Feng Shui This | Feng Shui or Fraud?



What Holly’s shoveling is much more honest than what’s being shoveled in China lately.
Every now and then, the conversation turns to some strange activity that’s being associated with Feng Shui.  Years ago Master Yu warned us of what is now China’s latest “fad”.  Not Sheng Qi…but Sheng Ji.  So close that it seems even the name is meant to confuse and defraud.  Fraud is the key here.
This technique for bringing money involves taking fingernail clippings and burying them (with a ritual of course) in order to have the good energy of the land absorbed by the clippings, and transferred to the client.  Kind of like, “I can’t go to Harvard, but I can send my fingernails and then I’ll get smart!”
Yes, I’m mocking this practice.   It’s the kind of thing that brings back the days when hawkers sold snake oil from the backs of trucks.  People would buy a concoction of snake oil, alcohol, and a few herbs, after being told that it would cure whatever was wrong with them.  Of course, the “store” drove off in the night, leaving customers with a bottle of flavored alcohol.  Ok, maybe they did feel cured for a bit.  But after the buzz wore off they began to realize that they were duped and their money was long gone.
Now, we have supposed Feng Shui Masters burying fingernails and making thousands of dollars doing it.  What’s going to happen when the owners of these nail parings figure out they’ve been hornswoggled?  Well, many will never say a word because admitting you paid someone $10,000 to bury your fingernails would make you look stupid, wouldn’t it?  Although some of these clients have their photos showing up on their “Feng Shui Master’s” Facebook pages, so they’re even less likely to complain.
Others will complain and be told that it was their karma or their choices that cursed the ritual burying of their fingernails, and of course, that was not the Feng Shui Master’s fault, so there will be no refund.  I’m betting there is a form they have people sign that explains all this…and of course, people will sign it.  I call it a CYFSMA clause.  Yes…that’s “Cover Your Feng Shui Masters Ass”.
So, what can you do when you see this happening?  Well, all we can do is warn people…and then expect many to do it anyway.
There really are many ways to a good life.  Remember there’s Heaven Luck, Earth Luck, and Man Luck.  Most of us are not destined to have great wealth.  Most of those on this planet do not have the freedom we have here in the USA.  And, most of the world’s population has no idea what Feng Shui is.  Feng Shui can help us achieve our full potential.   It cannot make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.   But, I want to be the best I can be, and that includes using every advantage I can.   Nothing more complicated than that.
However, there’s no reason anyone should ever pay $10,000.00 to bury their fingernails.  Heck, you can bury a whole body for less than that!

Feng Shui This | Who Will Help Me Grind the Wheat?


Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm . Her family included a lazy dog , a sleepy cat, a silly yellow duck and a slithery snake.
One day the little red hen  found some wheat seeds  on the ground.

The little red hen had an idea. She would plant the seeds .

The little red hen  asked her family, “Who will help me plant the seeds ?”

“Not I,” barked the lazy dog .
“Not I,” purred the sleepy cat .
“Not I,” quacked the silly yellow duck .

“Screw you.” said the slithery snake.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen . So the little red hen  planted the seeds all by herself.

When the seeds  had grown, the little red hen asked her family, “Who will help me cut the wheat ?”

“Not I,” barked the lazy dog .
“Not I,” purred the sleepy cat .
“Not I,” quacked the silly yellow duck .

“Screw you.” said the slithery snake.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen . So the little red hen cut the wheat  all by herself.

When all the wheat  was cut, the little red hen asked her family, “Who will help me take the wheat  to the mill  to be ground into flour ?”

“Not I,” said the lazy dog .
“Not I,” purred the sleepy cat .
“Not I,” quacked the silly yellow duck .

“Screw you.” said the slithery snake.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen . So the little red hen  brought the wheat  to the mill  all by herself, ground the wheat  into flour, and carried the heavy sack  of flour  back to the farm .

The tired little red hen asked her family, “Who will help me bake  the bread ?”

“Not I,” barked the lazy dog .
“Not I,” purred the sleepy cat .
“Not I,” quacked the silly yellow duck .

