Lucky feng shui directions in 2015

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Enhance your feng shui luck in 2015

Why are some years luckier than others? One reason is that the feng shui energies shift from year to year. Until February 2016, the luckiest direction is the north; if you’re not sure where the north falls in your home, grab a compass.

Energise your home’s northern sector

Use your home’s north-facing rooms more frequently, or if it’s practical, enter through a north-facing door.

Add a few touches of red to your home or garden’s north, such as flowers, red-leaved plants and red pots.

Add red to your home’s south west

The south west is the second luckiest direction this year (after the north), so try to use this part of your home regularly and add a load of pink or red flowers.

Add shades of pink and red to the south west sector to energise your love life and attract more romance.

Keep the western part of your home quiet

To avoid bad luck in 2015, keep the western part of your home and garden quiet this year, and delay renovations until next year if possible.

Metal objects, like coins, bells and windchimes will help to harmonize the energy, so don’t stress: hang a bell on your front door if it faces west.

Feng shui consultations

Whether you’re buying, selling or simply need a lift, Jenny will provide you with recommendations that will support you health, wealth and relationships. Jenny combines feng shui, colour and design to create uplifting, feel-good homes and work spaces. Jenny will help you to:

feng shui yellow flowers for selling homes* invite positive energy into your environment
* lift the vibe and clear negative energy

* check for high emfs with a Gauss meter
* choose supportive colours and artwork
* rearrange furniture to improve flow
* find best directions for each resident
* find best positions for management & staff

* activate your home’s prosperity points
* find out if a potential home or office has good feng shui BEFORE you buy it, not afterwards

Jenny works with clients via email or in person (mainly in the Sydney and Gold Coast regions); when possible it’s best to actually see and feel a home or office. Sometimes a major feng shui problem, like a stagnant pond or negative artwork, has become a blind spot, so Jenny helps her clients to see their surroundings through fresh eyes.

jenny blume - sydney feng shui, space clearing & astrologyWhat do Jenny’s feng shui consultations include?
* Optimum room/furniture layouts for bedrooms and living areas * Professional advice on colours, styling and artwork * Best sleep and study directions for each family member * In offices, best positions for various staff members, plus best meeting rooms * Advice on attracting prosperity, luck and people into your home or office * Home safety audit, checking for high EMFs * Written report and detailed action plan * Ongoing support and advice * Free gift with onsite consultations

Please email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or phone 0411 631 940 if you’d like to enquire about a consultation.

Services offered by Jenny, plus price guide

What does 2015 have in store?

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If you’ve been searching for equilibrium, it’s good news. Okay, things might get off to a slow start (let’s say relaxed!), but the Easter Supermoon should usher in a more productive, optimistic era. As the turbulent celestial energy begins to stabilise and subside, it should be easier to get a firm footing and reach our goals.

On a larger scale, Saturn’s shift into big-picture Sagittarius will propel environmental and global issues into the spotlight for the next two years (and see your feet grow itchy!), then from winter, Jupiter’s move into earthy Virgo territory could fuel a growing interest in whole foods, natural therapies, old-style crafts and wellbeing. I don’t know about you, but getting back to the basics sounds good to me!

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 personal readings (roughly 60 minutes) for AU$188 (or $199 written). Once she’s recorded your reading, a private link will be sent to you. Phone 0411 631 940 (Australia) or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

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

Click here for 2015 starsign forecasts

8 feng shui tips for 2015

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As they say, it’s out with the old, and in with the new! New Year is the perfect time to make fresh starts and lift the vibe, so get the ball rolling with some DIY feng shui. Have a happy 2015!

1 Attract more luck

An inviting entrance will draw good fortune into your home, so lavish it with love to create a bright, uplifting space.

Give your doormat a wash or if you’ve had a really rotten year, buy a new one.

Good lighting can really enhance a home’s feng shui, especially if your entrance is hard to find; for an extra sparkle, add solar lights to the garden or trees – and not just for the festive season but year round.

TIP: Fruiting trees, like cumquats and mandarins, can attract more luck and fertility into your home.

MOON GUIDE: Flowers and leafy veggies planted under fertile moon signs tend to thrive. Best days in January: 1, 23, 24

2 Clear the clutter

Clutter can act as a type of barrier, trapping you in the past and making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life. If you don’t love, need or use an item, pass it on!

3 Clean your kitchen

In feng shui a clean, attractive kitchen is a sign of health and prosperity. To encourage a steady income, use all of your hotplates, and if your back faces the door when cooking, add a mirror or reflective splashback.

4 Move your mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can draw light or pleasant views into a room, but reflecting dark or ugly areas will emphasize problems. Mirrors in bedrooms can ‘double’ arguments, so cover them up at night if you want to calm the vibe. Avoid reflecting your front door, or you’ll scare people away.

5 Cleanse your space

Energy in homes can become stagnant, so fling open your windows then burn some sage to banish bad vibes. To boost your energy levels, burn citrusy oils like lemongrass or bergamot.

6 Reassess your art

Think carefully about what you’ve inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness or violence will conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or loved ones will promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. Sunrises, flowers and rural scenes are especially fortuitous.

7 Rev up romance

Support your bedroom’s relationship sector, located in the south west, with crystals, candles, pink items, romantic images or silk flowers. Display items like rabbits, birds or elephants in pairs.

8 Fix leaking taps

According to feng shui, water and wealth go hand in hand. Start by fixing leaky taps, as they represent money going down the drain, then tackle any mold or stagnant water around your home.

Click here to find out about personal feng shui consultations with Jenny

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.

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.

Click here to find out more about Jenny’s consultations.

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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