I’ve talked before about how symbols hold the energy of ideas and items that they represent. In the practice of feng shui it is important to utilize positive symbols to activate good ch’i (energy). Following colors and symbols that naturally belong in the feng shui bagua is one system of doing this. Incorporating these –and also identifying your own mythology of positive symbols–can be a powerful validation and reinforcement of good energy.
I was recently commissioned to do exactly that in this wedding gift to a young couple starting out. It’s a very large piece, 5 feet wide by 3.5 feet tall. This mixed media painting utilizes images and colors, dates and personal mantras that represent the bond between the two lovers. I am available to create personal feng shui portraits on request. Please contact Feng Shui By Fishgirl for more information.
Valentine’s Day is represented by hearts. Look around you and there always is an explosion of heart symbols this time of year. I love this symbol of love and have hearts in the form of boxes, paintings, stained glass window hangings, and jewelry around my home to remind me of love. I don’t go overboard…balance is key to good feng shui. If you want to activate love in your life, locate your Love & Relationship sector of the bagua and add some hearts.
Looking for a new career related to hearts? Click here. And here is a link to slideshow of beautiful heart art painted by me and my beloved Scott. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
this is the legend of the fishgirl and the bear……enjoy!
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.
I took these pics in Florence, Italy last year while traveling with my true love. We saw these locks along the Ponte Vecchio and didn’t have a clue what they were about. Until today when I came across a Travel & Helpful People. Er, Helpful Person. Anita Mac does a great job of describing these “Love Locks” on her travel blog: TravelDestinationBucketList (and she has even more super pics of them, too). Apparently a generation of romantic youth from China to Praque to Italy and beyond like the idea of padlocking their names together in a gesture of eternal love. From a feng shui standpoint, I believe a better representation of love is to set it free and if it’s yours it comes back to you. Does anyone else see a connection between chastity belts and love locks, or is it just me?
For good feng shui you do want to surround yourself with things (and people) that you love. I was reminded of this tonight while watching the season finale of Downtown Abbey. There is a scene where an expensive antique vase gets shattered in an ungentlemanly scuffle. Grand dowager Violet says no worries, she’s hated the dreadful vase since it was given to her fifty years ago by an aunt for a wedding gift.
That’s a long time to put up with something you’re not fond of. And the feng shui will be blocked until you remove these obstacles from your way. Hmmm…maybe the Downton writers know this because the broken vase does pave the way to Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley to finally be together!
And remember, you have Feng Shui by Fishgirl’s permission to rid yourself of items that no longer reflect who you are….even if a favorite aunt gave them to you.
All you need is Love. Love is all you need. I can listen to John Lennon sing that all day long. But what does it actually mean? Does it mean you don’t have to worry about your mortgage or rent…does it mean you don’t need to eat…? I’m pretty sure what it means is that everything we do and say can come from a Love-based place. Coming from a fear-based place is where all the negative things happen. Hate, prejudice, lashing out at people for fear that you might look stupid–things like this are based on fear. If you have Love in your intentions then you automatically have compassion and can walk in another person’s shoes. That makes the world a kinder place to live in. And it’s good for your feng shui!