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How To Buy a Happy Home – The Secret To Avoid Trouble

The Secret to Buying a Happy Home

-or- How to avoid a divorce, illness, job loss, or worse..


When you buy a home, what you are buying is the next phase of your life.  By the end of this article, you’ll know some major things to look for.

Why would you want to imagine what it’s like to live in their shoes?

If you buy their home, you will begin to live the same life.  If it’s a wonderful life, buy now.   But unless you use “Feng Shui eyes” you could be in for an unexpected turn of events.  In my experience, homes don’t lie.  Rarely is a home so toxic it can’t be solved, but it does happen.  Most often, the energy can be adjusted but if you don’t know the difference–you’ll be in for trouble.

Things that matter when buying a home:

  • The Outside: Neighborhood, Land, Style & Layout
  • The Inside: Style, Layout, Colors, Shapes & Items
  • The History

Feng Shui wisdom can save you a trip to the divorce attorney or worse.  If you find a home that you love and that home has some challenging Feng Shui issues, you can usually reverse the negatives by making some changes that won’t cost a fortune:  that’s the beauty of the science of Feng Shui. 

The Outside – The Neighborhood
     determines your ability to be effective in the world


1.    A healthy and vibrant neighborhood:  good life force means you won’t be drained or asked to devote YOUR energy to keep it vital.  It will support you rather than drain you.

2.    A healthy business district, health trees, well-maintained homes, gardens and streets.

3.    Not directly near a cemetery, hospital or church –while these are important aspects of a community, living too near these can deplete your own health.  Avoid living near a prison or municipal buildings such as Fire Station, Police Station or water treatment plant.

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Mercury Retrograde: What it’s all about

RE:  The Miracle of Mercury Retrograde

Ready to review and renew?   Re-connect, re-establish, re-view:  “RE-“ is the key for this month.  How good are you at ‘going with the flow’?  Watch these next few weeks and decide for yourself.


Mercury Retrograde is an astrological occurrence that I have followed for the last 20 years that is probably one of the most widely recognized and popularly dreaded astro occurrence.  


“Oh no, not Mercury Retrograde again…”

 I have found that the 3-4 times per year that the planet Mercury goes “retrograde’ can bring the re-turn of opportunities we think we may have missed, the re-turn of an old friend or re-connection to life’s purpose.  It’s all a matter of where you have set your ‘happiness meter’ as to how you will experience this weird phenomenon that lasts about 4 weeks.  [You may have noticed electronics doing weird things for the last few weeks, sometimes a strong planetary influence will amplify the effects…But not all Mercury Retrogrades are the same and this one has it’s own special flavor.  (check it out at www.Astrology.com)


All of this can be either good news or unpleasant experiences.  Personally, I have had more re-connection with old friends, lost articles, abandonded projects re-emerge, clients re-connect and more wonderful things happen during Mercury Retrograde. 


It seems like a time to loop back on all that we do, get clear about handling things that are hanging on preventing our movement forward and those things that love you come back to love you again.


What to notice:

  • Missed communication:    re-state your understanding
  • Missed appointments:   re-schedule or re-evaluate
  • Electronics acting ‘weird’:  back-up your files, try to avoid buying a new electronic gadget, computer, phone, car, etc.  
  • Phone tag & re-scheduling:  Relax, they are experiencing it too.


What to do:

  • Re-lax, re-adjust, re-member peace
  • Accept the gifts


What to know:

  • Re-evaluate major purchases or electronics
  • Re-evaluate contract signing (unless you want to redo it later, or re-gret signing)
  • Re-lease old/negative ways of thinking, things that don’t serve you or make you happy.



For more information about what causes this rift and shift, visit http://www.astrologycom.com/mercret.html

Be gentle on yourself and those around you. 

Re-member: Just keep loving and


Row, Row, Row your boat,

Gently down the Stream,

Merrily, Merrily, Merrily, Merrily

Life is but a Dream.


Check out this video from Esther Hicks about The Stream in which we all live. 




