Retrograde pros & cons

Yikes, retrograde season is now in full swing. Joining Saturn, Jupiter and Uranus and Pluto (all in their retrograde phases) is Mercury!

Mercury retrogrades (from Sept 27 – Oct 18) tend to bring delays and mix-ups, but don’t panic … when you work with them, not against, they can actually be quite useful.

Occurring three or four times a year, and lasting for roughly 3.5 weeks, retrograde phases are ideal for reviewing, reworking, revisiting and researching.

Falling in the sign of Libra, this Mercury retrograde will focus on relationships, fairness, equality, balance and harmony – the classic Libran themes. And being Mercury, communication, or lack of it, may also come under scrutiny. Misunderstandings will be rife, so if you want to say something, say it clearly.

The trick is to avoid big decisions and major purchases, and instead, use these ‘go-slow’ periods to finetune plans and mull things over. If you DO push on through, be prepared for delays or unforeseen changes.

It can be helpful to know which ‘astrological house’ is affected in your horoscope – ie, falling in the second house, it’s likely to bring a review of budgets and spending, while in the sixth house it could see you researching health- or work-related issues – but for everyone, the Libran themes will still feature.

Is your work-life balance out of kilter? Does your relationship need pepping up? Do you seek more harmony in your life? Are household tasks shared equitably? Are lines of communication open and clear? Are you giving more than you receive? Are you being treated with respect?

There’s no doubt that retrograde phases can be frustrating – sometimes incredibly so! – but to keep things running smoothly, regular reviews and tune-ups are essential. With a little luck, the October 6 new moon (in Libra) could usher us into a more kind, fair and harmonious phase.

PS Around the week of October 18, Saturn, Jupiter and Mercury will all shift back into forward motion. Pluto shifts back on October 6, just leaving Uranus. Interesting!

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 thetinstudio@gmail.com or call Jenny on 0411 631 940.

Feng shui tips

Winter Nature Retreat, Tweed Valley, NSW

Deb and I invite you to join us at our Winter Full Moon Retreat, starting 4pm Friday July 23 to Sunday July 25.

Set in the lush Tweed Valley in Northern NSW, our women’s retreat is designed to reinvigorate the body, mind and spirit. Start your day with yoga, a rainforest walk, a magnesium spa or a lazy coffee, then after a delicious breakfast, learn more about topics we love, including astrology, reflexology, feng shui, crystals and intention setting.

Our classes and interactive workshops will leave you feeling uplifted and inspired. Alternatively, if you just want to enjoy delicious vegetarian food, kick back and immerse yourself in nature, that’s fine.

Location: Heart and Soul Retreat, 853 Nobbys Creek Road NSW
18 mins Murwillumbah, 40 mins Gold Coast airport, 60 mins Byron Bay

Cost: $650 for 3 days and 2 nights, including yoga classes, guided bushwalks, talks and workshops, delicious meals, fruit and snacks, evening drinks, powerful full moon rituals and crystals to take home. $50 discount if inviting a friend.
Numbers limited to 13, in comfortable shared rooms.

Retreat features: Beautiful rainforest walks, magnesium spa, fresh spring water, fire pit and fireplace, yoga studio, indoor and outdoor lounging areas, cooking demo, astrology and feng Shui sessions, reflexology, guided relaxations and chill out time.

Call me (Jenny) on 0411 631 940, Debbie on 0410 559 046 or email jennyblume@iprimus.com.au

Feng Shui and space clearing

If you’re looking for help or guidance, welcome!

Having practiced astrology and feng shui for many years (30 years as an astrologer and over a decade in feng shui) my goal is to create space for success, harmony and happiness in my clients lives.

My specialties are:

  • Feng shui advice and reports
  • Astrology readings & relationship advice
  • Space clearings and house blessings
  • Colour and design advice

What results can you expect?

Clients have benefited from unexpected job offers, better relationships, improved health and fertility, more relaxed pets, surprise windfalls, increased business, enhanced creativity, more romance and a fresh sense of energy.

The results speak for themselves (see client reviews).

Where do I work?

I work by phone, email or in person around the Gold Coast, Tweed, Byron Bay, Sydney and central coast regions; I’m also happy to travel (when not in lockdown).

Call 0411 631 940or email thetinstudio@gmail.com to book or chat.

Astrology readings

Wondering what’s in store? I offer phone readings or face to face (Banora Point, NSW): $80/35mins or $140/60-65 mins.

You’ll be amazed by how much we cover, and how much insight into yourself, your relationships, your career, your life path and the future you will gain.

Click here to read client reviews

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!

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

Feng shui compass sectors

sheng cycle - 2013

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.

To learn more about feng shui click here
 
For romance tips click here

 

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

PS If you’re interested in feng shui or want to lift the the vibe at home, click here

Welcome to 2017

Welcome to 2017, the year of excess and inspiration! With Jupiter blowing everything out of proportion and unpredictable Uranus fanning the flames, life certainly won’t be boring. These over-the-top stars want it all, but don’t get too carried away, especially on the financial front. With Neptune obscuring the facts, risky ventures might prove to be just that.

On the flipside, these eccentric, passionate patterns could work wonders after dark, not just for lovers, but for artists and performers as well. As we search for escapism, music, comedy and old-style entertainment could enter a golden era. You might even feel a yearning to sing or dance yourself … or a yearning to express yourself could reveal your inner artist. Bring on the fun and games!

Click here to see what 2017 has in store for your star sign

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 thetinstudio@gmail.com or call Jenny on 0411 631 940.

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