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Dec
28

Mercury Retrograde 2017

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“Solstice” comes from two Latin words: sol meaning “sun” and sistere meaning “to stand still” because it appeared as though the sun and moon had stopped moving across the sky. This

 longest night of the year, followed by a renewal of the sun, demonstrates the cyclical order of the cosmos. In this way, celebrating the solstice can be a beautiful remembrance that our lives are part of a larger order, always changing, always renewing.

If we look around us we can see that the rest of nature has quieted down, slowed down, or at least taken its activity underground into its roots or burrows. Since we are a part of nature, So this is the gift of the season: a pause to appreciate and to nurture our roots, our connections that support us so well all year long.

Winter Solstice is one of our oldest celebrations, dating back to the dawn of modern civilization some 30,000 years ago. For ancient people, the winter solstice was an awesome, mysterious, and powerful phenomenon tap into this magical time with ritual, intention and meditation.

A couple of suggestions for rituals for the winter solstice

  • Make a Christmas wreath which is an ancient tradition made of evergreens, holly, and ivy. The wreath’s circle symbolizes the wheel of the year and the completion of another cycle.
  • Light a candle on the solstice and shine the light and reflect and meditate on your teachings and wisdom from the year gone by.
  • Cleanse your home with some sage or bells.
  • Cleanse your own energy field with some sage, rose water, or a nice cleansing salt bath
  • Decorating the tree with objects resembling fruits, nuts, berries, to acknowledge
  • the gifts of abundance from Mother eart
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Feng Shui is all about having the most supportive, inspiring and healthiest home. One of the first steps to achieving these Feng Shui goals is to give your home a really good cleaning.  But because Feng Shui also means living in harmony with the earth, your cleaning should use natural organic products that honor and nurture that relationship.

Using natural home cleaning products supports the sense of smell. Many cleaning products include natural essential oils, and thus will make your home smell nice by offering an “aromatherapy” effect. Lavender is a natural disinfectant. Imagine getting your home clean while enjoying that beautiful relaxing aroma. You can even add a few drops to your clothes before they go into the dryer or a few drops in the vacuum.

Lemon is another magical essential oil. You can use a few drops on stains on your clothes, or add a few drops to a gallon of water when mopping your white tile floors.

Tea tree essential oil offers antibacterial, antiseptic and antifungal properties. It works especially well to get rid of mildew and mold around the house.

By contrast, bleach and other chemicals in non-natural cleaning products can create smells and even toxic odors that are unbearable.

Simple Ingredients needed for making your own cleaning products include:

  • Baking soda
  • Citrus seed extract: Usually made from grapefruit seed, this natural preservative is a powerful antimicrobial agent. It is often sold as grapefruit seed extract
  • Essential oils: lavender, sweet orange; bergamot, rosemary, eucalyptus or tea tree; thyme; lemon or lemongrass; and peppermint or citronella
  • Cider Vinegar

And here are some great recipes for making your own natural cleaning products:

All purpose cleaner

9 parts water to 1 part white vinegar

For the Bathroo

10 drops of tea tree oil and three cups of white vinegar. Add  to your toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes.

Fill a spray bottle with half water and half vinegar for a  shower or bathtub cleaner. leave for 30 minutes before rinsing off.

 

Glass Cleaner

Mix two cups water, 1/2 cup white or cider vinegar, and 1 to 2 drops of lemon essential oil.

Tile Grout Cleaner

Mix 1 part water and 3 parts baking soda mixed into a paste. Apply to grout and let sit; and then scrub.

Cookware

Use sea salt with a little lemon juice or essential oil and scrub. Also, try baking soda and water made into a paste.

If you decide to purchase natural cleaning products instead of making them at home, there are  just a couple of qualities to look out for:

  • Nontoxic
  • Fragrance free
  • Biobased
  • Reduced and recyclable packaging
  • No VOCs
  • Pesticide Free
  • Biodegradable

Feng Shui principals are becoming so widespread, you can get some great natural brands at the local health food store. Noweven grocery stores carry them.

 

 

 

 

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Mar
28

Feng Shui and Energy Chi

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Science has proven that everything is made up of energy. In the Chinese art and science of Feng

Shui we call energy Chi. The Egyptians call it Ka, the Hebrew have Ruach, the Japanese have Ki,

Chi is condensed and dispersed in alternative cycles of positive (Sheng Chi) and negative (Sha

Chi) energy, and it manifests in various forms. Chi can not be destroyed; however, it can be

transformed. Energy can be blocked and build up negatively, or it can flow freely, which is what

we want in our homes. Feng Shui supports the energy flow in your environment, which directly

impacts the energy flow in your body and thus can unleash more of your energy and vitality.

As you read this article, realize that the magazine is comprised of particles of energy; the

computer you may be reading this on is exactly the same. The grass, the sun: it’s all energy.