“Screw you.” said the slithery snake.

“Then I will,” said the little red hen . So the little red hen  baked  the bread  all by herself.

When the bread  was finished, the tired little red hen asked her family, “Who will help me eat  the bread ?”

“I will,” barked the lazy dog .
“I will,” purred the sleepy cat .
“I will,” quacked the silly yellow duck .

“It’s mine!” said the slithery snake.

“No!” said the little red hen . “I will eat the bread.”  and the little red hen ate the bread all by herself.

Moral of the story?

It may take a while, but eventually the little red hen will stand up for herself, and when she does…it will be awesome.

Feng Shui This | July is for Revolutions

Looking back at the history of this country is a passion of mine.  I like to connect the dots and see how time and space work together to influence people, and trigger world events.  When I look at July of  1776, I can’t help but see history repeating itself once again.

Old Glory

July of 1776 was also a wood goat month in a fire monkey year.    Every 60 years this combination shows up.  What seems to happen is that people get fed up with feeling abused and begin to formally revolt.  The signs may have been there the year before, but it seems that the Bing Shen years put a seal on the revolution and make it official.

1776–The Declaration of Independence signaled the founding of a new country and although the Revolutionary War had begun the year before, this declaration made it clear that this land would become a new country, and separate from England.   The war would last until 1783.

It was period 5 and the fight was against the tyranny of King George, Emperor energy.

There have only been three other Bing Shen years since the American Revolution.

1836– The Texas Revolution began in 1835 when Santa Anna appointed himself dictator and began his attempt to disarm the settlers.  At the Convention of 1836 there was a formal vote for independence.

This happened in period 8 against Santa Anna…a young man, represented by the 8.  Power went to his head and he was quick to abuse it.

1896—The Philippine Revolution to liberate the Philippines from the rule of Spain.

Period 2 is mother energy.  Spain had ruled the Philippines for 300 years.  You could say that this was truly a revolt against the “Mother Country”.

1956—Hungarian Revolution against the tyranny imposed by Communist Russia.    Thousands were killed.

Also that year, Egypt  claimed the Suez Canal for itself, blocking others from using it. Soon afterward, France and Great Britain joined Israel to recapture the canal and insure international access to international waters. (basically a revolution against the overstep of power by the Egyptian government)

This was in period 5, more Emperor energy being misused by tyrants and ultimately defied by revolutionaries.

So, what will 2016 bring us?  We’re in the 8th period, so we have to consider the youngest son energy.   Is the youngest son “too big for his britches”?  Has power gone to his head like it did with Santa Anna?   Would he appoint himself dictator?

Although it won’t be pretty, it is encouraging that all over the world, people are standing up for freedom and liberty.  How long the fight will take is anyone’s guess.  But, there are lessons to be learned from history.

What have we learned?


Feng Shui This | June is for Horses

IMG_7761Welcome to June!  With just a few adaptations, we can make the best of this horse month.
The Southwest is hosting the 4 monthly star (wood energy) and it is an irritant to the annual 8 (earth energy).  A red rug fire bridge will connect the two, bringing prosperity instead of aggravation.  Simple enough, right?
If your office is in the east, try not to make any major decisions there.  The 5 monthly star and the 9 yearly star can make clear thinking difficult.
This month will be interesting.  Words can become “flame throwers”, loaded with the fire of the horse. So, be sure you make yourself clear when you communicate.  Even then, people will be easily incited to overreact.
The yearly monkey is quick to react to what he perceives as attack.  With all this fire, he’ll be wearing his heart on his sleeve…along with a chip…daring someone to insult his honor. It won’t take much to blow a little misunderstanding into a full scale tantrum.
But, consider that the horse is without guile.  He says what he thinks, without thinking about how it may be misinterpreted. This kind of innocence is a rare gift.  But it can make life extremely difficult.
So, make sure what you heard is what was meant and think before you speak…knowing the odds are high that there will be misunderstanding.  Be a calm place in this wild month and while the world goes a bit crazy you can watch, ponder, and learn.

