Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Leave the Old Behind!


Leave The Old Behind

The month of May energetically is a combination of the Snake archetype and the core of Mother Earth. The Snake is a legendary totem that symbolizes a transformation of energy from lower vibrations to higher aspects of the mind, body and spirit. Snake sheds its skin in a ritual representing rebirth and new beginnings. With the ability to leave the old skin behind, Snake represents a fascinating metamorphosis. Therefore, the month of May can be a time for decisive change. The Snake also represents self-awareness or the power of a clear mind and an open heart. The two go hand-in-hand making it easier to navigate around situations that arise.

The secondary energy fueled by the Snake's fire is the 5-yellow star representing the core of the earth. At the center of earth is a large ball of liquid iron that causes the earth to rotate on its axis. Therefore, it is important to remain fully grounded and centered when making choices and decisions this month. The Snake energy will push for change but it is essential to take a slow and methodically pace. Think what would happen if your core was suddenly agitated. This type of shift would cause instability. Hence, the caution to tread slowly with any major decisions this month.

The 5 - yellow earth star that is active this month represents the earth's axis line. It is the connecting aspect between two portals on the loshu grid (self-cultivation and relationships). Therefore, it behooves you to take time to be still and contemplate things before acting, especially when it comes to partnering relationships including those with your clients.

It is also important to keep your mind and environment free of clutter this month. This is so important, as this earth star has a highly volatile nature in this current 20-year cycle. The negative components can potentially create chaos in every facet of your life.


The 5-yellow star does have related qualities of Mother earth such as being more receptive, supportive and transformative. Think of the center as the driving force of the earth’s rotation and the ability to see all things that revolve around it. Therefore, tune in this month to all parts of your life that revolve around YOU and how you can partake in each area with a mindful methodical approach. This includes your health, as all body systems are activated this month in a rotational movement like that of the earth. Let's take a look at focus points to consider this month as the energy of the Snake and Core of the Earth enter.


Family:
- Gain support from those you are closest to
- Maintain a flexible viewpoint
- Accept change is a natural order of all things
- Be supportive to others
- Stave off procrastination
- Practice patience
- Place fire element in east portent for feng shui balance this month

Fortunate Blessings:
- Consult your common sense
- Set optimistic intentions
- Put away, throw away & give away this month
- Set deadlines to complete tasks
- Engage in active exercise
- Increase dark green leafy vegetables
- Place fire element in Southeast portent for balance this month


Goals & Vision:
- Move forth with your heart's desire
- Keep a clear & focused mind
- Let go of what is not essential
- Become familiar with your inner truth
- Don't conform but transform
- Be joyful
- Place healthy plant in south portent this month to meet your goals

Relationships:

- Connect with the outdoors with significant other
- Show mutual love and respect
- Be truthful
- Receive with grace & give with love
- Be kind
- Place metal element in southwest portent this month

Creativity:
- Rely on your inner child
- Think outside the box
- Plan a staycation in your backyard
- Choose your words carefully
- Be upfront
- Place virtual water element in the west portent this month

Helpful People:
- Take the lead in virtual networking opportunities
- Be precise in your business strategy
- Access information from partnering business industries
- Refine your long-term plans
- Look to those who have blazed the path
- Seek your guardian angel and spirit guides
- Place strong earth element in northwest portent this month

Career:
- Keep a journal of your dreams
- Be willing to navigate through uncharted areas in your career
- Work and play in the flow of abundance
- Be tenacious
- Practice effective communication tactics
- Update your social media platforms
- Delve into the depths of your profession to see what you can open up
- Place metal element in north portent for the month

Self-Cultivation & Knowledge:
- Listen with intention
- Challenge yourself
- Be steady & methodical with your thinking process
- Embrace a walking meditation practice
- Make a campfire and enjoy the stillness of the evening air
- Place moving water and strong fire elements in the northeast this month

Center - Where All Things Revolve:
- Remain centered and grounded
- Don't be quick to make decisions
- Take a methodical approach to everything this month
- Practice meditation & yoga
- Place strong bronze metal or ring a bell frequently in the center of your home

Vulnerable Body Systems for May:
- Abdominal discomfort so be mindful of take-out foods
- Teeth, jaw, mouth and skin irritation
- Overall, keep a clean diet and healthy exercise regiment 

Be Safe & Remain Healthy!
Mary Jane


Friday, April 3, 2020

April -- Heavens Gate

April is the month of the trigram Qian--Heavens Gate. Be inspired, help others and seek the unknown. 

