The Pantone Colour of 2019: Living Coral

The Pantone Colour of 2019: Living Coral

THE PANTONE COLOR OF THE YEAR 2019 PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

The Pantone colour of the year 2019: Living Coral

Vibrant and mellow Pantone Living Coral colour supports us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and resilience in our constantly changing environments when this small planet is boiling and when every change is immediate and global.

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Top Feng Shui Tips to Boost Happiness and Joy and Ultimately Abundance

Feng shui + happiness + joy = abundance

Can feng shui boost happiness and joy and then ultimately abundance? Yes, and there is now scientific research backing up the claims. From a traditional feng shui perspective joy and happiness is attributed to the Lake section of the bagua or West sector or offspring if you like. But you don’t have to just limit feng shui those unique spaces in your home or office. You can spread the elements of happiness and joy throughout the whole home or workplace and make your life more abundant. Different interior design elements can enhance your happiness and joy in different ways and ultimately making you healthier and more successful and ultimately more abundant.

Why balloons make us happy?

Why balloons make us happy?

Happiness and Joy

Happiness is defined as positive and encompassing emotions ranging from contentment and satisfaction to bliss and intense pleasure that you feel over a long time. So when asked, ‘Are you happy?’ you need to scan and evaluate a period of a current lifetime to answer this question. Happiness is an overall feeling or state of being happy in general and it is built over time and consists of and covers many aspects and dimensions.

“Life is probably round.” van Gogh

Joy is defined as a momentary experience of a positive emotion that make you smile and laugh, right now. Joy can make you feel like you want to jump up and down which some psychologists use as a measure of joy.

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Feng Shui Bed. Top Tip on How to Feng Shui Your Bed.

Feng Shui Bed. Top Tip on How to Feng Shui Your Bed. Get the Right Mattress.

The most important feng shui furniture is your bed and your mattress

The most important interior design feature in feng shui is your bed. Sleep it the key to health, wealth and success. In feng shui, energy is the primary concept and the best way to ensure that you have good energy during sleep and then as a result during the day is to sleep in a safe place without geopathic stress and with low electro-smog. Metal spring mattresses can amplify electro-smog and geopathic stress so the ideal mattress is latex or foam. After years of research and testing different mattresses, as a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist I can recommend Abaca mattresses as the best mattresses for feng shui purposes.

Abaca organic mattresses

Abaca organic mattresses

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The Ultimate Feng Shui Master Algorithm = Intention + Relationship + Ritual. Top Feng Shui ‘Recipe’ for Success and Solving Problems.

The Ultimate Feng Shui Master Algorithm. Feng Shui = Intention + Relationship + Ritual. Top Feng Shui ‘Recipe’ for Success and Solving Problems.

Theories how feng shui works

There are many theories about how feng shui works and I have at least half a dozen. My favourite, because it’s so simple and it covers all aspects of feng shui, boils down to this: feng shui = intention + relationship + ritual. If you’re a beginner feng shui enthusiast this will give you a good initial understanding of how feng shui works.

Unlock the secret of feng shui with the master key algorithm

Unlock the secret of feng shui with the master key algorithm

Other classical feng shui theories of how feng shui works include qi/chi, yin and yang, five elements, bagua, compass approaches, form schools, time aspects and so on, but, by the logic of chunking up or generalisation, they all fall into the category of intention, relationship and ritual, which to me is the ultimate master algorithm. Let me be very clear, I’m not against any type of feng shui. My goal as a feng shui researcher and environmental psychologist is to gather all pieces of the feng shui puzzle, understand where and how they fit from multi-disciplinary perspectives, as well as being very mindful that none of the blind men can see the whole elephant and not throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

“The grand aim of science is to cover the greatest number of experimental facts by logical deduction from the smallest number of hypotheses or axioms.” Albert Einstein

Does feng shui work?

Yes! But it all depends on the feng shui algorithm you use – or your assumptions if you like. In the same way, as “does a recipe for baking a cheesecake work?” it all depends on both the recipe and the way it is made. Even the worst cheesecake in the world, even if it’s inedible, is still a cheesecake – it’s just a bad cheesecake. Thinking how feng shui works in terms of algorithms is a very useful and instructive way of understanding how feng shui works as well as deconstructing and decoding it.

Feng shui = intention + relationship + ritual

What is an algorithm?
An algorithm is a process or set of specific rules to be followed to solve problems (and calculations, especially by a computer). Algorithms are step-by-step instructions give to a computer when you also feed it with date. In short, an algorithm is a very specific and unambiguous recipe. To be factual, I’ve used the metaphor of a recipe as a starting point to get a general idea across. A ‘cooking recipe’ may not be exactly an algorithm because quite often a recipe doesn’t exactly specify the precise quantities, or the order of the steps, etc. As experience shows, especially with new recipes, the outcome might be delicious or a mess. An algorithm always produces the same results if followed correctly in its context. And context is everything.

Machine learning algorithms are the future of humanity and are responsible for the future automation of every possible job. They’re behind all the technology you’re using and they are getting better and better because of machine learning or AI. Algorithms can make deductions that human brains cannot. For example, it takes about 10 000 hours (10 years for about 3-hours/day) for an eye specialist to learn to diagnose eye disease to about 90% accuracy. An algorithm developed by researchers at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London is 94% accurate at diagnosing common signs of eye disease and it took less than one minute for the algorithm to learn that! Another algorithm developed by researchers in Los Angeles is 90% accurate at predicting suicides and again it took minutes to learn how to do it. There are machine learning algorithms that create new art and paintings and even whole films. Watch a video about master algorithm

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Generation Zapped – Documentary on Wireless Technology and Health Risks from Infertility to Cancer

Generation Zapped is an eye-opening documentary, which reveals that wireless technology poses serious health risks, from infertility to cancer. Through interviews with experts in science and public health, along with people who suffer from high sensitivity to wireless radiation, the film suggests ways to reduce your exposure and protect your family.
It starts with Olle Johansson, PhD, Associate Professor in Neuroscience at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden asking  a simple question: “How much more radiation penetrates your body today, compared to 10 years ago?” the answer is: “Quintillion times more – that is 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 times more!” (18 zeros).
Now AVAILABLE on digital and DVD and iTunes  and Amazon

“The truth about mobile phone and wireless radiation: what we know, what we need to find out, and what you can do now” Presented by Dr Devra Davis, Visiting Professor of Medicine at the Hebrew University Hadassah

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How to Understand and Decode Feng Shui using Logic, Science, Intuition, Instinct and Common Sense

Solving the feng shui puzzle

If you haven’t been confused by some feng shui claims or suggestions, you haven’t been around feng shui for long. I’ve been studying and practising feng shui for almost 30 years and I’ve been puzzled by many contradictory statements from different feng shui schools. That’s why early on I’ve decided to figure it all out using logic, science, intuition, instinct and commons sense, as well as practical observation. And to date, I’ve done over 10 000  feng shui consultations onsite and remotely, for homes and workplaces. I’ve studied Environmental Psychology, psychology, NLP, ergonomics, priming, placebo effect, cognitive sciences and more to give me a good framework and background to think clearly and systematically about feng shui. My approach to researching and using feng shui is to be open-minded and sceptical at the same time. Otherwise, one can be easily duped by all kinds of false problems, half-truths and superstitions.

Solving the feng shui puzzle

Solving the feng shui puzzle

If your premises are false – your conclusions are likely to be false too

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Fault Lines Discovered in London. A Massive Earthquake Overdue.

Scientists discovered two fault lines under London that could trigger a massive earthquake

Two major faults under London

Researchers at Imperial College London have found two fault lines running under London that could potentially cause a magnitude 5 earthquake. These fault lines move between 1mm and 2mm every year. The faults run directly under central London and under Canary Wharf. The researchers were using Persistent Scatterer Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (PSInSAR) and believe that London is overdue for a quake but suggest that there is a one-in-a-thousand-year chance of a tremor. The last large earthquake in London happened on the 6th of April 1580 and it had a comparably large magnitude 5.5. A magnitude 5 earthquake is comparable to the shaking similar to standing on a platform between two passing trains. However, a magnitude 6 earthquake could cause damage to buildings. Dr Ghail, the researcher at Imperial College London, said the greatest risk to Londoners is not the earthquake itself but the knock-on effects.

This West-East distribution shows the movement over an eight year period from 1992 - 2000. Red implies the land moved westwards whilst blue shows an eastwards shift . If a magnitude 5 earthquake hit, the shaking would be similar to standing on a platform between two passing trains

This West-East distribution shows the movement over an eight-year period from 1992 – 2000. Red implies the land moved westwards whilst blue shows an eastwards shift. If a magnitude 5 earthquake hit, the shaking would be similar to standing on a platform between two passing trains

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What is Luck? Top Feng Shui Tips to Boost Luck in any Area of your Life – and using Scientific Principles

What is luck?

Luck is often defined as being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things. But how do you achieve this kind of synchronicity with so many factors at play? By being in the right state of mind which is under your control. Luck is a skill which can be learnt and how it works has been demonstrated scientifically (read below). Following this definition of luck – if you’re reading this article you’ve just demonstrated and confirmed that you are lucky and you can still boost your luck further by applying some of the principles and ideas listed below.

Lucky symbols: horseshoe

Lucky symbols: horseshoe

Three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, earth luck / feng shui luck

The oriental people believe that there are three types of luck: heaven luck, human luck, earth luck. Heaven luck is what we are born with. Human luck is the luck we create with our intentions, behaviours and actions and is mostly within our control. The earth luck, which is another way of describing the function of feng shui is to a large extent within our control too.

What is luck from a scientific perspective?

Luck has been studied scientifically. Dr Richard Wiseman studied hundreds of exceptionally lucky and unlucky people and has employed various methods – including psychometric questionnaires, laboratory experiments and extensive interviewing – to better understand the psychology of luck. He identified four factors that affect luck. Lucky people 1) maximise chance opportunities, 2) listen to lucky hunches, 3) expect good fortune and finally 4) they turn bad luck into good luck. There are some sub-factors for each of these four key luck factors which are listed in his highly recommended book  ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman

“Ability is of little account without opportunity.” Napoleon Bonaparte

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Kanso: The ancient Japanese system, similar to feng shui. What is kanso?

Kanso (簡素) is the ancient Japanese aesthetic system, which has similar aims to feng shui. Kanso means simplicity and minimalism – in every possible way.

The ultimate minimalism
If you’re not into minimalism, kanso is not for you. This Japanese interior design and the aesthetic concept is all about getting rid of all non-essential stuff and has a great appeal to all perfectionists. The less, the better kanso. Rooted in Zen philosophy, kanso suggests choosing minimal furniture and modest artwork to achieve calm and peaceful environments.

Kenso - the art of simplicity

Kanso – the art of simplicity

Impermanence 
Minimalist philosophy is also a reminder of the impermanent nature of things. Kanso is about being mindful of what you possess and choosing carefully the most essential items that you need: a table, a chair, a bed – and all simple. It must be every hoarder’s nightmare.

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Feng Shui means Wind-Water. Shui is Water Element in Feng Shui.

Feng shui means ‘wind-water’

Shui = Water

Water = shui in feng shui

Water = shui in feng shui

‘Shui’ in feng shui translates as ‘water’ (feng = wind).  Water is one of the most prevalent elements on this planet Earth. Actually, this planet should be called the planet Water since it’s covered by about 80% of water. Our bodies are mostly made of water (about 80%, some organs are even 85% of water). All cultures and traditions regard water as the key to life. While we can’t survive without air for longer than a few minutes, without water we can’t survive for longer than a few days.

Water and chi/qi

Classical feng shui suggests that energy or chi/qi gathers on the surface of the water and they were right. Charge which is modern physics is chi will be drawn to water. There is a huge emphasis on using water and water remedies in feng shui.

“Information is physical.” Rolf Randaur

Research suggests that water is a carrier of information. Charge is chi / qi. Watch how charge affects water droplets.

