It’s become a tradition at Feng Shui By Fishgirl to showcase the Chinese New Year art work of my dear friend PoPing Lo We’re celebrating the Year of the Monkey in 2016 and I think this particular PoPing illustration is wonderful. I thank the artist for allowing me to share it with my readers:
(May not be used or copied commercially without the permission of ©Po Ping T’so Lo.)
Here’s a little bit of what you can expect of the Year of the Red Fire Monkey (February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017.):
Although monkeys like to congregate in groups, success will come to those who break out from the pack and take risks that others won’t. This year it’s about individual efforts and putting action (the element of fire!) behind your wildest ideas. Innovation + Perspiration= Wealth this year more than ever.
Beware also the Tricksters in a Monkey Year. You know who they are. Deceitful people who charm you completely…then play you. They have one eye on your banana so they can grab it after misdirecting your attention to something unimportant. The message? Protect your bananas!
Ever hear of that saying “Not my monkey, not my circus”? This year is everybody’s monkey. Energy will be frenetic. Like a monkey jumping all around and swinging tree to tree and back again. It will be useful to become grounded in health and spiritual routine. Take time out for yourself and be still each day. There is an unpredictability to the world in a Monkey Year which makes it important to have something in your local personal sphere that is stable. For example, if you’ve recently moved, don’t delay in unpacking and getting your home feng shui foundation stabilized. If you have let your exercise and diet go, try to get back into the groove again because there will be a lot of stress in a Monkey Year.
Happy #CNY2016 everyone! Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Do you want the easy effortless style of Diane Keaton, age 69? Here she is in AARP Magazine looking vibrant and young at heart. I couldn’t help but noticing her giant sterling silver cross. I have one for sale on my Etsy shop! So if you like this look, click here and it can be yours. And your search for a 2016 fashion muse can be ‘crossed’ off your list.
© Po Ping Lo 2014
Kung Hei Fat Choy! That means Happy New Year to you. January 31st rings in Chinese New Year. The beautiful illustration above was done by my dear friend Po Ping in Hong Kong. We’ve been friends for 36 years but who’s counting? See some of her previous illustrations by searching this blog for CNY posts.
The Year of the Horse comes galloping in with action and forward motion, so get ready for big changes in your life! You won’t have time to graze in your pasture until the holiday season at the end of this year. Whether you are an elegant show horse or a wild pony, you’ll have a prosperous year if you get off your butt and JUST DO IT! No excuses. Finish that project, meet that fitness goal, get a fresh start. This is the year you can make great strides in anything you set your mind–and your body–to.
Have you been wondering why there were no posts by fishgirl on this blog for a loooong time? Check out my other blog: going to goa to find out what happened.
Mothers and daughters share secrets and this is one I recently kept from my mother. I left my 90 year old mother’s house this morning feeling really good about my ruse. What trick did I pull on her? I cleaned her bathroom without her knowing it. You see, my mom lives alone and would never ever ever permit me–or anyone–to give her that kind of help. It would embarrass her and make her feel bad that someone thought she wasn’t up to snuff on her own housekeeping. I could see that she needed some help, though, and so I snuck in a huge bottle of Clorox, some scrubbing bubbles, and some rubber gloves. Then I proceeded to run the water so mom thought I was taking a bubble bath. Instead I scrubbed the tub like mad…years of soap scum buildup and not a little mildew on the shower curtain (I’d offered to replace it many times). Soak a plastic shower curtain in bleach long enough and it WILL come clean and there’s no need to add it to the local landfill! My mom has always prided herself on her homekeeping skills and I’m pretty confident that if she notices the difference she will believe that she cleaned the bathroom herself and simply forgot that she did. And her eyes will sparkle at her own ability to take care of herself at her advanced age. This is what Jewish people refer to as a mitzvah, a good deed. In feng shui terms, this type of good deed is good karma for the giver and makes you feel really good. Have you done something similar that you want to share or suggest with the readers of Feng Shui By Fishgirl?
There is something extra soothing about water, isn’t there? Water features are meant to bring good luck in feng shui but only if they are done properly. There are good placements for fountains and there are not-so-good ones. Balance and scale and direction of water flow are also important. Ponds with koi fish are popular, too. I like the idea of river rocks placed at the bottom of a pool like the one shown here from the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond. Sound also comes into play: whether it’s a steady trickle of water or a more substantial waterfall effect, all have feng shui impact.
Check out this article New Reason to Believe That ‘Everything Happens for a Reason’ ….good stuff discussing Magical Thinking……
which sounds a lot like setting your feng shui intentions! It’s not as woo-woo as it sounds.
Marriages mostly begin with the ritual and ceremony of a wedding. Standing up publicly to proclaim your love for each other in front of family and friends and even strangers is a time honored tradition in many cultures. This is a form of setting intentions and stating the good things we wish to manifest as a couple. What happens if we divorce? Divorce can take its toll on both partners and of course if there are children the emotional trauma is often intensified.
Photo of Bride & Groom figurines courtesy of freepik.com
What if there were a ceremony that honored the couple’s time together and helped bring closure and dignity to the end of a marriage? According to the New York Times Sunday Magazine article published April 29th more and more couples are untying the marriage knot as formally as they began. The latest trend is to have a Divorce Ceremony. Feng Shui By Fishgirl thinks this idea of mutually setting intentions for parting ways has excellent feng shui merit. I also believe this would go a long way towards healing wounds and freeing up ch’i energy so that everyone involved can move on with their lives in a more positive way. What do you think?
Sometimes you gotta ask yourself the tough questions. Truth and Cake blogger Rian asked a doozy with this one:
What Did You Give Up, To Get What You Got? | Truth and Cake. Knowing your own answers to that question can help you lay the foundation for attracting more of what you want into your life. How? The more you know yourself and your goals, the better equipped you are to arrange your feng shui to strengthen your foundation.
It’s difficult to make any comment on the engagement of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie without sounding cliche. The only thing appropriate is this: Congratulations! It’s being reported in the media and confirmed by their publicity team that the couple have officially decided to “put a ring on it” after seven years of being together unmarried. I have always felt a special affinity for them because I fell in love with my guy the same year they fell in love, live together unmarried, and travel a lot together with kids in tow –although our kids are 2 dogs. (Other similarities: my guy is a sexy original individualist Aquarian like Brad and I am an intelligent talented goddess like Angelina–what can I say? It helps.) The Hollywood power couple have gone on record as saying that they would not get married unless and until all people have that right. They’ve also admitted that their 6 precocious and adorable children have been putting pressure on them to get married. While a date for a wedding has not been announced by the Pitt-Jolie family, getting engaged and telling the world of your intentions is a powerful action to deepening your love and commitment to each other. It’s also a wonderfully romantic thing to do in this age of cynicism and multiple divorce. Feng Shui By Fishgirl wishes this very public couple the best of luck and continuing success with raising their children, juggling amazing careers, and all of their philanthropy.
Kindle Fans! Food Fans! Hidden in France Fans! Hidden in Paris Fans! Feng Shui By Fishgirl Fans! Author Corine Gantz is giving away free downloadable copies of her Hidden in Paris Cookbook through Sunday April 15th. I just got mine and it is yummy. I’ll be reviewing this after I try some recipes in my own kitchen so stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can read my interview with Corine here. Bon Apetit!