8 ways to know the personality of your house

Anita at the Taj Mahal in India

Your address is the key to your castle.  Matching the house number with your personality trait, gives you the WOW factor. For example, if your neighbor just jetted in from Buenos Aires and is keeping you awake with their all-night Jacuzzi party chances are they live in a #5 House which is perfect for a jet-set world traveler who likes to entertain. The family down the street with the bubbly Buddha fountain and Zen koi pond probably lives in a #7 house which is about spiritually and things that money can’t buy. Knowing your house number is the key to personal nirvana.

Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have two adjoining properties in Aspen with house numbers 4 and 3. While Goldie’s house is a super creative #3, Kurt’s house is #4 which grounds a famous person. Kevin Costner’s Aspen lake house is #6 which is about being of service to others. When he and his family do things that help and enlighten others he taps into the energy of that house.

My clients Supermodel and CEO Miranda Kerr and husband Evan Spiegel founder of Snapchat live in #7 spiritual house which may be one of the reasons Miranda is so open to spirituality. We sprinkle crystals she gets from me everywhere. Her Kora Organics collection is based on a very high vibrational premise in alignment with a #7 home.

While actor/singer Ashely Tisdale and her husband musician Christopher French live in a #4 grounding home, perfect for their fast-paced lifestyle. When Ashley gets home after a long day on the TV set of her new comedy “Carol’s Second Act” with Patricia Heaton, she needs a sacred retreat to anchor her and that is what a #4 house provides.

To determine what energy your house or office holds take the house number test yourself. Add up the numbers of your address until they reduce into a single digit. For example: 12310 = 7 or 1741 = 13 = 4.  If you live in an apartment or condo the address of the building affects you, but your unit number is more important. What is closest to you affects you the most.

1 – single person

#1 is about new beginnings.  This house is perfect for being single and starting something new. It holds the energy of a new phase of your life, new career, new family, or new venture. Relationships and partnerships will be challenging because #1 is about soaring solo. To balance the yin and yang in your life, decorate with pairs of things (and I don’t mean pears, the fruit.) Live here by yourself and use this time to fire up your reputation.

If you live in a #1 house, make sure you get out and about.

2 – couples

#2 is about partnerships.  Whether it is romance or business, #2 is about the dance of duality and being in sync with your partner. This house holds the energy for newlyweds and couples who can’t get enough of each other. Starting a new relationship or rekindling an existing one will be easier. If you find yourself cozying up in front of the roaring fireplace and being lovey dovey too often, make sure to get out and socialize.

If you live in a #2 house share the love and invite friends over and entertain.

3 artists

#3 is a house full of creativity.  The artist in all of us needs a place for creativity to soar and this is a house where you are most likely to find an art studio, performing stage, or music room. Creative spirit comes in many forms, so if you live in a #3 house you need to honor your artistic side. Recognizing a #3 house is easy because it will be the kooky neighbor down the street with the garden gnomes, pink flamingos, and flowering garden. It can also be the house with exotic Halloween or Christmas decorations. That neighbor will be the filmmaker, writer, painter, musician, professor, and it might be you. 

If you live in a #3 house have fun, but don’t get too far out.

4 – stars

#4 house grounds a famous person or someone in the public eye. Whether you are the star of stage and screen, the CEO of a large corporation, or the star of your own life a #4 creates a solid base camp from a busy and hectic life. You will most likely have star quality and your home is your get away for balance and stability. This is a perfect retreat from a pressure-filled day from living in the spotlight. #4 will ground and focus your energy.

If you live in a #4 house it will keep you stable and secure.

5 – party people

#5 is for jet-setter travelers who like to entertain. Like the fingers on your hand, #5 is a handful. This is an active house where something exciting is always going on. These folks just got back from a safari in Nairobi, biking in Vietnam, or shopping in Dubai. This house holds the energy of those who love to travel and celebrate life and if they are friends of yours you will be invited to join the festivities. They are tireless party animals who are in and out of town constantly. A #5 business will be buzzing with activity and a super fun place to work. Since #5 is all about looking forward to what tomorrow may bring, make sure to leave time and energy for what needs to be taken care of today.

