8 feng shui tips for a lucky 2019

2019 Year of the PIG

The Chinese New Year (on February 4 and 5) is the perfect time to lift the vibe, so set the ball rolling with some DIY feng shui. Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous Year of the Pig!

1 Beautify your entrance

An inviting entrance will draw more luck and good fortune into your home, so lavish it with love to create a bright, uplifting space. Paint, weed, wash down your door, and give your doormat a good wash (or if you’ve had a rotten year, buy a new one!). For an extra special sparkle, add solar lights to the garden or trees – and not just for the festive season, but all year round.

MOON PLANTING GUIDE: Flowers and veggies planted under fertile moon signs tend to thrive. Best planting days in February: 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17 … plus vines on Feb 24 or 25.

2 Declutter and clean your kitchen

Clutter can act as a barrier, trapping you in the past and making it difficult for new people and opportunities to enter your life, so if you don’t love, need or use an item, pass it on. To attract prosperity, give your your kitchen an extra-special clean, fix leaking taps and try to use all of your hotplates (to encourage a steady income).

3 Rev up romance

From February 4, 2019, the strongest romance energy will will flowing into the NORTH sector of your home, so give any rooms here a special spruce-up, along with the garden outside. Clear clutter, then add healthy pot plants, flowers, lucky bamboo, suncatchers, crystals, a birdbath or romantic images to activate the fortuitous energies!

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. Consider what is being reflected, and ask, ‘do I want more of it?’ If need be, cull mirrors, for having too many can bring confusion and turn peaceful homes into mirror-mazes. Click here for more about mirrors.

5 Lift the vibe

Energy in homes and offices can become stagnant, so fling open your windows and burn some sage to banish any bad vibes. For an extra energy boost, burn citrusy oils like bergamot and lemongrass. Then make up an everyday spritzer – with water and a half teaspoon of kaffir lime oil – not just for your home, but for yourself and your car as well!

6 Reassess artwork

Depictions of sadness or violence can conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or loved ones help to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. Sunrises, flowers and rural scenes are especially fortuitous. If you’re looking for romance, place romantic images in the south west sector, and limit family photos in your bedroom!

7 Place a salt cure in the SW

If your bedroom or front door falls in the south west sector, placing a ‘salt water cure’ there should help to lift the vibe and harmonise the feng shui (from Feb 4, 2019). It may seem odd, but these cures can suck up negative energy like a hoover. See my salt water cure page for details or if you need support, consider booking a session with me.

8 Energise your home’s ‘tai chi’

From February 4, the auspicious ‘8 water star’ moves to the centre of your home, known as the ‘Tai Chi’, so give this area a good clean and declutter, then spritz with Kaffir lime (see tip 5) or a space clearing spray, then place crystals, lucky objects, candles or a beautiful lamp there to activate the lucky energy. Enhancing this sector should help  support your career as well.

Pay special attention to the NORTH WEST too, as this sector could attract more travel, helpful people and business success in 2019. Have a wonderful new year!

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Feng shui compass sectors

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Want to try some DIY feng shui? I’ve draw up a simple feng shui compass sector chart (known as a Sheng cycle), to get you started.

The old system, known as ‘Black Hat Sect School’, where the front door is used, has been largely discredited, as it was over-simplified when it first appeared in the West (in the 1980s). It was based on the compass school formula, where each direction resonates with an area in life.

Your home’s compass sectors can be found with a compass or by looking at google maps or google earth, although readings may be up to 10 degrees out, as feng shui consultants factor in magnetic declination to get a ‘true north’ reading, versus map north.  Alternatively, take note of where the sun sets (west) and rises (east).

Feng shui works on many levels, but at it’s core, ‘compass sectors’ rule particular areas of life. If family relationships are rocky, try sprucing up your home or living room’s eastern sector, starting with a good clean and declutter, then boost the energy with plants or flowers. Lucky bamboo is also a good enhancer, along with happy family photos.

Career is in the north, finances in the south east, romance in the south west, travel and helpful people in the north west, and so on. You’ll find them on the Bagua map, above. Feng shui works on deeper, more complex levels as well, but even simple changes can help to shift energies and lift the vibe.

If you’d like to book a space clearing or professional feng shui consultation email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au for a quote.

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Cleansing with Sage

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If the vibe needs a lift, a great place to start is with white sage. It’s a classic with so many cultures, and it’s hard to beat. Perhaps it’s partly psychological, but when used regularly it can place people in an almost instant state of relaxation.

When using sage I start by partly opening windows, to let the smoke out, firstly wafting it over myself, then over any crystals or jewelry that need cleansing. State intentions if you like, or ask for protection as you wave or fan it around.

Wooden furniture needs regular saging I find, especially if items have been bought second hand. I also like to sage near my front door, and of course, after arguments (I’m married to a double Gemini!) or after periods of upset or sickness.

