Thursday, July 12, 2018

July Energy Forecast - Illumination - Clarity - Vision

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July: Illumination - Clarity - Vision


Welcome all! 
Illumination - Clarity and Vision is the theme for the month of July. The combination of earth, double fire and wood provides a rich yet stable quality of energy that bodes well for creating a strong vision for your mission in life. The elements work together in a building process that requires a strong and stable base. Wrangling in your thoughts and working in a cohesive nature with others bodes well.

In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of the energy combinations and the best way to navigate through them while having some fun in the process!

Also enjoy links to helpful blog soundbites to tuck away for future reference.

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
Illumination - Clarity - Vision:

This month the 9 fire illumination element takes front and center. Fire greets fire in the month of July through the summer cycle and the hidden stem of the Sheep archetype. The assistance to fire brightens the light or portal to the crown chakra - the point of illumination or enlightenment. Nothing can be hidden from the light, so whatever it is you are working on, it is time to share it with others.

The Sheep archetype supports  partnering energy. You can accomplish more with the assistance of others, rather than taking it on yourself. It is important to work with the energy of fire in a way that fuels stability -a sense of feeling grounded, otherwise you will burnout and it will take double the effort to move forward.

The 9 fire trigram (Li), is yin or receptive in nature. It is closely associated with the ida channel and therefore is best utilized by slowing the pace, getting quiet to create a lightness of consciousness, or what is known as the guna - Sattva. Think of it as the center of the Tai Chi where yin and yang meet for perfect balance. Now, easier said than done, as 9 Li or fire chi has a "get up and go" type of quality. To add fuel to the flame, there is the hidden stem of wood found within the Sheep branch this month that will really catapult overactivity. Balancing the action with inaction is the key to working with fire to leave behind the ash so the earth or stability can propagate.

Putting the Three Together:

Wood is the element of creating. It is like the quality of Rajas - the Guna of movement and action or creation. Since this element shows up as a hidden stem in the Sheep branch, it is shielded or hidden behind the veil. Therefore, it may require a little work to get things in motion when it comes to developing a project, idea or new work venture. The fire trigram (9-Li) combined with the hidden stem of fire in the Sheep branch will shed light on things you may have been pondering. This includes new direction of your goals and soul's mission. Clarity or illumination is the benefit we can all draw from with such rich light. To further enhance your vision, include inversions in your yoga practice to activate the petals of the crown. Follow through with grounding or standing poses to stabilize and capture the earth or main quality element in the Sheep. We can't always be up in the clouds, we have to ground down through our feet and absorb the earth frequencies. If yoga isn't part of your routine, simply spend more time outdoors to absorb the earth chi through your feet and heavenly chi through the top of your head. Doing all this while sitting under a tree will activate the refined wood chi. The trees are the place of knowledge or study, as we sit beneath their canopy that rises towards the light of the sun.

 

Environment: 
The 9 Fire star represents the south portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
  • Add a strong wood feature such as a healthy flowing plant to represent growing knowledge for your soul's path.  
  • Incorporate columnar or pointed-triangular shapes. Keep the quality of 3's or the triad here.
  • Add bright lighting, candles or oil diffuser.
  • Images of fire such as the sun, people, animals or a representation of your soul's path - what makes your heart sing. 
     
Foods:
9 - Fire element prefers wood and fire foods such as green vegetables, citrus, nuts, seeds, potatoes, buckwheat and rice.


 Other Areas of Concern:
When nine-fire is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here are some things to consider:
 
 
  • When it comes to family this month fun and creativity is the name of the game. Think about venturing out to a lake as the trigram that moves to this portent represents the lake that surrounds the mountain. Serenity is the result.
  • Wealth and finances are a natural resource. There is plenty to gather and enjoy. Real estate is also a big quality to this trigram, so if you own it, enhance it!
  • Leisure reading and some research is beneficial to build on goals and direction you are thinking about taking.
  • Travel with partner this month. Even if it is a short trip, it is fabulous for relationship.
  • Potential opportunity arises but requires a long-term strategy. Take time to get introspective to seek answers to question that you may have.
  • Don't take on anything new when it comes to career this month as the energy is a bit chaotic - Murphy's Law principle. Best to go slow and steady and be methodical!

