Monthly Archives: January 2012

Use Your Garden to Create Positive Energy in Your Home

This colorful dragon figurine is appropriate for the Dragon side of a shaded lanai (it would fade in direct sun). Photo by Steve Mann.

Happy Year of the Dragon! Did you know that in the Chinese art of feng shui, the Dragon corresponds to one of the sides of your home? A feng shui garden brings a feeling of balance to the property around your house. The balance of the landscape signifies better balance in your life and within the home. In the forthcoming Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens, author and feng shui consultant Clear Englebert gives you simple, easy-to-implement solutions to invite good energy into your home and protect it from harsh or threatening energies.

“Your garden is your first and best opportunity to create positive energy for your home,” says Clear. “The ideal home sites have a surrounding landform represented by these four animals: black Turtle (behind), red Bird or Phoenix (in front), green Dragon (masculine, and to the right, as you stand outside facing the building), and white Tiger (feminine, and to the left). These are very protective energies that support a home in the way a good armchair supports someone sitting in it. That’s why this landform arrangement is commonly referred to as the armchair position, also sometimes called the horseshoe.”

If your home isn’t situated in such a manner, there are many things you can do with your garden to help balance the energy and even encourage certain energies to come your way.

Some tips for the Dragon side of your home:

  • Park cars on the Dragon side; they are powerful and therefore strengthen the protective energy of the Dragon.
  • The easiest way to strengthen the Dragon side (necessary if the Tiger side—the opposite side—is too strong, say if your cars are parked on that side instead) is to add a dragon sculpture, or any item with a dragon image, to the right side of the home. A pot, bell or banner works nicely and will look at home in a garden setting.
  • Plants with an upward form or plants that climb upward are good on the Dragon side. Red bougainvillea is a perfect choice, especially if you can allow the plant to grow large. The association between the red color and fire is good for the yang energy of the Dragon, and a large prickly plant like bougainvillea is ideal for the side that represents protection for the home.
  • Have an outdoor grill? The Dragon side is a wonderful place for it. Every use will strengthen the fiery energy.
  • Looking for love? The Dragon side represents male (yang) energy. To attract a man to your life, place a masculine image or sculpture on the right side of the front door, or on the right side of the yard. (You can apply this to attract a woman by adding female iconography to the opposite—left, Tiger—side.) Once you’ve got your partner, the figure should be removed. Be grateful for what you’ve got, express your appreciation and don’t keep looking.

Another ideal choice for the Dragon side of the home. This pot shows a dragon protecting the nyoi jewel, the gem of enlightenment. The plant is dracaena, which means “dragon.” Photo by Steve Mann.

You can meet Clear at any of the events timed for the release of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens in mid-February:

Book Signings

Sat., Feb. 18, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall, (808) 737-3323
Mon., Feb. 20, 11am – 1pm, Dragon Gate Bookstore, Chinese Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania, (808) 533-7147
Sat., Feb. 25, 11am – noon, Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana, (808) 949-7307

Free Library Talks
Talks will focus on exterior uses of feng shui. Plant selection and placement will also be covered. 30% of each purchase of Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens sold at these events will be donated to the Friends of the Library.

Tues., Feb. 21, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Liliha Library, (808) 587-7577
Wed., Feb. 22, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Waimanalo Library, (808) 259-2610
Thurs., Feb. 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Salt Lake Library, (808) 831-6831
Sat., Feb. 25, 3:30pm – 4:30pm, Aina Haina Library, (808) 377-2456
Sun., Feb. 26, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Pearl City Library, (808) 453-6566

In addition, Clear will be offering a series of intensive feng shui classes. Each class lasts three hours and has a cost of $30. There is a $20 refund for any student who attends all four classes. For more information on Clear’s classes and the other events, visit the Feng Shui for Hawai‘i Gardens events page.

Start the New Year with Sensible Sweets

Confess. You’re feeling guilty over your holiday season caloric intake total. Maybe you’ve even made a — gasp! — resolution to eat healthier this year. It doesn’t mean you have to live a life of deprivation.

“There is no such thing as ‘bad’ food,” the editors of A Sweet Dash of Aloha want you to know. It is possible to have your cake and eat it too — guilt-free. Sweet Dash presents nearly 100 recipes for tempting treats that are low-fat and low-cholesterol, with chapters devoted to sugar-free and gluten-free recipes.

This morning on Sunrise on Hawaii News Now, Chef Carol Nardello demonstrated her Gluten-Free Meyer Lemon Cheesecake Squares (right), which were a huge hit with host Dan Cooke. After tasting one, he declared he was bringing in the treats for the Sunrise Slimdown Challenge Men’s Team. After the demo, Chef Carol and Frank Gonzales of Kapi‘olani Community College brought the rest of the squares downstairs where the Men’s Team (below; Carol Nardello and Frank Gonzales, far right) agreed that Sweet Dash treats could be their new secret weapon.

To learn more about using alternative ingredients (egg substitutes, sugar replacers, gluten-free flours) and how to make some of the delicious snacks and desserts in A Sweet Dash of Aloha, attend one of our upcoming book signings:

SATURDAY, JANUARY 14 | 11AM – NOON
Barnes & Noble, Ala Moana Center

Demonstration by Chefs Alyssa Moreau and Carol Nardello
(808) 949-7307

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21| 11AM – NOON
Barnes & Noble, Kahala Mall

Demonstration by Chef Carol Nardello
(808) 737-3323

 

More photos from our morning demo:

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