New moon in Scorpio 4th November 2021 – time to be still and go deep

The new moon is what we call the space between the waning and waxing moons, when the moon is in full darkness and there appears to be no moon in the sky.

This pause between the exhale and the inhale allows us to pause, go deep and touch on the deeper mysteries in our lives.

This month we are focusing on going inward, taking time in. Sitting in the stillness the no-thing-ness can be difficult. In a world which values productivity and busyness over all else, the impulse we have learned to respond to is that we must always be doing or becoming or striving in some way.

The true wisdom of our intuition is accessed through stillness, allowing ourselves to be quiet, still and to do nothing even for a short time each day. Listening, meditating and being ok in the silence of the in-between. Then take a moment to write down anything that comes to you in that stillness. Set your intentions, write them down, these are the key to powerful transformation.

Begin today and each day this month, spend some time in stillness and silence. Allow your souls whispers to rise above the noise of your everyday life. Allow yourself to simply be present, listening to your breath, listening closely in the gap between breaths.

Rest, wait, allow yourself to stop for a while. In feng shui we call this “mountain” energy, when we go into our cave, this is the space which houses connection to spirit. Turning inward, going into silence creates the space for transformation to occur.



Samhain – Ancestral link. The importance of connecting to family, ancestors and the past

Samhain 31st October to 1st November

This time of year offers us time to pause between the seasons, to acknowledge what we have achieved/harvested from our endeavours in the year thus far and release and let go of what we no longer need. This is the time of year when our ancestors took stock, celebrated the harvest and cleared away any excess in readiness for the stillness and silence of winter.

Our ancestors acknowledged Samhain as a time when the veil between worlds was at its thinnest allowing us to communicate more readily with the spirit world and those who had gone before us.

In feng shui we associate this energy of family ancestors and the past with the east, with wood or tree energy representing rooted growth, renewal, awakening and connection to our first teachers in life and our parental influence. The I ching symbol associated with this energy is Chen – thunder. Like the thunder which precedes a storm, our elders ancestors preceded us.

When this energy in our lives is out of balance we can feel overextended, untethered and unfocused with too many things going on at once. When in balance we feel spontaneous, creative, optimistic,  and full of ideas. 

The colour associated with this energy is green. In studies on our human response to colour, it has been found that those of us who favour the colour green tend to be more community oriented, reaching out and connecting with others in clubs and associations, preferring to live in “the great forest of humanity”, whereas those of us who show a dislike for green tend to resist connection and lead a more isolated or anxious existence.

We can tap into the rhythm and balance of nature by taking our ques from what is happening in the natural world around us. Do a clean sweep, just like Mother Nature shedding her leaves and fruit. Taking time to shed anything we are ready to let go of makes room for the possibility of planting the seeds for something new. 


At this time of year, bonfires called “Samhnagan”were lit on the hilltops at burial grounds and sacred sites (*”Sacred Celebrations” – Glennie Kindred) All other fires in the community were put out and rekindled from these fires. Later each village would light their own bonfire. Thus our ancestors rekindled their connection with their community, celebrating their sense of belonging to something bigger than themselves. 

Traditional festivals like Samhain remind us that connection to our family/community/chosen tribe is necessary for our health and well-being. We heal best in community. For thousands of years people lived in community, it is only in recent times that we have shut ourselves off from this very necessary connection, striving to do it all on our own.

Acknowledging our connection to our ancestors is essential to feeling rooted into our sense of belonging in the here and now. We are a culmination of all of the experiences of our ancestors, all of the knowledge they gathered, their traumas and triumphs is contained within our being, in our DNA and we reap the benefit of this cumulative experience.

This is a perfect time of the year to take some time in quiet reflection. Review and assimilate what you have learned in the active phase of this year, prepare yourself for the new year ahead by releasing what you are ready to release and nurturing the seeds for your visions, dreams and ideas so that they can incubate in the dark winter months in anticipation for when the active phase begins again. 

Honour your ancestors by taking time to make a small altar in your home, gathering photos, inherited things, elements from nature which remind you of connection to the past. Light a candle in honour of those who have gone before. Spend some time in meditation asking if they have any wisdom to impart to you as you move into winter, sowing the seeds for next years growth.

We can create a ceremony to heal whatever needs to be healed in our ancestral line. In doing this healing work for ourselves we can heal the collective ancestral unconscious. Like a viral story sweeping through the internet shifting ways of thinking,  this healing will ripple through the ancestral web of connection – like a Kaleidoscope, one shift affects the whole. The work of the individual realigning and benefitting the greater being.

Make a list of patterns and experiences that need to be released and healed in your family line. Make a small fire (safely) and transform this energy with fire, releasing it into the ether. 

Make a gratitude list for all of the blessings that being part of this lineage has brought to you, and blessings you wish to generate in your family line going forward. Bury this in the earth (even in a planter or pot)allowing the seeds of your intentions to germinate in the darkness. 

Leave an offering of food outside – something connected to your lineage. (Apples cut across their middle reveal the hidden pentacle, a sign of the mysteries of the goddess and protection.)

Blessing your connection to our ancestors at Samhain enables us to feel rooted in this place and time, acknowledging our place in our lineage.

Join us for a spotlight class on connecting to this Ancestral Link on Saturday 30th October 9am to 10am online via zoom. 

Samhain Blessings!


September 22nd Autumn news

Inspire your creative energy with these vibrant and balancing scents

September 22nd, we have arrived at the Autumnal equinox, traditionally a joyful time of harvest and thanksgiving, balance and integration. Mother nature is blessing us with wonderful gifts to harvest and enjoy. This is the perfect time to focus on the area of creativity in our homes (the western sector if using compass school or the middle right hand sector as you look in from the front door if using the Western 3 door gate approach).

In Ireland we are enjoying the light of the full harvest moon and entering into the waning phase of both the moon cycle and of the solar cycle. This is a wonderful time to pause and enjoy what we have gathered thus far. One way to do that is to create some wonderful natural body care products such as the sugar scrub suggested, exfoliating away anything we are now ready to shed and to indulge your senses in some nourishing oils and beautiful scents. See recipe below.

Mother nature is also doing a clean sweep, shedding her leaves and her fruit, all of the growth of this year and drawing her energy in and down in preparation for the stillness of winter. Spend some time in the coming weeks clearing out what you no longer need, physically, emotionally and mentally and making space for some stillness. Going with the flow of the cycles of seasons in the natural world is essential to our own sense of balance and harmony.

Mirroring mother natures dynamic balance into our homes and our daily lives is the goal we are trying to achieve when we apply feng shui design to our homes.

We will begin a four week online foundation level training in feng shui design on Saturday 16th October carrying us through to Saturday 6th November. If you would like to join us click here.

In the meantime I encourage you to open up to the energy of delight, play and creativity. Stimulating all of our senses encourages this sense of magic and opening up to future positive energy. Scent is an excellent way to encourage this, diffusing your favourite essential oils or using them in your body care or natural home cleaning products is a terrific way to stimulate this energy every day.

Recipe for body scrub:-

I cup/ 8 oz brown sugar

6 tbs/ 20z calendula infused sunflower oil/ carrier oil of your choice eg jojoba or avocado oil


blend essential oils into carrier oil(see suggested oils and quantities below)

Mix blended oils into brown sugar.  If you prefer a wetter scrub, add more carrier oil.

Store in a glass jar with a lid, in a cool dark place out of direct sunlight and use a couple of tbs at a time in your shower or in a foot or hand bath. 

NB for young children simply add 7 drops of mandarin and 2 drops of vanilla essence to this blend.

Suggested essential oils for adults for this sugar scrub

MANDARIN (citrus reticulata) 7 drops
Top note. Throat chakra. 

Supports creativity and communication with our inner child, unstops blockages, encourages a sense of safety when connecting with others. Great immune support

CARDAMOM (elettaria cardamomum)7 drops

Middle note. Sacral and solar plexus chakra. 

Seed oils offer nourishment and the potential for new growth. Support growth and vitality and are invigorating and fortifying for the digestive system. They eliminate fatigue and strengthen our resolve. Cardamom supports creativity and strengthens courage and will power. Balances energy in times of worry or anxiety. Encourages mental clarity. Digestive aid, supports respiratory system. Eases overthinking and worry, relaxes yet firms our resolve. Assists us to “see with our hearts”

MYRRH (commiphora myrra)4 drops 

Base note. Root and crown chakra

Strengthens and energises, offering support;  strengthens connection to spirit. Grounding and warming, soothing in times of distraction, brings a sense of inner peace and tranquillity. Skin healing, decongestant, anti-inflammatory, allows us to release our wounds and move forward.

En-joy this time of harvest and gratitude opening up our hearts to increase love and abundance in our lives. A tipping point in the energy of the year. Go with the flow, reap what you have sown and release what you no longer require. Have a clear out and make space for something new and wonderful to emerge.

Wishing you all of the blessings of this harvest season; abundance, gratitude, restoration and balance. As we transition into winter, prepare by setting your intentions for the coming months.  Look back and give thanks, rest, recharge and dream a new dream.


September 2021

Spotlight course on creativity September 2021

The beginning of autumn is traditionally a time when we become more organised tidying away anything that has become chaotic and cluttered and settle in to a new period of learning.

On Monday 6th we have a new moon in Virgo, a time for positive change, self awareness and an ideal time to trust your intuition. This is a perfect opportunity to tap into our creativity. So many of us decided at some point that we weren’t creative, but this was generally because of comparison and competition at some point which led us to believe that if we weren’t the best at something then there was no point in trying! Comparison, conformity and competition all dampen the joy we innately found as children in creativity. What is the best childhood memory you have around creativity? What did you love to do, just for the fun of it? Let go of comparison to anyone else, as Teddy Roosevelt put it “comparison is the thief of joy”.

Creativity is where we find meaning, the only unique contribution we can ever make in this world comes from our creativity and can never truly be compared to anyone else.

What better way to express our creativity than in our own homes, adding a splash of colour, arranging some flowers, introducing some new cushions or a throw for instance. Perhaps you don’t know where to begin? Then do something creative just for the sake of it, take out some colouring pencils, do an art project, take some photographs and arrange them into a collage. Make it easy and fun, lighthearted, without any deadline or any particular goal in mind. Allow yourself the freedom to create, sing your favourite songs, get up and dance to some music that moves you, have a look at taking a workshop or a class to inspire yourself this month. As the saying goes “there’s no such thing as creative people and non-creative people, just those who choose to use their creativity and those who do not.

When we tap into this energy in any way it opens us up to new possibilities of all kinds. In feng shui we associate this energy of creativity with the I Ching symbol Tui – Lake or youngest daughter, this energy is associated with cheerfulness and speaking with joy, taking delight in all of the pleasures of life in the same way we instinctively did as children. This energy is about taking the time to breathe in the beauty around us and reflecting this into our lives.

Your challenge for this month is to do something creative, anything at all which you find interesting, easy, fun and joyful. Spark joy into your life and allow it to inspire you!

1 hour online Spotlight course on creativity September18th 2021

August 2021 time to cultivate rest and play

Time for less work and more rest and play

This is a great time of year to cultivate play and rest. Often we are so busy being busy with “to do” lists that the summer can slip by without us having taken time to enjoy it fully.

I am currently re-reading “The gifts of imperfection” by Brené Brown. In it she discusses the critically important part of wholehearted living is play!

She quotes Dr Stuart Browns book titled “play: how it shapes the brain, opens the imagination and invigorates the soul”  – Just that title makes you stop and think, when was the last time I did something just for the fun of it? Remember sitting in the grass as a child making daisy chains, just for the fun of it, not a care in the world? Thats play. Sitting colouring in or dancing to your favourite tunes, think back to what you did as a child that was fun and relaxing – why not do more of that?

In his book Brown explains that play is at the core of creativity and innovation. Play is as essential to our health and functioning as rest. We tend to associate being productive and on-purpose with being worthy, this gets in the way of doing something as seemingly purposeless as play. But Dr Brown tells us that the opposite of play is not work, it is depression. He tells us that true play can actually give us more lasting joy and satisfaction in our work.

A good place to start, according to Brené Brown is to sit down and write a list of the things which bring joy and meaning to your life. A list of the specific conditions that need to be in place for things to feel good, then check this against your to-do list. Just for today, take one thing off your to-do list and do something fun or put your feet up, read your favourite book or take a nap!

In September we will resume in-person classes with a foundation level course at River Holistic on the 11th and 12th of September. If you prefer to take this course on-line, we will begin the four week online program on October 16th, the curriculum is the same as the weekend course, but takes place over four consecutive Saturday mornings.

We will continue our spotlight classes each month from September to March, each month focusing on one area of our lives and how to use feng shui, colour and essential oils in our homes to enhance that energy. These are one hour spotlight classes a Saturday morning once per month, a way to keep the energy and focus moving as we cycle through the seasons. On September 18th we will focus on Cultivating joy, expanding our creativity and inspiring ourselves to open up and invite in more fun and positive energy. Tapping into the tipping point of the Autumn equinox. On October 30th, the day before we celebrate Samhain, we will delve into the importance our ancestral links, and connecting to our roots as a source of grounding and support. We can only grow in direct relationship to how securely rooted we feel. Check out the courses page on the website for further details.

In the meantime, I invite you to use this month of August to introduce more rest and play into your daily routine and watch the exponential amount of energy and vitality you feel as a result. Don’t forget to join us on the feng shui design facebook page and private facebook group feng shui design enthusiasts (exclusively for feng shui design course participants) to share your feng shui experiences.

Have a lovely rest of Summer!


July 2021 spotlight class on Feng shui for clarity and recognition

9 fire  Illumination – clarity – recognition

This is the area of spiritual illumination or illumination from within, and being able to illuminate or enlighten others, 

It is about what we are known for, either personally or professionally. 

Enhancing this area of the home will focus attention on who we are as individuals and allow us to blossom into our fullest potential .

Spotlight class on Saturday 17th July online via zoom 9am to 10am

Click here to book your place



Summer solstice 2021

Happy Summer solstice 2021

Here  we are again at the mid point of the year, finally moving out of lockdowns and back to some semblance of normality again. Those of you who joined me for the spotlight on health and balance class on Saturday last, will have begun the process of releasing that which no longer serves in order to invite in revitalising chi at this tipping point of the year.

We have a real opportunity this week to be specific an setting out our intentions for the second half of the year. With the full moon in Capricorn on Thursday 24th inviting us to be detailed and specific in terms of grounding and balancing ourselves and planning ahead.

In our spotlight class last Saturday we focused on enhancing the central core of our homes to release stressors and reignite our vital chi. We tuned in to our own energy fields listening to our bodies noticing what areas needed attention and balancing at this time and then focused on cures and enhancements for this area of our home, finishing up with a connecting deeply to the energy of our homes as our outer skin, releasing any stagnant chi and inviting in our own unique blend of energy to enfold ourselves with in our homes.

My favourite enhancement for this central area of the home is to place an aromatherapy diffuser here. Given that this is the central core of our home, we will pass through it most regularly. This allows scents dispersed here to have maximum impact. Scent immediately influences our limbic system, setting our emotional tone. Three oils which I have found particularly beneficial here include:-

Chamomile (matriarca recutita)   allows for new growth and the blossoming of our potential. It is said to nurture the soul and bring joy to the heart. Its scent is sweet and dry with an apple-like tinge and offers support in times of difficulty. 

Lemon (citrus limon) Fresh and crisp, lemon is excellent when feeling sluggish or stuck in a rut.  Its scent is said to stimulate our immune system and  to expand our energy, promoting a sense of opening up to possibilities. 

Frankincense (boswellia carterii)  has a resinous, pine-like and lemony scent and encourages healing and restorative on all levels being calming,  grounding and supportive. It enhances health and wellbeing and supports our immune system.

Continuing our summer spotlight classes on July 17th with our spotlight on Clarity, recognition and the full blooming of our potential. Our class runs from 9am to 10am to book your place click here. 

In the meantime, I wish you a very happy and healthy summer solstice!



Curves Vs angularity – balancing the chi flow

Why to we favour curves Vs angularity in feng shui?

There are no straight lines or right angles in nature, mother nature tends to soften and round out rough edges with wind and water.

The words feng shui literally translate as wind and water; a visceral way to describe energy and how it moves in the natural world.  This is one reason why we tend to enjoy curves or rounded shapes as opposed to angularity in the design of spaces in which we want to relax and unwind, they feel gentler and more familiar.

Diagonal lines imply action, movement and dynamism.

Sharp points can feel harsh, agitating, even aggressive, like the point of an arrow, they can set up an energy of tension. We talk about “making your point” as a way of making a firm statement, taking a stance.

In feng shui triangles imply fire energy; the energy of outward motion, activity, passion, expression. Because of this triangles in design and architecture hold that same energy of propulsion and outward motion, which by definition is not welcoming us in. Fire energy is useful when we wish to introduce a sense of movement, dynamism and expansive energy.

