Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The 15th day of the new year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with lantern displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
The Chinese calendar is based on a combination of lunar and solar movements. The lunar cycle is about 29.5 days. In order to "catch up" with the solar calendar the Chinese insert an extra month once every few years (seven years out of a 19-yearcycle). This is the same as adding an extra day on leap year. This is why, according to the solar calendar, the Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.
New Year's Eve and New Year's Day are celebrated as a family affair, a time of reunion and thanksgiving. The celebration was traditionally highlighted with a religious ceremony given in honor of Heaven and Earth, the gods of the household and the family ancestors.
The sacrifice to the ancestors, the most vital of all the rituals, united the living members with those who had passed away. Departed relatives are remembered with great respect because they were responsible for laying the foundations for the fortune and glory of the family.
The presence of the ancestors is acknowledged on New Year's Eve with a dinner arranged for them at the family banquet table. The spirits of the ancestors, together with the living, celebrate the onset of the New Year as one great community. The communal feast called "surrounding the stove" or weilu. It symbolizes family unity and honors the past and present generations.
Kung Hei Fat Choi! (Happy New Year!)
The Sign of the Dragon
People born in the Year of the Dragon share certain characteristics: Innovative, enterprising, self-assured, brave, passionate, conceited, and quick-tempered. The Dragons are the free spirits of the Chinese Zodiac. Restrictions blow out their creative spark that is ready to flame into life. So, they must be free and uninhibited. The Dragon is a beautiful creature, colorful and flamboyant. An extroverted bundle of energy, gifted and irrepressible, everything Dragons do is on a grand scale - big ideas and extreme ambitions. However, this behavior is natural and isn't meant for show. Because they are confident, fearless in the face of challenge, they are almost inevitably successful.
People born in the Year of the Dragon usually make it to the top. But, they must be aware of that too much enthusiasm can leave them tired and unfulfilled. They find pleasure in helping others, and you can always count on their help. Even though they are willing to assist when necessary, their pride can often impede them from accepting the same kind of help from others. Their generous personalities give them the ability to attract friends, but they can be rather solitary people at heart. Their self-sufficiency can mean that they have no need for close bonds with other people.
Dragon people tend to take thrilling risks, and burn the candle at both ends so they are fortunate to be blessed with good health. However, they can suffer bad health as a result of excess stress. Symtoms of their personalities often stem from emotional outbursts and can range from tension headaches to depression to hypertension. They can remedy these problems by maintaining their cool, implementing a routine in their daily lives, and practice meditation, Tai Chi or Yoga that soothe the mind and spirit as well as tone the body.
The Dragon is not the most domesticated of the Animal signs. So, people born in the Year of the Dragon prefer enjoying outdoor activities rather than staying at home. They are extroverts who have a deep love for nature. Their homes should be as large and majestic as their personalities, providing space for the fiery temperament or emotional eruptions that accompany their character. They have true and sincere love, which comes from the depths of their hearts.
Dragon people are quite imaginative, always able to see new paths and will take a radical approach. They have innate explorative spirit and try to succeed at one stroke. They are very adaptable and are fit for various occupations, especially if those occupations allow them to take the limelight. They work hard, but would rather give orders than receive them. They should avoid jobs that encompass too much routine, and should move toward jobs in which their self-reliance can be an asset.
People born in the Year of the Dragon like to spend money and are charitable themselves as well as with others. Many Dragon people will take big chances with their finances. It is very rare that they remain poor for long. They will always be straightforward in financial dealings and can always be trusted.
Dragon Years: 02/19/1904 to 02/03/1905 (Wood), 02/03/1916 to 01/22/1917 (Fire), 01/23/1928 to 02/09/1929 (Earth), 02/08/1940 to 01/26/1941 (Metal), 01/27/1952 to 02/13/1953 (Water), 02/13/1964 to 02/01/1965 (Wood), 01/31/1976 to 02/17/1977 (Fire), 02/17/1988 to 02/05/1989 (Earth), 02/05/2000 to 01/23/2001 (Metal), 01/23/2012 to 02/09/2013 (Water).