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Fawn’s Feng Shui is HauteIntheCity (.net)


Who me?  Haute In The City? You bet!  




Recently I was interviewed by the mega popular www.HauteIntheCity.net and I would love to share it with you.  Haute In The City is a weekly e-newsletter to thousands of people all over, that highlights wonderful finds, often around the city of Pittsburgh and frequently for anyone anywhere.    When they contacted me to find out about Feng Shui, I was very excited.  Here is the Haute in the City skinny on Feng Shui and (ta-daaaaa) me.   


From:   www.HauteInTheCity.net      sign up today

“Today we are going to open our minds a little. We are going to have a little chat about changing your space to change your life. Feng Shui (pronounced fung shway) is actually not some crazy new age BS or Voodo. It is a science. In fact it has been studied for over 5000 years.  Just because we do not understand does not mean we should knock it. We do not understand trigonometry either but there you have it.

 “Feng Shui is a bit like quantum physics (another one of those easy reads) in that it is a study of energy. The deal is this-everything has energy and it all interacts. Do not believe us? Check out a pic of your ex, see how you feel.

“There are people who study these interactions, quantify and qualify them. They can then form a scientific equation of optimum balance. There are a whole slew of other factors involved, but let’s start with the basics-everything you own is a representation of you.

 “Think about it, it is true-good or bad. You may put a picture of someone you love on your desk at work to brighten up a dull day. Same idea. Your space affects your life. If you leave all of your bills in the center of your table you will remember to pay them but you will also have a daily reminder of something unpleasant, find them a new home.

 “Now think larger scale, your whole house, or office, is a huge part of your life. Put Feng Shui to work for you. You can even use it to stage your house and help sell it in this impossible market. 

 “For this we recommend a professional. Fawn Chang has been a Feng Shui Consultant for 13 years. She is absolutely lovely and not in the least bit flighty. Have her come by and help you kick start your life. She will not move all of your furniture or make you put a Buddha in the living room. You will fill out a detailed form and have an in depth consult with follow up about subtle changes that will make energy flow around you in a more positive way. She also has classes for the do it yourself type.

“Still not sold? Open your window and let the summer breeze come through. Does that not make you feel better? You just changed your energy. 

Design and Feng Shui by Fawn Chang 412.741.1222  www.designandfengshui.com



So, open a window and let the Love in! 

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The Real Reason Most Homes Don’t Sell

The Reason Most Homes Don’t Sell 

 The unseen isn’t unfelt, the unfelt isn’t unreal.

  The Key to Selling Your Home






The #1 reason your home won’t sell is energy.  Even after increasing the curb appeal and following the practical “sell your home faster” tips your home may be on the market for a very long time because of energy.  Of the three types of energy that will prevent your home from selling, energy of emotional attachment is the most common.   I have experienced this and seen it many times.  What is it and what do you do?

Here’s an idea of what you could be dealing with.  These are real stories about real people:·        

·         Your own (un-admitted?) attachment:

o    Kathy and Jim and their three children lived in suburbs of Pittsburgh:  Jim’s job was downsized and he was sent to New England.  5 hour commute between Pittsburgh and New England each week was hard on all of them.     After a year of seeking work closer to ‘home’ the situation was draining their finances and their family energy.  Sadly but willingly, the house was on the market and the family prepared to move.

When we met, I asked:  “who doesn’t want you to move?”  The tearful answer came from Kathy:  “none of the neighbors want us to leave.”  Her words said one thing, her tears told me it wasn’t just the neighbors but she didn’t want to move. 

My next question, “What would you love to have happen?”  She answered, “If my husband could find a job here, we…but there’s nothing and the economy’s…” off she trailed with the “why it couldn’t work” mantra.  

We got to work.  We made a few changes to the outside and inside so that it would have better energy to show for selling.  I also recommended that she make changes to the house to bolster the career area so that her husband could find a better job regardless of where they lived.   (That’s another post.)  Six weeks later they received news of a job opening in Pittsburgh, he took it and to this day they are still in Pittsburgh and happy in their lives.   The emotional attachment to the home was strong enough to draw in the perfect solution.

