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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.

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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.

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.

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We All Need Nature Locations to Purify and Recharge

As the holiday season is upon us and the New Year is fast approaching, more than ever people need to charge up to improve the status quo. It is important to be more conscious of where you can refresh your mind and energy. This means that no matter where you live, you must find a couple of locations that have nature where you can go daily in order to circulate the energy within you. There must be an outlet to release/output stress and tiredness while you could input the positive energy from nature.

Even in the midst of the city it's possible to find a little nature

These are locations that after a stressful day or week when reality overwhelms you, you go there to breathe, heal, think and charge up so that you can better handle what is ahead. Nature and solar energy, especially at dawn and pre-sunset period is how I charge up from my demanding role that has to guide and comfort everyone I have affinity with as the master. It isn’t bars and drinks that can heal, it is nature that has trees, grass, sunlight, water (ocean, river,…) that can refresh our own energy.

For years, I have been telling many of my clients and friends to stop thinking about the heavy issues at home, take them outside to nature and the formula could be figured out much more easily. Intense, heavy issues in our heads are not the energy we should be infusing into our home because it can sink our luck further.

For people who are relocating to a new city, one of the first projects should be finding the nature spots that feel right to one’s vibration. This is the foundation to good mental, emotional and physical health because we are the product to our own environment. Those who have their Five Elements figured out by knowing the information calculated by the birth year, month, date and time, their search could be more precise.

For example, people missing the Water Element should look for an environment that has water like ocean, river, water fountain or pool,… People missing the Wood Element should be looking for a location with trees, grass, flowers,… People missing the Fire Element should be like the people missing the Wood Element, be in the Wood environment and if can find vibrant color flowers like pink, red, orange or purple to look at would be even better. People missing the Earth Element should be somewhere that there are rocks, mountains, soil, stone trail,…. People missing the Metal Element should be finding a place that has exposure from the west direction with lawns and some earth element around.

Especially, people living in the urban environment with very limited time to spare still need to recharge for their own good. With demands of managing the family, one should consider it as not luxury, but, necessity to spare a few minutes in the end of the day to shift the mood to balance before the real interaction with your loved ones. Your feelings will always be felt by them. Being in the city, you might only have a few minutes to sit in the courtyard of your apartment complex or nearby apt. complex with a garden. Be flexible, creative and adaptable in finding where the recharging spots are – something is better than nothing. If you do it right, sitting there for a few minutes to calm your mind, breath and close your eyes to meditate or find your own soul again can be a powerful way to synchronize your energy so that you could have the proper mood to create quality time with your family.

Remember, if you don’t feel good, you are not going to be a good companion to any one. In the journey of life, everyone has his or her own issues, it is good karma to not load too much of your own problems to your loved ones if there is a way that you could solve it yourself. Nature provides you this strength and it is your job to tap into it. Enjoy!

Feng Shui Principles & Back To School Supplies: Shopping for Success!

This is crunch time for back to school shopping! Did you know you can create the competitive edge for your child to excel in school through the Five Elements principle?

Five Elements chart

Five Elements chart

Authentic Feng Shui or healing systems (Herbal, acupuncture) from the Chinese culture use Yin Yang and the Five Elements principle to balance the subject. Five Elements represented by colors and can be used to help calm or stimulate your child as needed through objects needed for school. A dozen year ago when I was commissioned by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center to develop one of the wings and give specs for the architects and interior designers to build from, I was impressed that the medical profession has incorporated Color Therapy into the treatment program already.

Colors we see affect our mood and colors we wear affects how we feel and how we’re seen by others; that’s why adults should wear colors beneficial to our own Five Elements in job interviews, important meetings or even dates we go on.

As parents, it is our responsibility to help best shape the future of our children through knowledge of their Five Elements composition that gives insight to their strength and weaknesses, the high or low cycle as an individual, and how to incorporate colors beneficial to their educational development.

My clients have me do a Five Elements profile of their children at birth, so that the nursery and wardrobe would include balancing, helpful colors, themes, materials and compass directions customized for the best possible development.

Make the main colors of his or her wardrobe the helpful colors as shown here. But if you haven’t gotten a chart done then go with the basic Yin Yang colors reference for now.

If you child is aggressive or overly active, add Yin (gentle) colors that are neutral like khaki, white, pale yellow or gray.

If your child is passive, needs motivation and too easy going, add Yang (dominating) colors like red, orange, purple, pink to stimulate energy.

The ideal wardrobe colors should have the helpful combination as the majority and alternate with the other so that there are choices the children would like.

Kids’ supplies, like school bag, pen, pencil, notebook, book cover, computer cover, screen saver, cell phone cover,…. should correspond to the child’s Five Elements composition. For example, if your child lacks the Wood Element, incorporate book cover with leaves, trees, grass images or green or brown colors to compensate. Children needing Water Element should have fish, seashells, sailboat, blue or black color bookmark, book cover that can be helpful to them.

