Shamanic Feng Shui Secrets for Success

If you are in NYC October 21st,
please join my colleague Rosalie Prinzivalli and I for

Shamanic Feng Shui Secrets for Success

Shamanic Feng Shui is about much more than just moving furniture. It is about seeing, comprehending, and knowing how to shift Qi/Chi, energy. When old, stuck, negative energy patterns dissolve, people’s lives change for the better. Whether you’re coming to Feng Shui for your own benefits, or to help others, gain insights and tools to integrate positive changes into action, this workshop will be of great benefit.
A Full-Day Workshop
Saturday, October 21, 10-5:30pm
Members: $130 / Nonmembers: $145
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Good Architecture Reflects Feng Shui


The Meaning of Good Architecture

Once again, life has been full and my newsletter writing has waned. I hope few well chosen thoughts will make the read worthwhile.

Good Architecture in Chicago

The first weekend in June I had a long anticipated visit with my niece (and nephew-in-law, if there is such a distinction?) in Chicago. Among other things Chicago is known for its architecture – my great interest. Many of the world’s first skyscrapers were designed and built in Chicago, along with innovative systems of parks and boulevards. My niece Maddy and I took the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, visited Millennium Park with its The Cloud Gate sculpture by Anish Kapoor; a 110-ton elliptical ‘bean’ (asit is called by locals) which reflectsChicago’s famous skyline. The park also has a spectacular concert shell by Frank Gehry.


The next day we went Frank Lloyd Wright’s early home and studio in Oak Park. Wrightbelieved in designing structures that were in harmony with humanity and its environment, a philosophy he called organic architecture. This philosophy was best exemplified by Falling Water in Pittsburgh. I (and feng shui principles) understand this school of thought well.


At Wright’s home there were so many design details that attracted me, especially his intentional use of a compact entryway which then opened up into a larger space. He orchestrated your experience and balanced the use of complementary opposites or yin/yang energy as he directed the chi.

Good Architecture in New York

I have lived next to the Guggenheim Museum for the past 3 decades and always felta kinship to Wright. In 1991, after his death Wright was recognized by the American Institute of Architecture as ‘the great American architect of all time”. However, Wright ascertained,“Early in life I had to choose between honest arrogance and hypocritical humility. I chose honest arrogance and have seen no occasion to change.” This self regard alienated many. There are presently a number exhibits celebrating Wright’s 150th birthday, including one at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.


My June travels took to two other very different architectural experiences; a weekend in
AtlanticCity (yup!) and the next one on Shelter Island (yum!). I hope you too have been enjoying the start of summer.


If you are in NYC July 15th, please join my colleague Rosalie Prinzivalli and I for…

Shamanic Feng Shui Secrets for Success

Shamanic Feng Shui is about much more than just moving furniture. It is about seeing, comprehending, and knowing how to shift Qi/Chi, energy. When old, stuck, negative energy patterns dissolve, people’s lives change for the better. Whether you’re coming to Feng Shui for your own benefits, or to help others, gain insights and tools to integrate positive changes into action, this workshop will be of great benefit.


A Full-Day Workshop
Saturday, July 15, 10-6pm
Members $117/ Nonmembers $170
Wishing you a CHI-FULL 4th and Holiday weekend as you Kick Off Summer –
My favorite time of the year! With blessings, Judith
July 4th


Integrative Interior Design ~ Feng Shui Consulting ~ Space Clearing
Judith Wendell





‘Tis the season of renewal in world cultures and religions.  Easter just past, a festival and holiday celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, described in the New Testament.  The Jewish people are in the midst of celebrating the 7 day holiday of Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

woman and Buddha statueA lesser know holiday to us in the West is Songkran celebrated mid-April in Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, parts of northeast India, parts of Vietnam and Xishuangbanna, China.  The word “Songkran” comes from Sanskrit, meaning transformation or change. The term was borrowed from Makar Sankranti, the name of
a Hindu harvest festival celebrated in India in January to mark the arrival of spring.