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Feng Shui means Wind-Water. Feng for Clean Air and Air Pollution and What to Do About It

Feng shui means literally ‘wind-water’

Feng shui translates as ‘wind-water’. Not ‘wind and water’ as some feng shui authors and consultants incorrectly translate which changes the original intention behind this concept. It’s two words, not three. Feng shui sign or image is composed of two elements of wind and water, representing the spectrum of life, from matter to spirit. “All that is solid melts into air,” said Marx, echoing feng shui wisdom. Air and water are the most basic and ubiquitous elements that are essential for life.

Feng = wind or air

Wind or air is the most important element for life. Without air, we can only live for a short while. Oriental people knew how air pollution will affect people in the future. For example, in London, 26 people die every day from air pollution-related conditions. In cities, short of using electric cars, there is little one can do to improve air quality. But you can improve the quality of air in your home. Most people don’t realise that according to research the indoor air can be generally between two and five times more polluted than the air outside.

95% of global population breathe unsafe air

Feng shui means wind-water

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Why People are Attracted to Astrology, Divination or Want to Know the Future? Is Superstition is a Way of Mediating the Future?

Why do humans want to know the future?

From ancient times, people have been interested in divination practices such as astrology. Why? One obvious reason is to know the future. Why? From the evolutionary perspective, for survival purposes. It makes sense. Nowadays, most people feel secure in this left brain domain, so why they still are interested in astrology and future divination. Is it just an unconscious reflex? Superstition? Habit? Or something else. Neuroscience has one suggestion: to avoid uncertainty.

Astrology and divination to avoid uncertainty

Astrology and divination were developed to avoid uncertainty

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Colour of the Year 2018: Ultra Violet

The colour of the year 2018 is ultra violet
Ultra violet promotes healing and expression – it energises and inspires. A dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet relates originality, ingenuity and visionary thinking (a favourite colour of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright) that points us toward the new future.

Colour of the year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Colour of the year 2018 – Ultra Violet

Ultra violet is a complex and simply contemplative colour at the same time. It’s complex “because it takes two shades that are seemingly diametrically opposed — blue and red — and brings them together to create something new.” Ultra Violet implies the mysteries of the cosmos, the support discoveries to go beyond where we are now. It is symbolic of infinite possibilities as the skies above us.

“The Pantone Color of the Year has come to mean so much more than ‘what’s trending’ in the world of design; it’s truly a reflection of what’s needed in our world today.” – Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute

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Feng Shui Tips for Christmas, Feng Shui Christmas Tree

Feng shui for Christmas

Feng shui for Christmas

2014 xmas tree

Use Christmas tree as a feng shui remedy

Christmas is a great time to boost the feng shui of your home and office/business. Rituals are panculural. Since light is one of the top feng shui remedies you can use it strategically to enhance different zones of the feng shui bagua (relationships, career, family, wealth, health, helpful friends/travel, projects/children, wisdom and knowledge, and success/recognition). Or better still use the Xmas tree to boost specific parts of the bagua.
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How to feng shui your bedroom? Why are bedrooms the most important rooms to feng shui first?

We spend a lot of time in our bedrooms or sleeping

An average a person sleeps for about 8 hours a day, which means that one sleeps for one-third of one’s life. Sleep is very important. Sleep research suggests that with bad sleep (especially the lack of deep sleep) your blood pressure rises, you eat more calories, your immune system suffers, you mood deteriorates and even you become less attractive to the opposite sex. There are tons of research on the importance of sleep for our health, wellness, relationships, learning and memory, as well as performance and success at work.

Sleep is recognised as the most important aspect of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health

As a feng shui consultant, I believe that our bedrooms are the most important rooms to feng shui for our health, wealth and success. After feng shui-ing over 10 000 bedrooms in my 28+ years career as a feng shui consultant, I can testify that most problems in life start in our bedrooms, with inefficient and bad sleep. Feng shui your bedroom and optimise your sleep and you’ll be in a better position to sort out any issue in your personal and professional life. As a feng shui consultant, I look at bedrooms from classical feng shui perspective and modern feng shui by checking for geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and dirty electricity among other things.

How to feng shui your bedroom – top expert tips

  1. Sleep in the power position ie as far as possible from the door with the view of the door to feel safe.
  2. Sleep in total darkness – or get an eye mask from Amazon.  Ban the blue light from mobile phones and devices because it mimics daylight and inhibits the production of sleep hormone melatonin. Most people sleep but not well because they confuse the body with lights which doesn’t produce the optimal levels of melatonin and they don’t go into the deep sleep which is the sweet spot for rejuvenation, detox and rest. Melatonin is your body’s sleep onset hormone and it’s sensitive to light and wifi radiation.
  3. Switch off the wifi internet broadband for the night to minimise the electro-smog.
  4. Check for geopathic stress.
  5. A foam mattress is ideal because it doesn’t contain any metal which can amplify electro-smog.
  6. Install a demand switch for your bedroom – which will cut off unnecessary electricity/electro-smog during sleep – if possible.

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What is Chi / Qi / Prana / Life force? How feng shui works and how environmental factors affect us, our biology, genes, and behaviour by Dr Bruce Lipton

What is Chi / Qi / Prana / Lifeforce? How does feng shui work? How environmental factors affect us, our biology, genes, and behaviour? If you’re still wondering about these questions watch this brilliant presentation by Dr Bruce Lipton (author of Biology of Belief). Bruce Lipton is an American developmental biologist best known for discovering that genes, DNA and behaviour can be manipulated by a person’s beliefs and environmental factors. More on Dr Bruce Lipton

Summary of the video

What is chi / qi / prana?
In one scientific word, it is charge and in layman’s term, it is life force or simply ambient and radiant energy.
Read more about what is chi / qi / prana

“Information is physical.” Rolf Randaur

Charge is chi / qi. Watch how charge affects water droplets.

How does feng shui work?
In short: because of epigenetics – ie our bodies and specifically our genes adapt every day to the changes in our environments, affecting our beliefs (placebo effect) and behaviours and every aspect of our lives, starting from our health.
More on how feng shui works and the placebo effect behind feng shui

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Spiritual Feng Shui. What is Spiritual Feng Shui? Top Spiritual Feng Shui Tips

1. What is spiritual feng shui?
2. Benefits of spiritual feng shui
3. What is spirituality?
4. Who advocates and recognises spirituality?
5. Health benefits of spirituality
6. How spirituality actually achieves health benefits?
7. What is spiritual feng shui for?
8. Top tips for spiritual feng shui
9. To sum up

What is spiritual feng shui?

Feng shui works on many levels, from physical to emotional to mental and to spiritual. Spiritual feng shui deals with the spiritual aspects of individuals or organisations. In classical and modern feng shui, humans are placed between heaven (spiritual) and earth (material) dimensions. One of the original applications of feng shui was sitting for burial places, so the ancestors’ spirits could rest in peace. Modern feng shui aligns itself with modern spirituality in a holistic understanding of the interaction between environments and individuals.

Spiritual Feng Shui

Spiritual Feng Shui

Benefits of spiritual feng shui

Research suggests that when people have organised their homes or workspaces with spiritual understanding and connection they feel better, are happier and perform better.

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The World’s First Living and Breathing (and Air Purifying) Chandelier

Drawing inspiration from the V&A’s collections, Julian Melchiorri has developed the world’s first living and breathing chandelier utilising novel bionic-leaf technologies. Julian is an innovative design engineer and entrepreneur and CEO of Arborea, a London-based biochemical technology company, which has received international recognition for its products that are both beautiful and ecologically beneficial.

Exhale bionic chandelier by Julian Melchiorri, Arborea

Exhale, Bionic chandelier by Julian Melchiorri, Arborea

It purifies the indoor air through photosynthesis through its bionic leaves where microalgae living organisms absorb carbon dioxide from the air and with the help of light, transform it into breathable air and glucose (read more about air purifying plants). Julian explains: “The structure that you see is connected by the branches that deliver water and nutrients to the micro-organisms. The shape of the bionic leaves is also essential; they contain veins, and it’s not because I wanted to make them look like leaves, but so that they have more surface area and are more efficient for photosynthesis.” Technological biophilia in action – a chandelier that is alive. Genious.

“My biggest inspiration is nature, and my style of design and engineering is always to allow form to follow function. This is what the old Italian Masters caught, but it’s also the way nature does things. Trees, pebbles – they’re all essential beings, and they’re so beautiful because of that.” Julian Melchiorri

Feng Shui of the Apple’s new HQ in Cupertino

The feng shui of the new Apple HQ in Cupertino is worth a quick look.

Spaceship
As imagined by the late Steve Jobs, it looks like a space ship – very appropriate for the space age. The future of design, mobile devices and new frontiers of innovation is probably going to happen there – Cupertino, the Californian city in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains – that is home to Apple.

Apple New HQ Cupertino

Apple New HQ, Cupertino

The new Steve Jobs Theater was unveiled today with the announcement of a couple of ‘new’ products (in spite of the leaks) such as iPhone X, iPhone 8 and Apple TV and the world’s first proper glimpse of Apple Park. Disappointingly, it’s not a theme park but the new company campus, build to the tune of $5 billion.

It all started on June 6, 2011, when Steve Jobs presented the proposals for a new Apple H.Q. He said then, “We’ve come up with a design that can put 12,000 people in one building,” saying the structure would look like a little spaceship that had just landed. That council meeting was his last public appearance and unfortunately, he died four months later.

Apple's new HQ in Cupertino - curved shapes

No cutting or shar chi
True to feng shui principles of avoiding ‘cutting chi’ or sharp corners or straight lines, Steve Jobs said: “There’s not a straight piece of glass in the building, it’s all curved.” Curvilinearity rules. My own MSc environmental psychology research confirmed years ago that people prefer curved shaped to angular ones, not to mention that feng shui has been going on about it for the last 4ooo years and the late Zaha Hadid, the undisputed queen of curves have been famous for them.

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The Cave Effect

For the past 25 years, Ra Paulette has been carving out man-made caves from the sandstone hills of New Mexico, and then sculpting these spaces into works of art he calls wilderness shrines. Lee Cowan has the story of an artist who does his best work underground. Ra Paulette charges only $12/hr for his work but his caves sell for close to $1m. I just hope that Ra won’t pollute the caves with too much dirty electricity. Usually, natural caves have low electrosmog, low cosmic radiation with a strong Schumann resonance which makes them an ideal environment for sleeping and rejuvenation. For example, healing Ravne tunnels in Bosnia and Herzegovina or some other power places on this planet have been known to have healing and rejuvenating properties.

What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson

What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You: Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson

What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You- Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson

What Your Clutter Is Trying to Tell You- Uncover the Message in the Mess and Reclaim Your Life by Kerri Richardson

What does your clutter say about you? It all depends on where you hide your hoard, says an intriguing new book by Kerri Richardson. This new book suggests how gaining control of mess can help to reclaim life. It also suggests that wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self, whilst attic clutter suggests that you feel like your betraying your loved ones!

What is clutter

Let’s start with what is clutter. If you use it on regular basis and it makes you smile when you see it, it’s not clutter. For example, your mementoes have been sitting in a box for the last five years, they can’t mean much to you. Re-evaluate their worth and either say goodbye or make them a daily part of your life.

YOUR WARDROBE

Emotional issue: nostalgia
What this means: Wardrobe clutter often means you’re holding on to a fantasy self — one that was more youthful, thinner, or happier. Maybe your old dresses remind you of a time when you felt as if anything was possible. Struggling to get rid of them is more about your desire to feel that way again than actually wanting to wear those dresses.

When you look at your skinny jeans, they may remind you of your ideal weight, or times when you and your friends would go out and have fun.

The real question is, how can you have the same fulfilment in your current life that those old clothes represent?