Famous Dragon People: Calista Flockhart, Colin Farrell, Courtney Cox, Courtney Love, Dinah Shore, Isabella Rossellini, Julia Ormond, Juliette Binoche, Reese Witherspoon, Roseanne Barr, Sandra Bullock, and Wynonna Judd.
Here are a few general conclusions from the opinions of the sages...
It is believed that those born during a year of a particular animal would inherit some of the good and bad personality traits of that animal.
a look at each animal, their major personality traits and what the prospects are
of the signs by Lillian Too and Jennifer Too
Luck of the Rat in 2012
you are a RAT you have the hidden support this year from the
Dragon, your Zodiac ally, which will help protect you from the conflicts ahead
as the energies this year are not so kind to you. It's a transformational year
for you with lasting effects into the future.
must still take care to protect yourself from the influence of the Star of
Aggressive Sword, especially if you live in an area of recent or current
political upheaval, and remember that no one is immune from the External Star of
Life Force Luck and Chi essence are weak compounded by the number 2-illness star
that flies into your astrological home direction of North. Use the proper cures
to suppress this affliction and try not to sleep in a room located in the North
or enter or leave your house or office via a North facing or North located door.
Take it easy this year and avoid physical exhaustion...bring Dragon energy into
your home for support.
find exciting opportunities coming your way in the month of April and also again
in January 2013. These are the times to engage in prosperity enhancing
activities! And be sure to learn about the two powerful amulets perfectly suited
to those of the Rat sign in our newest chapter on Spiritual Feng Shui.
find dozens of important suggestions for the Rat born in the Fortune and Feng
Shui horoscope book for 2012 - like why you need to carry a small brass mirror
at all times, why the Talisman of the Tortoise with Water Element is
particularly suitable for you and what very special deity you should invite into
your home this year.
the Rat should take it easy in 2012. Protective cures and enhancers are a must.
Welcome the image of the Dragon into your home before the year officially begins
and borrow from the strength of your astrological ally. Timing is everything-
get it right and you'll be in sync with the Dragon year!
the Rat - July 2012
born in the Year of the Rat need to be extra careful in this sixth month (July
07 - August 07, 2012). The five yellow appears in your chart bringing obstacles
into your life once more. Be careful when it comes to personal safety - this may
not be the best month to travel. Misfortune can strike in unexpected ways and
it's best to deal with this feng shui affliction using metal energy to exhaust
the earthly 5 yellow!"
Luck of the Ox in 2012
you are an OX, it's a year to build on past achievements and take
advantage of the completion star of prosperity- the number "9" star
that has flown into your home direction. Success continues to smile on the Ox
bringing auspicious luck as you start the year - but be sure to enhance the fire
element energy in the NE and keep this area well-lit.
your instincts but be aware that your inner chi levels might not meet the
physical demands of your external ambitions. The unfriendly Star of Yearly
Conflict has flown into NE1 hitting you squarely and you face the Star of Yearly
Killing directly so be ready for some nasty confrontations that may arise...but
always remember we have particular feng shui remedies to help dissolve these bad
an OX you'll find great personal enjoyment in 2012 and may experience a
happiness occasion like a new baby or marriage in the family, which is a very
good sign indeed.
life force is strong enough to see you safely through the year despite hidden
dangers and a turbulent world out there but it's a good idea to take good care
of your health...especially you Ox who are a little older. Since your chi or
spirit essence is low, we recommend that you wear anything inscribed with
mantras or sutras this year.
allies are the SNAKE and the ROOSTER...but it's the ROOSTER you will benefit
most from - so work closely with the strong and powerful Roosters in your life.
Since the SNAKE is hit with the 5-Yellow it's best to keep your distance
especially since your own chi essence is low.
the Ox in May 2012
fourth month - May 06 - June 05, 2012 is definitely a month to be very careful
as the misfortune star pays a visit making this a frustrating month for you.
Avoid embarking on new ventures this month and reschedule important events like
weddings and launch openings for a better time. Your luck is on the downswing so
go on a holiday or take a break now."