Family: 
--Family is the initiative
--Practice effective communication
--Welcome support
--Read & write more
--Engage in outdoor exercise
--Increase your intake of green leafy veggies
--Add the element of fire to the east portent to keep wood energy balanced this month

Fortunate Blessings:
--Practice gratitude daily
--Be mindful & watchful of finances
--Avoid rash decisions of any kind
--Engage in hip opening exercises
--Set a routine & include a check-list
--Place strong metal & virtual water element to southeast portent for balance this month

Goals & Vision:
--Stay on top of your daily career goals
--Discover innovative ways to approach your mission
--Go with the flow of information you receive
--Spin ideas & remain rooted in your vision
--Tap the minds of those who are experienced
--Be humble yet tenacious
--Prioritize
--Add strong wood element to south portent to balance the elements this month

Relationships:
--Be flexible with others
--Accept change & allow relationships to morph
--Be supportive
--Embrace new beginnings
--Collaborate with others
--Practice patience
--Add the element of fire to the southwest portent to blend the elements this month

Creativity:
--Let go of the minutiae
--Take time in silence for spark of inspiration
--Tap into resources that are available to you as they can bring financial gain
--Listen to your intuition
--Set up some rest time - chill out
--Add the element of fire, strong earth and moving water to the west portent to open resources

Heavens Gate:
--Be a leader
--Take on a boundless perspective
--Let go of what others may think
--Be in awe of life
--Learn to trust
--Speak your truth
--Innovate
--Place virtual water element in the northwest portent to balance the elements this month

Career:
--Respect and honor your virtual co-workers
--Gain wisdom from others
--Develop courage & fortitude
--Assistance brings success
--Persevere
--Add metal element to north portent for balance

Inner Knowledge:
--Self reliance
--Philosophical
--Practice non-attachment
--Create a vision board and seek it often
--Be present
--Place fire element in the northeast portent and assist this powerful energy


Vulnerable Body Systems for April:
--Pelvic/hip - especially left side
--Eye irritation - allergies
--Heart irregularities
--Intestinal discomfort - food source
--Ears - clogged/fluid - allergies - dizziness

Be safe & healthy,
Mary Jane Kasliner
www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Sunday, March 15, 2020

A Little Feng Shui Astrology and COVID-19








     2020 is the year of the Yang Metal Rat. In 5 Element Theory, used in Chinese Medicine and Feng Shui principles, the element of metal is associated with the lungs. The Rat archetype animal, is associated with the element of water. COVID - 19 attacks the respiratory tract (lungs) and can cause mild respiratory symptoms or pneumonia. In severe cases, and especially those who are compromised (elderly and immunosuppressed), fluid can overtake the lungs so breathing becomes difficult or possible death. 

     Fluid (mucus) is associated with the element of water (Rat). In addition to the preventative (common sense) measures, you can increase the amount of fire foods (fire being a direct assault to the elements of metal and water). Here are some examples of fire foods: Pomegranate Seeds, Lemons, Cinnamon, Dandelion Greens, Escarole, Pears, Mustard, Celery Root, Asparagus, Figs, Beets, Brussels Sprouts. And for those meat eaters - Lamb or Chicken. 

     Here is a simple salad (image above), that I love and offers some fire foods:


  • Power Greens: Chard, Spinach, Kale
  • Red Pears
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Fresh Lemon (or lemon infused olive oil)
  • Rice Wine Vinegar

Stay Healthy!!!

Mary Jane Kasliner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Preparing For Spring

    
Spring is just around the corner. The weather is breaking, the days are longer and you are ready to reorganize your life.

     The best place to start is your home environment. By purging unnecessary items in your home you create spaciousness.  The result is clarity of mind –  a powerful way to attract something new into your life. 

