Monthly Archives: June 2009

SIGN LANGUAGE

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I would have thought this sign hilarious but for the Confederate flag that was also displayed on this deep south property. I shot the photo with a zoom lens and left the car running…

Are signs such as this merely unfriendly or are they negative feng shui? I would classify them in the same category as doormats with sayings such as “Go Away!” (yes, these “novelty” rugs do exist). They can be humorous but they carry a message that repels opportunity from the home’s occupants. “WELCOME” is a much more positive signal.

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MAYA’S AMAZING WAVE FIELD

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The artist Maya Lin unveiled her “Wave Field” at Storm King Art Center in April. Don’t let my bootleg photo fool you: it is absolutely breathtaking. This permanent installation molds acres of land into precise waves recreated based on mathematical calculations. There’s also an exhibition of recent works by Ms. Lin that is not to be missed (you have until September to drive one hour north of NYC to see it). Storm King has the largest collection of supersize sculptures from artists such as Richard Serra, Mark DiSuvero, and Louise Nevelson to name but a few. A snakey rock wall by Andy Goldsworthy disappears into a pond only to re-emerge climbing a hill nearby to the Wave Field. Does the Wave Field change the feng shui of the landscape? Yes, it does. And one needs only to stand inside of it to feel the enormously positive chi energy it has created. You’ll recall that Ms. Lin was also the brainchild behind the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC. I am in awe of her talent.

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LUPINE FESTIVAL 2009

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Stonington, Maine is having its annual Lupine Festival Weekend beginning tomorrow June 19 and continuing all weekend. My studio/ gallery will participate in the Lupine Loop. Stop by for cookies and tea!

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SHA SHA SHA SHATTERED: Can feng shui stop the breaking glasses?

Photo courtesy of Wii Have A Problem

Photo courtesy of Wii Have A Problem

I recently got an intriquing email from someone I will call “J”. It made me recall an earlier incident I had with my own feng shui. On a lighter note, check out the “Wii Have a Problem” blog—it’s a hilarious look at one household’s problems with breaking glass via Wii.
Hi Katy,

I hope this finds you well. Just this evening I happened upon your blog and it’s just great! I am an Interior Designer with an Architect hubby and we are really curious about Feng Shui. Also, we recently moved into a new house. Well, it’s not really very new; built in 1961 with one previous owner who died in the house.

So, I have had an interesting problem since we moved in. We, and mainly myself, keep breaking glass. More glass has been shattered in the 2 months we’ve been here than I think I have EVER had in my lifetime.

Is there some kind of clearing I can do?

I know this is a quirky problem but I’d really appreciate your input.

Blessings,
J

Here’s what I wrote back:
Hi J,
The good news is you already know the root cause of the problem (the previous owner died in the house). Yes, there are space clearing methods that can be done. When dealing with this type of problem
it is best to use a professional because whenever dealing with paranormal energy, you are dealing with the occult and portals that are opened need to be closed properly so that no harm comes to anyone as a result of trying to cure the problem.

That being said, I had a very similar experience when I moved into a loft in downtown LA a few years ago. The first 3 months I was there, I was dropping and breaking glasses (and so were guests) and this had never happened to me before. I actually felt something pushing my hand to knock a glass over.

Through research and synchronicity–and oddly enough my own dreams and the dream of an overnight guest– I discovered and confirmed at the library that the original use of the building was a bootleg saloon back in the roaring twenties during prohibition.

Spirits will often seek out those that are sensitive to knowing their presence or seeing them. IE: others could live in your house and may never have the same problems you do because they are “immune” / unconscious and unreachable. Sometimes children will be the way the spirits will come in because children are more open and don’t have defenses up. You must be particularly susceptible. I should ask: has there been any recent activity that may have indicated you accidentally invited the ghost to show up? IE: playing Ouija board, reading tarot cards, having a psychic or astrology reading at your home or over the phone from your home…even telling ghost stories can sometimes trigger paranormal portals to open.

Are the incidences still occurring since you wrote to me May 28th? Do they happen at certain times of day or at any time randomly? Does the glass shattering happen in one location or many in the home? Please get back to me and I’ll give you more information.
Best,
Katy

Katy,

Thank you for getting back to me. I’m in a rush and will have to keep it a bit short, but so excited to talk to you about this!!

The glass has continued to break, same spot in the house and usually by me. It’s in the kitchen which happens to be in the Marriage corner of the house – feng shui. Not at any particular time of day, but it never happens at night for some reason.

The area used to be a farm and other than the previous owner dying, nothing i know of has happened on the land, except for finding the neighbors dead bunny rabbit while i was gardening. i’m hoping this is random.

i pulled out my tarot cards only once and that was just a few days ago. no other invitations. that being said, i’ve always had a, “touch of the gift” as i call it, so i think that’s why i’m picking up on things.
i’m having the house cleared professionally very soon. i’ve felt it needed it since we moved in and just haven’t had the time.
J

Dear J,
I’m glad you are hiring a pro. I hope you got good references as there are a lot of inexperienced people out there. If they are a feng shui expert, expect to receive a space clearing that involves smoke (sage or incense), possibly a sound cure (Tibetan bells, for example, or loud clapping), intentions for banishing and clearing the space, as well
as a final blessing when space is cleared. A feng shui person will use sacred hand mudras and incantations specific for clearing this residual ghost energy. Good luck!

When you work with your tarot cards, it’s always best to do a formal open and close. Here’s what I do:
Light a candle. Ask for your guides to come in to help you read as well as protect you and any others present from harm.
(Your guides can include your angel, animal, ancestor guides etc. ) If you’re reading for someone else, ask permission for
their guides to help and protect all concerned as well. Do your reading as usual. When finished, do a completion/closing
by thanking all guides for their help and protection. Then blow out the candle and put away the cards. Do not leave them
casually lying around.
Best,
Katy

I am counting on “J” to let us know how her professional space clearing went. Have you ever had problems with breaking glass? Comment please, I’d like to hear from you.

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DOORMAT WITH SOUL

We’re on our way over to see the sustainable “Float Rope” doormats over at Nervous Nellie’s. That’s Anne & Peter’s dog Scout seen next to a pile of the colorful recycled float rope mats. Scout and mats We think these are way cool, do their job well, and are one small step (pardon the pun) you can take to help save the planet. Is that good feng shui? You bet! What’s in front of your door? Send me pics, please.

Photos courtesy of Nervous Nellie's.

Photos courtesy of Nervous Nellie's.

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MARNI UPDATES US ON HER MASTER BEDROOM PROGRESS

Marni's bedroom is less cluttered, the art is hung lower, and she's brought in some solid color bedding.

Marni's bedroom is less cluttered, the art is hung lower, and she's brought in some solid color bedding.

The addition of the rounded leaf plant is good feng shui for the bathroom.

The addition of the rounded leaf plant is good feng shui for the bathroom.

For the “before” photos and my analysis, see original post.

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FISHGIRL, UNPLUGGED

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In case you’re wondering why I have not been blogging…I am on a tiny island off the coast of Maine where I spend 6 months each year. Our internet connection has been delayed repeatedly by a phone company that shall remain nameless (for now). This has seriously crimped my ability to blog, surf other bloggers, email, order art supplies, keep in touch with the weather report….not to mention, get my horoscope or make new facebook friends, twitter something tasty, or see what is happening with Brangelina since I left NC three weeks ago. Yikes— I’m even going to sleep at 7:45PM for lack of cyberspace to keep me awake and multi-tasking. I hope to be fully online again by the weekend—if you’ve come by my site and hung out while I’m away, thanks for visiting and don’t forget to post a comment and shut off the lights on your way out.

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