Feng Shui And Kondo Fever

beautiful blonde woman sitting amid artistic and bohemian clutter

Feng Shui need not be ornate nor involve Asian-style decoration if that is not your aesthetic. But yes, it does align with the old-style Puritan dictate of cleanliness being next to godliness.

Tim Ferriss has a new podcast up with Marie Kondo – the Japanese and Libra tidying maven.

I love her latest quote: “tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it.

And as someone with Mars in Virgo, I fell avidly upon her work the moment I discovered it. Kondo is Mars in Capricorn, boosted by Jupiter. I had already been converted years ago by the excellent Karen Kingston Clear Your Clutter book. Kondo just took it to a new level of hyper-Zen.

Feng Shui Is Beyond Simple Decluttering Or Tidiness

Is it worth worrying about having a dazzling, clutter-free cutlery drawer or gleaming laundry shelves with zero grunge when some of the news and media flow is beginning to resemble a J.G. Ballard dystopian novel? Or your schedule is so insane that it is only do-able if you clone yourself?

Well, yes. It is an environment within your control, the energy of which you can uplift at Warp Speed. With just a duster and an industrial-strength garbage bag – no wands or fussy rituals required.

Add in some witchy-goo-goo measures like a line of salt across the threshold or essential oils that you can mop the floor with and voila – House Witched.

You Can’t Fuq With Your Feng Shui If There Is Clutter In Place

Feng Shui is a whole other level again. I don’t like the basic Ba Gua method – where there are different sectors of the house according to a predetermined map. I love so-called Flying Star Feng Shui which is complex, super-esoteric and highly effective.  It actually works off the planets – albeit with Chinese names – and has to be done individually for each house, like a birth chart.

Feng Shui is one of the swiftest to manifest magical things that you can do.  It is based on the Five Element Cycle and ancient Chinese astrology.  See it like acupuncture, only applied to your living or working areas.

But you can’t fuq around with Feng Shui if you’ve got drawers full of clutter and stuck domestic energy. It would be like going to get acupuncture in dirty clothes, without having showered. Or taking high-vibe herbal tonics/medicine if your gut was so out of whack you could not absorb any of it.

Listen to my Housewitchery Rant to get more inspo on this!

 

Image: Corinne Day

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Laurel
Laurel
April 20, 2017 3:46 pm

I just read her line on p 223 “Everything you own wants to be of service to you” and thought “my Saturn in Pisces respects you, Lady”. So Saturn/Cappy (ownership) so Pisces/Neptune (service)
Then saw you had posted this MM. synchronicity rocks lol. Or transiting Neptune over my Saturn does… 🙂

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
April 19, 2017 5:19 pm

I’m pretty much a convert. I got flash feng shui done and it rocked.

Also cleaning and decluttering on the dark moon=awesome. Burning sage or palo santo at the end feels SO RIGHT.

Scorpio_Rising
Scorpio_Rising
April 19, 2017 4:34 pm

What about Feng Shui your friends? or declutter them using Kondo method?
I’m starting to feel less is more, quality over quantity. The wrong friends can really drag you down.
anyone else spring cleaning their home, friend’s list?

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
April 20, 2017 3:32 am
Reply to  Scorpio_Rising

Yeah. People are showing their true colours…

Scorpio_Rising
Scorpio_Rising
April 20, 2017 10:29 am

with Frenemies like this, who needs enemies?
Finding out “friends” are creating drama and gossiping, unforgivable and it’s time for the big purge.

Scorpio_Rising
Scorpio_Rising
April 20, 2017 10:35 am
Reply to  Scorpio_Rising

spring cleaning with lemons, sea salts and a good house witchery spell to purge bad friends?

rachel
rachel
April 19, 2017 12:33 pm

I have been diving into feng shui for two years or so now–in prep for and working with Jupiter transiting my 4th in libra. Here’s my struggle: budget inspired, I have relied heavily on any info I can glean from thrift and library books–not much of anything on flying star school. Secondarily–I am currently living in a v old home–literally unknown when exactly it was built–and no blueprints, lol. Eventually, I will be actually building my own Cobb home on the land, and will at that point likely reach out for a variety of consult re design. Until then though,… Read more »

Invicta
Invicta
April 19, 2017 9:32 am

The other day I was joking to someone that I want to sue Marie Kondo because “Yo bitch I want my shiz back!” But I was obviously just kidding. I am totally bulimic where stuff is concerned- or I was. I’d go through cycles of buying and a few months later I’d fling it all out convinced the “energy was bad” or some other excuse to be ridiculous and excessive. It’s just my pre Chiron pattern and what happens when you’re all Jupiter and no Saturn. Plenty of Saturn / Chiron action now though so yes, cleaning is my favourite… Read more »

Ren
Ren
April 19, 2017 5:35 am

It’s true for me when I tidy up my place I just feel more centered and my thoughts feel more organised.
I’m all for throwing things out if I’m no longer using them unless they are sentimental. Nothing like a good purge and donating stuff. I love vacuuming and dusting but ironing I avoid like the black plague. I wonder where would be a good placement for my ironing board in my apartment? Aka my washer and dryer is in the kitchen closet.

