Tips for the GENERAL

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  • Do have a good balance of yin and yang. When decorating your workspace, balance light and dark colors, soft and hard surfaces, and smooth and rough textures in your window treatments, furniture and flooring.
  • Do tape three Chinese coins to the underside of your telephone to encourage it to ring more often.
  • Do use closed bookcases, if possible, to keep the negative energy emanating from the edges of the shelves from being directed toward anyone in the room.
  • Do keep three small plants in the East to produce oxygen and promote health, well-being, harmony and family accord.
  • Do use blue, especially ultramarine, in the North to attract business success. Use it in the East to enhance family, harmony, growth, and health.
  • Do use closed bookcases, if possible, to keep the negative energy emanating from the edges of the shelves from being directed toward anyone in the room.
  • Do put water-only pictures, such as painting of the sea or photographs of waterfalls, streams, and lakes, in the water area of North. If the picture contains elements made of wood (including trees) or earth (such as mountains and rocks), be sure that the images of water dominate.
  • Do put an elephant made of porcelain, terra cotta, or china in the North East or South West areas.
  • Do use gray in North West, North, and West areas to enhance supportive people, benefactors, mentors, international trade, trips, travel, and interests outside the home.
  • Do keep a live turtle, especially a black one, in a North area. Turtles are symbols of longevity, good luck, strength, fortune, and endurance. As one of the celestial animals, the turtle is believed to possess great protective powers.
  • Do give gift of jade to bestow best wishes for healt and longevity.
  • Clean House - Before the New Year arrives, the Chinese consider it very important to give the house a thorough cleaning, sweeping away any bad luck that may have accumulated over the past year.
  • Don't clean for the first few days of the New Year - if you do any sweeping during this time, you risk sweeping away your good luck.
  • The beginning of the Chinese lunar year represents the onset of spring. Do add more blues and greens to your home. These colours represent water generating wood as well as new beginnings.
  • Do carry compact with a mirror or a small hand mirror for protection. These flat mirrors work quietly and unobtrusively but can still deflect sha energy when directed at its source.
  • Do keep pairs of birds in the SW to strenghten romance, love, marriage, and motherhood.
  • Do have your dragon facing a source of clean water, such as a lake, river, ocean, beach, waterfall, or fountain.
  • Do keep an odd number of fish; this represents yang energy.
  • Do place inspirational literature, biographies about successful people, and personal growth and self-help books in the North area of a room or home. This area represents business and career success.
  • Do make a homemade money tree by hanging new, fan folded currency with red thread on a silk tree. This tree makes a perfect gift for a special occasion, such as a wedding, birthday, graduation, or new enterprise. Sometimes these artificial trees are festooned with miniature gold ingots or lucky red money envelopes.
  • Do use air fresheners with a favorite scent inside your car. Pleasant aromas create a sense of peace and serenity-a valuable commodity when you are stuck in traffic, stressed out, or just need a lift!
  • Do clean your home, pay your debts, get a haircut, and put away all knives and brooms before midnight this Chinese New Year's eve.
  • The first Affliction, Grand Duke Jupiter,affects 15 compass degrees to the S/SW this year. This direction should not be disturbed in any way-don't dig,demolish,construct,plant,or install anything in the ground during the year.
  • Do give potted kumquat,tangerine,or orange plants laden with fruit to new business owners or friends and family during the Chinese New Year. These gifts symbolize prosperity,wealth, and abundance in the months to come.
  • Do ring a bell in the corners of a room to clear stagnant or stale energy.
  • Do paint your front door green.This color represents health and will bring good luck to everyone in the household.
  • Do plant roses.Although they have thorns, they also have a pleasant scent that neutralizes the negative sha energy.
  • Do endeavor to create a garden that looks and feels as natural as possible. A Chinese garden is a microcosm of the world.
  • Do place a statue of a three-legged toad on the floor just inside your house,facing into the room as if just entering.You can also put it in a cabinet, under chairs and furniture, or diagonally across from your front entrance.This lucky toad symbolizes that money is on its way to you.
  • Do keep a bird or fish as a pet. Both of these animals repreasent wealth.
  • Do send good wishes for every member of your family by writing their names on ribbons and tying them to the branches of a tree so that they may flutter with the breeze of the university.
  • Do clear new crystals by running them under cold water (preferably sea, holy, or purified water; don't use tap water) to wash away the energies of all the people who have handled them before you. Let the water drop down from the point.
  • Do use a statue of a rooster to offset the divisive effects of ceiling beams and interior pillars, or posts. The bird's beak should be aimed directly at the offending spot.
  • Do keep the pump and other parts of your aquarium in good working order and the glass and gravel free of algae.
  • Do pick a laughing Buddha for your home or office. He is the cheerful, chubby chap with a potbelly, carrying a gourd or a bag hanging from a staff held over one shoulder and sometimes an ingot in one hand. The bag contains your troubles and problems, which he has collected for you.
  • Do place photographs of great mountains, such as the Matterhorn, Mt. Fuji, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Whitney, and the Himalayas, or other prominent land features, including the Sahara and the Grand Canyon, in the earth areas of South-West and North-East.
  • Do keep fish in multiples of nine, a symbol of long life. Eight fish should be gold in color, since "eight" is the homonym for the Chinese verb "to prosper." One fish should be black, a color that will provide protection and absorb negative energy.
  • Do choose dragons or pictures of dragons that resemble the qualities of water: slick, shiny, translucent, and the color of the sea. This is more helpful than a dragon made of wood, china, or porcelain, though all materials are acceptable.
  • Do use orange in the South-West and North-East. Orange is a fire color that can enhance the earth elements of North-East and South-West.
  • Do give a gift of a jade dove or a pigeon, a symbol of long life, to bestow best wishes for health and longevity.
  • Do use jasmine, which represents women and sweetness, in West areas.
  • Do put silver or black angel fish or mollies in a glass and metal tank.
  • Do put a pair of metal cranes with a water feature in the North area of your garden. The crane has long been associated with good fortune, wealth, wisdom, and longevity for the patriarch and matriarch of a family.
  • Do keep a coin in the mouth of a statue of a toad.
  • Do keep a representation of a bat in South-WEst area to ancourage marital contentment. In China, bats symbolize happiness, good fortune, long life, and protection.
  • Do match the color of your pet to the color of the season in you were born, if possible. Keep a red bird or red fish if you were born in the summer. Select a green one if you were born in the spring. White pets are for those born in autumn. Black is the color to choose if you were born in the winter.
  • So purify antiques with wind, water, fire, sound, saltm or other techniques outside your home before bringing them inside.
  • Do fill a covered earthen jar with raw rice and put it in South-West area to expand your family.
  • Do keep a red bird, such as a parrot, in South areas. Red is the traditional Chinese color for protection.
  • Do use green-the color of health, harmony, prosperity, youth, growth, spring, and wealth-to enhance South areas (representing fame, fortune, joy, festivity, and protection from evil).
  • Do place pairs of standing or kneeling elephants as guardians flanking the door of your home on either the outside or the inside.
  • Do give a lion as a gift for a new home to provide protection for the family.
  • Do place the figurine of a fox outdoors for protection
  • Do place a phoenix in SW areas to attract happy relationships and marriage. This bird personifies everything good and beautiful and is believed to appear only when China is governed by a just, reasonable,and fair ruler or during peaceful and prosperous times
  • Do place geodes in the SW to enhance love, romance, and relationships.
  • Do give red lucky money envelopes generously and freely as gifts; they are traditional and appropriate for happy events, including birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, housewarmings, engagements, the Chinese New Year, graduations, and births. It is customary to put paper currency or a check inside.
  • The front of your property,which ideally faces S, is represented by the Red Bird. It represents the element of fire, so it is good to have a view of steeples,gables,cupolas,and other architectural features that evoke flames. San Francisco's Transamerica, Seattle's Space Needle,Las Vegas's Excalibur,and Denver's airport are all examples.
  • Do use a kneeling ceramic elephant. The elephant symbolizes longevity,power,strength,wisdom, and high moral standards,and it is one of Buddhism's seven sacred treasures.
  • Do choose a stately horse statue that is standing or posing calmly with its head level or lifted. Or select a galloping horse, as it symbolizes vigor and strength.
  • Do give a Chinese unicorn, or chi ling, as a present to bestow good wishes upon someone.This unicorn,which bears almost no resemblance to its European counterpart, is the symbol of goodness, long life, peace, harmony, protection, and an unending family line.
  • Do place a dragon figurine at eye level,so you can see it easily. It will then provide you with strength and vitality.
  • Do use rectangles,columns,and poles in the design of your gate in the E,where the element that reigns is wood.
  • Do use your library for enriching,cultural activities, such as listening to music, meditating, reading, or practicing a musical instrument.
