Category Archives: 5 Elements

The Chinese Feng Shui Five Elements are Water, Wood, Fire, Earth and Metal

Noticing the Water/Fire Symbolism to Gain Insight this Snake Year

water_fire_symbolismPeople have been sharing with me the water/fire events that are happening in their lives right now – and how it’s leading them to think differently about the challenges this year is already bringing them. Leaks, faucets and water-appliances dripping or breaking. Lightbulbs, computers, other electronic gear breaking, burning out or otherwise causing problems, digestive problems (fire and water mix for this one), sleep problems (too active mind: fire – sluggishness, yin water).

All of these mundane challenges give us a chance to notice, detach and find a higher message in the symbolism. This is a year to be gentle and patient with ourselves and others – basically, not to get excited as that will only worsen things. It’s always the small stuff that tends to accumulate and overwhelm us and this year may pile up more and more smaller and smaller things until we feel like we cannot cope.

While ideally we take care of things in our lives before they accumulate – it will continue to be difficult to do so this year. Give yourself permission to rest and permission to let a few things slide a bit, while taking care of the most important issues (health) slowly, patiently and kindly.

Watchword for this Spring season: Kindess.

If you do not know your Five Elements Composition, it is time to find out so that you can learn how to use natural elements in your environment for healing and well-being. Learn What objects & colors to place around you for balancing your vibration, Which direction to face to reduce stress and charge up your own core energy. Using this knowledge is like building up your immune system through adjusting your visual and energy flow.

Your 5-Elements profile and how to use it is discussed during a Feng Shui consultation with an authentic 5-Elements Feng Shui master, which is still rare in the West.

By February 9th Place Pussy Willow Branches to Enliven Stagnant Energy

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Feng Shui tip: Uplift the yin chi (low energy) of a stagnant corner with pussywillow branches for Lunar New Year.[/caption]Uplift the energy in your home with pussywillow branches. These harbingers of Spring will enliven the energy of a stagnant corner. This year best to choose one close to the center of your home. Pussywillow branches are perfectly in tune with an optimistic auspicious energy to welcome the New Lunar Year (Chinese New Year). Place a generous bunch in a tall vase in your chosen spot by February 9th for maximum energy effect.

Welcome to the Year of the Snake

fire water snakeThe real start of the Snake Year lunar cycle began February 4, 2013 at midnight. The official Lunar first of the year falls on February 10th this year and that is when Chinese New Year celebrations begin; they last until February 25th. From now until February 25th we have an opportunity to focus, on a daily basis, on resetting our energy and spirit. These days are very significant on a metaphysical level.

In this Snake year, in which Fire element and Water element clash, it will be smart to play it safe professionally and financially. Avoid tackling ongoing issues or tough negotiations if possible. Postpone attacking issues head-on as the energies this year will tend towards clashes rather than resolutions.

Even positive signs like the current rise in stock market prices might turn sharply negative at any moment, so be a cautious investor. In general, be prepared for eventualities by keeping financial liquidity and even household emergency supplies as the fire/water clash of this year will also exacerbate the weather extremes: fires and flooding associated with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and more can be expected.

Be disciplined in setting up auspiciousness during this challenging clash of elements Snake year by choosing thoughts and actions that will further positive mood in yourself and those around you. This is most important between today, February 4th through February 18th. Set the tone for the rest of the year by choosing happiness. To the greatest extent possible avoid thinking of or dealing with people or events that upset you. Tap into the spiritual practice (reading spiritual and inspiring texts) or relaxing physical activities (meditation, Tai Chi, Chi Gong exercise) in this period.

Spirituality and faith can protect us from the negative effects of phenomena we cannot control. Improve the Feng Shui around you by adapting suggestions from my website/blogs to elevate the positive chi that can help us come through challenges safely. Take all these positive actions as maintaining clarity and calmness that will predispose us to better outcomes in all our endeavors.

Urban Life: Bad Neighbors

Glare from Glass Tower courtesy The New York Times

There was a story in the New York Times a few days ago about the harm caused when a glass building was built across the way from The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas. It made me think about how often outside influences change the circumstances of spaces we consider our own: offices, homes or businesses.