 Straight lines Vs Curves

Straight lines invite fast paced movement, there is a tension between their starting and ending points, which propels or hurries us along their axis. 

Where we have long straight corridors or long narrow rooms, this creates a sense of movement within the space which can make it difficult for our energy to settle.

Undulating lines invite a slower more meandering pace, gently enfolding the landscape, they offer us time to enjoy the view.

Sitting in a space which feels encircled allows us to focus our energy inward, quietening and supporting us.

Rounded edges suggest a more gentle, pliable energy. gathering or holding in energy. We talk about “gathering round” when we come together in a group. 

In feng shui round shapes imply metal energy which is contracting, enfolding and gathering in nature. For that reason curves imply an invitation to be enfolded and supported. Metal energy is useful when we wish to introduce gathering and supportive energy.

Recent research

In a recent research study of angularity by Bar and Neta (2006, 2007). They suggested that people prefer curved objects because angularity conveys a sense of threat. Angles metaphorically express threat, they propose, because sharp and jagged objects are often dangerous.

If we think about it this is quite primal, a knife is obviously more threatening than a spoon, one can harm us the other might offer sustenance.

In both cases we will have a learned response to each.

Whether we acknowledge this on a conscious level or not, we have a physical and emotional response on a subconscious level where we encounter sharp corners and rounded edges in our built environment.

Feng shui allows us to view our homes through this energetic prism, noticing what sustains or nourishes and supports us and what may be diminishing or unsupportive in our environment. Once we are aware of this information we can take action accordingly encouraging a more balanced and supportive atmosphere.

To learn more about the energy of our environment join us for a four week online immersion into feng shui for your home, beginning Saturday May 1st 10am to 1pm. 

March 2021 Hello Spring!

March 2021 – new beginnings

 Here we are again in March, a whole year has passed since the outbreak of Covid 19 and what a very strange and unusual year it has been. For many of us the time in isolation has been very difficult with limited access to family and friends, we have had to adapt to a very different way of being.

The past year has brought a new appreciation for spending time outdoors in nature, searching out places in our localities where we can enjoy walks and also connecting to our neighbours, linking up via technology and supporting each other through these challenging times.

I know a lot of you, like me,  have enjoyed the quiet time to delve deeper into studying and writing  and become more adept at communicating via technology. We have come a long way in a short time.

Now that spring has begun in earnest we can turn our thoughts to this years new growth. Deciding what parts of our life we would like to develop in the coming year. Is there a creative project that you would like to finally begin? A new hobby or a new direction in life that you are called to embark upon. Now is the time. Mother nature is showing us that opportunities for new beginnings are all around us.

I love this time of the year when the daffodils and spring flowers pop their heads up and fill our gardens with a burst of colour.

Feng shui for springtime – out with the old in with the new. 

In feng shui, springtime is associated with the eastern sector of our spaces. Associated with new beginnings that are rooted in the past. This energy has a connection to our ancestors, our own past and learning from our experiences in order to move forward from a firm foundation. Continue reading

Happy New Year – 2021 the year of the metal OX

Happy New year! The year of the white metal ox begins

According to Theodora Lau * in the year of the ox no success can be achieved without effort. It is a good year to “put your house in order” and settle domestic affairs. Set routines and stick to them. If we put in the effort this year it will yield results. This year favours discipline, duty and responsibility. The ox symbolises prosperity through hard

 2021 The year of the white metal ox


Communication may be difficult, therefore take special care to communicate clearly, be patient and you will be rewarded for your efforts. The ox prefers convention to far out methods, so stick to what you have found to be tried and tested, don’t stray too far outside the lines and things will stay on course. This is not a year to try to take shortcuts. Do things in their proper order to yield results. Slow and steady wins the race!

Don’t be disheartened by the down to earth, steady and conventional energy of the Ox, as Theodora puts it  “a lot of wonderful things can come wrapped in plain brown paper, the Ox is one of them. Don’t ever belittle the packaging. he is worth his weight in gold”. As we all know, hard work yields rewards and this year will be no exception.

Feng shui enhancements for 2021

This year it is advised not to disturb the South east sector of our property with major building works. Keep this area quiet and undisturbed if possible. Place a 6 metal flute wind chime or six metal coins in this area of the home to disperse or drain any dissonant energy from this portent for this year.

In the north place 6 metal coins to ensure that the energy remains balanced and contained.

Welcome in new positive energy for the year ahead

Physically wash down the front door and clean the area in front of the entrance. Use a few drops of orange essential oil (citrus sinensis) in the cleaning water. Orange represents good fortune. This essential oil  is wonderfully uplifting,  antimicrobial and immune supportive.

“It has a warm and joyful scent carries with it some of the sunshine needed to ripen its fruit. It promotes joy and creativity and uninhibited communication”. Salvatore Battaglia (The AromaTree).

  “When we have a build-up of stress this results in stagnant chi, sweet orange has the ability to ease tension and frustration and allows us to relax and let go” Gabriel Mojay (Aromatherapy for healing the spirit)

A perfect ally when letting go of the energy of the past year and inviting in fresh, positive vibrant energy for the new year to come!

If you would like to learn more about how to use the of essential oils to balance and uplift your home, join us for our 3 hour online workshop (via zoom) Fragrant chi – the essence of home on the 20th of February.

Next, clear away any clutter in the form of dead leaves etc that may have gathered around the entrance and replace the doormat with a new one and add some vibrant chi in the form of some fresh plants at either side of the door to encourage vibrant chi to enter your home. Inside the front door, ensure that the space feels fresh and welcoming, again you can diffuse some orange essential oil in this area so that the first scent you encounter on arriving home is one of refreshing, light-hearted energy. A welcome change from the anxiety we have all experienced in 2o2o.

Our next foundation level introduction to feng shui is commencing on March 6th and will be run over four consecutive Saturday mornings, allowing you to learn about clutter clearing, feng shui, healthy homes, feng shui astrology and space clearing. Each week cover another layer of this information so that at the end of the course you will have had the opportunity to make changes and additions to your home and feel the results!

In the meantime, I wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2021!

New year blessings!


*Theodora Lau “The handbook of Chinese horoscopes” Harper Collins Publishers 1996

9 star ki – learn how to go with the flow as your energy changes for 2021

9 star ki – A journey of discovery into our inner and outer worlds and how best to infuse them with joy, abundance, health and happiness for every area of our lives for 2021.

On February 6th I will be hosting a Saturday morning zoom workshop on Being in your element; Looking ahead at what’s in store for you in 2021. 9 Star Ki Astrology, Feng Shui and Relationships is an excellent avenue to discover our own personal energy signature and how we may best support this energy for the coming year in our own homes

In this workshop we will learn:

  • How to calculate our own personal energy signature; the elements that make up our emotional centre, our character and our outer expression. The way in which our energy differs from, or integrates with, our partners, family or work colleagues.
  • How our energy changes and evolves each year over a cycle of 9 years and how best to go with the flow of this movement.
  • What 2021 holds for our personal energy and how best to tap into that.
  • We will also look at the energy for partners, friends, family and colleagues to better understand how we act and interact with each other based on our elemental signature.
  • How to map this information onto our homes so that we develop a deep personal connection between our lives and our homes, our outer skin.
  • 9 star ki dovetails with feng shui and allows us to understand the energy that lies behind the movement of energy to and through our lives. Feng Shui and 9 star ki recognise that life is simply energy in transformation – understanding the mechanism of this transformation enables us to enjoy a deeper and fuller, connection to this process in our lives.
  • Our energy moves and transforms each year over a cycle of 9 years, some years are more quiet and introverted and others more high energy and fast paced. Discovering where we are on this wave of energy and how to go with the flow, and support ourselves in this process of transformation and growth.


A journey of discovery into our inner and outer worlds and how best to infuse them with joy, abundance, health and happiness for every area of our lives.



2021 a new beginning

Moving forward into 2021

None of us could have anticipated the year that was 2020, bringing with it all kinds of social and political unrest along with a worldwide pandemic which radically altered our behaviours and curtailed the parameters of our individual worlds in ways we could not have imagined.

With so many people now working from home and remaining at home for longer periods than they would have ever done, many people have looked at their homes with fresh eyes. Even from a practical level of having to accommodate multiple functions such as creating a home office/home offices due to one or more of the family now working from home, home schooling and simply having everyone being at home together for much longer periods of time.

Feng shui design offers a wonderful prism through which to view our homes from multiple levels; practical functionality, energetic support, health and well being as well as making room for all aspects of our life. Not allowing our work to become overwhelming, is a big part of this. Many of my clients and workshop participants have noted that they are constantly reminded of work when trying to relax and unwind and therefore feel a lot more stressed than they previously would have, unable to switch off at the end of the day. Feng shui design provides us with a new way to view each area of our homes and their energetic connection to the different areas of our lives. This allows us to make better choices and to support every area of our lives: work, rest and play. All are necessary for balance.

Yearly energies

Each year over a cycle of 9 years our individual energy shifts and changes, in some years our energy will be very much inwardly focused and in others it will feel much more active and outgoing. Learning how to map these changes allows us to go with the flow rather than swimming against the tide. The energy is the same, in both cases, life changes and moves forward, however our perspective and our focus shifts allowing us to enjoy the journey more.

The energy of the new year begins to rise and proceed at the beginning of February, when new shoots begin to pop their heads through the earth, promising new growth and vitality as we enter a new cycle of the seasons.

As we begin 2021, having been in lockdown for almost a year, on and off, we are truly ready to open ourselves up to the possibility of a new dawn, a fresh and vibrant new year.

In Ireland February 1st marks St Brighids day, the traditional beginning of the new year, when Brighid is said to rise from her winter slumber in the underworld and bring with her all of the fresh new growth for the year ahead.

9 Star ki

In 9 star ki astrology, a companion to feng shui, we recognise February 4th as the beginning of the new year when we enter a new phase in our lives. Each year over a cycle of 9 years our individual energy cycles through 9 phases, some years our energy is full of vibrant yang energy and others it is more introverted, yin and withdrawn. Understanding where we are in this spiral of energy in any given year can give us huge insight into how best we may support ourselves through the current and coming year. Join us on 6th February for an online workshop and discover how to go with the flow and “be in your element” in 2021.

The Chinese new year, the beginning of the year of the Metal Ox falls on February 12th in 2021. This is a moveable feast as it follows a lunar cycle.

Whichever system you follow, this is the time to look forward, to make plans, set things in motion for whatever form we would like our own growth to take in the coming year.

A happy and healthy new year 2021

Happy New Year 2021 from

 Feng shui to support our health  and wellbeing

Wishing you and yours a very Happy and Healthy New Year as we  begin 2021 with renewed hope that life will come back into balance and that we can reconnect with each other fully as the year progresses.

From a feng shui perspective the central core of our home represents balance, unity, health and wellbeing. Health is indeed central to our enjoyment of every area of our lives and ultimately essential to our sense of success and abundance. We pay special attention to the use of colour, imagery, furnishings, decorative elements and to the scents which create the mood in this part of our home.

How to improve the health and unity area of your home
As an earth energy area, this part of our home benefits from an infusion of fire to boost our health. For this reason we like to leave the central core of our space open light and bright, with a splash of some bright fiery colour, some lighting and some elements which lift our spirit. In the image I have placed a Himalayan salt lamp alongside a spiral of tranquility on a brightly coloured cloth to illuminate and balance the energy in the central core of my home.

Gather together some items which represent health and well being for you and set them in the central core of your space, wherever you have room. You might choose a lamp, a candle, some incense or an aromatherapy diffuser, for example. As you set them out, set the intention to make time and space for your own health and wellbeing this year.

Wishing you a very Happy, Healthy and Joyful new year, 2021!

Stay well, take time to breathe, relax and remember the only constant in life is change. Welcoming in all of the positive changes that this new year will bring.

kindest regards,

Feng Shui online training and workshops

For those of you who wish to delve deeper into our connection with our homes through feng shui design, we are starting an online four week foundation level workshop on Saturday 9th of January from10am to 1pm  and continuing each Saturday until the 30th. Each week we will layer in all aspects of feng shui, space clearing, healthy homes and understanding our own personal energy signatures. Balancing our personal energy with that of our homes.
Spaces are limited to just 8 participants in order to ensure everyone has individual attention. Participants will need to send me their floor-plan when booking so that I can guide everyone through the application of feng shui design to their individual spaces.

Virtual feng shui design consultations are currently available send me an email for full details.

Winter Solstice Blessings

 December 21st Winter Solstice Blessings

The Winter solstice is a great time to reassess how things are going for us. It is the darkest and shortest day in the northern hemisphere. However, it also marks “the return of the light” as the earth turns on its axis and the days slowly but surely begin to get brighter and longer.

This year there is a very rare convergence on the 21st, Jupiter and Saturn will appear to sit so closely together in the night sky that they will look like one radiant point of light, a “Solstice star/Christmas star” apparently this is the “closest” they will appear together in the sky in 800 years.

Setting intentions; a solstice ceremony

This is a great time to set our intentions for the coming year. Spending some time focusing on what we wish to let go of, and what you wish to draw in for every area of our lives creates a “reset button”. It is best to set up a small ceremony around this, taking time to consider each part of our lives (see guide below) write down our intentions, set them in two separate lists, one of things, ways of being, relationships etc that we are ready to release, and the other a list of what we would like to enjoy more/draw in for the coming year. Take the “release” list and burn it safely with some incense/dried herbs. Take the second intentions list and place it in a red envelope and put it in a place of prominence where you will see it every day, as a powerful reminder of your intentions.  

Learn More about feng shui design for you and your home

Spending more time at home and for many of use, working from home has forced us to look more closely at our surroundings. The impact of the colours, textures and layout of our homes came sharply into focus. Feng shui offers an energetic perspective on all of these aspects of our homes and provides a framework to layer onto the interior design which makes it deeply personal and as a result much more supportive. If you wish to delve deeper into this, I will be running our foundation level feng shui design workshop online over four Saturday mornings in January where we can delve deeply into our own personal energy and that of our homes, connecting the two so that we have a deeper sense of belonging and support in our living spaces.

Be proactive

In order to tap into our creative energy and be pro-active in all areas of our life it can be wonderful to periodically do the following exercise: create our own vision board. Continue reading

December 2020

December 2020

And just like that it’s mid-December. What a whirlwind of a year this has been!

Who knew this time last year that we would spend 2020 cocooning and focusing our energy inward? 

Spending more time at home and for many of us, working from home has forced us to look more closely at our surroundings. The impact of the colours, textures and layout of our homes came sharply into focus.

Feng Shui

Feng shui offers an energetic perspective on all of these aspects of our homes and provides a framework to layer onto the interior design which makes it deeply personal and as a result much more supportive. If you wish to delve deeper into this, I will be running our foundation level feng shui design workshop online over four Saturday mornings in January where we can delve deeply into our own personal energy and that of our homes, connecting the two so that we have a deeper sense of belonging and support in our living spaces.

Yin and Yang

Having spent a year feeling stressed on many levels, now, more than ever we need to focus on supporting our health and well being. Decorating our homes for Christmas with lots of colour and light will add plenty of Yang activating energy. However on the Yin side we really need nurture and support our energy, mothering ourselves through these days as we move toward the winter solstice.

Fragrant Chi

Those of you who joined me on the December fragrant chi weekend workshop will have lots of ideas on how to support yourselves in body, mind and spirit through the use of essential oils. 

Scent is our primal sense, it is the first sense to develop as babies and triggers immediate reactions from our nervous system and limbic system which informs how we feel in terms of security and sets the tone for our mood.

Plant allies

Beyond this essential oils are our plant allies in supporting us on every level; physically many essential oils are anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and immune supportive and emotionally essential oils can uplift, energise or relax and comfort depending on the oils chosen. The good news is that inhaling essential oils is the quickest way to benefit from their effects, so diffusing them in our homes is extremely effective. I will be running another online workshop to continue this series in the new year.

Fragrant Support at Christmas

Some oils which offer particular support and enjoyment when diffused over the holidays include:-

Orange (Citrus sinensis): which encourages joy, creativity, adaptability and optimism and promotes uninhibited communication. Eases stress and moves out stagnant chi. It is also anti-viral and a digestive aid – always useful, but especially at this time of year. sacral chakra, warming and energising

Cinnamon (cinamomum zeylanicum): which is warming and energising. It is anti-depressant, antimicrobial, antiseptic and excellent to diffuse during infectious illnesses. It is also immune supportive

Frankincense (Boswellia Carterii): which cleanses and balances all of the chakras, is deeply calming and is anti-microbial and immune supportive. It offers emotional healing, support and protection. 

Diffuse up to 6 drops either singly or as a blend of your choice for half an hour at a time to fill your home with festive supportive fragrant chi. 


