A fresh start


OK guys, I'm about to get a little hippy/new world on your arse......we've had such bad luck and energy around our condo that I'm hoping to turn things around a bit with some help from some ancient cultural 'ish. Although I've never been a very religious/spiritual person, I do believe that this new start is just what we need and anything I can do to appease the gods/energies/deities/spirits/higher ups/etc. should be done. Maybe I'm just hanging on by a thread here, but it's worth a shot, right?

The smudging ceremony is a Native American tradition that cleanses bad feelings and negative energies from houses. It is done by burning specific dried herbs and letting the smoke float around the house. The idea is to work clockwise through your home, making sure to hit every nook and cranny with that smoke. While doing this, I also set our intention in this new home (I know, I know....this was the part I always disliked the most when attending yoga).

I don't know the story of the previous owners, but I've found a few hints around the house.
Although I suspect this was a happy home, I don't think it's a bad idea to re-set the energy of our new place. With so much bad energy and stress over actually getting it, I wanted to be sure we leave that 'ish at the front door.

Feng Shui
Speaking of the front door, our new house is south-facing and gets full sun. OMG, I'm so excited about this! My acupuncturist diagnosed me as "damp" this past winter so being in our fully shaded condo wasn't exactly the best place for me. I suspect we'll be nice and toasty in the summer months in our new digs, but having access to full, glorious sun is going to be ah-mazing.

OK, back to Feng Shui......south facing makes our front door a FIRE element and the Bagua energy of fame and reputation. Front doors are extremely important, since that is where all of the energy enters your home. At first, I wanted to paint the door black (purely for ascetic reasons) but after some research, I think I'm going to go with a vibrant yellow or red in order to appease the Feng Shui energies. I'm also going to accent the door with other FIRE colors including purples, deep oranges and pinks. I think a few bright planters just might do!

Hamesh Hand
I plan on moving our Hamesh Hand to our new house. It seemed to do the trick the first time around, but I think I might display it differently vs. just hanging it with a push pin :-/ 

In many cultures, this hand pattern represents a protection against the evil eye (a malignant spiritual influence caused by the jealousy of others), and the evil eye has historically been a popular superstition among  my BFs people. Gotta represent!

Japanese Symbolism
Not to be left out of the fun, is my side of the clan. I can't seem to find much about special things to do around the house to help with energies and such, but I did find a lot of symbols that I'm going to incorporate into the decor.

Cherry Blossoms: Cherry blossoms have been revered by Japanese since like foreve. The flower’s brief blooming time and the fragility of its blossoms, has led to an association with the transience of life. I already own a series of photographs with Japanese cherry blossoms, so I'll be sure to hang these up!
Cranes: Cranes in Japan generally represent longevity and good fortune. I'm now on the hunt for a large, white ceramic crane to add to our living room decor. Come on West Elm - why you holding out on me??

Frogs: Twenty-seven species of frog are found in Japan. Due to an agricultural economy based on the flooded rice paddy, the presence of frogs is considered to bring good fortune. Ceramic frogs are often sold at shrines as the Japanese word for ‘frog’ is the same as ‘to return’. I think one of these will be living in our garden shortly.
Wisteria: Flowering in early summer, purple wisteria flowers have been depicted in Japanese kimono for many hundreds of years. Wisteria is also used in many Japanese family crests. I envision building a nice little arbor over our back patio with plenty of fluffy, purple wisteria hanging down.