Summer News


June 12th – New Moon, start a new project
June 21st – Summer Solstice
June 26th – Full Moon & Lunar Eclipse
July 11th – New Moon & Solar Eclipse
July 25th – Full Moon


1 Feng Shui Cures: new PLANTS

Here’s the plant family that is all the rage this year. Above are two containers of hens and chicks I recently arranged. Then earlier this week I went to NEOCON at the Merchandise Mart to find all sorts of these succulents in major show rooms. They were mixed with orchids, Gerber daisies and peonies. Succulents are considered “fat plants” because they are water-retaining plants adapted to arid climate or soil conditions. They are perennials (will come back year after year) and the above plants are hardy to zone 3 (30+ below). They can also be grown as house plants and, if you don’t overwater them, you can bring them in for the winter and put them outside in the Spring. I did that this past winter. It makes it nice for city dwellers who have balconies, window boxes and limited space.

Sedums, a succulent, are more of a ground cover and were being used as a “green roof” plant. There are hardy varieties but in my experiments most did not survive the winter (especially Irish and Scottish mosses).

Yes, I know, this is a feng shui column and cactus which are also succulents, are frowned upon in feng shui. Cactus (succulents with spines) are not native to most of China. What the ancient feng shui masters were probably objecting to most is the prickly dangerous needles called spines found on some kinds of cactus (the barrel cactus, for example). Some spines are nasty needles yet you can find some that almost look like webby fabric.

In addition to the sharp points, the general shape of the leaves is important. A yucca plant with its sharp pointy leaves is less desirable than the puffy rounded leaves of the jade plant. Think of the different energy each plant would bring into the relationship area of the bagua. Again, we always have to consider the purpose of what we want the plant to do. Normally we want the plants to be peaceful and happy; however, in my last eighteen years of doing feng shui, we have used edgy plants (like holly) for protection for areas that we don’t want anyone to get in – under a window of a business where that widow had been broken into twice, for example. Use the plants to fit your purpose – color, smell, shapes.

2 Feng Shui Cures: new MIRRORS

The security (fish eye) convex mirror used in stores and businesses comes home. CB2 puts three of them in your living room. The advantage of the fish eye is the wide view it gives you. And this time it is done in a contemporary way.

The chrome/silver reflective balls give you another way to detect motion from behind you. Any reflective object can give you a rear view mirror so you won’t be surprised from behind.

3 Feng Shui Cures: the new EARTH – ACTUAL STONES

We are used to using pottery, heavy objects and mountain pictures as ways to bring the earth’s stability into our homes. Why not use actual rock and stones? In our efforts to simplify and get closer to the natural source, we can use rocks, geodes, natural quartz crystal as well as our standby the multifaceted crystal ball with a 30 -33% lead content.

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Pam Tollefson

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

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