Supporting ourselves through change

Changing with the times, going with the flow

Change is the only constant in life, everything changes. The obvious changes that this year has brought to us all aside, our lives today probably look quite different to how they looked ten years ago. However, if our environment does not reflect this by growing and changing with us on some level, we remain vibrationally stuck in the past. This makes it difficult to break free of old patterns and redundant ways of being.

Making a change externally has an immediate impact on our inner world. We all feel the shift in energy when we decorate our homes for Christmas for example, and again when we take down the decorations in January. There is a palpable shift in the energy, our homes feel radically different which impacts on our physical energy and our mood.

Analysing how we wish to live, moving forward, where the focus of our lives will be for the next five years, say, will give us a starting point for what we now require from our homes to support us on our journey. Perhaps everything is just fine, in which case, job done!

If not, then we can look at small changes we can make to begin with. That ornament or picture that was gifted to us, perhaps that we never really loved (or even liked!) which is hanging out in our living room, like an uninvited guest overstaying their welcome. Move it on, clear it out and make some space for something new and vibrant to come in.

Shifting the focus

Shift the focus in your living room from the TV to a beautiful image or vase of flowers; this will focus your energy on your inner world rather than giving dominance to the world at large. All too often the TV is the focal point of the living room by virtue of its size and positioning it can become like an altar to which we must subjugate our lives. If we position the TV above our eye level when we are sitting, then we force ourselves to constantly “look up” to it, giving it a greater dominance over our lives and our free time than it perhaps merits. The scale of the TV relative to the room will also give it lesser or greater dominance symbolically in our lives.

Don’t get me wrong, I love a good TV series as much as the next person, but this as with all other things, needs to be in balance to how we wish to live our lives. Allowing our connection with ourselves and with our loved ones to be the overriding influence in how we lay out and orient the seating within our living spaces, symbolically makes gives precedence to our connection to each other and to our homes, and most importantly to whatever brings us most joy, over the intrusions from the outside world.

Setting the tone

Our entrance hall is where we get to set the tone, this is like the handshake (or bearhug) we are met with on entering. Expressing who we are in terms of our personality, setting out our stall, in the entry to our home will immediately support us as we arrive home to ourselves.

In order to set the tone and support our energy especially through times of change and transition we can diffuse essential oils to support our energy on a physical, mental and emotional level.

Supportive Diffuser blend

3 drops of Bergamot (citrus bergamia) an essential oil cold pressed from the rind of the bitter orange fruit. (Therefore always buy organic for preference to avoid oils from the rind of fruit which has been chemically treated). Lemony, peppery and herbal in scent, bergamot has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety qualities, it is relaxing, calming and restorative. It lifts our spirits and helps reduce insomnia. (Do not use on the skin if you are going to be exposed to sunlight as it is highly phototoxic). It has the ability to move stagnant energy built up over time when we can experience frustration, anger and ultimately feel quite stuck in the mud. It helps us to relax and let go becoming more spontaneous. (Gabriel Mojay Aromatherapy for healing the spirit; Gaia books 1997)

2 drops of Cypress (Cupressus semperverins) woody, resinous and balsamic, cypress is distilled from the cones, twigs and leaves of this plant. Very therapeutic for use in times of overwhelm, it has been described as being like “a friend holding your hand through troubled times”. An excellent oil for times of transition in life, it is soothing when we are feeling overwhelmed.

2 drops of Marjoram (origanum majorana) warm and herbal this oil also has spicy and woody notes. It is perfect to relieve stress and tension and support self-care. Sweet nourishing and balancing, it can aid us through times of chronic lethargy (caused by prolonged stress) and nervous exhaustion.A distillation of mother earths compassion, marjoram shows us “the joy of the mountains” (Gabriel Mojay Aromatherapy for healing the spirit; Gaia books 1997)

Diffuse in a well-ventilated room, if very young children, immune compromised or weak individuals or animals are present half the amount of oil used in the diffuser. Always ensure animals can leave a room where oils are being diffused, their sensitivity to scent is much greater than that of humans.

Treat yourself to an online workshop discovering how to infuse your home with essential oils to improve its feng shui and cleanse and uplift your body, mind and spirit.

Join us for an online workshop on December 5th from 10 am to 1pm for a morning of exploring Fragrant chi. Learn more about how to use essential oils in the home to support your energy and immune system and how to make natural alternatives for cleaning products, air fresheners and body care products.


Surround yourself with what you love – cultivating creativity

As we move into another lockdown for the next six weeks, it seems appropriate to look at ways to reduce our stress levels and introduce more joy in small but effective ways into our daily routines.

It’s the 10th anniversary of Brené Brown’s “the gifts of imperfection” and she has produced an updated book and audio book in celebration. I love audio books especially when infused with such personality as Brené’s. In this book she recommends introducing laughter, dance and song into every day as an excellent antidote to stress, allowing our bodies to relax and release tension.

Make a playlist

I took up her recommendation to make a playlist of songs that I find fun and which encourage me to get up and dance and sing along. Playing this as I go about making meals and cleaning up around the house makes these day to day jobs so much more fun and actually sets me up to feel much better throughout the day. Try it for yourself – even choosing the songs is a lot of fun to begin with!

Laugh every day

Make a concerted effort to watch something funny on TV instead of tuning into the constant stream of news and current affairs shows which can repeat on a loop throughout the evening. The difference this makes to our immune system is exponential, the more we do fun things, the more stress we release and the more balanced we will feel.

We can all relate to the “busy being busy” syndrome, let’s face it there is always another job to be done. But especially at this moment in time, it’s important to schedule in a little time for frivolity and fun. Creativity and play are essential to boost our second chakra energy – our centre for feeling joy.

Get Creative

The area of the bagua associated with joy and creativity, children and play is a great space in our homes to remind ourselves to invite our inner child out to play. (the western sector if using the compass school approach or the middle right hand sector of our home as we stand at the front door looking in).  Associated with the future, this is the area where we dream the big dreams for the future, and the best way to access this energy is to remove the constraints we set on ourselves when we compare our creative abilities to those of others.

We are all inherently creative, we may have been told at some point in our lives that we are not as artistic or talented as someone else and so we buried our talents in favour of something more “sensible”.

This month, I challenge you to schedule in some fun every day, make a playlist of your favourite songs which lift you out of your seat to dance. Sing them at the top of your voice, dance like no one is watching and release some of the tension that inherently seeps into our energy field even when we are not conscious of it. Its a really good way to sneak in some extra exercise too.

Choose a creative project, maybe something you loved to do as a child: carving pumpkins, colouring, painting, crochet, baking,  whatever would bring you most joy. Think of something that you enjoy doing so much that when you do it, time just disappears.

Infuse your space with joy

Diffuse some essential oils in your home to lift your mood. Citrus oils are wonderful to cut through tension and lift energy. Choose your favourite from orange, grapefruit, lemon, lime or mandarin, they all contain a component called d-limonene which helps activate white blood cells and is immune supportive as well as being uplifting. Personally, I find the scent of Grapefruit adds such sunshine to any space it’s diffused in. It offers an uplifting and anxiety-relieving aroma, it cuts through indecision and exudes happy outward energy. En-joy this time of retreat, go with the flow, tune in to what you need to do to feel good. Surround yourself with what you love, ask yourself what brings you more joy and do more of that!

Be well, stay safe and have a little fun every day!
kindest regards,


This year has offered a different way of being, connecting and communicating. Many of you joined me from the spring equinox to the summer solstice via zoom every Saturday morning. It was a wonderful way to stay connected while being apart.

On the 5th of December from 10am to 1pm we will have a morning integrating aromatherapy with feng shui and healthy homes. Filling our homes with healing scents and learning how to make some simple cleaning products and body nourishing products to carry us through the winter. We will look at essential oils to support the various areas of the bagua and also learn which oils can support our body, mind and spirit and enhance our sense of well being. Make some wonderful home made gifts for friends and family, just in time for Christmas!

For the month of January, I have set out our foundation level training over four consecutive Saturday mornings so that we can slowly fold the layers of feng shui design into our homes and have time to return each week and ask questions and share experiences as we work through the process of applying feng shui to our living spaces in preparation for the new year ahead.

In February, we will spend a morning going through the changing energy for 2021, looking at 9 star ki for ourselves and the overall energy for the coming year. Each year over a cycle of 9 years our energy subtly shifts and changes, 9 star ki enables us to go with the flow of these changes, understanding how to support our personal energy and in making adjustments in our homes to support our energy for the year ahead.

March 2021 at the Spring equinox we will hopefully be able to return to in-person workshops and we have scheduled this weekend as an excellent time to tap into the energy of a tipping point of the year when we move into a period of growth and emerge again after the quietude of winter.

Feng shui design foundation level training in 2021

We have reduced numbers in our in-person trainings to fully comply with social distancing and to allow us to come together while staying safe.

Virtual feng shui design consultations currently ongoing, send me an email for full details.

Onsite consultations for further details send me an email or call 086-2719292

The autumn equinox; a time to harvest and release this years growth, and plant our intentions for next year

The Autumn equinox marks another tipping point for the year. A time to harvest the growth from this year, savouring its fruits and to release that which no longer serves us. This is the time of year when mother nature reminds us that the time of growth is slowing and the time to relax and let go is here.

Mirroring this natural rhythm, this is a great time to look around at what we have “grown and harvested” this year. Appreciating all of the fruits that this year has brought and letting go of anything which now no longer serves.

Follow the example of the trees, now beginning to release their leaves, and have a clear out. This makes room to plant some new intentions,  for next years growth. At this time of year we generally plant bulbs for spring, folding the earth gently over them, allowing her to nurture them over the winter so that when the wheel of the year turns again, this new growth will spring up full of potential for the new years growth.

Take some time to set your intentions for your future growth and transformation, what is it you would like to draw in going forward. Write down your intentions, and plant them into the earth in the same way as you would plant a bulb. You can even plant them beneath some bulbs. If you don’t have a garden, you can do this in a simple plant pot on a balcony or window ledge. Then relax in the knowledge that mother nature is doing what she does best, going with the flow. Drawing her energy in and down into her roots deep within the earth, nurturing and embracing the seeds for next years growth.

Plan how you will do this for yourself through the Autumn and winter, what seeds will you nurture and develop to facilitate next years growth?

Traditionally a time when the school year begins, a time to expand our knowledge and spend more time indoors, this is a time when we can really connect with the energy of our homes. Notice how each room feels, does any area feel cluttered or heavy. If so, take some time to clear things out, tidy away the summer clothes and shoes to make room for the autumn jumpers and boots.

Create a dedicated space to sit and tune in to your inner wisdom each day. Tune in to what you need to release, old patterns, ways of being etc. and open up some space to prepare for your future growth.

Spend some time in nature, listening and noticing the shift in energy. Tap into its rhythm and go with the flow.


This year has offered a different way of being, connecting and communicating. Many of you joined me from the spring equinox to the summer solstice via zoom every saturday morning.

This Autumn and Winter, I will be moving the foundation training online. Beginning on the 7th of November for four consecutive Saturday mornings from 10am to 1pm.

Then on the 5th of December from 10am to 1pm we will have a morning integrating aromatherapy with feng shui and healthy homes. Filling our homes with healing scents and learning how to make some simple cleaning products and body nourishing products to carry us through the winter. We will look at essential oils to support the various areas of the bagua and also learn which oils can support our body, mind and spirit and enhance our sense of well being. Make some wonderful home made gifts for friends and family, just in time for Christmas!

In the meantime, take some time outdoors, tune in and enjoy this turning point of the year and go with the flow!

Feng shui and health

The golden mean spiral visible at the centre of the sunflower radiates balance.

Feng shui to support our health and wellbeing

We are living through very strange times, this year has been quite exceptional. Looking after our physical and mental health has never been more pertinent. In our modern world feng shui and healthy homes are inextricably linked, we cannot have good feng shui if we are being stressed by environmental toxins. We need to address this in tandem to having good energy flow throughout our homes.

Stress lowers our immune response

Stress of any sort, be it environmental, physical or emotional in the form of worry and anxiety will lower our bodies immune response. We are primal beings and when we experience stress our bodies do not differentiate between being chased down by a tiger and worrying about a pandemic. The physical effect is the same, we move into fight, flight, freeze defensive mode. This switches our bodies into sympathetic nervous system response, causing our breathing to become shallow, our digestive system and our immune system to slow down and our bodies to come into a state of hyper awareness. The net effect of this long term is that we feel exhausted, run down and find it hard to relax and enjoy life.

With the schools reopening and our lives getting back to some semblance of “normality” many of us are finding this process more stressful than when we were safely cocooned in our own little nests.

Feng shui and health

Taking all of this into account, now is a good time to look at the health and wellbeing area of our home in terms of how this impacts on our personal energy. In feng shui we associate the central core of our home with our health and vitality. Health is indeed central to our enjoyment of every area of our lives and ultimately essential to our sense of success and abundance. We pay special attention to the use of colour, imagery, furnishings, decorative elements and to the scents which create the mood in this part of our home.

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Working from home – feng shui for the home office

In these challenging times it is even more important to ensure that we support our energy fully in our home office environment.  It is most ideal if we can position our desk so that we have our backs to a solid wall affording us a full view of the door and the window as we sit at our desks.

Positioning ourselves so that we are not in direct line with the door, but offset so that we have a diagonal view to the comings and goings into the room. You may wonder why this should be, why not put the desk against the wall and sit facing the wall? When we sit with our backs to the door in a home office or sit in an open plan space with your backs exposed to the rest of the room it feels uncomfortable, we throw up an awareness to what is going on behind us and therefore cannot fully settle in and focus on the work at hand.

A good quality office chair offers ergonomic support and its five feet offer maximum stability. If we are teetering on the edge of a stool or sitting in a dining room chair which was not designed for comfort for the long periods involved in working from home, we will experience physical and mental discomfort and stress.

Ideally we have sufficient storage so that we can tidy all of our paper work away at the end of each working day. Having a “clear desk” policy allow us to being each day from a fresh perspective. Tidying everything away at the end of our day, allows us to separate our work from our home life.

If we are constantly surrounded by our work, we can feel like we are never off, which is stressful in and of itself.

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Full Strawberry Moon June 5th 2020

June 5th 2020

The full “Strawberry moon” eclipse at 20:12

An eclipse is said to act like a doorway for us to step through into a new beginning. The planetary alignments this month have the potential for great transformation, an opportunity to let go of the past and use this time of inspiration to create a new future.

Set aside some time to your intentions for the way forward; this is a powerful time of manifestation. This is a time to rebalance your energy and set out on your soul path with sure footed grace. Think about what you want to release, let go of old ways of being, forgive whatever wrongs have happened in the past and let them go. Take time to recognise and give gratitude for all of the blessings in your life and to invite in whatever energy you wish to enjoy going forward.

Write it down “spell it into being”. Then simply allow or surrender to what is ready to come in to your life. There is nothing more for you to do, but relax in the knowledge that blessings of all kinds are winging their way to you.

Place your crystals outdoors overnight to charge them with this full strawberry moon energy.


How to create a more balanced space within your home

Its all about Balance………

CHEMICAL POLLUTION                                            CHOOSING HEALTHIER OPTIONS

STRESS /LIFESTYLE                                      GOOD BODY MAINTENANCE & LAUGHTER

EMF’S                                                                              EARTHING,  COLOUR

POOR FENG SHUI                                                       FENG SHUI CURES & ENHANCEMENTS

CUTTING CHI                                                              GOOD FURNITURE PLACEMENT

GEOPATHIC STRESS                                               ENERGY AWARENESS – SPACE CLEARING

CLUTTER AND DISORDER                                        REGULAR CLUTTER CLEARING


Space Clearing Method

The method of space clearing

Space clearing, cleanses and uplifts the atmosphere of a space. It is an energetic “spring clean” and infusion of joy to the pervading atmosphere, improving well being.


There are many many approaches to clearing spaces. We all need to find the way that feels right for us. However, there is a common thread we can follow:-

  • First open a window in each room to allow the energy you are clearing to be released as you work
  • Using sound to shift the particles of energy which have become stagnant in our environment. The vibration of everything that has gone on in a space can become stuck like so many cobwebs in the atmosphere of our spaces, leaving them feeling heavy and sluggish. Many people use a bell or a drum for this purpose, working around the circumference of a space. Others use chanting or clapping; essentially we are trying to shake the energy up, like shaking out a rug to release dirt and dust which has become embedded in its fibres.
  • Next cleansing the space with some incense; this will be a personal choice. We can use resins, dried herbs, leaves or natural stick incense for this purpose. Use only pure and natural products which do not have synthetic ingredients or perfumes. Frankincense resin is especially beautiful for this purpose as it is emotionally calming and uplifting, grounding restorative and centering in its energy, it imbues us with a sense of inner strength. Deeply healing, the word Frankincense comes from the old French word “franc” meaning pure or free and the latin word “incensum” meaning to kindle; “To kindle purity/freedom”
  • The purpose here is to use the smoke from the incense to cleanse the energy particles that we have “shaken up” with the sound reverberation.