     This can be a daunting process but you don't have to do it all at once. Start with one room or even a closet for each day of the week and before you know it you will have purged your home just in time for the spring season. As you go through each room, keep a bin or laundry basket for items you no longer need. There will be items you will question as to whether or not you want to release them. Take a moment and ask yourself if it is something you have used within the past year, or if it fits your lifestyle and mindset. If you are unable to answer these questions within one minute, then you no longer need it.

     Once you have your laundry bin filled, you'll need to decide how you will dispose of the items. For example, donation, selling, garbage or repurpose. It should be relatively easy to determine which category your items will belong to. For me, I like to donate all my items. I find this approach works best for my schedule. There are many foundations that would love to receive your items. If they are in good condition you can consider the following foundations: Goodwill, Salvation Army, Homeless Shelters, Women's Shelters or your local church. Don't forget pet shelters as they are always looking for towels, blankets or sheets. 

     Once you have purged the unnecessary items from your home, it's time for a good cleaning. Again, take it one day at a time. For example, clean the floors one day, the windows another and bathrooms yet another day. This way you aren't overwhelmed by the cleaning process. It's important to be mindful of the products you use. There are plenty of natural cleaners to choose from that are highly effective while keeping you and your family free of chemical emissions. 

     I like to top off the cleaning process with a final space clearing to lift the energy even more. There are many simple way to achieve this including wafting white sage or spraying essential oils throughout the home. I have a full space clearing ceremony you can follow that is highly effective and fun to do. See more about this clearing technique by clicking here. Scroll down and choose the Mini-Program: Space Clear Your Way to Health and Prosperity.

Outdoors:

     Now that the inside of your home is ready for spring, it's time to take a peak outdoors. Start with a thorough inspection of your yard. Discard broken branches or prune them so they will grow properly. It's also a good idea to test your soil. It's important the PH level is balanced with a good mixture of nutrients. You can do this yourself or higher a professional landscaper. Weed control is another factor to consider. If you are going to use a weed control substance make certain is natural. Amazon has a big variety but it might be nice to support your local garden store. 

     Evaluate your planting beds. Rake old leaves and debris from plant beds and create neat natural edges using an edging tool. Mulching is a good idea and acts two-fold. First, it helps to retain moisture in the soil and secondly it looks aesthetically appealing.

     Cleaning your gutters is essential. I know this is a job that is totally unappealing but you don't want water damage to your house. If you're not up for the task then higher a gutter cleaning service. It's well worth the investment.

     Don't forget the garage! Whether your garage is attached or detached from your home it is still a functional space that needs attention. The garage is like a big, cluttered closet -- you throw in all the unwanted stuff you can't find a home for, then close the door and like magic you think it disappears. The garage requires ergonomic storage containers, shelfs, hooks or bins so you can find items easily when spring and summer arrive. It's never fun tripping over the snow shovel when you are looking for your sprinkler.

     Finally, hose down the outdoor furniture. No need sit on dirt or cobwebs. While you are at it, wash down the deck and clean out any planters. It's amazing how your deck will take on a new look and feel with these simple cleaning measures.

     Spring is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. The temperature is most comfortable for the body, the daylight is longer giving you more time to get things done, birds are chirping creating a wonderful sound, animals are frolicking about, you are more creative, green leaves return, plants are in bloom to absorb more carbon dioxide and boost mood, it's easier to find fresh produce, you can move your exercise routine outdoors, you can open your windows and get your vitamin D naturally!

Happy Spring!

Mary Jane Kasliner is a feng shui consultant and yoga teacher. She resides in Ocean, NJ. Her website is: www.fengshuiyoganj.com


     

     


Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Energy Impact for March 2020!

March - Dui Energy


The month of March reminds us to be joyous in life.  The 7-metal trigram moves to the center of the loshu representing the center of the structure. This trigram has many aspects to consider. First, it awakens the creativity seed that resides in all of us. There is an invitation to use your imagination to inspire yourself and those around you. This trigram represents the lakes and rivers that flow on the surface of the earth. When you look into the water, you see the sky or unlimited potential. Whatever you can dream of can be yours. Make the cosmic connection and leave the rest up to the universe. When the mind realizes its cosmic connection with wholeness it becomes free of fear.

