Colour therapy at work

Colours can have an instant impact, but they can also affect us in more subtle ways.

Red is well known as an appetite enhancer (KFC and McDonalds might be onto something!), making it an ideal choice for restaurants and fast food outlets, but if you want to turn people off their food, use purple, mauve or black.

Yellow stimulates the mind, making it a perfect choice for call centres or workplaces where people need to stay alert. Yellow can also work well in schools and study areas, as it aids concentration.

Shades of orange and yellow can also be used to lift the spirits and cheer up patients in hospitals, while bright orange is said to lessen emotional shock – making it an excellent hue for emergency rooms.

pinkprisonShades of pink and peach tend to calm people down, making them ideal colours for prisons, hospital waiting rooms and counseling centres. Some US prisons have even tried painting cells pink, and as a result, noticed less aggression*.

Blue can also calm the mind and reduce stress, but day in day out, some people can find blue a depressing colour – especially if a person’s spirits or energy levels are already low.

Shades of turquoise and aqua, on the other hand, are creative, invigorating colours, making them ideal for media industries and design-related professions. As they aid communication, they can also be a great choice for boardrooms and conference centres.

Green is the colour of balance and growth, making it ideal for health industries, mediation rooms and legal offices. It can also help patients to heal, making it a perfect colour for rehab centres.

*In 1979, directors of a Naval correctional centre in Seattle, US, painted some prison confinement cells pink in order to determine the effects this might have on prisoners. The rates of assault before and after the interior was painted pink were then monitored.

According to the Navy’s report, “Since the initiation of this procedure, there have been no incidents of erratic or hostile behavior during the initial phase of confinement”. Only fifteen minutes of exposure was enough to ensure that the potential for violent or aggressive behavior had been reduced, the report observed.

For more specific colour or feng shui advice email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or call Jenny on 0411 631 940.

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Mercury retrograde 

  
ASTRO UPDATE: Mercury has gone retrograde until May 22, bringing delays, mix-ups and misunderstandings … but don’t panic, for Mercury retrogrades have a silver lining. As our thoughts turn inward, insights can be profound. Projects may hit roadblocks or plans even might fall in a heap, but in retrospect it often proves to be for a good reason. Basically, it’s a time to think and ponder on matters rather than act; to question where we’re heading and consider what we really want. Very often we’re forced to slow down, but is that such a bad thing? Think of it as an opportunity to finetune your plans and reflect on things. Epiphanies await!

Top 3 DIY feng shui tips

garden - improve your feng shuiTIP 1: Beautify your entrance

To attract uplifting energy make your home, make your entrance as attractive as possible. Scented flowers, colourful plants, garden furniture, bird life and outdoor lights can really energize a home, whereas cracked paths, peeling paint, broken fences and overgrown trees or plants will drag it down. Don’t forget to cast a critical eye over your doormat and front door as well.

TIP 2: Clear the clutter

With the Easter eclipse still reverberating, now’s the time to clear your cupboards, purge the pantry or cast out anything that stirs up unpleasant memories. Ditch, donate or sell clothes that you haven’t worn in years and if you don’t have one, buy a filing cabinet. Clutter can hold you back and trap you in the past, so make space for fresh stories to enter your life.

TIP 3: Support your wealth corner

Not sure where your finance sector is? Grab a compass and locate the south-eastern part of your home – it’s especially lucky this year; search out this auspicious sector in your living room too, then start beautifying. Plants, flowers and wooden items should all support this sector. For extra oomph, display a group of crystals – wealth-attracting citrine are ideal.

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Ready for more romance in 2016?

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If you’re looking for love and romance, what does 2016 have in store? Being a fire monkey year, forget about treading the same old paths – we’ll all be searching for more excitement and stimulation. That’s great news for singles, but if you’re in a long term relationship, injecting a little more fun into things might be a smart idea.