If you live in a #5 house be ready for plenty of spontaneous parties and unusual adventures.

6 – nurturers

The essence of #6 is being of service others. This is the perfect house for doctors, lawyers, healers, waiters, personal trainers, hair dressers, designers, Realtors, or therapists. Anyone who dedicates their life to being of service to others benefits greatly from the loving support of a #6 house. If you are about giving back in one form or another, your life will have purpose and meaning. Make sure to take time out to recharge your own battery or you will give and give and have nothing left for anyone else.

If you live in a #6 make sure to give back to yourself as well.

7 – spiritual folks

#7 is associated with spirituality and inner strength. This is a home that brings out the spiritual contemplative side to people. It is the most challenging number because it is about things that money can’t buy. If you live in a #7 house you need to concentrate more on who you are in the world and less on material abundance. If you are fulfilling your purpose, the money will come. Decorate with Buddha statues, crystals, magical candles, or whatever has special meaning to you. Meditate on your life and fill your home with spirit.

If you live in a #7 house your world will be filled with spirit.

8 – money-makers

#8 is best for prosperity and gaining material wealth.  In Chinese culture, the number 8 is associated with wealth. If you are lucky enough to live in this house, it will be easier to draw money towards you and hold that money in. For business leaders and entrepreneurs, this is an extremely profitable number to have. Keep in mind that money cannot buy happiness. Stay balance and try not to focus on material gains to excess. A happy life is a balanced life.

If you live in a #8 house it will be easier for you to hold in your wealth.

9 – great for everyone

#9 is the ultimate number because it holds the energy of all the other numbers.  If you add numbers 1-8 together and reduce them to a single digit you get 9.  This is the highest number in humanitarianism and is the most auspicious house or office. It tends to be a balanced environment and you will be prone to thinking high thoughts and be able to reach once considered unattainable goals. The energy of this house will allow you to complete things and resolve old issues. Congratulations if you live in #9!

If you live in a #9 house, you hold all the energy of life.

Anita Rosenberg is an International Feng Shui and BaZi Chinese Astrology Expert. She lives and works in Los Angeles at the corner of Hollywood and Vine. For more information and to shop at the Good Karma Shop go to: www.AnitaRosenberg.com. Follow Anita on FB and Instagram at Anita Rosenberg Studio.


Tea Time

Tea Time in Taiwan
tea time in Luang Prabang, Laos 2016

Tea is a way of connecting. Drinking tea is one of my favorite rituals.

You might call me a “tea snob” because I have come to love tea and am pretty picky about it too. It wasn’t always this way. Years ago I attended a tea event at my friend’s chic tea import store on La Brea in Los Angeles. Owner Gail Baral was my guide to all-things tea. How to make it, what to eat with it, and which countries did it come from. I got hooked. Drinking tea all day works for me because the buzz from tea is a smooth uplifting constant as opposed to coffee which can be a roller coaster of ups and downs. At least, that was how Gail explained it to me many years ago.

I learned to brew loose leaf tea. I studied different tea regions like Darjeeling in India and Ceylon in Sri Lanka. I enjoy a strong black Aasam tea during the day and calming Chinese green tea in the evening. More importantly I experienced tea rituals through global travels.

In Europe, it is common to add milk. This came about because in the early days of tea arriving from the East India Trading Company it was low quality so milk made it taste better. The highest quality was super expensive and saved only for the rich. Today in India adding milk is the norm. Usually it is a hot steamed milk or even ground spices are added calling it masala tea. BTW did you know that the word chai means tea, so when you ask for a chai tea, you are asking for tea tea?

