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Don't Tread on Me ~

Americans favored the rattlesnake as a symbol even before the Revolution. Many felt the rattlesnake was a good example of America's virtues. Patriots argued that "it is unique to America; individually its rattles produce no sound, but united they can be heard by all; and while it does not attack unless provoked, it is deadly to step upon one." Thus the slogan: Don't Tread on Me.


Believed to be the first Flag of the Marines of the Continental Navy. This coiled snake was painted on the drums of early Marines.

In 1751 Benjamin Franklin suggested that as a way to thank the Brits for their policy of sending convicted felons to America, American colonists should send rattlesnakes to England.  But now I'm getting off message and I don't want to give people any ideas.

I was upset to see that the Presidential Seal was on the carpet of the Oval Office.  Thus everyone who visited was symbolically wiping their feet on The Office of the President.  In Feng Shui it is considered bad luck to put your name or the name of your business on the floor.  I cringe every time I go to someone's home and have to wipe my shoes on their name. Even the word Welcome causes me to shiver.  Anything you value - a special flower or emblem and especially your name should be in a place of honor and never on the floor where it can be stepped on. In many ways Feng Shui is common sense.  I often wonder what Asian guests think when they visit President Obama in the Oval Office.

Tip:  Keep a bowl of fruit on your dining room table.  If it's fresh fruit make sure to throw it out at the first sign of spoilage. This symbolizes abundance as prosperity was measured by having more than enough food to eat. You may also use wooden or ceramic fruit as it is the symbolism that is important and make sure that it is reflected in the dining room mirror.

Taboo: Never just stuff you cash in your wallet as it shows a lack of respect for money.  Smooth out the bills even arranging them in order.  If you do not respect what you have it will be difficult to acquire more.


Great article Mary! I am going to add some fruit to my dining room table when I get home. Keep the tips and taboos coming!

Your articles are SO interesting and informative. The past three have been GREAT..can't wait to read your next one! Your tips and taboos show that you are not only extremely knowledgeable, but humorous! Best wishes in this new endeavor, Mary.

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Mary Chamberlain, LAc.

I started out in New York City as an actress. Eventually I went behind the camera as a television producer and traveled the world producing commercials and staging large events like Avon’s 100th Birthday. Through my travels I developed a love for all things Asian especially the art and science of Feng Shui. When I worked for NBC on the Olympics in Seoul, Korea I decided then that I would study Acupuncture. I went back to school to earn my Masters in Oriental Medicine and become a licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. From Oriental Medicine to Feng Shui there is so much ancient wisdom to share - where better than in the city of the Healing Springs.