Yoga Poses:

Helpful poses for the Fire trigram this month are as follows:
  • Sun salutations
  • Inversions
  • Plank
  • Boat
  • Balancing Poses
These will all help to arouse the crown portal and the manipura - the seat of opening powerful intention and open heavens gate.  



 
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Clear the Path To Your Heart











From the book Journey to the Heart, Melody Beattie talks about clearing the path to your heart. In her discussion, she points out the importance of feeling the full range of emotions, reactions and responses to the life line the pathway to the heart. We need to feel them all - the angler, hurt, sadness, irritations - in order to feel joy. Everything in the universe works on the premise of opposites and a balance between these opposites is what brings a level of light consciousness. 

If the tendency is to block out the hurts and unpleasant feelings, we end up blocking the pathway to the heart. All our emotions are important; all need to be recognized. The energy of each needs to be acknowledged and then released. This clears the pathway for love.

Trust your emotions. All of them.
You're not off path. They lead to the path you are seeking. 
They are the journey to the heart. Let them flow freely.
And as sure as Old Faithful, your heart
will come gleaming, shining through.

Take some time today to practice heart opening poses such as bridge, wheel, camel or hero pose. This will move the energy freely to the heart!

Om!
MAry Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Energy Forecast!





Interesting energy combinations for today. Auspicious elements combine in a building cycle that is outstanding for business. Take advantage of networking with like-minded people today. Listen to those who know more than you, as they can potentially be a mentor. Be willing to go the extra mile to gather information as it can lead to excellent future opportunities. Travel may be on the agenda for today which bodes well for closing a deal or business opportunity that may have been open-ended. It's important to be flexible in communication with others and especially when new venture is in the planning stages. Taking a calm and open-minded approach to whatever comes your way today has a powerful impact for the end result.

Other Areas of Focus for Today:

  • Plan accordingly for the next 3, 5 and 10 year spread when it comes to business/career. This includes your retirement finance strategy.
  • Take time to meditate on an idea of new venture you may have been considering. Answers to your questions will come to you.
  • Take advice from your partner especially when it involves your business and networking. The information provided will be invaluable.
  • Review resources available to you. There is an excellent energy combination for financial gains today. This may include shifting finances in your portfolio.
  • Keep your connection to the Divine/Higher Self front and center, as the overall energy is heavenly.

Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Friday, July 6, 2018

Friday Energy Forecast


Energy combinations for today bode well for starting something new. It's a day best used in order to ensure the right start on the right foot. There is plenty of support to make decisions and any necessary changes that may need to be implemented. However, it behooves you to write out a step-by-step list of what you need to cover for things to unfold smoothly. Otherwise, you will most likely have to repeat steps in the process. There is a tendency for focus to wane during the afternoon hours. You'll be thinking more about starting your weekend rather than taking care of loose ends. Resist the urge to scatter your energy and remain committed to the work at hand.

There are some amazing double combinations in the LoShu chart today that you can take advantage of. Here are areas where you can incorporate your focus:

  • Family resources are tremendous. Elders can offer excellent advice that will assist in financial position.
  • Keep the lines of communication open. Just as the wind blows, there is plenty of information and ideas that can contribute to future assets and goals.
  • Be mindful later in the day if you are planning on adventurous activity as the energy is extremely active and can result in injury.
  • Look for mentor/leader in your profession that can offer good advice for long-term strategy in career.
  • Be mindful of networking interactions today. The energy is rather tough so don't plan on seeing eye-to-eye.
  • Things may get chaotic when it comes to your goal strategy today. Marketing plan could hit a brick wall. Best to wait on any movement in that area.
Enjoy Your Day!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What's in Motion for Today?

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What's in motion for today? When it comes to the energy combinations this is a day of abundance! It is a great day to focus attention on activities and endeavors where more is ideal.

The element of fire is exceptionally strong for the first part of the day. Take advantage of making a public appearance or revamping your marketing approach. The more you can get in front of people today, the better when it comes to achieving your goals. If you are uncertain about what your goals are, then spend time this morning working through the details.

The afternoon hours are busier pulling your energy in different directions. It will be important to stick to a plan otherwise your attention will scatter resulting in less productivity. Remain grounded by taking pause with a brief meditation. If you can fit in a yoga class, even better yet. This is important otherwise you'll feel as though you are hitting a brick wall.