elderly women meeting

The celebration is rich with symbolic traditions

Mornings begin with merit-making. Visiting local temples and offering food to the Buddhist monks is commonly
 practiced. On this specific occasion, performing water pouring on Buddha statues is considered an iconic ritual for this holiday. It represents purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck.  As a festival of
unity, people who have moved away usually return home to their loved ones and elders. To show respect, younger people often practice water pouring over the palms of elders’ hands. Paying reverence to ancestors is also an important part of Songkran tradition.  

water festivalIn modern life however, the holiday is really known for its water festival which is mostly celebrated by young people. Major streets are closed to traffic, and are used as arenas for water fights. Celebrants, young and old, participate in this tradition by splashing water on each other. Although I have not been there for the celebration (yet) I do know it is not for the faint of heart!

Then (right in my backyard), The New York Times reported that yesterday was “Easter Monday” in Poland, and residents of Little Poland in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, are celebrating Smigus-dyngus(pronounced SHMEE-goose DING-goose), also known as Wet Monday.

Easter water celebrationThe spring celebration, held the day after Easter, includes a tradition of young men dousing water on women as part of a courting ritual. Today, the ritual has evolved to include squirt-gun battles and water fights among friends and family in Little Poland. (Women, these days, fling water as well.) New York hosts the largest population of people of Polish ancestry in the United States.” Clearly water is the element of purification and life!

May this time of renewal be a rebirth for you and our planet. 



Integrative Interior Design ~ Feng Shui Consulting ~ Space Clearing 

Judith Wendell  212-410-1832   917-903-9390


27 Day Valentine Challenge for Changing Your Life

Whether you follow a lunar or solar calendar, we are well into the new year. Regardless how it is going so far, it can always be better!

So here is a gift you can give yourself this Valentine’s Day!

In my consultancy I find that most of us need to divest ourselves of ‘stuff’. We all have stuff around that we don’t like, want or need but it has found a permanent place in our environment. And btw, we barely notice it’s there. The problem is that while it is there, it is sucking up vital chi.
So the first thing to do pick a spot…any spot…like that bookshelf, your front closet, a desk drawer, your shoe rack…whatever, and take a hard, clear look. Do you love those shoes, will you reread that book, does that jacket really fit?

Here’s a favorite quote of mine by the 19th century designer William Morris,

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful”.
I know that we are all very well aware that de-cluttering is ‘the thing’ and lots has been written about it. Although this is not my expertise, the quote by William Morris resonated with me long before I studied feng shui. So I am here to offer you a 27 Day Challenge. Your very own Valentine gift to you!
Here goes…for 27 days, commit to throwing out, giving away or donating 2 things a day. That’s it! Start a bag and every day, like brushing your teeth, put 2 things in the bag that will leave your office or home. Anything! paper, pens, clothes, plates, books, unwanted gifts, photos, electronics, etc. Maybe it is worn out, never worn, disliked, used up, out of date, collecting dust…whatever! Get rid of it!

There are only 3 Rules:

1. Throw 2 things out a day. Of course you can choose to go for more but I want this game to be easy.
2. Here is the catch, if you do miss a day you have to start from Day One!
3. Repeat tossing 2 things a day for 27 consecutive days.
27 is a powerful number for completion and manifestation.
Start when you know that you’ll be around for 27 days but start ASAP!
The pay off is S-P-A-C-E, not only on your bookshelf or in your closet but in your life…as in space to breathe. If you take on the 27 Day Challenge, write to me about your results and I will gift you with a free 1 hour phone consultation ($180 value) for an astrology/numerology reading or feng shui consultation. Yup, that’s both your ‘carrot’ and how much I want to support you. The pay off for me is seeing positive changes in your life.
I am doing this right besides you. I am up to day 12! We may all be starting on different days, but the commitment is the thing! Speaking of which, here is another one of my favorite quotes,

“Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiation or creation, there is one elementary truth…that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves. too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise never have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in ones’s favor all manner of incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man would have believed would have come his way.