Invicta
Invicta
April 19, 2017 4:50 am

I was really struggling a few days ago and I couldn’t believe how much better cleaning the whole kitchen made me feel. Not at the time but afterwards I really did feel just calmer and more in control. It was dramatic and made me wonder why I’ve never been neurotic about cleaning. It’s a good kind of neurosis to have IMO.
I aim to become thoroughly obsessive and dysfunctional about housework
I have a long way to go but, yeah.

CleverUserID
CleverUserID
April 19, 2017 3:11 am

“tidying orders the mind while cleaning purifies it.” <—absolutely. when my ex moved out i scrubbed down every inch of this house. reclaimed it. made it my own. absolute purification. and the tidying? yeah. i have always instinctively tidied to find my zen. (those who know me would say "tidying" is an understatement of epic proportion) virgo ascendant i suppose. it brings me peace. and vacuuming? bliss. will have to look more into "Flying Star Feng Shui" sounds like it makes so much more sense than a standard template for all. everything has its nuances, why should this be any… Read more »

scorpiodawn
scorpiodawn
April 19, 2017 2:25 am

wish i could afford it.

flowerchild
flowerchild
April 19, 2017 1:42 am

Did Phoenix-style pro consult feng shui consult to my amazing place in Santa Cruz mountains back in 2005, replete with flinging of Cinnabar (highly toxic, highly potent) around the place and within a few months was ordered out of there, moved to Oakland briefly with continued chaotic housing experiences and then finally to Sacramento for a few lucrative years before moving on to the UK, more chaos, back to the Bay Area, chaos, then settling down after seven years, but still fighting for my home…………the message is: Don’t ‘F***’ with feng shui unless you’re ready to move A LOT of… Read more »

milleunanotte
milleunanotte
April 19, 2017 5:51 am
Reply to  flowerchild

I’ve no doubt about it, but more so after reading your words here, flowerchild. Be careful what you might wish for…and who might wish it from!

virgolicious
virgolicious
April 19, 2017 1:23 am

I just love it when you invoke JG Ballard.

Listening to the podcast THIS MINUTE and finding out the year of construction of my Bali aerie for a Flying Star mindset-meets-space makeover.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte
April 19, 2017 5:49 am
Reply to  virgolicious

Am using Ballard-spirations to help seriously declutter my place. Have to think of the neighbours i love but keep at loving bay. What if the time should come when..? And then, while i was rushing out yesterday, it did. She told me stuff that i think means i should make my place more welcoming, very quickly, and not for a slowbuild friendship, just a helpline rest-stop in comfort and only as much style as i can muster while the time to significantly do so is urgent. She and her man will need quick care, no reciprocation, good hands on deck.… Read more »

emg
emg
April 19, 2017 1:14 am

I have a feeling I need this. I have tried to sell what is the most stunning house three times now. And have never had one viewing!!!! It has been on the market for two months and not a sniff. Exactly as last time and the time before. I wonder if I have something wrong with the energy in the house. Every one who does get over the door be that the post man or the village bobby or well anyones they gasp as they get in and then wander about cooing and ooing, wow this is stunning. But can… Read more »

Invicta
Invicta
April 19, 2017 9:43 am
Reply to  emg

Could it be the market just a bit though too or the price, or the agent? Not saying it’s not amazing because it is and Carolyn is awesome. But I’m thinking mercury retrograde and contracts or delays favour you now type vibe.. Also, you had the same thing last time…are you sure you WANT to sell it? Then again its a house not a packet of chewing gum. I mean most people don’t go with their gut on these matters.. Everything has always been an impulse purchase in my life. I didn’t know there was any other kind 🙂 But… Read more »

Invicta
Invicta
April 19, 2017 9:46 am
Reply to  Invicta

Venus is still in shadow too though and that is very much about money and the home to me. Ignore comment above- its the perfect time to reassess the aesthetics with a view to selling. What was I thinking?
Oh right, I wasn’t.
Doing a hardcore liver and gut cleanse – brain is on annual leave.

emg
emg
April 19, 2017 12:15 pm
Reply to  Invicta

As usual I have to just sit and wait because it’s obviously not letting me go. I’d be beyond happy to shift it. But Scotland is struggling a bit since 2008 when I built the place. It’s beautiful 5 beds, massive granite clad kitchen big fireplace and sitting in the national park. But no joy. It’ll go when it’s ready but a bit of feng shui might help ?!?!?