Other Areas of Focus:

  • Reading and research is part of the overall pattern today. This may be required to successfully meet your goals for the day.
  • Good networking possibilities today, but likely to occur in a social setting. Perhaps on the golf course, over lunch, dinner or cocktails.
  • Consider partner when discussing long-term career goals, as the input you will receive is beneficial.
  • Resources are easily attainable through proper marketing themes.
  • Windfalls are possible from new business venture. Just be mindful of legal parameters.
  • Land or home real estate is on a high today. If you are selling property, look to close the deal today.
Om!
Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com



Monday, July 2, 2018

Managing Your Spaces



My mother would always say: "Everything in moderation." That's pretty much what the Tai Chi symbol represents - a moderation between the two poles, yin and yang. This is a good approach to take when managing your spaces. I know from working with many clients that our environments can become overwhelming. Here is a quick reference list that can help keep things balanced.

1. Clear out your clutter. Sorting through wardrobes, drawers and cabinets and throwing out all that accumulated stuff will allow the things you need and treasure to breathe. Better yet, you'll know there is order even in the hidden places.

2. Visit the local dump about twice a year to get rid of those bulky objects that are an eyesore every time you catch sight of them. When you finish the job make sure you take some time to chill out and relax - maybe a walk in the park, a yoga class or a picnic.

3. Give to a consignment shop or thrift store. This is a great way to give back to the community while releasing what no longer serves a purpose for you. It also follows the law of karma - selfless acts that flow good things your way.

4. Recycle. It is rather shocking the amount of waste that we produce. It stresses the planet and disrupts our links with nature. Recycle everything you can. In the process, you will recycle your thinking patterns.

5. Get through your backlog of chores. Try starting early in the morning and moving through all the chores you have put off. Take a short break for lunch and continue moving through the process. You'll feel great when you are done and any downtime from this point onward will feel doubly relaxing.

6. Change up the chores around the house by rotating with your partner or children. You might just find a fresh eye brought to regular household routines that will reveal efficiency and joy.

7. Rearrange the furniture. Experiment with new circulation routes. Break the grip of habit upon your domestic surroundings. You'll be amazed how different things will look and feel. It will give you a  new perspective on life.

8. Clean your windows. Smears and other marks on glass may seem trivial, but they interpose themselves between you and the outside world. The windows are considered the eyes of the home and the eyes are the windows to the soul.

Enjoy managing your spaces!

Mary Jane - Feng Shui Yoga Girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com


Thursday, June 28, 2018

"Nature's First Green is Gold"






Let's talk about natural accents. 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). Making subtle adjustments to your décor periodically is an excellent way to celebrate the simplicity and oneness with the outdoors. Here are some examples of how you can invite mother nature inside.

  • Gold decorative mobile hung near a window or air vent for natural movement.
  • Macramé wall art unframed or framed in gold accent.
  • Bleached wood accent table. The lighter finish puts the focus on subtler natural details like the wood's grain and helps to keep key pieces together harmoniously.
  • Hand woven natural fiber area rug.
  • Accent metal trays for coffee table.
  • Florals rich in color with gold/yellow accents and of course vibrant greens.
Use one or two statement objects to attract the eye in a muted setting. Perhaps hammered bowl or vase that work together to refract light and cast a golden hue into polished surfaces like marble and glass. If you have an open space, add touchable textures such as a decorative throw or woven wall art.

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."

Mary Jane Feng Shui Yoga Girl: www.fengshuiyoganj.com

Monday, June 25, 2018

Energy Combinations to Guide You Through Your Day!




Monday mornings can always be a little challenging to get the energy flowing. The following are tips that can be used as guide throughout your day.

The element of Earth is strong during the morning and early afternoon hours. Resources are readily available for you so try to take advantage of that. Even if you are used to going it alone, it is far better to accept assistance from others. There is great support when dealing with real estate matters. This includes improving your own property or seeking out possible investment opportunities. The grounded quality the earth element provides makes it easier to make decisions today. Therefore, if there is something you have been putting off it might be a good idea to bring it to fruition today.

Movement of water begins to work against the foundation of earth this afternoon. Acute awareness to solve problems is likely; however, it is necessary to organize a plan before putting it into action. Actually, a bullet list for what you need to focus on is essential during the afternoon hours otherwise things can get out of control easily. Keep all lines of communication open for best outcome.

