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uring a week of Feng Shui in Northern Virginia, friends took me to Wolf Trap, an incredible outdoor concert venue. Marilyn Hicks   Fitzgerald, my personal photographer and Feng Shui Pal for many years, took this photo. Together, Marilyn and I have feng shuied various rooms in the Library of Congress, numerous Washington. D.C. and northern Virginia historic houses, restaurants, and monumental buildings. To all interested in feng shui, I highly recommend joining forces with a friend and going out in the world to all sorts of places. You will double the insights and maintain your interest.  This summer of 2018 I will be embarking on a new venture, that being teaching a small, informal class on Feng Shui and Prosperity, a 9 week course. I say it is new because this will be my first outing teaching one aspect of feng shui for longer than a few hours in a workshop. If all goes well, a larger more formal class will be offered in the future.   Just want to mention I Am A Dolphin and Iím A Lot Like You, a collaboration with illustrator Toni Watson and Lori Snow of Point Graphics, is still available on Amazon.com. The book features eight of the over thirty dolphin species from the smallest to the largest. Please note that Amost all proceeds go to dolphin conservation organizations.    Take  a  tour  of  the  website  and   consider buying  a  traditional   hardback,   paperback and  their  cousins,  ebooks. Enter  the  “Books”  portal,  and  you will find brief synopses and reviews of mysteries, the very  first  being  Murder  Offscreen  and Cut To: Murder, set  in  the  film  industry.  There, too,  you  can  read  about   The  Feng  Shui Mysteries,     which     include:     A     Deadly Arrangement,  Positioned  To  Die, Designed To   Kill,   and   Evil   Intentions. All are available as signed editions, which  we sell directly from author to reader. FYI,  the trade paper edition of Evil Intentions is  no longer available on Amazon.com but is  being /sold exclusively through this website.  
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Contact  me  directly  through  email  in   the blue  box  to  the right of the screen.  We no longer  use  PayPal. Ebooks  are  available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Do check back  as  we  will  be  adding  all titles to the Nook and to Amazon’s Kindle. Enter the “What’s New” portal and  find brief descriptions of works-in-progress. Click  on  the  Bagua,  the  colorful   octagon (to  the  right  of the screen) and explore the many dimensions of Feng Shui. In  the  “Links/Library   section   you  will find recommended  websites   and   book   titles. Find me on Twitter @DOsborneWriter Do  read on and learn about  Feng Shui and the template many practitioners  rely on, the venerable Bagua. Namaste!  FENG SHUI AND THE BAGUA Feng Shui Energy dissipated by the wind stops at the boundary of water. Where the land features finish, the qi encounters water and is returned. ----Book of Burial Feng Shui is all about energy, called ‘chi’ or ‘qi,’ and is part of the structure of all life, of the planet, of the universe. Feng Shui is about respecting, honoring, and understanding the workings of the natural world. Feng Shui is about making practical decisions based on the heart’s desire.
Feng  Shui  emerged   sometime   between 3000 and 5000 years ago through efforts to locate  the  best  burial  sites  so  the dearly departed would find harmony in the afterlife and   not   bother   the   living.   The   literal meaning   of  “feng”  is  ‘wind,’  while  “shui” translates  to  ‘water.’   Chi  or  qi can mean ‘life force’ and/or ‘breath.’ The concept of “placement” began with the purpose  of  situating  one’s dwelling where the  wind  gently  replenished  the  chi  and water   flowed   nearby,   bringing   its   life generating power. Ideally, a dwelling would be  built  with a hill or mountain at the back for  protection  and water at the front.  Over time,  water  became  equated  with money and  prosperity,  and   wind   with   renewal. Using  the  natural environment as a guide, the  same  principles   were   then   applied indoors.  For example,  we  need  a wall for protection  behind  our  bed.  A  bed  simply placed  in  the  middle of a room projects a sense  of   vulnerability,   which   does   not promote sound sleep. By learning Feng Shui, you will be opening  up a new way of looking at your home,  your workplace and, most importantly, the  natural world. Every day the world speaks  to us. Are we listening and observing  beyond simply deciding what to wear when  we go outside? Millions of us live in urban  and suburban environments that, aside  from city parks and our own lawns and  gardens, have greatly reduced our  connection to the earth and all creatures  with whom we share the planet. Feng Shui  will reconnect you to the natural world. By  studying and practicing this dynamic art  and science, you will come to understand  that your home is a temple that protects  you while providing comfort from the rigors  of modern life. Treat your home like sacred  space. Using the simple methods of Feng  Shui, you will be healthier, happier, and  discover true harmony. When you honor  your space, you honor yourself and all life.  THE BAGUA and HOW TO USE IT The Bagua is the octagon-shaped template containing  the  9  life  situations. Its values came out of the I Ching, the Chinese Book of Changes.  By  studying  the I Ching, you will gain a more intimate knowledge of  the Bagua and its inner workings.  You will find the  Bagua  on  right  side  of  this website.  Click  on  any  of  the  guas  to  learn  their meanings. The  trend  in western  society is to simplify the  shape by  turning the  octagon into a 9 square grid.  What is lost  aesthetically and traditionally,  is made up  for in its  practical application  for use  in our largely rectangu- lar-shaped homes and buildings. To  use  the  Bagua,  first orient it by facing your home.  The  chi will  enter through the front door,  which will  be located  in one of the  three  sectors   at  the  bottom   of   the Bagua  in  either   Knowledge,   Career,   or Helpful  People/Travel.   Then, with a bird’s eye  view,  superimpose  the   Bagua   over your entire property.   Next, align it with the house itself.  From  there,  you  can  do the same  with each  room,  using the  door  to determine the gua through which you enter the room (again, either Knowledge, Career, or Helpful People/Travel). Come back often to see what’s new!  CREDITS 1. Author’s photo by Marilyn Hicks Fitzgerald 2. Web design by Lori Snow printwithpoint.com 3. Atomic plum blossom design by Teresa Carnes, printwithpoint.com 4. Ebook jackets by Teresa Carnes, printwithpoint.com 5. Ebook programming by Chris Osborne, Wind and Water House Publications 6. Contact Page photo by Tracy Smith
EVENTS REMEMBER SEPTEMBER 1st is INTERNATIONAL DOLPHIN DAY.  Around the globe people will be protest- ing  the Taiji, Japan, dolphin hunts as well as dolphin and whale  captivity.  SAVE  JAPAN  DOLPHINS!