What to do about it: See if you can find five items you haven’t worn for six months. Now ask yourself why you keep each piece of clothing. Is it a just-in-case item? Do you still love it? Maybe you can throw out the jeans but plan a girls’ night out, or a romantic dinner with your partner, to recapture the feelings stirred up by the clothes.

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Mold – Debunking Myths And Disinformation – Mold Money by Dan Stih

 Excerpted from Mold Money: How to Save Thousands of Dollars on Mold Remediation and Make Sure the Mold Is Gone by Dan Stih. The book is available both in print and in the Kindle format

PART 1: MOLD 101

DEBUNKING MYTHS AND DISINFORMATION

CHAPTER 1 MOLD BASICS

What Mold Remediators Don’t Want You to Know
First I want to give my regards to the good mold remediators out there. You know who you are. You earn your money honestly by doing quality work.

Now that I’ve cleared the air, here’s what those doing mold remediation the wrong way, don’t want you to know. What they are doing is not that difficult. They make lots of money charging you what a good mold remediator does (remove mold) and they don’t remove the mold or all of it. Many charge for equipment they do not know how to use, equipment that might as well not be used, and equipment that could be contaminating your house with mold from the last job it was used it on.

The average remediator does not want you to know this – they are doing the same thing a general contractor can do: tear out drywall and make a big mess. A good mold remediator ALSO does an impeccable job of cleaning. It’s time consuming. That’s not the norm. The norm is, let’s charge a lot of money because it’s “mold”, then get in there and tear things out while the owner thinks we are doing some kind of specialized, technical work.

Some remediators scare you to the point you can’t pause to ask yourself, “Is it that bad? Do I have to do this?” You’re like a deer in the headlights panicking for the safety of your family. You may feel like just writing them a check. The trouble is, “Just getting it done,” doesn’t mean it will be done right. Sometimes remediators make things worse.

I’ve worked in various states across the country and it’s the same wherever I go – good intentions by mold remediators that do not understand how mold is supposed to be removed. I find companies that complain about how difficult (more expensive) it will be to remove mold after I explain how it’s supposed to be done.

Most states do not have mold laws. Laws aren’t the answer. All the remediator has to do is pay a fee and they get certified.

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Feng Shui of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Iceland. Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik.

Feng Shui of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Reykjavik. Feng Shui Bagua of Iceland. 

Feng Shui Consultant in Reykjavik

I’ve just visited Reykjavik, Iceland and as a feng shui consultant and environmental psychologist, I couldn’t help noticing some interesting feng shui aspects of this small but beautiful city and country.

Reykjavik – the relationship area of the bagua of Iceland

Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the largest city, with a population of 123,246 people (the population of Iceland is only 332,529). Reykjavik is located in southwestern Iceland, on the southern shore of Faxa Bay which from feng shui bagua perspective is the relationship/marriage area of Iceland. Feng shui bagua model can be applied on your home, office, even your desk and in this case on the whole country and the city of Reykjavik. Since Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a major tourist attraction, it can make sense from bagua perspective that this city would establish good relationships with the rest of the world (everyone speaks very good English). The main international airport Keflavik is even further to the southwest of the country. For the residents of Reykjavik, according to statistics, marriage is not that important though. The birth rate is dwindling as well. I haven’t noticed many children or babies.

Feng shui Bagua of Iceland

Feng shui Bagua of Iceland

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What is good lighting for the best feng shui for your home and workplace?

What is good lighting for the best feng shui for your home and workplace?

Light is key to life and good lighting is essential for optimum feng shui for homes and workplaces. The lighting technology has changed dramatically with the invention of LED lights which is now a dominant type for homes and workplaces. At the same time, the dangers of LED lighting have been highlighted by recent research. It’s time-consuming to keep well informed and abreast of all the different viewpoints out there as new LED technologies develop.

So what kind of lighting is good for feng shui?

Zaha Hadid - books lamps Seoul

Zaha Hadid – books lamps Seoul

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How does feng shui work? Placebo. The secret of feng shui is placebo and the power of intention and belief.

How does feng shui work? Placebo. The secret of feng shui is the power of intention, belief, self-fulfilling prophecy and placebo.

Feng shui = the power of intention

One way of explaining how feng shui works is through the power of your intention, belief (watch Dr Bruce Lipton explanation below), self-fulfilling prophecy or placebo. The placebo effect has been researched more than any other healing and medical modalities and meta-studies suggest that placebo outperformance many forms of medicine. Many doctors admit to regularly prescribing placebos (a 2013 survey showed that 97% of doctors in the UK have prescribed placebos at least once, in Germany 40-80% of doctors prescribe placebos on regular bases). A placebo is defined as anything that appears to be medicinal but actually is not and could take any form, be it injections, surgical procedures, pills, topical creams, etc. The way that a doctor interacts with a patient taking a placebo can have a significant impact on whether or not placebo is perceived to be working. It works even when people know that they’ve taken a placebo. For example, researchers from Harvard University and the University of Basel found out that those who knew that they were taking a placebo (called open-label placebo) believed in its healing powers as much as those who thought it was medicinal (the study was published in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Pain). This adds to a huge body of research proving the placebo’s healing powers. The opposite of placebo is nocebo which is basically a negative suggestion, belief or a false problem. So in the same way, as positive expectations can lead to positive outcomes, negative expectations or limiting beliefs can lead to undesirable outcomes.

Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual

This short story below illustrates the concept of placebo in feng shui as well as the priming effect.

The wicked feng shui master and a trusting woman

The story of the wicked feng shui master and a trusting woman shows how the placebo effect works in feng shui.

Many centuries ago there was a feng shui master who was known for his skill but who was also easily moved to anger. One hot summer he was commissioned to assess a burial site in the mountain far from his home. It had taken him three days to walk to the site and a day to carry out his work. After sleeping in a small mountain shelter, he had packed his compass and papers and set off for the long journey home. On the second day, he had run out of water in the overbearing heat, but as he surveyed the fields of rice ready for harvest that lay across the plain before him, there was no sign of a well.

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Indoor Pollution

Indoor Air Pollution – Indoor Air Pollution May Be More Dangerous than Outdoor Pollution

Feng shui means wind-water, two most important elements for sustaining life. You can live without water for a few days but not without air. Indoor pollution is sometimes worse than outdoor pollution.

Watch this video about indoor air pollution from Mercola.com

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), air pollution may be two to five times higher indoors than you experience outside, as I explain in this short video. In fact, some pollutants may be as much as 100 times greater indoors.17 Poor indoor air quality is one of the top risks to public health, as it contributes to the development of dangerous health conditions. As newer homes are more airtight to reduce energy leaks, they also reduce the amount of air exchange.

In fact, some newer homes come with instructions teaching homeowners to properly ventilate the home in order to reduce indoor pollution.18 The problem affects not only residential homes but also office buildings and schools.

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Danshari – The Ultimate Decluttering Discipline from Japan

Danshari (断捨離), or if you like the art of decluttering, is a Japanese concept that is gaining more and more popularity (although it is about less and less). The term is difficult to translate and it’s composed of three ideograms (断捨離), meaning “refuse”, “dispose” and “separate”. In a conventional sense, it is rendered as “cleaning” or “tidying up”.

Danshari – Japanese concept of decluttering or minimalism

Danshari – Japanese concept of decluttering or minimalism

Fume Sasaki – the minimalist guru
The king of danshari is Fumio Sasaki, 37, Japan’s most radical minimalist, who lives in a 30 square meter room that houses all his 150 positions. His book “Goodbye, Things: On Minimalist Living” is destined to become a bestseller, similar to the queen of decluttering Marie Kondo’s New York Times’ bestseller “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up” which is published in 38 countries.

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Feng Shui Money Plants

In feng shui we use two types of money plants:
1) Crassula ovata which is called money plant, jade plant, happiness tree, etc and
2) Epipremnum aureus which is an Indian money plant, which is also an air cleansing plant

Crassula ovata, money plant
The most popular feng shui money plant is crassula ovata, which is commonly known as jade plant, friendship tree, lucky plant, or simply money tree. This money plant is a succulent plant which flowers twice a year with small pink or white flowers.

Feng shui money plant

Feng shui money plant

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Chinese zodiac: the Year of the Yin Fire Rooster starting on 28 January 2017. Top feng shui tips for 2017.

Yin Fire 丁 酉 鷄 Rooster Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018

2017 The year of a fire rooster

2017 The year of the fire rooster

Characteristics of the Rooster sign
People born in the Year of the Rooster have many excellent characteristics, such as being honest, bright, communicative and ambitious. They like to be independent and don’t like to rely on others. They get enthusiastic about new things, but can soon become indifferent. This means they need to have enough faith, perseverance and patience to follow through their plans. People born in the Year of the Rooster are deep thinkers and are quite observant. They tend to see things in black and white – which in turn can make them perfectionists which can make them appear arrogant. Rooster people make loyal and devoted friends. The Rooster is the tenth of the twelve animal symbols in the Chinese zodiac and is the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac.

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Difference between classical feng shui and modern, progressive feng shui

Different schools of feng shui

There are many different types and schools of feng shui. Many feng shui schools don’t agree with each other and sometimes they even propose completely conflicting solutions. This is usually because they address different levels of thinking about space and time in different times and places Think about feng shui as a form of art or cooking – no art/cooking style is better than the others – they’re just different expressions of the same function and the form follows the function depending on circumstances. There are universal feng shui truths and there are local/cultural feng shui truths. It’s best to follow a checklist of how to choose a feng shui consultant for your needs, a person-centred feng shui consultant (read about how to choose your feng shui consultant).

Classical feng shui vs contemporary feng shui

Classical feng shui vs modern feng shui

There are basically two approaches in feng shui at the moment:

1) Classical feng shui which includes form school and compass school based on ancient Chinese classical feng shui texts.

2) Modern feng shui is an applied feng shui which includes and transcends the classical feng shui and also utilises modern, evidence-based environmental sciences and approaches such as environmental psychology, Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), electromagnetic pollution and radiation, dirty electricity (DR), geopathic stress, ergonomics, cognitive ergonomics, space conditioning (in feng shui called space clearing and clutter management) and more. Evolution of any discipline follows a similar pattern of transcending and including what came before it. Modern feng shui prehends classical feng shui and makes its a subject of study because only modern feng shui has scientific methods available to study and understand classical feng shui.

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Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt on Smart Meters & EMR (electromagnetic radiation)

Dr Detrich Klinghardt estimates that 80% of all health problems are caused or contributed by man-made electromagnetic radiation.

A body of more than 6,000 studies has been accumulated since the 1930’s producing an overwhelming conclusion that exposure to microwave and electromagnetic fields is significantly harmful to all health and life itself.

Health risks of smart meters
Dr Federica Lamech, a GP from Victoria in Australia where smart meters were made compulsory in 2006, looked at 92 detailed reports from patients who believed they had suffered health problems such as insomnia, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive disturbances, abnormal sensations and dizziness after being exposed to smart meters. She herself suffered from “palpitations, chest pain insomnia, dizziness, inability to concentrate, memory loss and fainting spells. I [later] found out it was [when] the smart meters were remotely turned on” according to The Ecologist.
Remember, smart meters are not mandatory in the UK – you can refuse to get one.

Studies on dangers of electro-pollution

Studies on dangers of electromagnetic pollution

“I have no doubt in my mind that at the present time the greatest polluting element in the earth’s environment is the proliferation of electromagnetic fields. “ – Dr Robert O. Becker, author of The Body Electric: Electromagnetism And The Foundation Of Life

To find out more watch the video above – even if you’re not one of the 3% of electrosensitive population and you don’t think you have a problem.

Donald Trump – Feng Shui Enthusiast?

Why does Donald Trump, the President Elect of the United States of America, use feng shui?  Donald Trump – Feng Shui Enthusiast. 

When Donald Trump becomes the President of the United States – is he going to use feng shui and space clearing practices in the White House?

Why Donald Trump, President Elect of the United States of America uses feng shui?