Chester and me in India drinking street tea 2007

What really took me over the edge understanding tea was when my friend in London, Pete Hendricks, suggested I read one of his favorite books, “For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the World’s Favorite Drink and Changed History” by Sarah Rose. Based on journal notes and historic events of Scottish botanist Robert Fortune who was sent to steal the crop from deep within China and bring it back to British plantations in India, it reads like adventure fiction. The odyssey of this tall Scottish man who went undercover in 1848 pretending to be from Northern China (because Northern Chinese are taller) is a fascinating read. One of my favorite books.

tea time at the Fairy Cave in a remote area of Taiwan 2016

The art of negotiating always takes on a tea component throughout Asia, especially in Bali. Traveling to the small craft town Tenganan in East Bali with my friend Robert in 2000 I witnessed a master class. Tenganan is famous for beautiful baskets handmade according to ancient techniques with a smokey scent. They are said to be so sturdy they last a hundred years. Robert was there to purchase baskets for a client in Sweden. When we reached the village I stood back to watch him work his magic. Like the ancient art of tea, the ancient art of shopping has important lessons too. Don’t talk business before making friends and sharing a cup of tea. Bicker about the price then have another cup of tea. Finally, meet in the middle so everybody walks away happy. And then of course there’s a final cup of tea to seal the deal.

me in Tenganan, Bali being followed by a water buffalo 2001

If you are already a tea drinker, enjoy. If not, maybe you will give it a try. I have found tea to be so much more than a hot drink and it’s always “tea time!” My favorite new find is Steven Smith Tea from Portland. Their flavor combinations is superb whether loose leaf or sachets. Try Mao Feng Shui or Portland Breakfast! Cheers!

tea time in Denver 2019

Outlander Tour of Scotland

Castle Leoch kitchen on the set of Outlander (left) and me at Doune Castle where they shot

I wasn’t planning on an “Outlander” Tour of Scotland. Admittedly, I am obsessed with the series, yet I did not plan any “Outlander” visits while on my summer birthday bucket list trip in June 2019. But the moment our (I went with my 16 year old nephew) tour guide picked us up in Edinburgh and we headed to the Highlands of Scotland for five days, he knew. He just knew he should alter the itinerary and take me to OUTLANDER!

While in the Medieval City of Edinburgh, our guide there included a pit-stop to Bakehouse Close where Jamie and Claire were reunited 20 years after their separation. A “close” is an alleyway off the main Royal Mile road that leads to private property and were once gated and closed to the public. To this day, they remain frozen in time which is why they used Bakehouse Close as Jamie’s Print Show of 1700s Edinburgh. I stood on a step with no clue that when I would go home and re-watch the series, I would be standing on the same steps where Claire could be seen entering A. Malcolm print shop.

Bakehouse Close in Edinburgh (left movie scene) (right me on same steps)

Our Highlands guide David Campbell gave me a map “Outlander – Visit the Scottish Locations as seen in the hit TV series.” I poured over each and every location on that map. We only had time to visit a few. First was Linlithgow Palace where they shot Wentworth Prison. In the center of the haunted ruins of Linlithgow was a magnificent fountain built by James V in 1538. Fed by underground water, when Bonnie Prince Charlie visited in 1745 it was made to flow wine. I couldn’t quite figure out which scenes were shot there. Maybe the creepy haunted narrow hallways.

Next we stormed Doune Castle where they shot Castle Leoch for months. The interior isn’t much, but the grounds and exterior courtyard is energetically exciting. You can really imagine castle life in those days. As an intuitive, I liked this happy castle. It talked to me and let me know that shooting the show brought back a life it had lost for centuries. The castle was pleased so many visitors were taking an interest in it. Doune was a bit lost for a long time and now it had been found again. Castle Leoch was the fictional home to Colum MacKenzie and his clan in the 18th c. Misty and moody, I loved this castle visit.

Me and nephew Will at Doune Castle where they re-created a village for Outlander (left)

The 3 Sisters Mountain in Glen Coe is a highlight of the Highlands visit. Majestic world-famous Scottish landmark with high mountain peaks, ridges and rushing waterfalls. The opening credits were shot here as well as a few horse riding scenes. How could it not? Breath-taking scenery.