Nip potential relationship problems in the bud by shaking up your usual routines. With Mars hanging around in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius for five months (an unusually long time) trips away and outdoor activities will help many couples to reconnect and rekindle those old romantic feelings; according to Western astrology, the period from March through to late September is tailor-made for travel and exploration, but if you’re stuck at home why not explore some national parks or out-of-the-way spots.

For singles, sporting and outdoor-focused clubs are likely to scene the scene for fun, and with the chatty Monkey Year spurring everyone on, the conversation should flow freely. It’s also a great year to book an adventurous trip away with friends; you might even bump into romance along the way.

To enhance your prosperity and romantic feng shui over the coming year, clear any clutter or broken items from the south west and western parts of your home (grab a compass if need be). Clearing out your bedroom is also be a good idea, especially under and around your bed. Don’t hang onto the past – make space for new people and experiences.

If you’ve had a rotten year, splurge on some fresh bed linen or if you’ve gone through a breakup consider buying a whole new bed, for mattresses and furniture can really hang onto bad vibes. At the very least, give it a good sage or even better, book a professional ‘space clearing’. The energy shift will be instant.

 If you’d like to organise a consultation or personal reading, please phone 0411 631 940 email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au – or if you live in Sydney or the Gold Coast, why not sign up for a Sunday workshop?

Wishing you an exciting, fun-filled year… Jenny x

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Welcome to the Year of the Monkey

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I hope you made it through 2015 intact! It was not the easiest of years for many people, but fresh starts await. The new year is always a great time to make changes, so why not start by writing a wish list?

Fire Monkey Years

According to Chinese astrology, Monkey years tend to be social, fast-paced, exciting and unpredictable. Think about monkeys, with their cheeky, restless nature and you’ll get the picture. Being a fire monkey (the last one was in 1956), the creative, changeable vibe will be even stronger. Looking back, 1956 brought us Rock ‘n’ Roll, the emergence of ‘teenagers’, uprisings against communism and the space race … a pretty amazing year.
The coming year is likely to contain plenty of twists and turns (stock markets could be in for more of a battering), but it should also be brimming over with inventive ideas, technical leaps and truly amazing creativity.

Being a metal ruled creature, some feng shui experts are recommending investing in gold, silver and earth or property-related fields.

Love and relationships in 2016

Forget about treading the same old paths, for monkeys get bored easily. Whether single or attached, we’ll be searching for more excitement, stimulation and variety. If you’re in a long term relationship, injecting a little more fun into things might be a smart idea. Nip potential relationship problems in the bud by shaking up routines.

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For singles, sporting and outdoor-focused clubs are likely to scene the scene for fun, and with the chatty Monkey spurring everyone on, the conversation should flow freely. It’s a great year to book an adventurous trip away – or a second honeymoon. Singles might even bump into love along the way.

Good health in 2016

If you find that you or a loved one are experiencing more health problems this year, try placing a feng shui cure near the centre of your home to soak up negative energy.
A calabash can sometimes help or you could make a ‘salt water cure’ remedy – see my instructions page. Alternatively, you could order an annual feng shui update to assess your home’s energies in more detail.

jenny blume astrology & feng shuiWant to to learn more?

During 2016 I’ll be running various astrology and feng shui workshops. Phone 0411 631 940 to book or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au
‘Learn more about feng shui’
Gold Coast: Sunday, April 13, 1.30 – 4.30pm. $80/$65
This hands-on workshop will cover entrances, bedrooms and bagua compass directions with a focus on love and relationships.

Phone Jenny on 0411 631 940 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

 

 

Welcome to 2016!

Searching for stability? It’s been a rollercoaster few years for many people, but the celestial ups and downs should begin to even out as the year unfolds. A tension-filled square between Pluto and Uranus has been exerting a powerful influence since mid-2012, but after a final square off in March some of the pressure should ease.