Feng Shui translates to wind and water. When we consider the chi of water, we know we drink it,

wash with it, we cannot survive without it and we see this as positive energy. However a tsunami

can destroy an entire town. Wind is similar. It can feel amazing and caressing on a warm day. It

can be harnessed to create electricity. Yet too much wind can destroy cities. The key is balance.

In Feng Shui we differentiate three kinds of chi.

First we have heavenly chi, our destiny energy. This is the energy we are born with, the soul

agreements we have decided to have before we come into human form. Soul agreements are

made with your children, your lover, your mother and so on. When we bring Feng Shui into our

lives it does not change these pre-destined forces and experiences, but it makes what we would

perceive as a bad experiences less painful, more graceful.

Then there is human chi. This is your physical, emotional and mental chi. Feng Shui really

supports balance and alignment in your body, feelings and mind. Imagine living in a home that is

off-balance. You try self care, perhaps by seeing an acupunturist who brings your body into

balance. But when you return home to a cluttered and imbalanced environment you will likely

throw your body, mind and spirit out of alignment again.

Lastly we have earth chi. Earth chi includes mountains, water, the climate, and where we are

located in this earthly energy. Each of us is unique and has different needs; some people do well

in hot weather as others in cool. Feng Shui absolutely supports by connecting us with nature. We

spend 80% of our time inside our home or car or office and back again. Many of us have lost that

deep connection to Nature and the natural rhythms of the earth. Hundreds of years ago people

did not have clocks and calenders to tell them when to do things; they would just look up to the

sun and the moon and know when to plant their crops. They would speak to the land and

intuitively know what herbs would heal various ailments.

Feng Shui invites us to connect with Mother Earth, to commune with her, bring her elements

inside with plants, water fountains and crystals that harmonize our bodies and ground our enegy.

We are spiritual beings having human experiences and Feng Shui invites us to create a space

that connects the inside and the outside, bringing the colors of nature inside, soft browns, healing

greens and blues that remind us of nature’s abundant gifts.

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Dear Feng Shui Enthusiast,
The next 6 days Feng Shui Certification training in San Diego will be held October 7th-12th 2013; during this time you will learn how to become a professional Feng Shui consultant.
The potential market for Feng Shui services is massive and growing. Feng Shui is unique in that every residence and business can benefit from it. Now more than ever, people are seeking the ancient art of Feng Shui to bring abundance, growth and give them that competitive edge.
This trailing builds a solid foundation for a Feng Shui practitioner by revealing its underlying theories. Develop the profound ability to analyze the unique “energy blueprint” of a business or home to reveal its past, present and future potential.

What you gain from attending the feng Shui Master Training
This class is such a great investment that is would cost much less then ever having to hire a feng shui consultant again whether for your present home, moving, remodeling, building or helping family members

You will be part of the San Diego School of Feng Shui alumni/ family where we have monthly classes, on-line support with all the previous graduates sharing there knowledge and experience.

You will receive a free listing on the San Diego School of feng Shui web site.

All the resources from how to start your business from A- Z from Web designers, business coaches, how to register your domain name.

This class will be fun, empowering, you will meeting over amazing people and create some life long friendships

You will receive certificate of completion from the International Feng Shui school, on completion of the training you will have a level of confidence to go out in the world and help improve peoples lives why earning a fantastic living. During the training you will have hands on training together we will go an Feng Shui a house bringing all the knowledge that you have learnt to take out in the world to start your business right away.

Amanda will be teaching you everything she has learnt over the past decade from leading Feng Shui Master from all over the world, numerous trainings and running a successful business Feng Shui consulting for fortune 500 companies to thousands of residential clients

During the training Amanda will share with you how she found feng shui and knew it was her life’s purpose and then turned it into a career that earns me and my family a rewarding income. It is her true passion and honor to inspire, educate and support you to be the best Feng Shui consultant you can be and to go out in the world improve people’s lives by creating supportive environments.

Who should consider doing this Feng Shui Training?
If you always wanted to learn about feng shui even just to enhance your own life.
People who want to become a professional Feng Shui Consultants earning up to $175 -$500 per hour and you will be ready to consult with clients from day one
Students who have received training at other Feng Shui schools and who now wish to learn advanced techniques.
Enhance your current profession as an interior designer, architects, landscape designer’s, real estate professionals, home stagers, professional organizers, light worker, acupuncturists and practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine and life Coaches.

