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Important dates this month Whit Sunday/Pentecost on the 4th, Flag Day on the 14th, Father’s Day on the 18th and Summer Solstice on the 21st.
Here are suggestions to help you Feng Shui your garden to bring in positive chi into your environment.
Flowers raise an abundance of chi (universal and cosmic energy) but one must keep them well balanced for positive results. Dead plants cause sha chi (negative chi) to stagnate over your yard, garden or house. Using organic compounds instead of chemical ones goes without saying: we want to attract nature, not poison Mother Earth. Instead of agonizing over the dandelions that nature provides us each year, why don’t we revel with their sunny yellow faces that bring good health for you and your family.
There are several ways of approaching the ba gua enhancing features. The most powerful way is to mentally super-impose the ba gua over your entire yard or property. You would then want to plant corresponding colors to the appropriate color in the ba gua. For example, imagine an octagon (or a stop sign shape) over your property or the garden area.
If you wish, you could add chi enhancing flowers on in the areas that correspond with issues that you are currently concerned with in this stage of your life. If space is at a premium, you might want to plant a mini bagua of flowers in the octagonal or round shape, aligning the corresponding colors in the middle of your yard. Use your driveway to alight the ba gua entering your property in either the Knowledge, Career or Helpful People gua.
There are a variety of special flowers associated with specific gua’s whose powers are defined below:
- Purple butterfly bushes attract butterflies which can enhance the Wealth area of your property. Spring time hyacinths, purple petunias, or asters could also be used. A holly bush in this area bring prosperity.
- Snapdragons call the etheric dragons to the Health and Family area of the bagua. Sage gives the area lots of energy. You can then dry the sage and use it for smudging your home, yard or yourself.
- Blue hydrangea or blue delphinium are great in the Knowledge area, as are tulips, peppermint, and spearmint.
- Black knight irises are a great conversation starter for a lovely spring day. Although it isn’t the color black, basil planted in the career area can bring fortitude.
- Dusty miller, fescue silver lining or silver artemesia in shades of gray can fortify the Helpful People gua.
- White peonies or chrysanthemums, two Chinese favorites, are great additions to plan in the Children and Creativity area. Don’t forget the daisy as these cheery little flowers can brighten anyone’s day.
- The pink rose will bless the Love and Marriage gua, but don’t overdo it! More than three bushes on an average size property can cause relationships to become too thorny. Balance this area, as well as the others, with different size and shaped plants by adding pink dianthus or geranium.
- There are many varieties of red flowers available for the Fame and Reputation area. Pick a flower that you feel is beautiful and which resonates with your energy.
- The center of the bagua (the earth/health) area is represented by yellows and browns or earth tones. Marigolds are not looked upon favorably from a Feng Shui perspective, so choose another species of yellow flower. Lemon Verbena can be recycled into potpourri when dried. Who can resist the simple beauty of a golden pansy?
- Outdoor plants and trees should not be located directly in front of the home’s entrance or block window views. Trees and bushes are providential when planted in multiples of three. While the most auspicious number in Feng Shui is nine, outdoor space may limit that option. Do not allow bushes to scratch against a home, and if you have pets or small children, be sure to research the plant’s toxicity before planting in your new garden.
- When planting, it is important to declare your intentions as to what you would like these flowers to bring into your life. Thank the Earth Gods, the fairies, the angels, Spirit or whomever you believe in for their part in the upcoming beauty, and add the whimsy of a windsock or whirl-i-gig to get the chi moving. In a few short weeks, you will enjoy the majesty and chi of butters, fireflies, bees and other beneficial life forms.