  • Do use gray in NW,N, and W areas to enhance supportive people, benefactors, mentors,international trade, trips, travel,and interests outside the home.
  • Do use bells with pleasant tinking sounds to activate yang energy in your home.
  • Do pair chrysanthemums with plum blossoms to symbolize an easy life from birth to retirement.
  • Do put a figure of a dog in the direction that matches the element from which the figure is made. Put a metal dog in a W or NW area,a wooden dog in the E or SE,and a dog made of an earth material in the NE or SW. The dog symbolizes faithfulness and is valued as both a protector and a scavenger.
  • Do add a gold, red, or pink crystal heart to your romance corner, located in the SW.
  • Do stand in a pine grove of forest to do your exercises. This is believed to be the most healthful location.
  • Do use purple- the color of knowledge, wisdom,intelligence, wealth, and spirituality- in the E to enhance harmony,prosperity,family,and health,or in the SE to promote wealth and prosperity.
  • Do exercise great caution when using a convex mirror. It takes the images it receives and sends them out again,possibly harming someone, including yourself.
  • Do place heart-shaped candles and accessories crafted in earth materials- such as stone,tile, terracotta, and clay- in the SW to activate love. Use yellow, pink, red, and white objects.
  • Do use arragements of either just one dragon, which represents power; a group of two dragons, symbolizing unity; or a group of nine dragons,which promotes longevity.
  • Do plance a suffed white or yellow tiger. or a small picture of a resting or begin tiger with or without cubs, in the W area of your home or bedroom to increase the size of your family. Tigers represent children. The tiger images you use need not be large or obtrusive, but the tigers should be in a dignified pose.
  • Do point chopstick tips away from you after eating.
  • Do use aqua or turquoise in the NE to enhance knowledge, wisdom, self-development,and experience,and in the E to promote family, harmony,health, nutrition, growth, vitality, prosperity, and youth.
  • Do select a house with curving or slow-moving water in front of it;this is considered auspicious. However, if the flow is rushing or is located behind your house, it will carry away your family's prosperity.
  • Do donate books that you no longer want or need to schools, churches, hospitals, halfway house, prisons, or other institutions.
  • Flooring should be the darkest,the walls lighter, and the ceilings the lightest in value. This combination matches the dark earth, with plants growing from it, and the sky above.
  • Do light red, blue, or purple candles in the S areas to stimulate reputation,fortune, and festivity.
  • Do choose bedding and linens in solid colors. If they have patterns, avoid geometric, angular designs that emanate energy and disturb your rest.
  • Do plance a mirror beside or behind a cash register at your business. This symbolizes double wealth and great prosperity. A potted plant close to the register will also bring lively energy to your cash flow.
  • Do use a small round or octagonal mirror or a shiny, flat metal door knocker to deflect "poison" arrows, such as tree trunks, lamp posts, fire hydrants, corners of neighboring buildings, church steeples, and other objects projecting negative sha energy toward your home or obstructing your view.
  • Do make sure that doors opening onto a hallway don't bang against each other. These "arguing doors" can cause quarreling and fighting within a household.
  • Do clear your bells by wiping them after each use. Store them in W areas, as W represents the element of metal.
  • Do collect citrine crystals to tuck inside your wallet or purse, as this stone is associated with wealth and fortune.
  • Do keep birds in the SW when they are in pairs to strengthen your romance, love, marriage, or motherhood area.
  • Do display a figure of a deer in the proper direction:Place it in W or NW areas if it is made of metal; in E or SE locations if it is carved from wood; and in the NE or SW if it is crafted from an earth material,such as clay, porcelain,or terra-cotta.The deer represents long life,speed,prosperity,endurance, and wealth.
  • Do keep your hallways well lit and bright.Don't cover every surface with artwork-keep a balance of empty spaces and hanging objects.
  • Do use the color red for newlyweds,birds,people celebrating their birthdays,temple doors, baby blankets,firecrackers,embroideries,and tapestries
  • Do use a door knocker with a lion's head,if the lion is part of your family's seal or coat of arms. This offers protection to your household.
  • Do give an image of a lotus blossom with a koi ( a member of the carp family) in the arms of a young boy to express your wishes for good fortune. The fish is valued for the unique markings on its back, and its Chinese name, li, is a homonym for the word "prosperity."
  • Do burn your leaves in the S(fire) area of your garden.
  • Do put doves carved in wood in S areas to fuel the element of fire there and increase longevity.
  • Do hang a crystal in a dark corner to activate chi,or life energy , in that location.
  • Do keep your files off the floor and on higher shelves and bookcases, rather than under your desk or table. This is especially important for your stock certificates, investments,property deeds, and other important documents.
  • Do hang photographs of metal sculptures and structures that you admire, such as Calder's mobiles, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Brooklyn Bridge,or the Eiffel Tower, in the metal areas of W and NW.
  • Do incorporate curving paths, which bring beneficial energy and draw visitors farther into your garden.
  • Do hang a picture of a swimming tortoise behind you.This animal represents business success and long life and has been kept in Chinese gardens and monasteries for centuries.
  • Do plant evergreen trees with broad or rounded leaves rather than with pointed leaves.
  • Do use a jade plant in the wood areas of E and S. It makes a welcome addition to the interior or exterior of a home or business, as jade symbolizes wealth and good fortune.
  • Do display artwork depicting eight galloping horses, as this is very auspicious. The herd should be facing into the home.
  • Do place six crystal balls in the North West. another metal area, to bring supportive people into your life and to strenghten the power and influence of the male head of the household.
  • Do save a turtle by purchasing it from the market where it is being sold for food. This is especially meritorious because the turtle is considered sacred in China.
  • Do place crystal turtles facing North Metal turtles should face West; wooden turtles should face East or South-East. Turtles made of earth materials should face Sout-West or North-East.
  • Do surround a yin water structure with the yang energy of warm colors, sound, brightly patterned tiles, river stones, water plants, and living creatures.
  • Do give a single firm shake of a bell above a person's head. Then, holding it about 6 inches away, trace the person's body from head to toe to cleanse his or her energy.
  • Do cluster several natural amethyst crystals on your nightstand to enhance wisdom, clarity of thought, intuitiveness, and prosperity.
  • Do use red in any form in South areas. Next to black, it is the most powerful yang color in Chinese culture. It represents fame, fortune, joy, festivity, longevity, summer, passion, and protection from evil and bad luck.
  • Do display a Buddha with children climbing all over him. This represents an abundance of good fortune coming from heaven.
  • Do use figurines of a pair of lovebirds in the South West corner of your home, garden, or bedroom to enhance romance in your life.
  • Do hang a hollow-rod wind chime above th etelephone to encourage it to ring.
  • Do place a faceted crystal figurine on a windowsill to disperse the killing energy of a lamppost or corner of a neighboring bulding.
  • Do try to ensure that drainage water moves from right to left in front of your home if it faces North, North-East, South-West, or South-East.
  • Do an energy cleansing of your home at the time of either the new or full moon. Both represent new beginnings.
  • Do place a fertility symbol of earth materials in the South-West to activate motherhood.
  • Do allocate the majority of your decorating budget to the critical rooms of your house: kitchen, master bedroom, and home office.
  • Do use one of many feng shui techniques to mitigate or correct a feng shui challenge: Hide it, camouflage it, bury it, block it, reflect it, deflect it, remove it, or divert it.
  • Do decorate with blue and green in the East and South-East for harmony, wealth, and good health.
  • Do place earth materials in the North East area, as these enhance knowledge and self-cultivation. As Helen Hayes said, "If you rest, you rust!"
  • The beginning of the Chinese lunar year represents the onset of spring. Do add more blues and greens to your home. These colours represent water generating wood as well as new beginnings.
  • Do put metal and metallic colors in the West to benefit your children and their creativity.
  • Do remove the energy of people who have touched your crystals. Gently wash them with sea salt solution. Dry by turning the crystals upside down and allowing the water to drip away.
  • Do provide a shelter for your outdoor altar to protect it from the elements.
  • Do fold dollar bills into creative shapes and string them together to make a lei of good wishes and good fortune for a newlywed or birthday recipient.
  • Do introduce yang energy into the room of an ill or recovering person by bringing in light, music, cards, balloons, humourous books and tapes, and cheerful visitors.
  • Do fashion your own unique pendants, bracelets, and other jewelry with Chinese coins.
  • Do place at least one large stone, ceramic, or porcelain item in the center of your home to anchor its "heart".
  • Do balance the active, bright, straight, and hard properties of yang with the passive, dark, curvy, and soft attributes of yin throughout your workplace, home, and garden.
  • Do put small, beveled windows in your wooden doors, or light the doors from each side.
  • Hide your offended heart, keep your valued friends. --Chinese Proverb Enhance relationships in your life by adding two red, white, or pink candles to the South West area of your bedroom or home.
