Important dates: the 8th, Columbus Day and the Draconids Meteor Showers; 23rd, Sun enters Scorpio, 24th, United Nations Day; and the 30th, Halloween or Samhain.
Autumn and Feng Shui
Autumn is a wonderful time to clean out your house of all the things you no longer need, want or like. Many garage or yard sales are going on in local neighborhoods and you can make some extra cash by getting rid of your “treasures.” You never know what people are looking for and you may just have that odd piece of furniture, kitchen accessory/appliance or accent piece they have been looking for. This is also a great time to make room in your home, garage, basement and attic for the upcoming holidays. Remember, with the weather getting cooler and eventually colder with snow, your family needs room to relax, read a book or magazine, write out the bills, enjoy each other, watch TV or play video games, and do homework. They need a comfortable and organized living space.
With the new energy of the season, it is important to clear out the summer energy and have a more relaxed and calming environment. Many people rearrange furniture, change bed linens to glorious fall colors and change curtains in every room. Any alterations bring a change of energy with them so be sure that you feel comfortable, happy, relaxed and stress free after you redecorate or update your room’s look. If you are tired of the same old curtains or comforters, change them. If the same worn out throw pillows are a site for sore eyes, perhaps going to flea markets, garage sales or local stores who are having sales would be a good alternative. It will make you feel re-energized as you bring in new energy of the item and the color into your home.
- Be sure to have your wooden deck or porch power washed and water sealed before the heavy snow of winter. Snow can easily erode wooden decks. Be prepared to have a new, fresh-looking deck in the spring. It looks new.
- Check and double check all outdoor sensor lights. Make sure they are where you want them for the winter keeping in mind that you may have to shovel a driveway or walkway and pile the snow high on the lights. They may even be broken when shoveling as you can’t always see them in the high snow drifts. Make sure you place them where your guests and family members can see the driveway and walkway clearly in the dead of winter.
- Put all outdoor furniture away in the garage or basement. If this is not an option, be sure to buy covers or tarps and wrap up all the tables, chairs, BBQ and other equipment if they are going to be exposed to the upcoming harsh weather.
- Start raking the fallen leaves a little every weekend. If you are lucky to be home (retired, work from home, etc.), you can rake the leaves or use your mower with the leaf attachment any time you wish. Do this at least once a week so you don’t get behind on this boring task.
- Get all the fall/winter curtains, bedspreads, blankets and afghans dry cleaned or washed so that they will be ready when the cold winter nights are upon us. With everything fresh and clean, you are free to change the linens and curtains whenever you are ready.
- Steam clean wall-to-wall carpeting so that as the crazy holidays approach, this is one less thing you have to do. (Some people actually steam clean their rugs after the holidays so that it stays fresh and clean right through spring! That’s a thought!).
- Give your home a good “fall” cleaning and get rid of items you no longer need, like or want. Declutter. Organize.
- Have a garage sale and make some money with all of the “treasures” you no longer need, like or want. OR bring your items to a charity and get a tax write off.
- Check all of your Christmas (or holiday) supplies and decorations. This could be Christmas tags, wrapping paper, tape, money holder cards, tins for your cookies, tissue paper for your gifts, gift bags, etc. All decorations and Christmas lights should be looked at and be sure they are in good condition. Check your Christmas lights so that you won’t be disappointed after stringing them on the tree and finding out many lights no longer work.
- Get everyone’s holiday list and find out when and where major holiday sales will take place. You will have your holiday shopping done in no time and you’ll save money too.
- Don’t go out on Black Friday. The stress level of that day is not worth it. By now, you will have had purchased many of your presents. If you still have shopping to do, try to order on line and have it delivered to your door. No fuss or waste of time, energy and gasoline.
- Talk to the family and find out who will be hosting which holidays so there is no confusion.
- Organize lists for food shopping, guest lists, invitations, and/or phone calls. Delegate responsibility so that everyone has a chance to help with the holiday festivities.
- Be sure to bring all of your potted plants indoors. This can be in the basement or garage or in a sunny window. Read about what your particular plant needs and try to accommodate that plant. Many plants can be ready for the spring time and bloom again. Saving money by not having to buy other plants to replace them is a good thing.
