Feng Shui Design for Fall 2019

Choosing a place to retire

Finding a supportive environment to help with your changing lifestyle is another perfect time to use feng shui.
Where do you go?

  1. Where your children are
  2. A warm place
  3. Stay where you are
  4. None of the above

A nationwide survey in August 2019 shows that:

  • About 1/3rd Americans retiring are going to stay in their homes,
  • 1/3rd have already moved
  • Another 1/3rd (±) are planning to move in the future
Mid-Century Ranch House

The main reason to move is to be closer to family.

Of those remaining in their homes, I wonder if they are in ranch houses, or have stair lifts to get to the second story. Are any adding residential elevators for $20 – $30,000?

That might be cheaper than moving. There are some pneumatic glass ones that are really interesting.

One story Midcentury ranch on lake. NO stairs. You can live here for a long time.

This looks like a good house for Granny

But it’s a two story

Among those who relocated

  • 50% downsized,
  • 30% got a larger home for family to visit

According to the statistics, retirees are looking for a stimulating place with access to excellent health care and interesting people to interact with.

As we are often told, after a significant life change, like the loss of a spouse, don’t be in a rush to move. Let your life settle in a familiar place before you decide.

Move to a warmer climate?


13th – full moon
23rd – Autumnal Equinox
28th – New Moon
30th – Rosh Hashanah begins

9th – Yom Kippur
13th – Full Moon
14th – Sukkoth
24th – Orionids meteors
27th – New Moon
31st – Mercury goes retrograde – Halloween

3rd – Daylight savings time ends
11th – Transit of Mercury
12th – Full Moon
20th – Mercury Retrograde ends
26th – New Moon
28th – Thanksgiving

12th – Full Moon
21st – Winter Solstice
22nd – Hanukkah – Ursids meteors
25th – Christmas
26th – New Moon – Kwanzaa

Nature: our influence and model for living

Wherever you may be, surround yourself with the optimum.

Chinese culture tells us to pay attention to nature for clues to our own life condition. The conditions of the environment around us, especially around our house and yard is most likely to affect us – especially the eldest person living in the house . If, for example, there is anything dead or dying near the entrances, the health of those living there could be compromised.

Feng shui wants us to surround ourselves with only the optimum – nothing dead or dying or in a state of decay. Cleaning up flower boxes and flower beds after the first frost, before winter snow, is vital to sustaining good health through the winter. You see it works both ways. “We affect the environment, the environment affects us,” according to feng shui.

A skeptic could say, an older person in bad health is less likely to be able to clear away dead flowers and that is true. So help your elderly neighbor when you can. Feng shui has an obvious practical side to its astute observations in determining the ancient rules that have lived down through the centuries.

The front door, the main entrance to your home should never be blocked from the street or it can affect your career. The front door is considered “the mouth of chi” where energy(chi) comes into the house and needs to be seen from the street.

  • Trees should never be planted to obscure the front door. If it is on the parkway, that’s okay. It technically isn’t only yours. Of course, we value our trees and will work around this rule with our intention and transcendental cures you have to ask for.
  • Keep shrubbery low, as well. If you are retired and no longer are concerned about visibility, never mind. Feng shui rules support your lifestyle. Maybe you don’t want to be found.
  • Plants and flowers can attract attention to an entrance. Bright colors in big pots or stone containers attract attention and provide stability .

Year around, being outside in nature gives us a grounding and vital energy we need. Going out in the yard, taking a walk in a park, getting off the concrete in the city for a time, will increase our positive chi.As the weather in the Midwest will be less inviting to be out, we think more of bringing nature inside. Remember the same rules about removing deteriorating plant materials is important, too.
Dead bouquets, dead leaves on plants, anything that had energy (chi) that is now gone, should be removed.


“Speak for the trees” – the Lorax

Trees are the lungs of the world

20% of the world’s oxygen comes from the trees of the Rainforest in Brazil

The following information is from www.amazonswim.com

Rainforest Destruction:

Industrial society has tended to see forests as free sources of valuable materials or as needless woods, occupying land and getting ´in the way´ of development. As a result of these pressures, every second the planet loses another two football fields of its precious rainforest cloak.

Rainforests are being destroyed worldwide for the profits they yield – mostly harvesting unsustainable resources like timber, for cattle and agriculture, and for subsistence cropping by rainforest inhabitants.

Many organizations have demonstrated that if the medicinal plants, fruits, nuts, oils and other resources like rubber, chocolate and chicle, were harvested sustainably – rainforest land has much more economic value than if timber were harvested or if it were burned down for cattle or farming operations.

Some facts:

The Amazon River has eleven times volume of the Mississippi River, and drains an area equivalent in size to the United States.

The Amazon´s daily freshwater discharge into the Atlantic is enough to supply New York City´s freshwater needs for nine years.

The force of the current – from sheer water volume alone – causes Amazon River water to continue flowing 125 miles out to sea before mixing with Atlantic salt water.

Many important new drugs are still awaiting to be discovered in this area – drugs for AIDS, cancer, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer´s.

More than half of the world´s estimated 10 million species of plants, animals and insects live in the tropical rainforests. One-fifth of the world’s fresh water is in the Amazon Basin.

Japanese Maple

Amazon Basin Information:




Another view:

An expert at Northwestern University states that oxygen loss from the burning of the rainforest is not as devastating as people are saying. He says that there is plenty of oxygen in the world. What is a problem is that the trees consume the carbon dioxide (CO2) and if they don’t do that we may have too much CO2 and that will be a serious concern. I’m not scientific so if you are read the article for the facts.

The bottom line is that there are many vital reasons we need to save these trees in South America as well as the ones in our own yards.

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Pam Tollefson

Owner of Feng Shui Design, serving Chicago, Madison, and Milwaukee Metro areas.

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