Carole Hyder Tag

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 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...

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...

The Forbidden City, today called the Palace Museum, is located in the northern city of Beijing (bei means north; jing means capitol). The capitol was moved there from Nanjing (nan= south) in 1403 to provide better protection against northern invaders. In 1421, the Forbidden City was completed. It...

Chinese gardens were always arranged in accordance with a set of Feng Shui or geomantic principles. A geomancy master would be engaged to find a location and to determine directional placement of the garden or the buildings within the garden....

As of February 4th we have moved into the Year of the Pig. Due to the make-up of Pig nature, we might be able to expect a year that is a bit more mellow, more laid back and relaxed....