Author: Carole Hyder

The dragon is a legendary creature that has taken on various meanings depending on the culture in which they are portrayed. In Western cultures, they are viewed as monsters that breathe fire and hoard treasures in caves. In China and East Asia, however, the dragon...

In Feng Shui, one of the most important features (if not THE most important feature) is the front door. We refer to it as the mouth of ch’i----a place where opportunities, positive energy, good luck and prosperity, to name a few, enter the home. We...

Feng Shui can be applied to many areas of your home including the entire floor plan, a room, or even a single piece of furniture.  Building a home?  Feng Shui on a vacant lot?  Absolutely. Most Feng Shui consultants will agree that the “typical” appointment they...

Back in 2004, during the first group tour I took to China, I discovered surprisingly that the abacus was still being used in some stores. I was having a jacket made for me in Shanghai, so the seamstress used her abacus to figure out how...

If you’ve ever walked into a Chinese restaurant or grocery store or even a Feng Shui advocate’s home, you will find a ceramic figurine of a cat sitting prominently near the entry. One paw is typically movable. The idea of a Lucky Cat originated first in...

We’re in the midst of a tumultuous time – globally, nationally, and for many of us, locally. We’re being updated with news constantly on what is happening with the current issue: COVID-19, now classified as a pandemic. It seems that there are major fluctuations in...

Feng Shui is applied to alleviate many problems, from money issues to fertility issues to allergies. So the question is: Can Feng Shui play a preventative, as well as supporting, role in our present situation with the Coronavirus? The answer: Yes. Yes, it can. In the...

For many of us, we are happy to say good-bye to 2019 for a number of reasons----illness, disappointments, betrayals, losses. Of course, these occurrences happen every year, but there seemed to be a heaviness specific to the Year of the Pig. For some, it’s a relief...

Preparing your kitchen - and your life - for the New Year One of the most popular gods in Chinese culture is Zao Jun, the Kitchen God. The story goes that Zao Jun was assigned by the emperor of heaven to watch over families and take...

There’s a tradition in China that involves the exchange of red envelopes when someone wants to express gratitude toward another person or wish them well. They would put money in the red envelope and give it to them. No one really knows how the red envelope...