May 7: Full Moon
May 10: Mother’s Day
May 13: Venus Retrograde through June 25
May 22: New moon in Gemini … Knowledge Gua
April Recap: Focus on the Wealth Gua
The April 22nd new moon correlated with the Wealth gua. Did you activate the Wealth corner in your house or any room in your house? This area is about much more than money. It relates to fortunate blessings. Blessings come to you more easily when you’re clear about what you want, you release blockages and self-sabotage patterns, you believe your intentions will manifest and you get out of your own way, allowing the Universe to deliver to you.
Prior to April 22, I cleared winter items and refreshed some plants. My husband and I also removed excess items from our porch, in anticipation of warmer days ahead. He also came up with a great idea to relocate a piece of furniture that was oversized for its area (a block). As a result, we created more open space in our Wealth gua, and he updated the Knowledge corner in his office. This is amazing because the Wealth gua was last month’s focus and the Knowledge gua is this month’s emphasis. I love it when that happens.
The May 7 full moon correlates with many people receiving stimulus checks, larger unemployment checks, government loans that may not need to be paid back and many grants. It’s amazing to see so much money materialize, worldwide, as governments scramble to help people and businesses in this unprecedented time. It feels like money is falling from the sky! It’s also heartwarming to see many people, businesses and organizations working together to distribute food and other resources to those in need.
If you set an intention and adjusted the back-left of your house, your office, or rooms in your house, tune in to the May 7th full moon to look for signs that what you asked for is beginning to unfold. If you didn’t get around to taking any action, give these areas some attention prior to the May 7th full moon.
Review the April suggestions for your Wealth gua here: https://fengshuiconnections.com/april-2020-newsletter/
May 22 New Moon Focus: Knowledge Gua
The May 22nd new moon in Gemini correlates with the Knowledge and Self-Development gua. This is the front-left corner of your house, every room in your house, your land and your business, office or workspace. New moons represent new beginnings. Prior to the May 22nd new moon, place your focus on the Knowledge and Self-Development areas. This is a month to develop yourself from the inside out.
This area is about knowing yourself at a deep level. It’s about being comfortable with yourself and really loving who you are. As we self-quarantine and spend more time at home, a lot of prior busy-ness and obligations have fallen away or are being modified. This can be unsettling for some people, particularly if you had a full schedule working with or taking care of others, but not yourself.
I recommend that you walk around and take a deep look at your house. Notice what’s there and how each space appeals to you. Assess the quality of energy. Does it feel alive and vibrant? If not, what steps can you take to activate it? An effective technique is to take some pictures of each area and then study them. Things often show up in photos that you may not notice by just looking at a space.
From a health perspective, the Knowledge area relates to your shoulders, back and hands. If you’ve been carrying a lot of responsibility, this may show up as shoulder troubles, back aches and pains, and/or problems with your hands.
The Knowledge area goes hand-in-hand with the Relationship gua in the opposite corner, the back-right. You have to know yourself well, on a deep level, in order to be in effective relationships or partnerships (such as marriage) with others. If you’re blind to your patterns, these could present themselves as stumbling blocks in relationships. Patterns tend to show up multiple times and ways. They repeat themselves, until the blockage is released, or the problem is corrected. Be on the lookout for this.
The Knowledge and Relationship Guas are Energized by Earth Energy
In the Five Element system, Earth is strengthened by Fire energy and depleted by Metal, Water and Wood energy. Thus, Earth and Fire Energy give more strength and power to both the Knowledge and Relationship guas. Add items with these elemental qualities if your space needs a boost. Metal, Water and Wood energy can be used to balance these areas if they are too Fiery or Earthy or to help you smooth things out.
Earth energy grounds and anchors your space. Earth items include:
- pottery, earthenware, bricks and clay
- seashells and natural items
- square shapes
- oversized or heavy furniture that hugs the floor
- yellow, brown and earth tones.
