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Celebrate Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival

The ninth day in the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar (October 7, 2019) is “Chong Yang Jie” (chong means “double” or “repeat” and yang means “bright, vital, active energy”) and is celebrated as Chrysanthemum Day and the Double Ninth Festival.

Celebrating Chrysanthemum Day

Revered for its simple, perfect beauty and medicinal properties, the gorgeous yellow or golden chrysanthemum (“chu” in ancient Chinese) is highly regarded both for its color and for its symbolism of long life, enduring luck, love, and success. It’s also believed to ease the burdens of a difficult life when you wear an image of a chrysanthemum or keep the flowers displayed in your home.

Because it blooms from autumn into winter, it also symbolizes the mediation between Life and Death, Heaven and Earth.

To celebrate the day:

  • Give chrysanthemums as auspicious gifts.
  • Offer chrysanthemums as noble altar offerings.
  • Drink chrysanthemum tea (known to clear toxins) or medicinal wine.
  • Eat the traditional flower gao (cake).
  • Place yellow golden chrysanthemums in your home or office to immediately attract good luck.
  • If you wish to receive rewards, success, fame, recognition, honor, or bonuses, place nine chrysanthemums in the fame gua (back middle area of your space) on the first floor of your home, office, and/or business.

Celebrating the Double Ninth Festival

With the presence of two number nines—the most yang number of all—today’s energies embody action, long-lasting change, transformation, and completion. This is a very auspicious day for harnessing active and positive energies as the yang qi is doubled!

This also makes it a fabulous day to perform a Feng Shui practice to manifest the wish of your heart using the power of nine:

  • Beginning today on this auspicious festival, write (in red ink) a prayer or wish for your happiness, health, or prosperity nine times and place it in an Asian-style red envelope. Write the same wish every day for nine consecutive days. Read your wish nine times throughout each day, especially upon waking and before going to sleep. With clear intent and deep faith, visualize and feel your wish or prayer coming true. Imagine the nine steps that would transpire to see your wish actualized.
  • You can also activate the yang energies by wearing purple, yellow, gold, and/or orange colors today.

In modern day China, this is also a day to honor and respect senior citizens. The word for “nine” is “jiu,” which shares the same sound as the word for longevity, so show love to your own elders as well as strangers.

For great fun, you could also watch the over-the-top film Curse of the Golden Flower, directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li, which has literally thousands upon thousands of chrysanthemum flowers in the settings and costumes.

Finally, traditionally this is a wonderful day to hike in the mountains, as it’s believed to represent climbing to a higher position as you symbolically increase your happiness, health, and prosperity!


Gwynne WarnerGwynne Allyn Warner is the founder of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui and practices Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui as a disciple of Grandmaster Professor Lin Yun. She was certified as an Advanced Feng Shui Consultant by Helen and James Jay of Feng Shui Designs. Gwynne began her studies in Buddhism in her early twenties while living in London where she became enamored with Kuan Yin and thereafter received her Bodhisattva Vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Her expertise has been treasured by creative small businesses, service professionals, performing artists, Chinese medicine practitioners, healers, and interior designers among others. For more information and to sign up for her newsletter, please visit her website.


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Late Summer and the Element of Earth

Image from our Gardens of the Spirit 2019 wall calendar featuring photographs by John Lander. Click for more info.

Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth which brings tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful, and compassionate chi.

The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable, and peaceful life and home that we can. Continue reading

How to Unlock Good Fortune for 2018

Auspiciousness is an effervescent and radiant energy field that magnetizes good fortune, success, and prosperity. The best way to create this field of energy is by inviting sheng chi into you and your spaces.

Here are some simple ways to create environments and a lifestyle conducive to auspicious and fortunate luck! Continue reading

Hygge: Savoring Winter

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Hygge (pronunced HOO-gah) is the Danish way of embracing winter that embodies loving connection and ease. Dwelling. Savoring. Slowing down. Making ordinary everyday moments more meaningful, special, and beautiful.

I love how this philosophy mirrors the Taoist, Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine paths of being in alignment with the season. With winter being so yin (cold, dark, wet and damp), it’s a time for deep rest, relaxation and restoration. We can balance this with some strong yang chi — fires, light and warmth! Continue reading

Grounding, Nurturing, and Calming

Image from our Gardens of the Spirit 2018 wall calendar featuring photos by John Lander. Click for more info.