Training outline:
Day One
Classical Feng Shui
History of Feng Shui
The different schools of Feng Shui
Making sense of Feng Shui in the western world
East West Theory
Yin/Yang
The Nine Flying Stars
Five Elements
Introduction to the Lo Pan Compass
The External Environment, including streets, other buildings, neighbors, land and property shapes and location
The Eight Trigrams
The Internal Environment
The External Environment
The Luo Shu
Furniture alignment
How to calculate your own personal best directions
Case study

Day Two
Yin/Yang Patterns
Spring Establishment
Construction Cycle Chart
Bldg Construction Year Charts
Floating the Sitting & Facing #’s
Form Feng Shui
Case study

Day Three
Architecture and Floor plans
Landscaping with Feng Shui
How to create a Healthy and natural Home
How to find create attract your soul mate using feng Shui
Understanding Electro Magnetic Fields
Case study

Day Four
Color Theory
Office and cubicle Feng Shui
Artwork and Feng Shui
Nursery feng Shui
Feng Shui for fertility
Clutter Clearing

Day Five
Space Clearing
Home Blessings
Using Feng Shui Secrets to Sell your Real Estate Listings Fast
Living a greener and healthier life
How to create an altar
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally
Writing feng shui reports
Running your feng shui business
How this will benefit your life

Day Six
Doing a Feng Shui Consultation together
How to conduct a business and residential consultation
How to create you’re Feng Shui Business, your professionalism, ethics, confidentially, peer and community support
How to market your feng shui business, how to write bids, pricing, advertising packets, how to have your clients for life.
Grounding and protecting yourself before a consultation
Practicing feng shui professionally
Writing feng shui reports
Running your feng shui business
How this will benefit your life

This Feng Shui course will help you become the master of your own life.
Improve health, family, love, creativity and prosperity in your life and the lives of others
Being a Feng Shui Consultant is one of the most rewarding and personally fulfilling professions – really making a difference to people’s lives.
Being conscious of your environment, making sure your home is a reflection of what you would like to manifest in your life.
This Feng Shui training will be one of the best investments you will ever make – not just of financial benefit but an investment in you – knowledge you will have and use for life.
The classical Feng Shui methods in this training have their basis in natural science and these ancient systems that have worked for over 6000 years.
You will develop confidence, intuition and understanding to enhance your own life as well as the lives of others.
You will learn all the necessary skills for success in the growing market for feng shui consultants
How to pick the perfect home for yourself or a client whether buying or renting a house or an apartment
On-going support when working with large or complex projects.
You will learn how to run a successful business.
Know how to build or remodel a house with amazing Feng Shui.

If you feel a desire and calling to learn about Feng Shui and help people it can be the most rewarding and fun career, there are so many amazing opportunities from Feng Shui for large corporations to residential clients, doing celebrities homes, writing a books, doing a feng shui TV show, making a line of DVD’s or CD’s teaching, feng shui product development, an online store, a retail store even franchising.

Feng Shui Master Training Pricing:
Early Bird pricing $1297 if registered before August 1st 2013
$1497 if registered after
Monthly payment plans available
Deposit $250
Refer a friend get $100 discount
Sign up a friend and get a $100 gift voucher for the International Feng Shui School

The training is from 9am -5pm daily

 

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The Feng Shui course was absolutely amazing, and completely went beyond my highest expectations.  Amanda’s dept of knowledge and willingness to share so selflessly truly makes this course a powerful academic and spiritual experience.  Her love and passion for Feng Shui are evident, and she teaches the complicated subject in a way that makes you want to know more!  Thank you so much for this beautiful powerful experience.

Marissa Dragoo, Attorney

 

I want to thank Amanda for providing this opportunity to myself and my classmates.  It was a truly amazing experience and it will resonate in my heart for always.  I learned so much from all of my classmates and also learned so much about myself.  Feng Shui is not just for your work, its for your life. Amanda and this work creates fulfilling lives for people with hopeful tomorrows and better today’s.  It was a lovely experience.  I wish everyone could enjoy.  I will definitely recommend this course to everyone I know.

Ally- Jo Frush, event planner

 

I so thoroughly enjoyed your course.  It has been a life changing experience.  Your love energy and enthusiasm for your art it is inspiring and a true blessing to me.  You are a very gifted teacher.  The loving atmosphere you create through your style and grace is truly healing and provides the perfect backdrop for learning.  I just want to say thank you for such an incredible experience.  Look forward to keeping in touch and share my growth in everything and just learned.

Linda Nolasco, School teacher

 

Having taken this course has truly been a blessing, and I am so thankful to have come across this incredible journey with such an amazing group.  Everyone’s openness was an inspiration to me.  After so many years of reading and applying this incredible sacred knowledge, this class has truly given me the vision of helping others bring balance and harmony into their space and lives.

AMANDA THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH.  YOU ARE AN AMAZING ANGEL AND MY BLESSINGS GO TO YOU FOR THE CONTINUITY OF TEACHING OTHERS

MUCH LOVE AND LIGHT

Mireya Soto, Feng Shui and Realtor

 

Amanda this training has changed my life.  Through your guidance, experience and genuine support I have raised my vibrations and consciousness.  My perception and awareness of my environment has increased and I feel more aligned and empowered than ever before.

Even though Feng Shui is an ancient science I feel blessed by the experience of the magic of it.  Life has a distinct effervesance and sparkle.  I feel joy with the anticipation of what is to come.