LUCK OF THE TIGER in 2012
you are TIGER born, the Dragon Year lights up your fortunes
despite the conflicts ahead. Your presence in this year's Paht Chee chart
indicates you will continue to have significant influence on the people you
connect with, both personally and professionally.
so much good news and potential for you in 2012. Your life force and chi essence
improve significantly and you will definitely benefit from this newly
strengthened energy... good health is all yours...so indulge yourself in some
challenging physical activity! Go traveling to parts of the world you have
always wanted to explore.
of goodies as success continue for you in 2012. In your astrological home
direction you sit on the Golden Deity Star, which is most auspicious and you
face the Star of the Earth Seal...you have both heaven and earth support! What
can go wrong for you? Not much with such fabulous cosmic protection!
word of advice...in this Dragon year the Universe brings transformational energy
including conflict so just be aware that there may be a few setbacks that cause
you to change direction in a project you're involved with. Listen to your inner
voice and follow your instincts since your chi essence is so good.
And be sure to learn about the powerful Wood Amulet perfectly suited to the Tiger, which should be worn close to the body to enhance success and ensure you are well protected.
LUCK OF THE RABBIT in 2012
you are a RABBIT you'll be happy to know that 2012 will be nothing
like last year when you were afflicted by the 5-Yellow...instead you'll be
steady, strong and moving with the flow this year. You can easily rise to new
challenges with confidence and a sense of well-being.
at the 24-Mountain Star energy, we find the Rabbit sandwiched between one BIG
AUSPICIOUS star and the YEARLY CONFLICT star. Be wary... because with this
quarrelsome star so close some serious misunderstandings could develop... but
thankfully the BIG AUSPICIOUS is lucky for you and promises potential for
an RABBIT you'll find great personal enjoyment in 2012 and may experience a
happiness occasion like a new baby or marriage in the family, which is a very
good sign indeed. And professionally there's no harm in making it known that
you're willing to run faster and do more than others at work...this attitude
will be of great benefit to you. Be sure to do a thorough spring-cleaning this
year as you need to flush out any remainders of stressful and harmful energy
that may be lingering from 2011 to allow fresh energy to enter.
life force is strong enough to see you safely through the year despite hidden
dangers and a turbulent world out there but it's always a good idea to take care
of your health. Happily money luck flows your way, and success luck is high. In
2012 the Rabbit's chi essence...your inner spirit is very strong. You should
stabilize it by wearing protective seed syllables as a pendant touching your
up with your seasonal partners, the Dragon and the Tiger will bring the Seasonal
Luck of Spring! This brings the Rabbit an excellent head star in good fortune
this year, and your connection with the Dragon makes the facing direction of
EAST very lucky.
LUCK OF THE DRAGON in 2012
it's YOUR year but the winds of feng shui bring possible
exhaustion on many levels with the powerfully negative five yellow star in your
astrological direction...so all Dragons need to strengthen themselves
physically, mentally and spiritually in 2012.
life force and chi essence are slightly improved over last year, which means
your overall luck won't be less than the past year...but things won't really go
your way very much either in 2012. Don't be hasty in your decisions and take
time to think things through. You'll have to keep yourself motivated when
setbacks occur and the key to getting through it all will be perseverance and
taking care of the annual afflictions properly and quickly...particularly the
nasty five yellow.
you're a Wood Dragon (48 years old) or an Earth Dragon (24 years old) things are
brighter with good money luck but you still need to be sure to update your
annual feng shui...and all dragons should strengthen their personal Chi Essence
by wearing spiritually enhancing sacred seed syllables made of
gold...particularly the HUM pendant.
presence in this year's Paht Chee chart along with the Tiger and the Rooster
brings the powerful and much-needed protective energies of three of the four
Celestial Guardians...and all homes will benefit by inviting the celestial
Tortoise as well. And the BIG AUSPICIOUS Star brought by the 24 MOUNTAINS just
next to you promises some good luck ahead...possibly in July of 2012.
word of advice...in this Dragon year the Universe brings transformational energy
including conflict and one of the most effective ways to stay safe and secure in
your world is to make and wear special magical amulets with sacred symbols.
