With house renovation proceeding a a glacial pace and chaos constantly threatening to take over the house it seemed like a good idea to do some feng shui for fall. Tony has progressed from lawn man, to yard man to painter and has taken charge of all the outdoor work I wanted done with amazing speed and perfection. He trimmed back a long limb that hung over Merv’s yard from the big tree and also some other dead branches. According to feng shui you should trim back any large limbs that overhang your house because they symbolize extra “weight” on your shoulders. Although the leaves have not yet turned color and started to fall he will be clearing the gutters and adding gutter screens. Removing dead leaves from your gutters and roof are important to prevent decay and also because they represent dead chi accumulating on top of your home. So Tony is a blessing. However, the inside of the house breaks the no clutter rule in every square inch, mainly because there is no kitchen and bathroom to speak of.
Since seasonal transition is on my mind I look at what is happening at that level. Summer is dominated by the element of Fire, but in five elements theory there are five seasons to go with them. After the true summer comes Late Summer. In the United States this time is known in many areas as Indian summer. This is the warm and drier days that come around harvest time.It is the shortest season but it is important to our well being because it’s element is Earth.
The Earth element is all about feeling grounded and stable no matter what’s swirling around, so what better time to push back against chaos? So it’s time to begin organizing the attic, where I maniacally shoved items in to clear the spare room and living room so I could fit in construction materials and kitchen, bathroom and cleaning supplies. It’s no longer over 100F/38C up there so I can work effectively. Removing what you don’t need from above really affects things, because in feng shui terms what’s in your attic weighs down on you. In addition, I want to insulate so I need work room. I am also going through almost everything and sorting out items to donate to charities. Before a final trip to the farmer’s market I organized the big chest freezer, buying baskets to keep like items together. When you are going to be inside much more your environment has to be organized and it’s doubly important for me with construction going on.
More practices I follow are listed here.
According to feng shui, the proper circulation of qi energy is necessary for a healthy home. As the weather outside grows chilly, continue to open your windows occasionally during the fall months to let in some fresh qi. You don’y have to let the house chill and blow up your heating bill, just a few minutes does it.
Then, as daylight decreases, make adjustments that bring more light into your interior environment, including switching to full spectrum light bulbs that simulate natural daylight. I bought a special full spectrum lighted mirror. The house is dark even on bright sunny days and I want to ward off SAD.
Many practitioners of feng shui recommend you rearrange your furniture to bring new energy into a room, even if you only move one ot two small items like end tables or lamps. I rearrange things because the builders put the floor heat vents under the windows. (Idiots!) In summer tables and perches go in front of the windows for the cats but have to be moved in the fall so they will not be blocked when the furnace is turned on. I also arrange things so drafts of cold air, the result of opening the front door, do not blow toward cat trees or chairs. I set up the big chair in the furthest corner surrounded by bookcases near the one heat vent not under a window;, to create a cozy reading nook.
While it is still decent weather, getting things in line with good feng shui, connecting with the Earth element, will help maintain health and contentment as winter does it’s worst. Make it fun, don’t just grumble through cleaning. Put up you Halloween decorations or pull out your favorite comforters and lap blankets, even if not quite needed. We should gently transition through the seasons, not struggle to resist them.