December 7, 2010 · 9:34 am
Feng Shui By Fishgirl wants to know which side of the real vs. fake debate you stand on when it comes to your Christmas tree. Please post a comment. If you’re a traditionalist, nothing less than a Douglas fir or a Scotch pine tree will do. Many of us are turning to artificial evergreen trees or even metallic trees from companies such as EarthFlora.com as a way to fit into our sustainable green lifestyles. Here are the pros and cons from a feng shui viewpoint.
*Positive chi energy from the actual wood/earth of the tree.
*Aromatherapy of the natural pine scent is uplifting.
*Green color represents wealth and wisdom.
*Add lights to it, metal tinsel, balances the elements for good chi.
*BEST: use a living tree that you can plant after Christmas instead of killing a tree.
*Positive because it does not kill any living tree.
*Doesn’t have to be green, you can choose silver or gold to boost the metal element (silver is great in the Health sector, gold is great in the Wealth sector).
* Cool retro look.
*You can choose a color to activate each feng shui area (ie: this pink one would work well in the Love & Relationship area!)
*Saves money as you only buy it once.
BEST: You can have one in every room without feeling guilty.
The Christmas tree activates whichever area of the home/room that you place it in. Be sure to check out the bagua to see what section of feng shui is best for you. For example, if you want the tree to bring in prosperity for the new year, try to place it in your Wealth area. The Fame area might be a good option, too as the triangular shape of the tree is a natural for activating Fame (which might be good for your career/wealth). The Tai Chi center location is a wonderful place for the Christmas tree as well.
Filed under Feng Shui, Fun, Holidays
Tagged as artificial trees, christmas decorations, christmas feng shui, christmas tree, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, feng shui xmas trees, holiday decorating, Katy Allgeyer, pink christmas tree, real vs fake, Wealth & Abundance
April 14, 2010 · 1:15 pm
Here’s a picture of my Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map for 2010. I’m a painter and a writer as well as a feng shui consultant so for me it seemed natural to simply paint the words of my intentions in the correct colors to correspond to the bagua map. I didn’t need magazine visuals. I didn’t need a lot of time (I completed the project within one hour although I have been thinking about my intentions for days now).
My Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map (c) Katy Allgeyer
The words resonate powerfully for me and I like the way my manifestation board looks. I have it hanging in the Love & Relationship area of my home which corresponds to the Wisdom & Knowledge area of my studio. So, if you’re strapped for time today but you still want to take advantage of Tracy Cook’s astrological timing for creating your Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map, take inspiration from me—you don’t even need to paint them like I did. You can simply take the time to write them down on a large piece of paper using magic markers to activate the colors that correspond to the bagua.
Wealth= Red, Purple, Green or Gold metallic
Love & Relationship= Red, Pink, White
Family & Health= Blues/Greens
Tai Chi Center= Golden yellows
Creativity & Children= grey and black and all the colors
Wisdom & Knowledge= greens blues
Travel & helpful people= deep blues/greys/black
I sincerely hope that sharing my own Personal Feng Shui Treasure Map has helped you to realize that you CAN create your own map and there is no such thing as “perfect” or “should be done this way”. Use your own available time, energy, and ideas to create a vision of health, prosperity, and love for your life! Send me your pics of your maps if you’d like to share with our readers. Good luck!
Filed under ART, Creativity & Future Projects, Feng Shui, Fun, Getting Organized, Self Help, Wealth & Finances
Tagged as 2010 treasure map, attracting success, energy, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, feng shui manifesting intentions, Katy Allgeyer, setting intentions, the power of words, Tracy Abott Astrology, tracy cook, Tracyastrolsalon, Wealth & Abundance
February 27, 2010 · 7:05 pm
Are you the kind of person who doesn’t followup when something you’ve paid for turns out to be unusable? Let me give you an example. I bought a pint of Haagen-Dazs ice cream from my grocery store awhile ago and when we opened it to eat it, there was a chalky weird texture to it. The question is whether to throw it out and forget about the money spent, or, to report it to either the manufacturer or the grocery store (or both)? If you take a moment to report it you’ll be rewarded with a refund or replacement from most grocery stores and if you call Haagen-Dazs to report it, they’ll give you a coupon for a replacement. If you do nothing, you are sending a message to the universe that you don’t value money (so why should the universe send any more to you?). In addition, by calling attention to the problem, you are helping to be part of a solution and getting closure on it. This is good for your karma and good for your feng shui. I have helped friends who had nightmare airplane flights write letters to the airlines and subsequently they were given coupons for free upgrades and one time even a free international flight. The burden of proof is on the complainant, but if you feel you have enough proof and you take the time to present your case well, you will be rewarded.
Another time we were at the movies. There was still a half hour left of the film when a theatre employee pushed a noisy trash can down the aisle. We stayed to watch but our concentration was broken. I would have walked away, dissatisfied but thinking it was no big deal. My friend went to the manager to complain. Guess what we got? Two complimentary passes to another show.