So be sure to learn about the powerful FIRE Amulet perfectly suited to the Dragon, which should be worn close to the body to enhance success and ensure you are well protected. It is drawn as a circle, sometimes signifying the underbelly of the protective tortoise - the celestial guardian that is considered by Tibetans to be the Protector of the Universe.
LUCK OF THE SNAKE in 2012
you are a SNAKE then you'll have to contend with misfortune star
the nasty five-yellow just like your astrological housemate the Dragon...but
luckily your intrinsic element is YIN FIRE, so this will enhance your aura and
personal life force. Still, since Fire energy is missing from this year's chart
it's a good idea to invest in bright lights and lots of candles to help balance
the energies in your home.
at the 24-Mountain Star energy, we find the SNAKE sitting directly on the
Robbery Star so take precautions and safeguard your possessions, your
relationships and your position. Remember it is not just physical objects that
are often stolen from us!
addition to having the Five Yellow in your SE home location, the THREE KILLINGS
is to your left in the SOUTH. More than ever, the SNAKE needs to wear protective
amulets...you must invoke the protection of your Guardian Deity and bring forth
the empowerment of the cosmic realm. You'll find a special amulet just for the
SNAKE in our 2012 Fortune and Feng Shui horoscope book which you should keep
near you at all times to protect you from the harm and bad intention of others.
life force and Chi essence are both significantly downgraded in 2012 so things
are not as smooth as the past two years. But the good news is your health
essence is looking strong and will see you safely through the year.
all Snakes should avoid any risks - beware of con schemes which are aplenty on
the internet and wear GOLD to bring you success luck and strengthen your inner
chi. In fact, this is a year to TAKE YOUR TIME before making any decisions and
be sure to look carefully before you leap. For wealth luck wear RED, carry a red
wallet and borrow from the luck of the Rooster and Ox, your astrological allies
As a SNAKE in 2012 you must be diligent in placing the correct remedies in your home location primarily the 5-element pagoda complete with empowering mantras and embossed with the tree of life to counteract the 5 yellow star. In our 2012 books you'll find so many useful and little known hints...like why it is particularly beneficial for you to place a bright red crystal ball in the center of your home or office...and how the Wish Granting Gem Tree brings much-needed renewal chi to the Snake.
LUCK OF THE HORSE in 2012
you are HORSE born, the Dragon Year brings changes that will open
new directions for you...and happily your hidden talents will shine forth
bringing your independence and creative spirit into the open. The HORSE blends
well with the energies of this Dragon year.
ally, the TIGER is in the 2012 Paht Chee Chart...so be sure to carry your Crest
of Allies...this brings tremendous victory luck to you. In fact, pairing up with
this ally is excellent feng shui for you causing you to be more diplomatic and
less obvious and direct. Nevertheless, you must do all that is necessary to stay
your life force and chi essence are substantially reduced this year, which means
your overall luck is not as strong as last year...but it doesn't mean defeat!
You just have to work harder...and although victory doesn't come easy you are
sure-footed and can outrun others so you'll do well in competitive situations.
also not the best year to start anything new - things that you are unfamiliar
with or that are too risky. Don't go out on any financial limbs or get involved
with questionable investments. Timing is everything and the good news for the
HORSE is that there are many months when localized energy works in your favour.
You can find a description of your luck each month in the 2012 Fortune &
Feng Shui Horoscope Books.
to the stars of the 24 mountains you are up against the Three Killing stars,
which play havoc with your mental stability so you definitely need the
protection of the three celestial creatures - the Chi Lin, Fu Dog and Pi Yao to
keep the bad vibes in check.
animal sign has a particular amulet, which benefits and protects you...and yes
there is one just for the HORSE. In fact, just carrying your own horoscope book
near you will benefit you because of the power of this particular amulet. Using
incense and aroma to the cosmic protectors is a great help to you and for the
HORSE born it is recommended that you clear all bad luck during the months of
April, June, August and September (2012). This will also dispel burglary
affliction in January 2013.
sign benefits from wearing the Wood Amulet and how the symbol of the Ru Yi
embedded in a clear crystal ball brings power and attainment luck!
coming year you are better off being relaxed and taking life easy...don't try to
overanalyze things that come up...just keep an open mind. You may feel a little
"out of it" in the loud and boisterous Dragon year but never
mind...you are blessed by the number 1 star...a brilliant white star that will
help you through all kinds of difficult situations.