Whatever you think you can do or believe you can do, begin it. Action has magic, grace, and power in it.”
W.H. Murray, Scottish Himalayan Expedition 1951
Here’s to changing the things we can for ourselves and our world! Keep me posted. I am looking forward to your free consultation.
Happy Valentines Day and if you haven’t done so already,
If you want a month by month reading we can arrange that too!
Blessings, Judith
Heart & Hands

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Year of the Fire ROOSTER 2017

2017 Year of the Fire Rooster


For those of us less familiar with the Chinese Zodiac, it is made up of 12 animal signs and 5 elements, comprising a 60 year cycle. This is the year of the FIRE ROOSTER.
Ancient lore says, Buddha invited all of the animals in the world to join him for the New Year celebration, but only 12 animals bothered to turn up. As a great reward, Buddha named a year after each one of them and they run in the order that the animals arrived to celebrate with Buddha, starting with the Rat and ending with the last guest, the Pig.

The Fire Element

This year’s ROOSTER is in the Fire element, which opposes the Rooster’s natural element – Metal. Thus, it may be a trying year and one with potential volatility, especially for the financial markets as the Metal Rooster is associated with gold or money. The markets may take off like wild fire at the start of the year but this is a fast burning fire which will burn out by August. On the other hand if you tend the fire carefully, it can shed light on the opportunities you are looking for.
Industries that will do well include energy, entertainment and finance. Others are transportation, communication, construction and high tech. The Rooster is known for being direct, forceful, and talkative, they can be enchanting or unbearable. They are deep thinkers, astute, organized and meticulous, in addition to being hard working and multi-talented. Yet they can be eccentric, tyrannical and flashy.
It is always fun to name a few famous Roosters. These include Daniel-Day Lewis, Cate Blanchette, Joan Collins, Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Hudson, Diane Keaton, Steve Martin, Paris Hilton, Yoko Ono, Matthew McConaughey, Gwen Stefani, Renee Zellweger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Goldie Hawn, Roger Federer and Caroline Kennedy to name a few. Not a shrinking violet in the bunch!

How will Your Sign

in the Year of Fire ROOSTER?.

‘Gung Hey Fat Choy’
Wishing You the Blessings of
Health, Prosperity + Peace
Judith Wendell


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Judith Wendell 212-410-1832 917-903-9390


The Metal Element – Next in the Series


METAL the 5th Element in my series on the

At this midpoint in the year-end holiday season, I thought I would complete the year with a few footnotes and the last of my 5 part series on Environmental Health and the 5 Elements.  OK this is ‘an inconvenient truth’ and not light holiday reading but one of the greatest gifts we can give one another is how to keep healthy. So read on!
But first…metal bridges
  • I must share with you that I had the most extraordinary birthday in Florence, Italy.  Yes, it was a ‘significant’ birthday (ahem). It was my first trip there and OMG! I was in heaven.  Walking through history, feeling the chi, experiencing extraordinary art, beyond fabulous food and wine.  On my own, open and free to be spontaneous and drink it all in.  It was a gift for which I am humbly grateful.
  • Chinese New Year is January 28th.  If you want to prepare for the year of the Fire Rooster, please be in touch for a consultation.  If we have worked together in the past, you will need to update your salt cures, and other adjustments.  I will be doing my yearly outlook for each of the 12 Chinese signs next month.

Continuing the discussion of the environmental challenges we face, this is the 5th in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.

In the last 4 newsletters I discussed the elements of WaterWoodFire  and Earth (catch up if you missed them).  Next up is Metal which is analogous with the fall season. Metal is the most consolidated element which in turn produces Water, the least consolidated element (and the winter season) and where we started the series.
Metal element represents the chi of ‘virtue’. To speak up for what is just, right and ethical is Metal in balance. Metal displays itself in excess as demonstrative, self-righteousness. While a very low amount of Metal chi appears in someone as shy, withdrawn or having a ‘choked’ quality. When Metal element is in balance energetically, one has the ability to complete things in a timely fashion allowing oneself to enjoy the fruits of their efforts. Balanced Metal also indicates that one has helpful people (benefactors) in their life and can manifest more when needed.