|MOON PHASE||DATE||DEGREE & SIGN||TIME|
|First Quarter||01||11 Virgo 13||08:42 AM|
|Full Moon||09||18 Sagittarius 53||09:10 AM|
|Last Quarter||17||26 Pisces 28||07:33 AM|
|New Moon||23||02 Cancer 47||10:31 PM|
|First Quarter||30||09 Libra24||08:51 PM|
|Planets in the morning sky||Mercury through the 14th, Venus, and Saturn through the 15th.|
|Planets in the night sky||Mercury from the 19th, Mars to the 7th, Jupiter and Saturn from the 15th.|
|Retrogrades||Jupiter goes direct on the 9th, Saturn and Uranus all month, and Neptune on the 17th.|
|Sun enters Cancer on the Summer Solstice, June 21.|
|Gemini||A mutable, air sign with neutral polarity.|
|Symbol||The twins, Castor and Pollux|
|Colors||A variety – just about anything.|
|Rules||Nervous system, hands, shoulders, arms and lungs.|
|Keywords||Flexible, dualistic, curious, versatile and sociable; loves to talk.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 18
Good luck is coming, Aries! Plans are taking off and your life seems to be going in the proper direction. Your career may be changing for the better so don’t let any opportunities pass you by. The least you can do is listen to a proposal or be open to the possibility of a new job. You are also opening up to being more expressive with your emotional energy. You want to make new friends and have more fun, so get out there and meet new people. Even though there is a pull which is trying to balance your life, you do not have time for the mundane task of getting your life organized. You want more good times, more energy, more fun, more friends, more family get-togethers, more everything. You are tired of being tired – you want to live a stress free fun life now and move onto the next phase of your life with gratitude, purpose and resolve.
TAURUS – April 19 – May 19
Travel plans seem great, but first make sure that you have the time and money to fit a great vacation into your plans. Thinking things before making final decisions would be a good way to keep from making mistaken choices. Psychic or intuitive powers seem better than usual; contemplation, meditation or hypnotherapy would be a wonderful way to relax, de-stress and rejuvenate yourself. This is a time to get give your future plans some serious thought. Your activity level is busy and then not. It seems to be like you are riding an emotional rollercoaster and you just can’t get off. You want to accomplish so much, but then procrastinate. Then you may want to go out and conquer the world, but decide you’d rather stay in and sleep. Education seems important now, so either you are thinking about getting more formal education for your career or future, or you are nearly over with your educational pursuits and will use this expertise to get yourself a really good position within your field.
GEMINI – May 20 – June 20
Career options may be limited, but once you decide what your heart’s desire is for a job, new opportunities will come to you. Health issues may pop up so deal with them quickly so that any concern will be minimal. Plan your medical appointments that have been put on the back burner for way too long. Get your “to do” list is some kind of order. Stop adding to your list until you finish what is currently on it. Gems must balance their intellect and emotions now and deal with issues that are confusing to them. Finances will become more stable so don’t fret about the things you can’t pay at the moment. Try debt consolidation or budgeting. Rethinking your path and life is instinctual now. You may want to brush up on many of the beliefs you have or you will start to embrace other beliefs and add them to your own. More strength and determination is coming your way so that you can handle any issues that you need to quickly and easily.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
Joining groups and connecting with friends is important. You are finally thinking about yourself and your own wishes which are important steps in the right direction. Trips and vacations seem to be on your mind although it looks as if you may need your finances in good standing for upcoming purchases so be careful about spending what you don’t have. You may have the right attitude to make things happen quickly and effectively if you don’t change your mind once you have made the decision. Formal education, lectures, workshops, classes and books all help you develop towards your desired goal of improving yourself and/or your career status. Religious or philosophical belief systems may be altered or changed. Relationships seem to be going in the right direction with a lot of fire and passion; however, don’t get into a bind by fighting over petty issues. Compromise will help you get what you want and, in the long run, help the relationship blossom into a more harmonious bond.
LEO – July 22 – August 21
Luck seems to be coming to you in all of the strangest places. You are being protected now in your career choices and in developing more self-esteem and confidence. Friends are a major issue during this time, so keep your close ones near you, but keep an eye on the ones you are not 100% positive of as well. Changes are on the horizon in so many areas. You need to focus on what you want and clarify the energy or opportunities you wish to bring into your life. Siblings will be helpful in guiding you in the right direction. Although you just are not ready to trust others with some of your decision-making abilities, asking for assistance or opinions will be a positive step forward to trusting others. Partnerships go well if you are comfortable in them; otherwise, you may start thinking of finding someone new and more in line with your soul’s purpose.
VIRGO – August 22 – September 21
Love life is interesting and may be progressing to the next level. Be sure that this is the partner you truly want to be with or you may be stuck with someone down the road who does not have your same background, beliefs or integrity. Many changes will push you in the right direction so don’t be afraid of the unknown. Love life changes in some way. If you were worried about breaking up, maybe this is the push you need to get out of this relationship. If you are not in a relationship, then it would make partnership energy available to you. You have the potential for meeting your true twin flame that will mean the world to you and your future. Partnerships, in general, are interesting, loving and truly on an intellectual basis for now. You may learn a lot about whatever it is you need to know.