LUCK OF THE SHEEP in 2012
you are a SHEEP, this year brings out your aggressive nature,
which may be good for you professionally but could create unhappy adversarial
situations with associates and colleagues. You see an improvement in your
success luck as projects get completed with few obstacles blocking your way.
it's also pretty clear that you'll need to be extra careful about your safety in
2012 when we look at the 24-Mountain Star energy and find that the Sheep is
sitting directly on the Yearly Killing Star. This means you must watch your
temper and don't let your anger get out of hand especially since the Three
Killings Star is right next door.
these "killing" stars suggest some kind of loss so do place the three
celestial guardians - the Pi Yao, Chi Lin and Fu Dog in the South 3 and
Southwest 1 locations and wear protective amulets as well. Take special care in
the months of August and October.
may get stressed out and feel like your being pulled in many different
directions in 2012 and you'll be forced to choose between alternative courses of
action resulting in some tough tradeoffs. It's really a question of keeping your
anger in check and being patient...not saying things you will regret...all
coming from the number 3 star occupying your home location. You simply must
control this star and the best way to do so is to bring fresh new FIRE energy
into the SW1 location. Keep this corner brightly lit - no dim corners here
please and keep this area clutter-free.
life force is strong despite the turbulent world energies; health luck looks
pretty good (except for the 33 - year old sheep who must be extra careful) and
your WEALTH luck indicates a substantial gain of new wealth coming you
way! All in all the Sheep enjoys a stable and successful year...but your chi
essence is weak which means you should always wear the powerful protective seed
syllables either touching you or on your body...such as a pendant touching your
heart chakra or your particular amulet.
see, there is an amulet customized to each animal sign, with different Sanskrit
syllables, symbols and invocations to help subdue afflictions facing your
particular sign. It helps to protect property, business and your family and
keeps you safe from wandering spirits. The Sheep benefits from wearing the Fire
Amulet, which is also shared with other earth signs like the dog, dragon and
ox. Because the number 3 star afflicts your direction in 2012, wearing amulets
helps to pacify this afflictive energy.
LUCK OF THE MONKEY in 2012
you are MONKEY born, you are fully charged this year with plenty
of fresh new energy, vigor and vitality giving you a new sense of purpose with
the confidence you need to make the year ahead very rewarding for you.
LUCK OF THE ROOSTER in 2012
is the year of your "secret friend" the Dragon...and your close
affinity to this sign gives the Rooster a boost in vitality! There
is plenty of good luck; success and abundance are coming your way and your
personal Chi Strength and Life Force Essence are strong. Added to this is the
magical power of "8" which has also flown into your home direction.
LUCK OF THE DOG in 2012
you are DOG born...well things don't look so good. Your sign is in
direct conflict with the Dragon, the Zodiac's most powerful sign. And that's not
all - you face the Tai Sui directly! Please don't face SE this year and use the
proper remedies to appease the Tai Sui.
LUCK OF THE BOAR in 2012
you are a BOAR, your chi essence and life force are very weak in
2012 and you have some troubling issues to contend with. One way to overcome is
to be sure to carry a wealth wallet with the Crest of Friends and Allies to
attract victory luck like nothing else can while strengthening your Chi Essence
at the same time.
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In China, the New Year is a time of family reunion. Family members gather at each other's homes for visits and shared meals, most significantly a feast on New Year's Eve. In the United States, however, many early Chinese immigrants arrived without their families, and found a sense of community through neighborhood associations instead. Today, many Chinese-American neighborhood associations host banquets and other New Year events.
Year ends with the lantern festival on the fifteenth day of the month. Some of
the lanterns may be works of art, painted with birds, animals, flowers, zodiac
signs, and scenes from legend and history. People hang glowing lanterns in
temples, and carry lanterns to an evening parade under the light of the full
Remember, whatever the omens portend,
for better or worse, "you" are the final master of your own fate.
