Archive | June 2015

Feng Shui and Real Estate 101 – Features of a House to Avoid

In the market for a new house?  There are a few basic rules I’d like to share with you when looking for a new place to call home.  Here are some of the negative features in a house to look out for.

Main Door

Check the position of the main door and its surroundings for any negative chi that might be in its direction.  Is there a tree, an electrical light post or a lamp post that is in its direct path?  Is there a toilet directly above the front door?  Are there inside and outside beams running across the main door?  A yes answer to any of these questions suggest presence of negative chi, a no-no and best avoided.

The main entrance is the ‘mouth of the house’ where all the energy of the house is coming from.  Thus the kind of energy that enters thru the main door is important in determining the overall health of the house.  When the energy from the main entrance sucks, it’s best not to waste your time, rule out this particular house and go on to the next one.

Kitchen

The kitchen is where the food of the house is prepared and cooked; it also dictates the general health of the occupants, thus it is important to look at the location of the kitchen and position of the stove. Check to make sure that the kitchen is not in the center of the house.  A kitchen in the center of the house affects exactly that …. the ‘heart’ of the house.  Some modern kitchen layout feature an island stove, a stove right in the center of the kitchen is not ideal.  Best to avoid it, specially when there is no other place to position your stove in that kitchen.

Bedrooms

I have inspected a number of houses where the second floor landings are so small and the bedrooms are irregularly shaped and tightly squeezed in order to fit all of them in.  Irregular shaped bedrooms creates unstable or negative chi which interferes with the sleep of the occupants.   A regular shaped (preferably square) bedroom is best for a restful night sleep.

These are just some of the visible features that anyone even without any feng shui knowledge can see just by touring the house.  Most of the negative features above are permanent in nature thus finding remedies or fixing them will not only be challenging but expensive as well.  Save yourself the extra trouble and money, by avoiding houses with these features and look for one with better feng shui.

Native Plants 101

In our effort to embrace a more environmental partnership with nature and cultivate a better stewardship of our habitat, a growing number of us have taken to include native plants in our gardens.  Local nurseries have also devoted a few aisle to these plants to accommodate the growing interest.  Do you recognize some of them in your garden?

Here are a few that we commonly see in gardens these days which are worth mentioning:

  • Bee balm
  • Black-eyed  Susan
  • Bleeding heart
  • Butterfly weed
  • Canada anemone
  • Cardinal flower
  • Evening primrose
  • Foxglove
  • Goldenrod (stiff, zigzag, grass leaved) – a common mistake that most people make is to think that the goldenrod causes hay fever.  The real culprit is the ragweed.
  • Jack in the pulpit
  • Jacob’s ladder
  • Lance leaved coreopsis
  • Milkweed (Swamp)
  • New England aster
  • Nodding wild onion
  • Obedient plant
  • Purple coneflower
  • Solomon seal
  • Spiderwort
  • Spotted Joe-Pye weed
  • Trout lily
  • Trillium
  • Virginia bluebells
  • Virginia creeper
  • Wild bergamot, columbine, geranium, ginger
  • Wood sorrel

The list can be quite extensive and it seems that some people are unaware that they have at least one or two of them growing in their garden.  My garden has a few of them and yes, there might be some that I have yet to identify.  So, if you’re interested in adding some of these beauties to your garden, have a head start by browsing through some good books or the internet and learn which ones are suited to your yard.  There’s a variety of sun or shade loving native plants to choose from for your location.

In rural and agricultural areas, some of the more invasive native plants are considered ‘weeds’; and unfortunately, a few urban municipalities have adopted this same guideline to support their determination of ‘weeds’.  It has been reported that one native plant, the milkweed, have all but disappear in farming communities.  If we too ban them from our gardens, we’re ensuring the potential demise of monarch butterflies in our local landscape.

Most of these native plants are hosts and food for butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and even birds for seeds.  Needless to say….. if we eliminate native plants from our surroundings and habitat, we also eliminate the animals and insects that have co-existed and evolved alongside them all these years.

It’s time we look at our natural environment with a new set of ‘eyes’….. there’s a lot more at stake here than just what’s visible to our naked eyes.

 

Renovating with Feng Shui in Mind……

With spring and summer in the air, we tend to look into sprucing our homes and gardens.  With a list of renovating and remodelling projects in hand, we plan, prioritize, budget and schedule the work.  With the exception of necessary, urgent or emergency repairs that must be done, when is the ‘right time’ to do all these projects?  This is where the annual feng shui chart and analysis plays a major role in determining which one gets the ‘go’ signal for the current year.

The Flying Star annual feng shui chart of 2015, shows us the area where major renovations, that entails digging, banging and knocking down on walls or a lot of activities should be avoided this year.  An important area that I’d like to call attention to is the west sector of your home.  The inauspicious #5 star flies into the west, this is also where the 3 Killings is currently residing.  Strictly no renovations inside or outside this part of the house or to lessen the negative effect of the #5 star schedule the work towards the end the year.

The energy of each sector of your home is affected by the energy of the stars that flies into it.  A timely, auspicious star brings good energy, an untimely, inauspicious star brings negative energy.