Invicta
Invicta
April 19, 2017 1:55 pm
Reply to  emg

Scotland?
Sold!
In fact I’ll have two.

emg
emg
April 20, 2017 6:30 am
Reply to  Invicta

You’d be highly welcome It is stunning!!

emg
emg
April 20, 2017 6:31 am
Reply to  emg

I’ve only got one but can do you the most ridiculously stunning plot to build on too !!

emg
emg
April 20, 2017 6:32 am
Reply to  emg

That’s at the other end of the loch !

Sam
Sam
April 20, 2017 6:44 am
Reply to  emg

oh my god emg, it sounds like paradise. I would definitely give serious thought to living in Scotland. now i’m curious about real estate prices!

emg
emg
April 20, 2017 1:20 pm
Reply to  Sam

It is exceptional. As I sit here now looking out over the loch and the mountains to the south, glowing night sky. The air is like wine, so clean and the silence is only broken by night flying birds and the water lapping at the shore.

pi
pi
April 18, 2017 11:14 pm

Does feng shui advise on where to keep large but special family heirlooms (that one actually likes) while one is residing in a shoe box? asking 4a friend.

milleunanotte
milleunanotte
April 19, 2017 5:31 am
Reply to  pi

APPARENTLY ( advicE from the impossibly wealthy aquaaquaaries who KNOWS evERything) you’re supposed to insure it and hire a security box at the bank. However, one (this piscean one, Mars Cap 2nd, Saturn Tau 6th) does understand that one might also put the security deposit box hire and insurance fee into a better rent, should one have it to hand. As for me, while the aquaaquaaries rolls eyes at my being a *god!* flaky piscean sun (that’s ALL she knows of astro) i just make some fqn room at my little flakey plaice – 0ops6s place – so it just… Read more »

Sam
Sam
April 19, 2017 5:40 am
Reply to  milleunanotte

yup it’s big stuff, kinda… i like your knick knacks theory xx

current
current
April 18, 2017 10:41 pm

Carolyn McCallum is a genius and I cannot recommend highly enough!. Years ago, I had a house on the market for 18 months. Inspections but no offers. After a consult, applying some measures. Boom! House sold within a month! Now I get a yearly update. Brilliant stuff

MissDee
MissDee
April 19, 2017 3:49 am
Reply to  current

I have been thinking about it for a long time.
Only it’s a bit pricey for me.

current
current
April 19, 2017 7:44 pm
Reply to  MissDee

Yes. I balked too but really it’s a years worth of magic. Ditch take out coffee for a few months or something?

Cris
Cris
April 18, 2017 10:02 pm

What about Mastress?

MissDee
MissDee
April 19, 2017 3:48 am
Reply to  Cris

Yes I ghink we should not be scared of the word Mistress as well. It only got weird due to a certain “context” .

baristagem
baristagem
April 18, 2017 8:51 pm

I saw this come up in my podcast feed & I thought MM would love this!

I’m Mars in Virgo 6th house & I clean my house everyday. It’s not OCD, I really can’t think straight in an untidy house. Being a Gemmy, I need space to be able to think.

flowerchild
flowerchild
April 18, 2017 9:56 pm
Reply to  baristagem

Mars, Virgo, 6th…..Ooooh! You remind me….I have Venus in Cap in the 6th, can’t get much more austere than that on aesthetics! And I’m Aqua Sun and Mercury, so I also relate to needing space to think…..many thanks for the reflection, baristagem! 🙂

MissDee
MissDee
April 19, 2017 1:29 am
Reply to  baristagem

Oh wow @baristagem, I had never thought of this. I am quadruple Gemini (MC, Saturn, Sun, Mercury) and I hadn’t considered cleaning as a way to create space. I did Kondo during last year Mercury Retro in Virgo; I am Virgo Rising, with Pluto sitting there, so a bit of OCD is in order for me. I loved all 6 weeks of that MK process. I used all of Mercury Retro, including shadow zone. Can’t say my life has changed that much ever since, but I don’t shop as much as I used to do and I hate the thought… Read more »

baristagem
baristagem
April 19, 2017 2:27 am
Reply to  MissDee

Quadruple Gemmy! I’m jelly, I’m a Triple Gemini – Sun, Moon & Venus 3rd house. I wished Mercury landed in there too but it I have it in the 4th house.

flowerchild
flowerchild
April 18, 2017 7:56 pm

Word! I’ve been decluttering during this whole Venus retro, even though there’s not all that much to declutter being minimalist, but it makes the clutter that IS there all that more significant, right?, because it doesn’t belong.. I have Virgo on 4th house cusp, so I’ve always run a tight ship, tidy AND clean, but have Crab rising, so little bits here and there build up, mostly paperwork type stuff, which is actually easy to declutter, but also lately, clothing…..really trying to purge coinciding with wardrobe makeover, just takes awhile to assess and then toss…I don’t have that much clothing… Read more »

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