On a physical level, electronics of all kinds are related to the Metal element.  As the purpose of this series is to inform us about health and the elements let’s discuss Electromagnetic Frequencies or EMFs:

  • An appliance does not have to be turned on for an electrical field but magnetic fields are created only when the currents flows.
  • Research is not definitive, but there is evidence between EMF exposure from power lines and childhood leukemia + brain tumors.
  • Stay away from meter boxes which have very high and wide EMF fields.
  • Actually it is small electrical devices with transformers that are notorious offenders.  These include our chargers, clock radios, baby monitors, and air filters, to name a few.
  • Get a basic Gauss Meter.  Appliances with transformers have a 2-3′ range, so move them away from you…especially where you sleep!
  • Choose a bed with a wooden frame + natural fiber-filled mattress.  Iron and steel inbed frames, spring mattresses and radiators close to the bed, can all become magnetic and conduct EMFs.
Although Air is not considered one of the 5 Elements, in the Hindu system Metal is replaced by Air and air quality is a very important aspect of environmental health – so I thought I would discuss it here.  Sick Building Syndrome (SBS)is related to poor indoor air quality.  This is caused from heating, ventilation, air conditioning, out gassing, VOCs, and mold due to toxic products and hermetically sealed buildings – especially of the 60’s – ’90’s.

SBS Can Cause the Following Symptoms:

  • Headache, eye, nose, or throat irritation
  • Dry cough, dry or itchy skin
  • Dizziness, nausea, difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitivity to odors
  • Asthma
  • Changes in emotional well-being

 Common Indoor VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds):

  • Dry cleaning solvents, photocopiers, semiconductor cleaners, formaldehyde in office components, including wood + laminated furniture,shelving, wall coverings and carpet.
  • Most commercial paint companies like Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams now produce low VOC paints and have more eco-friendly lines as well.
  • There is also a growing market of organic paints, sealants, stains, and preservatives for walls, floors, and furnishings that do not out gas, and allow the environment to breathe.
  • Household cleaning products and synthetic fabrics contribute to high levels of VOCs, and here too there is a growing market of natural alternatives.

Ions are essential to life:

  • An ion is a molecule that is positively or negatively charged. Sodium, potassium, calcium, and other ions play an important role in the cells of living organisms.  Inside homes and offices, negative ions are depleted by electronic equipment, static from synthetic fabrics and from dust in the air.
  • We recognize how good we feel at the sea.  One of the reasons is that sea air is charged with negative ions. When a thunderstorm approaches, many dogs will start digging a trench in the carpet.  They sense that the balance of ions is changing.  Before a thunderstorm, the negative ions lose charge, and an excess of positive ions is generated.
  • Here are a few things we can do for ourselves:
    • Opening a window.
    • Get an air ionizer that removes smoke, dust, and some allergens and generates negative ions.
    • Fill a spray bottle with spring water and a small amount of sea salt and to spray it daily into the atmosphere .  Include a few drops of essential oil, such as lavender for relaxation or peppermint for alertness.
    • Crack open a window!  Even an opening of just a ¼ – ½ an inch will create a natural flow of air and help clean the environment.
    • Get outside as much as possible.  Obviously opening a window is not an option in a skyscraper.
OK enough said!  
Now go out there and do all your can to provide yourself 
and others with a healthy and balanced environment.  
You will be making a difference for us all.
With Blessings for the Year Ahead,  Judith
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And the World Will Live As One

Peace: And the world will live as one
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
John Lennon

Peace: And The World Will Live As One

Wishing You, Your Family, Friends & Our World,
PEACE for this Season and the Year Ahead.
OM Shanti, Judith


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The Earth Element – Next in the Series