Feng Shui This | Do You Speak Feng Shui?

“Merely symbolic” is a term tossed around a lot, but we need to realize that symbols are a language.  They tell us stories, and they make us think.  They can tie us to our history, remind us of our path and help us to focus our energy.

American Flag

American Flag

When we look at the flag of our country we salute those who helped make this country great, and remember those who formed it.  The Stars and Stripes convey a message.

When we look at religious symbols we’re reminded of God and the path back to Him.   Those symbols tell others who we worship, what our religion holds dear, and identify us to the world.



But, what of Feng Shui Symbols?  What kind of language do they speak?  And, who are they speaking to?   cropped-logo-500.jpg

I use the Flying Star method of Feng Shui. In this method we recognize that there are energies (also known as stars) coming from 8 directions.  Personally, I like to think of the stars as angels.  Each has a different skill, and a different personality. Some need extra attention, and others not so much. They support us according to their idea of what we want and need. Sometimes their ideas of what we need don’t match ours and things get a bit messy. So, it’s important to speak the language so we can let them know what it is we want and need.

If you want to encourage a star that has a wood personality, you give it what wood would like…water.  If you want to encourage a star with an earth personality, you give it something red, representing fire.   This is the language of the stars.

When we look at Feng Shui symbols, often we see things like the Money Toad.  He’s a cute little guy, with a grumpy face, sitting on a pile of coins and catching another in his mouth.  These are considered to be superstition by many, but when you think about it, they’re just another form of language.

Proverbial Money Toad

What does the Money Toad make you think of ?   It probably makes you think of making money!  That’s all it needs to do.  And, if it’s making you think of making money, it may also be saying the same to the entities that pay attention to such things.   If he makes you smile and makes you think of making money, he’s done enough.  But, if you want to make money with the energy a specific star can bring, maybe he should be sitting in that sector.

Layers…lots of layers in Feng Shui.  The deeper we dig…the more answers and mysteries we find.   Isn’t this fun?

Feng Shui This | Fire at Rabbit Hash General Store

The Rabbit Hash General Store was built in the 8th period, 1831. This was only 32 years after the death of George Washington.   The state of Kentucky was still frontier and it hadn’t been long since the last Indian attack.   The store sat near the Ohio River, just downstream from Cincinnati, on the Kentucky side.
Saturday, February 13th, 2016, that little store burned to the ground.  It was a terrible loss to the entire community.  So far as what has been reported, it seems to be unexplained at this time.   Lets look at the Feng Shui and see if it gives us a clue.
First, check out the location:
Rabbit Hash General Store
The Ohio River is flowing South, bringing this year the annual 5 (disaster) to the 7-9 (fire) and 4-3 (wood), as well as the 3-4 (wood) combinations.  Looks like fire burning wood disaster to me.
Rabbit Hash General Store chart
The stars in the triangle (facing 5 mountain, 5 base, 8 water) are always there for this building.  The tiny little ones at the bottom are the yearly, monthly and daily stars.  They change with every year, month and day.
Notice how they are all duplicated.  On the 13th of February, 2016, at this store, any tendency in the yearly combinations will be enhanced.
The 9-7 combination is FIRE.  There are two.  One at the water in the Ohio River, making it very strong…and one is at the water mouth where the roads to the town converge, turning north or south.  Look at the chart below and you’ll see the 7 water star is met by the 9 yearly, monthly and daily stars.  Apparently a very successful fire combination.
Whenever there is a fire at a very important building, and this one was historic, we look for the Feng Shui ties. This place has a ton.
Does your house have the same chart?  Many do…but does it have the same configuration of roads and rivers?  It’s not likely.  I’m going to speculate that the Feng Shui of this place had 70% to do with its burning down.  The other 30% was man-luck.  Someone either got careless recently, or was careless years ago and the result took a while to show up.  Whatever the ratio, it took both to burn it down…man luck and earth luck…people and Feng Shui.
They say they will rebuild.  In the current 8th period they will have a great chart again…except for this year, (I’d watch out for October 10, 19 and 28th) and in 9 years they’ll have the same configuration of stars, so I would advise them to be very watchful in 2023.
It’s good to know your Feng Shui so you know the possibilities.