  • Do have a proper balance of male and female images in the artworks displayed in your home.
  • Do wear your birthstone or other beneficial gemstones. This protects you from absorbing other people's energy.
  • Do try to ensure that drainage water moves from right to left in front of your home if it faces North, North-East, South-West, or South-East.
  • Do an energy cleansing of your home at the time of either the new or full moon. Both represent new beginnings.
  • Do place a fertility symbol of earth materials in the South West to activate motherhood.
  • Do allocate the majority of your decorating budget to the critical rooms of your house: kitchen, master bedroom, and home office.
  • Do use one of many feng shui techniques to mitigate or correct a feng shui challenge: Hide it, camouflage it, bury it, block it, reflect it, deflect it, remove it, or divert it.
  • Do decorate with blue and green in the East and South-East for harmony, wealth, and good health.
  • Do hang a framed travel poster of a dream destination on the North-West wall of a room.
  • Do put a statue, painting, or picture of a pair of birds, one male and one female, in the South-West to enhance the romance energy of that area in your home.
  • Do use the shapes of metal (circles, semicircles, arches) in the West.
  • Do keep the design and decor of your home and workplace functional and simple. This facilitates a maximum chi flow and your good health.
  • Do put a wooden statue of a dragon or of Kwan Yin, the goddess of family, in the East.
  • Do put your outdoor statue of the Virgin or Buddha in the North West, where it will receive supporting energy. Make sure to place it on a platform or otherwise raise it off the ground.
  • Do decorate your home and office with uplifting art and images that inspire and calm you during your day.
  • Do choose a home that is situated on the inside curve of a road or waterway. This configuration is very lucky!
  • Do use smudging as an energy cleanser during summer days.
  • Do generate lots of oxygen in the air with the presence of pine trees.
  • Do incorporate in your garden the yang of rocks and stones with the yin of water.
  • Do light scented candles to enhance your sense of relaxation before retiring for the night.
  • Do put a white or yellow orchid plant in a metallic vase in the West area of your bedroom if you're interested in having many offspring.
  • Do decorate your dining room wll with a paining or picture of abundant food, fruit, and wine
  • Any shade or tint of red is appropriate for the South of your home and property. This enhances happiness, fortune,long life,and protection
  • Do use the sound of ting Shaw cymbals, a gong, or a brass bell with a handle to cleanse the energy of your home or office during this fall season.
  • Do use white, silver, gold, bronze, and copper metal objects in the W to stimulate your son or daughter's fame.
  • Do create good karma with random acts of love and kindness, without thought of reciprocation or reward. You are contributing to good human luck, one of the components of your destiny.
  • Do give the gift of a narcissus plant(to be put in the E or SE), to wish good fortune to the recipient.
  • Autumn is represented by the element of metal, representing the abundance of harvest. Do change your seasonal decorations to gold(earth)colors, which generate metal(coin).
  • Do use a bagua mirror prudently and only hang it on the exterior of your home
  • The Chinese remember their ancestors during this 9th lunar moth. After all, if it weren't for them, we wouldn't be here! Finding an excellent gravesite for parents, grandparents, and great grandparents ahs always been a priority for the chinese, as it practicall ensures continuing good fortune for the family
  • Do use a aquamarine color of blue in the N to activate the water element of the direction,representing business, success and career.
  • When you move into your ner home, do place a heavy piece of furniture in the S first. This will anchor your family in the home.
  • Do show your thanks for life and its many gifts by collecting and donating your unused clothing and household items to charity. Doing so is creating good human luck for yourself and your family, one of the five components of your destiny.
  • Do mist rooms with scented water to add uplifting CHI to rooms on dark autumn and winter days.
  • If your energy and efforts are stagnating, do an energy cleansing at your home and your workplace. Start by removing clutter, which slows down the flow of beneficial CHI moving through your space.
  • Do take care of and cherish anything on your property that has been indentified as possessing restorative powers, such as a mineral spring, unusual rock formation, or unique tree or grove
  • Keep figurines or images of dragons away from any cremation urns you may have stored in your home. If they are too close, it may adversely affect your good fortune, because ashes of the deceased are very yin.
  • DO polish your metal door knockers to deflect negative energy directed at your home from a straight driveway.
  • Do use yellow and gold in the SW, the earth direction.
  • Do use air fresheners with a favorite scent inside your car. Pleasent aromas create a sense of peace and serenity- a valuable commodity if you are stuck in traffic, stressed out or just need a lift.
  • Do put yeallow, pink or red orchids in a clay pot in the South West area if you desire children.
  • Do clean your home, pay your debts, get a haircut and put away all knives and brooms before midnight this Chinese New Year's eve.
  • Do give potted kumquat, tangerine or orange plants laden with fruit to new buisness owners or friends and family during the Chinese New Year. these gifts symbolize prosperity, waeth and abundance in the months to come.
  • East is the direction associated with theseason of spring and the color green symbolizes new growth from bare ground
  • Ask yourself: Am i healthy? Am I happy in my relationships? Am I prosperous? If ou answered yes to all of the above make only minor feng shui changed in your life.
  • Do plant roses. Although they have thorns, they also have a pleasent smell that emits negative sha energy.
  • Two of the most popular schools of feng shui today are the traditional Compass School, which originated about 3,500 years ago, and the Black (Hat) Sect Tibetan Buddhist School. Buddhism originated in India and didn't take hold of china until two centuries later; its Tibetan form became established during the Yuan dynasty(A.D. 1260-1368)
  • Do endevor to create a garden that looks and feels as natural as possible. A Chinese garden is a microcosm of the world.
  • If your desk is in line with a door or a corridor, do put a crystal jar or vase on it to reflect sha, or "killing" energy
  • This month is that of the Tiger, ruler of land animals and the hours between 3am and 5am. compatible with people born in the years of the Dog and the Horse
  • Do use bells in the metal areas of W and NW or across from and entrance.
  • Three chinese zodiac animals symbolize the spring: the Tiger, Rabbit and Dragon. If you were born in one of these animals years, surround yourself with images of it.
  • Do choose a turquoise dragon. Red is the second-best color for dragons and the gold is the third.
  • The NE compass direction represents knowledge, wisdom, and self-development. It is represented by the color turquoise, the time when winter becomes spring, the element earth, and the number 8. It is generated and supported by the elemnt of fire, weakened or depleated by the element of metal, and destroyed by the elemnt of wood.
  • W is associated wih children, children's fames, metal and the tiger. If you want your child to become popular, do add metal objects in the W.
  • The dragon awakes on the second day of the second lunar month, bringing rain, an omenof spring, new growth and blessings. Do put an image of a dragon in the E around noon any day this week.
  • The second Affliction, the Three Killings, always occurs in one of the cardinal directions, unlike the Grand Duke, you can sit in or face this direction During the year but do not have it behind you. Like the Grand Duke, the ground in this direction should not be disturbed in any way with construction, digging, demolition, etc.
  • Do keep a bird or fish as a pet. both of these animals represent wealth.
  • The original purpose of Feng Shui was to determine the best place for ancestors' grave sites..Feng Shui always relates to the property or real estate, not to people. Like a beautiful view, your grave site, temple, residence or buisness may have good Feng Shui but not you personally or your body.
  • Feng Shui is jus one of the five influences in our lives. The others are luck, fate, good deeds, and self-development.
  • Do clear new crystals by running them under cold water (preferably sea, holy or purified water; don't use tap water) to wash away the energies of all the people who have handled them before you. Let the water drop down from the point.
  • Do use a statue of a rooster to offset the diversive effects of ceiling beams and interior pillars, or posts. the bird's beak should be aimed directly at the offending spot.
  • The yin-yang symbol is called the tai chi, or "ultimate energy" representing male and female, hard and soft. They are two halves of the whole, not opposites.
  • If you give a gift of scissors or a set of knives do attach a penny to each blade. this neutralizes the cutting effect. The pennies must be returned to the giver.
  • The SE is generated and supported bythe element of water, weakened and depleated by the element of fire, and destroyed by the element of metal.
  • The basic concepts of feng shui also serve as the foundation for traditional Chinese medicine, which associates the eight compass directions with various elements, as well as parts and organs of the human body. The heart is linked with the element of fire, the lungs with metal, the liver with wood, the kidney and bladder with water and the stomach with earth. A deficience or imbalance of an elemnt is belived to cause heath problems in one of these organs.
  • Do keep the pump and other parts of your aquarium in good working order and the glass and gravel free of algae.
  • DO pick a laughing buddha for your home or office. He is the cheerful, chubby chap with a potbelly, carrying a gourd or a bag hanging from a staff held over one shoulder and sometimes with an ingot in one hand. the bag contains your troubles and problems wich he has collected for you.
  • Do Purify antiques with wind, water, fire, sound or salt before bringing them into your home.
