Friday, October 30, 2009

Let there be light!

Your home might need more light if:
  • You are constantly sick (Health sector, East)

  • Surrounded by shady or negative individuals (Relationship sector, Southwest) 14 Series Twenty-Six Pendant Chandelier by Bocci  $11,960.00 | Lumens
  • You can never get anyone's attention or are treated like a doormat (Fame/Reputation sector, South) 
  • You are always overlooked for promotions (Wealth sector, Southeast) 
  • Bad luck or paranormal activity (Family/Health sector, East) 
  • A complete lack of inspiration (Children/Creativity sector, West) 
  • An inability to retain or remember information(Knowledge/Self-Cultivation sector, Northeast)
  • Facing a glass ceiling (Career sector, North)
  • A feeling that there must be more to life (Helpful People/Travel sector, Northwest)
The obvious solution is to add more light to the sector that you are concerned about by removing heavy drapes, bushy plants or other lighting that may be obscuring sun from entering your window.

  • Pink bulbs in the lamps and pink lava lamps (Relationship sector, Southwest)
  • Red candles and red lights (Fame/Reputation sector, South)
  • Red purple and green ambient lighting (Wealth sector, Southeast)
  • Spotlights that focus on family images, strings of white Christmas lights and wooden candle holders supporting white candles (Family/Health sector, East)
  • Multi-colored Christmas lights or festive strings of novelty lights (Children/Creativity sector, West)
  • Lighting with blue lampshades or blue or purple lights (Knowledge/Self-Cultivation sector, Northeast)
  • Lighting with fluid glass or porcelain shades (Career sector, North)
  • Lights that look like angels or a lit up globe of the world (Helpful People/Travel sector, Northwest)

Monday, September 28, 2009

Feng Shui Walking Tour in Chinatown

Chinatown, San Francisco, walking tours, feng shui, Chinese gifts, artsFrom The Nile Guide

Explore the mysteries and traditions of Feng Shui in San Francisco's famous Chinatown district on a Feng Shui Walking Tour. Learn about the concepts of harmony and balance and how they affect the life energy all around us.

Feng Shui is the ancient Chinese art of manipulating and arranging your surroundings to attract positive life energy, or Chi, so that it flows smoothly, unblocking any obstructions in your body and environment. Literally translated, Feng means wind and Shui means water in Chinese, and the ancient art form evolved from the theory that people are affected for better or worse by their surroundings.

San Francisco's Chinatown district has a rich and diverse history and has shrouded many a secret over the years. During your two hour walking tour you'll learn about the profound roots of Feng Shui flow and get tips from the locals on how Feng Shui and influence your own life.

For a Feng Shui Consultation, go to Feng Shui Style.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Fu Dogs are your Friends

Guardian Fu Dogs, fu dogs, guardian lions, luck, protection
by Jennifer Emmer, of Feng Shui Style

Clients often ask me, "What is the deal with those strange little dogs?"

Fu Dogs (Also know as guardian lions, lion dogs, or temple lions) are common decorative and symbolic elements at the entrances to restaurants, hotels, supermarkets and other structures. They are found in China, at Chinese establishments, and "Chinatowns" in the U.S. and elsewhere. The Fu Dogs are actually lions, but since lions didn't exist in China, they were originally modeled after dogs.

Auspicious Lions
Known as Rui Shi (Lucky Lions)
Fu Buddha
"Fu" refers to Buddha
Fu Good Luck
"Fu" also means good luck


These leonine hulks have been guarding Chinese Imperial palaces, emperor’s tombs, and large government buildings since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220 AD).

Juliet Bredon described them as “semi-mythical monsters, carved in stone, cast in bronze or fashioned in cloisonné” in Juliet Bredon's Peking, published in 1920.

As Buddhism was spread in China by traveling Buddhist priests and monks from India, they brought with them stories about the stone lions who guarded the entrances to Indian temples & monasteries.

Chinese sculptors modeled lion statues after native dogs (compare the Chow Chow, Pekingese, Shi Tzu, Shar-Pei, Pug, etc.) for use outside their temples and palaces, since no one in ancient China had ever seen a real lion before.

The lions are always presented in pairs, with the male on the left and the female on the right. The male lion has his right paw on a globe, representing his "feeling the pulse of the earth". The female is essentially identical, but has a single cub under her left paw, representing the cycle of life. They represent "Yin" and "Yang" and must appear together, for their protection to work.

PlacementJade fu dogs, feng shui, luck, protection, guardian, lions

They should be placed near the main entrance of your home or office, looking out the front door. They can be either on the inside or outside of the house, but better on the outside. It is imperative that they are looking out away from the door!!!
  • The male lion, holding a globe under his left or right paw should be placed on the left side, as you are looking out of the door.
  • The female lion, holding a cub under her right or left paw is placed on the right side, as you are looking out the door.

Fu Dogs are traditionally carved from stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or iron. Because of the high cost of these materials and labor, they were traditionally reserved for wealthy or elite families. Luckily, today, with our ability to mass produce them in concrete, resin, and ceramics, the Fu Dogs have become available for everyone.

Symbolically, the female Fu lion protects those dwelling inside, while the male guards the structure.

Some styles have both lions with a single large pearl in each of their partially opened mouths. The pearl is carved so that it can roll about in the lion's mouth but sized just large enough so that it can never be removed.

For folks who would rather have "classic" lions flanking their entrances, this is just as good.

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