Whole bundles can be lit, with a bowl underneath to catch embers, or small pieces can be picked off and used. Sometimes just one dried leaf is enough for a quick cleanse, but however you prefer to sage, just be sure not to burn anything as you go.

Another favourite of mine is essential kaffir lime oil, mixed with water. It’s incredibly cleansing and revitalising, either spritzed over yourself or over hard surfaces like desks. And like sage, it’s excellent for  cleansing front doors, especially when affirmations or intentions are stated at the same time. Try spritzing it in your car as well, or simply spray it around a room to lift the vibe.

If you’re interested in a more intensive ‘space clearing’ click here to find out more. Or phone 0411 631 940 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au. I’m here to help!

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DIY feng shui projects

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Whether you’e a true believer or not, there’s a lot to be said for many of the principals of feng shui, in creating a happier, calmer and more organised home. Why not try these quick tips yourself and see what effect they have?

Beautify your entrance

To draw the best possible energy into your living space, make your home’s entrance is as clutter-free and inviting as possible. Not only will you attract more luck and good fortune into your life, you’ll attract more visitors 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 fragrant flowers or culinary herbs.

Reassess your art

Step back and take a good look at what you’re inviting into your home. Depictions of sadness and violence can conjure up negative feelings, while images of beautiful places or people you love tend to promote a sense of peace and wellbeing. If you’re after romance, avoid displaying lonely or solitary figures in adult bedrooms, and parents, don’t overdo photos of kids. Sunrises, landscapes, aquatic scenes and mountains are especially fortuitous.

Move your mirrors

Strategically placed mirrors can draw more natural light and pleasant views into your living space, but reflecting dark corners or boring walls will only emphasise your problems. It’s said that mirrors facing the front door can scare people (and good fortune) away, while reflecting bathroom doors can magnify health problems. Attract abundance by reflecting your dining table or a big bowl of fruit.  Click for more on mirrors 

Clean your kitchen

In feng shui, the kitchen symbolises a household’s health and wealth, so try to keep your kitchen as clean and well aired as possible; broken taps and appliances should be promptly repaired or replaced and the stove kept sparkling clean. To encourage a steady income, use all hotplates regularly, rather than favourites. Make your kitchen an inviting place to spend time in; food cooked in a calm atmosphere will nourish the soul and warm the heart.

Shift your furniture around

Sounds ridiculously simple, but moving your furniture around can shift energy within your home or office. Wipe down walls, vacuum and declutter as you go, then spritz some kaffir lime oil for an extra lift. As one of my favourite feng shui masters recently said, to change your life you must first change your habits – and your surroundings. Even sitting in a different chair will start the process!

Copyright Jenny Blume 2018

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Lucky feng shui for 2017

chinese-astrology-fire-rooster-2017As we move into the Year of the Rooster, your home’s feng shui and prosperity points will begin to shift. Fire rooster ruled years tend to be unpredictable and a tad hyperactive, but don’t panic, for the rooster can be highly stimulating, inventive, romantic and exciting too. He likes to strut his stuff!

To attract luck and prosperity in 2017, grab a compass and place a few celestial cures around your home and garden on February 4. Feng shui cures are usually applied on the Solar New Year (which is always February 4) rather than the Lunar New Year (January 28).

Of course, you can place cures at any time in 2017. The principle of ‘better late than never’ applies when it comes to creating good feng shui in your home or office. And don’t forget, the New Year is an ideal time to clear your cupboards and cast out anything that you don’t use or love. If you need help or a Space Clearing click here.

• Residents of east facing homes should attract loads of good luck this year. Place red objects (such as flowers or candles), lamps, crystals or sparkling sun catchers in the eastern part of your home or garden to enhance your good fortune.

• The south east is also extremely lucky this year – great news if your home faces this direction, or your bedroom falls in this compass sector (ooh la la!). Add candles, lamps and splashes of red for extra pizazz.

• If your home or front door faces towards the south, feng shui ‘cures’ should be placed to harmonise the energy. Metal windchimes, bells, red objects and lucky bamboo should all work well. Avoid crystals or water features here (just for this year). Consider setting up a salt water cure for extra protection. Click here for instructions.

• To attract love and romance keep your home’s south west as clean and attractive as possible – and this year, avoid too much renovating, metal (such as wind chimes) or water in this sector. Display romantic images, burn sweet smelling oils, plant herbs, display flowers (silk are fine), or simply throw open the curtains and let the sunlight stream in.

• Flower essence drops are helpful for many people, particularly in times of change and transition. Check out a few suggested blends under your star sign forecast.

Wishing you a wonderful new year, Jenny x

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Feng shui for love, prosperity and good health

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As a feng shui consultant, my goal is to create uplifting homes and workspaces. As cures and enhancements are implemented, and the five elements are harmonised, your health, wealth and relationships should all feel the positive effects. A home that that been properly ‘feng shuied’ feels warm and inviting, not only to you, but to everyone who enters. When needed, space clearings can lift the energy even higher.

