longevity and protection; small ‘lucky bamboo’ plants make ideal gifts, especially for older people.
  • On the flip-side, pointy-leaved plants such as palms and cactuses will add a masculine energy to your home. This can be useful for livening up quiet corners, but when placed in a prominent position, spiky plants can create a prickly, argumentative energy.
  • Plants are not generally recommended for bedrooms, with the exception being orchids, which represent love, sensuality and fertility; alternatively, place one in your living area to invite more luck and family harmony into your home.

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