James Knight, James Knight Feng Shui Photography.

 

 

Feng Shui is the perfect complement to my Acupuncture practice.  Amanda’s loving and very organized style of teaching makes this an amazing journey.  I wish all courses begun with morning meditation andOmchants.  I will forever cherish this experience!

Andreia Saboya, Acupunturist

 

 

Since I’ve taken Amanda’s Feng Shui class my life has opened up to so much opportunity, abundance and over harmony in my life.  Taking this course is not just learning about Feng Shui but learning about your self.  Sharing your light and love with everyone.  Its helped me see all that beauty life as to offer and honoring everyone’s beauty and gifts.

Justine Ramos, Feng Shui Consultant

 

Whether you simply have a desire to learn Feng Shui for your personal interest or your passion is to become a Feng Shui consultant, this class is” LIFE CHANGING” I can’t imagine a better way to invest in yourself than to have The honor of studying under Amanda Collins expertise.

Dana Wilkerson, owner and founder of Spa Velia

 

This training was a gift and a blessing at this moment of my life.

I am so, so thankful to have had the chance to be here.  Thinking about it yesterday, I remembered that it has been only 21 days since I got back to theUS.

An experience that I was dreading has just become one of the most powerful and beautiful experiences of my life. It feels that this has been all planned to receive me in this country and care of my soul.

Thank you!  Forever thank you!  Love you!

Marcia Formigari, Hewlett-Packard

 

 

Thank you Amanda! For creating such a loving space, allowing for growth and transformation.  I truly appreciate your genuine ever so loving spirit that brings me back to truth.  You’re a breath of fresh air and I feel so blessed to have met you, shared space and to move forward on my journey with you in this life time.

 

I was a bit disillusioned going into Feng Shui.  I thought it was simply moving and shifting a few items in ones home to bring balance.  I was wrong!  Feng Shui is so much more and Amanda embodies the essence of what Feng Shui truly is.  Feng Shui has been on all levels transforming and life changing.  It has brought harmony and balance to all areas of my life allowing me to move forward in my journey and embrace with complete self acceptance and love.

Monique Fierro,  Landscape designer

 

Feng Shui training with Amanda is one of the most positive steps I’ve taken for myself in this lifetime…I absolutely loved it! In addition to Ancient Feng Shui principles – which are covered thoroughly & in easy to understand formats – she offers a nice yoga and meditation component as part of the program that really assists in opening up and receiving this beneficial knowledge on a deeper level.  I look forward to moving forward with Feng Shui professionally and embracing the joy and transformation that I can assist people with to benefit their lives in great ways.  Thank you Amanda for shining your light so bright in this world and encouraging us all to do the same…Om Shanti ~ Nicole Pisciotto San Diego, CA

 

 

Hello Sweet Amanda!

Just wanted to send a quick note to say hello and to THANK YOU for offering such a beautiful place of learning and healing.  It’s so fascinating to observe and to participate in your classes.  Just like the very first meet up I went to, back in February, I see why people (myself included!) are so drawn to you.  You really are so full of light and love and joy, and you make it so easy for people to just have permission to release and allow them selves to be re-centered.  It really is so beautiful.  I really appreciate the interdisciplinary nature of it, and soooo much more.

Love and blessings

Marissa Dragoo, Attorney

 

Feng Shui Certification with Amanda Collins is MIND BLOWINGLY MAGICAL and my new TRIBE of LIKE-MINDED SOULS have already touched me so profoundly! I am so excited to share this ancient wisdom with others! Energized.

Dana Wilkerson

 

Dana Wilkerson Graduation Day – watch out world here I come a Feng Shui’ing! Amanda Collins is one of the most amazing lights of this world and a life changing instructor!

Dana Wilkerson


You are an awesome facilitator and my heart brims with pride and admiration for the way you carry the Light and deliver the information. Thank you so much for sharing so much of yourself. You are such an inspiration! Xoxox

James knight

 

 

 

