Author: Carole Hyder

Starting February 4 when the Chinese Solar New Year begins (February 1 is the Lunar New Year), we will be under the influence of the Tiger, leaving the mildness and tenacity of the Ox of 2021 behind. Although many of us compare the Tiger with our...

Recently a friend invited me to the new condominium she had just purchased. It was on the 9th floor and overlooked the Minneapolis skyline and some of our city lakes. The view was breathtaking for sure. It was quite a commanding position from which to...

In my previous life (before my 6’7” husband was in the picture), I typically drove small convertible sports cars. The inconvenience of having a small car like that in the winter was offset by the delightful experience of driving my convertible around in the summer....

Those of us in Feng Shui celebrate both the Western New Year and the Chinese New Year. In Chinese astrology, every year is identified with one of 12 animals (Rat, Ox, Tiger, etc.) and one of 5 Elements (Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, Wood). On February...

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...