Category Archives: Lunar calendar

Bless Your Year the First Day of Lunar New Year

stone buddhaWhile February 4th began the metaphysical transition into Year of the Snake, Sunday, February 10th is the first day of Lunar New Year. That means February 10th is fully The Year of the Snake. Bless your year with this simple and profound practice: Get into an “attitude of gratitude” that opens the channel to receive Divine blessings. Can you acknowledge, even without being a follower of any particular religion, that there is a higher force or Being beyond our own limited perceptions? I know of even atheists who have come to perceive this truth.

Do some charity work or donation on February 10th – that will also help with gratitude practice.

Before 1pm visit a spiritual place or nature place and bring offerings of fruit, flower or lighted candle. Meditate, pray and reflect. Find the deep kindness and compassion within. Reconnect with the spirit of forgiveness. Even if you are not able to do this before 1pm, in any event it is essential to get to it before sunset. Taking this positive action to manifest these powerful thoughts is a spiritual cleanse that will allow you to face the Snake year with more equanimity.

By February 9th Place Pussy Willow Branches to Enliven Stagnant Energy

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Allow the pussy willow branches to spread wide for most positive effect.

Feng Shui tip: Uplift the yin chi (low energy) of a stagnant corner with pussywillow branches for Lunar New Year.[/caption]Uplift the energy in your home with pussywillow branches. These harbingers of Spring will enliven the energy of a stagnant corner. This year best to choose one close to the center of your home. Pussywillow branches are perfectly in tune with an optimistic auspicious energy to welcome the New Lunar Year (Chinese New Year). Place a generous bunch in a tall vase in your chosen spot by February 9th for maximum energy effect.

Year of the Water Dragon 2012 Feng Shui Energy Tips

These energy tips are for all, but especially for the people of my beloved city, New York. As the song goes “if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere…” New York City attracts the most driven and high-spirited people from around the country and the world trying to achieve their highest aspirations. For this reason, a lot of the people here feel great pressure all the time and are unable to relax or recharge as easily.

The Year of the (Water) Dragon that begins February 4, 2012 is a critical inflection point in the transitional cycle of humanity. So especially at this time, anyone who is serious about bouncing back or achieving their goals should tap into Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui energy techniques to create inner balance that can elevate positive energy and vibration, thereby opening the way to achievement of one’s higher goals.

If you were born in the year of the Hare or Dog, you need to be more careful to avoid accidents –  be extra cautious of any risky physical activities.  Any big moves that affect your financial portfolio should be discussed with wise counsel while applying a conservative attitude.

Things to do starting now and continuing through February 4th 2012:

  • Visit a spiritual place to reflect and set new goals in the Lunar New Year with a grateful heart, regardless of your current circumstances.  A humble and peaceful heart can connect to the Divine while a frightened or angry heart cannot – set yourself on the correct path.
  • Do some charity work and donation, especially during the Lunar New Year period – open the channel for the flow of prosperity.
  • Watch a Lunar New Year Lion Dance performance (preferably in person) to tap into the positive energy of many happy people.
  • Get an authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui consultation that can help guide you to reach your highest potential personally and professionally in the upcoming Dragon year.  Time is of the essence to capitalize on the Dragon chi that could benefit you for years to come.

Energy-clearing rituals to do on February 3, 2012:

  • Do an energy clearing ritual that changes vibration of your space by using sage, incense, drums, bells or fire in a container at low energy meridian of the space according to authentic Chinese Five Elements Feng Shui, using a Feng Shui compass (Luo Pan).
  • Detox your space using energy-clearing prayers of the spiritual tradition you are aligned with.
  • Infuse sunlight and fresh air flow throughout the space.
  • Do a Sea Salt Bath or other spiritual cleansing Bath to wash off old and stressful energy from the ending Lunar cycle so that you’re open to receive the fresh new energy of the New Year.
  • Get a Life Reading by Master Pun Yin or Tin Sun Metaphysics on this day or prior to help you make the best strategy throughout the Year of the Dragon.

Test your luck in the Dragon Year:

If you are curious about your luck in the Year of the Dragon, you can measure it by trying to make eggs stand upright on a flat surface table around 6:22pm on 2/4 which is the official transitional time.  The wider side of the egg should be at the base, the more you can stand the higher your luck is, as long as you have good Feng Shui to complement it.  One can learn more about the significant of this ritual and how to do it properly by looking back in my website and blog about the event I held last year in Midtown Manhattan attended by the press and V.I.P. guests.

Helpful routines to stimulate and balance good energy throughout the Dragon year:

  • Find a location in the North or NorthEast direction near you that has some nature or landscaping that you can walk past every morning to put positive energy into your day.
  • Walk along the Hudson River or some other nature place where you can see the setting sun in the evening to release pressure that’s built up during the day.  This clears the slate so your evening can be happy.
  • Bring live or cut branches or flowers (never dried dead flowers) into your environment directly after one of the above actions to bring the positive energy with you into your space.
  • Do a sea-salt cleansing bath to reduce stress.

Things to be cautious about in 2012:

  • Avoid gatherings of large groups of people with destructive or negative energy because the energy can rub off on you.
  • Tune out from the news at night to clear and stabilize your energy for a good night’s sleep.

Bonus of Love to-do before February 4, 2012:

For an extra boost of positive energy, get an ideal companion who is always there for you emotionally.  Yes, before 2/4 2012, getting a dog during the Year of the Hare can bring you luck metaphysically since their correlation is beneficial according to the Chinese Zodiac system.