  • Keep a journal of the Feng Shiu changes you impliment into your home and life, not what happens after you do. Be patient, as there is a reason and season for everything in our lives.
  • In the western world, a beautiful woman may be described as having a peaches and cream complexion. the chinese describe lovely eyes as having the shape of an apricot seed. A gift with the image of apricots conveys a wish for a hundred children.
  • Throughout the world and through time, people have belived that spirits dwell organic and inorganic things. If you've ever said "knock on wood" you've practised animism.
  • The dragon is composed of many different animals: the snake(neck), horse(head and mane), deer(horns), dog(paws), carp(scales), camel(head), rabbit(eyes), hawk(claws), cow(ears), and frog(stomach). This creature is the most yang of the zodiac animals and the ruler of all scaly animals.
  • Do place photographs of great mountians, such as the Matterhorn, Mt. Fuji, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Whitney and the Himalayas, or other prominent land features, including the sahara and the Grand Canyon, in the earth areas of SW and NE.
  • Do decorate with plants and flowers of the spring season, such as plum, iris, magnolia, apricot, apple and cherry.
  • Do keep fish in multiples of nine a symbol of strong life. Eight fish should be gold in colour, since eight is the homonym for the Chinese verb prosper. one fish should be black a color that will provide protection and absorb negative energy.
  • Do put blue, green or turquoise candles ion the NE area to enhance knowledge, scholarly success, wisdom, experience, and self development.
  • Do an energy cleansing of your home at the time of either the new or full moon. Both represent new beginnings.
  • If you are reasonably happy, healthy, financially secure, and in harmony with those around you make only minor feng shui adjustments.
  • Do allocate the majority of your decorating budget in the critical rooms of your home: kitchen, master bedroom and home office.
  • Do use one of many feng shui techniques to mitigate or correct a feng shui challenge. Hide it, camouflage it bury it, block it, reflect it, deflect it, remove it, or divert it.
  • Do decorate with blue or green in the East and the Southeast for harmony, wealth and good health.
  • Do, on the Northwest wall of a room, hang a framed travel poster of a dream destination.
  • Here is another way to look at one's destiny: one third heaven luck, one third feng shui luck, and one third man made luck.
  • Do keep the design and decor of your home and workplace functional and simple. This facilitates a maximum chi flow and good health.
  • The Chinese originally used tortoise shells and gongs to deflect negative sha energy. Do use these or silver pewter plates on plate stands instead of mirrors
  • Do light scented candles to enhance your sense of relaxation before retiring for the night
  • Do incorporate in your garden the yang of rocks and stones with the yin of water
  • In your rooms, position the spines of your books so that they a flush with the edges of open bookcase shelves
  • To be inspired and motivated store your books on success in the N
  • Do use pictures or magpies or swallows in the south or southwest as the symbolize good luck, good fortune and happy news coming home
  • Do continue to live in the home where your child was conceived or born. It has the auspicious ling particles of lifeís chi energy
  • Do combine your Chinese coin jewelry with jade pieces. Jade represents protection and prosperity
  • Bcuase the Chinese character for dog and the lucky number 9 are homonyms, welcoming a stray dog into your home is an auspicious omen of good fortune comming to you.
  • Do use the color orange in the S(fire) or SW (earth.)
  • Do accessorize your home so that it is gender neutral, allowing all your guests to feel welcome.
  • Feng shui must be practiced with a pure heart and strong intentions. Everyone can be empowered by practicing feng shui to create his or her own luck.
  • Do put a dragon or tortoise figurine in the West for your protection.
  • Do place a picture of an emperorís eight galloping horses in the South of your home.
  • After washing your crystals regenerate their energy by placing them in the light of the full moon.
  • Do regularly clean your gemstone jewelry to remove any negative sha energy it has absorbed from people you come in contact with.
  • Do use circular shAPES (including arches and semicircles) in the West. Doing so will enhance your wealth, as the element of the west is metal, which is fashioned into coins, which represent prosperity.
  • Chinese New Year 2008 Chinese New Year (according to the lunar calendar) starts on the New Moon (7th February 2008) after the Winter Solstice and is celebrated by Chinese all over the world. It heralds new beginnings and a fresh start. At a social level, it is very much a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. Chinese New Year falls on February 7th (Thursday) 2008 (Lunar calendar) 11.44 China, 03.44 (Thursday 7th ) United Kingdom, 19.44 (Wednesday 6h) Vancouver. http://www.123chinesenewyear.com/chinesenewyear/2008.html
  • Chinese New Year 2008 Chinese New Year (according to the lunar calendar) starts on the New Moon (7th February 2008) after the Winter Solstice and is celebrated by Chinese all over the world. It heralds new beginnings and a fresh start. At a social level, it is very much a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. Chinese New Year falls on February 7th (Thursday) 2008 (Lunar calendar) 11.44 China, 03.44 (Thursday 7th ) United Kingdom, 19.44 (Wednesday 6h) Vancouver.
  • Keep your heart pure and your intentions strong as you practice fen shui.
  • Do carry a compact with a mirror or a small hand mirror for protection. these flat mirror work quietly and unobtrusively but can still deflect sha energy when directly at its source.
  • Do position Chinese lions correctly. The male with the embroidered ball under his paw should be on the left side as you face out of the building.
  • Do keepa live turtle, especially a black one, in a N area. Turtles are symbols of longgevity, good luck strngth, fortune, and endurance. As one of the celestial animals, the turtle is belived to possess great protective powers.
  • Do put a pair of metal cranes with a water feature in the N area of your garden. The crane has long been associated with good fortune, wealth, wisdom, and longevity for the patriarch and matriarch of a family.
  • Do put a pair of metal cranes with a water features in the N area of your garden. The crane has long been associated with good fortune, wealth, wisdom, and longevity for the patriarch and matriarch of a family.
  • Do give a gift of jade to bestow best wishes for health and longgevity.
  • Do surround a yin water structure with the yang energy of warm colors, sound, brightly patterned tiles, river stones, water plants, and living creatures.
  • Do choose a turquoise dragon. Red is the second-best color for a dragon and gold is third.
  • Do use arches, semicircles, and circles in blue or black metal for your NW gate.

Don't

  • Don't use orange in North areas. Orange is fire color; if placed in the North, it will be doused by water, that area's element.
  • Don't forget the most basic law of gardening and life: You reap what you sow.
  • Don't give a live bonsai plant as a gift; it symbolizes limited growth and is unlucky.
  • Don't use blue in the earth areas (South-West and North-East) or wear a blue ribbon in your hair; it is one of the traditional Chinese mourning symbols.
  • Don't keep a snake as a pet or bring an image of a snake into your home. In feng shui, the snake is considered a noxious, treacherous, and wicked creature.
  • Don't put statues of deities in a low place.Choose a spot higher than the tallest person in the household.
  • Don't cut down old trees, which are considered sacred and possess strong energy. However, if a tree is diseased or damaged by lightning,then you may have to remove the dead branches or the entire tree. This is particularyly critical if you have sick or elderly family members living in your home.
  • Don't allow the corner of a swimming pool with a straight sides to point directly toward your house, especially toward a bedroom. The corner creates negative sha energy.
  • Don't keep your colored crystals in the sunlight, as it will cause them to fade.
  • Don't use nonmetallic gold in the North, which represents business and career success. Nonmetallic gold represents earth, and earth destroys water, the symbol of financial success.
  • Don't bring a used or an antique statue or figurine of the Buddha, especially one from a temple, into your home unless you cleanse or purify it first. It may carry unwanted negative energy.
  • Don't give a bonsai plant as a gift, as it symbolizes limited growth and is therefore unlucky. However, dwarf citrus plants, with their gold-colored fruit, are great gifts.
  • Don't hang pictures of family members, especially those who are deceased, on the wall above your aquarium.
  • Don't plant a willow tree on your property or hold your marriage ceremony under one. Although graceful and lovely to look at, this tree is associated with sadness.
  • Don't position a mirror so that it cuts off any part of your reflected head. To do so is unlucky indeed!
  • Don't use gray in wood areas(E and SE). Gray represents metal, which destroys wood.
  • Don't put your Buddha on the ground so that people look down on him.Keep him level with or higher than the occupants of a room.
  • Don't forget: you reap what you sow. Plant and nurture seeds of kindness, honesty, compassion, and integrity, and that's what you will harvest.
  • Don't place a horse from a Chinese tomb, or a replica of such a horse,in your home,especially in the wealth,health,or marriage areas. These funereal pieces connote death and are considered unlucky.
  • Don't hang too many pictures of birds in your dining room, as this will create an imbalance in yang energy.
  • Don't ask for feathers from others.
  • Don't use candles in the metal element areas of W and NW: Fire melts metal.