Then we ordered an expensive high end ping pong table that arrived scratched up. We felt we deserved an unscratched pristine surface so we emailed photos of the damaged table. The manufacturer sent us a new table top without requiring us to send back the damaged one. Hmmm…now we have two ping pong tables for the price of one. Setting the record straight can often bring you bigger benefits than you were even expecting. And that is abundance at work.
Do you have any stories of consumer satisfaction to tell? Do you walk away from money or followup with complaints? Do tell!
October 27, 2009 · 5:51 pm
Flowers add Feng Shui By Fishgirl energy to any setting. Feeling down? Plop a colorful bouquet on your desk and watch your mood rise! Want to add a festive touch to your dinner party? Flowers in the center of the table create instant party panache. Outside, a “deadzone” can instantly be activated by hanging plants or potted flowers. You don’t need to spend a lot of money. Wildflowers from your yard in a bud vase work just as well.
Filed under Feng Shui, Interior Design, Qi
Tagged as ch'i, decor, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, health, home, inspiration, lifestyle, master bedroom feng shui, office, serenata flowers, Wealth & Abundance
October 16, 2009 · 3:23 pm
Choosing holiday gifts to co-workers, vendors, clients, and employers shouldn’t become another burden to add to your stressful workload. Creating good chi (energy) through proper use of feng shui techniques is beneficial anytime and any place. During the holidays, when carolers incite us to “be of good cheer”, being of good chi is even better! Why not spread the good chi around? Here’s a list of holiday gifts that fill the niche of being cool things to receive, and, good for the recipient’s feng shui. (And because you are giving with good intentions, your own feng shui will also benefit.)
RED CANDLES The color red activates and stimulates. Red candles are available in abundance during the holiday season and can be found at Target or even Trader Joe’s at prices that won’t break your bank. Accompany a large red candle with a beautiful candle holder and a hand written note advising your recipient to light it in their Wealth, Fame, or Relationship areas of their bagua for good feng shui results. Those areas can be found at the upper left, middle, and right hand sides of any space you’re facing toward.
INCENSE Readily available at retailers everywhere, you might find a more sophisticated selection at yoga center gift shops. Look for classic scents such as jasmine, ginger, green tea, and patchouli. This gift will lift your hipness quotient quite a bit, too.
MOBILES Lightweight paper mobiles can be found in museum gift shops. A butterfly mobile is a good example that works for kids and grownups rooms. In Chinatown, one can find cocktail parasol mobiles at just about any shop. Mobiles function as art and as feng shui tools to add movement, stimulating good chi and opportunity, and creativity.
MONEY Wherever it’s appropriate, money is a definite chi booster. If it’s placed in a Red Pocket (a Chinese feng shui red envelope that you can find at any shop in Chinatown), it doubles the good fortune of both giver and receiver. The bright red envelopes with golden characters and artwork embossed on them make receiving that end-of-year bonus all the more fun.
FENG SHUI CONSULTATION Feng Shui By Fishgirl is available to analyze your feng shui no matter what your location. Ask for the “Office Special” if you’d like to have your office done (or gift someone else).
October 12, 2009 · 9:28 am
Good morning, world! Sometimes opportunity can come when you least expect it and from sources you never dreamed would help you. How can you be ready for such opportunities?
It doesn’t help to be needy or desperate. Instead, you have to be in a happy –or at least tranquil– state of mind. Reach out to everyone you know. That’s right, call up old friends and contacts and reconnect. Simply to say hello and how are you. Do NOT lament about your troubles or explain that you are looking for a job or how bad business is. Instead, simply reach out and be positive. Without expecting anything in return other than to reconnect to someone in your life. If they ask what you are doing, tell them. But concentrate on all the positives and say you are open to new possibilities.
This puts you back on their radar. It builds your networking circle back up and casts the net wider and wider. So, at some point one of those contacts may think of you when an opportunity comes up. This is a good thing to do whether you are looking for a new job, a new relationship, or a new home. And remember, keep it positive and focus on asking how the other person is. They will remember YOU in a positive light.
Filed under Creativity & Future Projects, Feng Shui, Self Help
Tagged as attracting success, bringing in helpful people, business success, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, inspiration, manifesting, networking, Self Help, Wealth & Abundance
October 7, 2009 · 12:18 pm
Example of bad feng shui practices courtesy of Fotosearch.com
Chi (energy) escapes through open toilets and drains. Remember to keep the lid down to preserve Wealth & Opportunities energy. Does this sound like crappy advice? Thousands of years of Chinese feng shui practitioners disagree! Try it and get back to us with your results. 🙂
October 4, 2009 · 1:37 am
Billionaire come-back-kid entrepreneur Donald Trump has a Feng Shui consultant advise him on all of his building projects. Oprah’s had her feng shui done, too.Legendary fashion designer Liz Claiborne and her business partner husband Art Ortenberg attributed a great deal of their outstanding success in creating an apparel dynasty to their following of the principles of Feng Shui. Most new buildings in Hong Kong ( like the prestigious Bank of China designed by acclaimed architect I.M. Pei) have to be approved by Feng Shui experts before construction begins.