This particular celestial dance actually began back in the mid-60s with their conjunction, bringing issues around freedom, change, power and equality to the forefront of consciousness, so it’s all part of a much bigger picture. If your sun, moon or any personal planets fall in the middle degrees of any cardinal sign – Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn – you’ve probably been copping the full brunt.

Action-oriented Mars normally races through the sky, but this year he’ll be hanging around in freedom loving Sagittarius for five months – an unusually long time. Faraway places are likely to exert a powerful pull from March until late September, along with adventurous, outdoorsy pastimes and foreign people and philosophies.

After Easter, many of us will be pushed us out of our comfort zones, and quite literally, out the front door.

Saturn’s two-year journey through Sagittarius will keep large-scale global and environmental issues in the spotlight for the entire year, but in a case of celestial synchronicity, Jupiter’s Virgo transit (until September) should help us to stay grounded as we’re drawn to a simpler lifestyle… natural foods, old-style crafts, farmers markets, alternative therapies and community events.

Jupiter’s move into luxury-loving Libra on September 10 will shift the mood as it draws many of us towards life’s finer offerings – delicious food (watch that sweet tooth!), the arts, live entertainment and a good dose of romance. It bodes well for singles, especially when we factor in the chatty, flirtatious Monkey, who’s set to dominate the year. Dating websites, jewelry stores, fashion departments and romantic restaurants should do a roaring trade.

If you’re ready to embrace a more active, outgoing and romantic lifestyle, the stars will be working in your favour. Wishing you all a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

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Starsign forecasts are, of course, general in nature (personal astrology readings are a whole other story!) but for a glimpse of what’s in store, find your star sign, right.

Personal 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 comprehensive personal astrology readings (roughly 60-70 minutes) for AU$175. Once recorded, a private link will be emailed.

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

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

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The Ascendant

At the eastern point of the horoscope sits the Ascendant, or rising sign. It represents the personality that we project to the world, our persona. People usually come across as their ascendant or ‘rising sign’ when we first meet them, and these traits can either work in harmony or in tension with the sun sign (which rules the inner self). Some people hide behind their ascendant, turning it into a sort of mask, while others embrace and integrate the characteristics.

Along with the persona, the ascendant rules the physical body, so someone with Cancer rising may be have a rounded face and a sensitive, nurturing nature, while a Gemini ascendant might bring an angular appearance and a chatty, jittery edge (nail-biting can be a dead giveaway).

Of course, if you have a planet sitting near the ascendant or situated in the first house, this will add complexity to the picture, but the interpretations below should form a good starting point.

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I’ve used Meryl Streep’s chart to show where the ascendant or rising sign is … see the red circle on the left? That’s it. Her ascendant is ruled by Leo, while her sun is in Cancer. Hence, her love for drama and taking risks.

astrology symbolsOnce you know your ascendant, you can read up on the traits and see if they suit. It’s also worth reading my weekly and yearly astrology forecasts for your ascendant as well as your sun sign. They can resonate in a big way!

If you don’t know your own ascendant, try casting a free chart at www.astro.com

Your sun sign is just the tip of the iceberg!

ARIES

People with Aries ascendants tend to move quickly, talk quickly, and act without hesitation; in fact their boundless energy and enthusiasm are often legendary. Due to their confidence, they often come across as natural leaders and entrepreneurs, although their impulsive, excitable nature can lead to mishaps, especially when angry.
Traits: active or sporty, magnetic, extroverted, competitive, confident, headstrong, enterprising, often ruddy complexion

TAURUS

People with Taurus ascendants tend to take a more considered, slow and steady approach, but once their mind is made up, there’s no stopping them. Their senses are generally highly attuned, giving a love for good food, soft fabrics, music and finer things in life; comfort, quality and luxury often rank high on their list of priorities.
Traits: stable, dependable, refined, musical or artistic, stubborn, determined, acquisitive, often strong, sturdy or thick-set

