Yin and Yang: How do they Relate to Your Property

Yin and yang is an eastern idea that has to do with complementary opposites. It’s all about balance. Yin and yang are present in everything in the universe and their dynamic balance creates harmony and well-being. Learn about how yin and yang affect your property from educator and consultant, Maureen Calamia.

Yin Yang of the Property by Maureen CalamiaA feng-shui home will have yin and yang in balance. The front of the home should be more yang energy, attracting opportunities from the “river” (or roadway) flowing by. The back of our homes should be more yin energy.

Let me explain:

A yang environment will be one that is more vibrant, containing movement and light. It will facilitate the flow of chi from the roadway to the “mouth of chi” of the home, aka the front door. However, a front yard can be too yang energy which could be harmful to the occupants of the home; for example, a house on a T-intersection or one a fast-moving road.

If the front yard is too yin, it will not attract positive energy and will have an affect on all areas of the occupants life, including career, finances, health and relationships. Environments that are too yin would include a house set back from the road with a narrow driveway and lots of over-grown landscaping obscuring the view of the house; another example is a house across from a cemetery (yikes!)

A yin environment in the backyard will provide security and protection of the family; fences and landscaping usually does the trick. A yin yard will provide a safe haven from the exterior world and privacy from strangers, including the noise level.

A yard that is too yang can be uncomfortable for the family and can create anxiety, depending on the energy of the space. A yard that is very narrow (on top of a neighbor), no visual separation between your yard and neighbors or adjacent to industry can cause stress.


maureenkcalamia_RRMaureen is founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui™ philosophy based on the fact that we need to restore nature back into our lives. Maureen brings her passion for Feng Shui to the greater community through her teaching and past experience as a long-time IFSG board member. Read more about Maureen.


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Front Door Feng Shui

Your Front Door Feng Shui – the simple guide to making the most of your entrance and your chi! By Maureen Calamia

Front Door, Maureen CalamiaIn feng shui, the front door is known as the “mouth of chi” in the ancient art of Feng Shui. It is the portal where the majority of subtle life force energy (chi) enters your home from the neighborhood. Feng shui uses a language of metaphor. If the front door is not positioned well or is blocked by some structure, it can affect all life areas of the inhabitants, including prosperity, career, health, relationships, etc.

I think that the most effective way to understand chi is to imagine it as a welcomed guest. Consider these issues below and imagine how a welcomed guest would feel when approaching your home for the first time.

Attractive and well-lit

Be sure that your front entry is well-lit to avoid feelings of lack of safety as well as tripping hazards! In addition, the entry should be attractive. Remember, first impressions are key when you have visiting guests.


It is important to be able to see the door from the street. If chi cannot see your front door it causes delay and confusion in your life. Stagnation can set in. If the placement of your front door is not obvious from the street, light the pathway to it or add moving objects such as flags to attract attention to the placement of the door.

Handling a Blocking Tree

You may have a large tree or shrub blocking the view of the front door. You may consider cutting the shrub or tree back to open and expand the view. However, if this tree is beautiful and well-loved, you can actually give a blessing to the tree as protector of the home, such as I did with a large oak tree at their entrance.

Opens Easily

This seems pretty intuitive, but oftentimes I find that my client’s doors are difficult to open either due to the door frame or hardware. I had a client install a brand-new door in her renovation and she never opened the door from the outside before I visited (they used the side door, as many people do!) So, when I visited her for a consultation, I went outside and attempted to open the door into her foyer. I wasn’t able to! The hardware was not working as it should. Be sure that your door opens easily to allow the positive chi in.

Use the Front Door!

Now that your front door has wonderful Feng Shui, use it! It is important to open this door daily to provide the maximum chi into your home. If it’s more convenient to use the side door, I suggest my client use the front door to get the mail, walk the dog, and even to check the weather.


maureenkcalamia_RRMaureen Calamia is founder of the Re-Nature Feng Shui™ philosophy based on the fact that we need to restore nature back into our lives. Maureen brings her passion for Feng Shui to the greater community as an educator and long time past IFSG board member. Read more about Maureen.