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May day Space clearing to invite in the new growth of Summer.

In the past six weeks many of us have spent time clearing out our homes, tackling clutter that may have lain dormant for years. Clearing out what is no longer necessary or useful is a very powerful way to shift the energy of our homes which creates a corresponding shift in the energy of our lives as a result.

Having cleared the physical clutter in our homes, the next stage is to clear the energy of the atmosphere within our home.  Quantum physics has proven what ancient people instinctively knew; everything is energy. At a molecular level, every thing in our environment, however solid it may seem, is simply made up of moving particles of energy, vibrating at a different frequency from the spaces around it. The table and chairs in our living room, the books in the bookcase, the rug on the floor; they are all just energy particles vibrating at a frequency that we perceive to have more density and volume than the spaces in between. We are energetic beings, our energy is in constant communication with our surroundings on a vibrational level. This interaction can take the form of a harmonious melody or a discordant din. The choice is ours. 

All of the spaces in each room of our homes are vibrating with energy of some sort. Some spaces will feel energetically chaotic, some may feel stagnant or dull, some may feel peaceful and enfolding and some vibrant and life giving. When we take some time to notice the energy in each room of our home, deeply focusing our awareness, this gives us an indication of what shifts in energy are required at any given time. 

The most important part of this process is setting our intention; what is it we would like to have happen as a result of this space clearing? What would we like to release? what patterns, ways of being, experiences are we now ready to let go of? Writing these down, making a clear list is a powerful part of the process. There is power in the written word, we are “spelling” it out. This has energetic magic to offer at a vibrational level.

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Home and health

In feng shui we observe that there is an energetic correlation between the central core of our space and our health and wellbeing.

Move (physically or in your minds eye) to the central core of your space, in feng shui this is called the Tai Chi and is associated with our sense of stability and well being. Take a look at the colours, imagery and interior design. How does it feel to occupy this space? Does it feel uplifting or cramped and unappealing?

Keeping this space as bright and fresh as possible is ideal. Like a shaft of sunlight illuminating the central core of your being; your solar plexus. In the chakra system this  is associated with a radiating plexus of nerve endings, often depicted as a yellow spinning wheel of light; our solar plexus.

Our Solar Plexus; is associated with the colour yellow, our transformation centre. The energy here is concerned with our focus, will power and follow-through.

Affirmation: “I honour the power within me, I know my purpose, I carry it out easily and effortlessly and I transform into the best expression of myself

 The colour yellow is an excellent addition in this central area or our homes. After white, yellow reflects the most light into a space. Think of the daffodils when they appear at this time of year and the boost of energy we get when they remind us that spring is here and new growth and fresh starts are on their way.

If you do not wish to paint this area bright yellow, you might add some imagery which has the same sense of uplift and cheer. A sunflower for example has the radiant energy of the sun and also often encompasses the golden mean spiral at its centre. Meditating on this spiral which is found in many places in the natural world is said to bring us into balance with nature. 

Another welcome addition to this central core of your space would be a bunch of fresh spring flowers, reminding us that the seasons are turning, spring has arrived and with it the promise of new growth.

The most important thing here is not to clutter the space, to give it a sense of openness, a space to breathe.

Scent is a real trigger for emotion, as it directly affects our limbic system which controls our memory centre. Diffusing aromatherapy oils in the central core of your space is an excellent way to lift your energy. Oils which you find bright and uplifting will infuse your space with joy and supportive energy.

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) has been described as the “rescue remedy” of essential oils. Calming, soothing and nurturing, it has a wonderful ability to bring us into balance. It is calming and gentle and incredibly healing on many levels. Lavender is a tonic to both the mind and the body and is said to strengthen and restore vitality.

Aromatherapy for health and wellbeing.

Lemon (citrus limon) is another essential oil which is uplifting (pretty much all of the citrus oils are cheerful and bright in their energy). Lemon is cleansing and a noted immune stimulant.

It is said to expand our energy and promote a sense of “opening”. It reduces stress and tension and invites in happy and expansive energy.

What a great oil to diffuse in this central core of your space to open yourself up to a sense of joyful wellbeing.

What does “home” mean for you? The home we talk about when we discuss “feeling at home”

At this most unusual time, when we are being forced to spend even more time at home, it seems apt to stop and reflect on the question:

What does “home” mean for you?

The home we talk about when we discuss “feeling at home” or “making ourselves at home”, “home truths” or “home being where the heart is” is more than just the shell of a building and more than the individual things we surround ourselves with.

It is a construct, a feeling, almost a sense of re-membering; a rebuilding of an atmosphere, constructed by the gathering together, and layering, of all of the elements with which we choose to feather our individual nest.  Home is a space which strikes a chord in our soul memory. When we work consciously to create this, our home enfolds us in a bear hug of comfort, like a warm bath, it makes us exhale, relax, and release some of the tensions of the outside world. 

Our home is our outer skin, an outward expression of what is going on inside us. We can look around, taking in the colours, patterns and imagery we have surrounded ourselves with, and ask ourselves; what is my home reflecting back to me? 

In the creation of a true home for ourselves to “belong” in, we can explore how the colour, shape, scent, material finishes and the “atmosphere” of a space conspire to provide an individual “personality”. We are in close relationship with our homes, whether we are even conscious of that relationship or not. We are not separate from our environments, or for that matter, from each other. Our buildings are an extension of ourselves. Some would say that our surroundings are a metaphor for all that is going on inside us, mirroring our inner-most energy signature back to us, giving us the opportunity to work towards balance inside and out. 

As Winston Churchill said “we shape our buildings and thereafter they shape us”.


Essential oils to support balance in challenging times

Pure Essential oils are an excellent boost our energy

cold air diffuser with pure essential oils



Simply gently diffuse in a cold air diffuser. Scent is deeply personal so it is important to find essential oils that resonate with positive memories for you. In general the citrus oils are wonderful to provide uplift.




Here are a few of my personal favourites to use at the moment:-

orange (citrus sinesis) whose warm sunny sweet aroma infuses joy into a space, unblocks and circulates stagnant energy and calms tension when we feel overwhelmed.
Lemon (citrus limon) whose antiviral properties are extremely helpful introduces  clarity, lightening and refreshing the mood and lifting tension.
Melissa (melissa officinalis) or lemon balm offers immune support, cooling and soothing for the heart, reduces agitated emotions and anxiety imbuing “gentle strength and fearless serenity”. (Gabriel Mojay)
Eucalyptus (eucalyptus globulus) is a well known immune tonic, aiding in opening up the lungs allowing us to breathe more deeply. It also dispels sadness and restores vitality and optimism
Lavender (lavandula angustifolia) is soothing and calming, encouraging balance while reducing fear and anxiety. It has been described as “a crisis smoother” (herbalist Peter Holmes)
Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia)is said to build strength and confidence and is said to be an outstanding airborne antimicrobial and arial antiseptic. When used in conjunction with lavender and geranium has been found to be most active against MRSA (Edward Jones et al 2004)
Cedarwood (cedrus atlantica or juniperus virginiana) is said to increase endurance during difficult times and supports confidence in challenging situations. it is a very grounding oil and is said to lift our mood when we are feeling destabilised. According to Gabriel Mojay cedarwood gives “immoveable strength in times of crisis”.

The three areas of your home to enhance emotional stability, health and inner balance

Within our homes, look at the three earth energy areas to create stability and balance:-

  • Relationships harmony (south west if using compass school; rear right from front door if using western approach)
  • Health and unity (central core of the home)
  • Mountain/knowledge/spiritual connection (North east if using compass school; front left if using western approach)

The area of mother earth/relationships harmony

Our first relationship in life is with our mother, therefore the area of relationships is deeply connected to “mother” energy and with mother earth, our earthly womb which we can nestle into and nurture our relationships with our immediate partners. This area is associated with opening ourselves up to give and receive love and support. Clear this area of clutter and bring in some earth energy in the form of stone, sculpture, crystals such as rose quartz and clear quartz. If this is a sitting room add cushions and throws etc to create a space to nestle and enfold yourself in this loving energy. If not, then at least add ornamentation or imagery which feels loving and supportive in its energy. Pairs of things work well to imply connection and balance.


The area of health and unity

The stable centre of the wheel around which everything else revolves. Keep this central core of your space clear, easy to move around and bright. Colours for this area include yellows which (after white) reflects the most light. Uplifting imagery, fresh flowers, beautiful scents all add a boost to your energy as you pass through this space.



The area of mountain; inner knowledge & spiritual connection

Provides us with stability, calm inner connection and respite from the busyness of life. Including the earth element in this area in the form of stone, marble, sculpture, mountain imagery and creating an atmosphere of calm quietude will provide balance from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Including elements here which remind us to take “time in” for meditation, reconnection with spirit and self on a daily basis provides us with our anchor. This is really important especially when going through turbulent times.

The importance of getting outdoors into nature to restore balance

Getting outdoors will further ground your energy, refocusing your mind on the wonderful new growth of spring that is bursting through at this time of year. Spending time around trees will root and ground your energy, stand with your back to a tall tree and look up into its canopy, feel its strength and rooted growth, breathe in its natural beauty and serenity.


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Walking by the sea will allow you to absorb negative ions, releasing the positive charge built up when we are surrounded by technology and synthetic materials. Looking out at the sea makes us breathe deeply and exhale, releasing tension.

In fact, walking barefoot on the earth is the quickest way to ground or earth our energy and bring ourselves back into balance. We spend so much time separated from Mother Earth that we have lost our connection to how deeply healing it can be to press our feet into the earth and receive her healing.

Earthing (also known as grounding) refers to contact with the Earth’s surface electrons by walking barefoot outside. Emerging scientific research supports the concept that the Earth’s electrons induce multiple physiological changes of clinical significance, including reduced pain, better sleep, a shift from sympathetic to parasympathetic tone in the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The book Earthing Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra, Martin Zucker  presents  fascinating research and testimonials the authors expound the benefits of walking barefoot on the earth:- 

Few people know it, but the ground provides a subtle electric signal that maintains health and governs the intricate mechanisms that make our bodies work just like plugging a lamp into a power socket makes it light up. Modern lifestyles, including the widespread use of insulative rubber or plastic soled shoes, has disconnected us from this energy and, of course, we no longer sleep on the ground as we did in times past. EARTHING describes how this physical disconnection from the Earth creates abnormal physiology and contributes to inflammation, pain, fatigue, stress and poor sleep, and how by reconnecting to the Earth symptoms are rapidly relieved and even eliminated.


Staying positive in challenging times – grounding your energy for stability and balance

Grounding your energy is a great way to reconnect to your stable centre.

In challenging times like these it is easy to feel destabilised and disconnected. Grounding your energy into your space and working consciously to create a positive atmosphere will support your energy and that of your loved ones in these challenging times.

Taking some time in (even a few minutes) several times a day to stop, sit quietly and breathe helps to release pent up tension and anxiety. If possible do this outdoors or at least at a window so that you can breathe in some fresh air and hear some sounds from nature.

Sit and catch a ray of sunshine to boost your chi!
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Grounding exercise

Sit upright in a chair, or on a mat and imagine your energy rooting down into the earth, visualise roots from the souls of your feet, burrowing down deeply into the earth.
Breathe deeply visualising the stabilising force of mother earth rooting you deeply, feel this energy moving up through your feet, legs, torso and arms, up through your head and out through your crown chakra like the branches of a tree reaching up and out, expanding your energy.

Incense and connecting to the knowledge of our ancestors


Historically, all cultures have a tradition of using plants and plant material to create incense and perfumes both for ceremonial use and to create a more pleasing atmosphere.  Our very early ancestors would have gathered around a ceremonial fire, breathing in  the “holy smoke” from woods and resins. Indeed the modern word perfume comes from the latin words per fumen meaning “through the smoke”.


White sage “smudging” is still widely practised today to cleanse the atmosphere of a space in order to sharpen our senses and open us up to connect to spirit. 

Native american tradition would include the use of wild sage, cedar, sweet grass etc in the form of dried herbs which would then be used as incense for special ceremonies. The idea being that the scent would transport them from the mundane connecting to the spiritual realm. 

Science is now catching up with this ancestral knowledge

Science is catching up with what our ancestors innately understood and is now proving the efficacy of many of these forms of incense in cleansing and uplifting our environments. Studies have recently found that negative ions are released when white sage is burned. This is where a negative is actually positive for us; negative ions are molecules which have been found to effect biochemical reactions within our bodies related to boosting energy, enhancing our mood and even boosting serotonin levels. The most important benefit of negative ions is that they clear the air of airborne allergens such as pollen, mould spores, bacteria and viruses. Negative ions perform this function by attaching themselves to positively charged particles in large numbers and negatively charging those particles.

In the 2007 study titled “Medicinal smoke reduces airborne bacteria,” a reduction of 94% of airborne bacteria within 60 minutes within a closed room with the use of plant smoke proved that smudging with White Sage may be one of the most powerful antiseptic air purifiers ever used. By looking at the Latin name for Sage: salvia, translating simply as ‘healing plant,’ we find that even the various European species hold a very potent power to heal. Salvia is derived from the term salvus, meaning ‘healthy.’ Evan Sylliaasen, The Northwest School of Aromatic Medicine. 

Ethical harvesting

White sage has become so over harvested now that it is in fact under serious threat, this combined with wildfires and drought in California in recent years has brought it to an almost endangered status. Therefore sustainable harvesting or even substitution with a less endangered herb or incense must be considered. Alternatively as Evan suggests, why not source some white sage seeds and grow your own herb for this purpose. 

Smudging with plant material to create sacred space is common to many traditions around the world. The Tibetans often used Juniper for this purpose, to cleanse and protect their energy. In Japan, incense has been used since the 5th century AD when Buddhism became established there. Incense was used in offerings to the Buddha and in spiritual ceremonies and rituals. They commonly used aloeswood, clove camphor, cinnamon and sandalwood among others. (“Listening to incense course” Evan Sylliaasen.)

Where to source incense – quality and purity is important.

When choosing incense for your own home, always choose pure and, where possible, organic varieties. There are many excellent resources for pure incense online, good health stores will carry pure and natural incense sticks or you can even grow and dry your own herbs to use for this purpose.Incense comes in many forms including dried leaves/flowers, resins and incense sticks. Highly processed and synthetic incense will simply introduce toxic chemicals to your environment which are neither good for you nor the environment at large.





Scent, memory and feeling “at home”

Scent, memory and “feeling at home”.

Every home has its own scent whether we have chosen it consciously or it has emerged unconsciously over time. Scent, like colour and sound, has the ability to transport us immediately into memory. Scientific research has proven that our sense of smell (olfaction) is directly connected to our Limbic system; the areas of the brain which process emotional expression behaviour and sensation. Our limbic system is said to provide us with our general “set point” for feeling. It is our mind-body connection. 

Our limbic system was originally referred to as our “rhinencephalon” or nose brain, which gives us some indication of the enormous impact our sense of smell has on its function. Sight and sound also impact the limbic system but they are not as immediately and directly connected as is our sense of smell.

But how does this work? a brief peek at the biology of smell

Our complex olfactory system has 100million highly specialised smell receptor cells (in our olfactory membrane, a small patch of cells in our noses) which uptake information once a smell is detected.  Smell is the most primitive and fundamental of our senses and is sharpest at birth. Newborns orient themselves primarily by scent detecting their mother.

Our olfactory system acts like a memory bank for smells, which serves to remind us of the positive or negative experiences we have stored over time about that particular scent. When we smell something , this information is instantly sent for processing to the brain via two separate roots; 

  • one to the frontal cortex which identifies the smell; smoke / bread.
  • the other to the hypothalmus, amygdala and other parts of the limbic system (the emotional pathway) which incredibly quickly triggers our memories and response. Whether that is the smell of smoke which implies danger and quickly activates our fight/flight instinct, or the smell of freshly baked bread which is comforting, reminding us of nourishment and stimulates our digestive juices.

Perception of scent

Our olfactory system can layer the multiple qualities of a scent and record a pattern of scent somewhat like the pattern of colours created on a patchwork quilt or in a beautiful mosaic or the of a group of musical notes played together, which we detect as a “musical chord” of smells. This then forms the basis for our ability to recognise and form memories  of approximately 10,000 different odours.

Our response to a stimulus in the form of a scent depends first on our perception of it; the memory we associate with it.  It is not surprising then, that estate agents recommend emphasising recognised particularly homely scents (such as fresh laundry or freshly brewed coffee) and masking unpleasant odours like “wet dog” or smelly socks when trying to sell our homes.

We can become unconscious of the smells which pervade our homes, whether the smells of cooking, our pets, laundry, cleaning products etc. Take a moment when you first walk in the front door to notice – what is the first thing you smell? What memory or emotion does that evoke? Does it make you feel comfortable or irritated? Each of us is impacted differently by various scents based on our memories and associations with them. Decide if the scent of your home is welcoming and pleasant or could it do with some adjustment? Then make some changes accordingly.