LIBRA – September 22 – October 22
Financial issues need to be resolved. Even though things may not be going in the direction you had hoped, you need to learn an important lesson about the way you handle money. You start to go into an entirely new direction where you feel as if it is time to help yourself accomplish many things that have been missing in your life. If you wanted to write a book – this is a great time. If you wanted more self-cultivation or alone time, again, this time will assist you in getting what you need to survive and be happy. It is a time for reflection, meditation, studying esoteric teachings and communing with nature. It is a time to get back in touch with yourself. Deal with what isn’t working and continue with the positive energy that is around you. Hospital visits or tests seem possible, but health in general looks good. Be aware that someone is trying to spend or use your money possibly without your knowledge. Keep a handle on your finances so they can blossom and grow.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 20
Family issues seem to calm down and your life seems to be going much easier these days. You want to be more creative although you may still want to live in a very secure and small world that you call home. You may feel uneasy about things going on in your life and you want to change everything now! Take time to make your decisions as once you make them, it may be hard to change them if they haven’t turned out the way you wished. Family issues seem to improve, but you may still have an issue or two with a sibling that needs to be resolved. Home life in general is creative, stimulating, fun and holds a lot of bizarre energy bouncing back and forth throughout your home with affects your moods. Disagreements with love and business partners may cause you to question why you have stayed on for so long, but all in all you will succeed in all that you do once you decide what those things are.
SAGITTARIUS – November 21 – December 20
There may be issues that need to be resolved in your home or with your Mother. Pretending they don’t exist will not make them disappear from your memory or the Akashic Records. Money is coming in and you are doing better with your financial objectives and goals. Paying obligations and responsibilities on time gives you the urge to spend more, but try to resist. So much of your life is expanding. Things in your life are turning around, you have good luck with your personal health and within the health industry (if you need tests or procedures) and you are becoming more centered and stable as you try not to let things bother you all of the time. Don’t get confused with going back and forth on many issues. Once you have made a decision, it would be in your best interest to stay with that decision. Positive changes are on the horizon in love and close personal friendships.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 19
Health matters should be dealt with immediately or perhaps make that doctor appointment that you have been putting aside for another time. It’s very important that you exercise, eat right and take all of your medications that were prescribed for you and you must listen to whatever advice your doctor or health care professional gives you. Figuring out if you should stay in a relationship(s) is a very important decision. You finally are deciding to end relationships with people who are takers or who drain you on a continual basis. You are very much aware that you have been too giving, caring, loving, kind, generous, and honest and doing for others and now you wish to get some reciprocal energy back in return or you are out of the “giving” business! You want some peace of mind and would like others to understand how much they continue to use you. Things are blown out of proportion so make sure you are mindful of what you say to others. Try to be kind, but be firm in letting others know that you are busy as well and need to take care of your own projects and issues as well as family matters before you have any extra time to help others. You are headed for many changes now so it is good that you start with a clean slate so you don’t have to make good on many promises and not have time for the important things you wish to accomplish for your family and yourself.
AQUARIUS – January 19 — February 17
Children and work seem to be your life now. You need to extend your sphere of life just a bit more to include some rest for yourself and some leisure activities with family and friends. This is a great time to start on home, garden and yard projects Cleaning out the basement, garage and possibly the attic as well will help you get in the mood to move forward in many other areas of life. It is a very good time for you to forget the past and move onto the future with hope in your heart. Big changes occur in love life which would bring in someone into your life who is on your same path and falls within the parameters of what you feel an equal partner should be. Friends and family can help you decide on your future, but the real issue is for you to make the decisions that may change your life forever. Be sensitive to the needs of others, but do not fall back into the trap where all of your energy is outgoing and where you get nothing in return.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
You wish to help so many people now at the risk of depleting your own energy and good health. If you are ill, doctors seem to be missing the real issue. Ask questions and make sure you are satisfied with the answers. With time, things will be made clear. Your emotional and logical self are in a championship fight with each other, but who will win? You are also in a much better frame of mind and have many projects you wish to complete. There is energy around you, good health, luck and a stimulating mind that will keep many on your friendships intact. You have good friends who are loyal and trustworthy. Don’t be afraid to ask them for assistance, opinions or advice. Home life is stimulated with friends, neighbors and family so make the most of this fun time around you. Plan a BBQ or picnic and invite the ones you love for a delightful time; get in touch with some of the more important people in your life. You need to reconnect with those that were special to you and know that sometimes things end for a reason. The reason is to allow you the room to start in a brand-new direction.
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