January 23, 2012 begins the Year of The Dragon (more specifically the Year of The Water Dragon). The dragon is the mightiest of all the Chinese zodiac signs and the only mythical one. Originally, the dragon represented the emperor & power. In modern times, it is the ultimate auspicious symbol signifying success & happiness! This year holds the potential to breathe life-shaping fire into it – a year full of energy & vitality, which may prove to invigorate some and be a bit exhausting to others. Lots of continued changes are in store! Have you made room in your home to welcome in this auspicious energy yet? Yes, we are getting back to the discussion of getting rid of clutter – the unnecessary stuff in your life right now!
Clutter is the biggest obstacle to achieving ANYTHING positive in a person’s life. I love Feng Shui guru & Soul Coach, Denise Linn‘s description of clutter as being ‘an accumulation of things that impede the flow of energy in your home’. Positive intention is also an important part of achieving what you want, so be aware of your mental and emotional clutter as well. Negative self-talk, feelings of scarcity, living in the past, or holding onto resentment toward someone all count!
You can use the Bagua map to find out where stuck or stagnant energy may be in your home (thereby affecting you) by choosing an area in your life you would like to improve and checking for clutter in the corresponding area of the bagua. For example, the wealth/prosperity area of your home footprint is located in the rear left corner as you walk in the front door. If this area is cluttered or dirty, it is a good bet that you are having financial challenges as well. By clearing out and cleaning up those spaces, you should have a clearer vision of your finances. You may even get ideas flowing to you of how to improve them! Another suggestions is to also check each room individually (line each room’s door up to the bottom of the bagua map). Do you see any clutter claiming the far left corners? If you do…..clear it out and clean it up. Everything counts in Feng Shui – every nook & cranny!
After clutter clearing, you can decorate your home with symbols of good fortune to usher in the Chinese New Year such as:
– Adding bright colors such as red (happiness) or gold/orange (wealth/happiness). Note: Chinese brides wear red.
– Putting fruit out such as oranges and tangerines (good health/long life); tangerines with attached leaves (long lasting friendships that are fruitful and multiply as in having children); and persimmons (happiness/wealth)
– Displaying a circular candy tray (candy is the sweet and circular signifies togetherness)
– Putting out a bouquet of flowers (tradition states that if the flowers bloom on New Year’s Day, it will be a prosperous year! Just make sure you dispose of them as soon as they start losing their freshness.
Starting the Year of The Dragon off with clean and clear spaces decorated with happiness and prosperity in mind will allow wonderful new opportunities and things (such as money) into your life this year!
Gung Hey Fat Choy! translation: “Wishing You Prosperity and Wealth”