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How to Protect your monthly INCOME in 2018

In the North direction or sector this year the 5 Misfortune star resides bringing unfortunately three kinds of misfortune. Those being financial loss, relationship loss or troubles, and health issues. Being in the North it affects the Career and monthly income of those afflicted by it. It’s felt more strongly by those who spend a lot of time in the North this year, with a bedroom or office here or have a front door located in the North. It can also affect the Chinese zodiac animal the Rat since this is the direction of the Rat.Another possibility that this 5 star can bring is broken bones. I’ve seen people that had this annual star at their door end up with broken bones, and a broken relationship. I find it’s better to take this advice on using a remedy than to chance a broken bone; which could stop your monthly income as well. I had a boyfriend with a broken arm that was a bartender and he couldn’t work for months, (before my feng shui time). The idea with feng shui is to avoid these pitfalls and make our lives run a little smoother and to help support us in our goals, not to give it credit for our personal hard work. We still have to be focused and work towards our goals, as feng shui is only one third of the equation.The 5 star in the career sector can also mean a possible pink slip, so no gossiping and do your best at work if the North is a key area for you, (ie your front door or bedroom). Try to be an asset to your company.One other thing this star can do, is when it combines with the 8 wealth star it’s more likely for children to break bones, so watch the monthly stars and if a child sleeps in the North this year and the monthly star is the 8 star you may want to move them out of that bedroom for that month.No worries though, the Misfortune star can be remedied fairly easily. Place moving metal in the North, either a pendulum clock, a fan or a Neko Kitty that has its arm waving all the time. The quieter the remedy the better. I also strongly suggest avoiding open flames if at all possible. If your range or stove is here, use it sparingly or not at all, (especially if it's fueled by gas) and when it’s warm enough, use your BBQ but avoid having it in the North or the West directions if someone is ill in the home. Avoid the color red and bright lighting, as it’s best to keep this area dimly lit and quiet. Why not err on the side of being safe as well as safe keeping your monthly income while keeping misfortune at bay if you can?One more option is a clear glass container filled with water, stones and 3 stalks of bamboo to help control this misfortune star. You can also put dirt from the North in a 5 Element Pagoda if you have one and place it in the North, or even better inside a closet in the North. My home faces North so I have the Pagoda as well as the bamboo and a Neko Kitty in the North. 

Prosperity & happiness to you in 2018!




Great for weddings/shower registries, for new home owners as a unique gift idea for a fresh positive start, or put a gift certificate in a get well card, (feng shui is also used to support health). Give friends and/or family support in reaching their professional and personal goals!

Warmth and Joy for 2018!

Another year has, as they say, flown by and were looking at the New Year coming in already! I’m happy to report that we’ll have a swell year of enjoying ourselves more and having more social festivities in the home this coming 2018. This year of the Earth DOG might feel  like snuggling up with a bunch of puppies; bringing more happiness and fun into our lives. Write out a bucket list of fun things you would like to do in 2018 and go out and do them.  How's more 'fun' or 'joy' for a New Years resolution?  They say this year instead of a resolution it's better to pick a word that will keep you inline with your goals for the year.  It can be any word that resonates with your intent, (from your head and your heart) for 2018 - like brave, open, explore, present, orchange - any word that when you say it or see it on your screen saver makes you get back in line with your goals.

The 9 star in the center of the chart will have the family connecting by doing more social activities. It will also be a good year to complete the things that you’ve started before 2018 and plan your financials for your future. Sow the seeds of your future ideas this year,  because the 9 star will also help you get a good base to build on for your future aspirations.  If you need to let go of things that aren't serving you anymore this year will support you in doing this also.  


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Although there were some negative sectors this month my front door had the academics star doubled and I felt urged to learn something new. So I enrolled in Joey Yap’s Qi Men Dun Jia Academy Pro Course and am excited to learn more about various ways to tap the different energies surrounding us.  So who knows, I may roll out a few new feng shui services or workshops after I’m finished!   Stay well!

QI MEN DUN JIA 2018 Update

I am currently, (2018) enrolled in Joey Yap’s Qi Men Dun Jia Academy Pro Course and am excited to learn more about various ways to tap the different energies surrounding us to improve our individual odds for success.  I'll soon be able to assist clients who would like to find a career that can bring them the most happiness and/or the most wealth, (the rare person can have these together in the same career field).  There are many things that can be strategized in ones life from the timing of when to ask for a raise to when is the best time to buy an investment or even where to purchase property for profit.
Stay well!