If that doesn’t convince you that Feng Shui is more than a New Age trend, consider this: the architect of our nations presidential residence, The White House, incorporated the western form of Feng Shui known as “geomancy”. Geomancy, like Feng Shui, is a practice of placement to create harmony and balance and allow the optimum flow of energy.
Photo from unknown source...thanks!
How does Feng Shui fit into today’s working world? Especially how can we apply it if we are merely the worker bees and have no control over the actual hives? We can start by focusing on what we DO have control of: ourselves and our own space. At home AND at work.
Even if you are a mail clerk without an office you still occupy a space within your company. Maybe instead of a desk, you have only a locker. Or a cubby shelf. Or a mailbox. Claim that space! Make sure it is going to help bring better opportunities your way instead of blocking your progress. Keeping your space — whether it be desk or locker — very tidy and clean will improve your work life. Making it pleasing to your eye by adding personal touches is fine, as long as they are appropriate to the work setting you are in. IE: You don’t want a pin-up calendar in your cubby, even if nobody ever sees your locker space.
It’s about being your best and doing your best. It’s about keeping a clear open path for opportunity and abundance to find you no matter where on the corporate ladder you are. It’s about creating room for expansion. Just ask Donald Trump.
Filed under Architecture, Feng Shui, Feng Shui Office, Wealth & Finances
Tagged as attracting success, business, Donald Trump feng shui, Feng Shui, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, Oprah feng shui, personal development, Self Help, success, Wealth & Abundance, White House Feng Shui
September 28, 2009 · 3:59 pm
Working at home has its perks (I’m not just talking java brewed the way you like it, anytime you want it). When you work at home, the only jam you have to face is the one you put on your toast and not the one you find on the road. A big meeting is attended in your favorite sweats sitting at a conference call instead of a conference table. And your big lunch meeting for the day can be walking your dog while wearing those very same sweats!
Whether your job consists of spending all — or only part — of your time working from home, it’s beneficial to your business to make your home office environment as feng shui friendly as possible.Your home is supposed to be your retreat and respite from the fast paced working world. So, if your work area shares space with your home sanctuary, it is crucial to separate the two in order to relax when your work day is done.
This home office is tucked into a kitchen nook. The plants are good feng shui, but it also needs a mirror since the worker's back is to the room.
Not all of us have the luxury of being able to devote an entire room for our home office. But if you do, you’re able to simply close the door once your work day is done. However, even if you can only give a small corner of a dining room to it, keeping the work space well organized will help you make the transition from high powered business person to tranquil dinner party hostess much easier. You may want to consider investing in a self contained office set up…converting a small closet for example, or purchasing a media desk that is disguised as an armoire when not in use.
Be sure not to skimp on your equipment. Allow yourself a comfortable chair and maybe a headset phone. Consider situating your home office within the Wealth and Abundance area of a particular room or of your entire home whenever possible. Locate the Wealth power position by standing in the entry door (mouth of chi) facing toward the interior of your space. It’s in the upper left-hand corner. Got it? Get busy!
If you’ve got a great pic of a space you transformed into a home office, send it to Feng Shui By Fishgirl and we’ll post it here.
August 20, 2009 · 10:35 pm
This is my art studio/gallery in Maine. Click on the link to see more photos.
We took the original 1929 garage and turned it into a working studio and art gallery space for showing and selling art. Replaced the garage door with salvaged glass windows and a glass door, added 2″ thick salvaged oak wide plank flooring, added more windows and a main entry door on the side, put in a wrap around deck, added barnboard and sheetrock to the walls for hanging art. We even found a great room divider: the original front desk from a landmark hotel in Rockland, Maine. It has a glass countertop with display case visible to the gallery and storage cubbies on the studio side where I keep my canvases and other supplies.
The studio portion has plenty of light with the floor to ceiling windows. My easel is located in the Creativity & Future Projects area–a perfect place to paint. The main display area runs from the Wealth area to the Fame area to the Love area. In the Wisdom & Knowledge area I have a display of 9 paintings. The bagua can be overlaid on them so that each painting corresponds to a feng shui position. Interestingly, I have found that paintings in the Fame area and the Love area of this 9 painting grid have sold best. Within the entire gallery, the Wealth area also has been a great location and paintings placed there do not stay with me very long.
What does your studio look like?
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Tagged as ART, attracting success, feng shui artist studio, Feng Shui By Fishgirl, gallery feng shui, Katy Allgeyer, selling paintings with feng shui, Stonington Maine, Wealth & Abundance