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Nine Essential Plants for your Feng Shui Garden

With Feng Shui it is all about placement however some elements are so powerful they will help improve the energy almost anywhere you use them. Plants are a force that expresses vitality and pure life essence in your space, not to mention that they purify the air that you breathe. Read more from Shelley Sparks, plant and Feng Shui expert

Everywhere there are plants there are people who have interpreted their meaning in the human life. From China we get these special plants that can help enrich our lives in particular ways.

1. One of the first plants that most people think in Feng Shui gardens is Bamboo. It represents fidelity, wisdom, flexibility, cooperation and wisdom. It can be used anywhere these qualities are desired or anywhere the there is a special need to lift the ch’i as the way the bamboo grows is particularly good for that.

2. Another ubiquitous symbol of Chinese gardens is the Pine Tree. It represents resilience, longevity, integrity, and dignity. It can be placed wherever you need to remember the big picture. It is always welcome near the front door where it will remind you daily of the stellar attributes that you can acquire.

Lotus, Plants and Feng Shui, Shelley Sparks3. Few flowers are more beloved than the Lotus. Beside its beautiful shape and fragrance, it has spiritual significance as the Buddhists view it as a symbol of enlightenment, that which we all can achieve with our good works and pure hearts. It also symbolizes perfection, purity and integrity.

4. Peonies are the national flower of China. They represent luck, aristocracy, honor, and wealth so they are particularly favored for wealth and career placements.

5. Plum Trees represent brotherliness, charm, friendship and particularly the return of spring. These trees signal the end of darkness and the announcement of new beginnings.

6. Pomegranate Trees, because of their many seeds, represent fertility. One client who was considered infertile attributes her two children to the garden plan that included these trees.

7. Orange trees, indeed most citrus, have a deep connection to wealth, abundance, and good luck.

8. Orchids represent nobility, culture, and graciousness, which are the qualities of a gentleman. They support all these wonderful qualities in a partnership.

9. The Daylily is a symbol of maternal love and fertility. In China, it is a symbol of filial devotion so it can be used anywhere the love of mother or that type of support is desired.


Plants have so much to teach us and using ones that have special significance reminds us every day of the particular potential for expanding in love, joy, health, and abundance.


Shelley SparksShelley Sparks is a Feng Shui expert, licensed Landscape Architect and passionate gardener. Read more about Shelley.

Top Feng Shui Tips to Help You Sell Your Home

For Sale - Real Estate TipsProfessional Feng Shui consultants from around the world shared some of their favorite tips and suggestions to help guide clients who are trying to sell their home.  You have heard of curl appeal, now we are introducing you to Feng Shui appeal.  What a space not only looks good but feels good too, it is bound to sell faster.

1.  Clutter Clearing

  • Nearly all agree, clutter clearing is one of the most important things you can do for your space.  As one stated, “clear clutter, clear clutter, clear clutter!”
  • De-personalize the space, remove family photos, clear off the refrigerator, and put away extra electronics and cords.
  • Don’t forget to clean the basement (or lower level), as everything in the basement anchors a homeowner and can keep them locked in the current home.

2.  Curb Appeal and Front Door

  • Manicure the yard and put welcoming plants in red, yellow or lush green at both sides of the front door.
  • Put a wind chime at the entrance to create good chi keep the positive energy in the home.
  • A water element (mirrors work well) combined with plants and good lighting enhance the WOW factor of a good feeling as you enter the home.
  • A new door mat creates a new energy at the front door.
  • Keep the front stoop clean and well lit.
  • Cut back any shrubs that overhang the path to the front door – the front door should be easy to see and access.
  • Make sure the house number is easy to see and read.

3.  Support Helpful People and your Intention

To attract a new homeowner, it’s important to support and encourage helpful people to guide you along the way.  This includes the right agent, home stager, landscaper, cleaner, painter, handyman and others.

