Happy Chinese New Year of the Earth Dog

Year of the earth Dog 2018

Happy Chinese New Year!

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!

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

Feng Shui Practitioner

www.whitesagewoman.com

 

Element Cycles of Feng Shui

 

 

 

Feng Shui Tip: No Plants in Your Bedroom

Plants in the bedroom

In the 5-element cycle (see chart below), wood destroys earth. Since a loving relationship benefits from earth energy, please remove plants (wood energy) from your bedroom. Even if they are pretty, plants do little to enhance romance and can even cause problems in your relationship. 

Don’t place any cacti or plants with sharp thorns on your window sills. These create secret poison arrows that can cause resentment and dissatisfaction in the relationship. 

 

Element Cycles of Feng Shui

 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

www.whitesagewoman.com 

Feng Shui Flash: There is Magic in the Twinkling Lights

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It’s that magical time of year! It’s not hard to get into the Christmas spirit as we stroll in our neighborhood, shopping malls and Christmas markets, all transformed with decorations and thousands of twinkling white and colored lights!

Such lighting and all the decorations create a feeling of instant happiness and seem to uplift your spirit even if you are feeling down. At night, it is even more powerful as the lights create the cosmic balance of opposing yin and yang forces … opposing yet complimentary forces of light against the darkness of night unlocking plenty of good fortune energy. 

Now here’s something you might not have thought about. It’s the “twinkling” aspect of each little light being turned off and on that has significance. Newer light energy gets created with each twinkle, just consider the power that is unleashed with millions and millions of these lights. The multiplication effect of yang energy is incredibly powerful!

This is one reason why lights like this make an auspicious and powerful offering to the Divine Universe: Buddhists, Hindus and Christians alike all use light, be it with candles or electric lights on their altars representing light offering to their gods or deities. And the brighter the lights offered, the greater it benefits the positive transformation of the minds of the devotees making the light offerings. 

Now if you have a retail shop or a restaurant, twinkling lights are considered excellent feng shui enhancing agents. Restaurants and nightclubs draw in more customers and experience increased business when they are festively adorned, which is why many businesses keep white light up all year long! Yes, the lights themselves have the power to pull in plenty of new customers because they create a sense of happiness and goodwill which is very good for any business. 

I personally keep white lights up all year long and add colored light with each holiday. We have switched over from the traditional incandescent lights to LEDs. The LED lights do not get hot nor take up a lot of energy as the incandescent lights. I feel much safer with them light all day and through most of the night as well.

If you experience ‘seasonal depression’ after all the Christmas or HolyDays decorations and lights are packed away… maybe consider leaving some white lights out. Especially to get through the ‘darkness and coldness’ of winter. 

In this season of celebration and festivity and in the upcoming lunar New Year, it is a most auspicious time to decorate with plenty of new twinkling lights in your home, office or business. Add these sparkling wonders to your altars as well and they can remain here all year long! Have fun and make your home come alive, imbued with the powerful yang energy unleashed by the “twinkling” aspects of the lights. It also helps to create fresh new chi (energy) for the coming year! 

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

 

Feng Shui Tip: Shape of your Property

Feng Shui Land Shape

 

 

 

 

 

 

According to Feng Shui principles, the shape of the land you live is very important. Regular shaped land plots like square and rectangles are the best, as all other shapes create “missing corners” of luck. Triangle-shaped land in particular is most inauspicious as the triangle represents the element of fire! No one wants a property located on strong fire energy that may burn up your luck! When considering the purchase of any property don’t just look at the house itself, but also consider the shape of the plot of land.

If your plot of land has missing segments, don’t despair. You can fix these segments and bring fortune to your life using:
* Flowers planted on the property in colors that correspond with the missing segment
* Lights that shine to “complete” that area of the property
* Trees
* Water elements such as a fountain or pond

Need help with land selection for a new home or business? During a Feng Shui consultation for land selection, I will consider all the Feng Shui factors of a property to help you find a place where your home or business will thrive for years to come.

~ Rev. Tiffany White Sage Woman

http://www.whitesagewoman.com