HAPPY NEW YEAR (Again)!
February 10th marks the official beginning of the Chinese New Year (the second new moon after the Winter Solstice). We are getting ready to enter the Year of the Water Snake – another year of changes and transitions.
In the Chinese culture, the snake represents wisdom and knowledge – not quite the same frame of reference we have for the snake in our Western society. The snake is all about shedding its skin and starting fresh. What a great focus to have this year as a lot of us continue to shed old habits, attitudes, situations and beliefs that no longer serve us.
What have you decided to release from your life this year? What new choices are you making? Consider all areas of your life – financial, health, relationships, business/career, spiritual. This is the year to finally clear things up and let things go.
Here are a few suggestions to implement before February 10th, in order to fully enjoy this second New Year:
Take time to get focused and develop a plan. Be cautious and deliberate, rather than impulsive, about your choices this year. Water Snake energy brings with it deep, personal reflection and transformation. It is time to be still and really listen to your intuition, and then follow it.
Get your house in order. Wash, dust and vacuum old, stale energy away (or any bad luck energy from the prior year), so you can welcome in fresh, new vibrant energy. Pay particular attention to your kitchen, which is the heart of your home’s prosperity, and where your family receives its nourishment. Make sure all burners are clean, working well, and ALL are used regularly. Keep counter tops clean and uncluttered. Check your refrigerator and toss or use up all leftovers (including the last bits of condiments and salad dressings), then give it a good cleaning.
All areas of your home count in the organizing process. True, it may not be seen often, but clutter is clutter and closets, garages, attics and basements do affect your energy flow. Release the excess or it will continue to drag you down in 2013!
Energize your front entrance and kitchen. Place a new colorful WELCOME mat outside the front door. Put out a bowl of fresh oranges or tangerines on your kitchen table or counter – these hold the energy of prosperity since the Chinese words for orange and tangerine sound like wealth and luck, respectively. Place a fresh bouquet of a combination of white, orange and yellow flowers on your dining table, a living display of all 5 elements in Feng Shui. Keep them only as long as they look fresh and healthy.
Energize your personal finances. Every New Year, I change out my old wallet for a new red or purple one. A fresh, new wallet re-energizes the thought of financial prosperity. This is a wonderful tradition I have shared with clients and friends with positive results! This year, you can add gold to the choices – a color that always represents wealth – and the Metal element supports Water! As an additional affirmation of abundance – keep a $20, $50 or $100 bill tucked away in your new wallet, as a reminder that you always have extra funds. Use the highest denomination possible and if it happens to get used, replace it quickly.
Consider the Chinese New Year a do-over bonus! If you’re frustrated because you’ve already fallen down on your January 1st New Year’s resolution(s), re-focus, re-energize and consider this your second chance. You still have a whole new year ahead of you!
Gung Hey Fat Choy! “Wishing you Prosperity and Wealth!”