Next we will delve deeper into the world of incense and aromatherapy..

February 2020 new beginnings

In the northern hemisphere February marks the beginning of the new growth for the new year, the earth begins to awaken from her winter slumber and the growth for the new year begins to stir. 

In the Celtic calendar, this marks Imbolc, the celebration of the divine spark of inspiration, the festival of earth awakening and the potential for manifestation. 

In Ireland we celebrate Brighid’s day on the first day of February. It is said that on the night of the 31st of January Brighid rises again from her winter resting place and brings with her all of the potential for new growth for the year.  The symbolism of the Brighid’s cross represents the four cardinal directions and the four elements with Brighid spiralling at its centre being the unifying force. She is a symbol of compassion and healing. The “cross” is, in fact, a spiral, symbolising dynamic balance, and is traditionally placed above the front door of the home as a symbol of protection, unity and balance.

In feng shui, February 4th marks the beginning of the solar new year in feng shui. (The Chinese new year is based on the lunar calendar and is a “moveable feast” which was celebrated on January 25th this year.) Within the solar calendar, each year over a cycle of 9 years the energy subtly changes and shifts allowing us to experience different types of energy within our own lives. Depending on our own energy (ki) we will experience this shift in energy in subtly different ways. 

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Setting your course for 2020. Being in your element; a look at the 5 transformations

Being in your element Feng shui, 9 star ki and setting your course for 2020


The only constant in life is change; visible in the seasons, the passage of light throughout the day and our journey through life. This is key to our understanding of feng shui and 9 star ki astrology. 

Our lives, like the seasons, go through a natural dance of gathering and letting go, expansion and contraction. Each year over a cycle of 9 years our personal energy goes through subtle changes, some years our energy is rising and proceeding like the full force of spring and others our energy is more inwardly focused, deepening and solidifying our footing in the world. 

Learn more about your personal elemental signature and how to go with the flow of your energy for the coming year.

Learn also, how to tap into the feng shui of your home to fully support your own personal energy this year and every year going forward.

In all traditional cultures there is a natural instinct to look to mother nature to understand our place in the natural order of things. We are greatly impacted by the cycle of the seasons, the natural ebb and flow of light and heat throughout the day and throughout the seasons and the natural cycles occurring over a period of years. 

Many systems have been created to help us understand this natural flow so that we can tap into this and navigate our way on our journey through life with greater ease, trust and understanding.

These systems have closely observed the various energies in the natural world and assigned each of them an element; these elements are the essential building blocks from which all life is created, built, sustained and destroyed before beginning the cycle all over again.

In feng shui, ayurvedic and western traditions we look at the elements; wood, fire, earth, metal and water (the quintessence) . Often referred to as the five phases or five transformations, they represent growth and movement forward; onward and upward (wood), expansion, blooming and blossoming into full growth (fire), stabilising, steadying and solidifying (earth), contracting, condensing, gathering and consolidating (metal) and regenerating, diving deep to begin again (water).  Other cultures such as the native american and Celtic cultures break this down to just four; earth, air, fire and water. 

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Seasons greetings at the Winter Solstice and for Christmas 2019

Seasons Greetings at the winter solstice in the lead up to Christmas 2019

On December 21st we reach the standstill of the winter solstice, arriving at the shortest day of the year and the longest night.  

Celebrating the turning of the earth and the returning of the light, from today on the days will slowly but surely lengthen from now until the summer solstice when they reach their peak again. 

While mother earth sleeps, the seeds of next years potential begin to form deep beneath her surface. Use this time of quiet and stillness to meditate on what it is you would like to draw in for 2020. What seeds to you need to sow in order to reap their benefits next year?

Ideally we should be at our quietest at this time of year, in order to go with the flow of nature, but in the West tradition has it that this is the busiest time, at Christmas all of the hustle and bustle can leave us with precious little time to sit and reflect. 

There is a lot of symbolism associated with this time of year not least of which is the reindeer which synonymous with Christmas. In Shamanic tradition, the deer is a symbol of calm serenity, gentleness and safety for those seeking peace. Her energy reminds us that it is in the stillness that we will find our centre and serenity. Take some “time in” this weekend and in the coming week to pause and reflect on the year just gone and on what you want to invite in for the coming year, as the light returns, it brings with it the possibility for new growth and new beginnings.

On the 26th we will have a new moon eclipse. The new moon is when there is no moon, the cycle of the waning moon is complete and the waxing of the new moon has yet to begin in earnest. It is a pause between the exhale and the inhale of the cycles of the moon. It is said that at an eclipse* the universe changes gears. Eclipses open and close portals representing a moment in time when we can step through these portals and make an internal shift to move things along once and for all. A great time to set your intentions. (*eclipse information from “moonology” by Yasmin Boland)

Gratitude for many blessings this year

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support this year, as readers of my newsletter, you give me the opportunity to share what I have learned so far on my feng shui journey, which I love to do. 

It has been my great pleasure to consult with many of you on feng shui for your homes and businesses and to spend time sharing the application of feng shui design with many of you at workshops throughout the year. 

2019 has been a wonderful year of learning and sharing and I am truly grateful for the many blessings it has brought. Not least, the amazing prize of a self-publishing package which I was awarded by Hay House as second prize in their writers workshop programme held in Dublin for the first time this year. Their support for my writing is an extraordinary affirmation for which I am truly humbled and grateful. More on this in the new year!

Until then, I wish you and yours a happy, healthy and Peaceful Solstice and Christmas and every blessing for the year ahead!

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An invitation to tap in to your potential for the coming year

9 Star Ki Astrology Feng Shui and Relationships. February 1st 2020

Being in your element; Whats in store for you 2020?

Discover more about your own personal energy signature and how best to support yourself in your home. 9 Star ki – your astrological companion to feng shui

In this class we look at our own personal energy signature – the elements that make up our emotional centre, our character and our outer expression. We look at the way in which our energy differs from, or integrates with, other elements in those in our immediate circle. We also take in how our energy changes and evolves each year over a cycle of 9 years and how best to go with the flow of this movement. What is does 2020 hold for your personal energy and how best to tap into that. We will also look at the energy for your partner, friends, family and colleagues to better understand how we act and interact with each other based on our elemental signature.

If you wish to delve deeper into the application of feng shui design to your home, join us for one of our two weekend workshops being held in March 21st and 22nd and October 17th and 18th. These are small gatherings which allow us to spend in depth time on each persons floor-plan and the application of feng shui design to it, taking into consideration your own personal energy and synchronising this with the energy of your home. 

Colour energetics; focus on Violet

Violet, the colour of royalty is associated with the pituitary centre which is called by the medical profession “the master gland” of the endocrine system.

Astrologists associate this gland with the planet Jupiter, endowing the individual with fortunate circumstances in all areas of his life. Money is gained easily and the individual will make wise use of it” Roger Lewis

Birren in New Horizons in colour discusses purple as being more refined than blue. The eye has more difficulty focusing on it. It is soft, filmy and never angular. Unlike blue, however it is not so lofty but clings to the earth like a distant mountain half hidden in the mist”.

In colour therapy Violet is said to be a purifying ray and affects the pituitary gland. “the violet ray depresses the motor nerves and the lymphatic and cardiac systems. It purifies the blood… it is used quite extensively in orthodox medicine, but is is a powerful and subtle vibration and acts on mans highest body so that its use is contra-indicated where the mind is undeveloped”  Colour therapy Mary Anderson


According to Faber Birren ” If you favour purple, you automatically assume, by right or by desire an uncommon quality among the mortals of this earth. Perhaps you deserve the association. If you do, you have a good mind , a rare wit and an ability to observe things which go unnoticed by others. You may be both introspective and temperamental – a combination that epitomised the artist. You are sensitive; you relish the subtle and can see the magnificence in both the baroque and the humble. “ There is indecision, inconsistency and aloofness in the individual who prefers violet, according to Birren,. Although naturally creative, often genius, he may be vain and revel in the admiration of others”

According to the Luscher colour test, an individual preferring violet enjoys the refinements of living, is tactful and warm, while retaining an attitude of censure. ….They keep their emotions under rigid and vigilant control, covering their own overly trusting nature by demanding complete honesty from others. 

When the pituitary gland, the master gland of the physical body is opened through meditation, the vibration of violet is lifted or changed to golden and is perceived as white or ULTRAVIOLET; the vibration of the unity of all colours and all of the seven spiritual centres returned to their original purposes, recharged and regenerated – Roger Lewis Colour and the Edgar cayce readings

Shakespeare in a Midsummer nights dream speaks of “flower of purple dye, Hit with Cupid’s archery” ; considered to be the pansy which is emblematic of humility and sweet loving thoughts.

In its negative connotation, purple can mean overweening pride, pomp and vanity. The colour of the rich man who has no love in his heart for Lazarus and no belief in anything but the things of the world. “ – Ellen Conroy the symbolism of colour.

Violet works on our feelings of self worth, dignity and self respect. It is recommended to use when we have a tendency to diminish ourselves always feeling that others can do better than us. – Theo Gimbel

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Symbols of protection

Symbols of protection


In every culture there is a tradition to place symbols of protection at the entrance to the home.

In Ireland, we have the tradition of placing a Brighids cross above the door to symbolise balance, healing  and protection.

Legend has it that, preceding the Celts, the Tuatha de Danaan, the children of Dana the mother goddess, came from doomed Atlantis to Ireland.

They brought with them the four sacred tools from the four cities of Atlantis: the sword of Truth from Findas, the city of the East, the spear of light from Gorias, in the South, the cauldron of plenty from Murias in the West and from Failias in the North, the stone of destiny.


Brighid, daughter of Dana was the uniting force of the Danaan as they settled in their new home in Ireland.

She brought the gifts of healing, poetry, writing and smith-craft and her healing grace. Brighid infused the hearth-fires with her warmth and light and the springs with her healing grace. She set up centres all over Ireland to train her priestesses in the healing Arts to serve the people.


The symbolism of the Brighids cross represents the four elements and the four cities of Atlantis with Brighid spiralling at its centre being the unifying force. She is a symbol of compassion and healing. It is, in fact, a spiral, symbolising dynamic balance, a perfect addition above the front door of the home.

On February 1st we celebrate Brighids day with the cutting of reeds to make a new Brighids cross for the home.

*Information on Brighids cross legend from Brighid’s Healing, Ireland’s Celtic Medicine Traditions by Gina McGarry




Colour energetics; focus on indigo


November has landed with a cold and wet snap, time to bundle up, keep warm and spend more time in introspection. We have just been through the feast of Samhain, when our ancestors recognised our need for a time of letting go, burning up and getting rid of what is no longer useful and making room for the seeds of next year to begin to germinate. It is timely then that we are continuing our journey through the seven colour spectrum with a focus on the colour Indigo. November has landed with a cold and wet snap, time to bundle up and keep warm and spend more time in introspection. We have just been through the feast of Samhain, when our ancestors recognised our need for a time of letting go, burning up and getting rid of what is no longer useful and making room for the seeds of next year to begin to germinate. We are continuing our journey through the seven colour spectrum with a focus on the colour Indigo.


An artistic colour, useful for introspection and meditation.


In feng shui blues are considered to be associated with the water element. Indigo, being a deeper shade (with black added) of blue and veering toward blue-purple, is the colour of the night sky.

It therefore speaks to greater depths on our journey. It is useful for meditation, when considering our way forward on our life-path.


In decoration Deep blues are cooling, calming and will absorb light and therefore reduce the apparent size of a space. Useful for meditation spaces or for bedrooms where a deeply calming atmosphere is required; Edgar Cayce associated this colour with the pineal gland, often considered a vestige of the third eye. This is where the pattern or seed of ideas are first implanted; where we dream them into being. 

Cayce further describes people who favour Indigo as being seekers, searching for a cause or spiritual experience; indicative of high mental abilities, a logical, discerning, enthusiastic and cheerful nature and a desire to express creativity. A dislike of indigo would, according to Cayce, suggest an overcautious, impetuous, and argumentative nature with a desire to give the ego full play.

Indigo is associated with the third eye chakra, the pituitary gland and intuition; knowledge with understanding. This is the chakra centre for intuition, the decision maker, the discriminator. When this chakra is flowing freely, we can see with clarity, anchoring our spiritual vision, allowing ourselves to see the truth. We feel purposeful, direct, clear in our actions and intuitive. “This is where we reel in our kite of intuition and inspiration, becoming part of the guided creative process” (Rick Jarrow “the ultimate anti-career guide”). When this chakra is blocked we can be indecisive, floating and “wishy-washy”. We have two physical eyes looking out and one energetic eye looking in.  Visualising a spinning wheel of deep blue indigo light in this area, just above and between our eyebrows will allow this energy to flow more freely. Affirmation” I am willing to release my fear of seeing the future; the truth. I allow myself to connect to boundless creative energy”. 

In colour therapy indigo is considered to be cooling, astringent and electric, working on the parathyroid glands, it is said to affect our emotional and spiritual levels and to reduce obsessive behaviour.


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Colour energetics: Focus on Blue



The third of the primary colours, blue is considered a cool colour. Its effect is almost the opposite of red, it is cooling, calming and considered to relax the body and lower the body temperature, pulse rate and blood pressure. Although, as with all things, in overuse its effect will be the opposite. (Yin becomes yang at its extreme)



In feng shui Blue is associated with the water element symbolic of movement and flow. There are two distinct sides to this energy; one bubbly and effervescent and the other deep and brooding. Depending on the quality of the tint/tone/shade used and the quality of the light in the room, blue may evoke differing sensations.

In Decoration Blue can generally evoke a feeling of calm and sedation but if used indiscriminately can evoke feelings of melancholia or uneasiness and can be quite depressing in overuse. It can be seen as calming and serene or cold and unwelcoming, therefore, care should be taken with its use in an interior scheme. It can make a room seem cold so it should be used in combination with warmer colours to counteract this effect. Pale blues can appear cold but can also be used on walls, for example to make a room appear more expansive (like the “pale blue yonder” of the sky it evokes a sense of space). 

Strong blues can also be effective on walls and ceilings of bedrooms and dining rooms where they seem impressive and calm. While red is an expansive colour in terms of energy, blue is a contractive colour as it calms things down evoking a restful energy. 


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Colour energetics; focus on green in feng shui design

Green and how to use it in feng shui design

The colour of nature, growth, youth and fertility and balance.

 A secondary colour, (meaning it is a blend of two primary colours; yellow and blue).  It has a balsamic and balancing effect on our psyche. Right in the middle of the colour spectrum, it is said to provide a balance between the stimulating colours of red orange and yellow and the calming colours of blue, indigo and violet. 

The keyword for green is balance.  Green is said to be balancing and healing for the body and mind and provides relief from stress and exhaustion. The best way to expose ourselves to the colour green is to get out into nature or to bring nature into our homes.

In general, it is best brought into the environment in the form of green leafy plants and woodland imagery. Plants have the added value of introducing negative ions and moisture into the air which enhances the sense of balance and relaxation we feel when we encounter them in our environment. 

It is recommended to use green if you tend to take your work home with you, in a metaphorical sense. Equally when you take your domestic matters into your work situation. If you cannot keep your thoughts in balance. – Theo Gimbel Healing with colour

In “color and human response” Faber Birren concluded “those who prefer green almost invariably are socially well adjusted, civilised and conventional…. They are persons who belong to clubs, take part in civic activities such as golf, cards and the theatre,… they are suburban.”

If you love green you probably dwell in the great forest of humanity; you are a respectable neighbour, home builder, parent, voter, patroniser, joiner” He states; “green suggests a retreat from anxieties”. Birren described those who disliked green as “resisting social involvement, lacking in balance… often leading a lonely existence”

In imbalance, green can be viewed as feeling ill (green about the gills) lacking in experience (being green) and feeling envious (the green eyed monster).

Associated with the thymus gland in the body, green is said to induce feelings of balance and harmony bringing in the fresh energy of new beginnings. It opens our heart to love, stabilises our energy and promotes enthusiasm, abundance, prosperity and wealth.

 Psychologically green represents a withdrawal from stimulus. It can create an ideal environment for sedentary tasks, concentration and meditation. 


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Colour energetics; focus on yellow in feng shui design.

YELLOW and how to use it in feng shui design

The colour of sunshine and springtime, yellow has a powerful positive effect on our mood. In feng shui design we use yellow to uplift and enliven spaces. It conjures up cheerful images of sunny days. Like red, yellow is often used by healers and colour therapists as a tonic and it is said to have a healing effect on the brain and nervous system. Amber was used, by some ancient cultures, as an antidote to insanity. Yellow is said to be the colour of unity, unity of affection and with the spiritual powers of the universe. 


Much of the information we rely on in terms of colour and its effects on us physically and psychologically rely on the very detailed studies done by Faber Birren. He  discusses yellow as “the colour of highest visibility in the spectrum and therefore sharp, angular and crisp in quality. More like light than like substance, more lofty and celestial than mundane”. 