Had she not gotten really clear about their emotional attachment and needs, they could have drained themselves the rest of their lives because they were not following their hearts.  In this case, making a few simple feng shui changes, turned the situation around to a very happy ending. Case closed.

Emotional Attachment to your Home

·         Other people’s emotional attachment:

o    Farm in Western Pennsylvania: on the market for 6 years, family needed to move closer to the city for school and business.  Over the 6 years, the price was lowered to almost bargain basement.   Then something sad but inevitable happened.  The owner’s mother, who had been ill for a long time, died.   Less than two days after she passed on, the couple received two serious offers and a bidding war ensued.  The price actually went UP and the home sold.  What happened?   In younger days, the owner’s mother lived there with the family and helped to raise the children.  She often recalled those times as “the happiest days of my life.”  Although she no longer lived in the home and she was not an owner, her emotional attachment to the house and land was strong enough to prevent it from being transferred to another.   Her attachment prevented the sale and not until her death did she release her hold on it.  With some gentle Feng Shui, her emotional attachment could have been removed and allowed the home to sell sooner.  Who knew?  Now you do.



·        Other worldly” attachment:





o    Real Case Study: A rental property didn’t sell for two years (and hadn’t rented for 1). I was called in to offer Feng Shui solutions.   We enhanced the wealth area, changed some furniture placement, used a mirror to reverse the negative effect of a ‘condemned’ building next door, and a few other Feng Shui adjustments to handle sloping land, an imposing wall outside the front door and finally, did a space clearing.  The Space Clearing, I encountered the energetic imprint of deep fear, hatred and child abuse.  After this ‘emotional’ attachment (the attachment of this emotion to this space) was cleared the home sold in 6 weeks

What is the secret to changing this energy?

·         You get clear

·         Take action: clear your spaces.

Get clear

This only takes a few moments.  Just ask yourself, “who doesn’t want to leave this house.”   Or “is there anyone or anything that is preventing this house from selling?”  Sit quietly and listen for the answer to come from your heart. 

Realize that you may get a strong answer, but sometimes it takes another person to help you because sometimes you aren’t ready to face the answers.  Then you can take action with Feng Shui help to unlock those emotional attachments. For instance:

·         Look to see if anything large is in the far right corner of your property or your home.  This could be a large piece of furniture, an item that you are attached to, or a large piece of outdoor furniture in your yard.  If so, remove it immediately and you’ll unblock the energy.

·         Stop calling it “our house” and start referring to it by its address.

·         Talk to your home as though it’s a beloved part of your life.  I have seen that homes have energetic attachments to families and that energetic tie can prevent a sale as well.  Tell the home that you need to leave, that there will be another wonderful family who will come and care for it and needs it’s protection and love. 

When I have had clients use these and other tips (following them completely) their homes have sold quickly and for more than they anticipated.  Other tips:  I’m working on that post right now.  Stay tuned.







Take Action:  Clear your space

When I was a young child, I remember our priest coming to bless our new homes; I remember hating that we had to leave, the curious little girl in me wanted to know what he was doing to our house.

It was common practice for a home to be blessed by clergy when we moved.  In every indigenous culture, house blessings and space clearings are common and in Bali, a daily practice.    Blessing your home before you move in, each day you live there and blessing it as you prepare to leave helps you in deeply important, yet unseen ways. 

You can do it yourself but I always recommend engaging a professional (your clergy or a professional Feng Shui consultant trained in space clearing).  

This Piece is Very Important:

 If you do a Space Clearing yourself take note of all small changes.  This is an area where ‘what you don’t know, can hurt you.’  If you try this and find you get sick, have weird thoughts (more than normal J), have more fights, etc., it’s time to call professional help.  There is a “Do It Yourself Space Clearing” book and CD that is very helpful by Christan Hummel.  Also, Denise Linn, one of the world’s greatest teachers and my mentor, writes beautifully and details the steps for a space clearing in her book Sacred Space.    It takes your time and your devotion but you can do this yourself.   (I am also a resource for you as well  www.designandfengshui.com, I can teach you or do it for you onsite or remotely.)