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May
18

Creating a sacred Altar

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A personal altar invites us to reconnect with the deeper parts of ourselves. Here’s how to get started.
1. Find a space in your home (inside or outside) where you could fit a small to medium table that is unobtrusive to walking paths or other furniture.
2. Find a small to medium table to put in said space.
3. Find a nice tablecloth to cover said table.
4. Place items that represent what you are building an altar to on the table, which is now your altar.
5. If you use your altar for ceremony, it is a good idea to find a table or desk that has drawers in it to store extra candles and tools.
6. You can place it in the garden, meditation or yoga room; I do not recommend placing it in the bedroom. If it most go in the bedroom place a screen around it.
Whenever you get a new item of a magical nature, such as a crystal, a special feather, shell, a new magical tool, then it is appropriate to pop it on your altar for a while to absorb the energy which is focused there.
Oracle cards are energized by being on an altar, as well as any items related to magical workings.
Intention
first, set an intention. To set the energy of your altar, simply declare or write down your intention – “Abundance Altar” or “Healing Altar” etc. Your home altar is a personal power spot for you where you can continue to grow and deepen your relationship with the divine and yourself. Simply declare your space, this is MY SACRED SPACE. Ask yourself, “if this altar could be about anything, what would it be about?”
Altars have been created from the beginning of time – not only to ask for blessing and connect to the divine, but also to give thanks, make personal magic and to honor those who have come before. Creating an altar CONNECTS the physical world with the spiritual world. It is a physical place for dreams to live and a direct telephone line to the invisible forces that weave through one’s life. An altar grows and changes responding to your life. An altar reminds us to honor and give attention to our inner lives as we develop inner-authority.
• ask for guidance and strength
• offer gratitude, send out blessings
• pray for yourself and others
• meditate
Indoors – if you are planning to set up a formal indoor altar, find a spot in your home where you feel comfortable placing this sacred space. This may be in the corner of a room, on a coffee table or cupboard top or shelf. Be mindful that it should be kept higher if there are small children or animals in the home.
Outdoors – an outdoor altar can be set up on an inverted plant pot, a log, or on an old table top set upon a wooden box – whatever flat surface you can find of a size which suits you. Again be mindful of small children and animals when planning a permanent altar in the garden.
Place similar items on this as for the indoor altar, although you may decide to have more garden-style items, such as a cement statue of a Goddess.
Traveling altar – If you travel and like the comfort of having some of your sacred space with you, you can simply pack up a few ritual items in a small toiletry bag and then set them up in your motel room or other accommodation – items could include a small altar cloth, shell, pine cone, and candles.
An altar can be used in many ways:

to say thank you to the powers that be
to celebrate Mother Nature in all her guises
to seek spiritual wisdom
to honor the ancestors
to offer up struggles
to receive creative inspiration
to dialogue with the deeper part of her being
to honor her body
Keeping the Magic Alive
• Visiting your altar daily
• Changing it around weekly
• Dust and wipe down the area around your altar (and yes, under your altar!)
• change the fabric, pick something fresh and present tense
• pick fresh flowers for your altar (and clean water for the vase)
• maybe a new candle, in a different color than you normally choose
• Place objects and images that feel current. Start with the question: “What wants to be on my altar?”
Altar set-up and Ceremony:
These are helpful guidelines…to just get started, create what FEELS right for you. Blessings.

Open Sacred Space- I look at this step as CALLING in my helpers and Sacred Guardians to create a space of which only Love, Light and Truth are present for me to do my “work”. So, remember that ALL is a part of the Divine but we do want to be working in the light so this step is important. Even though we may be “clearing” things that are may be lower in vibration…we are giving them into the light of the Goddess so she can transform them. She has the power to take ALL and transmute it into Love and Light. Take the time to sit down with a piece of paper if you want to and write out what each direction means to you or take guidelines from my sheet you if you like.
1. Come into your space,
2. Light your candle,
3. Light your incense, or sage from the candle etc,
4. You can start start facing East as is common because it is the direction of beginnings. Then you follow moving sunwise or clockwise. Then after Sacred Space has been made you can sit down to clear yourself and let go of anything you may be holding on to that is less then Love and Light, any heaviness. Check your body…it tells you. Any place feel tight or heavy? Go there and breath it out, take a Black Obsidian and rub on that area while you breath, shout it out, cough it out, cry it out, MAKE NOISE! You may tone it out. WHATEVER FEELS RIGHT DO IT!!! (It can be done without the Obsidian as well.)
5. Then when you feel clear…and only then, as it may take 5 minutes or 50 minutes. This is your journey to learn how to clear and heal yourself!!! It is time!!!
Then when you are centered you focus on the stillness, go into meditation, or begin your prayers, asking etc. Any sacred work you want to undertake can begin at this time. WHEN YOU ARE CENTERED!
Sometimes it is just to clear and get re-centered other times you may need clarity for something, other times you may be needing guidance. You have the ability to get it directly from your higherself from the Divine. Or you may feeling some emotions. These are just needing to be acknowledged and want to be release!!!! Emotions are not meant to stay inside us. Go into a your sacred space or the bathroom…whatever, and let it out.
This is what ceremony, ritual or prayer time is for. (What ever you want to call it.) Clearing our STUFF, re-centering, giving thanks and asking as if it has already come to be, this is the key, giving thanks again!
This is also a good time to do a Tarot reading, a card reading, pull a card for your day etc…just ask simply “What do I need to do or know today”, and pull a card, read it, and set it on your altar. Contemplate it during your day. You will be surprised.