Previous clients have benefited from unexpected job offers, better relationships with family and neighbours, improved health, more relaxed pets, surprise windfalls, long desired pregnancies, enhanced creativity and a fresh sense of energy and enthusiasm.

I work with clients via phone, email or in person, mainly in the Sydney, Byron Bay, Tweed and Gold Coast area.

Call 0411 631 940 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au to discuss your situation.

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Feng shui romance activators

Feng shui energies change from year to year, and from home to home, but for everyone, an inviting bedroom and attractive ‘south west’ sector will help to activate romantic energies. You’ll need a compass to find your ‘relationship sector’, or try Google maps.

  • If single, place bedside tables and lamps on both sides of your bed, and turn both on at least once a week.
  • Display a pair of Mandarin Ducks in your bedroom; when possible, opt for pairs of objects rather than single items.
  • Assess the artwork in your bedroom and remove anything that conjures up lonliness or sadness; limit family photos.
  • Place two rose quartz crystals – the stone of love – in the south west or by your bed.
  • Display peonies, either real, silk or depicted, to attract romance; these work especially well in the south west.
  • Declutter nearyour bed, and lift the vibe with low-key lighting and sensual essential oils like ylang ylang.

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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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Feng shui for kids’ bedrooms

According to feng shui practitioners, a harmonious, feel-good home reflects onto it’s occupants. To varying degrees we’re all tuned into our environments, but for sensitive types, and for children in particular, the effects can be strong.

feng shui for kids bedroomsBeing active little creatures, children often find it hard to switch off at bedtime. Bright colours and funky patterns may look appealing, but if the balance of yin and yang is out of kilter, vibrant rooms can overstimulate and rev kids up. Ideally, a child’s bedroom should be a peaceful place that promotes rest and relaxation. These feng shui fundamentals should point you in the right direction – and have your little one sleeping like a baby.

BED POSITION

Cots and kids’ beds work best when nestled into a cosy corner. For a sense of security, your baby or child should be able to see the room’s entrance from their bed, so if possible, position the bed diagonally from the door, with its headboard against the wall. Avoid having them sleep with their feet directly facing the door, as it will tempt them to get up and join you during the night.

In addition, your child’s bed should not share a wall with a toilet, as according to feng shui tradition, this can aggravate health problems such as bed wetting.

COLOUR

As mentioned, babies and young children need less stimulation, not more, so avoid bright or bold colours in their bedrooms and opt for gentle shades instead. Creamy whites, soft yellows, pale greys and pinks, mauves and greens are all ideal; shades of blue can feel cold and depressing, so stick to neutrals and warmer shades. Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. Shy or quiet children can benefit from brighter, more yang colours such as tangerine or sky blue, but stick to mid-tones, as darker shades can feel oppressive.

For older kids yellow is said to stimulate the intellect, making it an ideal colour for study nooks, while teenagers are often drawn towards purple and more self-expressive colours.

 FURNITURE

For little people, large wardrobes and chests of drawers can loom large, so where possible, keep them away from beds.

Corners of furniture can also create a disturbing energy (acting like an arrow), and kids can be especially vulnerable; if any corners are pointing directly at the cot or bed, try to shift the piece away. Mirrors can also be distracting, but only when visible from the bed. Avoid having shelves over beds as well, as they can create a heavy, pressing energy and disturb sleep.

Finally, place a happy family photo in your child’s bedroom, as this will promote feelings of love and security – even when your child is grumpy or having time out.

Copyright 2015 Jenny Blume

Bedroom feng shui basics

As most of us spend a third of our lives in the bedroom, it’s worth getting it right. Why not start with these feng shui basics?

Ideally, your bed should be positioned diagonally from the door, against a solid wall. Placing beds directly under windows is not generally recommended, but if it’s unavoidable, be sure to draw the curtains or blind at night. Facing ensuite doors should also be avoided, as the watery energy may adversely affect your health (don’t forget to close the door as well).

When possible, bedside tables should be placed at the sides of your bed, as these help to anchor and protect the bed. If you’re looking for love, don’t just have one bedside table; place a table at either side, to ‘make space’ for someone else – even before they materialise.

Try not to position your bed directly under a beam; when running across your body they can affect your health (for example, across the stomach may bring digestive problems), while lengthways can cause rifts in relationships.

Feng shui looks at the total environment, so electromagnetic fields should be assessed (if possible, with a Gauss meter). Spending time in high fields can disturb sleep and play havoc with your health, so always turn off electric blankets, move chargers and modems, and check that you’re not sleeping near a meter box.

I always check for high electromagnetic fields when visiting clients, (for a space clearing or feng shui consultation), and find problems in roughly every six homes! Luckily, the solution is often as simple as shifting the bed.

Please email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au or call 0411 631940 if you’re interested in a consultation. Sweet dreams!

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.

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