He also notes that because of its “high visibility” it serves many purposes in safety. 

This is why high visibility vests and much of our dangerous machinery are coloured yellow, yellow and black stripes are used to clearly demarcate danger areas in industry and building sites etc. Yellow is often used to alert the user of more dangerous machinery parts such as motors or belts where particular care must be take to avoid injury.

 Yellow sharply focuses our eyes our minds and is the brightest and clearest colour visible to us. The yellow card is shown in sports, as a warning, it alerts us that we need to be more mindful in our actions. 

Yellow will often appear brighter than white, therefore it is useful in areas where there is dim lighting or in large, vaulted, spaces in order to make them feel brighter and more welcoming. 

In studies, yellow has been described as having a favourable effect upon human metabolism. It speeds up our digestion, often stimulating the appetite. This is why it is used in fast food restaurants to encourage us to eat more When used in combination with red, which makes us move on quickly, it truly is the ideal fast food combination! Obviously to be avoided in our own dining rooms and kitchens where we want to encourage relaxed nourishment. 


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Colour energetics:- Orange and feng shui, focus on colour and health and wellbeing

crown paints colour image

orange is a stimulating colour, good for entertainment areas


Colour energetics: Orange is often used as a less fiery option than red, in feng shui design. Colour affects us on a physical, mental and emotional level. When working with colour energy in creating a stimulating and uplifting space, orange can provide an incandescence which promotes a lightness of heart and a sense of fun and  optimism.


  • Orange evokes feelings of joy and energy. 
  • It is linked to health and vitality and associated with self discovery, enhancing creativity and our sense of well being, opening us up to new ideas and perspectives. 
  • It is said to aid digestion and assimilation. 
  • Some cultures use it for meditation

A less fiery colour than red, orange is a secondary colour created when the two primary colours of red and yellow are combined. Orange has a general appearance of being bright, luminous and glowing. Orange evokes feelings of happiness and joviality, energy and power. Similar to red, but to a lesser extent, orange can increase blood pressure and heart rate. Orange is seen as a sporty, sociable, and healthy colour, self assured and constructive.

some associated orange with meditation

Vegetarians are said to lack the vibration of the colour orange and some religious groups, who are vegetarian, adopt the colour orange in their robes to enhance this energy eg Buddhists and Hare Krishna’s.

Orange is often associated with self-discovery and some cultures adopt it for meditation. It is said that we are often attracted to a particular colour when we require its energy and when people wear a lot of orange it might well be that they are doing a lot of inner personal development work either consciously or unconsciously. 


Associated with the sacral chakra, orange is said to enhance creativity and may be used in environments where creative energy is vital e.g. advertising agencies, or areas where people ned to come up with ideas and be dynamic. Orange is associated with the kidneys (associated with filtering our anxiety and worry) and adrenal glands (our energy reserves). The adrenal glands are associated with our “fight, flight or freeze” impulse therefore associated also with stamina, however when overstimulated, adrenal fatigue can set in which can deplete energy or cause stress or friction. 

As a somewhat fiery colour, it can be used to create a warm atmosphere and can be used in the form of a lighter tint (by adding white into the formulation of the colour) in the form of peach, or as a stronger, deeper shade in the form of terracotta to warm a north facing or cool room to great advantage. A variety of orange tints and shades within a colour scheme can be evocative of autumn, restful energy, slowing down. If used with other earthy colours it can be comforting, reminding us of earth and nature. It would not be a good colour to use over a large area where the aim is to relax and unwind e.g a bedroom, as it can cause restlessness. 


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Colour energetics: Red


Colour and sound are aspects of the same thing; the movement and vibration of energy. So, when we say that some colours “clash” and others harmonise we are using terms normally used to describe sound, which gives us an idea of the similarities between these two vibrations. 

It is therefore easy to understand how colour, in a similar way to sound, is perceived differently by different individuals and different cultures. 

Colour has an effect on our conscious and subconscious mind and affects us both physically and psychologically before we add the baggage of our cultural and experiential associations of colours to past memories etc. In discussing the psychological effects of a particular colour it is important to remember that we are generally talking about the pure version of that colour rather than a tint or shade of it.



Red is a yang (activating)colour, is associated with our Base or root chakra and signifies success and virtue. 

  • Being in a red space is said to increase our heart rate and body temp.  
  • Associations; painting the town red / seeing red, heat, fire, passion, energy, drive
  • It represents life energy and the power to create. 
  • Red commands attention;  traffic lights, the red card in sports etc
  • It is said to invoke alertness, courage and confidence
  • Cultural association:- In the west it is associated with valentines day and Christmas. In China it is a symbol of power and luck; it is the traditional bridal colour.
  • Chakra association: base chakra/root chakra. Represents our connection to earth, our grounded-ness, connection to family, community and our relationships. This chakra is associated with our thoughts and beliefs around scarcity Vs abundance. In its deepest sense abundance is the feeling that you are loved for being yourself, your sense of “belonging”. This is the chakra that relates to our feelings around physical security, money and safety. If this chakra is blocked in any way we can feel powerless, lonely or unstable.
  • In feng shui red connotes FIRE energy, associated with the height of summer, it is activating and enlivening. Red attracts the most attention, and therefore is often used in feng shui enhancements to activate energy in a particular area. In feng shui the fire element is associated with the south, the red phoenix and the area of reputation, recognition and clarity. It is the area of our space where we shine a spotlight our “self”showing ourselves for who we are, and what we wish to be known as and for. This is the energy associated with illuminating our path forward in life. 

One of the three primary colours, red has a brilliant and intense appearance. It has various mental associations such as heat, fire, blood etc. Since red is the colour of blood it isn’t surprising that it also denotes life, action, cheerfulness and enthusiasm. It has cultural associations such as Christmas, 4th of July and Valentine’s day.

It can have objective associations; passionate, exciting, active, “painting the town red” etc.


Red is associated with the base chakra which is our powerhouse, and is said to house our energy and drive. It also has some negative associations with rage and ferocity “seeing red” at its extreme. Red represents the element FIRE which is active, fiery and passionate. 

Red is used by colour therapists as a powerful stimulant and tonic and, as such, has an association with health and vigour. Red stones and crystals are said to have health giving properties;  the ruby in China and Japan are said to have an association with long life and happiness. 


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Developing your relationship with your place of belonging

Developing your relationship to your place of belonging.

Often, even in the most “picture perfect” environments people can feel alienated or disconnected in some way from the places where they live. Regularly, my clients will comment that “even though I have lived here for some time and have done lots of work to the building, I don’t feel like the house is mine” or “ I cant put my finger on it, but something just doesn’t work here” 

Feng shui is a very popular method of exploring this connection, but often the language can be somewhat alien or sound a little too “out there” for many people. Even the words yin and yang can seem somewhat unrelate-able. We talk about colours being yin (calming) Vs yang (activating) etc

At its core really,  Yin is receptive/allowing VS  Yang is assertive/resisting, instinct (yin) Vs mental acuity (yang)                                                

This needing to belong is instinctual and needs to be informed by allowing and being receptive to our own individual needs and sense of self; our connection to our feeling of what home is for us. It follows therefore, that becoming “a dedicated follower of fashion” in creating a home is always going to feel lacking in some way. 

In her book “Belonging” Toko-pa Turner discusses Globalisation as a homogenising force; its ideas putting us under pressure to express and appear the same way to “fit in”. This, she says, leaves us feeling hollow and disconnected because it doesn’t ring true to our inner self. 

This needing to “fit in” presents us with a problem. In her book, Rising Strong, Brene Brown, puts it very succinctly: “the number 1 barrier to belonging is fitting in… the absence of love and belonging there is always  suffering” 

Which is why, I would suggest, that people who have become disconnected emotionally from the place where they live, “suffer” this sense of loss, or loneliness, even when they are physically in their own living space. In my experience, this is at the heart of a lot of the suffering experienced in the case of dementia patients; the loss of connection they feel to their surroundings, and even to their own loved ones. In experiencing this, they have forever lost their sense of belonging. 

When you scratch the surface we all have our own unique story and lineage our own unique expression waiting to be seen and heard. Where better than our own homes, provides such a safe space for this expression?

In the creation of a true home for ourselves to “belong” in, we need to explore how colour, shape, scent, material finishes and the “atmosphere” of a space all come together to provide a “personality” or outer skin with which we are in relationship. The goal is to connect deeply to that relationship and work with it to create a sense of finally “being at home”. Loving that space as a living, breathing being, and feeling it “love you back”.

Close your eyes and imagine what your ideal, “perfect home” would feel like, connect to the feeling first, before you imagine anything physical. Then ask yourself, how can I introduce more of this “feeling” into my current living space. What do I need to have less of? Clearing out is often the place to begin. Then ask yourself, what would I need to introduce? Is it a colour, a scent, a particular tactile  finish or fabric? some artwork? You may surprise yourself with this exercise. Often the obvious material things are not the things which give us this “feeling-at-home-ness” Make a note of what comes to mind and work on having more of that.


Very often subtle changes can have a big impact.





Letting go, making space to move on.


Often feng shui can be reduced in peoples minds to be simply about clutter clearing. It is , in fact, a much deeper and more detailed process of connecting deeply with our sense of HOME.

However, it can be very difficult to bring about real change in our lives without first clearing out what no longer serves us on our journey forward.

feng shui – wind water

If we live surrounded by “stuff” from our past, to the extent that there is no “room to breathe” or space to invite in new experiences; then the application of feng shui or good energy flow to our spaces will be  impeded. Clutter is the opposite of flow, it creates stuck-ness; as long as you have physical “stuff” to deal with you cannot even think of finding a new path forward.

If you have a chronic issue around clutter, then set yourself a time frame; do 10 minutes a day. Remember FLAT SURFACES ARE NOT FOR STORAGE, so start with the counter tops, the desk top, the top of the dressing table etc. Clear the decks. Thereafter, pick one shelf, one drawer etc and tackle that. You will be amazed at the clarity this process will bring.

Some essential oils to diffuse while clearing clutter include:


“Eucalyptus brings us a degree of expansion and considerable peace…. brings us back to sound values, lively and original” “very useful for recentering a scattered person”…and “helps us to reveal the best of ourselves” (Portraits in oils by Philippe Mailhebiau).

It is said to dispel melancholy and revives the spirits working to restore both vitality and a positive outlook. Penetrating and cleansing, it dispels the half-conscious, stagnated feelings that can keep us bound to a limiting environment” Useful if you feel emotionally hemmed in or constricted by your surroundings….disperses negative feelings and gives us room to breathe” changes an atmosphere of “suffocation into one of expansive renewal”(Aromatherapy for healing the spirit by Gabriel Mojay)


It is excellent when feeling sluggish or stuck in a rut. Cleansing, it was used in ancient times to perfume clothes and repel insects. Said to stimulate our immune system, it sharpens our focus, clarifies and uplifts. It is said to disperse and cool emotional confusion and doubt encouraging a greater sense of trust and security. It brings in sunshine, joy and boosts self esteem.


Gives a sense of grounded-ness, well rooted stability and strong upward growth. Offers great strength in the face of adversity.Composing, it gathers scattered thoughts. Said to fortify the will to hold firm against adversity. It can give immovable strength in times of crisis. Restores a sense of spiritual certainty.  Transforms negative situations into ones from which we can derive strength and wisdom. (Aromatherapy for healing the spirit – Gabriel Mojay)


Gently stimulating and warming, it is said to strengthen your resolve and fortify your spirits when going through any difficulty. Excellent to restore your sense of optimism and support the immune system if you are feeling unwell.

The ancient Egyptians used it to disinfect the air and prevent the spread of disease. The greeks used it for this purpose too, and it is linked to the greek word “thumon” meaning courage. It is said that Roman soliders bathed in thyme before entering battle. (Gabriel Mojay “Aromatherapy for healing the spirit”)

It is said to dispel despondency and instil drive – very useful then, if feeling overwhelmed by clutter! It will help to know where to begin!



Feng shui design deepening our relationship with the heart of home

Our homes are a mirror or metaphor for what is going on inside us.

We are not separate from our homes. We are constantly in relationship with our surroundings, whether we are conscious of this interaction or not.

The rhyme we learned as children about the little crooked house, illustrates this beautifully. But which was crooked first, the house or the man and everything in his life?

We are in constant symbiotic relationship with our homes. When we envelop ourselves with beautiful, comfortable, peaceful surroundings, that same sense of beauty, comfort and peace begins to pervade our lives. Conversely when our spaces are chaotic, cluttered or uncared for, we begin to feel enveloped by a corresponding sense of chaos, lethargy and disconnect.

Exploring this deep sense of connection between heart and home (our need to belong and to have a sense of rootedness) can lead to a much deeper sense of the great importance of looking at what we surround ourselves with, and why.

With feng shui we view this through the prism of the 5 elements, looking at location, proportion, shape, colour etc from an energetic perspective.

We can also layer in healthy homes, surrounding ourselves with natural materials and providing ourselves with a healthier environment etc.

Clearing clutter is important because it allows us to reduce the distraction of “visual noise”, so that we have a clearer view of what we truly want for our lives and consequently what we want to surround ourselves with in our homes.

“Space clearing” the atmosphere is equally important to keep the energy of our homes fresh and vibrant.

To learn more, join us on May 11th and 12th for a two day immersion into feng shui, space clearing, healthy homes, our own personal energy signature and how to integrate all of this information in order to deeply connect heart and home. 

Take some time today to walk around your home, really look at your surroundings and everything you have accumulated in your environment and ask yourself; what is your home is reflecting back to you today? Reconnecting on a deep level to your relationship with your home can be a truly profound experience.



dynamic balance involves change

Change; dynamic balance

In applying feng shui to our living and working spaces we are mirroring the dynamic balance found in nature. The natural ebb and flow of energy as the sun changes and  moves throughout the day, the seasons, the year etc. Dynamic Balance means changing, growing, flowing balance, not a static state of perfection.

True balance is always evolving, growing, receding and beginning again – in harmony with our needs as we move through the different stages of our lives.

Isn’t it interesting then, that as human beings, all too often, we are reluctant to leave behind the apparent security of the status quo. Even if the situation we are currently in is uncomfortable, we can, at times, have a somewhat “better the devil you know” attitude toward moving on.

At this time of year mother nature gifts us with a magnificent display of the beauty of change and transformation. As we move into Spring, plants that have been dormant all winter, begin to spread their wings and blossom. This is a wonderful mirror for us, showing the magnificent opportunity we have, when we choose to let go, and allow change to transform our energy, bringing us to the next level in our development.

In the incorporation of feng shui design into to our spaces, it is crucial to remember to regularly review what is working for us and what requires movement and transformation.  Simply moving around artwork, ornaments etc. clearing out/tidying into storage what we are not currently using, will have a profound effect on how we perceive our surroundings and subsequently on how we feel energetically.

This month ask yourself – What project have you been putting off until the time was right? Is there a creative process that you would love to begin? A class that you have wanted to take? or perhaps there is a space in your home waiting to be transformed or re-purposed for another use?

Change is the one true constant in our lives – The wind will blow and change will come. Take time at this re-birthing time of the year to En-Joy this turning point in your journey!

To learn more about feng shui, space clearing and transforming your life by transforming your home (your outward expression) join us on May 11th and 12th for a two day immersion into feng shui design. 

This TWO DAY FOUNDATION LEVEL WORKSHOP is designed to introduce you to the key concepts of feng shui and the essential associated modalities of healthy homes, clutter clearing, earth energy and space clearing and their application to your home. 

In this feng shui design course we will cover; the importance of location, chi vs sha, form school feng shui, the bagua, furniture placement, personal best directions, the importance of entrances and bedrooms, colour, pattern, shape and material finishes and the flow of the five elements, space clearing, healthy homes and much more.
Early bird offer available until April 6th 
Hope to see you there!

Spring-forward Blessings!

Whats in an entrance?

Whats in an entrance?

Whats in an entrance?

In feng shui we place particular focus on the entrance to our homes and businesses. It is considered vital to have a space in front of the entrance for energy to “pool” creating a ming tang or bright hall, a transition space between the outside world and our inner sanctum.

Having the entrance brightly lit, well maintained and with the number and name clearly marked is essential. Them having some colourful plants to give the space some life-force is excellent. But can you have too much of a good thing?

While it is important to have the entrance bright and well kept, if there is so much planting surrounding the entrance that you have to “pick your way through” then this will constrict the flow of people and chi into your space. Balance is what is required.

Ensure that you have space for people and energy to gather, it is even more ideal if you can afford them some shelter as they gather at the entrance before entering. Pillars, pots or planters can be added either side of the door so that you “step out” in an embrace to welcome people and energy into your space.

Having a change of material underfoot also provides a reminder as you step onto a different surface that you are now entering a different energetic space here. Colour, shape and proportion all have their own energy.

