Each animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac belongs to an “Affinity Triangle” that is made up of three animal signs. The other two animal signs in your triangle are your “allies”. You tend to get along better with these people who have positive affinity with your personal sign.
OX, SNAKE & ROOSTER
TIGER, HORSE & DOG
RABBIT, SHEEP & BOAR
MONKEY, DRAGON & RAT
You also have a “Secret Friend” who is especially compatible with you. Your secret friend will help you in times of need and you usually get on well with people of this sign.
Here are the pairings of “Secret Friends”:
Ox & Rat
Dragon & Rooster
Tiger & Boar
Snake & Monkey
Rabbit & Dog
Horse & Sheep
You can activate the luck of your secret friends and allies by displaying their images or symbols in your home. You can also “borrow” the luck of your allies and secret friend if your luck is not so good. For example, if you are a dragon you can display images of your allies; the monkey, dragon and rat in the SE area of your home. You can also display images of the dragon and rooster (secret friends) together in this sector. Now, if you are an ox, display images of the ox, rooster and snake in the NE area of your home, along with the ox and rat (your secret friend).
Wishing you a prosperous, joyful and healthy Year of the Earth Dog.
The Chinese New Year, also called the Lunar New Year, is one of the biggest celebrations in Chinese culture. It is a long celebration that lasts for 15 days. Because it depends on the moon cycle – Chinese New Year is on the second New Moon of the year – it comes on a different day each year and is considered to be the beginning of Spring.
Each year, as you probably know, has a specific Chinese zodiac animal, as well as a feng shui element associated with it. This determines the quality of energy in the New Year.
2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog.
Good Fortune Suggestions for Year of the Earth Dog
Get Moving! Get the chi moving in your home and office. How? Move the furniture (even if just slightly) to activate yang energy. Un-dust, vacuum and clean in and around your furniture, including the inside of display cabinets. Clean your altars as well and ready them for the New Year. I un-dusted, and re-arranged my altars. Pictures of my Main Altar Space are below:
Freshen up indoor house plants by re-potting them or by adding new soil on top of the existing soil. For those in the warmer climates, go outside to your garden and replant or re-pot/replace any dead or decaying plants. If you live in a colder climate and are still experiencing winter weather, plan your Spring garden now. Draw a map or make a list of your intentions for the upcoming Spring garden.
The key to unlocking good fortune is to move the chi at the start of the New Year.
Wake-Up Your SOUTHEAST area. In 2018 the Southeast is home to the Star of Prosperity – the lucky “8” star. When you stimulate this corner, good fortune vibrations spread to other areas of the home. The best way to do this is to place a new plant in the SE since this is a wood element corner and it will stimulate growth. Other things you can do: add a water feature, hang a windchime, keep the corner brightly lit or add candles. Note: If your SE is missing, in an oddly shaped house design, then enhance the SE corner of the room you use frequently like your living or family room.
Bring in the Family. This is the year to add some new pictures of your family (make sure they are happy ones) to this corner (and throughout your home). Often, we keep lovely photos of our family on our computers or smart phones but now it’s easy to print out gorgeous photos. So, print your favorites, find some beautiful and auspicious frames and then display them for all to see.
As with any occasion, the colors one wears during the New Year celebration are considered important. Wear new clothes for the New Year celebration to honor the birth of new energy. Wearing specific colors each year based on the energy of the ruling zodiac sign/animal of the New Year is also a popular custom.
The luckiest colors to wear in 2018 are the colors of the Earth feng shui element. It is easy to understand why as you want to be aligned and in harmony with the element of the year. Earth Colors:
Terracotta (Clay) Light Yellow Sandy Beige
The second choice of lucky colors for 2018 are the colors of the Fire feng shui element because Fire feeds/creates the Earth element in the productive cycle of the five feng shui elements. Fire Colors:
Red Orange Yellow Purple Pink Magenta
Are there colors that are unlucky, or best to avoid wearing too often in 2018? Yes, there are. Again, this is based on the play of the five feng shui elements. The elements that are weakening the energy of the Earth element of 2018 are the Water, the Wood, and the Metal elements. Again, this is all based on specific interactions of the feng shui elements. Colors to avoid wearing often in 2018:
Black Blue White Gray Green Brown
I am not saying to avoid these colors altogether in 2018. For example, I love all the colors that are recommended to avoid. I do wear quite a bit of black, too, especially when working with clients. To me, black color tends to center and focus one’s energy by eliminating any distractions. So I am not going to make radical changes in my wardrobe. Nor do I suggest that you do as well.