Why Donald Trump, President Elect of the United States of America uses feng shui?

“You don’t have to believe in Feng Shui for it to work. I just know it brings me money.”
To me, the answer is very clear. Most of the property developers in the world now use feng shui (I have worked for many top developers in London and worldwide), and whatever else he might be – Donald Trump is a smart businessman who understands this. He originally discovered feng shui because of a deal going wrong, and said “I was in the process of selling very expensive apartments to a group of Asians and all of a sudden they back out because of something called Feng Shui; and that was a word that, at that time, I had never heard of. I said, what is Feng Shui?” On another occasion, Donald Trump, clearly a feng shui enthusiast said, “I would guess that it might have made a difference. It certainly didn’t hurt us in any way. Feng shui creates a balance that I believe adds to the comfort zone of rooms and space, and that is felt by guests and residents.”

 

When Donald Trump becomes the 45th President of the United States – will he use feng shui and space clearing techniques to create a more harmonious White House?

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Koi Carp Feng Shui Lucky Fish

Koi carps: the feng shui lucky fish

All over the world fish and especially koi carps are regarded as lucky fish that brings prosperity and can boost wealth creation since they relate to the water element (feng shui = wind-water). Koi carps are also famous for their longevity (one famous scarlet koi, named “Hanako,” was reported to be 225 years).

If you have the resources, have a fish pond with koi carps. Or a painting or photo with koi carps is also good for boosting the wealth area of your home or workplace.

Koi carps feng shui lucky fish

Koi carps feng shui lucky fish by Chung Shek

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Research on electromagnetic pollution

Research on electromagnetic pollution

There are over 6ooo papers on electromagnetic pollution and radiation – here’s a sample of them.

Environmental Health Trust (EHT), “France: New National Law Bans WIFlln Nursery School!“, February 2015

EHT International Policy Briefing: Radiofrequency Radiation In Communities and Schools … “, December 2016

Lee, S. et aI., “2.45 GHz radiofrequency fields alter  gene expression in cultured human cells“, FEBS Letters 2005 Aug; 579(21 ):4829-36

Havas, Magda, PhD, “Open letter – WiFi in Libraries“, 12 January 2010

 

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Top Power Places and Sacred Sites to Visit – for Healing, Clarity and Balance

Top Power Places and Sacred Sites to Visit – for Healing, Clarity and Balance

The following is a list of some of the sacred sites and power place around the world that can be used for healing, gaining clarity and balance.

Britain

England: Arbor Low stone circle, Derbys.; Glastonbury Tor, Somerset; Stonehenge, Wilts.; Avebury, Wilts; Worcester Beacon, Malvern Hills, – Worcs.; Canterbury Cathedral, Kent; Castlerigg stone circle, Cumberland; Lindisfarne Monastery, Northumberland; Roughtor, Bodmin ‘ Moor, Cornwall; St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall; St Paul’s Cathedral, London

St Paul's Cathedral London

St Paul’s Cathedral London

Wales: Cader Idris, Gwynedd; St David’s, Pembrokeshire
Scotland: Arthur’s Seat, Edinburgh; Ring of Brodgar stone circle, Orkneys; Callanish, Western Isles; Iona Cathedral, Hebrides
Ireland: Rock of Cashel, Tipperary; Glendalough Monastery, Wicklow; Innishfallen Monastery, Kerry; Newgrange burial mound, Meath; Tara, seat of high kings of Ireland, Meath

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Forest bathing – Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku – or just relaxing in the woods

‘Forest bathing’ is a translation of the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, developed in the 1980s for the good of public health. Recently forest bathing has become popular in the US and the UK with other Japanese lifestyle concepts such as wabi-sabi, the art of imperfection, kanso and danshari.

Contact with nature has an earthing effect

Forest bathing in birch woods

Forest bathing is basically a form of meditation in the natural world based on the biophilia hypothesis. ‘Forest bathing essentially means taking a leisurely trip to an area of woodland and having moments of stillness,’ says Samantha Lyster of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (rspb.org.uk), which offers forest bathing sessions at various locations around the UK. ‘Listen to the sounds, breathe in the smells and concentrate on the colours. Forest bathing is designed to help people to stop, be still and feel joy.’

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How to make rain – and anything else…

How to make it rain – follow Tao

Richard Wilhelm (the sinologist and translator of I Ching) was once in a remote Chinese village that was suffering from severe drought. The villagers had invoiced every kind of prayer for rain, but nothing worked. In desperation they sent for a well-known rainmaker who lived in a distant area. Wilhelm was on hand when the rainmaker, a wizened old man, arrived in a covered cart. He alighted, sniffed the air with disdain, then asked for a cottage on the village outskirts. He gave instructions not to be disturbed, and that his food was to be left outside his door. Nobody saw or heard anything of him for three days. Then the villagers awake to a downpour of rain mixed with snow, which was unheard of for that time of year.

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Wireless wake-up call by Jeromy Johnson at TEDxBerkeley

Wireless wake-up call by Jeromy Johnson at TEDxBerkeley

This TEDx talk presents some of the dangers of the electromagnetic pollution and some simple solutions as to how to protect yourself from the electro-smog.

Jeromy Johnson is an expert in mitigating the negative impacts of Electromagnetic Field (EMF) exposure. He has a leading website on the topic and consults with individuals, families and organizations around the world to implement solutions that reduce and eliminate EMF pollution. Jeromy has an advanced degree in Civil Engineering and has worked in Silicon Valley for 15 years. After becoming what medical doctors call “Electro-hypersensitive” (EHS) in 2011 after extensive exposure to EMF radiation, he embarked on a journey of regaining his own health and educating others to critically evaluate theirs.

2016 - The Year of Fire Monkey - Red Colour of 2016

Feng Shui Tips 2016 – Feng Shui Tips for the Year of The Fire Monkey – Starting Monday 8 February 2016

Feng Shui Tips 2016 – Feng Shui Tips for the Year of The Fire Monkey – Starting Monday 8 February 2016

What are the characteristics of monkeys?
There are many different characteristics and traits that come to mind when we think about monkeys. Monkeys are full of curiosity, adventure and often mischief and perceived as being cute, as well as highly intelligent animals who have developed adaptable abilities. On the other hand, they can be irritable, impetuous, easily frustrated or bored.There are 264 known species of monkeys in the world at present and are often included with apes but they are different – i.e. the apes don’t have tails. Monkeys and humans share a common ancestry and nowadays even some modern human behaviours such as cooking, using money, prostitution, gambling, head shaking, using tools, cultural transmission, sign language, use of computers and fishing. Remember that monkeys are wild primates and can be unpredictable – so keep your distance from them. Monkeys tend to express affection and make peace with others by grooming each other. So what kind of trends can we expect in 2016 – the year of the monkey…

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Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family by Dr Devra Davis

Watch Dr Devra Davis, the founding director for the Center for Environmental Oncology, author of two important books Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family and The Secret History of the War on Cancer

Summary for personal action
• Use a headset or a wireless headphone with a low-power Bluetooth emitter. Using a wired headset with a microphone reduces the amount of radiation to the brain, as does using a speakerphone with the phone held a hand’s distance away. If you use a wireless headset, turn it off when you’re not using it.

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Feng Shui Colour of the year 2016 & Pantone Color of 2016

There are two basic colour trends for 2016: colours according to feng shui and the Pantone color/s of the year 2016.

Feng shui colour trends for 2016: red
2016 is the year of the fire monkey (starting on 8 February 2016) so the key colours according to feng shui 5-element system are red and shades of red, ie pink, rose (see the Pantone colours of 2016 below) purple, lilac, burgundy. To connect to the energy of fire monkey via the fire element and it’s colour just get some brand new red items for your home, for example, red towels, red door mat, and for yourself ie red clothes, as well as candles which represent fire element. If red colour is not your colour – read below about the Pantone colour trends for 2016.

2016 - The Year of Fire Monkey - Red Colour of 2016

2016 – The Year of Fire Monkey – Red Colour of 2016 – Read top feng shui tips 2016

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Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design and why the business card is as mighty as the samurai sward?

Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design

1. Use credit card size/ golden mean proportion. Credit cards are designed with golden mean section which is perfect for attracting money. Hence credit cards make a lot of money. Coincidence? No. If you want to spend extra money on your card you can have the corners of the card rounded which can be expensive. This will add a metal (money) element to your card design – read tip number 9 below about the use of shapes and colours.
2. Make it legible and user-friendly. Make sure that the card is easy to read i.e. the font is not too small to decipher. Don’t you hate business cards that are difficult to read?

Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design

Top feng shui tips for auspicious business cards design

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Geopathic stress

Geopathic stress is a distorted electromagnetic field of the Earth (Schumann Resonance). The Earth resonates with an electromagnetic frequency of approximately 7.83 Hz – Schumann resonances (SR), which falls within the range of (alpha) human brainwaves. Underground streams, sewers, water pipes, electricity, tunnels and underground railways, mineral formations and geological faults distort the natural resonance of the Earth thus creating geopathic stress.

Watch a documentary about Schumann resonance, geopathic stress, electromagnetic pollution and electrosensitivity below.

Resonance: Beings of Frequency

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2015 The Year of the Goat - Feng shui tips

2015 – The Year of The Wood Goat (Sheep / Ram) – Feng Shui Tips for 2015

Feng Shui Tips for 2015
The Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep / Ram) starts on 19 February 2015
(it finishes on 8 February 2016 which is the start of the Fire Monkey Year)

Is 2015 the Year of the Goat, Sheep or Ram?
There is no consensus on the naming of the actual animal that represents this year – goat, sheep or ram (although most feng shui experts agree it’s the Year of the Goat). But according to the five elements theory, it is very definitely a yin wood year. Personally, I think that at this time we are in need of a strong goat energy – so we can climb mountains and look around to get a clear healthy perspective on what is happening in the world.  Now more than ever we need people (especially leaders) who have the big picture, people who are not restricted to the detail but can see what is happening in the world on the many different levels: environmental, social, financial, political, historic, spiritual, personal and so on.

What are the qualities and tendencies of the Year of the Wood Goat?
In the orient, the goat is considered an auspicious animal, so the Year of the Goat brings promise and prosperity. Consider some of the goat qualities: vitality, virility, curiosity, sturdiness, endurance, guardianship, independence … Goats love to climb – representing progress and achievement. Goats will move around a lot and can ‘reach those places other animals can’t reach’ (just think of them balancing at impossible angles and elevations on cliffs and mountaintops). Goats approach a precipice with ease and enthusiasm. Continue reading

Mobile masts radiation electro smog

Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher

Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher

Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals

Electromagnetic Hygiene in 12 Easy Steps – Summary of Light That Heals

Light That Heals: Energy Medicine Today & Beyond by Donna Fisher is composed of two parts: the first part is about electromagnetic radiation and health issues caused by it and offers 12 easy steps to remedy the problems and the second part is about light therapies (EPRT – Electro Pressure Regeneration Therapy, SCENAR, COSMODIC, PEMF, NIIT, Radiowave Therapy, Oncothermia, Therabionic Therapy, TTF Therapy, etc) that may shape the medicine of the future. For feng shui purposes read the 12 useful tips for electromagnetic hygiene taken from the book. For more information regarding specific problems caused by electromagnetic pollution and research about it, read the ebook (or if you’re electrosensitive get the paper book – see the link to Amazon after the tips).

1. Electric equipment

Increase distance from electrical cords and electric equipment. Move the power bar at least 1 meter away from your feet. Use a wired extended keyboard to increase your distance from the computer screen. This will reduce the magnetic field.

2. Lighting

Try to work with the fluorescent tube lighting turned off. Remove CFL (compact fluorescent bulbs) from your work area. LED lights (ones that don’t use transformers) are the lights of the future. In the meantime use incandescent light bulbs, as these do not generate poor power quality. NOTE: the original incandescent light bulbs are no longer available in Canada as the government has mandated that only energy efficient lights can be sold.

