Thanksgiving Day in the USA

The very first Thanksgiving Day event was not considered an event, it was a happening! Everyone came together and brought their best displays of food and sat down for a meal that provided them with soul comfort and celebration for the end of the harvest season.

Today we still celebrate with our family and friends and even those who are far away from their families usually have a family to support them, whether they are the college student or one of our military who happens to be stationed in our area.

People were integrated with the earth because they harvested their own fresh food, they baked their own bread and of course, used everything locally. They used vines to make baskets and they used gourds for drinking cups and they used straw for mats. What a concept for us now as we try to bring this back into our lives! So many look at the buy local as something new! Our décor today is mums, gourds, corn on the cob and straw and they are all of the earth.

When you think of our baked brown turkey and stuffing and acorn or butternut squash and sweet potatoes; they all represent these same traditions as in the past. Some tips that will ensure that everyone has a comfortable relaxed atmosphere are:

A roundtable or an oblong table will create good family relationships and great conversations. No worries if you only have a square table, the softness of a tablecloth and round dishes will also help your family to have a good experience. The elements of Feng Shui are, metal, earth, wood, fire and water. If these elements are in our surrounding area in the room this will also support a well balanced environment.

If you happened to use green placemats and have a salad in that location, this would cover the wood element. If you would add to the table the white dinner napkin, it is symbolic of the metal element. The addition of lovely candles and now you have the fire element to keep people energized. By placing a goblet of water on the table, you will have covered that element also. Your food will be the best of all of these elements as it is of the earth!

 Here are the basics:

  • Create great seating arrangements.
  • Set lovely dinner table décor and settings. Now is the time to use those dishes in the China Cabinet and the real silver.
  • Complete the whole process with the addition of the 5 elements of Feng Shui. 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

If you would like to know more about Feng Shui or would like to schedule a consultation or training with Yvonne, please call 412-215-8247 or email yvonnephillips1@aol.com

Feng Shui for Your Front Door

You can pick up a Feng Shui book and everyone will tell you to paint your front door red to bring in the strong Yang energy. This door is very important because it brings to you the very auspicious energy that will nourish your house. Maybe you don’t like the color red and just maybe the whole housing plan has red doors. Is there any help for you?

These doors located at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh have the beautiful Victorian colors represented in the entrance area.

All Feng Shui experts will tell you to look at the five elements when doing your Feng Shui. The elements are what helps you put your home or office in balance and keeps you strong and focused.

The following is each element and color that represents them:

  • Fire - Red.
  • Earth -Yellow. 
  • Water - Blue/Black. 
  • Metal - Gray/white.
  • Wood - Brown/green 

Then you have to consider the following:

  1. What is it you are trying to accomplish in your life? In other words, have you set intentions? For example, do you have a home office and need encouragement to keep focused and clear on what you are to accomplish each day? Paint your front door the color of Metal, either gray or white. 
  2.  If you are looking for calmness and the energy to come to your home for abundance, use the color of the Water element, either dark blue or black.
     
  3. If you are looking for healing in your home or growth of your business, use the Wood element and you will cover both bases. Use the colors brown or green.
     
  4. The Earth element will take care of bringing in the energy for good health. It also provides stability and is a grounding force for everyone in the home. Use yellow or light beige. 

The Fire element will bring in the strong yang energy and support you in your career and also support you in your fame and reputation area. These colors are the reds, dark oranges and purples. What color is your door? Share your front door color on my Facebook page here

Kitchen Feng Shui

Kitchen Feng Shui

The kitchen is a space where family members and guests often congregate. It almost has a gravitational pull, so it makes sense to acknowledge that the kitchen has a unique energy, and to try to make sure that energy is all flowing in the right direction. That's where feng shui comes in. Rules of feng shui design can often seem indecipherable to those who are unfamiliar with the concept. 

Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year 2017

Chinese New Year starts on January 28 and lasts for 15 days.  This is China’s most colorful and important event of the year.  This year it is named “The Year of the Fire Rooster.”  There is a total of 12 animals and they rotate throughout the years.  There are many activities that happen during this time.  On the first night of the celebration, there are fireworks to let go of the old and bring in the new, just like we do here in the USA.

Feng Shui for the office

Feng Shui for the office

How to write ROCK YOUR WORLD at work and maximize flow and harmony in your professional life.

As the rock classic by Queen reminds, Feng Shui can ROCK YOU… through good times and rocky times, alike. Feng Shui can energize you and fill your being and your world with the flow and movement of the best rock ballads or the slowest slow dances. Whatever energy you desire to be amplified can be through Feng Shui. This is a good point to remember and apply when looking to make shifts in your life and in your space. Let’s look at Feng Shui’s potentials in the workplace.

Feng Shui in the garden

Feng Shui in the garden

I see Feng Shui landscape designing, as just another way of bringing balance for your personal enhancement.  Working with the earth brings the qualities of earth to you.  The basic element of earth is healing, regenerative,and without any effort at all, you recieve these benefits.  It is a way of bringing forth a balance of the yin and yang, light and darkness are balanced by using different elements: water, earth,fire (example: pointy leaves of plants represent this element)  rocks, wood element (trees), metals (flower pots, wind chimes or a metal bench to sit and reflect the days events.  

Make this a clutter free New Year.

Make this a clutter free New Year.

Stuff... we collect it,  carry it around, live amongst it, and navigate our lives around it. Over time, the accumulation of “stuff” becomes clutter gathering dust, which then becomes useless junk that no longer serves a purpose. The consequence of being surrounded by clutter results in congested energy, blocked creativity and no room to allow prosperity to flow into our lives. Much like a detoxifying cleanse that is recommended for a healthier body and weight loss, freeing our home of accumulated clutter will result in a healthier and uplifted environment, and ultimately our state of being.