Happy Chinese New Year, 2019, Year of the Pig, Good Fortune
Set Intentions for Your Life on the Chinese New Year!
What do you want (or don’t want) this year? In the Asian culture it is believed whatever you do on New Year’s Day will be what you do ALL YEAR LONG! Give that a thought – a serious thought!
To have a fabulous year be conscious of what you do all day on Chinese New Year, February 5, 2019. This is a time to set your intentions for the year you want! This is a time to focus on attracting luck and good fortune for the rest of the year.
Do you really want to be cleaning your house or paying bills? Where does your work or career fit into your desired lifestyle? Maybe today you don’t work 16 hours. Is today the day you go to the gym instead of sitting watching TV.
Nine Yellow Chrysanthemums in a Red container bring Good Luck, Abundance, and Power for the New Year
To Do’s on the First Day of the Chinese New Year of the Earth Pig (2/5/19)
These are a few traditions followed in the Asian culture.
- This is a day to pray to your God or Higher Power – giving thanks for the many blessings bestowed upon you.
- Put away all knives and scissors, so you don’t “cut off” the Good Luck coming your way.
- Start the New Year with new clothing to look your best. Budget conscious? How about new socks, tie or belt.
- Put money in a savings account to symbolize “building your wealth” this year.
- Having plenty of food in the house since it represents prosperity for the coming year.
- Red is the preferred color for clothing and decorations. Use liberally if possible.
- Rest, be gentle on the first day of Chinese New Year.
- Have oranges or tangerines to eat and give as gifts. They represent abundance, good health and joy because of the abundant juice that squirts out everywhere!
- Have lots of flowers. Yellow chrysanthemums mean wealth or gold. Orchids are for fertility and abundance. Peach and plum blossoms are for love and health.
- When visiting people, bring gifts of alcohol, flowers, fruit, sweets or tea. For children, bring red envelopes with money or sweets in them.
I wish you the Very Best Year with Many Dreams Come True!
Gung Hay Fat Choy!
GOOD-BYE TRICKY FIRE MONKEY YEAR
Was last year challenging for you? Was it fast-paced, unusually crazy, and filled with trickery to the point you were ready to revolt or revolutionize your life? Did you feel like you were putting out fires or on the verge of burnout during the year? If so, you were like most people who were experiencing one of the most interesting and, in many ways, difficult years I have seen in the last 35 years that I've been involved with Feng Shui.
A few of the reasons we experienced such turmoil had to do with the relationship between the elements of the year – fire and metal. This last year, 2016, was the Year of the Fire Monkey. If we look at the qualities of a monkey and the interface of the Five Elements we gain a better understanding of the energies that happened.
ASIAN FIVE ELEMENTS, ZODIAC ANIMALS & THEIR INTERACTION
In Asian modalities there are Five Elements. They are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. The order I gave them to you is known as the constructive or parent/child cycle since each one will "give birth" to the following element, i.e., wood (parent) gives birth to fire (child). There is a destructive cycle where wood sucks the nutrients from the earth, fire melts metal, earth dams or stops the flow of water, metal chops down wood, and water puts out fire.
Add to the mix each year we have a changing of the animal for the year. The short story about the animals and the order in which they occur is; 1) Supposedly the Emperor decided to have a party and invited all the animals, 2) He decided to name a year after each of the first 12 animals as they arrived, 3) We had the 9th in the cycle last year with The Year of the Monkey, and 4) The monkey is associated with the element metal.
Each element can be either BIG or small. As it implies, the energy can be very strong or BIG. Or it could be more subdued or small. We have the elements twice in a row with one year being BIG and the next one being small. These elements cycle through the animals. We have five (5) elements and twelve (12) animals. This mix of 5 elements and 12 animals creates a 60-year cycle (5×12=60).
Last year we had what is know as BIG FIRE and BIG METAL. As mentioned earlier, "fire melts metal," which is the conflict or destructive cycle. With both elements being BIG, the conflicts were very HEATED. Many people reached "burnout" or felt like they were constantly putting out fires.
Then we add the characteristics or qualities of a monkey. They swing from one thing to another, are playful and sometimes mischievous, and work in groups to accomplish things. Combine the energies of the elements and the monkey and you have the energies of the Fire Monkey Year to which we've just said "Good-bye!"2017 Chinese New Year with yin Rooster & Yin Fire characters
HELLO ROCKIN' FIRE ROOSTER YEAR
2017 Chinese New Year with Yin Rooster & Yin Fire characters
We are in the 15-day celebration period welcoming the Year of the Fire Rooster. It started on January 28, 2017. Before you start freaking out about the year, be assured it should be a much better year. Even though we again have fire and metal energies, instead of both being BIG, they are both small.
There may be differences in opinions, but not the heated conflict as before. Plus the rooster is more of an individual energy, strutting his stuff. We can expect more influence by individuals rather than groups in changing outcomes and achieving accomplishments. Grooming and how we look with gain attention.
Another very important aspect of the rooster is "feathering his nest." This means the home is going to regain its importance as a focal point in an individual's life. Plus the focus on our individual finances will come into play.
There are many ways to prepare and take advantage of the Year of the Fire Rooster. You can learn more about them in my MP3, Year of the Fire Rooster. I'll continue with helpful tips in my next blog, so be sure to check back soon.
This is a “Good Example of a Bad Feng Shui Entrance.” There is a tree basically in direct alignment with the front door (although from this angle it’s not obvious). The door is recessed down a long narrow walkway leaving both sides of the walkway trapped by the building on either side. There are no plants in the yard to attract or bring “good chi or energy” to this home. Although there are no weeds visible in this photo, they are starting in the mulch or bark area. The walkway to the home starts at the driveway next to the house – a very abrupt left turn leads you from the driveway to the LONG, STRAIGHT & NARROW walkway to the door. The excessive large rocks covering the land “weigh down” the energy of the front yard making the “good” energy want to leave this house in order to find good energy someplace else along the street.
As I have mentioned many times before regarding Feng Shui, the entrance to your home is one of the most important features – if not the most important feature – to consider when looking for a home with Good Feng Shui. We want the front yard to be beautiful, colorful, full of life and vitality with healthy trees and shrubs, free of weeds, an inviting walkway to the front door, an easy-to-see-from-the-street front door and an overall “welcoming” vibe to it.
Other qualities we want are:
- Meandering or curving walkways to the front door
- Walkways that start at the street, not just from the driveway.
- Have a door close to the front of the actual building, not tucked back from the front of the building.
- No building stretching out in front of the door on either or both sides – to the left and right of the door.
- The above blocks the GOOD Chi from finding the door and affects the occupants’ career options. One side blocks career options for men, the other for women.
- Mature trees, but not in direct alignment with the front door and the street.
- A cover over the doorway for protection from bad weather.
- Equal amounts of the five elements.
The five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. We want a balance of these elements in the natural world around us (as well as inside.)
- Wood = Green = Rectangles
- Fire = Red = Triangle
- Earth = Yellow = Square
- Metal = White = Circles or Half-circles
- Water = Blue or Black = Waves or Curves
Rate your front entrance using these criteria. For each one of the above qualities you have in your front yard and entrance to your home, subtract one from zero. Yes, you will have a negative number.
You’ll want to add at least one item that attracts “Good Feng Shui” for each negative item you have. Then start adding more items to create a positive number. A number around 9 or more will greatly improve the “good energy or chi” to bring you the Good Things in Life!