My mind was just a little blown while interviewing this week’s guest, Jillian Rothschild-Scholar, a Feng Shui expert.

I will admit I was one of those peeps who thought Feng Shui was an effective decorating system. Jillian schooled me this week and I have a much deeper appreciation for the wisdom of this ancient method of achieving Yin and Yang in life.

In ancient times if you were sick, you’d see a doctor (probably not university trained, but more of a healer-type person). Not only would the doctor examine you physically, he or she might also go to your home to check out your Qi.

The doctor would likely determine if you had good Feng Shui. Your physical illness might be due to a misalignment with your Qi, which is energy.

Feng Shui, I learned, is guiding wisdom for your health, wealth, and relationships. It’s a support system for our lives.

Jillian provided some basics of Chinese astrology which I also was unaware of.

1. The Chinese Calendar is a 60 year cycle. You can look back at what happened 60 years ago to provide insight into what you might expect this year.

I did a little research and discovered in 1962 – sixty years ago the following historical events happened:

  • Cuban Missile Crisis (Hello. Here we are again dealing with the Soviet Union and nuclear power)
  • Flooding in the coastal areas of West Germany kills 315 and destroys the homes of about 60,000 people (This seemed significant since this year is the year of Yang Water Tiger. Jillian reports there will be huge amounts of water)
  • Super Constellation Flying Tiger Line Flight 739 disappears in the western Pacific Ocean, with all 107 aboard missing and presumed dead. (I took notice of this since this is the year of the TIGER.)
  • The Petrified Forest National Park is established in Arizona. (Because Jillian reports the Tiger carries the WOOD element of the Chinese Zodiac, this felt significant)
The Tepees at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona

2. Qi comes in three types: form, formless, and human

3. The Three Lucks are the energy that composes who we are. Heaven, Human, and Earth luck. Heaven luck is based on the day, time, and location of your birth, and CANNOT be changed. We can, however, change our human and earth luck.

Since we cultivate our own luck, when opportunities arise we can be prepared to take advantage of the luck. Having good feng shui supports your luck.

4. The Five Elements in Chinese Wisdom are: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. They are each a type of QI and make up everything in the universe.  Too much of one element will cause imbalance.

5. Feng shui and your Chinese Astrology chart combined will help you find your balance.

6. You can discover your personal Ba Zi Calculator here:

Discover your lucky directions. Doors, bed placement, stove, water features, and office furniture are important factors within Feng Shui. You’ll want to learn the best placement for these. Doors are the entrance point for Qi. The type of Qi we bring into our environment will influence our luck.

Jillian works with energetics rather than aesthetics. She is highly intuitive, and her clients like to co-create their life. Sign up for her email list and stay in touch as we all head into a year of disturbance and change.

Get your Chinese New Year Essential Guide from Jillian right here:

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