by Ann Covell

I just received an email from a client of mine telling me all about her wedding. I went to her home for a consultation last Valentine’s Day and she told me of her intention to get married before the year was out. And she did. The wedding took place on New Year’s Eve. Of course I credit Feng Shui. But I also know that without her awareness, intention and attention to her Feng Shui and desired outcome she may not have gotten the results she wanted. Karen walked her talk and did the necessary work to attract the love she wanted and she is reaping the benefits. I am so happy for her.

Perhaps you have a dream that you want to bring into physical reality this year. Well, the Chinese New Year is coming up and it is a perfect time to set your intentions. But you do not need the calendar to begin anew. Every moment, every day allows you to create the life you want. Every breath, every thought is a nod to change in motion. I clearly remember walking to the bay on New Year’s Day and my thoughts about resolutions. I wondered if the birds, the tree, the waves, moon and stars knew it was a new year. I don’t think so- I think that all nature is cyclical and that change is happening every moment.

But I also recognize the power of ritual and celebration and do my own version of setting intentions on the first of the year. So take a long inhale, let it out slowly and embrace the changes and the possibilities of the days ahead.

I see a lot of Feng Shui principles reflected in the Chinese New Year celebrations.

There are many ways to usher in the new lunar year. It is held mid-way between the winter solstice, the darkest point of the year, and the spring equinox, the time that we recognize spring coming back. We are moving away from the dark, yin inner expression to the time when light is beginning to shine on us. Time moves on, we look within and then we begin to spring forth again into the light. For more thoughts on this, and how we can use the bagua to journey from the dark to the light please check out this week’s blog posting.

The celebrations held on the Chinese New Year are symbolic of hope and reinforces our connection to family and those we love. So important is this connection that knives and scissors are banned from sight so the connection and love can go on without being severed. Respect for the past, for the ancestors is represented by leaving an empty place at the table for those that have passed on can energetically participate in the celebration.

Other Feng Shui principles are expressed during this time:

1. A deep house cleaning should be done before the beginning of the new year. Getting rid of clutter allows freedom from and the clearing of the past negative energies, old loves and arguments that may be holding us back from embracing the new. Once this is done, new energies and loves are free to enter. In fact, no sweeping or clearing should be done on the day of the New Year so the good fortune will not be swept away.

2. Open all doors and windows for a short time (yes, I know it is cold in many places but do the best you can) at midnight to welcome the new energy. Before the Chinese New Year is here, make sure that all doors and windows can be opened. You still have time to check for any stuck places. In Feng Shui stuck windows and doors represent blocked communication. Insuring easy openings insure open communication, perhaps the number one important factor in keeping a relationship strong, open and honest. This is true for all the doors inside your home as well. We want the loving energy to flow smoothly once it is inside the house.

3. Fill your house with fresh flowers and make sure that all your plants are happy. If they are dying, time to get rid of them. Dead and struggling plants and flowers represent dead, struggling energy and relationships. Beautiful fresh flowers and plants are symbolic of love, romance, growth, health, abundance, career recognition and expansion- everything we want to experience this year. Particularly loved by the Chinese are plum blossoms, bamboo and pine as they represent reliability, compatibility, flexibility and longevity. But many of us have our flower preference and know what it symbolizes to us and our love so follow your heart and fill your house with the blooms that will make you happy.

4. Buy oranges and tangerines. The color and scent are very energetic and seductive. To the Chinese they symbolize celebration, health and abundance. It was traditional for people to roll the oranges into the home on New Year’s Day as a symbol of abundance and happiness. When the oranges and tangerines still have their leaves it promises relationship security. Newlyweds were often given oranges still on the branch to represent the hope for children and a growing family. There are so many uses and rituals around oranges. I personally always have a bowl of oranges in my prosperity corner to represent abundance, both financially and also for loving abundance in my life.

5. There are so many more rituals but finally I would like to touch on intention. On the Chinese New Year, the ancestors are invited to join spiritually to ensure the connection between heaven and earth, but it is not a time to look back. Thoughts and conversations are focused on the moment, the day and the year to come, not on the energies of the past. What is done is done. It is a new day, a new dawn and a new beginning for you. For anauspicious beginning,smile at the first person you see and look and listen to the first song bird of the day.

Have a wonderful year. I wish you love.

Ann

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