Starting Uni in Times of Covid

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The Covid pandemic of 2020 has thrown the world upside down and derailed even the best laid plans. Everyone has been affected one way or another, including young people. Students and graduates were faced with exam cancellations and cancelled graduation celebrations, not knowing for months whether they would be able to go to university or not.

But now the time has come, universities worldwide have opened up again, albeit teaching on-line as opposed to the traditional face-to-face lectures.

Taking the plunge is an even bigger step this year, especially for those students who are going to study abroad, not knowing when they will be able to return home to see their families. Making new friends will also be more difficult because of the very limited interactions with fellow students. More than ever, students have to be resilient to succeed.

It seems a good time to share my top three Feng Shui tips to help your child have the best possible start in this next phase of their life and to help you, the parent, to worry a bit less:

1. Pay attention when planning your child’s travel route

Given the current travel restrictions this may be difficult but try to plan your child’s travel route according to the Kua formula. They must come from one of their good directions, preferably the “Sheng Chi” direction, to bring success with them. If there is no other way and the child needs to travel from a bad direction, then make a detour and stop in a place for a week or so before continuing the journey to the final destination, making sure the last leg is being travelled from a good direction. Obviously, potential quarantine regulations might make this impossible, in which case I would highly recommend to check the Feng Shui calendar for auspicious travel dates and use those instead.

university dormitory

2. Setting your child up with the basics:

Give your son or daughter a compass with advice/instructions how to enhance the NE and NW sectors of their new home or student accommodation.

The NE represents Education Luck and is easily enhanced with a crystal globe or a crystal point placed in the NE sector of their room. Plain, simple crystals are also helpful.

The NW is another important sector, especially at that age and stage in life when your child moves away from home, as it represents Mentor Luck and Helpful Friends. Your child can hang a metal wind chime in the NW, a picture of an inspiring person, or a picture of him/her with friends having a good time. We all want our children to do well and have good friends around them, especially when they are outside our own physical reach.

university friends

As an added protection in these times of Covid, remind your child to locate the EAST sector of their room and enhance this with a picture of nature or a botanical image to help safeguard their good health. Real plants are not recommended in a bedroom but would be excellent in the EAST of the living room, should your child share a student apartment.

Flower Painting by Clare Haxby
Flower Painting by Clare Haxby

3. Support from home

And lastly – do include your child in your home feng shui. Remember to take good care of the area that corresponds to the child according to the Pa Kua trigrams. Don’t let it stagnate. A happy family picture placed there will keep the bond strong, despite the distance.

The trigrams/sectors representing each family member are as follows:

NW – Father SE – Eldest Daughter
SW – Mother South – Middle Daughter
East – Eldest Son North – Middle Son
West – Youngest Daughter NE – Youngest Son

Best of luck to everyone!

If you would like to see some examples of how Feng Shui can further help students please read the case studies in the “Education” section or contact me.

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