Ancient Chinese Yuan Emperors worshiped the harvest moon on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Chinese lunar calendar, as they believed that the practice would bring them a plentiful harvest the following year. The custom of offering sacrifices to the moon originated from giving thanks to the moon goddess: Chang’e or Chang-o, […]
The word ‘Tao’ 道 (or Dao) translates into “path” or “way” and Taoist belief is based on the idea that there is a central or organising principle of the Universe, a natural order or a “way of heaven”, that we can come to know by living in harmony with nature, in tune with our hearts […]
Feng Shui and Chinese Medicine are closely linked. Eating seasonal food offers an approach to diet from the perspective of ancient peoples, who understood how the energetic qualities of food affect both physical and spiritual health. I was introduced to this subject by one of my first Shifu’s in Seattle back in 2013 and later […]
Classical Feng Shui suggests utilizing cures and charms to enhance luck, health and prosperity – they are said to attract beneficial energies called Sheng Qi. Some of these remedies may require a scavenger hunt to find traditional Classical charms and objects such as wind chimes, flutes and Hulu’s. As a non – Chinese practitioner of […]
How are Feng Shui, Star Wars, Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung interrelated? When Star Wars ‘A new hope’ was released in 1977, it was one of the first films, with its cosmic scale and theme of a transcendental “force” that suggested powers for those who can align with it. The plot revolved around the concept […]
Lao Tzu wrote the Tao De Ching in the 6th Century BC and was a leading figure in the spiritual practice of Daoism. He believed that underlying every apparent discord there is harmony and that we should take time to be who we really are at heart.