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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.

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Valentine’s Day and the Chinese New Year (Snake Year)

Love birds inspire us on Valentine's Day and year 'round.

Love birds inspire us on Valentine’s Day and year ’round.


Will I find love and be loved?  This is the most common question my father Master Tin Sun and I have been asked by women in our combined nearly 100 years experience as Feng Shui and Chinese Life Reading masters. In our affluent and free society the downside has been that many people are set adrift in family units of one. Affluence makes this possible, but people who are not by nature contemplatives become more self absorbed and distract themselves with entertainment and the fulfilling of their material desires. With this kind of social isolation it becomes more difficult to connect, as there is no ‘natural’ progression – especially for people in their 30s 40s and beyond. The ‘constructed’ processes, like internet dating, can also create fear based on the lack of real connection with virtual and actual strangers. As a defense mechanism, a lot of people choose to protect their hearts by leaving their guard up.

Following the universal laws of attraction: Love attracts love. Romantic or couple love isn’t the only kind. Even if one doesn’t have a life partner, or even family, one’s life can be imbued with love by following one’s heart. First: get out of the house. Interact. Give. Volunteer for those less fortunate – a true way to open one’s heart center. At the same time, do contemplate. In quiet time (with TV, computer and smartphone off!) one can reconnect with one’s true purpose in this lifetime. Did you once want to play piano but give it up? Wanted to be a doctor but became a lawyer instead? It is in the NOW that there is power in pursuing one’s real dreams – even if in a small way – to reconnect with the joy and love of life that is the foundation of all love. It is your own job to fulfill your spirit. Don’t expect someone else to finish this puzzle and rescue you. We each can be the rescuers of our own souls. The healthier and better you are, the healthier the persons, circumstances and relationships you attract.

There are indications of one’s ability to find lasting love from Feng Shui Chinese Life Reading that may help:

  • Usually, those who could enjoy sweetness from relationships have palms that are developed, cushiony and soft to hold. Woman who would have companionship and comfort also rarely have a palm that is very bony and skinny. Also, the Love line near the base of the fingers running horizontally from the pinky inward usually is quite straight forward without much broken, overlapping and complicated pattern attached to this line.
  • Women who have eyes that are very watery or have excessive Yin energy that are seductive like Marilyn Monroe, sleepy looking, are called in Chinese Face Reading “Cherry Blossom Eyes.” This type of eye feature is associated with drawing people for lustful satisfaction, being exploited and dumped. If you notice your eyes are like this you can develop a more alert expression – and also beware of the energy you’re projecting – become conscious of it and change it.
  • Women who are loved rarely have a very pointy chin or slimmed jaw and these are the areas that reflect the companionship in their Golden Age. Loneness is associated with narrow face and squeezed jaw.

The Snake can be passionate, jealous and possessive. In such an intense year, working to relax and lighten up emotional feelings will get positive results.

From now through February 25th if love is what you seek, do a centering and relaxing mind cleanse in the evenings (once, or every few days). Follow this routine that had proven to have favorable result: continue tuning in to your soul and connectivity to the divine energy by being more spiritual and calm. You can do so by taking an Energy Cleansing Bath (mineral salt bath) that I mention from time to time in my blog posts, or other routine that can clear your core energy. Use this time to reflect, to feel peace in your soul. This calm will provide the clarity that is difficult to reach when you are busy with responsibilities or social functions. Read a story or watch a movie that celebrates the power of love. Feeling hopeful is step one in inviting the intended energy to connect with you during the rest of the year. Listening to gentle music and taking it easy the rest of the evening is a way of healing, recharging so that you can radiate the energy your mind sets out to do.

Head to bed with a new set of pajamas and if love is one of your biggest wish, then, wearing pajamas consisting of a soft pink which is the Fire Element with feminine energy would be helpful. This also reminds you of the feminine qualities that are more attractive than the aggressive, demanding, serious mode most women nowadays operate under most of the time in this demanding world. Woman is Yin as man is Yang, if our Yin and Yang energy is in balance, it sets the tone for both to connect.