Other Areas of Focus:

  • Get back to your family roots or ask elder for advice with resources. Make sure you come to the table with your goals in mind for best results.
  • Hone in on career outlook. Male input is strong today and especially from a leader in the industry. The energy combination for career sector is spectacular today. Remember to check resources and keep your goals clear.
  • Refer to literature or materials that give you insight and wisdom to connect your resources and career.
  • Stick with a grounding yoga routine with graceful flowing aspects. The root meets the sacral today, so you'll feel safe expressing yourself on and off the mat!
Om!
Mary Jane - fengshuiyoga girl - www.fengshuiyoganj.com




Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The Journey Forward - June Forecast

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June: The Journey Forward


Welcome all! 
The journey forward is the theme for the month of June. The combination of water, earth and fire with additional earth found in the horse month branch, bodes well for taming the peaking fire element for the upcoming Summer Solstice.

In today's newsletter, I'll review the qualities of these elements and the best way to navigate through them for best results.

Elevate Your Consciousness!

Mary Jane

 
Journey Forward:

This month the one water element takes front and center. Water is in direct opposition to the fire quality of June. The two elements come together to form steam. In essence, steam can be viewed as prana, chi, life force that comes to rise in a new form.

Everything that was created, developed and matured now experiences its own dissolution. On the flip side, the fire element reaches its peak this month representing the summer solstice. The action of fire is to expand, illuminate and bring clarity to our vision and goals that are hopefully in alignment with our soul's mission.

Putting the Two Together:

The benefit of water is adaptability. Regardless of the circumstances that arise on your journey, water can fit in and play the part. Paying attention to your intuition, and listening to what others have to say will help in moving the energy forward. This is important, as there is a tendency for things to change easily under the influence water, especially when it comes to career.

The fire element is reaching peak this month with the upcoming summer solstice. Everything expands, widens and comes to light. There is a strong discriminating awareness to lead, communicate and mastermind ideas and situations. You can use these qualities to further develop your direction, goals and passions.

 
Earth to Fire - Pillars:
 
Earth rises above the fire horse pillar this month, and in doing so, creates stability. The rotational quality of earth gives the fire room to expand. This bodes well for making decisions.

The earth horse combination adds the aspects of caution and perceptivity when making changes this month. These are wonderful qualities to take advantage of when evaluating your next move, especially since the power of fire can cause us to react instead of respond when situations arise.

Environment: 
The one water star represents the north portent of your environment. Here are a few pointers for this direction:
  • Add a moving water feature such as a table-top water fountain.
  • Incorporate cascading or curved patterns and shapes.
  • Add metal decorative elements to build the water quality.
  • Powerful images such as building or bridges in artwork. Water scenes also will bodes well. 
     
Foods:
One- water element prefers metal and water foods such as celery, onion, turnips, fish, seaweed, fennel, cabbage and eggplant. Try to incorporate these foods into your menu this month to absorb metal and water energy; two elements that work side-by-side.  Furthermore, it will help to cool down the peaking fire element of the summer solstice.


 Other Areas of Concern:
When one-water is the highlight trigram for the month, the remaining trigrams move to different positions. On a very basic level, we are able to see how other aspects of our life take on this moving energy. Here are some things to consider:
 
 
  • When it comes to family this month, there are plenty of  rich resources to spend time together. Take advantage of this powerful star and engage in family-time!
  • Wealth and finances are illuminated this month. There is opportunity for financial gain. Make sure your goals are in alignment with planned expenses. Then, take the rest and bank it!
  • Creative business venture is available to you this month. Think outside the box for best outcome.
  • Partner up in networking this month. Male and female combination is most effective.
  • You may be called to travel or take the lead in business/career this month. Go for it as it is a powerful combination for success.
  • Reading, literature, writing are all components for self-study and meditation practice this month.

Yoga Poses:

Helpful poses for the water trigram this month are as follows:
  • Butterfly
  • Pigeon
  • Dancer
  • Child's pose
These will all help to cool down the heat from fire peaking. Poses that tend to heat us up are:
 
  • Revolved half moon
  • Devotional warrior
  • Bird of paradise
  • Side plank


Take time to check out my summer solstice video! I do this ceremony every year. This video is from last year and wanted to post it before the solstice so you can get an idea of how you can celebrate this powerful time of the year!
 

 
Summer Solstice Ceremony Video!
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