Glen Coe Highlands – (left) opening Outlander credits (right) out car window

The magic of the movies never gets old to me. It’s always exciting and illuminating and pings at my heart. If you make it to the Scottish Highlands and are a fan of Outlander, you must visit ALL the spots where they shot. Tell your tour guide!

Be A Star

Life is a movie and you are the star.

Your story is your screenplay, told from your point of view, and only you can write that script. It can be a rom-com, action-adventure, docudrama, or whatever you make it. The main thing is that it’s your story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, but not necessarily in that order. Friends are your cast of characters and lovers, your co-stars. “Hitting your mark” which is the term for the X drawn on the ground where the camera focuses and lighting is set, is crucial. If you miss your mark, you may appear a blurry dot in the dark. You want to be in the spotlight.

Even if you don’t want to be an actor, or know nothing about the entertainment business, the same rules of film-making can apply to any business, and especially a career in the arts. Navigating the film industry taught me invaluable tools for deal-making, building solid relationships, being authentic and using my voice to stand my ground.

What I learned is that stars illuminate every profession, industry and community. There are superstars in sales, star healers, musicians, artists, writers, business owners, entrepreneurs and even star friends and family. Successful people have “star power” and you need to know what that is and how to get it.

This is the subject of my new book (currently seeking an agent) and I can’t wait to get it out there for you. Stay tuned….

Get Feng Shui’d

Seeing the world through “Feng Shui Eyes” is not about moving your couch (although sometimes it’s helpful) or spending a lot of money. Feng Shui fairy dust cannot  be sprinkled to make you instantly successful, popular or rich. What Classical Chinese Feng Shui can do is tap into positive and auspicious Qi or life-force energy in your environment so you live and work in a place that is supportive. Life is better with great Feng Shui.

TOP 10 FENG SHUI TIPS:

It Takes Two To Tango

Spice up your love life with the duality of pairs

Cover Televisions when not in use

Televisions and computers emit unhealthy energy

Bring out the Welcome Mat

Opportunity knocks at the front door

Light my Fire

Balance the fireplace with a mirror over the mantel

Always sit in the Power Position

No one wants their back to the door

Art that Inspires

Lift your spirits with positive artwork

Romance the Bedroom

Bedrooms are private sanctuaries and passionate playgrounds

Treat yourself to Flowers

Fresh flowers bring prosperity

Hang art Feng Shui Style

Break the heaven and earth line

Family Wall of Fame

Qi gets stuck in long hallways, stir it up with a family wall of fame

For more information or to schedule your personal Feng Shui consultation contact Anita at www.AnitaRosenberg.com

Let’s Make Magic

Spirit begins with prayer and what  better way to speed up that communication then lighting incense. Smoke is the vehicle that dispatches your wishes and dreams to the universe,

Incense is a powerful tool dating back 6000 to 8500 years to ancient Hindu texts or Vedas. The trend took off spreading to Greece and Rome when Babylonians wafted incense sticks during prayers. Did you know that peddlers along the Silk Route turned incense sales into big business when various techniques, multiple flavors, and a variety of styles became accessible?

The famous trade route changed its name to the Incense Route.

Incense Quick Tips:

  1. sends prayers to the universe
  2. pays homage to a temple or church
  3. blesses a sacred space
  4. used as an offering to a shrine or deity
  5. cleanses energy
  6. creates relaxing environment
  7. powdered incense is used for magic
  8. buy best quality with highest integrity

 

 

 

Sacred Stuff

me with monk in Cambodia

Golden Ganesh and the Monk of Ta Prohm

My Ganesh dharma began in Cambodia.

It was at the mysterious overgrown temple of Ta Prohm where I received my first Ganesh statue. I met the wizend monk who sweeps the steps to ensure the gods will have safe passage up the steep and narrow stairways. I bought a bamboo cowbell from him and he posed for a photo.

“He protects travelers and will help you find your way,” he told me as my guide translated. A sort of golden light washed over me in that moment,and then the monk was gone and I began to wonder…

why did he think I was lost?”