Wake up with thoughts of those people, pets, locations or events that remind you of the sweetness in life. Count your blessings and be grateful as you do your morning prayer so that you can secure your connection with the divine energy that helps to bring forth blessings you set out to earn. Reduce skepticism! Romance usually happens to those that let their guards down. Remember your temperament and the energy you radiate on a daily basis and develop that sweetness by a gratitude practice for all the sweet things in your life. This would be the seed that enables you to grow the fruit intended.

Your mind setting the intention is the will that leads you to the reality. Hopefully by this time next year, you will be sharing the story of this experiment with the companion in your life. Good Luck!

Bless Your Year the First Day of Lunar New Year

stone buddhaWhile February 4th began the metaphysical transition into Year of the Snake, Sunday, February 10th is the first day of Lunar New Year. That means February 10th is fully The Year of the Snake. Bless your year with this simple and profound practice: Get into an “attitude of gratitude” that opens the channel to receive Divine blessings. Can you acknowledge, even without being a follower of any particular religion, that there is a higher force or Being beyond our own limited perceptions? I know of even atheists who have come to perceive this truth.

Do some charity work or donation on February 10th – that will also help with gratitude practice.

Before 1pm visit a spiritual place or nature place and bring offerings of fruit, flower or lighted candle. Meditate, pray and reflect. Find the deep kindness and compassion within. Reconnect with the spirit of forgiveness. Even if you are not able to do this before 1pm, in any event it is essential to get to it before sunset. Taking this positive action to manifest these powerful thoughts is a spiritual cleanse that will allow you to face the Snake year with more equanimity.

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.

The Tail of the Dragon (End of Dragon Year)

koi pond feng shui_smallEveryone I know was very glad to see 2012 end. But the end of the calendar year does not mean an end to the upheavals in weather, meteoric conditions, political strife, violence and shocks. The Dragon’s tail (end of the Dragon year) is barbed and can be brutal.

Meantime, the beginning of the Snake year (the Snake’s Head) zig zags and can change direction like lightning. This Snake year will pit fire against water – and we may feel the water in the pot growing agitated and hot this year. In other words, it is not going to be a respite from last year’s unsettled and unsettling conditions.

The Year of the Dragon doesn’t officially end until February 4, 2013 at 12:03am (same time in every time zone). During this transitionary period it is wise to be cautious. If possible build your reserves – and I mean that in every possible way: financially, personal energy, physically and even emergency supplies or other precautionary measures.

Ideally you are in a position to take some extra time now to rest and reflect. If not and your schedule is hectic, it is even more important to do so. From now until February 4th even the busiest must (for physical health) create a schedule in which every day you take at least 15 minutes to regulate your breathing at a calm, slow pace. Just after waking or before retiring at night are each good times for this. While being aware of the breath, notice that “time” is flow. One day a week spend an hour to take a walk in a park, look at a tree or even to calmly plan your schedule for the coming week in order to reduce stress.

These practices are healing to the mind and can help fight fatigue and anxiety that result from our own busy over-committed lives and the strife in the world.

In general now, do not over-commit. Base your decisions, wherever possible on having excess reserves in terms of financial and time conditions.

New Year’s Reflections

flowersThere’s another 10 hours to reflect and calm ourselves as we put 2012 behind us. We clear ourselves and open up to the new possibilities that 2013 will offer us.

Before (or instead of) dipping into the champagne in overcrowded parties and overpriced clubs, dip into a sea-salt bath to purify from head to toe (completely immerse yourself), meditating on clearing the mind and body of all negativity built up during the year. Bring some fresh flowers into your home today to help uplift your spirits.

Think of your accomplishments in 2012. Look at visual reminders: did you get an award or a diploma? Pictures of places or people that brought you happiness? Focus on what has made you grateful and feeling good about yourself in this year so you can move forward with a positive outlook.

Tomorrow, New Years Day, try a news-fast. There is so much going on in the world, much of it tragic, horrifying or catastrophic, that when we become immersed in these packets of negative information we feel agitated and helpless. Going without news at least one day a week is good for our minds as we can become grounded and centered in the present moment and its infinite attributes rather than letting our minds zoom around to the hundreds or thousands of virtual things that compel our attention.

Wishing inner and outer harmony, integrity and peace of mind to all people in 2013.

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.