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Mercury Retrograde Dates in 2015

Mercury Retrograde 2015

Mercury Retrograde 2015

Mercury retrograde in 2015 – be extra careful during these times
Mercury’s retrograde periods can cause our plans to go awry. When Mercury is retrograde, there is a tendency to notice more problematic issues in the areas of communication, in the way you interact with family, friends and colleagues, and in your surroundings or business, as well as in travel and transportation.  However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past (since retrograde means going backwards). Intuition is high during Mercury retrograde periods and coincidences can be extraordinary. When Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow additional time for travel and avoid signing contracts. Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury retrograde is finished to make any final decisions. In short, be extra careful during Mercury retrograde times – check important things twice and avoid doing anything dramatic. Note that the effects of Mercury retrograde start building up several days before and take several days to subside after the actual period – there are Mercury pre-retrograde,  retrograde and post retrograde periods in 2015.

Mercury retrograde dates for 2015
January 21 – February 11, 2015 in air Aquarius
May 18 – June 11, 2015 in air Gemini
17 September  – 9 October 2015 – add Mercury retrograde to your iCal for iPhone / iPad

Read feng shui tips for 2015 – the Year of the Goat / Sheep

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Happy New Year 2015 (in London). Feng Shui Rituals for the New Year.

What an amazing start to the 2015 New Year in London. A spectacular fireworks display heralded in the New Year – excellent feng shui for the capital.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015

 

Watch the fireworks and see more photos of New Year’s Eve in London and around the world

2015 is the Year of the Wood Goat (Sheep/Ram) starting on 19 February 2015. Top feng shui tips for the Year of the Goat are coming shortly – so check this blog again soon.

Light, fire and fireworks as a feng shui remedy
Light is one of the top remedies for activating your feng shui. It can also be used for space clearing and boosting different parts of your bagua areas.

Feng shui ritual for the New Year
• Wear something brand new on New Year’s Day (and throw away something old on the 31st of December)
• Do something different on New Year’s Day: experience something new e.g. eat or drink something you haven’t tried before, visit a new place, etc
• Make a checklist/wish list for the new year: what do want in the new year. Make a list of key desires for the new year, for example, if money/prosperity is important, see the next tip/ritual. Whatever is your most important value, find a relevant image or symbol and make it the home screen on your computer and mobile devices.

We get more of what we focus on!

• Get a new wallet for prosperity or put something new in the old one e.g. brand new banknote/s, your symbol for prosperity, an image that symbolises (read what they do in Poland below).
• If improving your health is important to you, do something healthy or make a health plan for the year. Short fasting or intermittent fasting is a great way to boost your health – especially after the excesses of Christmas – and it will make a difference to how you feel.

How other nations celebrate the New Year – interesting rituals from around the world

GUATEMALA
At midnight, people go out and take 12 cents with them and standing with their backs to the street, throw the coins behind, believing that this will bring them lots of money in the new year.

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Research on feng shui

Current research into feng shui
There are numerous scientific papers on feng shui (see some references below) and more that reference feng shui as well as related research from environmental psychology, neuroscience, cognitive ergonomics, social psychology, priming and so on.

Research on priming
‘Priming’ refers to the passive, subtle, and unobtrusive activation of relevant mental representations by external, environmental stimuli. Priming research has shown that the mere, passive perception of environmental events directly triggers higher mental processes in the absence of any involvement by conscious, intentional processes. In feng shui, priming place a huge role as a direct/implicit and underlying psychological tool. All feng shui interventions have a priming effect as well as a placebo effect.

Over 200+ studies have shown such priming effects on impression formation as well as on social behaviour. An extraordinarily wide range of behaviours can be affected by subtle environmental stimuli, such as walking  speed, speech volume, academic performance, economic decisions.”  John Bargh, Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science, Yale University

Watch John Bargh talk about priming

Research on electromagnetic pollution
More on 
research on electromagnetic pollution

Research into feng shui
Mak, M. Y. (2004). Application of Feng Shui Knowledge to Preliminary Design Evaluation using Knowledge-Based Expert Systems Approach. PhD Thesis, University of Newcastle, Australia
He, Xiaoxin. (1998). Feng Shui: Chinese Tradition in a Manchester Context. PhD thesis. University of Manchester
Lee, S.-H. (1986). Feng Shui:  Its Context and Meaning. Doctoral dissertation, Cornell University. UMI
Scientific Feng Shui for the Built Environment – Fundamentals and Case Studies

Research on dopamine and prediction
Schultz W, Dayan P, Montague PR. A neural substrate of prediction and reward. Science 275:1593-1599 (1997).
Eshel N, Bukwich M, Rao V, Hemmelder V, Tian J, Uchida N. Arithmetic and local circuitry underlying dopamine prediction errors. Nature 525:243-246 (2015).
Omelchenko N, Sesack SR. Ultrastructural analysis of local collaterals of rat ventral tegmental area neurons: GABA phenotype and synapses onto dopamine and GABA cells. Synapse 63:895-906 (2009).
Cohen JY, Haesler S, Vong L, Lowell BB, Uchida N. Neuron-type-specific signals for reward and punishment in the ventral tegmental area. Nature. 482:85-88 (2012).
Richmond, L. L., & Zacks, J. M. (2017). Constructing experience: Event models from perception to action. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 21(12), 962–980.
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tics.2017.08.005

Feng Shui Numerology

There are different types of numerology. The most popular one in the west is the Pythagorean numerology system which looks like this where letters are associated with numbers and colours. Numerology is any belief in a relationship between the numerical value of the letters in words, names and ideas.

COLOURNUMBERLETTERS
Red1AJS
Orange2BKT
Yellow3CLU
Green4DMV
Blue5ENW
Indigo6FOX
Violet7GPY
Rose8HQZ
Gold9HQZ
Schumann resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health

Schumann Resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health

A documentary on Schumann Resonance, electromagnetic sensitivity, electromagnetic radiation and health

Watch the very informative documentary at the end of this blog (Resonance: Beings of Frequency by James Russell) about the dangers of electromagnetic radiation and the role of Schumann Resonance in balancing your health and well-being. Research on the effects of mobile phones, mobile masts, DECT cordless home phones, microwave ovens, WiFi broadband, etc – is shown as a possible cause for all kind of health issues including cancer (research suggests that 3-30% of the population are already electrosensitive). Cancer clusters around the mobile phone masts are discussed, showing that women can develop breast cancer more in those areas.

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The Good Country Index

Do you live in a good country – i.e. the country that does the most good for the world?

Feng shui studies how environments such as homes and workplaces affect our well-being, success and health. Feng shui is also about being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right things and with the right mindset (which is a short definition for luck factor). On a larger scale, living in a good country helps too, since feng shui promotes living in harmony with the Earth and Heaven. Do you live in a good country that does the most good for the world? Watch this TED talk and find out. If you want to know right now – just check the chart for the Good Country Index just click on Read more > below the video clip.

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What is dirty electricity? And how to minimise it in your home and office?

What is dirty electricity?

Dirty electricity (DE) are high-frequency voltage spikes (transients) caused by plugging electrical devices into the mains supply. Dirty electricity is a by-product of modern electronic equipment and appliances, such as computers, refrigerators, plasma TVs, WiFi routers, Sky boxes, DVD players, video recorders, set-top boxes, compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs), solar panels and dimmer switches – all of which corrupt the electricity they use. Dirty electricity can also enter home and offices through wiring from nearby sources, including your neighbours’ WiFi, TV antennas or nearby mobile phone base stations (transmitters) connected to the power grid. Dirty electricity is also known as dirty mains, dirty power, or electrical pollution that describes the problem of electromagnetic noise on the mains wiring of houses.

In simple terms, every electrical gadget that you plug in into your home or workplace ads different frequencies on top of the electrical system of 50/60Hz and changes the power factor. That kind of ‘noise’ on your electrical cables is called dirty electricity.

Dirty electricity is caused by modern electrical devices

Dirty electricity is caused by electrical appliances and can have a negative effect on your health

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Grounding or Earthing to Protect from Electro-smog and Boost Health (Reduce Inflammation and Stress)

Earth or ground yourself to protect yourself from electromagnetic pollution and boost your health (reduce inflammation and stress) 

Studies have shown that grounding or earthing can alleviate inflammation, improve heart rate variability (HRV), blood viscosity, cortisol dynamics, sleep, autonomic nervous system (ANS) balance and reduces effects of stress.

Grounding or earthing has many health benefits

Grounding or earthing has many health benefits such as reducing inflammation and stress

The benefits of grounding / earthing

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Electromagnetic Radiation and Health Conference – Scientific Conference on Electrosensitivity and the Health Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation

Electromagnetic Radiation and Health Conference: Evidence, Diagnosis and Management
Scientific conference on electrosensitivity and the health effects of electromagnetic radiation 

Scientific conference on electrosensitivity and the health effects of electromagnetic radiation

Electromagnetic Radiation and Health Conference: Evidence, Diagnosis and Management
Scientific conference on electrosensitivity and the health effects of electromagnetic radiation

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Feng Shui for Love and Romance (Relationships and Marriage)

Feng Shui for Love and Romance (Relationships and Marriage)

Feng shui offers useful tips in terms of boosting your chances of meeting your ideal partner, as well as improving the existing relationship. Before you make any feng shui changes in your home to maximise chances of finding your ideal partner, or improving the existing relationship one important step needs to happen. You need to know exactly what you want. Your intention for the new relationship is very important.

Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual

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Feng Shui Tips for Love, Romance & Valentine’s Day

Heart by Picasso

Heart by Picasso

Feng shui is a very powerful tool for optimising your home for love, and for helping to boost – as well as harmonise – your relationship. Whether you want to improve an existing relationship or marriage, or find a new partner – feng shui remedies can help. Top love feng shui tips include:

1) Love/relationship/marriage area
Sort out the love/relationship corner of your home/apartment/bedroom. The love/relationship area of your bedroom is the top right hand corner from the door. Make sure that you don’t have any clutter here. Keep this area vibrant, alive and sexy. Traditional feng shui remedies for energising your love/relationship corner are: light (lamps, candles), crystals (add sparkle), plants (help to grow the relationship), images which represent love (e.g. hearts / a couple kissing / the word “Love” / a pair of doves, etc) help to inspire love and harmonious relationships.

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Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year – the Year of the (wood) Horse starting 31 January 2014

Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year – the Year of the (wood) Horse starting 31 January 2014

Drift wood horses (Picture: Doran-Webb/BNPS)

Driftwood horses by James Doran Webb (Picture: Doran-Webb/BNPS)

The bagua chart for 2014 looks like this

Bagua for 2014

Bagua for 2014

To find out what your star number is check the chart below or do this calculation: add all the digits of the date of your birth until you end up with one digit, for example  if you were born in 1987, 1+9+8+7=25 and then 2+5 = 7  and then subtract from 11, so 11-7=4 so 4 is your star number and in 2014 your star is in the middle of the bagua.
If your star is number 2 then 2014 is about your family, health, community work and clearing any negative past influences/memories.

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Feng Shui Tips for the New Year 2014

Feng Shui tips for the New Year 2014

Feng Shui tips for the New Year 2014

From a psychological and evolutionary point of view the new year is an important marker of transition. All cultures have some kind of rituals to mark any major cyclical change. Here are some top feng shui tips from all over the world that you can use on the 1st of January. (Please note that Chinese observe also their own new year which is based on the lunar calendar – please check this blog for another post about the Chinese New Year which starts on 31 January 2014 – the year of the horse). Check out these eight simple and very practical feng shui tips for the New Year.
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Chinese are the most materialistic people in the world according to the IPSOS survey

IPSOS Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family Survey 2013

IPSOS Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family Survey 2013

71 percent of Chinese measure their success by the things they own, which is significantly higher than any other nation in the world, a new IPSOS survey on Global Attitudes on Materialism, Finances and Family revealed which was conducted across 20 countries. Indians are the second most materialistic people in the world – 58 percent of Indians measure their success by the things they own. Turkey, Brazil, South Korea and Poland round out the top six on the list for the most materialistic countries. Great Britain ranks at the 18th place with 16% of British measuring their success by the things they own. Swedish people are the least materialistic from all those 20 countries which were surveyed. The Chinese are also the most likely to feel a lot of pressure to be successful and make money. Does this explain why feng shui originates in China? We don’t know how important material success was to Chinese 4000 years ago though, when feng shui was first developed. But a big part of modern feng shui is designed for material and financial success.