6.Then when you feel complete. Stand up(by the way…you don’t have to sit in lotus position or anything, if you it doesn’t work for you…be flexible for where your body is at and if you feel…sit, lay down, whatever! LISTEN to your needs, do not force.
When you are ready, close space. This can be done many ways. Start with the direction you opened with and then turn counterclockwise etc. Or you can just thank all the energies together as a group.
Also, if you leave your space and forget to close space and you are at work or driving down the road…DON’T freak out!!! There is no time or space so, just bring your awareness back to your space and thank everyone and imagine closing it. And it is done!

8.Blow out your candle and you are complete.

Suggested Items for you altar
Goddess items, angels cards
Symbolic spiritual things, candles, charms, incense, a wand.
Items that represent the 5 elements
Earth – crystals, stones, sand, dirt from a site sacred to you, cornmeal, tobacco,
Wood: flowers, greens
Fire – a candle
Water – purified water, holy water, a seashell
Metal: an item made of metal a statue, singing bowl, bells, a knife.

Air – incense, sage or sweetgrass, a feather
Sacred texts or pictures which inspire you

The left side of your altar is the feminine side
The right is the masculine

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Feb
04

Feng Shui for Valentines

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Considering we spend more than 80-percent of our time indoors, it’s vital that our home is supportive and nurturing – that it serves as a haven for self-love and support. When you enter, it’s almost as if your abode is hugging and embracing you. This starts with you being kind to yourself, as your home is merely an outward expression of what’s happening inside.
As a Feng Shui teacher, people often ask me the best first step. Most importantly, I suggest that your home is clutter free. That means letting go of anything that no longer serves or honors you. For instance, clothing you haven’t worn in a year, appliances that are broken, objects you don’t need, use or LOVE. Oh and if someone gave you something that you don’t love, re-gift it or at least pass it on to someone who can truly use it. Find a charity you believe in and exercise a random act of kindness. You will probably receive even more in return.
With Valentines just around corner I thought it may be fun to go over some important tips for Feng Shui to attract love or enhance your present loving relationships
Remove clutter Eliminate the old to bring in the new.
When you get rid of clutter, you are making room for romance. If you are single, create an empty space in your closet for a future lover’s things. If attached, make room in your drawers and closets so there is equal space for both you and your partner’s possessions.

If you have pictures of old boyfriends and girlfriends hanging around, then they’re still there! Get rid of the pictures and mementos. Make sure that you have new sheets, too, to sleep on. Old energy can linger in the bed as well.

No TV or Exercise Equipment! Keep the TV out of the bedroom. Any electronic equipment should be placed in the office or other area of the home. A TV in the bedroom is not conducive to romance. The bedroom is for lovin’ not work. A treadmill or workout machine in the bedroom makes your relationship exhausting.

It’s not advised to work out in the bedroom because this represents hard work that is often a hindrance of romantic space.

Always have things in pairs Replace mismatched night tables with a set to encourage equality in your relationship. Have a pair of lights show you want to share your life and home with your loved one.

Decorate your room in the right color Shades of pink helps draw love to you easily and create a romantic mood. Red, used sparingly, can be a sexy, bold color that creates passion or help draw a new lover.

Check the statues and art in your bedroom Replace any photos, sculptures or art of single people or figures. Replace them with happy couples. This simple change will help draw a wonderful partner! You should discard or put away photos and momentous of old flames. Gifts and anything with the ex’s energy on it, keeps new love at bay.

If there are any abstract, dark or sad artworks in the bedroom, take it out. These things encourage negativity when this room should be peaceful and safe for those who sleep there. You can replace it with a painting of Peonies, love birds or silk flowers as these represents love
Should the bedroom doors squeak, fix it because it blocks romantic energy from entering the bedroom.
The bedroom should be well ventilated so old energy moves out of the room.
Bed placement having your bed up against a wall, pushes away your chance for love. You should have your bed positioned so there is enough space to walk on either side. Not in line with the door but being able to see the door as you sleep.

The size of your bed matters!
If you are single a single mattress is not a good idea or snoozing on a king size or single mattress doesn’t encourage romance. There’s too much space. Sleeping on a huge mattress won’t encourage intimacy. Invest in a full size or a queen. What’s under your bed affects your sleep.
Satin sheets think of sensual, soft, bedding when selecting pillows, sheets and comforters. Any type of bedding that creates a cozy environment is great for the bedroom

Rose quartz or green quartz Buy chunks of rose quartz, rose quartz hearts, rose quartz lamps and place them in your bedroom. This stone is known to draw love into your life, increase self love and help heal a broken heart.

Personal photos don’t display family and kid photos in the bedroom. This is said to hinder your sex life. Put them in the living or family room where they belong!

Set the mood – the mood in the bedroom is important too Light scented candles, drape your lamps in sheer fabrics or lace. Keep lighting soft. Play romantic music.. Place “happy” photos of you and your honey on the dresser.
Use a magic box. This is said to draw a spouse to you. Write your deepest desires for a loved one on a piece of paper. Place this box in the SW corner of the house, in a cupboard or out of sight.
Mirrors in the bedroom… If they are facing the bed, relocate them because it reflects the couple on the bed. Some believe that this will cause a failure in the relationship because of the entry of a third party. Believe it or not, televisions are just as negative as mirrors do get rid of it.
Treat yourselves to fresh flowers and once they wilt, replace it. Remove dried flowers or cactus

The South West area of your home and any room is associated with love, make sure and spruce that area up with something that represents love

If the South West area corner of your home is missing make sure and add plants or stones to square off the corners.

