Feng Shui has brought many cultural traditions and ceremonies I love with one of my favorites being the celebration of the Chinese New Year, especially the distinctions between the animals and the elements associated with each year. Today is the beginning of the Year of the Fire Monkey (February 8, 2016) and with it certain characteristics the monkey possesses.
Each year I research what the year might bring and share with my clients through my yearly teleseminar what to expect in as positive a way as possible in spite of the sometimes “dome and gloom” predicted by some. This year is no different, except I wanted to twist it around to make it exciting and encouraging.
Positive Qualities of the Monkey
As a spiritual coach as well as a Feng Shui Master, I’ve learned our future is determined by our mental outlook. As an entrepreneur I look at the potential to create in each year – what are the qualities most supportive for growth in my business during the year.
Here are some of the equalities associated with Monkey Years that can easily be utilized by business people and other professions for creative endeavors: Innovation, revolution, risking it all, health, grooming, exercise, environments, fitness and trickery. I include trickery in the form of fun and mischievous. Just be on the lookout for “get-rich-quick” schemes.
Qualities of Fire
There are five elements in the Asian tradition used in things like acupuncture and Feng Shui. They are wood, fire, earth, metal and water. These elements rotate through the Yearly Animals of which there are 12 to form a 60 year cycle (12 years x 5 elements = 60 different possible combinations).
Some of the characteristics of fire are fast moving, able to jump from one area to the next, smolders then explodes, igniting spark, warming and fuel to cook. Hence, these two properties – fire and monkey come together to create an interesting mix of risk-taking, innovation, revolution and ADD.
How these work together
Be prepared for wonderful opportunities to come, yet leave just as quickly if you don’t act on them. Have a plan mapped out that you would like to take, and what risks you are willing to take, in order to achieve this outcome. Know that you probably won’t be taking that road, but since you have thought it through, you can act on opportunities that might move you closer to your goal.
Fire consumes paper. If you have clutter, definetely get rid of it so you don’t get caught in the flames or get burned by it. It is possible to have more burnout during “fire” years since there is more drive associated with this element than the others.
Clutter – A Must to Remove Or You Can Get Caught in the Fire!
Clutter can trap you in a blazing inferno. Remove all possibilities of this occurring by de-cluttering and organizing your home and office.
Let the fire in your heart (passion),
Light the path you are to take this year.