I have frequently written about the negative effects of harshly mirrored or metallic surfaces of buildings. When the sun shines off them they blind people on the street, driving in cars and located in neighboring buildings. This glare, if it’s in a power location relative to you can have very negative effects on your health, relationships and financial well-being.

Many kinds of negative changes that are possible when one lives and works in a large urban environment. The clothing boutique next door becomes a dry cleaner (toxic chemicals) or a noisy restaurant. A bar with live music opens on the corner. A tower starts going up next door causing construction noise and dirt and, eventually, a building that will block your view. Although unpleasant, each one of these things can be mitigated to a certain extent by implementing additional feng shui prescriptions to bring a natural balance based on the problem, your own 5-elements composition, and where you are in your 5-elements and Chinese zodiac cycle.

Changes occur. Keep up with them. Do not avoid issues but meet them head-on with optimism and faith.

Year of the Water Dragon 2012 Feng Shui Energy Tips

These energy tips are for all, but especially for the people of my beloved city, New York. As the song goes “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere…” New York City attracts the most driven and high-spirited people from around the country and the world trying to achieve their highest aspirations. For this reason, a lot of the people here feel great pressure all the time and are unable to relax or recharge as easily.

The Year of the (Water) Dragon that begins February 4, 2012 is a critical inflection point in the transitional cycle of humanity. So especially at this time, anyone who is serious about bouncing back or achieving their goals should tap into Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui energy techniques to create inner balance that can elevate positive energy and vibration, thereby opening the way to achievement of one’s higher goals.

If you were born in the year of the Hare or Dog, you need to be more careful to avoid accidents –  be extra cautious of any risky physical activities.  Any big moves that affect your financial portfolio should be discussed with wise counsel while applying a conservative attitude.

Things to do starting now and continuing through February 4th 2012:

  • Visit a spiritual place to reflect and set new goals in the Lunar New Year with a grateful heart, regardless of your current circumstances.  A humble and peaceful heart can connect to the Divine while a frightened or angry heart cannot – set yourself on the correct path.
  • Do some charity work and donation, especially during the Lunar New Year period – open the channel for the flow of prosperity.
  • Watch a Lunar New Year Lion Dance performance (preferably in person) to tap into the positive energy of many happy people.
  • Get an authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui consultation that can help guide you to reach your highest potential personally and professionally in the upcoming Dragon year.  Time is of the essence to capitalize on the Dragon chi that could benefit you for years to come.

Energy-clearing rituals to do on February 3, 2012:

  • Do an energy clearing ritual that changes vibration of your space by using sage, incense, drums, bells or fire in a container at low energy meridian of the space according to authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui, using a Feng Shui compass (Luo Pan).
  • Detox your space using energy-clearing prayers of the spiritual tradition you are aligned with.
  • Infuse sunlight and fresh air flow throughout the space.
  • Do a Sea Salt Bath or other spiritual cleansing Bath to wash off old and stressful energy from the ending Lunar cycle so that you’re open to receive the fresh new energy of the New Year.
  • Get a Life Reading by Master Pun Yin or Tin Sun Metaphysics on this day or prior to help you make the best strategy throughout the Year of the Dragon.

Test your luck in the Dragon Year:

If you are curious about your luck in the Year of the Dragon, you can measure it by trying to make eggs stand upright on a flat surface table around 6:22pm on 2/4 which is the official transitional time.  The wider side of the egg should be at the base, the more you can stand the higher your luck is, as long as you have good Feng Shui to complement it.  One can learn more about the significant of this ritual and how to do it properly by looking back in my website and blog about the event I held last year in Midtown Manhattan attended by the press and V.I.P. guests.

Helpful routines to stimulate and balance good energy throughout the Dragon year:

  • Find a location in the North or NorthEast direction near you that has some nature or landscaping that you can walk past every morning to put positive energy into your day.
  • Walk along the Hudson River or some other nature place where you can see the setting sun in the evening to release pressure that’s built up during the day.  This clears the slate so your evening can be happy.
  • Bring live or cut branches or flowers (never dried dead flowers) into your environment directly after one of the above actions to bring the positive energy with you into your space.
  • Do a sea-salt cleansing bath to reduce stress.