Write a letter to your soul mate, making sure it is all written in present tense
To activate the South West area of your space try these ideas:
Desk: Place a beautiful stone (such as rose quartz) or a beautiful vase in the SW corner of your desk. Add red items in this location, crystal objects (a crystal pendulum clock would be wonderful here!), or red crystal paperweight is also a perfect addition.
Home/Living Room: Make sure the SW sectors of your home and living room have love objects appropriate to the SW corner.
Yard: Place a statue of a couple in this location, or plant some red or pink flowers here.
Fake it until you make it.
Make your bedroom appear as if a couple lived in it. So be sure to decorate it in a gender-neutral manner (no fussy flowers and pastels or severely masculine rooms). Make sure there are pairs of lamps (one on either side of the bed), and pairs of objects in the bedroom.

Daily affirmations
I attract loving, beautiful people into my life.
I always deserve love.
I am attracting loving relationships into my life.
I project love to everyone I meet.
I love and approve of myself.
I express love freely
As I give love, I am instantly supplied with more.
I radiate love to all persons and places and things.
People are just waiting to love me, and I allow them.
Love radiates from me at all times.
I love myself completely.
Love comes to me easily and effortlessly.

Amanda Collins
International Feng Shui School
www.internationalFengShuiSchool.com
amandacollins.me@gmail.com
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Bunús na Gaeilge – Basic Irish Language

There is no other way to revive Irish than for a crowd of people to spread it.
- Douglas Hyde

Note: The spellings and pronunciations used are based on Aideen’s own natural use of Connemara Irish but they have been kept simple, so as to be understood where there are differences in the language.
For example, the word ‘feicfidh’ is used only in Connemara Irish; in Leinster, Ulster and Munster the word is ‘cífidh’. There are two pronunciations; Leinster/Munster – kee-fee; Ulster – chee-fee.

The biggest problem for people whose native language is English is that the soft ‘t’ and ‘d’ are in Irish, but not in English; it’s difficult to ‘reproduce’ them in writing. Where I use ‘th’ and ‘dh’ here, they are best achieved by putting your tongue gently behind your front upper teeth.”

Click here for our words & phrases Index.

Lesson 5
The Language of Love – in Irish

This is a revised and updated version of our St. Valentine”s Day offering. The difference is that some of the following words and phrases can be used at any time of the year, whenever romance is in the air.

Phrase: St Valentine’s Day
Irish: Lá Fhéle Vailintín
Pronunciation: law ay-leh val-in-theen

Phrase: Happy St Valentine’s Day
Beannachtaí na Fhéle Vailintín
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na Fay-leh val-in-theen
Literally, Blessings of St. Valentine

Word: Card
Irish: cárta
Pronunciation: cawrth-ah

Word: Anonymously (without signature)
Irish: gan ainm ar bith or gan síne
Pronunciation: gahn an-im err bih or gan sheen-eh

Word: Love
Irish: grá
Pronunciation: graw

Phrase: My love
Irish: A grá
Pronunciation: ah ghraw

Word: Lover
Irish: Leannán
Pronunciation: lih-ahn-awn

Word: Darling
Irish: a stór
Pronunciation: ah sthohr

Phrase: Soul mate
Irish: Anam Cara
Pronunciation: ah-nahm khara

Phrase: I love you
Irish: Tá cion agam ort
Pronunciation: thaw kiuhn ag-gum urth

Phrase: My love to you
Irish: Mo grá thú
Pronunciation: muh ghraw hoo

Word: Darling
Irish: a stór
Pronunciation: ah sthohr

Phrase: Love of my heart
Irish: a stór mo chroí
Pronunciation: ah sthohr muh khree

Word: Heart
Irish: croí
Pronunciation: kree

Word: Rose
Irish: rós
Pronunciation: rose

Phrase: My love/My dear
Irish: A ghrá
Pronunciation: Ah ghraw

Phrase: My sweetheart
Irish: Mo mhuirnín
Pronunciation: Muh voor-neen

Phrase: Kiss me
Irish: Póg mé
Pronunciation: Pogue may

Phrase: Hugs and kisses
Irish: Barróga agus póga
Pronunciation: Bahrogue-ah ah-guss pogue-ah

Phrase: I’d give you the blood of my heart
Irish: Thabharfainn fuil mo chroí duit
Pronunciation: hohr-hinn fwill muh khree gwitch

Phrase: Will you marry me?
Irish: An bpósfaidh tú mé?
Pronunciation: on bohs-ee thoo may?