- This is a lovely time to clean out and organize the attic as well. The temperature is still moderate or slightly chilly, but pleasant to work in. Keep or toss Christmas decorations while decluttering your attic. (Your attic represents “the future” in Feng Shui, so be sure it is organized with limited amounts of junk or unnecessary clutter. You wouldn’t want your future filled with junk or unnecessary things, would you?). Items that should be in your attic are holiday decorations, luggage, seasonal clothing and bedding/curtains. Always box other items that you truly feel you need to store. A better place for a lot of items is in your basement since the basement is “your past” so anything in the basement cannot hurt you in the future. Be aware of flooding. I personally put wedding albums in my basement and when Super Storm Sandi hit, the Rubbermaid bins floated, rolled over on its side and opened. I lost a lot of stuff; however, I realized I was supposed to let go of the past and it didn’t bother me. Be careful how you store things in the basement.
In regards to color, bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy. The pastels bring in the energy in a softer, more harmonious plane. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories.
The bold color brings in more vibrant and dynamic energy and you could change your environment or space around quickly. The pastel color brings in the positive energy in a softer, more compromising and yet harmonious level but it is very soft energy which means it will take a concerted effort to move towards your goal of changing your surroundings. Remember that these colors also work if you are wearing them as clothing or accessories. If a particular color touches your skin, they are absorbed into your auric or energetic field for the day and you would be surrounded by that color and influence for the entire day. Be careful of the color of clothing you purchase and wear.
The easiest way to get colors into a particular gua (or area) is by placing art work into that area. Flowers, gardens, an outdoor café lined with colorful umbrellas, a meadow scene with lots of wildflowers all can bring many colors into a particular space. The ultimate idea is to bring all colors into every part of your house, apartment, condo, townhouse or room. It does not have to be so blatant that everyone knows that this is the black or red area, but be discreet by putting pillowcases, linens, curtains, sheets, tablecloths, napkins, dinnerware, etc. with a hint of these needed colors.
Most teens wear black and now we know why they act the way they do! Black represents depression, upset, negativity, sadness, restrictions, limitations, obstacles, concerns, issues and feeling out of place or without a connection, despair, misery, hopelessness, dejection and melancholy. If you must wear this color or decorate your home with this color, you need to accent it with positive strong colors to balance this negative energy.
This soothing color helps you express emotions, empathy, sympathy, compassion and sensitivity. This is a nice calming color for an adult or child’s bedroom or any area of the home where you would like to bring tranquility. Blue also means clear sailing, harmony, peace and going into the right direction.
This color is not recommended for rooms (but may be used for a neutral rug or window treatments). Gray represents fears, doubts, worries, anxieties, being over whelmed, stressed, confused, lost, procrastinating tendencies and indecisiveness. You feel as if you are on a foggy road and cannot read the signs which would guide you to your destination, so you just keep on going and going until someone saves you or helps you find your path.
This is a beautiful, peaceful and calm color. This color brings in prosperity and abundance, financial security, fertility and growth. It gets projects “growing” in the right direction; it is a nurturing and supportive color.
This refreshing and uplifting color brings harmony, peace, joy, self-confidence, love, happiness, self-esteem, relationships, partnerships, friendship, prosperity and everything that will make you happy.
This is the most spiritual color which has the highest vibrational rate. Purple brings in esoteric interest and study, philosophy and honors all cultural, spiritual and religious traditions. Metaphysical or spiritual knowledge is brought through this color for you to use or to pass along to others who could use the knowledge and insight from Above. Many psychics surround themselves with this color or see this color when they are meditating.
What an assertive, dynamic, passionate and energetic color. Red usually motivates people who are procrastinators and helps them bring their never-ending list of things to do to an end. This color brings vibrant energy, makes one self-motivated, active and lively. It gives them much motivation and drive to accomplish whatever they feel is important in their lives. Too much red can cause temper tantrums and anger. This is not a color that is recommended for a young child’s room. I do not recommend this color if you are looking for a restful or peaceful environment.
This section includes beige, mauve, orange, and khaki as well. This is a very grounded, focused, stable and organized color. Tan, etc., brings a good foundation and is very secure. It helps you stay connected to Mother Earth, keeps your feet on the ground and makes one very persistent. It also helps you prioritize your life in a very analytical way so that you can accomplish your dreams and ambitions in a positive manner.
White is the sucker color. It brings energy of being too good, caring, loving, kind, generous, honest, trust worthy and doing everything for others and in return, no one does anything for you. Eventually, you will become a doormat or have no life of your own since you are too busy helping others. Set some boundaries and limitations and stick with them. Stop falling for sad stories. Stop lending money which you will never see returned. I tell my students never to wear white underclothes as your foundation for the day is to be a sucker and have everyone take advantage of you! Wear more beige! You will become more grounded, centered, focused and stronger; no one will ever take advantage of you ever again!