  • Don't place all of your furniture against the walls, which accentuates the straight lines of a room and creates a boxy feel. Try arranging your furniture at 45-degree angles to the walls along with an area rug for a fresh look.
  • Don't keep the ashes of a pet inside your home or on your property. This represents death.
  • Don't put a dragon, an animal with a lot of yang energy, in your bedroom, which should always be a restful, peaceful, and serene place.
  • Don't hang pictures of pouncing or attacking animals,fierce birds, and dead fauna in your home or office.
  • Don't place an altar or a cash box under the stair, where energy will be pushing down it. Instead, energy should be able to flow freely around those objects.
  • Don't use exposed glass shelves. Their thin edges resemble blades and emanate sha chi.
  • Don't have a pond surrounded and darkened by deep woods or dense trees. This is overwhelmingly yin, and such imbalance is not good feng shui.
  • Don't place a statue of a wolf inside your home. The wolf symbolizes cruelty, greed, mistrust, and fear.
  • Don't use wood, ceramic, glass, or tile wind chimes except in their corresponding directions. Metal wind chimes(brass especially)create more pleasant tones. Your wind chime should be hung from a cord that is 9 inches long, or any multiple of 9.
  • Don't place toad statues in a bedroom, bathroom, or kitchen. They are thought to bring bad luck and negative energy when located in those rooms.
  • Don't introduce purchases from flea markets, garage or divorce sales, or failing businesses into your home or workplace unless you cleanse their energy first. These items have absorbed the chi of the environment or occupants to whom they previously belonged.
  • Don't place a dragon figurine or image next to the ashes of a person or pet.
  • Don't use antique bells or artifacts recovered from religious buildings. Because one of the main uses of these buildings is for absolution of sins, these items may have absorbed the negative energy of those transgressions.
  • Don't choose a home with a spiral staircase at its center. It acts as a screw or bore through the heart of the home.
  • Don't choose a home that has a drainage canal or ditch behind it. This will transport away your financial security. If you already have such a ditch behind you, block the view with a wall, thick hedge, or row of trees.
  • Don't give sharp objects to anyone as gifts; these symbolize the cutting of a friendship or a life.
  • Don't hang the powerful bagua mirror, surrounded by the trigrams, inside your home.
  • Don't have too many cacti, with thorns or sharp points, inside your home, as they create sha energy.
  • Don't use an excess of wood or water as decoration in the center of your home.
  • Don't use a phoenix to activate romance in your life if you already have an emotionally happy and physically satisfying relationship with someone special.To do so may cause infidelity.
  • Don't let the trunk of a tree, a lamppost. or the like obstruct your view of the world from the enterance to your home. To deflect an obstruction, hang a small,round mirror above your front door or under an eave.
  • Don't use too much green or blue to decorate the heart of your home. These colors represent wood and water and weaken the center
  • Don't use the color orange in the water area of N, as it's a fire element.
  • Don't bring temple or church bells into your home without first cleansing their energy by smudging.
  • Don't display, in your home or office, images of birds swooping down on their prey.
  • Don't use blue in earth areas South West and North East or wear a blue ribbon in your hair; it is one of the traditional chinese mourning symbols.
  • Don't buy or use a carpet with dragon designs on it. Dragfons must be able to fly free and are unable to do so if being stepped on.
  • Don't keep a snake as a pet or bring an image of a snake into your home. In feng shui the snake is concidered a noxious, treacherous and wicked creature.
  • Don't place water features such as a fountian, waterfall, or pond, in your front yard unless they face north the direction represent the element of water.
  • Don't put statues of deities in a low place. choose a spot higher than the tallest person in the household.
  • Don't decorate your home, especially your bedroom, with dried flowers, branches, grasses or potpourri. these dead objects generate yin energy that can adversly affect your love life!
  • Don't keep coloured crystals in the sunlight, as it will cause them to fade.
  • Don't use non-metalic gold in the N, Which represents buisness and career success. Non-metalic gold represents earth and earth destroys water, the symbol of finincial success
  • Don't use an image of a fox in your home; it is too fierce and brings a lot of negative energy. The cunning fox often symbolizes a demon.
  • Donít use a phoenix to activate romance in your life if you already have emotionally happy and physically satisfying relationship with someone special. To do so may cause infidelity
  • The fire element destroys metal, so donít put lamps or candles in the W or NW which are metal directions
  • CRYSTALS- Donít forget to keep your colored crystals out of the sun. Only white crystals can be kept in sunny spots.
  • No matter how beautiful or interesting they are, antique weapons, including swords and firearms, carry great negative yin energy. Donít keep them in your home without cleansing them first.
  • Donít put an altar in an area that is near, across from or under stairs or a bathroom.
  • Donít place metal furniture in an East room or on the East side of a room. The metal element will destroy the beneficial wood of this direction. Wood represents harmony fortune, and good health.
  • Donít forget to keep your colored crystals out of the sun. Only white crystals can be kept in sunny spots.
  • Don't give a live bonsai plant as a gift; it symbolizes limited growth and is unlucky.
  • Don't keep an aquarium in your kitchen. Since the kitchen is in the domain of fire and is nourished by wood, the element of water will douse your prosperity.
  • Don't use exposed glass shelves. Their thin edges resmble blades and emanate sha chi.

In General

  • Don't use stones, boulders, clay, brick, ceramics, tile, marble, geodes, or anything else that comes from the earth in the North area of your garden.
  • The tortoise is a symbol of the North, and it is fitting that ancient Chinese writing was first discovered-by pure luck and accident-etched onto turtle shells in a Beijing apothecary in 1899.
  • Do position Chinese lions correctly. The male with the embroidered ball under his paw should be on the left side as you face out of the building.
  • Keep your heart pure and your intentions strong as you practice feng shui.
  • By the time of the winter solstice, the Month of the Rat has begun. It rules the dead of winter; the middle of the night, the hours of 11 PM to 1 AM; and the direction of North. The Month of the Rat corresponds to the end of the Gregorian year and the sun sign Sagittarius, and it is ruled by the planet Jupiter.
  • On the winter solstice, people leave work early to go home and spend time with their families. Business in Chinese communities close in the late afternoon, and it is hard to find an open restaurant.
  • One way to purify natural crystals before using them is to bury them in the earth for at least three days and up to one moon cycle, or store them under pyramids.
  • Happy (Gregorian) New Year! We are still in the Year of the Ram until the 22nd, which will mark the Lunar New Year. Don't make any Feng Shui changes this year.
  • To face South or South-West during this Ram Year is to be thwarted, frustrated, or defeated in your endeavors. Many major battles in China's history were won or lost according to whether the armies were fighting toward the direction of the Grand Duke Jupiter or had him supporting them from behind.
  • The Chinese system of geomancy is called feng ("wind") shui ("water") and has been practiced for more than 3,500 years. Around the world, other cultures also practice this same reverence for nature and its power. In India, it is known as Vastu Vidya, the science of building structures for living purposes.
  • In your home, strive for a good balance of light and dark, sun and shade, smooth and rough textures, neutral and vivid colors, straight and curved lines, and delicate and heavy pieces of furniture.
  • There are yearly influences on our lives represented by compass directions called the Three Afflictions. These-the Grand Duke Jupiter, the Three Killings, and the Five Yellows-are based on the animal zodiac years and, accordingly, change with the Lunar New Year. Like atmospheric pressure, they can't be seen but affect everybody, no matter how good a person's feng shui is.
  • May you have a healthy, happy, and prosperous Lunar New Year of the Monkey, 4702. Do keep the center area/room of your home as quiet as possible for the entire year to avert illness and misfortune for you and your family.
  • Hang a pagoda wind chime in the center of your home, where the Five Yellows are this year, to keep serious illness, accidents,and disasters away from your family.
  • This month is that of the Tiger, the ruler of land animals and the hours between 3A.M. and 5 A.M. Compatible with this animal are people born in the years of the Dog and the Horse.
  • The eight compass directions(N,NE,E,SE,S,SW,W,and NW)within a huse,room,garden, or other space govern the various aspects of your life. Each direction is associated with specific colors, animals, numbers, and elements. To activate and improve a certain part of your life-such as your marriage or your wealth-place an appropriate color,animal,number,or element into the direction associated wih that part of your life.
  • E is the direction associated with the season of spring, and the color green symbolizes new growth from the bare ground.
  • The shift in chi energy usually occurs on February 4th(on Rebruary 5th if it is a leap year).Today launches the new Period Eight, which will last for 20 years and will make 8 a very prosperous and lucky number, especially when it reaches its zenith in the year 2014.
  • The 15th day of the first lunar month marks the beginning of the two-week Lantern Festival,during which families make lanterns by hand.The festival culminates with a parade that officially ends the Chinese New Year celebration.
  • Three Chinese zodiac animals symbolize the spring season: the tiger,rabbit, and dragon. If you were born in one of these animal's years,surround yourself with images of it.