The Earth the 4th Element in my series on the

5 Elements or Agents of Change


I hope the early the fall season has been a good time for you.  During the past week in New York the temperatures went from 82 degrees to 39, within days.  As nature starts her contraction towards winter, we too are in transition.  This is a particularly important time to pay attention to our well being by maintaining a healthy balance in our lives.
The balance of the 5 Elements in our body and on the planet is integral to health. Of all the subjects I teach, I enjoy discussing the power of the 5 Elements most. They are the design currency of feng shui.  Color, shape, material all represent the elements.
I also enjoy teaching space clearing and ritual. Working directly with unseen ‘chi’ in an environment is the shamanic aspect of feng shui.  I will be teaching Shamanic Feng Shui, February 12-19, 2017 in Nicaragua.  Please see if this week of beauty, relaxation and discovery resonates with you.
Continuing the discussion of the environmental challenges we face, this is the 4th in my series on the 5 Elements or Agents of Change and health.
In the last 3 newsletters I discussed the elements of Water Wood, and Fire (catch up if you missed them).  Next up is Earth which is analogous with what the Chinese consider the ‘mid-season’, or the time between summer and fall (and between winter and spring too) on the bagua – the feng shui template.
The Earth element represents the chi of credibility and trust.  Yin Earth is the marriage and partnership sector of the bagua and addresses receptivity.  Yang Earth is the area of the bagua representing knowledge, skillfulness and self-cultivation.

Earth Element & Environmental Concerns at Home:

Granite is an Earth element commonly used for kitchens and bathrooms – perfect for its durability, non-porosity and range of colors.
  • Cellars and basements sunk into soil over granite can become traps for radon gas, which is heavier than air. Radon can also be introduced into houses by wells drilled into granite.
  • Since radon is the #2 cause of lung cancer in the U.S., respiratory ailments are the most likely signs of radon-related distress.
  • If you have it, a professional should be hired to seal floors, walls, and ducts, create ventilation to draw radon away from the dwelling, and put protective radon-impermeable material on ground floors .
  • Radon concentration in bathrooms can be 40 times higher than in living rooms.
Another common Earth element in the home is quartz sand or silica -the raw material for commercial glass. Glass is seen in different ways for feng shui purposes.  Clear glass certainly has a watery appearance.  Colored glass can hold the energy of a particular element.  However glass is composed of earth.
  • New glass extraction and manufacturing can disfigure the environment, consume vast amounts of energy and contribute to combustion pollution
  • Recycled glass products are developing new industries and cleaning up our planet.  One such product for the kitchen is recycled glass counter tops.   It’s VOC free and it is an approved product for LEED certification.
There is so much more to add on the subject of bringing our Earth (element) back into balance.  The best place to start is in our own homes.  Using non-toxic products, reading labels, recycling, buying from companies that are aligned with your principles, all make a difference.   Especially if we are all doing it!
Next, I will complete the series of 5 Elements with Metal.  
Enjoy the Fall Foliage wherever you are!  

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Judith Wendell  212-410-1832   917-903-9390

clouds,forest, earth element

Diwali the “Festival of Lights”

diwali lights

Diwali the “festival of lights” is an ancient Hindu festival celebrated in Autumn.

Starting on the new moon Diwali heralds the dawn of a New Year as per the Indian Hindu calendar. This year it starts on the 30th of October and lasts for a 5 days.

Before Diwali night, people clean, renovate, and decorate their homes and offices. On Diwali night, people dress up in new clothes or their best outfit, light lamps and candles inside and outside their home, participate in family puja (prayers) typically to Lakshmi – the goddess of fertility and prosperity. After puja, fireworks follow, then a family feast including mithai (sweets), and an exchange of gifts between family members and close friends

The festival spiritually signifies the Victory of Good over Evil.
I am all for that…with blessings whatever your tradition, Judith

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Gratitude & Blessings for Everyone

Gratitude & Blessings for All

For those of us celebrating Rosh Hashanah & for those of us who are not, may this new season and new year be a cornucopia of blessings for you. May our gratitude and good deeds create a better world for us all.

Judith Wendell / Sacred Currents


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Sacred Currents, 11 East 88th Street, New York, NY 10128

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