In feng shui we also look at the significance of what direction your home faces and how that relates to your own individual energy. We each have four better/more auspicious directions for our front door to open onto in order to draw in beneficial chi or energy. Learn more about this on our two day foundation training in feng shui design. 

March 2019 Looking ahead to the spring equinox

spring equinox March 2019, a time to clear clutter inside and out to make room for the new growth of spring.

Traditionally this is the time of awakening after the long winter months, a time to celebrate new life, new beginnings  and the return of Spring. The spring equinox on March 21st marks one of the tipping points of the year, when we mark the equal length of day and night.

March of many weathers, as our mothers used to say has arrived blowing away the cobwebs of winter and bringing with it new buds of life and the promise of spring and summer to follow.

This is a perfect time to do a clean sweep both inside and out. Clearing away what no longer serves, making room for this years new growth. Take time to sit quietly and write out a plan for which areas need the most clearing, allotting times and days in which you can comfortably do this. Even allowing 30 mts per day, you will be amazed at the difference you can make.

Bring in some scented spring flowers and place them in the hallway to brighten up this space, welcoming in the promise of a new years growth, full of vitality. This will boost your energy as you face out into the world each day and as you arrive back home.

The entrance and hallway are vitally important areas in feng shui as this is where the energy of the outside world meets our own personal space. This space speaks volumes about who we are and sets the tone/atmosphere for our entire experience of the space.

In feng shui, the entrance given special attention and focus and is called the “ming tang” or bright hall. This is where we ideally create a  gathering space in which to pool energy, sometimes called the “dinner plate” from which we can inhale vital chi/energy through the main entrance or “mouth of chi” into our homes. This allows our homes to then be energised uplifted and in turn to be uplifting to our energy and subsequently energised all areas of our lives.

9 star ki our astrological companion to feng shui which allows us to more fully integrate our energy with that of our homes

Being in your element Workshop

2nd February 2019

9 star ki and Feng Shui – Discover more about your own personal energy signature and how best to support it in your home.

In this class we look at our own personal energy signature – the elements that make up our emotional centre, our character and our outer expression. We look at the way in which our energy differs from, or integrates with, other elements in those in our immediate circle. We also take in how our energy changes and evolves each year over a cycle of 9 years and how best to go with the flow of this movement.

What is 9 star ki?

9 star ki dovetails with feng shui and allows us to understand the energy that lies behind the movement of energy to and through our lives. Feng Shui and 9 star ki recognise that life is simply energy in transformation – understanding the mechanism of this transformation enables us to enjoy a deeper and fuller, connection to this process in our lives.

The 9 stars refer to the 7 stars of the big dipper and the vega and polaris stars. These were used as navigational tools by our ancestors, as they rotated around an axis throughout the year. This process of movement and change was seen to have a direct correlation to change in nature and our lives.

Discover your own energy signature

In this class we will discover our own energy signature and how our energy moves and transforms each year over a cycle of 9 years before it begins the cycle again. Understanding your own energy signature and your energy for this particular year enables you to go with the flow of this energy and support yourself through this process of transformation. It also allows you to understand the energy of those around you and where they are on this turning wheel of transformation.

We will cover the application of  feng shui to your particular living space and then we layer in your own personal energy signature, working to support your individual energy and that of anyone else living in the home.

A journey of discovery into your inner and outer worlds and how best to infuse them with joy, abundance, health and happiness for every area of your life.

Date:- Saturday February 2nd 2019

Time:- 10am to 5pm

Venue:- `River Holistic Centre Main Street Raheny

Your Investment:- €90 (or book two places for €171)


Fragrant Chi – The Essence of Home

Fragrant Chi – The Essence of Home

 Treat yourself to a morning learning how to infuse your home with essential oils, to cleanse and uplift body, mind and spirit!


10am to 1pm

Essential oils have long been valued for their therapeutic effect when used in massage. However, they are also, invaluable in the home and workplace and have a deep and lasting effect on the physical environment as well as on the atmosphere and occupants. In this workshop we will look at ways to employ essential oils in the home for space clearing, shifting atmospheres and to cleanse and uplift  ourselves and our homes. 

Obviously their scents are very pleasing and effective when used in cleaning products, bath salts and when diffused into the air. But they also have a very healing affect, in cleansing and uplifting the spirit of the space and creating atmospheres. 

In this workshop you will learn:-

  • How to utilise essential oils to create natural cleaning products, 
  • How to make your own bath salts and sugar scrubs.
  • Space clearing and how to create space clearing mists to cleanse and uplift your home. 
  • We will cover 9 key essential oils and their uses 
  • Learn which oils work well in combination. 
  • Essential oils to enhance feng shui/energy flow your home
  • how to make a seasonal blend to infuse your home with the magic of Christmas. 


WHERE – River holistic centre Raheny


Creating clarity with feng shui.

Feng Shui provides a prism through which we can view this relationship between our inner and outer skins (our homes). We look at the energy of your space and how to make sometimes, subtle changes to have an immediate effect on any area of our lives.
Colour effects us on every level, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It is a powerful ally and a healing tool in creating atmospheres and a sense of well being in our living and working spaces.

In this workshop we will cover:

In this one day practical workshop you will learn:-

  • How each area of your home is resonating with a particular area of your life
  • Your home is a mirror, reflecting back to you whatever is going on in your life. For example, if you live surrounded by physical clutter, you will feel a stagnation in one or more area of your life.
  • Feng shui provides a system to create harmony and balance in all areas of your home which will reflect back into all areas of your life.
  • There are many “schools” or approaches to this wonderful subject, in this workshop  we will  guide you to choosing which approach works best for you.
  • Mirror the natural dynamic balance of energy found in nature into our homes and our lives
  • Dynamic balance involves an ebb and flow to each area of our lives, we will look at ways to align your energy with that of your home.
  • Our connection to our  homes is vital in order to feel protected and supported in life, feng shui provides a system to deepen that connection. Giving added meaning to the furnishings, colours and ornamentation we surround ourselves with.
  • Colour and the creative connection to manifesting the life you want with feng shui. The energy of each colour of the spectrum, discussing how it effects us on every level physically, emotionally and energetically
  • Feng shui involves creating a balance in the flow of energy to and through your space so that it will support your sense of well-being rather than become a source of stress.With balance comes the opportunity for improvement of your health, wealth and relationships.

Having originally worked in alternative health therapies and beauty therapy for many years, Edel became more and more fascinated by the effects of our environment on health and wellbeing. In the 1990’s Edel studied Interior Design at the Dublin Institute of Design and Feng Shui at the Feng Shui Network International in London. In the course of the past 20 years, Edel has delved deeply into the world of colour and its impact on our sense of wellbeing.

WHEN: 20TH OCTOBER 2018 10 am to 5pm
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact / 086-2719292


Our homes act as a mirror for what is going on inside us

There is a physical and spiritual connection between yourself and your home, indeed your home is a mirror for what is going on inside you. When you work consciously to clear the energy of your home, the energy of your space merges with your own energy – your home takes on the essence of who you really are. That is, who you are now, not who you once used to be!

Once you begin to clear your clutter, you will experience a corresponding flow of energy into your home and therefore your life. 

decluttering and simplifying decor can bring a breath of fresh air to your home and your life

clutter can block our flow through life, making it seem difficult to make progress

The importance of clearing clutter

In order to have good feng shui (energy flow) through our homes it is vital to first clear our clutter. 

This can be challenging. Clutter is emotional, representing the past and often old, stuck patterns and ways of being. 

Be gentle with yourself through this process. Take some time and weed through your belongings. Start by asking yourself “does this lift my energy or drag it down”  or worse yet, “does it have no resonance whatsoever?” 

Unless it is something which lifts your energy or which you find useful or beautiful then you can reclassify it as clutter. 

“Do not have anything in your home that you do not know to be useful or find to be beautiful” William Morris

Begin with the easy layers – FLAT SURFACES ARE NOT FOR STORAGE! Clear off worktops, table tops and dresser tops. The clarity this creates will give your energy a boost to keep going.  

flat surfaces are not for storage

de-clutter countertops for clarity

A gathering of friends – The house whisperer weekend workshop in July









Our July workshop with Christian Kyriacou was a wonderful gathering of like-minded souls wishing to go deeper into their connection with the heart of home.

Christian combines feng shui, space clearing, sacred geometry and exploring our karmic connections to the spaces we are drawn to live in. He calls this process House Whispering, discovering our deep connection to the heart of home.

These workshops are a great opportunity to spend time learning and connecting, sharing knowledge and discussing our experiences.

A very enjoyable and inspiring weekend which brought about some huge breakthroughs and shifts in energy for several of the participants. As a result of the work done at this workshop, the speed with which energy shifted  and tangible results experienced, was, in some cases, quite extraordinary!

Huge thanks to each of you who attended, making it such a fun, healing and inspiring workshop

Summer, creativity and having fun!

Feng shui, Summer, Creativity and Having Fun!

What does your inner child want to do today?

As children, our long summer days were full of possibilities. Lots of fun to be had, doing whatever we liked, with no fixed schedule. As adults, we rarely afford ourselves that luxury. Days off are filled  with “to do” lists which often don’t include anything creative, fun or frivolous. However, this makes our lives somewhat robotic and repetitive and often uninspiring. Feng Shui is concerned with creating balance and experiencing more joy, so that we can  relax and be less stressed and have some fun!
This month, I suggest connecting to your creativity; your second chakra – your creativity and pleasure centre.

Schedule FUN and creativity into your day; yes! every day, even just for 15minutes. It will reap huge rewards in every area of your life.

In feng shui the area generally associated with this energy is West/creativity area. The element is metal and in the I ching it is associated with “youngest daughter” (Tui) Lake energy. Its essence is reflected beauty.



Associated with imagination, the arts, music and anything, which gives us pleasure. It represents our sensory organs of taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing. In particular, fragrant blossoms, glistening ponds, delicious desserts and harmonious music enhance this energy.

Look at ways to stimulate all of your senses by introducing beautiful scents, colours, textures and sounds into your environment.

Some essential oils which work well for this purpose include:



  • Citrus oils such as orange and petitgrain add a zesty playfulness to the environment.
  • Grapefruit aids in letting go of indecision and procrastination and is clarifying, releases tension and heavy feelings and allows us to feelclarified and refreshed.
  • Chamomile (roman or german) restores calm control and a sunny disposition
  • and last but by no means least;
  • Melissa(Melissa officinalis – lemon balm) often referred to as “the elixir of life” it is said to restore serenity and innocence.

Experiment with a blend of some of these oils or just one – whichever you are drawn to and fill your space with joy this month!


Another way to easily open yourself up to creative possibilities is to create a vision board.

Simply cut out images and words, sentences and arrange them on a board to remind yourself of what you would like to have more of in your life.

You can take coloured pencils and markers and literally “draw in” whatever  you would like to enjoy this month.

No limits here, just play with it!


Feng shui for the office

Applying feng shui to a modern open plan office space can appear initially to be quite complex. But if you bring it back to the basics of yin and yang balance and creating a more comfortable and natural space to occupy it can become a creative and enjoyable experience.

Simply introducing natural materials, plants, perhaps a water feature and some imagery of natural scenes creates a more relaxed and enjoyable space to occupy.

I will be doing a series of posts on this subject in the next few months, giving practical and common sense tips on making your workspace a more enjoyable space to be.

small changes can soften the entrance making it more welcoming

Finding direction with feng shui

Finding direction with feng shui

In feng shui we look at ways to create dynamic balance and ease ofmovement and flow in our environments. This same sense of movement and flow is then mirrored into every area of our lives.

Spring flowers are finally blooming and there is a real sense of restlessness to get up and running. But before taking off at full speed, take a moment to set your trajectory!

Mother nature has a natural sense of rhythm.  There is a time and a season for everything. At this time of year there is a sense of rising and proceeding energy. Spring flowers are finally blooming and the birds are busying themselves gathering what they will need to build their nests. Readying themselves for this years new beginnings.

This is a great time to take stock. What areas of our lives do we want to shift and change? what areas would we like to see more movement in? Is there enough of a balance between stability and movement forward?

Feng Shui provides invaluable tools to analyse our spaces and be pro-active in creating the type of dynamic balance we want to have in every area of our lives.

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You will learn about
• feng shui

• clutter clearing 

the importance of tapping in to your best directions while you sleep, work and relax. With special emphasis on feng shui for entrances, bedrooms and home offices.


In this workshop
We will explore the essentials of feng shui. Learning about… Read more

Feng shui
Is in creating a sense of connection to your living space, giving it a greater sense of “home”, a space of nurturing, enveloping and supportive energy. Alongside the principles of feng shui, …Read more

Clutter clearing
Building on the foundations of feng shui, with the alchemy of clutter clearing, we explore the importance of clearing clutter. Clutter creates stuck-energy. It is like a dull droning resonance within our homes and creates  …Read more

Taking a closer look at the effects of Feng Shui and the directions we face as we work, rest and play on our well-being.

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March 2018 Home is where the heart is

Home is where the heart is 

Connecting Heart and Home

When endeavouring to describe the essence of feng shui, and what it means for me, I have come to the core truth that it is about creating a deep and supportive connection between who we are and the space that we call home.

The HOME we talk about when we discuss “feeling at home” or “making ourselves at home” or when we discuss “home truths” or “home being where the heart is” is a concept, a feeling, a sense, an essence, if you will; etheric and intangible, yet very REAL.

Home is essentially a place deep within our soul memory, it may not even exist in this reality…
However, there are some places, some atmospheres, some experiences, which can instantly reconnect us, strike that familiar cord deep within. That feeling that grabs us and enfolds us in a bear hug of comfort and love. Like a warm bath, it makes us exhale, relax and release doubt, fear and tension. This, I believe, is the elusive “HOME” that we all seek.

So let’s pull on that thread and look at how we can deepen that connection in the spaces we currently call home…

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February – time to feather our nests

February, the time for nesting,

What better time to “feather our own nest”?
We are here, in this lifetime to enjoy being in relationship with ourselves, with each other and with our surroundings. Our first relationship in life, if we are so blessed, is with our mother. In feng shui this energy of relationships is actually associated with “mother energy” that primal energy of unconditional love.

The I Ching Symbol for this energy is KUN, also known as “the receptive” it represents divine feminine, mother energy. Some words to best describe this energy include: elegance, surrender, devotion, support, nurture,  mildness, softness, adaptability, vulnerability, loyalty, unconditional acceptance and kindness. Kun represents the practical world of growing and gathering food to nurture, ground and centre our energy, anchoring us into the physical world (Robert Sachs).


As Human Beings (humans being) what we all we need, at a primal level, is to feel loved, seen and heard, and nurtured. In tending then, to this area of relationships, this begins with having compassion for and loving, ourselves. Creating an environment in which we feel safe, supported and enfolded, feeds into this sense of belonging and acceptance.

It is part of the human condition to also need companionship. There is no use in having all of that abundance, health and creativity, if there is no one to share it with. Much of the joy we experience in life, if not all of the joy, is found in the sharing of our experiences and feelings.

In our homes, a key area to address, to enhance this energy, is the bedroom. Our bedrooms are where we retreat to for what I call the 3 R’s – Rest, Recuperation and Romance. Your bedroom needs to feel soft, nest-like, (mothering and nurturing). It should soothe the senses with soft, tactile fabrics, beautiful imagery, comforting scents and soft lighting. Fragrant homeliness is the order of the day. That safe pair of arms to run into after a day “playing” outside.

Ask yourself, what does that look like for you? More importantly, how would that FEEL for you! Feel the feeling first, then create that in your environment.
Be aware of the imagery and ornaments in this area of the home, it is good to have pairs of things here rather than solitary images. The last thing you see at night and the first thing you see in the morning impacts on your dream-state and how you feel as you begin every day. Go with your gut feeling for what feels appropriate to represent what it is you want to attract in your relationships. But remember, that you are also in relationship with yourself and support your own energy, first, here. What elements can you add to enhance your sense of being enfolded, protected and nurtured? Ideally, your bedroom should feel like a warm embrace.

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Feng Shui Journey- Flowing Forward

January Flowing Forward into 2018

                                                                                                                              This is the time of year when life has receded deep within the earth, and it appears on the surface as if nothing is happening. This is the primal state that precedes all growth. There is always subtle movement deep within. This is a space of deep thinking and knowing, of facilitating gentle flow on our journey through life.

The Element we associate with this time of year is Water. Water never stops flowing, the ocean never stops its movement and the river moves forward. It is soft and yielding, fluid on its surface but has great strength within.

In Feng Shui this energy represents our movement through life as well as our career or profession. It represents the way in which chi or energy ideally moves like flowing water – so that when things are going smoothly we can say we are going with the flow or conversely swimming against the tide. Water represents the freedom to do what we want to do – for life to flow easily and effortlessly with clarity and ease, on our journey/life-path.

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Whats in a picture?