  • Do choose a turquoise dragon. Red is the second-best color for a dragon,and gold is third.
  • Research into dates and outcomes of major battles in China's long history has revealed a link between the directions of the Grand Duke during the year of battles and the directions toward which the vanquished armies were fighting.Moreover,we know that in 1991, the U.S. forces had the Grand Duke behind them in Kuwait,while Saddam Hussein's army was trying to advance toward the GD.
  • The North East compass direction represents knowledge,wisdom,and self-development.It is represented by the color turquoise,the time when winter transitions to spring,the element of earth,and the number8. It is generated and supported by the element of fire, weakened or depleted by the element of metal, and destroyed by the element of wood.
  • Ask yourself: Am I healthy? Am I happy in my relationships? Am I prosperous? If you answered yes to all, make only minor feng shui changes in your life.
  • Two of the most popular schools of feng shui today are the traditional Compass School, which originated about 3,500 years ago,and the Black(Hat)Sect Tibetan Buddhist School.Buddhism originated in India and didn't take hold in China until two centuries later; its Tibetan form became established during the Yuan dynasty(A.D.1260-1368).
  • Because we have entered the 20-year Period Eight, when you are choosing anything that has numbers in it, from your business accounts to your telephone number,your license plate to your street address, choose the very lucky number 8 and combine it with 1,2,6 or 9 to bring greate good fortune for the next 20 years!
  • West is associated with children, children's fame, metal, and the tiger. If you want your child to become popular, do add metal objects in the West.
  • The dragon awakes on the second day of the second lunar month, bringing rain,an omen of spring,new growth, and blessings. Do put an image of a dragon in the East around noon any day this week.
  • The second Affliction, the Three Killings, always occurs in one of the cardinal directions-this year it's in the 45 degrees surrounding due west.Unlike the Grand Duke, you can sit in or face this direction during the year, but do not have it behind you. Like the Grand Duke,the ground in this direction should not be disturbed in any way with construction, digging, demolition,etc.
  • The original purpose of feng shui was to find the best directions for ancestors'grave sites,so as to ensure happiness, health,and prosperity for their descendants. Feng Shui always relates to property or real estate,not to people. Like a beautiful view, your grave site, temple,residence,or business may have good feng shui, not you personally or your body.
  • Feng shui is just one of the five influences in our lives. The others are luck, fate, good deeds, and self-development.
  • The yin-yang symbol is called the tai chi, or "ultimate energy," representing male and female, hard and soft. They are two halves of a whole, not opposites.
  • If you give a gift of a pair of scissors or a set of knives, do attach a penny to each blade. This neutralizes the cutting effect. The pennies must be returned to the giver.
  • The South-East is generated and supported by the element of water, weakend and depleted by the element of fire, and destoyed by the element of metal.
  • The basic concepts of feng shui also serve as the foundation for traditional Chinese medicine, which associates teh eight compass directions with various elements, as well as with parts and organs of the human body. The heart is linked with the elemnt of fire, the lungs with metal, the liver with wood, the kidney and bladder with water, and the stomach with earth. A deficiency or imbalance of an element is beleived to cause health problems in one of these organs.
  • The most powerful and dangerous of all yearly influences goes by the name of the Five Yellows. Do not touch, move, dig, construct, build, prune, or in general, disturb anything in the entire 90-degree range of the compass direction South-East this year. To do so is to bring about major disaster and clamity to you and your family.
  • In feng shui, the dragon rules over the season of spring, beginning on the equinox on March 21st, and governs the day from 7 AM to 9 PM. The dragon is considered one of the most yang of all mystical creatures; it is benevolent, powerful, and protective. The dragon's image may be carved on furniture, accessories, and pendants as a talism against evil and bad luck.
  • Kwan Yin, the Goddess of Merrcy, celebrates her birthday on the 19th day of the 2nd month. Today do celebrate family, children, harmony, and prosperity with offerings or by getting together for a meal.
  • Feng shui holds that fresh air and clean water are essential for human survival. Slow-moving water or a road with moderate vehicular traffic passing by your front door symbolizes good fortune coming to your household.
  • Today the Chinese celebrate Ching Ming, meaning "clear-bright." This holiday can be linked to Memorial Day, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and All Soul's Day combined. It is one of the 106th day following the winter solstice. It is an important day to clean family graves, especially those of ancestors.
  • East is the direction of family life, health, nutrition, harmony, and prosperity. It is represented by the element of wood, the symbol of the dragon, and the number 3. It is generated and supported by the element of water, weakended and depleted by the element of fire, and destroyed by the element of metal.
  • Because good feng shui of family cemeteries was beleived to be essential to a long reign in China, finding a grave site with the optimum location was one of the ruler's first orders of business. There is a renowned memorial known as the Tomb of the Thirteen Emperors, which is a testament to the care with which the first emperor chose his dynasty's burial site, for his reign lasted for 13 generations.
  • The earliest system of feng shui evolved from the southern part of China and is known as the Form, or Landscape, School. It is based on an analysis of the typography, geography, water movement, ecology, geology, atmospheric conditions, climate, and other natural features of a site.
  • For cleansing activities, do choose bells that are new and have a wooden handle. Select brass and silver bells in tones that appeal to you.
  • No matter how good the feng shiu we have created in our homes or offices, we must pay attention to the changes that invariably take place around us. Everything can change within microseconds. A child is born, a loved one dies, a new person becomes the leader of an influentialworld power, earthquakes and floods take lives around the globe-nothing stays the same for the world, nature, man, or the universe. Still, feng shui enables each of us to exert some control over our environments.
  • The ancient Chinese believed that every part of the tiger had power, from its skin to its organs. This marvelous creature's likeness still appears on good luck charms, furniture, jewelry, and weapons.
  • Lots of spring rain may make you long for sunshine, but remember, water represents abundance.
  • Do keep literature about international relations, trade, leadership, organization, and planning in the North-West.
  • At one time, the knowledge of feng shui was a closely guarded secret, which was beleived to be the key to an emperor's longevity, health, wisdom, and power.
  • During our current period, Period Eight, the prosperity star is in the center of your home, no matter which way your front door faces. Normally, you'll want to activate this potential for wealth; however, during this Monkey Year, it shold remain quiet so as not to stir up the Five Yellows. You still can promote wealth by using passive enhancements, such as amethyst, citrine, and ametrine crystals, or with artwork depicting moving water. Keep the center of your home as peaceful and quiet as possible during this year.
  • The element of earth governs North-East and is represented by the color turquoise, which is created from mixing blue (water,rain) with green (new growth, sprouting seeds).
  • You may find that in many Asian restaurants, the water contained in fish tanks circulates vigorously. This is to symbolize the world's waterways, which have spread culture, ideas, invention, discovery, art, language, and knowledge from continent to continent.
  • The South-East direction represents wealth, prosperity, and material abundance. It is represented by the colors green and purple, the transition from spring to summer, the element of wood, and the number 4.
  • Proximity to or a view of water is an important characteristic of good feng shui for a grave or a house. Almost every great city in the world, past and present, is located on a river, lake, or ocean-all of which bring trade, commerce, and therefore, prosperity, to it.
  • It's fine to use your basement for storage, but don't use it as a junk heap. Get rid of things you don't use or need.
  • The Month of the Horse begins, marking the beginning of summer, with the Big Dipper pointing North-West. Temperatures rise, accompanied by thunder and rain, helping crops grow faster.
  • There are two forms of feng shui: Yin feng shui is the practice of siting garaves of a family's deceased members; yang feng shui is the system of environmental placement for the dwellings and workplaces of the living.
  • In China, an almanac gives the auspicious dates and times for a wide range of daily activities, from getting engaged, married, or a haircut, to burying the dead, singing contracts, or opening a business.
  • As this is the most yang day of the entire year,today is ideal for an energy -clearing-moving out stale energy and allowing new,clean chi to enter.Close up your home or office and "paint" the frames of all doors with incense or a herbal smudge stick. Start at your front door, walking clockwise through your home or workplace, and pay particular attention to the corners where stagnant energy collects.
  • The Month of the Ram begins on the day after the summer solstice and ends on July 21. The Ram presides over the hottest part of the day, from 11 A.M. to 1 P.M., which has the most yang energy.
  • The 6th lunar month has arrived,corresponding to the symbol of the Monkey and the Western sign of Leo. It is also the time of early afternoon, from 3 P.M. to 5 P.M., which governs the directions W and SW.
  • A room or dwelling that is shaped like an L or a U is said to have missing areas or corners. This may influence a person's life negatively, causing certain associated aspects to be absent,too.
  • Having a house as the sole structure exposed to the elements on a jutting piece of land or a peninsula is not considered good feng shui.
