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Your Feng Shui Advice for February 2012



by Ellen Whitehurst February 01, 2012 01:00 AM EST
Your Feng Shui Advice for February 2012
SHUI ADVICE

Ah, amour -- the theme of every February, and the main focus of the majority of my Facebook posts and emails. So of course, I love that I can share this next empowering tip that's sure to take you straight to happily-ever-after with that perfect partner!

See, ancient lore says that you can use Valentine's Day to guarantee a gratifying love life. These tales tell that on February 14, you should plant lettuce and peas in your garden to put the bloom back into your romantic life. If you don't have a garden, try to eat a salad containing lettuce and peas on Valentine's Day as you visualize loving energies spreading all throughout your life. Continue to spread the love by lighting seven pink candles, as well as floral incense that will help flood your home with your most ardent loving intentions!

And if you want to find that truly special someone who will light up all the days and nights of your life, place two pink candles in glass or crystal candle holders, then position them in the romance area of your bedroom. Connect the holders by tying the bases together with nine (or some multiple thereof) inches of red thread; then, every day for nine consecutive days, light the candles as you visualize your intention of a fulfilling love life. Each time you light the candles, push the holders a bit closer to one another. On the ninth and final day, the holders should finally touch one another, at which point you'll want to allow the candles to burn completely down. Discard the wax remains and red thread outside your living space, then just wait to see who comes calling looking for love!

SHUI FASHION

Whether it's for Valentine's Day or any other celebration of your relationship, do you ever wonder why you wear traditional red? Easy -- it helps you connect powerfully with that special someone! And if you're single, it's certainly not a secret that red turns heads like no other color, so don't be surprised when your confidence rises right alongside your hotness!

See, Feng Shui dictates that red apparel makes a dramatic and daring impression that isn't soon forgotten. If you're the type to wear your heart on your sleeve, you'll also want to be sure to outfit yourself with a loving vibe. After all, red is the color of passion, attraction and good fortune, so bring out a blouse, tie or tutu -- and get ready to take your place among the power players of love!

Wear red to boost your swagger as you dare desire to be a key part of your outfit this Valentine's Day!

SHUI HEALTH

What's the one day of the year your man really has to be "up" for? February 14, of course -- it's when making love is almost "man"datory! If your man isn't as up as you'd like him to be, however, you might want to give one of these age-old aphrodisiacs a try.

According to essential oil experts, drawing a warm bath and adding two drops each of jasmine essential oil and ylang-ylang essential oil, as well as eight drops of sandalwood oil, will wash the wishy-washy right down the drain. (Certain all-natural retailers carry this concoction under the name "Oil of Ole"!

Another "scentual" remedy comes from simply using ylang-ylang essential oil as a room or sheet spray. Simply add ten drops to an atomizer filled with spring or distilled water, then spray away. This one works especially well on red sheets ... hey, just sayin'!

And finally, there's this one: Mix two tablespoons of skim milk powder, then dilute it with a quarter-teaspoon each of powdered ginger and powdered cinnamon, as well as one tablespoon of raw, organic honey and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Have your man drink it all down, as it's long been believed that this libation is a quick way to get him back up!

Hopefully these passion promissory notes will restore your romance from rocky road to rock-hard this Valentine's Day!

SHUI RECIPE

Spring is just around the corner, and we can almost feel the first stirrings of new awakenings as they try to push through the last vestiges of winter.

Appropriately, the Celtic calendar holds a day in early February that celebrates and rejoices in all the opportunities about to come forward: Candlemas is traditionally celebrated on February 2 to remind us that the days continue to lengthen.

The Celts believe that the annual rebirth of the Sun enters us into a "comforting" phase of their Wheel of Life, while also offering us fresh reserves of renewed vitality and strength. This month's recipe offers those same qualities, as Candlemas gives us an opportunity to bless and thank our homes for keeping us safe and warm these past few months.

If the mood (or the match) strikes, you can also light an orange candle as you cook this meal to represent the return of the bright sun to our lives!


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CANDLEMAS OMELET
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 large eggs, separated
4 tablespoons of milk (1 per egg)
2 tablespoons of salted butter
1 teaspoon of olive oil
3/4 cup of blue cheese
Coarse salt and pepper to taste
Sprigs of fresh rosemary and fresh orange slices

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. In a bowl, beat the whites of the eggs until they form stiff peaks. In another mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until slightly thickened.

3. Add milk to the yolk mixture. Season with salt and pepper.

4. Melt butter in a large ovenproof skillet, then add olive oil. Pour yolk mixture into the beaten whites, then pour entire mix into heated skillet.

5. Turn the heat to low and cook slowly, allowing omelet to slightly brown on the underside (this will take about ten minutes).

6. Remove skillet from stovetop and place in oven. Bake until eggs are lightly browned on top (this will take about 15 minutes).

7. Remove from oven and make a deep crease across the center of the omelet with a spatula. Sprinkle 1/2 cup of blue cheese onto eggs, then fold omelet in half without breaking. Roll omelet onto a platter. Top with rosemary sprigs and fresh orange slices. Enjoy!

SHUI TRAVEL

Many families take their winter break vacations in February and head to sunny Florida or California beaches, or Disney World -- or even to Aunt Edna's house on the edge of the Berkshires for some cross-country skiing. These same people also leave their homes empty while they're away, allowing time for the energies and Chi therein to stagnate and turn stale.

Prior to leaving the house empty, be sure to flush all toilets, empty all wastebaskets, and clear (and clean!) both the dishwasher and refrigerator. Upon return, flush all toilets again, open and shut the doors to all appliances, and play music. You can also rejuvenate everyone's energies by opening all windows and doors to air out the old and bring in the new!

All these efforts will bring balance back to your home, while also enlivening it with extra energies to help return everything to normal. You can also ring bells or blow into a Feng Shui bamboo flute to quickly awaken energies and set brand new intentions -- like, perhaps, a trip to Fiji on next year's winter break? Hmmmmm....

SHUI RANDOM

First things first: See this month's Shui Health tip (above) if fireworks in your bedroom on Valentine's Day -- or on any other day, for that matter -- are more of a bust than a big bang!

Research has shown that testosterone, the hormone that stimulates a man's sex drive, is actually at its lowest level later in the evening. (However, testosterone typically bounces back sometime around sunrise.) So, before you go to bed with your man at night, give him a tiny piece of myrrh -- about the size of a breath mint, if even a bit smaller -- to dissolve in his mouth. Its antiseptic, sweet-smelling properties might just be the gift that spices up your love life!
 
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