Flying Star Chart for the coming year of the Water Dragon
on how to take care of afflicted areas as well as enhance your good luck areas!
Areas that are hit with stars like the Five Yellow, Illness Star, Violent 7
Star, and hostile 3 star must be taken care of...and your enhancements to bring
much good luck and fortune should also be done for the year.
is the 2012 chart for your reference.
Print this chart and cut the sections apart and tape up in the direction as
Note: The Chinese Zodiac forecast is intended for general information and entertainment purposes only. Much like the Western Astrology characterization based on the Sun signs, the twelve Chinese Zodiac animals describe broad cycles of influences that are thought to affect people born during certain times of the year. Other factors, such as the finer details of the person's astrological chart, education, cultural and environmental influences, feng shui, unconscious beliefs, conscious intentions, etc., determine any final outcome.
60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar
Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals. Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.
Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
Superstitions and Taboos of Chinese New Year
The entire house should be cleaned before New Year's Day. On New Year's Eve, all brooms, brushes, dusters, dust pans and other cleaning equipment are put away. Sweeping or dusting should not be done on New Year's Day for fear that good fortune will be swept away. After New Year's Day, the floors may be swept. Beginning at the door, the dust and rubbish are swept to the middle of the parlor, then placed in the corners and not taken or thrown out until the fifth day. At no time should the rubbish in the corners be trampled upon. In sweeping, there is a superstition that if you sweep the dirt out over the threshold, you will sweep one of the family away. Also, to sweep the dust and dirt out of your house by the front entrance is to sweep away the good fortune of the family; it must always be swept inwards and then carried out, then no harm will follow. All dirt and rubbish must be taken out the back door.
Personal Appearance and Cleanliness
On New Year's Day, we are not suppose to wash our hair because it would mean we would have washed away good luck for the New Year. Red clothing is preferred during this festive occasion. Red is considered a bright, happy color, sure to bring the wearer a sunny and bright future. It is believed that appearance and attitude during New Year's sets the tone for the rest of the year.
Children and friends, as well as close relatives are given lai
see, little red envelopes
with Chinese Coins or crisp one dollar bills inserted, for good fortune.
Bringing In the New Year and Expelling the Old
Shooting off firecrackers on New Year's Eve is the Chinese way of sending out the old year and welcoming in the New Year. On the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, every door in the house, and even windows, have to be open to allow the old year to go out.
New Year Activities Set Precedent
All debts had to paid by this time. Nothing should be lent on this day, as anyone who does so will be lending all the year. Back when tinder and flint were used, no one would lend them on this day or give a light to others.
Everyone should refrain from using foul language and bad or unlucky words. Negative terms and the word "four" (Ssu), which sounds like the word for death, are not to be uttered. Death and dying are never mentioned and ghost stories are totally taboo. References to the past year are also avoided as everything should be turned toward the New Year and a new beginning.
If you cry on New Year's day, you will cry all through the year. Therefore, children are tolerated and are not spanked, even though they are mischievous.
More New Year Superstitions
For those most superstitious, before leaving the house to call on others, the Almanac should be consulted to find the best time to leave the home and the direction which is most auspicious to head out.
The first person one meets and the first words heard are significant as to what the fortunes would be for the entire year. It is a lucky sign to see or hear songbirds or red-colored birds or swallows.
It is considered unlucky to greet anyone in their bedroom so that is why everyone, even the sick, should get dressed and sit in the living room.
Do not use knives or scissors on New Year's Day as this may cut off fortune.
While many Chinese people today may not believe in these do's and don'ts, these traditions and customs are still practiced. These traditions and customs are kept because most families realize that it is these very traditions, whether believed or not, that provide continuity with the past and provide the family with an identity.
FENG SHUI NEW YEAR
It's important to start the New Year off on a positive, hope-filled note. This can include everything from stocking the refrigerator to clearing out old junk from the closets.
To greet the New Year,
set aside a couple of hours to give your house, bedroom, or office a New Year
Blitz. Just remember, you are inviting a very special guest to your house: the
Take the list below in hand and check off the items one by one! Are you ready? Then, let's get ready for a new year! Remember to get everyone in the house in on the act.