Now & Zen Article Excerpts: 

2018 Water Star # 8 for Wealth

The water star 8 is a star that moves monthly in a pattern to all the different directions and brings opportunities for wealth and prosperity to the sector it resides that particular month. Considering the direction it goes into that month may change the type of opportunities presented; say it goes into the North which is the career sector, this may bring an opportunity for advancement in your job and therefore your monthly income goes up. If the water star moves into the West like in October (and you spent a lot of time in the west of your home or office) you may have found that you earned money from a creative endeavor, as the west rules creativity. Take a look at the chart below and write out your rooms that you reside in are and where your front door is located.  Use these areas more when the water star 8 is there that month to help activate this sector and support wealth opportunities coming to you. Another thing you can do is to place a water fountain in this area and have the flow of the water go towards the inside/center of the home; spending 3 hrs or more a day here can also activate it, and/or adding a light. 


                                                   MONTH                 LOCATION                 ROOM/AREA

January                 West                             ________________

February              Northeast                    ________________

March                   South                            ________________

April                      North                           ________________

May                       Southwest                   ________________

June                      East                               ________________

July                       Southeast (Double)    ________________

August                 Center                           ________________

September          Northwest                   ________________

October               West                             ________________

November          Northwest                   ________________

December          South                            ________________



Bazi, (also known as Four Pillars) is a metaphysical study using a persons birthdate to help with ones health, personal and family life, career, and even romantic life. It’s a time stamp of when you are born, and it shows the elements the way they were set up in the universe the moment you were born. It also has ten year luck pillars that lay out your life by the five elements as well as the Chinese zodiac animals; these predict whether or not you’re going through a good luck cycle or a not so good luck cycle. You can make the most of your chart/life if you know what it is bringing into your life, and therefore improve your luck cycles - both your good luck and your tough times; It will show when someone will meet a partner to marry, what you’re best suited to do as work and therefore make the most income at doing it as a career, (or having parts of these elements in your career) and the best industry for you to work in and a host of other things. Regarding health one can detect physical issues such as organ problems, parkinsons, cancer and more which then can be individually treated with personalized recommendations using the elements to balance an individuals chart. For example, if you day master is enhanced by fire, (which is a equal to warm a dry) and you don’t feel well but can’t find a cure you can look at your luck pillars. It may show that you’re elements are out of balance because you’re in a 5 yr period of water. Water is the equivalent to cold and damp. So if you’re in a period of water and you already live in a cold and damp climate then one very effective cure is to move to a warm and dry climate. Sometimes this can be hard to do and so you could do the next best thing in elemental cures; you can add fire in other ways to your life with actual fire, or with fire foods. See here how to use the five elements within food:
If you enjoyed the Qi Men Dun Jia video with Pat last month here is something that may also be of interest. This video has Raymond Lo from the Feng Shui Society explaining how to read Bazi charts using the birth charts of the royal family including Princess Di and Kate Middleton; since they’re in all the headlines of late I chose this one for you. Check it out here:
There are more video’s on line that explain by using examples how one can use the luck pillars and the elements to see what health issues a person may come up against, if any and how to balance a chart. Of course each person’s chart is unique, so it takes someone who has studied Bazi to give a reading, but you may be able to figure things out for yourself by trial and error by experimenting with foods and elements in the now. This won’t tell you your future luck cycles, but it may help you out now and keep you more in tune of what is going on with your health and options to try to improve it.

Dispelling Yin Energy from Antique Furniture

When you have antiques in your home some of them and more so with harder, denser wood will hold past energy. Some of the energy can be positive,(yang) but some may also be too yin and have you falling asleep at your desk. Beautifully made, antique furniture can be a desirable addition to your home so long as it is revitalized with new yang energy. Two ways to do this is to either leave the furniture outside, (not in direct sun) for three days for it to absorb cosmic yang energy or do a salt cleanse. Cleanse by gently rubbing the surface area and inside the furniture with natural rock salt. Envision any adverse energy being drawn out of the furniture as you wipe it down. Everyone in the home may notice the home feeling lighter with less tension and negative emotions.

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Here I am with Iverson having a great time at Joey Yap's 2018 QI MEN DUN JIA Course in Orlando, Florida. 

Dato Joey & I at his 2016 Feng Shui & Qi Men Conference at the Roosevelt Hotel in The Big Apple!  And what a fun place NEW YORK, NEW YORK was to be on Halloween.  Joey  Yap is a famous author with 162 books , has his own private TV channel, is a Chinese  Metaphysics authority, Columnist,  and Consultant for large elite Developers.

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Brenda is a commercial and residential Feng Shui & Metaphysical Consultant and is the founder of Sjostrand Design. She creates a congruency with a company or a client's goals and their environment supporting improved benefits in relationships, communication, prosperity, finances, career and health. She will feng shui a room, a whole home, office space or business to support your goals using 8 methods overlaid onto the floor plan and then simplified into an easy to follow report. If looking for a new home she can look at homes you've chosen and give mini-reports on each to let you know which home will support your specific goals the best.  She can also create personalized calendars so you can use your best days according to your birthday, this includes date selection for weddings.