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.

 For consultations or enquiries phone 0411 631 940 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

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.

Find out more about Jenny’s consultations

Crystal pendulums

Pendulums for sale

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Pendulums are not only beautiful and fun to use, they can help you to tap into your natural intuition. Most people start getting clear ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers within 10 minutes.

How to use your pendulum
Start by sitting or standing in a relaxed position, preferably with uncrossed legs. The first thing you must do is discover how your pendulum is going to respond to your questions.
Hold the small ball at the top of your pendulum’s chain lightly between your thumb and pointer finger and ask, “Show me a yes.” Just relax and it should soon start to move, either swinging in a circular motion (clockwise or anti-clockwise) or crossing your palm in a straight line. After you’ve obtained the ‘yes’ direction, stop the pendulum and ask “Show me no.” Soon, the pendulum will show you the direction indicating the direction for a ‘no’.

Caring for your pendulum
Crystals should be cleansed regularly, either with a special cleansing solution or with sage smoke. Moonlight can also cleanse and recharge crystals – I like to cleanse my crystals under the full moon.

Due to overstocking for a recent fair, I have a variety of pendulums for sale, including amethyst, rose quartz, tiger’s eye and clear quartz balls and points. Priced from $10 – $13 (near wholesale) plus $5 postage in Australia for up to 6; NZ postage: $10 for up to 6. Great gifts!

Email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au to order your pendulums

Click here to learn more about Space Clearing

How feng shui consultations work

Jenny Blume - Feng shui for home's entranceFeng shui is all about harmonising the energy in and around your home to create a supportive, feel-good environment. Ideally, all homes would be designed and built according to feng shui principles (wouldn’t that be bliss!), but most changes and improvements can be made at any stage. When a home or work space has been properly balanced, health, finances and relationships should all reap the rewards.

Clients are often not sure what to expect, so here’s an excerpt from a recent Q&A that might give you more of an idea.

Q&A with Jenny …

How does a feng shui session work?

“I work with clients via email or in person (mainly in the Sydney, Byron bay and Gold Coast regions); when possible it’s best to actually see and feel a space. Sometimes a major feng shui problem, like a stagnant pond, a diseased tree or a negative artwork has become a blind spot, so I help my clients to see their surroundings through fresh eyes. Sometimes a space clearing is also needed, to shift negative energy.

I start by sending my client a questionnaire, then generally, I spend an hour or two onsite, discussing their situation, noting surrounding landforms (like roads and trees), furniture arrangements, colours, plants, artworks and feeling the flow of energy throughout the space. Afterwards, I draw up the more complex ‘flying stars’ (like an astrology chart for the home) and write a report that gives suggestions and remedies for each room.

Suggested changes can include moving beds, changing colours, adding particular artworks, shifting rugs or plants, or placing specific ‘cures’ like water or crystals in certain sensitive spots around the property. Sometimes, one room is more supportive to health and relationships than another, so I discuss priorities and possible room arrangements with the client. In offices, desks may need to be moved or entrances may need enhancing or changing. I also locate and activate the prosperity point, which every home and office has.

Most importantly, I also check for high electromagnetic fields (emfs) with a Gauss meter, especially near beds or desks, as spending time in these fields can place a real strain on the immune system. You’d be surprised how many people are sleeping near wall wiring or meter boxes!”

If you’d like to book a consultation with Jenny or make an enquiry email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or phone 0411 631 940.

 

Gauss meter check in bedroomIMPORTANT NOTE: Radiation & electrical fields (emfs)
Feng shui looks at the total environment, so these days, electricity and wireless radiation need to be assessed. Magnetic fields and electrical currents can greatly disturb sleep and play havoc with your health, so always turn off electric blankets before retiring and keep televisions, reading lamps, phones and computers well away from your bed. Phone chargers and cordless cradles exert a particularly strong field, so shift them out of the room altogether. Check also that your bed isn’t positioned near an outside meter box or major wall wiring.

With the help of a Gauss meter, Jenny can easily check your home’s radiation levels, especially around beds and study areas; safer options and furniture positions can then be discussed. Click here to find out more about Jenny’s consultations and safety checks.

Mercury retrogrades

meditating at sunriseMercury, the planet of communication and travel, is coming to a standstill today (February 7), at least from our perspective, as he shifts into a month-long retrograde phase. It’s well known, at least amongst astrologers, that Mercury retrogrades can feel like an exercise in frustration (and patience!), but insights gained over these slower, more reflective periods can be invaluable, even if we can’t see it at the time.

Delays and hiccups often prove to be fortuitous as they give us an opportunity to reassess and improve our plans. Pivotal people from our past often pop back onto the scene under Mercury retrogrades or forgotten dreams bubble up to the surface. If we’ve taken a wrong turn, retrograde periods can help to get us back on track.

Adding an interesting edge to this particular retrograde (they occur roughly three times a year) is Mercury’s mystical rendezvous with dreamy Neptune. Occurring in the sign of Pisces, this super-sensitized aspect is perfect for strengthening our connection to the spiritual world; think meditation, dream interpretation, artistic or musical expression, spiritual healing work, psychic development or communion with nature. Slow down, soak it all up and enjoy!

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