OUT WITH THE OLD!
1. De-clutter. Grab a laundry basket. Next, set a timer and take it with you from room to room. Set it for five minutes. Now, start throwing out old papers, magazines, empty bottles of shampoo from the bathroom, old clothes you know you'll never wear again! Do it. Got CDs you never listen to? Throw those out or donate them to charity. Have some old coffee mugs that don't match, or odd drinking glasses still hanging around in your cabinets? Pitch 'em. When in doubt, throw it out. Don't forget to look under the bed, too! And toss that lipstick you haven't worn in two years! Remember to clean out the pantry, and toss that half-empty box of Rice Krispies that's gone stale.
2. Sweep or vacuum. Get the old energy out by making the floors clean.
3. Do the laundry. Don't have dirty clothes hanging around. You can throw in a load or two while you declutter. Be sure to fold and put the clean clothes away.
4. Clean the bathroom. Make it sparkle. You don't want a nasty mess to greet the next year of your life!
5. Empty all trashcans. Don't want last years' trash hanging around, do you? Toss, toss, toss.
6. Clean out the refrigerator. Got a half-empty jar of apple butter? Get rid of it. You don't want to go into the New Year with old food or a moldy science project lurking in the fridge.
7. Clear out visual clutter. Too much stuff everywhere? Clear off the counters in the bathrooms and kitchen. Clear off your desk and dust it. Pitch the sticky notes and papers and things taped everywhere! You can do it. Don't forget the refrigerator! Make it a blank slate. Make as much space as possible. You cannot bring in new things if there is no room for it and we want a fantastic year, right? Then make your space "open" for the abundance of the New Year!
8. Yard work. Make sure the yard is picked up and the front door step is swept and clear.
9. Change the sheets and towels. Put clean sheets on all the beds on New Year's Eve and clean towels in the bathroom and kitchen. New sheets are even better.
10. Clean the car. This is what gets you around during the year. Drive through a car wash, take out the trash and do a quick cleaning.
All done? Wow, doesn't that feel good! Now you're ready for the next step.
IN WITH THE NEW!
1. Fill your pantry and kitchen. Stock the refrigerator with food and make sure the pantry is also stocked. It's bad feng shui to have an empty refrigerator and pantry. If you have canisters in the pantry or on the countertops, be sure to fill these.
2. Got citrus? Oranges are excellent symbols for the New Year and the Chinese often celebrate the New Year by rolling oranges (symbols of gold) into the house. Place a big bowl of oranges in the living room or central location in the house next to dishes of nuts or candies to symbolize an abundant, fruitful home.
3. Buy a new plant. Put a beautiful new plant in the East (health & family relationships) sector of your house or office to symbolize a healthy beginning. You can also display some beautiful flowers here to symbolize your good health in the coming year.
4. Welcome good news. Place a golden bell in the NW corner of your home, office, or bedroom to bring good tidings from helpful people. Like old school bells? If so, place one of these in the NW corner of your yard for good news from helpful people.
5. Hang up new calendars. What better way to greet the New Year than by throwing out the old one? Take down all of last year's Calendars.
6. Fill your wallet. You don't want to go into the New Year with an empty wallet. Even ten $1 dollar bills is enough to put a bulge in your purse!
7. Invite a toad to your house. Place an old, broken clay pot upside down next to a water spout so a toad can make its home here. Toads are believed to invite money into the household; they're especially nice by the door. You can also place figurines of toads by the door.
8. Feed the birds. Birds are excellent feng shui and believed to bring good news. Fill your feeders or put out a feeder for the New Year.
9. Have fun and celebrate. Fun is good feng shui. A happy vibrant home or space is a good space. And a home or office with good feng shui is easy to spot: it's the one where everyone goes and doesn't want to leave! Make your space that kind of place!
(c) Kathryn Weber, reprinted, with permission, from the Red Lotus Letter. Kathryn Weber is a certified feng shui master practitioner in traditional Chinese feng shui and is the publisher of The Red Lotus Letter, the Web's largest weekly feng shui e-zine.
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