 

Moringa Tree – The Miracle Tree – Superfood

Moringa Tree Leaf Benefits

Moringa Tree Leaf Benefits

Moringa  tree – perfect nutritional superfood for everyone
Meet the moring tree, the most important tree on this planet with the most amazing properties – that ancient medicine claims that prevenst 300 diseases. New evidence and preliminary studies on moringa oleifera suggest that moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition and a host of many illnesses (cancer, diabetes, liver and kidney problems, ulcers, anemia, high blood pressure, stress, and  much more). Moringa tree contains a perfect combination of nutrients, vitamins, minerals and proteins (at least 90 nutrients, 20 amino acids, 46 anti-oxidants (which boost memory and are cancer preventive) and 36 anti-inflammatory) for everyone, especially for the ones who need extra energy boost and are leading busy lives.

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The Luck Factor according to Dr Richard Wiseman – Four Scientific and Practical Principles for Increasing Your Luck

LUCK FACTOR – Are You Feeling Lucky? If you want to increase your luck there is a scientific way to do that. Read on if you want to know how to get luckier…

Luck in Chinese

Luck in Chinese

The Luck Project was originally conceived to scientifically explore psychological differences between people who considered themselves exceptionally lucky and unlucky. This initial work was funded by The Leverhulme Trust and undertaken by Dr. Richard Wiseman in collaboration with Dr. Matthew Smith and Dr. Peter Harris. To explore the subject more read ‘The Luck Factor’ by Dr. Richard Wiseman. Through the Luck School, unlucky people become lucky and lucky people become even luckier.

“Fortune favours the prepared mind.” Louis Pasteur

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Feng shui tip for career prospects: front door

One for the simplest feng shui ways to change the energy in your home to improve your career prospects is to change something around the front door. The front door is the transition area between your private life and public / work life. If you’re working from home it will still work since you’ll be doing it with a specific intention.

Radiant orchid door

Radiant orchid door

1. Change the colour of the front door
There are different ways to decide on the colour for the door.
• You can use the colour for the year (in 2014 it’s radiant orchid)
• You can calculate the energy for the career zone in the bagua for that year or month.
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Birch tree water / birch juice – Health benefits of birch sap

Birch tree water / juice – Health benefits of birch sap 
Birch tree water or birch sap or birch juice is one of best juices you can drink. Birch water is the sap extracted from a birch tree, such as a North American Sweet Birch or a Silver Birch. The birch water is a slightly sweet, thin syrupy-watery liquid. The birch sap contains sugars (namely xylitol), proteins, amino acids, and enzymes. Birch trees have amazing healing properties, i.e. chaga mushrooms that grow on birch trees are traditionally used for many illnesses including cancer.

Birch water from birth trees

Birch water from birth trees

Birch water – a traditional drink
Birch water/sap can be drunk as a tonic and it is a traditional beverage in Poland (you can buy birch water in shops in Poland, but unfortunately it’s sweetened with sugar – so avoid that), Belarus, Ukraine, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Finland and elsewhere in Northern Europe as well as parts of northern China. It is a living birch water which has restorative and detoxifying properties. The traditional virtues of birch and its efficient removal of toxic substances from the liver and kidneys have been known and appreciated for ages. There are very few phytotherapeutic ingredients that are capable of targeting the body’s two major cleansing and purification systems at the same time. Continue reading

Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year (10 February 2013) – The Year of The Snake (Water Snake)

2013 The Year Of Water the Snake

2013 The Year Of Water the Snake

Feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year (10 February 2013) – The Year of The Snake (Water Snake)
Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year 2013 – The Year of (Water) the Snake and Kung Hei Fat Choi to all.

Please remember that the New Year celebration can last up to 15 days (depending on the tradition) but you have at least five days to do something positive to celebrate it and being grateful to the Chinese for giving us feng shui.
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Feng Shui Psychology: Feng Shui Meets Environmental Psychology

Feng Shui Psychology: Feng Shui Meets Environmental Psychology – A talk by Jan Cisek at the Feng Shui Conference V, London UK, 29 October 2011
“We shape our building, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill who is considered a ‘grandfather’ of Environmental Psychology. The definitions of feng shui and Environmental Psychology overlap a great deal. They both talk about the interaction between different environments and people. This talk will present the scientific evidence of how some aspects of feng shui work based on Jan’s MSc in Environmental Psychology. Watch Jan’s video clips about the similarities between feng shui and Environmental Psychology. Continue reading

Feng Shui Design for Casinos. How to Feng Shui A Casino? Casinos and Hotels that Use Feng Shui.

Feng shui design for casinos
Feng shui has been applied in the design of many well-known casinos such as Hippodrome in London UK, The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino and Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as well as the Hotel and Casino Lisboa as well as Wynn Casino in Macao.

Feng shui of London’s Hippodrome casino
Like all good casinos, London Hippodrome casino has used feng shui in its design. The Hippodrome is located very well, right on the corner of Leicester Square and Charing Cross Road. It is open 24 hours a day and there’s no official dress code. Lots of customers come not to actually to gamble but to stay at several bars, the Heliot Steakhouse restaurant and visit a cabaret theatre and use private event spaces. Obviously, the casino gets plenty of guests from the neighbouring Chinatown and that’s why the main entrance has been specially designed according to feng shui principles.

Feng shui casino design in Las Vegas

Feng shui casino design in Las Vegas

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“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill’s thinking and meaning behind it

Winston Churchill’s aphorism “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” was made during 1943 (28 October) debate about replacing the bombed-out House of Commons chamber. He was adamant about constructing it on the same spot as the old one, despite being much too small for the members of parliament. Churchill argued that overcrowding fostered a much stronger sense of atmosphere and political debate i.e. and confrontational design helps to keep debates lively and robust but also intimate keeping a “sense of crowd and urgency.”. Since then politicians regretted following his advice. Crowded atmosphere works very well for parties but not necessary for confrontational political debates. Feng shui advises against confrontational designs which keep people in fixed mindsets about things. Read more about Churchill and the Commons Chamber and more quotes on buildings

Biophilia effect

Biophilia by Edward O. WILSON

Biophilia by Edward O. WILSON

The biophilia hypothesis suggests that there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems. Edward O. Wilson introduced and popularized the hypothesis in his book, Biophilia (1984). He defines biophilia as “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life”

The benefits of biophilia

• trigger endorphin effect
• lower blood pressure
• boost the brain’s attention
• accelerate patients’ recovery at home and hospitals
• reconnect with nature
plants

According to research, the biophilia effect can be enhanced just with views and pictures of nature. Obviously, spending time in nature, parks, woods, forests, by the sea, etc is the most option.

Biophilia effect

Biophilia effect

Forest bathing

Forest bathing is a form of meditation in the natural world based on the biophilia hypothesis. ‘Forest bathing’ is a translation of the Japanese concept of shinrin-yoku, developed in the 1980s for the good of public health. Other popular Japanese lifestyle concepts are wabi-sabi, the art of imperfection, kanso and danshari.

 

Curvilinearity vs angularity. Feng shui curves.

Curvilinearity vs angularity

Curvilinearity vs angularity

Curvilinearity (as opposed to angularity) has been shown to enhance creativity, comfort and relaxation and it’s a human preference for shapes. Nature is not angular. Feng shui strives to adopt to and imitate nature. In feng shui, flowing lines are preferred to straight lines (called cutting chi/energy). Feng shui tip: add more rounded and curved shapes and patterns to your home and workplace.

Curvilinearity versus angularity

Research on curvilinearity suggests that concavity in enclosed spaces provide feelings of safety (Weber, 1995), preference for curved rooms over rectangular rooms (Shepley, 1981), people are attracted to more curved segments (Hopkins, 1976), preference of curved pathways over straight (Hesselgren, 1987), use of natural forms (curves) has positive impact (Ulrich, 2000; Salingaros, 1998) and curvature in pathways evoke feelings of curiosity (Hesselgren, 1987).

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Space Clearing and Feng Shui

Space Clearing and Feng Shui

Feng shui as energetic management

The key concept in feng shui is energy (chi/qi/charge) management. Space clearing as a stand-alone discipline has the same goal and function. Modern feng shui recognises space clearing and incorporates it as an integral part of holistic approach to managing, enhancing and balancing living or workplace spaces. People all over the world have an instinctive understanding of space clearing and many interventions and rituals to do so. But the science is catching up, with research about the concept called ‘space conditioning’ which basically covers space clearing. Researchers such as William A. Tiller, PhD; Walter E Dibble, Jr PhD; Michael J. Kohane, PhD looked into how space can hold memories. Celebrities, such as Robbie Williams and his wife employed a space clearing expert when they moved into their £17.5 million mansion in West London (a property previously owned by Michael Winner). Simon Cowell also used space clearing in his home in Los Angeles.

Space clearing and feng shui

Space clearing and feng shui

What is space clearing used for?

• selling properties
• buying properties
• moving to new properties
• shifting stuck energies or situations (looking for a relationship, divorce, etc)
• refreshing and boosting personal and business lives
boosting your prosperity and wealth creation
• attracting a new partner or new employees
• completing projects
• events and celebrations such as weddings
• health matters such as better sleep or sleep problems

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Geopathic Stress by Richard Creightmore

Geopathic Stress by Richard Creightmore (With kind permission from Richard Craightmore for his in depth article on geopathic stress)
Read the article on geopathic stress:
1. Definition and overview of geopathic stress
2. Medical implications of geopathic stress
3. Case histories
4. Other symptoms and signs of geopathic stress
5. Geopathic stress and feng shui
6. Types of geopathic stress
7. Earth acupuncture case histories
8. Other geomagnetic and geomantic anomalies
9. History of research on geopathic stress
10. Conclusion
11. Sources & bibliography

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TOP FENG SHUI TIPS for CHINESE NEW YEAR 2011 – THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT (the Metal Rabbit) starting Thursday 3rd February 2011

Predictions for 2011 – The Year of the Rabbit

The year of the rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit

Find your element (Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal) the Chinese year starts around 4 February so if you were born in January use the previous year.


Trends for 2011

• Colour: Honeysuckle
• Electromagnetic radiation (mobile phones, bulbs)
• Ecological issues
• Stress
• Good sleep
• Clean water
• Communities
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Vastu Shastra Tips for Buying a New Home or Property

Buying properties with vastu principles in mind
Keeping vastu principles in mind before making an offer can save you a lot of problems later. Although, once the building is constructed there is little one can do to make it perfectly vastu compliant without making major and costly changes to the position of doors and rooms. So choosing your new home is essential if you believe in vastu shastra.

South facing house with good vastu

South facing house with good vastu

What is vastu shastra for?
Vastu shastra (translates as ‘science of architecture’) commonly known as Vastu, is a traditional Indian system of architecture similar to feng shui and it was originally developed to help people design perfect dwellings for living and working. Although, originally vastu was based on simple observation in relation to local climate and needs and it made sense in that context, over time people started to generalise its principles as if they were universal and tried applying them without contextual considerations. Many vastu suggestions were based on what was possible technologically in the old days and now are not so relevant since building practice has moved on and most of the problems have been resolved with modern technology such as plumbing, heating, etc. Read more about vastu shastra

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Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model offers a Model of Designing Engaging Environments

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model
offers a model of designing engaging environments which are nourishing and foster creativity and ingenuity 

Environmental Psychology theory Kaplan and Kaplan’s preference model (1989) looks at four preference factors coherence, legibility, complexity, and mystery which are key to engaging, stimulating and creative environments. People, whether at home or workplace, thrive in environments that comply with the Kaplan and Kaplan model.

