Recently I decided to clean all my light fixtures. In some cases, this had not been done in ten years. It’s amazing how much filth can accumulate in that length of time – and it definitely hadn’t been doing my feng shui any favors! The taking-down-and-cleaning part was easy, but when it came time to put the fixtures back up, I could not figure out how to do it. Each one was more confounding than the last. Still I persisted, until finally reaching a boiling point of frustration at which I screamed something unprintable.
I have never been good with the material world. Yes, I’m a dependable person who pays my taxes (prepared by someone else) and deeply loves nature. But when it comes to understanding how things work, I’m at a loss. Having no earth in my chart doesn’t help, and neither does my lack of planets above the horizon – which also explains my lack of drive to make a mark on the world. I’m mostly content just puttering about the house and yard and communing with my cat (a tendency that’s gotten more ingrained over the last year.)
But one good thing about being home so much is that my understanding of Astro Feng Shui, the system I created in 2009, has deepened and expanded. Now, 12 years later, as transiting Jupiter returns to my Midheaven (career point) where it was when that uniquely Aquarian system was birthed, I’m suddenly excited to share it again! In fact, I’ll be doing a talk on June 11 called “Astro Feng Shui for the Post-Pandemic Era” for the San Diego Astrological Society (most likely online; I’ll send out a notice closer to the date in case you’d like to join us). I’m also looking into updated ways to help you work the system in your home at the optimal power times for you personally. And, in the meantime, there’s always my book, Astro Feng Shui.
If you’re ready to clean, clear and lighten your load, you can’t beat the Virgo Full Moon (Feb. 27, 12:17 a.m. PST). (In my book, I recommend the Virgo New Moon for this purpose, but anytime Virgo is prominent you have a great opportunity to deal with the nuts and bolts of your life.) This Full Moon is a delicate balancing act between the fluid, dreamy Pisces Sun and the earthy, practical Virgo Moon. It’s a powerhouse for creativity – I know a talented photographer who has this combo. And, the Sun and Moon are beautifully aligned with innovative Uranus in Taurus, facilitating an understanding between the right (Pisces) and left (Virgo) sides of the brain. Also, Venus in Pisces, where she is exalted, is traveling close to the Sun – adding an extra dose of creativity, inspiration, compassion and flow.
It’s tempting now to just relax and enjoy the moment. Or, you could take advantage of the industrious Virgo energy to do a clean sweep of your environment and remove the dust and clutter that’s been weighing you down. In Astro Feng Shui, Virgo corresponds with the Health gua – or the center of your home. If you’ve been feeling lackluster or downright unwell, cast a sharp eye on this area now. Clean it thoroughly, and remove any half-dead plants, dried flowers or anything dark and dreary. Yellow is the color for this area, and earth is its element. Add a bright, nature-themed picture (perhaps with yellow flowers), or anything else that’s cheerful and makes you light up when you see it.
In my opinion, the best enhancement for the Health gua is a ceramic bowl full of lemons. When I look at a lemon, I see wellness and vitality. In fact, I have a Meyer lemon tree in my yard, and take pleasure in squeezing the semi-sweet juice into my water each day. Lemons elevate the energy in your home, and help to clear a stuffy space. So put a bowl of them in the central area (it’s okay to place it on the periphery of that gua if need be), and give voice to an affirmation that you’re thankful for greater vitality.
As for me, after my recent tussle with those vexing light fixtures, I’ve decided to honor my limits. So I invited a handy friend over to deal with the situation. I’ll watch in awe as he does the job with ease – the same way he’ll look at me, I imagine, when I illuminate his transits for him. And after he leaves I will speak my own affirmation, “I am at peace with the material world.”