Veterinarian and bestselling author Dr. Allen M. Schoen, who pioneered the integration of holistic healing into animal health care and revolutionized the loving care of animals from humans validated this Chinese metaphysical suggestion.  His book Kindred Spirits encompassed findings about unconditional loving bound between humans and their pets that can increase the quality of life.  Dr. Schoen cautions though to make sure you have the right life style to have the right type of dog.  The wrong dog in a too hectic life could make life more stressful.

This is an unique piece of advice that merges ancient Chinese science of Feng Shui and Life Reading that has been followed for a couple of thousand years with a modern consciousness that relates with vibrational science humanity are more aware of now.

Adopting the right kind of dog before 2/4/12 could help boost happier energy for years to come and strongly recommended for people who live alone or have children who they can’t attend to enough.  This east meets west, old consciousness merges with new hopefully can bring more loving energy to the world in 2012 and beyond.

Further details about Dr. Allen M. Schoen can be found at his website www.kindredspiritsproject.com

2011 Lunar New Year 3-Day Luck-Changing Opportunities, Part 3 of 3

Lucky New Year's Banners

Lunar New Years Day and First Day of Spring

February 3rd, 2011 Lunar New Year Day

1.    Wake up in the new Lunar year and early in the day wish well to your family and people you know who you would meet today (at the minimum).  Traditionally, this greeting ritual last about 15 days.  Call or see your parents and in-laws to wish them good health and wellness in the new lunar cycle. Call people you care about throughout the day.

2.    Wear new clothes today (at a minimum, new undergarments).

3.    Start with good thoughts, relax mind and a grateful heart, then, approach your altar or the positive energy space of your home to do a prayer to tap into the divine energy that can grant you blessings.  Prayer and recite your wishes for this lunar new year, then, go about your day as if your wishes were already a reality so that your emotional state of mind feels contend, at peace and happy.  You need to set the tone with a positive mode that keeps your mind feeling confident, optimistic, motivated, inspired and empowered.

This is like the visualization that many spiritual people in the west already adapted, but, not quite yet synch with the lunar calendar transitional time that has greater affect on our emotional and energetic state.  (Being that the last Lunar Eclipse was a full moon and a Winter Solstice of 2010, it is ever more crucial for people who want good luck to do these 3 days of Good Luck Ritual to counteract the reduced energy overshadowing us).

4.    If there is no health concern, it is good to have the breakfast with sweets and concluding with sweet treat you already prepared for the lunar new year.  Ideally, it is best to be a vegetarian in this first meal and if possible, throughout the whole day and night.  If one wants mercy, it is good to be merciful first.

5.   Traditionally, red couplets with good luck theme would be pasted on doors facing outside and throughout the interior.  Red lantern is also put up by the entrance too.

6.    If time allows, visit a spiritual site to pay respects, do a prayer mentioning your wishes and how you would reciprocate to good causes by the end of the year of wishes granted)

7.    Maintain a positive energy field that is relaxed, kind and forgiving mentally.  Be positive in your manner and verbal exchange with people.  Don’t get upset or say negative things or words.

8.    Try to stay away from people who can trigger negative emotions or thoughts in you.

9.    Try to mingle and meet people who make you feel good and or that they are more blessed in your view of having good things.

10. Throughout the day, a relax mind usually enables good ideas to come through that you could initiate throughout the year.

11. Meditate or do gentle chi exercise (Tai Chi, Yoga) that regulates the energy flow within to create the balance that helps set the tone to the rest of the year.

12.   Don’t clean or throw things out or pour water on the ground, don’t use scissors or knives that cut energy (if possible), don’t write or mail checks.

2011 Lunar New Year 3-Day Luck-Changing Opportunities, Part 1 of 3

Over the next few days I will be posting information on how to increase your luck

Beautiful and Auspicious Cherry Blossoms

in the upcoming Metal Rabbit year.  You have from now until the end of January to complete the first list of things to do.  Everything on this list will increase peace and harmony in the home (and office, if you’re preparing the business environment):

Feb 1st – Two Days before the Lunar New Year

1-Finish cleaning the environment top to bottom

2-Finish organizing the space & even files and closets

3-Pay February bills early as it is not auspicious to pay bills in the first few days of the Lunar New Year period

4-Finish cleaning your altar space or other spiritual symbols

5-Begin placing vibrant colored flowers and other uplifting objects at strategic Feng Shui locations in your space.  People are the products of their environment, and places that make people feel good increase positive interaction and outcome.

As part of this, placing Peach Blossom or Cherry Blossom in major meridian position of your environment to induce growth, vibrancy, wealth or even romance for the upcoming year.  If these flowers are not available in your area, substitute with vibrant color flowers (red, pink, orange, yellow, purple) rather than delicate or muted tones.

2011 Year of the Rabbit – Egg Balancing Event

20 Eggs Balancing

20 Eggs Balancing at Once

In the next few posts I will talk about how to prepare for an auspicious Lunar New Year.  One way to increase your luck in the New Year is to balance eggs at the time when the magnetic polarity is greatest.  I am co-hosting an egg balancing event at New York Stone’s Manhattan showroom on February 4th from 11am to 1pm  which is the high-polarity time.  The beautiful stone in the showroom adds even more Earth element that grounds the energy so I’m expecting much luck to manifest!  Press release is linked here: Egg Standing 1-13-11