March is the month of the Rabbit that symbolizes abundance and creativity. There is a quiet calm associated with this archetype that prefers to remain in the background. This month, be mindful of observing from the behind the scenes instead of being out in the forefront. The Rabbit has a keen sense of being in the right place at the right time. Trust this underlying energy when it comes to business interactions.

The Rabbit pays close attention to detail. Therefore, take advantage of this quality when it comes to your home life and business life.

Dui trigram (7-metal) combined with the Rabbit archetype will inspire you to create new things this month. Ideas become products that realize financial gain. The trigram is yin and therefore suggests a level of receptivity to others and their ideas. This exchange of information can prove to be auspicious BUT only if you fully trust the person you may be exchanging ideas with. This is important as this trigram can literally cut you with harsh words, or others can take what is not rightfully theirs.

This trigram represents the young female. Be mindful on the job of younger female wanting to be a part of the creative process, which is fine, as long as you trust her.

The trigram Dui corresponds to the skin, teeth and gums. Therefore, these areas are more vulnerable this month. Just to note – words can be cutting this month as this trigram relates to the mouth.

Financial Hint:

Resources are very powerful through networking this month. There is a connection through the polar points of southeast to northwest. In other words, pay close attention to those you consider mentors in your profession. Heed their advice, watch how they network and parlay opportunities into financial gain.

Energetically you can capitalize on these power points by placing a plug-in incense burner in the northwest and a water fountain in the southeast.

Meditation & Career:

This month be sure to spend time in good meditation practice. Self-referral will lead to answers for career/life journey. Pay attention to words, thoughts or phrases that come up during your meditation practice including your moving meditation during your yoga. To maximize this energy, place the element of metal in the northeast sector of your home (first floor).

Vision/Goals:

This month fire burns when you view the world through a child's eyes. Every day is new to them, so everything seems exciting and filled with possibilities. Think outside the box when it comes to your goals and visions. Anything can happen. Everything is a learning experience. To maximize this energy, place an earth element (stones) in the west direction of your home and a metal element in the south portent of your home to abate any obstacles that may arise.

Family/Health:

Tension can arise this month in the family and health sector as very problematic energy arrives in this portent. The feet, neck, liver or gallbladder are vulnerable. Take action by keeping the eastern portent of your home as quiet as possible and ring a bell daily here to break up this negative energy.
Happy March!
Mary Jane Kasliner
Feng Shui Master
Yoga Instructor
www.fengshuiyoganj.com
www.njfengshuitraining.com


Monday, March 2, 2020

Nature's First Green is Gold

It's amazing how you can find harmony in nature's own palette. "Nature's first green is gold, " wrote the American poet Robert Frost in his 1923 ode to the fleeting natural world. Gold is the element of metal, and a perfect accent for your metal and water directions (West, NW and North). 
     Metal chi (energy) is contractive by nature. The earth contains ore deep within as a precious quality that provides structure. In everyday life, metal chi reminds us to take pause, move within, listen, observe, focus and organize our thoughts. Through this process we become aware of what matters most and then can commit and align worldly actions with those inner values. 
     Tune in and anchor your mind to your deepest intention. In doing so, you automatically connect to your higher state of being so that even during the most turbulent times you can hold true to your highest self.
     Vedic wisdom tells us every person is a piece of gold. Pure gold is your essence created from the love of the Universe. Gold is luminous and cherished as are you.
     Making subtle adjustments to your décor periodically is an excellent way to celebrate the simplicity and oneness with nature and connect to a higher state of mind. There are many simple ways to imbue the element of metal into your environment. A gold, silver, copper or bronze vase. Wall metallic decorative accents or cocktail table. The element metal is also associated with curved shapes or any of the metallic color hues including creamy whites.
     When you work with the accents of nature in décor, you invite harmony into your life. From the words of John Muir; "Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees."

     For additional feng shui design ideas and strategies peruse my publications page.


Mary Jane Kasliner is a feng shui consultant and yoga teacher. She is a published author and has been interviewed on radio and TV for her work. Visit her website for further information.

Monday, February 24, 2020

Improve Your Business Feng Shui Style





You can peruse the internet and find many tips on how to improve your business. Everything from keeping an accurate financial score, to setting goals, effective marketing techniques, motivating tactics, knowing your limits and taking a break are all excellent strategies. It is also important to evaluate the energetic qualities of your business environment too. Why? The environment plays a significant role in how you and your employees operate. Obviously, this is a factor that will impact your bottom line.

