Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Love area in Fen Shui
Your love area is situated at the furthest right hand corner of your home. Remember the areas are dictated from the starting point which is either your front door or the door in which you use ALL t...he time to enter your home. Needless to say this area should symbolise love with colours of pink for tenderness, red for passion and white for purity. I hang lots of clear crystals and have a rose quartz candle holder here. Obviously things in pairs are a good idea. I once went into home to work with a single female who was depressed as her husband had left her some years ago and she had no luck at all with any other relation ships. She is an attractive, well educated, funny woman in great shape. She did work very long hours but was ready for a loving relation ship. We did some work around acceptance of herself and lowering her expectations on the superficial "ideal man" who ever that is?? But most importantly she had a huge, beautiful canvas on her wall of a very sad looking female single female sitting curled up in a foetal position in her love area. OMG !!!! This was bad news - I tried to convince her to take it down -- and replace it with "the Lovers" or something vibrant and exciting - but she held a special fondness for this canvas as it was the last thing her husband had bought her!!! What was the subliminal message there??? She would not take it down and the last I spoke to her she is current single and has all but given up hope. So make sure you display the right messages you want to convey in this area - symbols of pairs , love hearts, two people entwined, etc. Do not put water in this area as it will cause tears. It is not always easy to accommodate this - I myself have a large fridge freezer in this area - not great- but Ive tried to offset this by putting love heart magnets and pictures of my husband and myself looking happy here. Good luck and let me know if you have any questions - I love to hear them. Maggie x See More
 Crossing your fingers for good luck - whats that all about?
Crossing your fingers is used to wish yourself good luck or ward off evil. It has derived from the thought that using the cross shape would conjure up prote...ction of the Christian cross. Children also cross their fingers when telling lies in hope that they will not be caught out and protection again any repercussion.(I have seen my own children do this often!!! However be warned - the fingers need to be on the same hand and look like a slanted cross - if you used fingers from each hand to make a cross sign this would be bad luck. Also crossing silverware to make a cross is also considered bad luck.
There is no evidence of this ritual before the late 19th century and this is only common in the UK, Ireland and North America. Wonder why that is???
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Veg soup with a wee kick

Its getting colder and my tummy craves soups - these are brilliant quick recipes for using up all the odd old veg hanging around in the fridge.

The ultimate vegetable soup is a meal in itse...lf, packed full with healthy veggies, spices and aromatics.

For the base ingredients
2 tbsp olive or sunflower oil, or 30g/1oz butter

1 onion, peeled and chopped

1 garlic clove, peeled and chopped

For the aromatics
1 bouquet garni

and/or 1-2 fresh red chillies, de-seeded and chopped

or 1 tsp or more curry paste or curry powder or spices, e.g. cumin, fennel seeds, cinnamon, etc

For the main ingredients
1 potato, or other thickener if needed, peeled and cut into chunks

500g/18oz vegetables, prepared as appropriate and roughly chopped

For the liquid
1-1.5 litres/1¾-2¾ pints) vegetable or chicken stock, or vegetable cooking water, or a mixture of water and milk


freshly ground black pepper

Preparation method
Heat the oil or butter gently in a large saucepan, then add the base ingredients, the aromatics and the main ingredients. Stir around to coat everything in the fat, then sweat very gently for 10-15 minutes.

Add 1litre/1¾pints of stock or other liquid, saving the rest for thinning down (if necessary), and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring up to the boil, then simmer gently for about 20 minutes until all the vegetables are tender.

Liquidise in several batches, and return to the pan. Thin down with the reserved stock, water or milk as required, and check the seasoning

Reheat when needed.
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Fame and fortune area

this doesn't mean you are seeking to be famous - this is to enhance peoples opinions of you - especially if your having a little trouble with the neighbours or some friendship issues. It helps p...eople recognise you for your talents.This area represents fire. Place items here that are associated with Fire, candles, lanterns, lava lamp, lights, pyramid, triangle or anything with points (knifes), cacti, trophies and awards are very good to have in your Fame and Reputation area. I have my sink here which is unfortunate as it would have been better to have my cooker here - but I have tried to compensate by also having my toaster and kettle here - representing heat. I also have a smoky quartz shaped in a pyramid in this area which dispels negative energy
The Hierophant

This Major Arcana card is the male version of The High Priestess.
He is responsible for blessing births , marriages, deaths and all other spiritual events. He has one hand pointing to the heavens signing that... he has a higher connection and awareness and he want to pass on his blessings and teachings for you to become a blessed soul. In a spread he means exactly that - a christening a marriage or a death - you need to read the cards around this card to identify the true meaning. It has in the past meant a instructor of other kinds though - he has occasionally represented a driving instructor, a teacher and a doctor,

Monday, 8 September 2014

Career -new job or promotion
Use a yellow candle for this spell - preferably a yellow Beeswax candle as it produces negative ions in the air - which means it purifies the air around your home naturally. Great for a new beginning. If you want to use essential oils - cinnamon or Jasmine is great to have in a saucer next to your candle. It is best to light your candle on a Thursday - for money increase or a Sunday - which is the day for business and career. Put this candle in your career area (see last weeks Feng Shui tip on career area) in your home or your office if you work from home. Have a pen and paper handy. Whilst you watch the candle burn visualize what sort of job you would like to do. Think about your skills - are you a good communicator, do you need to around the kids, are you the organizer - play to your strengths. Now imagine how this will realistically fit in with your personal life style and why you want to achieve it for more money - more recognition or because your job is boring and you want to be more creative.Write down any ideas that come to you in which you can achieve your goals. It could be more training, reading up on chosen job or looking in the right job search.Do this ritual every day on the same day - either a Sunday or a Thursday for one whole calendar month. Good Luck Mx
Birth Stone - Sapphire 
In the book of Revelation Sapphires are considered fairly sacred and thought to attract the power of God - Sapphires also are believed to bring good luck and ward away evil spirits. It has also been said that reptiles and insects would die immediately if they came into contact with the stone. Sapphire are alleged to bring wisdom and clarity of mind to those born in September.
Health benefits of Potato

Potatoes are one of the richest sources of starch, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. 100 g provides 70 calories, however, they contain very little fat (just 0.1 g per100 g) and no cholesterol.

They are very good natural sources of both soluble and insoluble fiber. The dietary fiber in them increases the bulk of the stool, thus, it helps prevent constipation, decrease absorption of dietary cholesterol and thereby, lower plasma LDL cholesterol. Additionally, its rich fiber content also helps protect from colon polyps and cancer.

The fiber content aids in slow digestion starch and absorption of simple sugars in the gut. It thus help keep blood sugar levels within the normal range and avoid wide fluctuations. For the same reason, potato is considered as reliable source of carbohydrates in diabetics.

The tubers are one of the richest sources of B-complex group of vitamins such as pyridoxine (vitamin B6), thiamin, niacin, pantothenic acid and folates.

Fresh potato along with its skin is one of a good source of antioxidant vitamin; vitamin-C. 100 g of fresh tuber provides 11.4 mg or 20% of daily required levels of this vitamin. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals.

They also contain adequate amounts of many essential minerals like Iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, copper and potassium.

Red and russet potatoes contain good amount vitamin A, and antioxidant flavonoids like carotenes and zeaxanthins.

Recent studies at Agricultural research service (by plant genetics scientist Roy Navarre) suggests that flavonoid antioxidant, quercetin present in potatoes has anti-cancer and cardio-protective properties