 

Temple Hopping

I have opened the portal to a more spiritual way of being in the world
and there’s no going back only forward.

This past year I chased meridian spots all over Taiwan. A meridian spot is a Feng Shui portal of energy that directly links to the universe. They are quite difficult to find. Only a Feng Shui master can locate such powerful energy. So, my Feng Shui teacher and mentor Joey Yap led a spiritual excursion to Taiwan so we could all experience this powerful energy and shift our Qi. It truly changed me and I had no clue it would happen.

The idea of finding your own quiet space in time in the midst of city noise and people chatter is so important. You can find it in a remote mountain village outside Taipei or you can even create it within your own home. I suggest a focal point of energy in your home with a shrine or altar. It doesn’t have to have religious or cultural, it just has to be your personal space of meaning and empowerment. Start a morning ritual of prayer and focus. I like to light incense, sit with my back to the Qi Men Dun Jia direction of the day (you can get this information from my Google Calendar I created) and do a brief meditation to set your intentions of the day. For an added boost I surround myself with highly charged sentient quartz crystals for protection. Then I seal this energy in with a finger snap and go on with my day.

After my week in Taiwan I continued temple hopping in Laos which was on my bucket list. I had gotten the hang of lighting incense (my hair smelled like sandalwood for months) and saying prayers and Laos offered some of the most magical spots although not meridian spots. One of my favorite temples was actually a large cave along the Mekong River. The sacred Pak Ou Cave (above) is home to a thousand Buddha statues and it is here where fishermen have placed all sizes of statues made from wood, metal, plaster and even plastic over many decades for good fortune. The shrine pictured above is only the small altar, the cave is amazing and a must-see if you are in Laos.

 

 

 

Everyday Spirituality

Jain Temple in India

What I have learned from trips to China, Southeast Asia and India is that they have an innate understanding that everything is connected. Life is full of spirit. Sacred objects, ritual and meditation are their daily routine. Everyone has at least one shrine or altar and possibly more. Buddha and Quan Yin greet their guests in China. Lakshmi and Ganesh remove obstacles in India. Incense is wafted everywhere. Dragons are power symbols and Lucky Cats bring good fortune to businesses. To me, it’s about living every day in a spiritual way.

Here I am above at the famous Jain Temple in India. I had been sporting a bindi dot on my forehead since I arrived and it was not easy keeping it on. I tended to forget I had it and smeared it across my face hourly as sweat dripped down my face from the extreme heat of the desert. One of my favorite rituals throughout India was getting a red string tied around my wrist that came along with a priest blessing and a red dot on my forehead that I got from anyone willing to give me one. I also bought a packet of decorative bindi dots. And a lady at lunch one day gave me her packet of glittery bindi dots, seeing as I was so into them. Some folks can pull them off. I am not sure I am one of those. But I loved them anyway.

 

 

 

 

BaZi Whispering

fortune telling in Agra, India

BaZi Chinese Astrology is not fortune telling or a psychic reading. It is an ancient practice based on a person’s birth chart. Originally it was used to personalize your Feng Shui. We still work with it like that today, only now it is also a stand-alone tool for movers and shakers throughout Asia and now in the West. BaZi Destiny Consultations are one of my specialties. Successful people have coaches, spiritual people have Cosmic Coaches.

When I was in India I just had to have my fortune told. They have different methods based on their traditions and this master above did palm reading as well as looked at my Vedic Astrology. I booked an appointment with him at my hotel in Agra, right after my sunrise visit to the Taj Mahal and before glam dinner at the Oberoi Agra. I love the magnifying glass on the table that he used to view the lines on my hand. He was lovely, but I don’t remember what he told me. I just remember it was an experience!

When you book a consultation with me on your BaZI be prepared to roll up your sleeves and get to work on yourself. Set goals. Focus on plans. Get real with who you are, why you are here, and what you want to accomplish. This is not airy fairy fortune telling! Namaste.