Several Helpful People tips include:

  • Create a metal ‘Helpful People’ box and place it in the Northwest section of the home or in the area to the right of the front door.
  • Place the real estate agent’s card, the price you desire for the home, and a welcome greeting for the potential buyer in the box.
  • Tie the keys in the lock box with 9 inches of red ribbon.
  • Write an intention of the amount needed to make a successful sale.
  • Determine five of current homeowners most treasured possessions, pack them up and seal them in a moving box as a sign of being “ready, willing, and able” to move.
  • Place the “for sale” sign to the right of the property, and display the sales materials in upright racks rather than flat on the table where they are symbolically “lying down on the job. ”

4.  Staging

Staging incorporates some factors of de-cluttering, but it is also important to make sure the furniture fits the space and function.

  • Make sure furniture is placed in the Command Position, especially in the living room and bedroom, and home office if there is one.  When potential buyers walk in and see/feel that they will be able to be “in charge of their lives” in this home, they feel more comfortable immediately.
  • Make sure that each room has a singular purpose. So if the seller had a room set up as a guest room and office, decide which is needed more to sell the home, a guest room or an office and make it that.
  • Remove excess furniture and accessories; it’s important to make the home feel open and spacious so the potential buyers can envision themselves in it.  You have to literally make space for them!
  • If home is occupied, have live healthy plants in every room; if the home is unoccupied, use silk plants.
  • Wash the windows, inside and out.  Windows are the eyes of the home, make them sparkle!
  • Repair dripping faucets, stuck doors, and anything in broken or in disrepair.
  • Replace any burned out light bulbs.

5.  Kitchens and Bathrooms

Realtors know: bathrooms and kitchens sell homes.

  • Keep them clean and tidy.
  • Put away all unnecessary appliances and knick-knacks.
  • Clear counters, move as much as possible into the cabinets.
  • Remove all items from the front and sides of the refrigerator.
  • Close toilet seats and drains as to not suck money and positive energy down the drain.
  • Give all bathrooms the spa treatment, add plants and plush towels to offset the strong water and metal elements usually found in bathrooms.

6.  Celebration, Ceremony, and Energy

Many consultants encourage their clients to perform or participate in a gratitude, releasing or blessing ceremony of some kind.  These ceremonies can be helpful in creating the energy that welcomes the potential new buyer while gently releasing the home and current homeowner from one another.

  • “Spend some time in each room sharing beautiful memories, then write on slips of paper things the clients are grateful for about the home. At the end, ceremoniously burn the slips of paper and release the home to its new owners. It’s usually a very beautiful and touching experience.”
    Space clearing is important to release the old energy while supporting the energy that attracts a buyer.
  • “As a Christian practitioner, so when doing a “cure,” I use Christian prayers to activate it! Jesus Mary and Joseph is a lot faster than all of the mantras that I learned in Feng Shui training. It is all about INTENTION!”  Wherever blessings are used, they must be comfortable for the homeowner/client.
  • Locate the areas that are anchored in the structure and release them and activate other directional points so the sale moves to an interested and realistic buyer.
  • Make sure there is an energetic UNITY with marketing materials, physical environment, and staging.  You are selling the “lifestyle” of the home, not just the house!
  • Tie a red ribbon around the doorknob, walk 9 feet away while holding the loose end of the ribbon, turn and cut the ribbon.  This symbolically cuts the energetic cord connecting the homeowner and the home.

In addition to the above, many general suggestions can and should be incorporated to preparing a space for sale:

  • Place live ‘lucky’ bamboo in the wealth corner of the home.
  • Address “scent” as an important element.
  • Paint to freshen and enliven a space – make it feel new.  Fresh paint is the easiest cure for bad wallpaper or a low energy space.
  • Activate the Wealth Star in the house with a beautiful fountain with moving water.
  • Have the seller write their intention on beautiful stationery and then place it in the soil of a plant that is in the Abundance area of the home.
  • Each time the plant is watered, the client is “feeding” their intention.

In summary, most potential buyers will decide within the first 8 seconds whether they like or dislike a property. Incorporating Feng Shui into your pre-sale preparation will make the home feel so warm and inviting the potential buyer will want to move right in!


Special Thanks to Contributors:  Suzi Ball, Laurie Bornstein, Matthew Chapman, Ann Bingley Gallops, Catherine Hilker, Teresa Hwang, Mary Jane Kasliner, Joan Law, Carol Olmstead, Bridget Saraka, Nicolette Vajtay, Gwynne Warner

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