Fire brings dazzling, sparkling energy to a space. It is represented by:
- Fire, flames, lights, sunlight, candles
- Triangles, pyramids, diamond and cone shapes
- People and animals
- Electronics and electrical items
- Red, burgundy and the red palette
Metal energy helps bring clarity to a space. Metal items include:
- all metal: gold, silver, brass, aluminum and more (pots & pans, lamps, picture frames…)
- marble, granite, flagstone
- natural crystals and rocks dug from deep in the earth
- circles, oval and arch shapes
- white, gray and pastel shades.
Water energy help to create flow. It also brings reflective and philosophical qualities. Water is represented by:
- Water features and water itself
- Mirrors, windows, glass, reflective and shiny surfaces
- Black and very dark colors
- Free form, wavy and symmetrical shapes
- Pictures of lakes, rivers, harbors, ocean views
Wood energy is about growth and expansion. Wood is represented by:
- Fresh flowers, plants and trees
- Floral fabrics and patterns
- Vertical stripes and tall columns
- Green and blue
Place emphasis on stabilizing the energy in your Knowledge and Relationship areas. Minimize (but don’t eliminate!) Metal, Water and Wood energies.
Eight Tips to Enhance Your Knowledge Gua
- Add a mountain picture, sculpture or image.
- Include the colors slate blue or yellow.
- Create a meditation corner or a space for reflection.
- Incorporate some square or triangular shapes.
- Pottery, earthenware and shells work well here.
- Low, heavy, comfortable furniture adds to a cozy feeling.
- Lights and candles will brighten the space up.
- Outside, this is a great place for a meditation garden or statues.
Each gua should be a smooth blend of each of the Five Elements, allowing energy to flow easily and the space to feel natural and comfortable.
Write Your Intention
Write a clear intention about self-awareness prior to, or on, the May 22 new moon. Put your intention in a red envelope, energize it with a blessing and then place it in your Knowledge gua. Write your intention in the present tense, using positive words, just as if it’s happening for you now. For example: “I am so grateful to be guided by my intuition. It serves me well and leads me to the right actions, people and resources in ways that strengthen my life.” The more specific you are, the more targeted the direction of resulting energy will be.
Meditate on the Day of the Full Moon
Do a mediation on May 22, visualizing multiple blessings coming your way. This helps to seed your intention, to plant it. It will take root over the following two weeks. Skip over the logistics of how things will unfold. Assume they will and give thanks, in advance, for all of your needs easily being met. Giving thanks in advance is one of my favorite techniques. It works! It bypasses your thought process and all the ways something may or may not happen. When you get excited about already having what you want, the path to make it happen begins to unfold and seemingly magical things can appear. Give it a try!
Mother’s Day and the Relationship Gua
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10th. One aspect of the Relationship gua that sometimes get buried, is that it correlates with the Mother trigram in the I Ching, which is the basis for the feng shui bagua.
Unfinished business with your mother, your mother-in-law or any mother in your life can manifest in relationship upsets and problems. Recognizing the patterns and releasing the blockages can help set you on a more positive path. The blockages might be physical blockages in your space due to clutter, problems with plumbing or electric, oversized furniture, furniture that came from unhappy circumstances, photos, symbols in art, and many other ways. The blockages might also be energetic, at the cellular level. If this is the case, adjusting the feng shui in your space and then doing release work via an energy clearing or a tapping session can make a big difference.
If your relationship with Mom is (or was) great, celebrate it. Honor your mom and all the moms in your life on Mother’s Day.
Pay Attention to Love and Money: Venus Retrograde May 13 - June 25
The planet Venus influences love and money. It goes retrograde on May 13, through June 25. This is a time to reassess and rethink personal and business relationships. Store shelves might feel more bare, money might feel like it’s drying up, relationships might be questioned, you might feel disappointed, expectations may fall short, etc. Remember that this is all energy. Avoid selling yourself (and therefore, your energy) short. It will drain you. Notice what’s happening without getting pulled too deeply into the negative aspects. Reflect on your inner self (Knowledge gua) and be sure to properly value yourself and your contributions. Develop yourself from the inside out. This is another reason to work with your Self-Knowledge and Relationship guas this month.