For adults, having the right colors to wear for job interviews, major meetings or even date mean elevating the chance for success: when you feel good you radiate more positive energy. Women can incorporate these colors through jewelry, purse or scarf, men through ties, key chains, pocket squares. The secret to many executives and owners of businesses through the past couple of dozen years I helped: a stash of various colors of underwear that correspond to their own elements helpful in various Lunar year.

Five Elements for car is sufficient because having a car in colors harmful to your elements means that safety can be jeopardized. One of my clients has too much fire and once was stuck with a red rental car – she felt ill whenever she got into the car, and though she had a driver was still involved in a car accident in this car. Having observed many car color issues in this decade between my dad and myself, we have seen that people driving the wrong color cars often spend more money on repairs and summons.

The things we are surrounded by do have an effect on us, so should be managed wisely. This is an ancient Chinese secret that many parents of Asian descent adapt, to help their children achieve academically. Wishing you smart shopping!

Feng Shui Calendar: Improve Your Personal Relationships Now

The end of summer is a perfect time to improve your personal relationships before September, when everyone goes back to the same old routine. With a combined 100 years experience in the field with my dad Master Tin Sun, having seen countless families from varied cultural, educational, financial and social backgrounds, we know most families just sail back to the same stressful routine when school starts. Once your family is in the routine there isn’t much peaceful time to communicate deeply.

There is a famous Chinese slogan that translate as, “Success is the combination of good timing, helpful networking and optimal placement (Feng Shui). To achieve a commanding position in business one simply can’t do without all 3 being aligned. I will go over the business aspect in my next post. For harmony with family and loved ones the same holds true: all three aspects are necessary.

Peaceful uplifting surroundings help communication.  Being close to calm water is best.

Peaceful uplifting surroundings help communication. Being close to calm water is best.


This Year of the Ox (double Earth element) is the year to build new foundation as I expressed since last year through my videos. Summer of this Lunar cycle is the significant opportunity to make some positive changes going forward. Summer months represents Fire Element and in this Double Earth Element cycle when heavy, intense energy is still weighing people down, warm months can stimulate growth, improvement and changes. Now is the time to make time to clear the air and devise new routines and ways to communicate that will make your relationships thrive.

I know a lot of families can have better harmony and less resentment and stress from clearing the air and a revised routine. For this they need the cooperation from their life partner or children. My advice is optimizes the window of opportunity through timing and optimal geography now before school starts.

Good timing is now when the weather permits outdoor activities. It is more useful to discuss serious or intense issues surrounded by nature than inside the house. Most homes have not been Feng Shui correctly by the authentic style from the Chinese culture, so the energy (Five Elements composition) of each occupant and how they respond to the energy of the space and other family members has most likely not been balanced. Without knowledge of where the strong, positive point of the house is for communication and strengthening one’s own energy it’s hard to make progress. That being so, bringing up controversial or intense topics often lead to disagreement and no resolution. Until you have the house Feng Shui and know where the strong and weak points are, it is best to take heavy conversation outdoors. This could be in a park or your own backyard.

Solar energy and air flow enables us to be more open mentally and physically, so its easier to agree. For more benefit, best hours now in Northern hemisphere are late afternoon / early evening between 5pm and sunset on a clear calm day with good weather. Beautiful surroundings with a calm water element such as a pond, lake or river (rather than ocean), and cool green trees is best. During late afternoon/ early evening the energy is calmer. Also, having such conversations before sunset allows you to visualize any difficulty being taken away with the setting sun – allowing the day to end on a positive note.

For those who have yet gone on the summer vacation, maybe bring this conversation up with your partner or children on the last day or two of the trip. If you have been having a harmonious time and confident that you could get your points across peacefully, you could touch that subject lightly second to last day and step back. This enables the other person to think about, digest and give you a response later. Then, use the last night to come to a conclusion. If you have been doing your part to ensure joy, respect, harmony during the trip, your suggestion for change should meet less resistance and even if you hit some rough patches, that negative energy is not accumulated in your own home. After all, once you are home, trying to run the same routine like clockwork, the energy would be too uptight lacking ease in your facial, body language or proper verbal delivery.

When there is harmony at home, everyone wins. The art of communication is knowing what to say at the right time and at right place that is not driven by ego or ignorance. Remember, the trick is to start your conversation with a compliment like “Thanks to your hard work, we could still afford to have this vacation and the quality time as a family. I have been really enjoying watching you have fun and relax to release the stress you carried all year around. So, I thought what I could do to help maintain the sense of peace for you & all of us when we get back to our base and came up with some ideas that I like to run by you.”

Start by appreciating the contribution of the other person, acknowledging his or her dedication follow by hoping to do better on your part by modifying the old way.

Communication is an art, rhythm is helpful and when combine with good timing and Feng Shui, the best is yet to come!

Wishing you all a harmonious and productive late summer!