  • Place a homemade money tree with semiprecious stone "leaves" in the earth areas of NE or, if it has all rose quartz leaves, put it in the SW for romance.
  • The male head of household should sit in the NW,as he provides support to the family.
  • Traditonally, Chinese lion statues are used to protect the buildings they guard.But use such statues with caution,as they may cause harm to the persons or businesses they face. Safer substitutes include a pair of unicorns, elephants, horses, or fu dogs, which resemble the Pekinese dogs favored by emperors and represent good fortune.
  • Whatever your budget,taste, or style,the interior of your home should follow the three basic concepts of feng shui: a good flow of chi, a balance of light(yang) and dark(yin), and the proper placement of the five elements.
  • The eldest son should sit in the E(one of the most yang directions)at the dinner table, and his bedroom should also be in the E. A middle son can sit in the N and have his bedroom in that part of the house. The youngest son in the family belongs in the NE, as does his room.
  • Save active yang colors such as red, orange, and yellow, for the living,dining, and family rooms. Parents often decorate their children's bedrooms in primary colors and then wonder why their offspring are overly energized and active.
  • Do use plants and flowers to introduce healing yang energy into an ill or convalescing person's bedroom.
  • Put white or yellow orchids in a metal container in w area. Orchids symbolize the perfect man, love, beauty,refinement, and many offspring.
  • The Month of the Rooster commences, governing 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. Although there many be an Indian summer, once again, the energy has begun to shift imperceptibly from yang to yin.
  • Today, celebrate the birthday of Confucius, the renowned Chinese philosopher, by reading a work of poetry or literature,calling or visiting your parents, or paying your respects at their graves.
  • The most important room should be in the center of your house- a living, family,or dining room, but never a bathroom
  • According to the precepts of feng shui, an ideal location for a building is halfway up a hill or mountain, with the back of the structure facing the hill or mountain. If you are working in a high-rise and sit with a window behind you, another tall building can be a substitute for a hill.
  • Create a homemade money tree for yourself or as a gift by hanging ancient Chinese coins with red cord on the branches of an artificial silk plant.Money trees represent wealth, prosperity, and abundance.
  • It is the Month of the Dog, which governs the hours of 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. The hottest part of the year is now passing. Have some iced, sweetened chrysanthemum tea to cool down your body and bring it back into balance.
  • Front entrance doors should be proportionate in size to the dwelling. Double doors allude to a balance of yin and yang, a sense of "generosity of spirit," and a welcoming presence.
  • Combine a single lotus blossom with a bud to represent the ideal partnership. The lotus flower is the ultimate symbol of Buddhism and represents purity, joy and perfection. Because its exquisite blossoms grow from the mud at the bottom of ditches, lakes, and ponds. it exemplifies the possibility that perfection can come from impurity.
  • The SW compass direction symbolizes marriage,motherhood, relationships, and romance. It is represented by the colors yellow, white, pink, and red; the transition of summer to autumn; the element of earth , and the number 2.
  • All drains leading away from a home should be hidden or covered, as they represent beneficial chi and the family's prosperity leaving the house.
  • The emperors of China respected knowledge and surrounded themselves with the most learned men in their empires, holding teachers, scholars, scientists, inventors, discoverers, and feng shui advisers in higher esteem than military minds.
  • Create a more comfortable and harmonious environment for all by using a round or oval table for meals so that no one needs to sit at an uncomfortable sharp corner.
  • The SW compass direction is generated and supported by the element of fire, weakened and depleted by the element of metal, and destroyed by the element of wood.
  • The ideal view as you look East out of your home or workplace is trees. If you live in the city, tall, thin, or cylindrically shaped buildings that resemble tree trunks represent the element of wood. Chicago's Water Tower and Los Angeles's Bonaventure Hotel are prime examples.
  • It is the time of the autumn equinox, and the tail of the Big Dipper points exactly the same at the South. The day and evening hours are exactly the same at the equator. Yang energy has reached its apex and is transforming into the yin cycle.
  • West is the direction that symbolizes children and creativity. It is represented by the color white, the season of autumn, the animal symbol of the tiger, the element metal, and the number 7. It is generated and supported by the element of earth, weakened and depleted by the element of water, and destroyed by the element of fire.
  • The interior of a home should be neither too young nor too yin.Lots of marble and glass; hard,straight surfaces;and an overabundance of light causes glare,creating too much yang energy.Interiors with medium-to dark -colored walls,dim lighting,heavy(or closed)drapes,and flooring stained or carpeted in deep colors make an environment too yin.
  • The Rooster month has arrived and it controls the hours of 5p.m. to 7 p.m. W is its direction, corresponding to the Western zodiac sign of Virgo, and autumn.
  • The weather is begining to cool and it is the time of White Dew.Frost may appear,and fog during this month is a good omen.
  • Keep the colors in bedrooms more yin,using shades of whites,grays,greens, and pastels to provide a soothing envrionment in which the occupants can recharge their physical,mental, and emotional energies.
  • Be careful where mirrors are placed.They may disturb rest in a bedroom if facing the bed or double negative energy in a bathroom if facing the toilet.
  • Each of the eight compass directions represents a member of your family. In chinese homes, the assignment of bedrooms and seating arrangements at the dinner table is often aligned with members'directions to instill family harmony.
  • In a room with a pitched ceiling, do position the head of the bed at the point where the ceiling is highest.This promotes the circulation of healthful chi around the occupant's head.
  • Don't have interior stairs that directly face your front door or exterior stairs that continue all the way to the curb. These represent your wealth pouring down and out of your house.
  • The NW compass direction governs supportive and helpful people,mentors and benefactors in life, international trade and travel, interests outside the home,and fatherhood. It is represented by the season of autumn becoming winter, the element of metal,the color gray, and the number 6. It is generated and supported by the element of earth, weakened and depleted by the element of water,and destroyed by the element of fire.
  • The eldest daughter should have her bedroom in the South East and sit in that area at the dining table. A middle daughter should sit and sleep in the South. The youngest daughter belongs in a West bedroom and in the West seat at meals.
  • The Month of the Dog gives way to that of the Boar, dominating the hours of 9PM to 11PM adn the directions of North and North West. The Month of the Rat (Sagittarius) marks the beginning of winter in the lunar calendar.
  • Most earth tones are not suitable for homes and offices, as they tend to depress people's energies.
  • Whether in rural, suburban, or urban setting, the configuration of the Four Celestial Animals should be obeyed: mountain or tall skyscraper (Black Tortoise) behind you, two smaller hills or buildings on the sides (Azure Dragon and White Tiger), and wide view in front(Red Bird).
  • The animal symbol for North is the tortoise, which in China represents long life, career, wisdom, and protection. Before polished surfaces and metal mirrors were used to deflect killing sha energy, the discarded shells of tortoises were hung as protective devices in homes, much like the upturned horseshoe, which in Western culture brings good luck.
  • North is the compass direction associated with business and communication, both of which are dispersed by water, their element.
  • Universal, cosmic energy, called chi, moves through the air, under the ground's surface, and through human bodies. On land, chi meanders along dragon lines or veins; in people, chi travels along meridians. The obstruction of chi in people brings illness and possibly death, while the blockage of chi in homes invites troubles to its inhabitants.
  • Low, flat, and broad structures that resemble shirt boxes are considered earth buildings. If you are situated in such a building with the other element-shaped buildings surrounding you in their compass directions, you are enjoying great feng shui!
  • Do use statues of turtles, which represent long life, to rid your home of illness.
  • This day marks the winter solstice--the longest night and shortest day of the year--when the tail of the Big Dipper points directly to the West. This is a good day for taking time off to cleanse the energy in your home and office and getting together with your family for dinner at home.
  • Although black granite on a neighboring buidling is neutral in feng shui, mirrored black windows are not. These highly reflective panels emanate large amounts of negative sha energy and must be blocked or reflected if they are facing your home or office.
  • Sharp corners on furniture, shelves, neighboring houses, or tall buildings should be covered, screened, or deflected with walls, plants, mirrors, panels, or fences.
  • May your New Year be filled with joy, peace, prosperity, and good health. It's still the Year of the Mokey on the Chinese lunar calendar, so to avoid illness and troubles, keep the center of your home calm and quiet until February 8.
  • There are yearly influences on our lives represented by compass directions called the Three Afflictions. These directions--the Grand Duke Jupiter, the Three Killings, and the Five Yellows--are based on the animal zodiac years and, accordingly, change with the lunar new year. Like atmospheric pressure, they can't be seen but affect all of us, no matter where we live or work. They are particularly aggravated by the moving of earth, so be cautious about any construction, planting, or demolition around your home or business.
  • The numbers three, six, and nine are a powerful combination in Chinese culture and in feng shui. Do put three Chinese or silver coins in a lucky red envelope and tape it under your business phone, fax machine, or cash register to stimulate money luck.
