A big thank you and some questions.

Hi Jessica,

I’m Teresa and I am from Lisbon, Portugal.

I found your website and blog a couple of days ago and since then I’ve been reading and cleaning and uncluttering and just feeling more conscious about my surroundings at home.

Feng Shui is not new to me but you have a fresh and thoughtful spiritual approach to it that makes it easier for me to at least consider it. I also love your aesthetics.

Over ten years ago I became interested about Feng Shui and for some time I dove deeply into study the concepts of various schools trying to figure out what kind of approach should I follow. I was overall amazed and intellectually curious by its potential. But, as with so many other things, I didn’t put it much into action though. At least I can’t remember now if the small changes I implemented at the time had any kind of success.

It was a time of immense personal growth and I would follow anything in search for my answers. Meanwhile others things came up and I forgot all about Feng Shui… Lately I’ve been thinking about it again and after some search I found you.

I’m so impressed about the way you tie Feng Shui with your intuitive and spiritual knowledge (no doubt from your own deep personal search) in a way I can pretty much identify myself with. And, as I learned so much already with what you wrote, I wanted to thank you for all your hard work in putting all that knowledge for the benefit of all. Thank you very much! Really.

As I told you in the beginning, I’m trying to do some rearrangements at home but now I’m not sure how to work with the bagua map… It was never clear to me even before but now I felt I could ask you. You present two ways of dividing the house: nine squares or some kind of pie slices. I don’t know if I understand correctly because putting the two different diagrams over my house I get different results. Some areas of the house (those in between two areas of the bagua) fall into different areas of the bagua map if I use the bagua “squares” or the bagua “slices”. I would appreciate very much if you could clarify that to me. Thank you.

It was really very nice to find your website and blog (did you stop to update them?) and I wish the very best for you and yours.


Ps: I also liked your page on Facebook. :)

Pss: I hope my broken English is not too difficult to understand. :)

Psss: Well,… this is really a work in progress… :) as I went to your website looking for your contact to send this letter I found out the section with your readers’ questions. So nice of you! So I’ll ask you a few more things, if I may… My Fame area falls in my built-in closet (for clothes, opens up to my bedroom-Love area) and another built-in armoire were I keep all my DIY tools (not crafts), vacuum cleaner, Christmas tree, spare things and so on. It opens up to the hallway. So my Fame area is always in the dark and I can’t move any of the built-ins. Help! :)

Another thing… If I use de “squares” Bagua my Knowledge area is totally missing! If I use de “slice” bagua I have a tiny area in my fower I can work with.

Pssss: I feel a bit awkward when I mention the “squares” and “pie” bagua… lol…

Dear Teresa,

Thank you so much for your kind words!

In answer to your question about the bagua, usually it doesn't make a difference if you use the squares or the pie slices ;-). In your case, if you see a significant difference between the two, I would recommend the more traditional bagua map which features the slices. Which is very fortunate for you since you will have some area to work with in your Skills/Knowledge area.

As for your Fame/Reputation area, I would recommend using color, lighting, artwork, symbolism or any number of other feng shui cures to enhance this area. Here are some suggestions:

  • Get rid of everything you don't use or love and keep your closet/armoire really organized (of course)

  • Make sure you have good lighting inside the closet. You don't have to hire an electrician, there are a lot of battery powered lights available. I've even added some sparkling Christmas lights to improve dark areas in my house.

  • Make the inside of your closet/armoire something special. For instance, you can paint the interior a vibrant color, use decorative paper on the shelves, or invest in some nice storage boxes.

  • Add some bright colors (especially reds and oranges) in the form of artwork, pictures, etc.

I hope this helps!
Be well,

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