The Office Situation:

One of the most important aspects for a supportive environment is the location of the office building. From traditional feng shui measures, the structure should have supportive buildings or landscaping to the sides and rear. The front of the building should have adequate space and a sign carrying the company name.

Access is another factor to consider. Obviously the nature of the business, number of visitors, deliveries, etc. all have an impact here. Adequate parking is also a consideration especially for businesses that are situated on urban freeways as many visitors are likely.

Road configurations also have a part in overall company success. By and large, buildings located on crossroads tend to do very well, since traffic approaches them from two different directions. On the other hand, T-junctions or cul-de-sacs don't fare well as traffic travels straight towards the structure and is seen as being under constant attack.

Landscaping features are extremely important to surround the building. This aides in attraction for employees and visitors alike while providing a barrier between the structure and the road.

Harnessing Energies:

From a feng shui perspective, different types of energy emanate from directions. Therefore, the facing direction of the building plays a significate role on how you can set up and arrange the company departments. For example, new companies bode exceptionally well with eastern facing front. It is fantastic for generating new business and setting company roots. The south direction bodes well for dynamic marketing teams, while the southwest naturally supports human resources. The northwest is great for company networking, the north for storage or counselling department.  The western portent can work two-fold; either finance department or if the company has a creative team they will work well in this direction. The southeast suggests growth and movement and therefore is great for brainstorming, new ideas and snap decision-making processes, while the northeast is receptive and productive fostering research and development.

Signs & Logos:

The importance of signs and logos can not be over-emphasized. Essentially, this is the company's identifiable face to the world. The style of lettering, color and material of signs are all predicated on the facing direction and Five Elements. It is important to consider the height, proportion and positioning of all signs and logos in relation to the building structure.

Floor Plans:

The most effective way to layout your office is to utilize an architectural floor plan and apply feng shui techniques. This can effectively position employees, break room, bathroom facilities, reception area, the employer, and all other ancillary offices. Furthermore, it can assist in choosing materials, colors and proper company images.

Other Components:

Yin and yang act together to create movement and balance in the world. In the office yin and yang relate to layout and décor, but also can determine various activities. For example, the boardroom or chief executive office tend to be more yin in décor with heavier pieces of furniture, artwork and other pleasing reflections of the company's work, whereas daily decision-making or implementing policies should be more yang - brighter, lighter features with sleek lines. In these busier areas plants and water features can draw wealth symbolically while softening the otherwise yang feel.

Air Quality:

By and large, office buildings are designed with sealed double-glazed windows to keep the damp and cold out, but at the same time prevent fresh air from entering. Dry air circulation can create throat irritation, respiratory issues, fatigue, eye irritation and headaches. To counteract such designs, it is important to infuse natural materials throughout the environment. Window treatment, flooring, paints, lighting and furnishings are just some simple measures that can be instituted in the design process.

Plants are also an excellent way to clean the air. Here is a basic list of plants that should be included in the office environment.

  • Lady Palm
  • Dragon Tree
  • Rubber Plant
  • Peace Lily
  • Golden Pathos
  • Boston Fern

Putting it Together:

Running a successful company is no easy feat. However, when you take charge of your environment you'll be amazed how everything else falls in alignment. Creating an atmosphere that is welcoming and inspiring is powerful when it comes to attracting and maintaining talented employees and serious clients. Whether you are an employer or an employee take the time to assess your work environment and make the necessary changes to support your main asset; your staff and yourself.


Mary Jane Kasliner is a master feng shui consultant and business owner. For more information visit her website at www.fengshuiyoganj.com.