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model

Kaplan and Kaplan Preference Model

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Metal TIGER – Chinese New Year starts on the 14th February 2010 (Sunday)

The year of the Tiger

The year of the Tiger

Metal TIGER – Chinese New Year starts on the 14th February 2010 (Sunday)
Here are the key feng shui predictions for this year.

Love
Love will be in the air all year round. It’s interesting that the Chinese New Year start on 14th February (Sunday) – Valentine’s Day. Over a billion people will be celebrating the Chinese New Year and the rest of the world (6 billion people) will be celebrating love. Set your loving intentions for the year.
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Turquoise – the colour of 2010

Turquoise - the colour of 2010

Turquoise – the colour of 2010

Turquoise transports you to an exciting, tropical paradise while offering a sense of protection and healing in stressful times.

Turquoise, combining the serene qualities of blue and the invigorating aspects of green, evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters and a languorous, effective escape from the everyday troubles of the world, while at the same time restoring our sense of wellbeing. Continue reading

Clutter Clearing Tips and Feng Shui

Martha Steward strategy for clutter clearing of your wardrobe

If you have to decide what things you’re going to keep in your wardrobe and what things you’re going to throw away or give away Martha Steward has a clutter clearing strategy.

Ask yourself four questions:
1) How long have I had it?
2) Does it still function?
3) Is it a duplicate of something that I already own?
4) When was the last time I wore it or used it?

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Feng Shui Your Kitchen – a talk by Jan Cisek

Feng Shui Your Kitchen – a talk by Jan Cisek for Oliver’s Wholefood Store, Kew, West London UK
“We shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us.” said Winston Churchill. In a nutshell this is what feng shui is about. The key principle in feng shui is chi (energy, vital life force) and the kitchen is considered the most important space because that’s where we create our energy and health and consequently wealth, success and happiness.
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Mimosa: the colour of the year 2009

2009 colour of the year Mimosa

2009 colour of the year Mimosa

Mimosa is the colour of the year 2009. This colour speaks of hopefulness and embodies reassurance in the global climate of change.

“The color yellow exemplifies the warmth and nurturing quality of the sun, properties we as humans are naturally drawn to for reassurance,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Mimosa also speaks to enlightenment, as it is a hue that sparks imagination and innovation.”

Which way to sleep for the best night sleep?

Feng shui compass

In which direction to sleep?

Which way to sleep for the best night sleep?
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Feng shui – the Chinese art of placement

Feng shui – the Chinese art of placement
An interview with Jan Cisek, London-based expert in feng shui by Susan Norman

When I first met Jan Cisek, feng shui expert, he cast his professional eye around my home and home office and made three recommendations: put a money plant in a particular position in the office for prosperity, put a headboard behind my bed for protection and security, and replace the bathroom mirror tiles (which were breaking up my energy) with a big mirror. He also told me to tidy up when I had time. I did all three major things the next day – and on the day after that was given a business opportunity which brought in £8000 over the next two months. I was impressed!

The tidying is a long-term project, but I have noticed that each time I clear, clean, decorate or reorganise an area of my home, positive changes seem to follow.

I decided it was time to know more, so I asked Jan for an interview.

Question: Feng shui is ‘the Chinese art of placement’. Jan, you’re from Poland, what makes you an expert in feng shui?

Jan Cisek: My clients, I suppose. Malcolm Gladwell says it takes 10,000 hours to become a world-leading expert – and I’ve done more than my 10,000 – over the last 25 years or so. I’ve had the opportunity to fine tune the advice I give people and see what gives the most positive results.

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Wealth Corners in Homes and Workplaces According to Bagua Matrix. How to Boost Prosperity and Wealth Creation.

What is a wealth corner?

According to the bagua matrix, any space can signify your wealth domain, sometimes called a wealth corner or wealth area. A wealth corner is a semiotic space where you anchor your intentions for wealth creation and prosperity with a feng shui ritual.
Feng shui = intention + energy + ritual.

Feng shui money plant

Feng shui money plant

How to locate your wealth corner in your home or workplace?

There are three ways to signify a wealth area in your home or workplace.
1) According to classical, compass feng shui school, it is the south-east part of your property or room.
2) According to bagua matrix, it is the top left furthermost corner from a door to your home or room or office.
3) According to virtual or quantum feng shui, your wealth corner is where you decide and where it is most convenient. Your wealth creation intentions will space condition your home or workplace.

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Feng shui for your bedroom. Which side of bed to get out in the morning?

What’s your sacred space?

Which side of bed to get out in the morning?


Which side of the bed to get out in the morning?

What’s your sacred space?
The bedroom 66%, the bathroom 16%, the garden 8%, the office 6%, the kitchen 5% according to Psychologies Magazine. But which side of the bed is the best side to get out in the morning?

Left side is right side to get out of bed-survey. Reuters – USA Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is…

When left is always right! Gulf Daily News – Manama, Bahrain Left is best, they decreed in a study undertaken by the hotel chain Premier Inn. Feng shui expert Jan Cisek (London) said getting out of the bed on the left is… Continue reading

As more Londoners go freelance, smart new live/work homes urgently need feng shui

As more Londoners go freelance, smart new live/work homes urgently need feng shui
As architects are coming up with new and fresh design solutions for your new live/work zones, feng shui can make a huge difference to your work and living. The more energy you put into your home/work spaces, the more they will work for you.

Feng shui for Londoners

Feng shui for Londoners

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Wabi Sabi – The Art and Beauty of Imperfection

Wabi sabi is a Japanese art and philosophy of imperfection. Wabi sabi will free you from perfectionism. Research suggests that (most) people feel more comfortable and relax in slightly imperfect environments that may look a bit old, worn out or even shabby. The irregularity and to some extent fractality makes us feel more relaxed and gives us permission to be ok with imperfection and transience of things.

Examples of wabi sabi

Examples of wabi sabi

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Feng Shui Bagua. How to Use Bagua? Difference between classic compass bagua school and western three-door gate of chi bagua map. Which feng shui bagua school is better?

What is a feng shui bagua model?

Bagua is a feng shui energetic and metaphoric matrix, a code for space harmonisation and manifestation. The bagua maps the primary aspects of our lives and values (career, relationships, wealth and so on). It is also a map used in feng shui to locate the areas in our homes and workplaces that we can be used to represent these values and life aspects. Bagua is an amplifier and a mirror of our own values, needs, wants and desires (it’s not a telescope). Balancing, activating and enhancing chi/energy in these physical areas (with lighting, pictures, plants, furniture, objects, etc) can then improve the corresponding aspects of our life. It can be thought as an energetic matrix of energy flow in any space. In short, bagua is an imaginary or conceptual tool or method for organising, physicalising, codifying and activating your values and manifesting your dreams and goals.

Bagua is a magic square or Luo Shu and is based on trigrams from I-Ching, the Book of Changes (in both early heaven and latter heaven sequence).

Bagua based on magic square

Bagua is based on magic square or Luo Shu

How to use bagua map/matrix

To use the bagua, place it over a plan of your home/room/workspace in such a way that the door to your flat/home/room/office is at the bottom of the page in the areas of knowledge, career and helpful friends. This matrix can be used on other things such as your business card, your desk, website.

Understand the difference between the two feng shui bagua schools. Two types of baguas: classic and western
There are two basic feng shui bagua schools: 1) traditional or classic compass bagua and 2) three-door gate of chi bagua. Understanding how both baguas developed over time and why will help you make an informed and empowering choice.

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Color of the Year for 2008: Pantone® 18-3943 BLUE IRIS

2008 colour of the year Blue Iris

2008 colour of the year Blue Iris

Blue Iris is the color of the year for 2008 according to Pantone® which says that it is “a multifaceted hue reflecting the complexity of the world that surrounds us.”

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® explains further that “As a reflection of the times, Blue Iris brings together the dependable aspect of blue, underscored by a strong, soul-searching purple cast. Emotionally, it is anchoring and meditative with a touch of magic. Look for it artfully combined with deeper plums, red-browns, yellow-greens, grapes and grays.”

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman

Clutter is good for you...

Clutter is good for you…

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder-How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
By Eric Abrahamson and David H. Freedman
Weidenfeld & Nelson 2006; ISBN 978-0-297-85204-

A clutter-free environment can cost you. The inefficiency of tidiness. In praise of mess. Why keeping tidy can be bad feng shui. Tidiness and order are so ordinary. The new maximalism means messy home.

This book may not change people’s lives unless they have a tendency towards being messy. Clutter, untidiness and hoarding, are not bad habits, the authors argue, but often more sensible than meticulous planning, storage and purging of possessions.

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Feng shui for cementary and burial places

Originally (about 4000 years ago), feng shui was used in design of burial places and cemeteries for oriental families. The logic was that if the ancestors were resting happily in a good environment, then everyone will be happy and prosperous. And then people discovered that those places with good feng shui were also good for living and working.  Listen to the report on this Asian tradition of using feng shui to create peaceful burial sites. Feng shui is an ancient art that strives to balance the energies in any given space. Feng shui has influenced everything from interior design to corporate logos to business and so but initially feng shui was simply used to find auspicious sites for burial places.

Boats and Helicopters Story – How to Become More Lucky and Recognise Opportunities

Lucky people learnt to recognise opportunities everywhere and listen to alarm bells. This short story should remind you that we all have ‘boats and helicopters’ coming our way when we need help.

'Boats and helicopters' – learn how to recognise them

‘Boats and helicopters’ – learn how to recognise them

Boats and helicopters
There was a flood and everyone was being evacuated from the village. As the water rose, one man went to the top storey of his house. He remained calm because he knew that he was a good man and that God would save him. A rescue boat came by, but the man said ‘Don’t worry about me. God will save me.’ The water rose higher and he climbed onto the roof.

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Change your internal chi to change your external circustances by chewing your food more

Chewing your food will change and improve your life (and can save your life – read the historic account below)

Research suggests that a simple act of chewing your food more will have many health benefits. It makes sense since by chewing you’re helping with pre-digesting the food and making your body more alkaline with your alkaline saliva. More on benefits of chewing food 

Lino Stanchich book POWER EATING PROGRAM You Are How You Eat

Lino Stanchich book POWER EATING PROGRAM You Are How You Eat

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The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

Bachelard takes us on a journey, from cellar to attic, to show how our perceptions of houses and other shelters shape our thoughts, memories and dreams. One of the best books on feng shui, environmental psychology, interior design and architecture and one of the best books that changed and transformed my life. A classic book – not suitable for speed reading.

“I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

More quotes from The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard

“Rilke wrote: ‘These trees are magnificent, but even more magnificent is the sublime and moving space between them, as though with their growth it too increased.”

“We comfort ourselves by reliving memories of protection. Something closed must retain our memories, while leaving them their original value as images. Memories of the outside world will never have the same tonality as those of home and, by recalling these memories, we add to our store of dreams; we are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.”

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Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts

Key Feng Shui Principles and Concepts 

Feng shui is a discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.

Energy and energy flow
Qi or chi or energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.

Yin & Yang
Yin and yang is about balancing complimentary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, etc.

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Holistic Success Design: Coaching – Branding – Feng Shui Training

HOLISTIC SUCCESS DESIGN: COACHING – BRANDING – FENG SHUI TRAINING
9-day training with Jan Cisek

Success in business depends on the congruence between you and your brand and the environment. Holistic Success Design allows for maximum benefits from the minimum effort because it is based on the key business areas such as branding, coaching and feng shui.

