We are getting ready for our next remodel project -- my home office! We began discussing this project a few months ago. Keeping the big picture of what we need to accomplish before I "retire" from my current corporate job into working The Red Phoenix Feng Shui full time in mind, we moved our guest room furniture to our youngest, daughter's cabin in Culver Mn. A few weeks ago, we moved our bedroom into the guest bedroom. Today, we moved my office furniture to what used to be our bedroom. I am keeping in mind all the good Feng Shui for the office. My desk faces the door (my opportunities come through the front door), I have a free standing mirror positioned to see down the hallway (no surprises coming my way), I am on the side of the room with the full ceiling (no slanting ceiling to oppress me), the full book cases are across the room from me. The one with most of the books in it is behind the open door (no chatter coming from the books), the other book case is my vision wall. The lower shelves are filled with books and behind doors, the upper shelves are open and hold pieces of art and decorative items that I love. There are plants in front of both the East facing windows, one with pink flowers. It's a comfortable room and I think I will be happy and productive here. I also face North which is my Sheng Chi (Wealth). The room is in the Southeast Sector of my house, which is my Fu Wei (best overall), and the most East room which is my Yen Nien (Relationship). My desk chair is in the Tien Yi Sector of the room (my Health). I would say, this is a good spot for me.
I am still a student at The American College of Healthcare Sciences studying for my Diploma in Aromatherapy. I need a space to study. This room is bright and airy and is painted a soft minty green with white trim. When we were choosing the colors for this room we worked with a 5-Element palate. All five of the Elements are represented; Water (black aubusson carpet), Wood (the minty green walls and plants), Fire (a bit of pink in the white ceiling), Metal (white woodwork and white lace curtains), and Earth (the brown color of the furniture, and the 20mm yellow crystal hanging in the center of the room). This room spans the entire front of my second floor and holds the Northeast, East, and Southeast corners. In Black Hat Feng Shui, it holds the Knowledge, Career, and Helpful People areas of the second level of my house.
The 2012 Water Dragon Flying Star says that this year, the East holds the Wisdom Star. This is excellent for studying and for anyone in academics. I placed a Golden Pagoda on a piece of green wood in one of the East Windows. The pagoda represents knowledge, enlightenment and tranquility. This semester I am studying Chemistry and need all the knowledge, enlightenment and tranquility I can get! I am also placing four stocks of lucky bamboo in the Black Hat Partnership corner of my desk.
The Northeast holds the 2012 Happiness Star, which brings good fortune and excellent prospects for the future. To benefit our relationship and marriage (25 years in March!), I will place a Double Happiness Couplet on the Northeast wall. Scott is framing it for me today. My desk faces the door (North) and the Northeast corner of the room will always be in my peripheral vision - this means my relationship and marriage will always be in my vision while I am in this office - I like that!
This little Dragon Turtle is a legendary Chinese creature that combines two of the four Celestial Animals of Chinese mythology: with a body of a turtle and a dragon-like head. It is a positive ornament in Feng Shui symbolizing courage, determination, fertility, longevity, power, success, and support. The Dragon Headed Turtle with a baby on its back while standing on a pile of coins represents a new business venture with prospects. This resonated with me because as I graduate this spring, I will be spending more time working The Red Phoenix Feng Shui before I retire from my corporate job in October. The symbolic meanings of the animals are dragon (luck); tortoise (long life), baby tortoise (new beginnings, fertility or excellent descendants luck) and the Coins represent the Money that can be made. The dragon is said to be blowing good breathe to people and carrying Ru Yi which signifies power, high rank and doing everything well. Placing this dragon in the home is said to bring the occupants good luck, wealth and feeling of security. The Dragon Headed Turtle also protects a home from negative energies. I am placing this Dragon Turtle in two places in my office. One sits in the Northeast corner this year to benefit my marriage and relationship and one sits in the window behind my desk to signify support, longevity and prosperity for my new business.
The Southeast is the 2012 direction of the Grand Duke. My understanding is that we never want to tick off the Grand Duke. The Grand Duke symbolizes tragedies, sickness, losses, accidents, calamities, and obstacles to overcome. I want to negate his destructiveness, so we placed a small metal wind chime on our main level and I am also placing a Red Pi Xiu (facing Southeast) in my new home office. The Pi Xiu is an ancient Chinese mythological magical beast. He is regarded as an auspicious creature that possesses the divine power of drawing wealth from the five directions. Legend has it that the Pi Xiu is a fierce protector. He is known to banish evil and disease. This area is also the Black Hat Partnership area of the room, so is an important area for me. A table in that corner holds our wedding picture, another picture of the two of us (taken when Scott still had dark hair and before I used artificial methods to keep mine red), and a small vase of pink silk flowers Scott gave to me one year for an anniversary gift, along with a small lamp and a pink candle. The Pi Xiu sits behind one of the photos facing Southeast.
I am very excited about this coming year and the changes it will bring to me, my business and to my family. I hope some of the adjustments I am making in my home and in particular, in my home office will help you make some adjustments in your home. If you want personalized information on Feng Shui, a Feng Shui Appointment, or a Ming Gua Consultation, give me a call or send me an email.
Wishing you Good Feng Shui and Health From the Inside Out!