  • As the Gregorian year begins, it is a good time to start the year afresh and do an energy cleansing of your home.
  • The first of the troublesome Three Afflictions, the Grand Duke of Jupiter, is still in the West and South West during this Monkey Year. Sitting at your desk, if you are facing either of these directions, things may not be going as smoothly as you'd like.
  • Remember that no home or office has perfect feng shui all the time. Because the universe is always in a state of chage, so are the energies around us. It's true that knowledge is power, but only if you know how to use it to your advantage.
  • Feng shui is only one of many components of our destiny. It is commonly described as the "Chinese environmental system of placement that aligns our energies with those of nature and the universe," but you can also think of it as "house fortune telling"!
  • Avoid bringing items and artifacts associated with death, violence, or destruction into your home or office. These include souvenirs from the Titanic, the World Trade Center, pyramids, and used swords or other weapons.
  • If you are reasonably happy, healthy, financially secure, and in harmony with those around you, make only minor feng shui adjustments.
  • This is a great day for hunkering down to surf the net or read a book. Try to learn something new and challenging. Do it in the North-East.
  • Ching Ming is the time for the Chinese to honor their ancestors, who are believed to take care of us, their descendants.
  • Lotus seeds literally mean "continuos children." Keep a bag of them in the East (wood, family) area of your bedroom.
  • The new lunar year is just a week away. Start getting ready now by getting a haircut or perm, cleaning up your home, and paying your bills.
  • Today is the beginning of the Chinese solar year, and a major change in energy takes place. When you got up this morning, did the chi around you feel different?
  • It's the last day of the Year of the Monkey. Have dinner with your family, and make sure to put away all your knives and brooms before midnight.
  • May you be blessed with abundant good health, wealth, and harmonious relationships on this New Year's Day in this Year of the Rooster, 4703 in the Chinese calendar.
  • In Chinese culture the peony is the symbol of love, just as the rose is in the West. They are a very common motif in Chinese art and decorations.
  • To do well in your academic endeavors, study in the North East area of your home and bedroom.
  • The Three Killings are located in the East during this Year of the Rooster. You can face East, but do not sit at your desk with this direction behind you.
  • Even when we experience what seems like pure luck or heaven luck, we should remember that it was our own human luck, or free choice, that led us to the lucky circumstances.
  • Elephants represent a family with many children. Put a wooden elephant in the East or South East.
  • If you put up an altar outdoors, raise it off the soil on bricks, stones, or a platform.
  • It's the spring equinox, a good day to conduct an energy cleansing.
  • One feng shui guideline is that if you can't see it, it metaphysically is not there. This means you can cover, hide, block, bury, deflect, reflect, or use any other strategy to correct bad feng shui in your home or workplace.
  • After your spring cleaning. do purify the energy of your home by tossing a pinch of sea salt into the corners of your house.
  • Feng Shui is only one of many components of our destiny. It is commonly described as the "Chinese environmental sysstem of placement that aligns our energies with those of nature and the universe", but you can also think of it as "house fortune telling"!
  • Avoid bringing items and artifacts associated with death, violence, or destruction into your home or office. These include souvenirs from the Titanic, the World Trade Center, pyramids, and used swords or other weapons.
  • If you are reasonably happy, healthy, financially secure, and in harmony with those around you, make only minor feng shui adjustments.
  • Chinese gardens are designed to represent a microcosm of the universe, the balance of yin and yang, and change. Do make your creation feng shui-compliant!
  • This is a great day for hunkering down to surf the net or read a book. Try to learn something new and challenging. Do it in the North East!
  • Ching Ming is the time for the Chinese to honor their ancestors, who are believed to take care of us, their descendants.
  • Here's another way to look at one's destiny: one third heaven luck, one third feng shui luck, and one third man-made luck.
  • Feng shui empowers those who practice it with the opportunity to be proactive and take control of and responsibility for their environment.
  • No matter how good a deal you get on a used piece of furniture, don't acquire it from a failed or corrupt business. You will inherit the negative energy of its former owner and environment.
  • For quicker healing, do use a salt lamp to put more negative ions into the air in the room of an ill family member.
  • Today is the summer solstice, the most yang day of the year. It's a good day to do energy cleansing with smudge, air, bells, singing, music, clapping, or bowls.
  • If the yang energy of the summer is too intense for you, do cool down by surrounding yourself with and wearing more sea foam green and aqua blue.
  • All of us create our own destiny through our thoughts, words, and deeds. Everything that happens to you is a consequence of a choice or decision you made in the past.
  • If you have undesirable neighbours, try installing a bagua mirror facing toward them. They may well move away!
  • Worldwide, more than 30 forms or schools of feng shui have been practiced through the ages. The first was the Landscape, or Form, school, where the natural forms of geography were analyzed and attributed with positive or negative properties.
  • We all get 24 hours in a day. What will you do with the gift of time that you've been given?
  • The Chinese unicorn is called the chi ling (or kirin in Japanese) and represents long life.
  • Chinese dragons are believed to live in the ocean, bringing in the rain that nurtures crops, vitality, and energy.
  • No one experiences good luck all the time. For the very lucky few, the down cycle can last ten years, during which they will make poor decisions. So when things aren't going your way, be grateful that it's only temporary.
  • The Chinese originally used tortoise shells and gongs to deflect negative sha energy. Do use these or silver or pewter plates on plate stands instead of mirrors.
  • In your rooms, position the spines of your books so that they are flush with the edges of open bookcase shelves.
  • The gaudy but hardworking bagua mirror has red for protection, green for good health, and gold for prosperity.
  • No matter how beautiful or interesting they are, antique weapons, including swords and firearms, carry great negative yin energy. Don't keep them in your home without cleasing their energy first.
  • In money or love, the more you give, the more you get back. Giving freely of your time and money is being proactive in creating your destiny.
  • Reaserch into dates and outcomes of major battles in China's long history had revealed a link between the directions of the grand duke during the year of battles and the directions toward which the vanquished armies were fighting. Moreover, we know that in 1991, the U.S. forces had the Grand Duke behind them in kuwait, while Suddam Hussein's army was trying to advance toward the GD.
  • The chinese zodic animals that represent spring are the tiger, rabit and dragon. They rule the directions of the NE/E, E and E/SE and are governed by the element of wood wich symbolizes new growth.
  • Kwan Yin has been likened to the virgin mary beacuse of her purity, her wisdom and the miricles she perfroms. She is usually shown dressed in white robes with her hair hooded. She holds an infant and the rosary, and sits cross-legged on a huge lotus flower with her left foot forward.
  • The tiger represents the awakening of life (in the form of spring) and is symbolized by a wriggling earthworm. The rabbit represents vegitation breaking through the soil and is symbolized by an open gate. The dragon represents seeding and new plant growth, and is symbolized by thunderstorms.
  • Do choose dragons or pictures of dragons that resemble the qualities of water: slick, shiny, translucent and the colour of the sea. This is more helpful than a dragon made of wood, china or porcelain, though all materials are acceptable.
  • Chinese gardens are designed to represent a microcosm of the universe, the balance of yin and yang, and change. Do make your creation feng shui compliant.
  • Ching Ming is the time for Chinese to honor their ancestors, who are believed to take care of us-their descendants.
  • Do use a gate with rectangles or squares in its design in the earth directions of the Northeast or Southwest.
  • You may find in many asian restaurants the water contained in fish tanks circulates vigorously. This is to symbolize the world's waterways, which have spread culture, ideas, invention and discovery.
  • Feng shui empowers those who practice it with the opportunity to be proactive and take control of and responsibility for their environment.
  • No one experiences good luck al the time. For a very unlucky few the down cycle can last ten years, during which they will make poor decisions. So when things arenít going your way be grateful its only temporary
  • Chinese dragons are believed to live in the ocean, bringing in rain that nurtures crops, vitality and energy
  • chopsticks represent ďcontinuing childrenĒ and are a fertility symbol in Chinese culture. Pairs tied with red ribbon are often given as wedding favors.
  • Pray not for gold. Pray for good children and happy grandchildren.-CHINESE PROVERB. Activate the W (which represents children) with earth and metal accessories.
  • At Chinese Banquets the most honored guest sits facing the entrance with his or her back to a wall. This allows the guest to be the first to see any danger entering.
  • Remember, just about everything is fixable. Feng shui empowers you to take control of your environment and life.
  • Karma is the law of justice. In feng shui, as in life you reap what you sow. What goes around comes around.
  • Ancient Chinese coins are round with a square hoe in the middle, representing heaven (round) and earth (square). When you hold these coins your holding a little of each.
  • Today, the fall equinox, is a good day for conducting an energy cleansing.
  • Create good karma with random acts of love and kindness, without thought of reciprocation or reward. You are contributing to good human luck, one of the components of your destiny.