Address the energy of your home, how it “feels.”  If you identify and clear the influences that lie beyond our five senses,  you be amazed at how quickly your home or business will sell, and nearly every time often for more money that you thought. 

Selling your house? Do you know how to determine if this is really right for you?  Even ambivalence will delay or halt the process. 

Are you ambivalent about leaving?  About the future?  Are there spaces with creepy feelings in your house?  Have you ever done a space clearing?  Do you want to know how?  













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Weird Energy

Weird Energy:  “What’s Going On Lately?”Flower Of Life     

Posted Feb 2008
    I have been asked more than a few times, “What is going on lately?”  Last week was a really weird and wired week for a lot of us. 

     If you have been experiencing turmoil, seen or been in auto accidents, had a bad fall or know someone who has just lost their cool, perhaps an illness has taken a turn for the worse, then you are probably experiencing the effects of some very powerful Astrological influences.  Bottom line:  fast moving, explosive energy, new beginnings after breaking down old structures that can’t hold the weight of what you NEED to be doing with your Life Purpose.   [The specific details from Master Astrologer Rick DiClemente:  solar eclipse in Aquarius with Mercury Retrograde, with Chiron, with Neptune and Mars nearing opposite. to Pluto ~ watch out for March 4. For your Astrology, contact Rick DiClemente 724-622-8079]

Things will feel more intense as we near March 4.  Don’t hide under your bed, use this time to examine and recreate the structure of your life.  If you do it now, it won’t surprise you when the “universe” does it for you. 

Here are a few tips for the next few weeks:
Feng Shui for the Inside:
  •    Be aware of what is around you and inside you.
  •    Be careful  (Full of Care) when you are moving through your day.
  •    Don’t loose your cool / drive too fast / don’t try to multi-task while you are driving
  •    Speak your truth with kindness and clarity. 
  •    Run your words through your heart before you spew them out your mouth.
  •    Check all your details, use good maintenance practices
  •    After you’ve done all that: let go and go with the Flow

What I do:  Before I begin my day, I sit quietly for 10 breaths and mentally create it.  I say and see “smooth, easy travel, delightful journeys and conversations, I see myself responding beautifully to all that is around me and I see it all responding back with love and beauty.”

This really, really works. 

Feng Shui for the Outside: 
  • Wear something yellow, beige or brown to ground your energy.
  • Clear out the center of your rooms, your desk, your mind.
  • Get enough sleep. Make sure you turn your TV off to go to sleep or boot your TV out of the bedroom.
  • Do what you can to center, ground and care for yourself.
  • Add something FUN and uplifting in every few hours of your day

Feng Shui gives you a way to look at your world and life and minimize your effort to get the highest result.  Feng Shui is practical and magical because when you do the work, it works. It is not an excuse to be careless or not take care of “business.” 

So be thorough, check your details, roll with the punches and go with the flow.  Assert yourself kindly and clearly and do something FUN for yourself each few hours. 

I wish you all smooth sailing and lots of love as we near the Holiday of the Heart.



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2008: Year of the Earth Rat ~ “Itza gonna be a bumpy (but fun) ride!”

HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR! This can be a great year, but we have lots of work to do to make it that way, so here’s a bit of help to get you jazzed about living your happiest life.

February 7 begins the 2 week celebration of Chinese New Year: the turning point during which things begin to grow.   The Year of the Earth Rat promises to be a busy one, filled with opportunity, industry and romance.  But be careful: choose wisely as the choices you make and actions you take will be with you a long time.

2008 is a Nine Star Ki 1 Water Year.   These Feng Shui tips can help to make sense out of energies that might otherwise be daunting.  You can make your life flow more easily through this year. 

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