Things to be cautious about in 2012:

  • Avoid gatherings of large groups of people with destructive or negative energy because the energy can rub off on you.
  • Tune out from the news at night to clear and stabilize your energy for a good night’s sleep.

Bonus of Love to-do before February 4, 2012:

For an extra boost of positive energy, get an ideal companion who is always there for you emotionally.  Yes, before 2/4 2012, getting a dog during the Year of the Hare can bring you luck metaphysically since their correlation is beneficial according to the Chinese Zodiac system.

Veterinarian and bestselling author Dr. Allen M. Schoen, who pioneered the integration of holistic healing into animal health care and revolutionized the loving care of animals from humans validated this Chinese metaphysical suggestion.  His book Kindred Spirits encompassed findings about unconditional loving bound between humans and their pets that can increase the quality of life.  Dr. Schoen cautions though to make sure you have the right life style to have the right type of dog.  The wrong dog in a too hectic life could make life more stressful.

This is an unique piece of advice that merges ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui and Life Reading that has been followed for a couple of thousand years with a modern consciousness that relates with vibrational science humanity are more aware of now.

Adopting the right kind of dog before 2/4/12 could help boost happier energy for years to come and strongly recommended for people who live alone or have children who they can’t attend to enough.  This east meets west, old consciousness merges with new hopefully can bring more loving energy to the world in 2012 and beyond.

Further details about Dr. Allen M. Schoen can be found at his website www.kindredspiritsproject.com

My Fox News interview: What is Feng Shui

I talk about the importance of a customized Feng Shui solution in my Fox News interview.

Your Feng Shui solution must be based on your 5-Elements profile – a solution from a book or magazine article might be theoretically positive, but could be downright harmful for you.  For instance, too much Water Element in one’s profile plus a water fountain placed at a meridian point intensifies the imbalance.  Problems of excess water: heightened emotions, self-indulgence and impracticality would become worse.  This is not a good outcome. When you look for a Feng Shui practitioner, whether or not they provide your Five Elements profile should be one of your deciding factors.

How to Choose a Feng Shui Practitioner

Once Feng Shui started becoming popularized in the West, almost immediately it became commercialized into an “easy” form  that removed the customized aspect.  A site is divided into “corners” that represent “love,” “money,” etc.  This is a watered-down third generation catch-all in which the effectiveness of Feng Shui has been lost.

Most importantly this type of Feng Shui practitioner does not use Chinese Zodiac Five Elements profile and Destiny Reading that provide unique solutions for the client.  This omission can result in a negative outcome.  For instance: Red is an auspicious color generally, however if a client has too much Fire Element to begin with, surrounding them with red in their environment is figuratively pouring gasoline on a fire. In this situation the negative effects of fire would be increased, resulting in more arguments and strife in the environment – obviously not a good outcome!

How can a person find a Feng Shui practitioner that is right for them?

  1. Research the background of the practitioner – have they gone through a solid, authentic training taught by a credible Feng Shui Master who practices the authentic form of Chinese Feng Shui?  More importantly, the consultant should have a good track record over many years – and the Master must have a good track record and be credible in his authenticity and integrity.
  2. To ensure that the endorsements of the Feng Shui practitioner are credible verify to be sure they are not fabrications by checking referrals, or press/media archives in the case of high-profile projects.
  3. Make sure the practitioner creates a Five Elements and Destiny Profile of each client and studies the Earth Element (Solar and Chi) variation of each location.

The authentic form of Feng Shui has a 5,000-year history, with solidly documented written theory and practice dating back over 3,200 years. A Feng Shui practitioner who has been trained appropriately by a Feng Shui master has knowledge and experience of these texts, especially if he or she reads Chinese, as most of these texts have not been translated.  It’s not just a question of authenticity for its own sake: incorrect prescriptions can result in a worse outcome than doing nothing.  So if you are looking for a Feng Shui practitioner please do your homework first – you owe it to yourself.

Finally, Feng Shui is more than just decluttering or interior design (both of which have merit on their own, of course).  The authentic form of Feng Shui by a real master will heighten your awareness in a way that complements the Feng Shui balancing.  This is a holistic and comprehensive approach to adjusting all the energy factors in your life.  A real consultant can also guide you to create better relationships with people in your life.  Knowledge is power, and having the right Master empowers you with practical approaches to smooth your path.