Late Summer is the season of abundant harvest associated with the Chinese element of Earth, bringing tidings of grounded, nurturing, peaceful and compassionate chi. The Earth element encourages us to nurture ourselves and others as well as create the most loving, supportive, stable, sustainable and peaceful home and life that we can live.

In our bodies, it’s related to the stomach, spleen and pancreas. In our physical spaces, it’s related to the center of the Bagua, known as the Tai Chi or Health Gua, as well as the Relationship Gua (Kun).

When earth is balanced inside of us and our homes, we feel grounded, stable and calm and enjoy loyal, reliable and compassionate relationships. Our romantic partnerships, career, business and children feel stable. Continue reading

Summer Season + The Element of Fire

Present Moment 2018 wall calendar

Image from our Present Moment 2018 wall calendar published in partnership with our friends at Sounds True. Photo © jared ropelato.

The fire of incandescence and luminosity is here! In nature the Fire Element is related to the season of Summer when yang energies are at their greatest with the heat and long sunlit hours.

Just like the flames of a fire, this season’s energy gifts us with dynamic enthusiasm, movement, joyful expansion, charisma, activity, desire, passion, laughter, love, and ecstatic bliss.

It’s the season of numinous and luminous light, warmth and affection burning on the altar of our hearts. When our fire element is healthy and balanced, we feel happy, compassionate, light and playful. Continue reading

Lunar New Year — Preparing for the Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year decorations

Photo by Warren R.M. Stuart / Flickr

Please don’t get overwhelmed, just choose a handful of preparations from below that thrill and excite you!

  • Do give your home a clear out and deep clean before the evening of February 15 which is the Eve of Chinese New Year’s (February 16 for 2018) — you absolutely want to clear out the old stagnant chi and welcome in fresh new energies! As you clean, imagine you’re sweeping away all illness, obstacles, bad luck, negative attitudes, and anything causing grief, stress, anxiety or frustration to members of your household or business. Dispose of anything broken or with unhappy memories. This is a time for your spaces to SPARKLE! GLIMMER! SHINE!
  • Repair and refresh any leaking faucets, squeaky door hinges, broken locks, burnt-out light bulbs, squeaking beds and so on. And toss any broken or cracked china or crockery — they bring bad luck.
  • If you have a red front door, give it a fresh coat of glossy vermillion red paint.
  • Schedule your hair cut and color, manicure and pedicure before Chinese New Year’s Eve so you don’t “cut” away any luck in the new year.
  • Send out your invitations for a special celebratory meal or celebration to occur anytime during the two-week Lunar New Year Festival which begins on February 16th, New Year’s Day. Have a noisy, uplifting and happy party with an abundance of food, music and laughter!
  • Make amends with anyone with whom you’ve had a row or falling-out.
  • Start to pay down or off all your debts as best you can. And pay your current bills so you go into the New Year feeling debt-free.
  • Shop for new clothes for the New Year — ideally some red outfits or even just red accessories for the celebrations.
  • Treat your home and business to one piece of new furniture or décor so you’re continually up-leveling and refreshing the energy.
  • Start to find fifteen very special gifts, one for each day of the Chinese New Year, to woo your beloved one(s) and expressing your love, cherishing and care.
  • Send out some Chinese New Year greeting cards—snail mail, hand-delivered or email.
  • Treat yourself to a brand new red purse and wallet and fill it with lots of cash such as 108 or 27 crisp uncirculated bills or 9 or 27 gold one dollar coins. Add money from a wealthy person and 3 Coins on Red Ribbon.

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Feng Shui Adjustments for Difficult Times

Meditation 2017 wall calendar

Image from our Meditation 2017 wall calendar. Stone water basin with camellia © Kaz Chiba. Click for more info.

“Within your self is a stillness, a sanctuary to which you can retreat at any time and be yourself.” ~Herman Hesse

Simple Breathing Meditation
This simple yet profoundly powerful breathing meditation can be used for many things including bringing auspicious energy. This week, I’m using it to help improve my personal life force and alleviate stress, worry and fear. Here’s how it goes…

Take in a deep and full breath of fresh clean air and positive energy through your mouth, all the way down to your tan tien, your power center 2-3″ below your belly. I get lightheaded easily, so I take my breaths in through my nose. Allow light to fill your whole body from head to toe, as your body expands with the breath. Allow this breath and light that now fills your body to absorb any negative chi that you may have swallowed. Visualize every cell in your body is breathing in positive emotions. Continue reading