Tag Archives: Year of the Snake

Easy Ways to Refresh Your Space and Spirit for Spring

Bedroom night table no clutter, no electronics.

Bedroom night table no clutter, no electronics.

Spring is (almost) here! Let’s lighten and refresh our environments with a few easy actions that will also lighten and refresh our spirit!

Feng Shui Bedroom
Remove stacks of books or magazines from bedstands or night tables. Also, minimize the number of electronic devices plugged into the wall (computer, smartphone, alarm clock, TV). Each of these quick fixes will make the bedroom environment more restful.
To strengthen the restful nature of your bedroom even more, change the color/pattern of your bed linens to ones that are harmonious with your unique 5-Elements composition.

Reduce
Get rid of items in your home that you see on a daily basis, which have negative associations for you. For instance, something that was purchased at a difficult time in your life, or that reminds you of a relationship that went sour. Of course the smaller the object the easier, but do your best.

Engage the Senses
Bringing fresh air and sunlight into your home will refresh and engage the senses. Clean the windows, open them to let fresh air in. Open the doors between rooms to let air circulate. Play upbeat, positive and relaxing music while you’re making these changes. Use flowers, fruit and maybe even cookie-baking for naturally beautiful fragrance to waft through your home.

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Noticing the Water/Fire Symbolism to Gain Insight this Snake Year

water_fire_symbolismPeople have been sharing with me the water/fire events that are happening in their lives right now – and how it’s leading them to think differently about the challenges this year is already bringing them. Leaks, faucets and water-appliances dripping or breaking. Lightbulbs, computers, other electronic gear breaking, burning out or otherwise causing problems, digestive problems (fire and water mix for this one), sleep problems (too active mind: fire – sluggishness, yin water).

All of these mundane challenges give us a chance to notice, detach and find a higher message in the symbolism. This is a year to be gentle and patient with ourselves and others – basically, not to get excited as that will only worsen things. It’s always the small stuff that tends to accumulate and overwhelm us and this year may pile up more and more smaller and smaller things until we feel like we cannot cope.

While ideally we take care of things in our lives before they accumulate – it will continue to be difficult to do so this year. Give yourself permission to rest and permission to let a few things slide a bit, while taking care of the most important issues (health) slowly, patiently and kindly.

Watchword for this Spring season: Kindess.

If you do not know your Five Elements Composition, it is time to find out so that you can learn how to use natural elements in your environment for healing and well-being. Learn What objects & colors to place around you for balancing your vibration, Which direction to face to reduce stress and charge up your own core energy. Using this knowledge is like building up your immune system through adjusting your visual and energy flow.

Your 5-Elements profile and how to use it is discussed during a Feng Shui consultation with an authentic 5-Elements Feng Shui master, which is still rare in the West.

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.

Welcome to the Year of the Snake

fire water snakeThe real start of the Snake Year lunar cycle began February 4, 2013 at midnight. The official Lunar first of the year falls on February 10th this year and that is when Chinese New Year celebrations begin; they last until February 25th. From now until February 25th we have an opportunity to focus, on a daily basis, on resetting our energy and spirit. These days are very significant on a metaphysical level.

In this Snake year, in which Fire element and Water element clash, it will be smart to play it safe professionally and financially. Avoid tackling ongoing issues or tough negotiations if possible. Postpone attacking issues head-on as the energies this year will tend towards clashes rather than resolutions.

Even positive signs like the current rise in stock market prices might turn sharply negative at any moment, so be a cautious investor. In general, be prepared for eventualities by keeping financial liquidity and even household emergency supplies as the fire/water clash of this year will also exacerbate the weather extremes: fires and flooding associated with earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and more can be expected.

Be disciplined in setting up auspiciousness during this challenging clash of elements Snake year by choosing thoughts and actions that will further positive mood in yourself and those around you. This is most important between today, February 4th through February 18th. Set the tone for the rest of the year by choosing happiness. To the greatest extent possible avoid thinking of or dealing with people or events that upset you. Tap into the spiritual practice (reading spiritual and inspiring texts) or relaxing physical activities (meditation, Tai Chi, Chi Gong exercise) in this period.

Spirituality and faith can protect us from the negative effects of phenomena we cannot control. Improve the Feng Shui around you by adapting suggestions from my website/blogs to elevate the positive chi that can help us come through challenges safely. Take all these positive actions as maintaining clarity and calmness that will predispose us to better outcomes in all our endeavors.

The Tail of the Dragon (End of Dragon Year)

koi pond feng shui_smallEveryone I know was very glad to see 2012 end. But the end of the calendar year does not mean an end to the upheavals in weather, meteoric conditions, political strife, violence and shocks. The Dragon’s tail (end of the Dragon year) is barbed and can be brutal.

Meantime, the beginning of the Snake year (the Snake’s Head) zig zags and can change direction like lightning. This Snake year will pit fire against water – and we may feel the water in the pot growing agitated and hot this year. In other words, it is not going to be a respite from last year’s unsettled and unsettling conditions.

The Year of the Dragon doesn’t officially end until February 4, 2013 at 12:03am (same time in every time zone). During this transitionary period it is wise to be cautious. If possible build your reserves – and I mean that in every possible way: financially, personal energy, physically and even emergency supplies or other precautionary measures.

Ideally you are in a position to take some extra time now to rest and reflect. If not and your schedule is hectic, it is even more important to do so. From now until February 4th even the busiest must (for physical health) create a schedule in which every day you take at least 15 minutes to regulate your breathing at a calm, slow pace. Just after waking or before retiring at night are each good times for this. While being aware of the breath, notice that “time” is flow. One day a week spend an hour to take a walk in a park, look at a tree or even to calmly plan your schedule for the coming week in order to reduce stress.

These practices are healing to the mind and can help fight fatigue and anxiety that result from our own busy over-committed lives and the strife in the world.

In general now, do not over-commit. Base your decisions, wherever possible on having excess reserves in terms of financial and time conditions.