Feng Shui This | Fire Monkey!

Fire Monkey Year

Fire Monkey Year


What do you think of when you hear “Fire Monkey”?  Well, I’m a little wary of this guy because monkeys are not who we’d like to see in charge of the matches, right?
Fire controls metal…and shapes it.  Well, the monkey is Shen Metal, so Fire on Metal is in conflict.   In a year in conflict with itself, we’ll need a bridge of earth to ease it.  So, expect earth related industries to benefit from the Fire Monkey, and metal industries to benefit from the enriched earth.
In Feng Shui we will be experiencing more powerful earth stars as well, with the Fire Monkey putting his energy toward earth.  So, if you have a 8 water star at your door, you will benefit.  If you have a 5 water star at  your door, you need to be sure to have gentle chimes nearby to ease the earth energy toward metal.
Fire Monkey year begins for most of us on February 4th.  So, what can the world expect in the coming year? For the USA we can expect true change.  1776 was also a Fire Monkey year (Bing Shen).  Revolution and a new beginning marked the year.
Although the Constitution hangs by a thread, this year will bring us back to our roots, with a swing toward taking care of business at home.  Budgets will be cut and government will go back to basics.  (in so much as is possible in 2016)
People all over the world will fight for what they think is due them, no matter the cost to others, until the fire and metal clash in the streets.
I would also expect more volcanoes to erupt than usual, and more treasures to be unearthed as fire feeds the earth and it gives up  its gold.  Could it also portend more earthquakes?  It would make sense.  We’ll see.  It will be interesting to see how all this plays out.
The last Fire Monkey year was 1956; things are more complicated now, but the energies still do the same as always.
And, the world goes round and round.



Feng Shui This | Putting Back Some Seed

There’s Heaven Luck, Earth Luck, and Man Luck.   Heaven Luck is what we land on the planet with…including our location.  Earth Luck is what that location offers us as far as Feng Shui.  And, Man Luck is what we do with what we have.
Save Back Some Seed

                           Save Some Seed

“Don’t forget to put back some seed, honey.”
Granny Hendricks
Back when my grandmother was alive, she would remind us often to “put back some seed”.  I always thought it was because she was cheap and didn’t want to spend good money buying seed for the spring garden when all she had to do was save some out of this years crop.  But, it was so much more than that.  Granny was using “Man Luck”.
A farmer has to have seed if he expects to plant a crop. Years ago you couldn’t go to the local Walmart and buy garden seeds.  You had to harvest  your own, or trade a neighbor for them.  Granny would pick a plant that had the best qualities for next year’s crop.  She’d dry the seeds carefully, even remembering to put them in the freezer for a bit to simulate an outdoor winter.  Her gardens were prolific, and beautiful.
Failing to save some seed; not keeping something in reserve, will bring a farmer and his family to ruin.   No matter how hard you work, if you fail to plan for the future, you will not thrive, and it’s very likely that you will fail miserably.
This is Man Luck.  Hard work, good planning, and being alert to circumstances.
Our government could learn a lot from Granny.  Instead of spending all we have and more, we need to “put back some seed” for the future of the nation; pay down our enormous debt, invest in this country, and bring the USA back to being productive.
Does this mean we can’t give to others?  Of course not.  But remember the pre-flight lectures we all get when we fly?
“In the event of a loss of cabin pressure, the oxygen masks will drop down.  Put the oxygen mask on  yourself first, before putting it on those under your care.”
It’s time to step back and put the oxygen mask on those who are tasked with the care of others.  This country is getting weak, and being drained further by debt and yes—bad leadership.   It’s time to rebuild our resources, strengthen our core, and get ourselves in better shape.  The world needs a strong USA, and we won’t get stronger if we stay on the current path.
This is also known as, “Economics 101”.

Feng Shui This | Feng Shui or Destiny?