The art we surround ourselves with speaks to our unconscious minds. Each of us will have different emotional reactions to artwork, coloured by our memories, associations and experiences. 

I was gifted this most beautiful picture by Jimmy Lawlor entitled “of dandelions and dreams”. I absolutely love it, I see it as full of possibility and hope. I associate dandelions with wishes fulfilled (like the ones made as children when we blew on the dandelion seeds and made a wish). I also associate the dandelion with enormous tenacity and strength of will to succeed (she will always find a way to thrive, even growing in the most inhospitable environments). The dandelion is associated with Brigid and is said to empower us and encourage confident self expression.

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December 2017

As the winter solstice approaches we are again at another tipping point in the year, when we reach the shortest day on December 21st, the sun begins its journey back to us again and each day from then on brings us just a little more light.

This month take a look at area 8 of your bagua (the northeast if using compass directions/the area to the front and left of your property if using western three door gate feng shui).

This area is associated with knowledge, spirituality and inner knowingness.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. It is vital to still the mind in order to connect back to this truth. We have so many distractions in our modern lives to keep us occupied and activating our minds, making it even more important to be conscious and make the decision to reconnect daily. Where you focus your attention, your energy will flow, creating an outcome, offering a solution.

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Samhain Blessings for November 2017

Samhain is the Celtic festival  marking the end and the beginning of the year. A period of rest and regeneration, in preparation for the new year to come. This is a time of communication with the ancestors, of going within and recognising our unique place in the continuum, of which we are all a part. A time for deep journeys within, to connect to our inner wisdom. Our ancestors welcomed the darkness, as a necessary blanket, under which, the seeds of the new year could germinate.

In feng shui we associate this energy of contraction with the metal element. On the bagua (energy template we place over the floor plan) this energy is associated with the west- creativity. This area will benefit from some extra attention at this time. To begin with, do a clean sweep, just like mother nature, shedding her leaves and fruit. (shed anything you are ready to let go of).

Then get creative! Why not do a “treasure map” of what you would like to draw into your life in the coming months”.

Take on a new creative project – just for the fun of it! Be joyful and child-like with this – do what feels fun to you!

Create a collage, do some artwork, take out your cookbooks and inspire yourself to create some new dish, for instance. In Ireland, this was traditionally the time of year our grandmothers made the christmas puddings and cakes, to allow them to mature in time for Christmas.

This area of the bagua represents imagination, the arts, music and anything, which gives us pleasure. It represents our sensory organs – taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing. In particular fragrant blossoms, glistening ponds, delicious desserts and melodious music enhance this energy.
It carries the essence of lake energy which is reflective and deep.

The element associated with this area is metal which can be introduced by using the colour white, metal objects and curves or arches (which embody the contracting condensing nature of metal) to enhance this energy of creativity in your life.


Feng Shui Design Herkimer Diamond to enhance creativity


Crystals associated with the energy of this area of the bagua include:-



Herkimer Diamond – which is said to energise, enliven and encourage creativity.




Citrine -a gem associated with happiness, light and success.Warming and highly creative, it absorbs, transmutes and dissipates toxic energy or conflict. (Judy Hall – the crystal bible)

Feng Shui Design Citrine – Warming and highly creative, it absorbs, transmutes and dissipates toxic energy or conflict.








Essential oils to enhance this area of the bagua include:-

Feng Shui Design Orange essential oil has a sense of playfulness, develops creative awareness and is uplifting and cheering.


Orange Essential oil – Joy in a bottle!






Feng Shui Design Jasmin Essential oil, promotes psychological optimism.Jasmin Essential oil –


Jasmin Essential oil –

Jasmine can reawaken passion and restore a capacity for creativity for “fertility of the mind”.


Essential oils and crystals for Helpful friends area of the bagua

Many oils are useful to disperse in the helpful friends area of the bagua, such as …..

Lavender – clearing and balancing for all of the chakras. Associated with Love, tenderness and generosity, lending support, consolation and spiritual nourishment. Instills PEACE.

Oak Moss –  a lichen usually found growing on oak trees. A dark green and viscous liquid with an extremely tenacious aroma reminiscent of a damp forest floor.  The scent is uplifting, cooling, and calming.  Said to attract nature spirits and support from the earth elementals.

Linden Blossom- a sweet, floral, light green aroma. It is said to have the energy of flowing water, as though the angels have touched it. It is calming, protective and healing in nature, it is said to represent “love in action”compassion and caring.

Crystals which have a special affinity with this energy include:-

Hematite, which is particularly grounding and protective. This stone has a strong YANG energy and balances the body. (Judy Hall)


Topaz,  an “empathetic stone” which is said to bring joy and abundance. An extremely supportive crystal, topaz is said to help you discover your own riches, make you feel confident and philanthropic wanting to share your good fortune and spread sunshine all around). This stone has the capacity to see the big picture and the minute detail, recognising how the two interrelate. (Judy Hall)

SAMHAIN – A time of change, of helpful friends, harvest and travel



I am sure many of your are feeling the acceleration of energy at this time of year, it is a busy time of harvest and gathering before winter settles in.

In Feng Shui we associate the metal element with this energy of contraction. The movement of metal is inwards, gathering, hence the association with gathering crops, people coming together etc are associated with this energy. Circular and round shapes hold this metal energy of contraction and gathering in.

The first area of the bagua (energy template we place over the floor plan) associated with the metal element is northwest – helpful friends, mentors and guides. This area will benefit from some extra attention at this time. To begin with, do a clean sweep, just like mother nature (shed anything you are ready to let go of).

Once this is done look at the area of “helpful friends” in your life. Do you have a support system that you can rely on and are you equally there for others in your life when they need support? Also associated with travel, this area is associated with masculine, archetypal father or Heavens energy. It represents visible and invisible means of support and guidance. It also represents philanthropy and our willingness to help others.

To enhance the energy of philanthropy, keep a metal bowl in this area of your home and empty your loose change into it at the end of every day. when it is full, gift the money to your favourite charity and begin again. This creates a seamless reciprocal flow of energy in and out, sharing your blessings.



Organise a gathering, do a collage of photos of your friends, family, guides and mentors (living and in spirit) and display it in this area of your home, to remind you of your connection to your support system.

On 31st October we will celebrate Halloween. This was a time when our ancestors gathered round a bonfire, to celebrate the year that had passed and cleared out any excess in readiness for going within – using the deep quiet of winter to plan for the year ahead.

Samhain is the celtic festival  marking the end and the beginning of the year – marking a period of rest and regeneration in preparation for the new year to come. This is a time of communication with the ancestors, of going within and recognising our unique place in the continuum of which we are all a part. A time for deep journeys within, to connect to our inner wisdom. Our ancestors welcomed the darkness, as a necessary blanket, under which, the seeds of the new year could germinate.

The lighting of fires and bonfires and even now, the symbolic lighting of candles inside carved pumpkins, symbolise the light within, which burns throughout this time of darkness and renewal.

Take some time this month to do a clear out of what you no longer wish to carry forward into next. Make a point of gathering with “your tribe”. Those friends, family and mentors,  who you view as your support system.

Samhain Blessings

Essential oils and creating an atmosphere for restful sleep



Use a cold air aromatherapy diffuser to diffuse essential oils for 20 mts before going to sleep. This scent then becomes a trigger to encourage an atmosphere of calm, conducive to drifting off to sleep.
                                                                          Lavender – creates a sense of peace and harmony, balances the chakras and activates the crown chakra and the connection with spirit. Said to release negativity and calms and stabilises the chi of the heart.
                                                                     Chamomile which is soothing, calming and particularly helpful where anxiety is inclined to make a person fretful.  It smoothes the flow of the bodies Chi energy and regulates the movement of vital energy helps to relax the nervous system. Its warm apple-like fragrance imparts a well known calmative effect.                                                       ALWAYS ENSURE YOU USE PURE AROMATHERAPY OILS RATHER THAN SYNTHETIC PERFUME OILS.

















Feng Shui for Childrens Bedrooms September 2017

Childrens bedroom in soft muted pastel colours.


Bunk beds and beds elevated over desks are not ideal as they restrict the energy above the bed. Which is said to restrict your potential.


For best effect do not have mirrors in childrens bedrooms. Restrict mirrors to just one if possible. This should not be visible from the bed.
Childrens bedrooms should not resemble playrooms with primary colours and stimulating imagery.

If they are used as playrooms during the day, have adequate      storage so that toys can be tidied away at night and the space given a more restful atmosphere


Think restful, calm and peaceful energy when decorating bedrooms – this is your space to relax, unwind, heal and regenerate.

Have a feng shui consultant calculate your best direction to position the bed while sleeping. We all have 3 better directions to position the bed to optimise our energy while we sleep. If there is only one position for the bed due to built in furnishings etc, and this is not utilising one of your better directions, there is always a balancing element that can be added.

Feng Shui for Bedrooms September 2017

Feng Shui and Bedrooms


“The Bedroom is where we retreat to for the most private aspects of our lives therefore it is crucial that we feel completely safe and at ease in this space. For many people it is the room in which they feel most secure; it is their earthly womb. “ – Bob Longacre


Obvious though it may seem it is worth mentioning that bedrooms should be uncluttered, well maintained, well ventilated and well lit.

Pay attention to your first impression upon entering this room. Does it feel private, safe, inviting, light, joyful? If not what elements can your remove/reduce and what might you add in, in terms of imagery, colour etc?

In general, soft neutral colours and muted accent tones work best in bedrooms. Avoid busy patterns and full chroma / primary colours as they are stimulating and do not allow the eyes to rest.

While we sleep our physical body rests and rejuvenates and our spiritual body expands into the vast spiritual realm that is our true home. Therefore this is when we can feel at our most vulnerable.

Therefore it is vitally important to pay close attention to the siting of the bedroom within the home, the positioning of the furnishings, EMF’s, geopathic stress, colour and materials in order to maximize the restful and regenerative function of this very important space.

Ideally the head of the bed needs to be backed up by a solid wall and not placed with the bed-head to the window which is stimulating and counterproductive to restful sleep. Having a solid wall behind the bed, a headboard and equal space on either side of the bed creates a sense of stability and balance.

The bed should be positioned with a commanding view of the door but not in line with it which can stimulate the occupants chi/energy leading to poor sleep and disharmony.

The bed should not be under a slanted wall which is said to bring slanted unforeseen outcomes and causes compressed, oppressive energy.

Have a feng shui consultant calculate your best direction to position the bed while sleeping. We all have 3 better directions to position the bed to optimise our energy while we sleep. If there is only one position for the bed due to built in furnishings etc, and this is not utilising one of your better directions, there is always a balancing element that can be added.

Now is the only time there is, here is the only space



Now is the only time there is, here is the only space.

Summer Holidays offer us the opportunity to step off the treadmill and press the pause button. For some, it can take a while for that steam train to slow down and come to a complete stop, unwinding can take longer depending on just how fast paced your life has been.

August is the month when the busy growth cycle has reached its peak and there seems to be a gently slowing before the autumn contraction begins again.

Take some time this month to just stop and take in your surroundings, take in how you feel, how your energy is, right here, right now.

Get out into nature if you can, sit in a quiet place and just be. Marvel at the miraculous detail in a single flower.

For just this moment there is nowhere else to be, nothing else to do.

Feng shui provides us with a system to measure where we are on that scale of expansion and contraction and make adjustments accordingly. However, often we need to first stop and take stock before taking action. The first step, before applying feng shui can be to clear out what we no longer need in our surroundings.

Just as we need to clear physical clutter from our spaces to allow room for change occur and new blessings to come in, we need to clear TIME and headspace, for ourselves to enjoy being present. Not racing ahead to the next appointment or planning the next day, week, month living in the future. Not looking back at what we could have done differently, living in the past. Now is the only place there is…

As you know I love to work with essential oils to create a shift, or a pause in atmospheres. They are natures gift for body, mind and spirit, allowing us to immediately establish ourselves in the present moment, and pause before taking appropriate action.

Three essential oils which can work together beautifully to create breathing space are:-

Cedarwood – a sweet, balsamic, woody aroma which is grounding, steadying and calming. It gives a cosy, secure and grounded, transforming difficult situations into a sense of spiritual certainty. It allows us to steady our energy in the moment.

Eucalyptus – a camphorous, piercing aroma with a woody and sweet undertone. It disperses stagnation, clearing our heads, boosts our immune systems, restores vitality, revives our spirits and gives us “room to breathe”.

Juniper – a fresh and woody aroma with a peppery note. One of the very first plants to be used by native peoples as a ritual incense. It was used by the Tibetans and Native Americans for ceremonial purposes. It has an ability to disperse and cleanse energy. It helps to release worry and restores our sense of purpose and openness.


I recommend diffusing them in a cold air diffuser which gently releases the aroma into the atmosphere without depleting the efficacy of the oils by heating them. Place 4 drops cedarwood, 2 drops eucalyptus and 2 drops of juniper into the diffuser and allow to waft gently through the space. Take a few minutes to inhale and exhale fully and deeply.


Scent will immediately bring you into the present moment, giving you a moment to pause. We say it to one another “stop and smell the roses”.

Take time to enjoy all of the wonderful scents and sights out in nature this month and bring some of that back inside as a reminder to take time out in every day to stop, regroup, breathe….and then begin again, refreshed and renewed.

August Blessings



July 2017 the fiery centre of the year.

Summer is in full swing, and we are experiencing lots of movement with people coming and going on holidays, barbeque’s and socialising with friends and hopefully, some time to sit in the sun and read a good book!

With that in mind, I would like to recommend a great new book on feng shui by a fellow feng shui consultant Mike Chester – the feng shui engineer. In his new book “Forgotten Feng Shui” Mike revisits the basics – energy flow and containment and the five elements in his own very practical, hands on and very down to earth style.
I have really enjoyed this excellent book and can recommend it to any of you as an excellent guide to read the chi/energy of your environment.

Many books out there on feng shui deal in theoretical terms which can be hard to decipher for the uninitiated and therefore difficult to relate to how the information might apply in everyday modern life. This book is an exception – it starts as it means to go on – on a very real note, with a story relating to someones reaction to Mike mentioning feng shui – they said “I dont believe in all that stuff!” and walked away! A common and unsurprising reaction when people have no understanding of just how practical and common sense and RELEVANT feng shui actually is to our everyday lives.

This book dispels the myths and brings things back to basics, explaining in everyday language and examples how energy moves and how it can be contained and benefited from in our modern homes. There are some excellent images to explain the theories making them very easy to follow and often very funny and therefore relate-able.

The five elements are brought to life with everyday examples of where they are experienced in our environments and how their energy modulates our response to spaces. Fascinating examples are shown to explain this information in a tangible and easy to grasp style.

Take some time to relax and go on a feng shui journey this summer, you will find yourself looking at your surroundings through a very different prism afterwards.

Relax and En-joy July!






Feng Shui Design – the essence of home

Can you believe its June already? On June 21st we will reach the mid point of the year – the summer solstice, the longest day of the year extreme yang, expanding energy. Then we begin the journey back again toward extreme yin, contracting energy on December 21st, the shortest day. Mother nature shows us that everything is a balance between yang growing energy and yin receding energy.

At the centre of this expansion and contraction we need to retain our own sense of centring and balance. In feng shui, the central core of our homes represents this central hub of the wheel of our lives. This is the stable centre from which balance radiates to every area of our lives.

This central core of our living space, is, therefore, crucial to radiating light and balance into every area of our lives. Keeping it free from physical and mental clutter (in the form of things to do, imagery which drags us down etc.) will set us free to enjoy lightness of spirit and joy.  This is where we have the opportunity to create focus vs confusion. Like the open palm of a hand ready to give and receive, this area needs to feel open and bright, ready for new possibilities to emerge. Space in which to breath-in new life and possibilities.

The essence of  the word “home” is a place of sanctuary, where we feel nested, supported and held. Having worked with aromatherapy oils for 30 years, I have found them invaluable in providing a sense of connection to space instantly. Scent brings you right back into memory, into feeling, connecting us with a particular emotion. It can transport us to another place and time. We all have personal associations with scent in the same way as we have with colour.

There are a myriad oils to choose from and it is important to find the right one for the right time, but there are a few that work particularly well in this area of the bagua in my experience. They include:-


This essential oil has been treasured almost since the beginning of time. Dedicated to the sun god RA in ancient Egypt, it has an association with the solar plexus chakra, at our central core – our “gut-reaction” centre. Sweet and dry with an apple-like tinge, camomile is warming and calming.

Fresh and crisp, lemon  is excellent when feeling sluggish or stuck in a rut. It was used in ancient times to perfume clothes and repel insects. Said to stimulate our immune system, it sharpens our focus, clarifies and uplifts. It brings in sunshine, joy and boosts self esteem,
lemon is uplifting and anti-depressant

To learn more about the use of essential oils to enhance the essential energy or feng shui of your home, join us in October for our workshop.