Phrase: Yes, I will marry you
Irish: Cinnte (certainly), pósfaidh mé thú
Pronunciation: kinn-tcheh, pohs-hee may hoo

Phrase: I think I’m in love
Irish: Ceapaim go bhfuilim i ngrá
Pronunciation: kih-ahp-im guh will-im ih ngraw

Phrase:
Would you like to go out with me?
Irish: Ar mian leat siúl amach liom?
Pronunciation: err veen lih-ath shool ah-mahkh lih-um?
(literally: would you like to walk out with me)

Phrase: I adore you
Irish: Ádhraím thú
Pronunciation: aw-reem hoo

Phrase: She is (He is) the love of my life
Irish: Is grá mo shaol í (é).
Pronunciation: iss graw muh heel ee (ay)

Connemara pickup line: I prefer you to a hundred milk cows!
Irish: B’fhearr liom thú nó céad bó bainne!
Pronunciation: Barr lum hoo no kaydh boh bahn-nyah

Phrase: I got four anonymous Valentine cards
Irish: Fuair mé ceithre chártaí Vailintín gan ainm ar bith orthu
Pronunciation: foo-ir may keh-reh cawr-thee val-in-theen gahn an-im err bih ur-hoo

Phrase: He sent me a bouquet of a dozen red roses
Irish: Chuir sé crobhaing de dhosaen rósanna dearga chugam
Pronunciation: khuir shay kruv-eng djeh gus-ayn rose-ahnah djahr-gah hug-ahm

Phrase: I love you
Irish: Tá cion agam ort
Pronunciation: thaw kiuhn ag-gum urth

Image: First Kiss by Kim Anderson from All Posters

Lesson #6
Sending a card for a birthday or other occasion? These phrases will come in handy. According to Aideen, they are generally written rather than spoken; apparently Irish speakers are not this formal in everyday conversation. So use these when you want to write a special greeting.
Phrase: Happy Birthday
Irish: Lá Breithe Shona
Pronunciation: Law breh-heh huna

Phrase: Happy Anniversary
Irish: Comhgáirdeas bhur gceiliúradh
Pronuniation: koh-gawr-jeas wur gel-oor-ah*
* This is not specifically ‘anniversary’ but ‘celebration’ and could be used for many such occasions. In the singular it would be:
do cheiliúradh, pronounced dhuh chel-oor-ah

Phrase: Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Irish:Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na Fay-leh Paw-drig

Phrase: Good luck and best wishes
Irish: Sláinte agus Saol Agat (Agaibh*)
Pronunciation: Slaw-intche agus seel ah-guth (ah-geev*)
Literally means ‘(good) health and life to you’ *plural

Phrase: Happy Easter
Irish: Beannachtaí na Cásca
Pronunciation: Ban-ochth-thee na caws-ca

Phrase: Merry Christmas
Irish: Nollaig Shona
Pronunciation: Null-ig huna

Phrase: Happy New Year
Irish: Athbhlian faoi mhaise
Pronunciation: Ah-vleen fwee wash-eh

According to Aideen, one of the easiest and nicest catch-all phrases, suitable for any occasion would be:

Irish: Sláinte agus saol agat* – Health (good implied) and life (long implied) to you
Prounciation: Slaw-in-che ah-gus seel ah-guth
*agaibh (plural) ah-giv

but with one ‘amendment’ – in the case of a new baby the blessing would be to the parents for the child and would be:
Irish: Sláinte agus saol ar bhur leanbh nua
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-che ah-gus seel er wur lan-iv noo-ah

Lesson #7 – Basic Irish: A selection of toasts
From the classic Slainte and how to pronounce it to a few other not so common ones and how to pronounce those, too, you’re sure to impress family and friends at the next social event when you toast the gathering in the Irish!

Toast: May God not weaken your hand
Irish: Nár laga Dia do lámh
Pronunciation: Nar lah-ga Djee-ah dhu lawv
Toast: May we be alive at this same time again
Irish: Go mbeirimíd beo ar an am seo arís
Pronunciation: Guh mer-i-meedh bee-oh er an am shu areesh

Toast: May you live and may you wear it out
Irish: Go mairir is go gathair
Pronunciation: Guh mah-rir is guh gah-hir

Toast: Health and life to you
The woman of your choice for you
A child every year for you
And may you die in Ireland

Irish: Sláinte agus saol agat
Bean ar do mhian agat
Leanbh gach blian agat
Agus bás n Éireann

Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche agus seel ah-guth
Ban er dhuh veen ah-guth
Lan-v goch bleen ah-guth
Agus baws in Ay-run

Toast: Health to the men and may the women live forever
Irish: Sláinte na bhfear agus go maire na mna go deo
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche na var agus guh mara na m-naw guh djeo

Toast: Health! (Could be to one or to a crowd)
Irish: Sláinte
Pronunciation: Slaw-in-tche

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