I had been studying Feng Shui for many years when we bought our current house, so I picked one that was darn near guaranteed to be a winner.  It’s what’s called a “Three Parent House” — said to be lucky in all periods, so I expected my career to pick up substantially.

It was late fall of 2007 when we moved in and as I had expected, things were a bit slow at first.  Then in February of 2008 business really picked up.  I stayed busy until the following February.  About then, just as the city started digging up an intersection behind our house, business stopped.  Since the digging that year was in an area that should not be disturbed, I waited for them to finish, expecting business to pick up when the work was completed.  It too them nearly a year.  But, even after that, business continued to be extremely slow, and has not yet come close to 2008 strength.

In 2010, I went to Toronto for a new class and found out why.   The hexagram of door and sitting are holding down the money.  What does that mean?  Well for me, it means that the cure to release the hidden money would harm my husband.  I decided to keep the husband happy and healthy by finding an alternative.

We built a nice little home office in the back yard for me to work in, with great Feng Shui.   Now money does manage to show up occasionally.  😉

But the house still has the problem. And, it still has an effect on our ability to make and retain money.

Adding to this, my 4 Pillars (destiny) chart has wealth clashed during this 10 year cycle, so destiny seems to have helped me pick a house to  match.  Thankfully, the clash lasts just one more year, then things should improve substantially.

All three kinds of luck come into play here.  Heaven luck, Earth Luck, and Man Luck. Heaven luck is my personal astrology chart.  Earth luck is the Feng Shui of my house and Man luck is the effort to build a new office and make the best of what I have.

One step forward, two steps back. The Feng Shui is good, then bad, and then finally understood.  There are times when I feel a bit like Sisyphus—Zeus became angry with him for boasting that he was more clever than Zeus, so he punished him by giving him a rock to push up a hill until just before it reached the top, the rock rolls back. Sisyphus always manages to get that rock almost to the top, just to see it roll back down.  Some would say that Sisyphus is involved in a futile exercise. Maybe not though.

The way I look at it, the whole story isn’t told.  Newton said, “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”   If we’re going to assume Zeus and Sisyphus exist, we will also have to assume that they are included in the laws of physics.

There are two possibilities.  Either Sisyphus has become more and more miserable— resenting and fighting his destiny, or he has truly become more clever than Zeus, and found that happiness comes from within.  If he sees his job as taking the rock over the top of the hill he’ll be miserable.  If instead he sees his task as taking the rock up the hill just until it can roll back down, he can consider it a job well done every time. Could it be that Sisyphus has learned to be humble?  He has surely gained physical strength.   Maybe he also learned patience.  With all that time to think, is it possible that he found happiness within himself?  Maybe in time Zeus will consider the lesson learned and turn him loose?

That’s the secret of man luck.  We all have the ability to find happiness.  And, if we can’t find it in the outer world, we must find it within ourselves, and wait for the outer world to catch up.