The powerful and alive color of the sun stimulates the mind. It activates intelligence, logic, analytical and methodical thoughts and is a great color for a library, place where children study and where common sense is required.
|MOON PHASE||DATE||DEGREE & SIGN||TIME|
|New Moon||08||15 Libra 48||11:47 PM|
|First Quarter||16||23 Capricorn 19||02:02 PM|
|Full Moon||24||01 Taurus 13||12:45 PM|
|Last Quarter||31||08 Leo 12||12:40 PM|
|Planets in the morning sky||None|
|Planets in the night sky||Mercury from the 4th; Venus thru the 22nd; Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. Do not confuse Jupiter with Mercury late month. Jupiter is brighter.|
|Retrogrades||Venus from the 6th; Uranus and Neptune all month.|
|The sun will go into Scorpio on the 23rd.|
ARIES – March 20 – April 18
So many things seem to be changing in your life and with these changes come new beginnings. Do not be afraid to let your life proceed in a new direction. All changes lead to new paths and more positive opportunities. Love life may be more exciting; love is rekindled or you may find a new love that suits your moods and intellectual level better than ever before. Home life is very important now so you may be thinking of moving, beautifying your home or finishing up projects that have been left on the back burner for too long. Creativity is a Godsend now since it helps you relax and get away from many of your responsibilities and scattered energy that you must expend continuously just to get through each and every day. Let the children choose which costumes they would like to wear this Halloween.
TAURUS – April 18 – May 19
Many personal changes come to you. You may be “growing up” in some way as you seem to be taking on new responsibilities, ones that you handle with ease and great skill. There is no surprise from others that you can handle whatever you put your mind to and you do it so well. You may be more serious than usual, but you are handling all obligations well. Children are very important in your life now so do what you feel is necessary to help them along with their education, after school activities and their social lives. Your sincere ingenuity is amazing and many are amazed that you come through situations and circumstances with flying colors. You are determined to do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals right now. Taureans are in better spirits and thinking long term now. If you must, make your children’s costumes for Halloween, but many stores have lovely costumes as well if you are in a pinch for time.
GEMINI – May 20 – June 20
Many things will be blown out of proportion and it’s up to you to set things straight. The truth goes a long way in paving a peaceful path towards a happy future. Make sure you know what or who you want in your future so you can plan your life accordingly. If you settle for second best, you will be really upset with yourself in the future. Basically, it’s a time to plan things for couples, whether with your significant other, lover or children, siblings, or other family members or close friends. You want to accomplish so much now but also need to do for yourself as well. When was the last time you had a moment to yourself? Try to think of all the projects that have been pushed aside so you can do things for others. Maybe it’s time to make yourself first so that you will feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. Try to pinpoint only one or two Halloween costumes for the kids (or yourself) before you will never be able to decide what to be and the day will come and go just as quickly as your thoughts about it.
CANCER – June 21 – July 21
There seems to be changes coming into your life, but you are not sure how to handle them. You want positive change but may not be ready for all the good things which are coming your way. A good way to look at it is just to go with the flow and all good things will come to you. You always help others and may not find it easy to accept help from others but this is a time to collect your karma chips for all of the good deeds you have done for others. Let others help you. Career may be in a state of flux; however, things will work out for the best once you accept the fact that life has its ups and downs and that things usually happen for a good reason. Cancerians may be a bit fussy over choosing a costume for Halloween so let your children have a say in what they want to wear.
LEO – July 22 – August 22
You want to get from underneath money issues and will try to start saving for things you really need instead of charging purchases. You may wish to go to school, get additional training or work towards other certifications or degrees for the good of your career future. Travel is always on your mind, but other things must come first. Pay attention to your family’s needs; they want your time and energy in their lives. They would rather have a few more hours a day of having you with them than having you work extra long hours for the money. Spend time with your family on weekend outings while the weather is still good enough to venture out into the open spaces. Leos are very generous people and are trying so hard to balance their lives and help others at the same time. It is time that you balance your time and energy so that you are not only are there for your family, friends and/or significant others, but also for yourself. Give the gift of time to yourself. If you are going to go out on Halloween, do something totally unexpected. Choose a costume that is totally opposite from what you would normally choose and surprise your friends and family. Have fun.
