From time to time I review books and I have just finished reading “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson. The author takes a sobering look at the history of post-slavery African Americans (how and WHY they migrated from America’s deep rural southern states to urban northern and Californian cities). This book is a must read for every American citizen and should be taught in all our schools. The author is a product of the Great Migration herself, a Pulitzer winning journalist for the New York Times (the first African American woman to win a Pulitzer), and this is her first book. Wilkerson interviewed 1200 people for backstory and it is rich in eye opening details yet very personal as the author follows the individual stories of 3 people, two men and one woman. The 3 stories are interwoven throughout the backdrop of history as it is happening and draws you in to really caring about these characters who are each extraordinary yet still “just folks” and were indeed real people who lived through this violent history. Until we can say that every citizen of America is truly equal and truly free, none of us are. And until that time comes, none of us truly have perfect feng shui. ‘Nuff said: go read it!
Monthly Archives: October 2010
A very sweet article “Fear the Pumpkin: in Ukraine it’s the Big Kiss-Off” at NPR explains one of their scarier Love & Relationship traditions. If a guy you didn’t like would come to your door to ask for your hand in marriage, you’d simply turn him down by handing him a pumpkin. In today’s world it might not be so easy to find a pumpkin handy, except at Halloween. Some people can’t take no for an answer so I doubt they’d take a pumpkin any better. Perhaps people with stalkers should place a bomb in the pumpkin and hand that over to the stalker? What if Pumpkin Head himself is the unwanted suitor coming to court you? Do you still give him a pumpkin? He might take it as a “she likes me!”.
Okay let’s talk feng shui. What do you do if you want to ATTRACT a mate? First you gotta make room for him or her in your life. Get rid of the clutter both environmentally and mentally. You don’t need those old photos of lovers that done you wrong. You don’t need that broken engagement ring from the one who left you standing at the altar. You don’t need those panties of previous conquests(if you do, somebody’s going to give you a pumpkin!)…instead if you’re serious about attracting love into your life you can employ some feng shui techniques for Love & Relationship found in this blog.
BTW, if you have a better kiss-off technique than giving a pumpkin, I’d like you to share in our comments section!
I’m recycling this earlier post in time for Halloween. Enjoy!
Synchronicity is always at play in my life. I had just finished reading the last interview with John Lennon & Yoko Ono and posted about it on my Feng Shui By Fishgirl blog. Then I was searching online for feng shui jewelry and discovered this line designed by May Pang. In case you are not old enough to remember, May Pang was John Lennon’s companion during his infamous “Lost Weekend” (a weekend that lasted 18 months in LA). I contacted Ms. Pang to find out if this line was currently available so I could feature it here on my blog. She graciously emailed me back to say yes. Each necklace represents a different auspicious feng shui intention such as Harmony, pictured here. The designs are simple, clean, and uncluttered—just like a space should be when feng shui principles are applied to it.
This bright cheerful bedroom is from Weego Home. I do like the fabric wall treatment behind the bed. You can use this idea instead of a headboard if your bed doesn’t have one. It anchors the bed and balances the bed out with a tall dresser, for example (none shown here, though). The two matching lamps are good feng shui but can you guess why the two bedside tables pictured here are negative feng shui? They should be the same height and preferably matching. What we have is the right side dominating the left side. Gee, I wonder who sleeps on the dominating side of THIS bed?! A balanced set energetically represents a balanced equal relationship. Symbols resonate with us subconsciously and that is why they have impact on our feng shui.
My bf fell in love with another female this summer. Her name is Myrtle. She was walking (well, more like crawling but I hate to be catty) across the busy road and he just felt he had to rescue her. Myrtle is a wild Eastern Painted Turtle. Turtles have been in the news a lot lately. The BP oil spill this summer continues to have a disastrous effect on sea turtles (click here for story…note: pics of distressed turtles are not for the faint of heart).
Turtles are auspicious symbols of wealth and longevity. They are the guardians of the North direction (signified by the number one, hence a single turtle whether you are keeping a live one or a sculpture of one in your home is better for feng shui luck). The North direction governs Career. That’s why having a solo tortoise picture or sculpture in your office (facing towards you, not out the door) is a good idea. If you’re starting a new business or project, choose a sculpture that shows a baby turtle instead of a fully grown one to give you that “birth of a new idea!” energy, leaving room for unlimited expansion of your feng shui.
Dreaming of turtles can be interpreted as lucky as well. If you are about to start a new job, for example, and have a happy dream about a turtle, you can pretty much relax as you’ve been given a message that this career direction is a very good one for you. The online dream circle I belong to is serendipitously called “Turtle Dreamers“, named after Native American traditions (Earth is the turtle’s back).
We released Myrtle back into the wild at the end of the summer. We hope her feng shui was enhanced as much by knowing us as ours was by knowing her.