Animal Feng Shui

Pets are good Feng Shui!

My cat, Aggie.

My cat, Aggie.

I was so glad to find that out because I couldn’t give up Aggie for anything. She’s been a part of our family ever since that icy, November day, 8 years ago, when she showed up on our porch and no one claimed her.

Animals have naturally positive chi energy which is good for people and homes. If you’ve been feeling bored, tired or depressed lately you should get yourself a pet. Pets represent fire energy, which could make you more passionate about life in general. (Of course, always remember taking care of a pet is a commitment not to be taken lightly.) When considering a pet, remember:

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Even people who like to travel can have pets, such as low-maintenance tropical fish. There are food tablets that slowly dissolve in the tank to feed fish up to a week.

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There’s just some things you need to know to keep that chi energy positive and flowing.

Do not neglect your pets:

  • A dirty fish tank with stagnant water will bring financial loss to the home.
  • A dog with a matted coat will cause you to be overlooked for a promotion.
  • An overweight cat could drive away a new romance!Overweight cat

Give your pet a special place that’s just for them, be it a cage, bed, cushion, whatever to show honor to them, benefiting the whole household. Keep this area clean and orderly.  Making a special area for your pets will make it easier for you to be recognized for your talents. The best spot for an animal area is near the left corner or center of the far wall of your house.

Don’t let your pets run wild in the home. Counters and tables should be off-limits because if you fail to master your pets, people will be more likely to take advantage of you in your life. Dogs that bark and jump on people who visit your home, bring fear into the house. Also, single people should not let their pets sleep on their bed. It could hamper their love life.

If you have cats, the question is where to put the litter box. The best place for a litter box is in the right corner of your home, representing the Helpful People Area (Consult gua compass below to see areas of home and for Feng Shui basics check out The Tao of Dana). Keeping the litter box clean and well-maintained will prompt others to be more compassionate to you. The worst place to put the litter box is in the Relationship or Prosperity Areas.

Bau Compass

Bau Compass

At the beginning of this post I mentioned Don’t Shop, Adopt, so let’s talk about how to Feng Shui with a shelter animal.

In shelter animals their naturally positive energy may have turned negative because of their past experiences with neglect and abandonment. So be patient, a good loving home can turn that energy back into positive.

Here are some things to do when you bring home a shelter animal:

  • Write your pet’s name on a small, black octagon and attach to the bottom of a silver or black water dish and place just inside the front door. This gives the animal ownership of some nice life path energy.
  • Using a collar with a bit of pink on it is good feng shui.
  • Put your name and your pet’s name onto a pink octagon and place it under their new bed which you have placed in the Love Area.
  • If you already have a pet, introduce the new shelter pet while in the Family Area of your home and add a touch of green with a scarf or collar to both animals.

You can tell pets who radiate positive chi by their relaxed attitude, friendly nature, good health and good appetite. To keep your pet exuding positive energy:

  • Feed them a healthy, organic diet.
  • Keep water bowls clean and filled with fresh water.
  • Keep a cushion or bed in the Fire Area where they can recharge their fire energy.
  • Keep their bathroom area spotless and easily accessible.
  • Keep your house uncluttered so they can race around and keep their chi flowing.

Puppy

Pet options:

  • Dogs infuse a home with lively energy.
  • Fish bring success.
  • Turtles symbolize longevity.
  • Cats are symbols of financial luck (ex. Lucky Cats on display at Chinese businesses).

    Chinese Lucky Cats

    Chinese Lucky Cats

If you are a multiple pet household and there are tensions between pets, try some of these Feng Shui tips, wait awhile and see if things improve. Let me know how it goes, I’d love to hear from you.

Has anyone else had any experience with Feng Shui? I’d love to hear from you, too.

Sources: http://www.daily.horoscope.com, Feng-Shui.lovetoknow.com, http://www.furshui.com,omtimes.com


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Wing Chun Legend, Yip Man

In my last post (My 4 Favorite Male Martial Artists) I mentioned that I loved Donnie Yen in the Ip Man movies. So this post is about that legendary Grandmaster, Ip Man (Yip Man).

Ip Man portrait

On October 1st, 1893, Man was born the 3rd of 4 children to a wealthy merchant family in Foshan, Guangdong. He began learning Wing Chun, a style of martial arts developed in Southern China more than 300 years ago by a woman, at the age of 7.

He became a policeman when he was 24 years old and started informally teaching Wing Chun to his friends and coworkers. From 1937 through 1941, Man served in the army then in 1949 when the Chinese Communist Party came into power he fled to Hong Kong, where he eventually opened a martial arts school, becoming the first master to train students publicly.

Ip Man with wooden dummy

Ip Man with wooden dummy

Despite being 5′ tall and 120 pounds, Man was one of the most respected masters of his time and among his notable students was Bruce Lee. (For more on Wing Chun and Bruce Lee, check out my post: Could Bruce Lee Owe His Fame to 2 Females? )

Ip Man & Bruce Lee

Ip Man & Bruce Lee

To read an interview with Ip Man: www.kwokwingchun.com

Ip Man died of cancer on December 2, 1972. Artifacts from his life are on display at the Yip Man Tong Museum on the Foshan Ancestral Temple grounds.

There have been several movies based on his life. My favorite are the Ip Man movies starring Donnie Yen. To watch a trailer from the movie: www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/

Ip Man movie cover

 

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

Donnie Yen as Ip Man

“It is difficult for a student to pick a good teacher but it is more difficult for a teacher to pick a good student.”

“Regardless of who starts first, ability decides seniority in Wing Chun.”

Ip Man

 

Sources: wikipedia.org, http://www.biography.com & http://www.malineage.com

 

Do you study martial arts? Have you seen any of the movies based on Ip Man’s life? I would love to hear from you.

 

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Coming in 2015 from Assent Publishing.

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