VIRGO – August 23 – September 21
Don’t take everything so personally and talk things over with those you love so that there are no major miscommunications or disagreements. Health continues to be good and romantic relationships may take a turn in an unexpected direction. Trying to regroup and get your life in order is an important task. You want to get into different philosophies or religion in life now and are taking classes and reading more than usual. You want to be different and stand up to your mutable characteristics. Virgoans want to know everything, so keep learning and using that knowledge for everyone’s best interest. Romance gets better and better each day and you find your niche in creative and home projects and are very happy about your results in general. Remember, perfection belongs only to God. Do not be too hard on your children or yourself about any costume you may make or wear on Halloween.
LIBRA – September 22 – October 22
It seems as if you will make many decisions and do many things that you have been procrastinating on in the recent past. You are getting stronger and more confident about many things – good for you. You are ready to start a new beginning in life and will do whatever is necessary to make it the best decision you could possibly make. Be sure you are not too giving, caring, loving, kind, generous and honest when it comes to others. Not everyone is as kind-hearted as you and you may be hurt if you trust others based upon your own beliefs. Get things in writing to protect yourself and there should be no verbal agreements. Love life is grand. It’s almost as if you are in love with love again after a few compromises, but not to worry. Your compromises will help solidify your future into one that you will be proud of.
SCORPIO – October 23 – November 21
Many thoughts are coming into your head now. You want to be more spiritual or learn more about metaphysics or philosophies. Now is a time for self cultivation and self study so treasure each free moment you have and set up the books you want to read ahead of time so that you can figure out how much time you may need daily to get your reading goal finished. Also, e-books, CDs and DVDs should be caught up with as well. Get your never ending list of things to do started so that in a few short weeks, you will have made a bigger dent in them than you thought possible. Be consistent, persistent and passionate about what you want to do this month so that you will make that vision happen. If you are going out for Halloween or taking the kids house to house, be sure you are truly happy with your costume choice.
SAGITTARIUS – November 22 – December 20
Your own projects are not getting done and it is taking a toll on your mental health and you are exhausted! Procrastination is the worst energy field to have around you and it keeps you in the exact spot as you are now! Stop taking on more tasks for others when they rarely help you with anything. It’s time for the old excuses, “I’d love to help you, but…(I am on my way out; I am not feeling well; I will call you when I have time, etc.) and in this way, you will have time to do what you need to accomplish. Once you feel as if things are going in a more organized and controlled way, you will feel great. Good luck is also coming in to help you with anything you need to be very clear about what you need from the universe. You can get what you want at another time. We know you will wear something totally outlandish for Halloween, but no matter what it is, have an outstanding time and lots of fun.
CAPRICORN – December 21 – January 18
Caps are becoming more tolerant and are open to different perspectives now – how refreshing! You are becoming much more mature on many levels. It seems as if you want your life to change in many ways and you are willing to do whatever needs to be done to get to the next level or the next project. Even though you are feeling as if you need a break and perhaps some relaxation, you are still working as hard as ever (does workaholic sound familiar?) to accomplish all of your tasks at work and home. You are running on empty to quote a song, but when the dust settles, you will be in a much better state of mind and your physical health will improve tremendously. Your thinking becomes crystal clear and you know what you want to do for the rest of your life (or have a pretty good idea).
AQUARIUS – January 19 – February 17
If you budget and use your money wisely, everything that you need will be available for you. You are also making financial plans for the future. How can you afford this or that or how can you save more, etc. Family is only trying to help with suggestions and opinions, so hear them out and give them the benefit of the doubt. Try new things with a creative flair. You are ready to spread those artistic (or creative) wings and fly. If work related issues are causing you stress and making you feel unappreciated, then it may be time to look into other alternatives. You need a supportive environment at work and home, so if you are not getting it, do whatever you need to do to have a more stress free life. Your health is important – so protect it. If you need an annual physical, make sure you get it while you are thinking of it.
PISCES – February 18 – March 19
Family is a wonderful thing even though you may not agree with them from time to time, but they are always there for you and you should be there for them as well. Even if unusual circumstances surround family issues, you have to love them; they mean well. Try not to be too sensitive or emotional now because you have so much to look forward to. Many things are behind the scenes especially with family, so don’t push the issue if someone does not want to tell you the whole truth. This is not the time to know whatever it is anyway. Dealing with life in a much more positive and productive way will bring you many of the opportunities you crave. Be open for change and push for your ideals and dreams forward as well. You do not have to give in to everyone all of the time; make your opinions known and let friends and family know which compromises you are willing to make. You are in control of your own life, so don’t let others talk you into anything you are not comfortable with at this time.
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