Feng Shui This | Profiling Rednecks

toronto reading
Going to Toronto
September 24th I was happy to be headed to Toronto for a dinner in honor of Malgorzata’s visit to Canada.  Master Yu and Teresa hosted a wonderful dinner, complete with fresh Alaskan King Crab. The perfect high note to a pretty eventful day.
The IChing reading was done by me to help me decide whether I should make the trip. After a pretty stressful week with family I just didn’t know if I was up to it. I had been accused of things I didn’t do, had my words taken out of context, and generally judged to be lacking in many ways.  And, that’s just my family.  ha
So, when things started piling up and appearing grim, I did an IChing reading.
Now, the Wen Wang Gua method is different than the text type.  In Wen Wang Gua readings, you look at each line (yao) and determine how it interacts with the hour, day and month…as well as how it interacts with other yaos in the hexagram.
In this reading the only moving line is yao 6.  This place represents the “water mouth”.  This can mean true water, or a convergence of energies like roads, etc. Or apparently, a border crossing.
Sure enough…at the border crossing there was trouble.
What kind of trouble?  Well, Yao 6 is metal,moving to control wood…Officer Ghost in the present hexagram.  The Officer Ghost line represents governments…etc.
Under that Ghost line is fire.  The fire is a Parents line and is draining the Officer/Ghost.  Maybe it’s making them a bit “touchy” at the border??
The subject (me) is strong at the day.  It will be a problem, but not one that can’t be overcome.  Without this last detail, I would have not finished my trip.
So, What Happened?
I was pulled over and searched at the border going into Canada. This is the third time they’ve picked me out of the crowd on my way to Toronto, so I was beginning to wonder what’s wrong.  This time after they asked me to pull over to check the bottle of wine I had declared…(an important point) they asked more questions, including if I was carrying pepper spray.  I said, “Yes”.  I had left Kentucky at 4 AM and driven through some pretty rough towns on my way there. I don’t think it’s safe for a lone woman to travel that far without something for protection.  They let me know it’s illegal in Canada.
Funny, but it is allowed if it’s marked for bears.    Kinda dumb, but there you go. Apparently Canada doesn’t want their women to be able to protect themselves in a non-lethal manner.  The hawk-billed knife I had with me was fine. Problem is, you have to have time to open a knife and then get close enough to use it.  Not a safe alternative to pepper spray.
Anyway, I handed over the pepper spray and then things got ugly.  They searched my bags, my purse, my truck and my cooler…climbed up in the bed of my truck and searched the box of trash I keep in there…(when I’m out mending fences I toss my water bottles in the box to keep them from blowing out of the truck)…kicked the wheel covers…opened the hood, searched the engine and looked under the carriage. They tore apart my suitcase, checked my prescription medications (to the point of asking me what they were for and if I really needed them) and made sure my underwear was proper for Canada, I suppose.   Of course, they found nothing new.  I had declared everything!
Then they threatened impounding my truck over that “illegal” pepper spray that was meant to “subdue humans”, telling me it would cost me $500 to get my truck back. They then left me sitting on a bench outside, sobbing.  Remember, it had already been a very rough week and I’d been driving over 9 hours.
After all this, they declared me safe for Canada…and told me to enjoy my stay in Toronto. How nice.  I almost went home right then.  But, I continued on to Toronto.
Well, I went to the dinner and despite being upset, had a very nice meal and visit with my friends.  The dinner was fantastic. And, afterwards some of us gathered in the hotel lobby to chat.
Next day I headed home, still wondering if I was on some sort of terrorist list or something.  After all, I’m a 60 year old grandma who has had an FBI background check for a CCW permit.  Border patrol has all that information.  What is their reasoning for putting me through such a search and threatening my truck?  I have no criminal record! I’m married to a US Veteran, I’m a former police officer, heck, I might as well have an FBI seal of approval on my f****** forehead!
So, I stopped at the border and asked one of OUR border agents what was up with all this.
He said it’s because I am from “one of the southern states where guns are commonly owned”, and I have a CCW permit. He also said it didn’t help that I was driving an obvious farm truck that just screamed “redneck” to the liberal Canadians.  Son of a gun…I’d been profiled.
Does the Canadian border patrol think I’m likely to be a criminal because I support and use the Second Amendment, and because I legally own and carry a weapon in Kentucky?  So, being an American Citizen…and exercising my LEGAL right to own and carry a weapon, makes me a potential criminal in the eyes of Canada???
I don’t think so.  They knew I didn’t pose a threat to Canada.  They realized I was not likely to have a gun or WMD hidden away in my truck.
Liberalism in the US and Canada is the same.  They think they’re better than the rest of us.  And, to them, the end justifies the means.  Anything you have to do to make the liberal point is fine with them.
They made their point.  They don’t like people who have more rights than they do!
They think my rights as a US citizen are worthy of being trashed by Canada. How nice.  If they are capable of harassing me … are they capable of planting something in my truck to make me look guilty? I don’t know, but they’ll never have a chance to mess with my truck again.    That really was the last straw.
Raising the hood and poking around inside my truck engine…way out of line. Especially after they had studied my “non-criminal record” and seen the results of my FBI background check.  They knew better.
I wonder if they profile young Arabic/Middle Eastern men as well?