The aims of the training are
• to significantly increase the number of clients and customer loyalty (revenues and market share)
• to ensure that your name is ubiquitous in the business world (brand awareness and effectiveness)
• to improve brand’s authority (brand value and relevant differentiation)

Change can be best initiated in three key domains: environment (feng shui), appearance (branding), and inner mind (coaching, values, behaviours). Holistic Success Design will improve the reputation of your brand and it will affect the quality of your services. With feng shui the feeling in the office will improve, people will become more enthusiastic and productive.

Successful people are made, not born. The research suggests that successful people don’t necessarily have an especially high IQ, but they almost always have 1) very supportive environments, 2) they have important mentors and 3) they always put in a lot of effort. So in fact, people who have good coaches or mentors always achieve more than those without. You might even say that good coaching makes success certain.

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Feng Shui Glossary Terms

Essential feng shui glossary terms, concepts for architects, interior designers, environmental psychologists

Feng shui A discipline that studies the relationship between people and environments (similar to environmental psychology) with the aim of optimising working environments to boost focus and performance as well as job satisfaction and reduce stress and staff turnover among other things.

Energy flow Energy and energy flow is the key concept in feng shui. Human attention and focus is attracted and moderated by physical elements such as paths, focal points, shapes, colours, plants, lighting and so on.

Yin & Yang Yin and yang is about balancing complimentary elements on every level and avoiding too much of anything. For example, angularity should be balanced with curvilinearity, warm colours with cooling colours, natural daylight with artificial lighting, open spaces with closed spaces, hard surfaces/textures with soft surfaces/textures, etc.

Five elements According to oriental philosophy there are five elements: water, wood, fire, earth and metal which are based on seasons and have corresponding colours, shapes, directions and materials. The aim of feng shui is to have a balanced combination of all the elements in any workspace depending on the needs of people working there.

Bagua model In feng shui, different space can represent different aspects of business such as clients, partnerships, collaboration, innovation, projects, legacy, teamwork, wealth and profits, expertise, success and reputation and so on. Depending on the needs of the company these areas can be energised to boost the corresponding aspects.

Shapes Research suggests that people have a preference for curvilinearity vs. angularity. Adding round or oval shapes will naturally balance angular environments. Sharp corner and patterns should be minimised.

Positioning  How workstations are positioned in space can affect the performance of workforce. Sitting in ‘a power / commanding position’ where one has a support of a wall and clear, diagonal view of doors is preferred. Sitting with one’s back to the door or opposite the door or with a window behind can instil feelings of insecurity, stress and even anxiety. For example

Workplaces as metaphors and semiotics Feng shui works through energies, symbols, metaphors, affects, sensations, narratives, anchors, images and expectations. Semiotics is a study of meaning-making and is a very useful tool to help not only to elicit people’s perceptions of any workplace but also to manage those perceptions.
 How people perceive their workplaces will affect their performance, work satisfaction, staff retention and so on.

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What is Feng Shui For?

Feng shui is a holistic, multidisciplinary domain that works in partnership with the person, their families and makes a holistic, person centred and systematic assessment of environmental or physical, emotional, mental or psychological, social, cultural and spiritual or virtual needs, which includes risk and together develops a comprehensive plan to optimise and harmonise their workplace and home environments.

What is Qi / Chi in Feng Shui?

What is Qi / Chi in Feng Shui?

Chi Qi

Chi Qi

Qi as the key feng shui concepts

Feng shui is an art, philosophy and science of creating healthy, safe, resourceful homes and workplaces. This art is based on fundamental principles of balance and harmony. The purpose of feng shui is to increase your overall vitality or life force, called by the Chinese Qi or Chi. This concept is present in many cultures, for example, the Japanese call it Ki, in Hindu tradition it is called Prana and Christians call it the Holy Spirit.

Ambient and radiant energy is present everywhere and like art; it is expressed in many forms. In fact, everything could be said is one energy in motion (E=mc2). There is a distinction between your personal chi, other people’s chi and the environment’s chi. Potentially our personal chi has the most power over others and the environment.

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Chinese zodiac astrology chart for all years

Year Associated
Element
Heavenly
Stem
Earthly
Branch
Associated
Animal
Year
1924–1983 1984–2043
1 Feb  5, 1924 – Jan 23, 1925 Yang Wood Rat Feb  2, 1984 – Feb 19, 1985
2 Jan 24, 1925 – Feb 12, 1926 Yin Wood Ox Feb 20, 1985 – Feb  8, 1986
3 Feb 13, 1926 – Feb  1, 1927 Yang Fire Tiger Feb  9, 1986 – Jan 28, 1987
4 Feb  2, 1927 – Jan 22, 1928 Yin Fire Rabbit Jan 29, 1987 – Feb 16, 1988
5 Jan 23, 1928 – Feb  9, 1929 Yang Earth Dragon Feb 17, 1988 – Feb  5, 1989
6 Feb 10, 1929 – Jan 29, 1930 Yin Earth Snake Feb  6, 1989 – Jan 26, 1990
7 Jan 30, 1930 – Feb 16, 1931 Yang Metal Horse Jan 27, 1990 – Feb 14, 1991
8 Feb 17, 1931 – Feb  5, 1932 Yin Metal Goat Feb 15, 1991 – Feb  3, 1992
9 Feb  6, 1932 – Jan 25, 1933 Yang Water Monkey Feb  4, 1992 – Jan 22, 1993
10 Jan 26, 1933 – Feb 13, 1934 Yin Water Rooster Jan 23, 1993 – Feb  9, 1994
11 Feb 14, 1934 – Feb  3, 1935 Yang Wood Dog Feb 10, 1994 – Jan 30, 1995
12 Feb  4, 1935 – Jan 23, 1936 Yin Wood Pig Jan 31, 1995 – Feb 18, 1996
13 Jan 24, 1936 – Feb 10, 1937 Yang Fire Rat Feb 19, 1996 – Feb  6, 1997
14 Feb 11, 1937 – Jan 30, 1938 Yin Fire Ox Feb  7, 1997 – Jan 27, 1998
15 Jan 31, 1938 – Feb 18, 1939 Yang Earth Tiger Jan 28, 1998 – Feb 15, 1999
16 Feb 19, 1939 – Feb  7, 1940 Yin Earth Rabbit Feb 16, 1999 – Feb  4, 2000
17 Feb  8, 1940 – Jan 26, 1941 Yang Metal Dragon Feb  5, 2000 – Jan 23, 2001
18 Jan 27, 1941 – Feb 14, 1942 Yin Metal Snake Jan 24, 2001 – Feb 11, 2002
19 Feb 15, 1942 – Feb  4, 1943 Yang Water Horse Feb 12, 2002 – Jan 31, 2003
20 Feb  5, 1943 – Jan 24, 1944 Yin Water Goat Feb  1, 2003 – Jan 21, 2004
21 Jan 25, 1944 – Feb 12, 1945 Yang Wood Monkey Jan 22, 2004 – Feb  8, 2005
22 Feb 13, 1945 – Feb  1, 1946 Yin Wood Rooster Feb  9, 2005 – Jan 28, 2006
23 Feb  2, 1946 – Jan 21, 1947 Yang Fire Dog Jan 29, 2006 – Feb 17, 2007
24 Jan 22, 1947 – Feb  9, 1948 Yin Fire Pig Feb 18, 2007 – Feb  6, 2008
25 Feb 10, 1948 – Jan 28, 1949 Yang Earth Rat Feb  7, 2008 – Jan 25, 2009
26 Jan 29, 1949 – Feb 16, 1950 Yin Earth Ox Jan 26, 2009 – Feb 13, 2010
27 Feb 17, 1950 – Feb  5, 1951 Yang Metal Tiger Feb 14, 2010 – Feb  2, 2011
28 Feb  6, 1951 – Jan 26, 1952 Yin Metal Rabbit Feb  3, 2011 – Jan 22, 2012
29 Jan 27, 1952 – Feb 13, 1953 Yang Water Dragon Jan 23, 2012 – Feb  9, 2013
30 Feb 14, 1953 – Feb  2, 1954 Yin Water Snake Feb 10, 2013 – Jan 30, 2014
31 Feb  3, 1954 – Jan 23, 1955 Yang Wood Horse Jan 31, 2014 – Feb 18, 2015
32 Jan 24, 1955 – Feb 11, 1956 Yin Wood Goat Feb 19, 2015 – Feb  7, 2016
33 Feb 12, 1956 – Jan 30 1957 Yang Fire Monkey Feb  8, 2016 – Jan 27, 2017
34 Jan 31, 1957 – Feb 17, 1958 Yin Fire Rooster Jan 28, 2017 – Feb 15, 2018
35 Feb 18, 1958 – Feb  7, 1959 Yang Earth Dog Feb 16, 2018 – Feb  4, 2019
36 Feb  8, 1959 – Jan 27, 1960 Yin Earth Pig Feb  5, 2019 – Jan 24, 2020
37 Jan 28, 1960 – Feb 14, 1961 Yang Metal Rat Jan 25, 2020 – Feb 11, 2021
38 Feb 15, 1961 – Feb  4, 1962 Yin Metal Ox Feb 12, 2021 – Jan 31, 2022
39 Feb  5, 1962 – Jan 24, 1963 Yang Water Tiger Feb  1, 2022 – Jan 21, 2023
40 Jan 25, 1963 – Feb 12, 1964 Yin Water Rabbit Jan 22, 2023 – Feb  9, 2024
41 Feb 13, 1964 – Feb  1, 1965 Yang Wood Dragon Feb 10, 2024 – Jan 28, 2025
42 Feb  2, 1965 – Jan 20, 1966 Yin Wood Snake Jan 29, 2025 – Feb 16, 2026
43 Jan 21, 1966 – Feb  8, 1967 Yang Fire Horse Feb 17, 2026 – Feb  5, 2027
44 Feb  9, 1967 – Jan 29, 1968 Yin Fire Goat Feb  6, 2027 – Jan 25, 2028
45 Jan 30, 1968 – Feb 16, 1969 Yang Earth Monkey Jan 26, 2028 – Feb 12, 2029
46 Feb 17, 1969 – Feb  5, 1970 Yin Earth Rooster Feb 13, 2029 – Feb  2, 2030
47 Feb  6, 1970 – Jan 26, 1971 Yang Metal Dog Feb  3, 2030 – Jan 22, 2031
48 Jan 27, 1971 – Feb 14, 1972 Yin Metal Pig Jan 23, 2031 – Feb 10, 2032
49 Feb 15, 1972 – Feb  2, 1973 Yang Water Rat Feb 11, 2032 – Jan 30, 2033
50 Feb  3, 1973 – Jan 22, 1974 Yin Water Ox Jan 31, 2033 – Feb 18, 2034
51 Jan 23, 1974 – Feb 10, 1975 Yang Wood Tiger Feb 19, 2034 – Feb  7, 2035
52 Feb 11, 1975 – Jan 30, 1976 Yin Wood Rabbit Feb  8, 2035 – Jan 27, 2036
53 Jan 31, 1976 – Feb 17, 1977 Yang Fire Dragon Jan 28, 2036 – Feb 14, 2037
54 Feb 18, 1977 – Feb  6, 1978 Yin Fire Snake Feb 15, 2037 – Feb  3, 2038
55 Feb  7, 1978 – Jan 27, 1979 Yang Earth Horse Feb  4, 2038 – Jan 23, 2039
56 Jan 28, 1979 – Feb 15, 1980 Yin Earth Goat Jan 24, 2039 – Feb 11, 2040
57 Feb 16, 1980 – Feb  4, 1981 Yang Metal Monkey Feb 12, 2040 – Jan 31, 2041
58 Feb  5, 1981 – Jan 24, 1982 Yin Metal Rooster Feb  1, 2041 – Jan 21, 2042
59 Jan 25, 1982 – Feb 12, 1983 Yang Water Dog Jan 22, 2042 – Feb  9, 2043
60 Feb 13, 1983 – Feb  1, 1984 Yin Water Pig Feb 10, 2043 – Jan 29, 2044