GEMINI

People with Gemini on the ascendant tend to be energetic, agile and always on the go; they generally love a chat, and due to their natural curiosity, are often drawn towards books, films and media-related fields. Nervous habits are common in this sign, but plenty of exercise and physical activity can help to calm them down.
Traits: versatile, well-read, expressive, edgy, curious, active, impulsive, talkative, restless, often slim, tall or boney

CANCER

People with Cancer on their ascendant tend to be sensitive, caring souls; their home is their sanctuary, and like a crab, they retreat into their shell when threatened. Parenthood and teaching professions often appeal, along with food, health and finance-related fields, for comfort and material security are important to this sign.
Traits: sensitive, sympathetic, feeling, moody, intuitive, defensive, home loving, often pale, plump or round in the face.

LEO

People with Leo on their ascendant need to be noticed. The bigger and more glamourous, the better, especially when it comes to cars, clothes and their hair (or mane). Their confident, extroverted approach makes them natural performers, managers, motivators and salespeople, but beneath the exterior, the ego can be surprisingly fragile.
Traits: friendly, confident, loyal, glamourous, creative, dramatic, bossy, opinionated, restless, often bald or have ‘big hair’

VIRGO

People with Virgo on their ascendant tend to be intelligent, exacting, competent and discriminating. Their attention to detail is often impressive, but over-thinking things can lead to worry and negative thinking, or even OCD. A preference for stylish items and quality clothing often surfaces early, along with a love for facts and figures.
Traits: practical, methodical, hard-working, reliable, exacting, health-conscious, anxious, face often develops fine worry lines

LIBRA

People with Libra on their ascendant tend to be talkative, charming and charismatic. Their aesthetic eye is usually well developed, leading to a love for fashion, design and the performing arts. Relationships are often a preoccupation, along with issues involving justice and fair play. Their refined, stylish manner can be a dead giveaway.
Traits: diplomatic, stylish, romantic, cultured, chatty, indecisive, often well-dressed, with wide-set eyes or attractive features

SCORPIO

People with Scorpio on their ascendant tend to be private or secretive, especially when they feel emotionally exposed. Power and control are strong life themes, but when harnessed correctly, these traits can bring great influence and success. An air of mystery and charisma often acts as a magnet to the opposite sex.
Traits: passionate, driven, intense, secretive, sexual, powerful, competitive, often drawn to mysterious people, situations and places

SAGITTARIUS

People with Sagittarius on their ascendant often crave freedom and fresh air. Travel can be a major theme or they may be drawn to foreign philosophies, people and places; their search for answers often lasts a lifetime. Known for their sense of humour and outgoing nature, they are often quite private, or even aloof.
Traits: friendly, talented, generous, unpredictable, outdoorsy, adventurous, restless, often drawn to travel and the outdoors

CAPRICORN

People with Capricorn on their ascendant tend to feel old before their time; even as children they may feel more responsible and serious than others, but as they age they become more carefree. Still, they place high value on hard work, rules and respect; their sensible, grounded nature often makes them pillars of society.
Traits: practical, conservative, careful, industrious, wise, judgmental, reliable, organised, often tall or wiry with a lined face

AQUARIUS

People with Aquarius on their ascendant value originality, freedom and independence; they’re the scientists, innovators and eccentrics of the zodiac, but a surprisingly stubborn, sceptical streak can run deep. Often opinionated and always up for a chat, people with this rising sign follow the beat of their own drum.
Traits: friendly, inventive, unique, eccentric, freedom-loving, determined, stubborn, often drawn to colourful people and clothes

PISCES

People with Pisces on their ascendant tend to feel emotions deeply and resonate with other-worldly spheres. Mysticism, healing and the arts may attract them from an early age, but when ungrounded, escapist tendencies can surface in negative ways. Being creative souls, finding healthy, expressive outlets is essential.
Traits: sensitive, creative, caring, moody, imaginative, mystical, escapist, compassionate, often pale skin and cold extremities

Copyright Jenny Blume 2015

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