Monday, February 17, 2020

2020 Is The Year of Creativity!

7 Metal - Trigram Dui


The year 2020 reveals the trigram Dui or 7 Metal. This trigram is associated with creativity, intuition, psychic influence, and the innocence of a child. Dui trigram represents young female energy eager to create from a place of true passion. This trigram is deeply enrich with the energy of waterways like the lakes and streams that run along the base of mountains. It's a reminder to live from a place of peace, calmness, and a sense of playfulness while being enriched by the resources that nature provides.
 All things operate and have the ability to transform and grow when yin and yang are balanced.  Since the element of metal arrives in 2020 from both polar points, it motivates change, growth and to transform your life by taking the time to pause, listen, hear and connect to your highest aspirations – those things you are passionate about.  Then, take these aspirations and align them to your worldly actions. By keeping your intentions in alignment with what is most important to you, you will remain anchored to your true self even during the turbulent times. For all this to happen, you must lay the seeds down and nurture them and trust your ability to create is based on the purity of your thoughts and words. There is power in the “word.” Truth will be extremely important as the downside to this trigram is untruth, deception and lies. This may come from others you encounter, or from not trusting your own greatness.

As previously mentioned, the trigram Dui also relates to intuition. This is a good year to rely on your intuition. Let that be you guide in making decisions and the changes you choose to make throughout the year in your personal and professional life. It is also the energy of children. Take time when you can and observe children at play. Perhaps go to a park and just sit and watch. Children can teach adults a great deal when it comes to working in a creative way. Even how to look at things from a whole different perspective.

Dui is also related to the teeth, mouth and skin so these areas can be more vulnerable in 2020. Furthermore, the metal organs (lungs, large intestines and colon) can be vulnerable to stagnant energy especially in their meridians. Eating foods that follow the metal element would bode well this year and especially in the first half of 2020. Here are some metal foods to consider: onions, turnips, grains, celery root, peaches, cumin, ginger, thyme, garlic, chicken, radishes.

Dui trigram enters the center of the loshu or the center of any structure this year. As a result, the remaing trigrams will move to other portent (houses). The impact is unique for each home and can determine a great deal of what you can expect living in that dwelling for the year. Aspects such as health, finances, goals, partnerships, new creations, assistance from others, career and knowledge seeking are all impacted by this shift.

Email me for your or your 2020 home Flying Star analysis and find out what 2020 has in store for you!

Om!
Mary Jane Kasliner
Feng Shui Master
Yoga Instructor


Thursday, January 23, 2020

Why 4 Pillars Astrology Assessments Can Help You and Your Business







     Four Pillars is based on your time of birth, date of birth, and your place of birth. It is a system to assist you in understanding how the elements of the environment you were born into impacts your life. It can be used as a tool to navigate your approach to life. How? In this system, there is an analysis of how the elements of the earth at the time of birth melds with your mind-body connection. The combination of those elements are then carried with you throughout your life. Essentially, this body chemistry is like your birthday, it can never be changed. It is your destiny. However, adjustments to your environment in which you reside can give you guidance to make the most of your destiny pillars.

     In this system of astrology, I calculate and analyze the 4 Pillars of birth and other combinations and interactions that impact these 4 date pillars including annual and 10 year combinations to determine the right course of action for all areas of your life.  I can pinpoint the exact amounts of elements (5 in all), that are born within the body. Having an ideal amount of 18-20% of each of these elements is fantastic. However, the reality of having all 5 elements fall within those parameters is rare, or not likely at all. It becomes extremely important to regulate those elements out of balance with other factors within your body or your environment throughout your life. This can be achieved through various ways including activities, environmental changes, foods, people and how you serve others in the world or your soul's mission.

     Think of the 4 Pillar profile as inner feng shui or managing your inner landscape. An over or under abundance of elements in your environment impacts the mind - body connection or your state of being tremendously. Each of the 5 elements holds a piece of the puzzle for your success, health, and living to your highest potential. From a basic perspective, the 4 pillars point to sectors of your birth data whereby the hour pillar represents your inner self and emotions you hold close to the cuff. The day pillar represents your master self - body of true self. The month pillar holds the energy of parental influence, heritage, patterned imprinting and what to learn from these influences. The year pillar is the outer self, how others perceive you, your personality and how they respond to your energy. There are interactions and fluctuations between these pillars with incoming energy each year and larger patterns in 10-year pillars. 


     This is a perfect time to request a 4 Pillars analysis, as the energy is gradually shifting from 2019 to 2020. For more information on requesting a 4 Pillars life analysis email me.


Mary Jane Kasliner is a master feng shui consultant in traditional feng shui principles including 4 Pillars technique. She can be contacted through her website or email.