Chinese New Year Preparations
Now that you know the difference between the Lunar and Solar Chinese New Year dates, it’s time to get ready for 2017.
January 28, 2017 marks the Chinese Lunar New Year which welcomes the first new moon of the first month. It is customary to prepare your home and business for the arrival and if you have not yet cleared these spaces, this is the perfect time to do so. Any clutter, stagnation or unfinished business carried into the New Year will likely hinder your progress going forward so try to complete as many of these tasks as possible. Remember, the energy all around you is constantly changing and the Yang Fire Monkey is on his way out. As we transition to the Yin Fire Rooster year you’ll find that many of the tools you found useful in 2016 will be obsolete in 2017 so best to keep on top the changes.
In the meantime, complete these projects before the eve (January 27) of Chinese New Year to start off on the right foot (minus any baggage from the previous year.)
Here are 18 Feng Shui tips to complete before January 28 to help prepare for the transition:
- Clean your home and business thoroughly, including basements, garages, porches, attics and storage rooms. Dust, dirt and unused items block energy from circulating.
- Touch-up or paint walls, clean filters, vents and drains in order to clear blockages and encourage free movement.
- Eliminate clutter by donating, selling or disposing of items that no longer serve you. Then you will have room to roam comfortably in your surroundings.
- Organize files, closets, drawers, calendars and schedules to make the most out of your waking hours and streamline your days. There will be many changes in the Rooster year so keep it simple.
- Clean out refrigerators and pantries and replace with only the freshest and healthiest foods as a commitment to sustainable good health this year.
- Repair or remove anything that is broken – especially clocks and watches or faulty electronic equipment that keep you stuck in the past.
- Trim or remove any trees, shrubs or branches that need cutting on your property. Overhanging branches and dead trees sap energy from your home or business. This is especially important in the South, East and West sectors of your property or building in 2017.
- Check all lighting inside and out to be sure fixtures and bulbs are in working order. Lighting helps lift the energy of a space, advertise your business and keep your path illuminated.
- Soak all crystals in a solution of sea salt and water then place them in the sunlight for several hours to absorb yang energy before replacing. Clean every mirror and glass fixture in your home or business to clarify and improve your vision for the future. You’ll want to keep both eyes open this year.
- Complete any renovations or construction projects started in the South, East or West of your home or property since energy there should not be disturbed in 2017.
- Remove 2016 Flying Star cures and replace them with those deemed necessary for 2017 (check with me for more information.)
- Service and clean your automobile, an extension of your home or workplace, for reliable and safe passage this year.
- Pay your debts and balance accounts so they will not burden you in the 2017.
- Clean and oil the hinges on your front and rear doors to encourage free movement and welcome new opportunities.
- Reconcile any disputes you may have with others to prevent negative energy from following you into the New Year.
- Get a haircut now to prevent cutting into your good fortune once the New Year begins.
- Clean out and optimize your computer files and drives which are an extension of your paper files and contain electronic clutter. Change your passwords while you’re at it.
- Remove your front doormat and those to all entrances of your home or business. Place a brand new one on Chinese New Year’s Day (January 28.) Old doormats contain the energy of the previous year which finds its way into buildings on footsteps.
Wishing you good chi,
Diane Gallin, CFSC