If I am going to an important event or public outing, for example, I will make a point to honor the energy of the year with specific colors. You can do this with scarves, jewelry, neck ties, accent pieces and accessories. These do not have to be big fashion pieces, it is all a matter of a clear and strong intent.
2018 should be a year with more stable, calm and grounding energy as compared to the fiery energy of the previous year. Of course, this implies that you have done your absolute best to release into the fiery energy of the year all the old and stagnant energies that are no longer needed in your life. This was one of the major gifts of the Fire Rooster energy of 2017 for it highly prompted us, and sometimes strongly pushed, to get rid of the old so that it can herald the birth of the new.
I wish you a very prosperous, joyful, healthy and magical 2018!
Monday, February 8th, is not only the New Moon but the Chinese New Year as well!
Steps to writing your New Moon Abundance Check
1.) Within 24 hours of a New Moon, take a check from your check book, or create one on your computer, or with pretty paper. Where it says “Pay to,” write your name.
2.) In the date field, write “Now”
2.) In the little box where you would fill in a dollar amount, leave this blank.
3.) On the line underneath your name, where you would write a dollar amount, write “Unlimited and Flowing Abundance”
4.) Sign the check with your name, because you ARE worthy! Many times we have beliefs with in our subconscious mind that thinks we don’t deserve something.
5.) Under the signature line, write “Thank You!” Gratitude because it’s already there for you…just direct it your way!
Put the New Moon check in a safe place and forget about it. Or you can put it in the window sill, surrounded with crystals and gemstones that can tolerate being in the sun and moon light. The Universe will take it from there. Don’t ask “How”…just Allow!
For the Chinese New Year… place the New Moon Abundance Check in a RED envelope, and place in the window sill in the North, North East or East direction of your home.
Leave the New Moon check in place until the Full Moon. When the Full Moon is done waxing and starts to wane, tear up the check and plant it outside, in the ground. If it is winter and the ground is too hard, plant it in an indoor plant, or safely burn it! Express Gratitude for receiving Abundance in your life as you bury or burn the check.
Repeat each New Moon cycle.
Chinese New Year -The Year of the Monkey will start from Feb. 8, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017. Years of the Fire Monkey: 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
The monkey is a clever animal. It is usually compared to a smart person. For all the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac, 2016 is a periods of renewed fighting spirit.
During the year, you’ll notice more frequent success in your ventures, and is the perfect time for receiving invigorating energies.
For people born in the Year of the Monkey in particular, 2016 is a discreet and intense quest to improve their personal well-being. Monkeys have strong financial motivations for enjoying fierce competition.
If you start a new project, make sure you get the right support, as new sparkling energies also mean heavier risks in case of failure. At work, stay quick, focused and surrounded by the right people, so your business might become mature enough for take-off in 2016.
The Year of the Fire Monkey being auspicious for regular money supply, it is also the right time for 2016 for families and couples to reconsider their daily relationships and break the routine. 2016 is not for habits and negative energies are quickly repelled. The combination of Fire with the sign of the Monkey brings vitality and innovation to both business and personal relationships.
During 2016, political tensions are stronger as conservative governments and financial markets get a harder time. People and money are moving around the planet at an even faster rate, and only the most resourceful and risk-taking individuals amongst the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac are promised great success in 2016.
It’s also perfect time for you to reconsider your social life, as some friends suddenly behave more bitter and jealous, leaving you disappointed and disengaged. It’s a year of optimism, cheerful, happy family gatherings.
Is it a Good Year for you?
This is a generally auspicious year for Rats, Oxen, Dragons, Horses, Monkeys, Roosters and Dogs.
Amazing Year for: Rats, Dragons, Monkeys – brings charm and confidence. Unstable but dynamic! Positive Year for: Goats, Rabbits, Ox – improvement in all areas of life. Progress finally! Exciting Year for: Roosters, Horses – Tricky situations abound. Enjoy the stimulation! Complex/difficult Year for: Tigers, Snakes, Sheep, Dogs – strong focus and objectivity brings the best results.