CHINESE NEW YEAR 2020: HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE YEAR OF THE METAL RAT
Chinese New Year 2020 is the year of the Metal Rat and it is going to be on January 25(starting sun down the night before), while theSpring Stand or Li Chun is on February 4 at 5:15 pm.
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In Feng Shui, the Spring Stand is a particularly big deal (based on Seasons Suns cycle), even more so than the Traditional New Year (based on Lunar cycle). This is so because the Spring Stand is the midpoint between the Winter Solstice (December 21) and the Spring Equinox (March 21).
This is the official time when the Yin-ness of Winter ends and the Yang-ness of Spring begins.
Hence the definition: The end of Yin, the beginning of Yang (hence the term Spring Stand).
In a nutshell:
The Spring Stand marks the seasonal transition from Winter to Spring: it is when the energy of the New Year begins to manifest at its strongest.
So, what does it all mean?
It means that the energy of the previous year is fully exhausted and that on Spring Stand day, the New Years new, vibrant energy is going to come in, like a newborn baby.
This is why, if you have done any business with Hong Kong or Asia, you have noticed that the month of January in general is not a good month to start any new business venturescontrary to us in the West where we love to implement our New Years resolutions on January 1.
This is an acknowledgment that the energy globally is exhausted and so what is the point of starting something new now? You might as well just wait until after the Chinese New Year and the Spring Stand when the energy is fresh and vibrant.
But how do we prepare for it to make sure we get the very best out of this New Years energy?
Below I have included the 4 main things I recommend for all my clients to do. In addition, this is the perfect time to have aFeng Shui Consultationfor your home or office to make sure the New Year will support your living and working environment at its best.
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Here are my 4 key tips on how to prepare your house and yourself to receive the prosperous vibrancy of this New Year:
- Go through your house, garage, office, and any building you own anddiscard anything that is broken or unfixable. Even things you have meant to fix for a long time but have still been left sitting there forever (because you didnt have the time); they all have to go. And I mean everything: clothing, furniture, bikes, cars, or anything that has just been sitting there collecting dust; either fix it or toss it now. For every one of these broken or unfixable items is holding back a piece of your energy if you let it continue to just sit there. However, the simple act of fixing or letting go of these items will release the quantum particle of your own energy you have left trapped in them. This is a technique to bring more of your own energy back to you.
- Ideally,this is the very best time for spring cleaning. Though you may have already done so in preparation of the Holidays, this is a spring cleaning with a purpose. While you are actually dusting off, brushing up, and polishing up things, you are also removing stagnant energy from every room of the house and opening up the space for the life-force of the New Year to come in. I promise youll feel the difference immediately!
P.S.: This and tip 1 above are not a martyrdom exercise. You can have a professional organizer, your housekeeper, or your friends and children help out. In fact, often because they are not as attached to the items involved as you are in the process, they may help you move through it all faster and more effectively. The real point is just get it done however you can. I also like the Marie Kondo style of house organizing (FYI, just in case you need some inspiration).
- Next,redecorate some areas based on the new Feng Shui energy. When I consult with you on your house, I will tell you where the best locations are and where the bad locations are throughout it. This way we can fix or avoid the bad spots and rearrange the furniture so you can spend more time in the good areas instead of the bad ones. In the process, we may also shift some of the furniture from room to room too, so youll have a house makeover in addition to an energy makeover. (You will not need to buy new furniture, unless you want to.)
- After doing all this work, take a few minutes to sit down and think about people and circumstances in your life that are broken, especially ones that upset you a bit (or a lot) over the past year. Can they be mended? Relationships are not like furniture. Most time it is easier to fix them than replace them. Can you do that? What would it take for you to do that? Holding a grudge into the New Year is a sure way to guarantee the same problem or circumstance will continue on. Could this be a good opportunity to fix what is broken with the relationships involved in your life? No matter how bad things are, if you are willing to make amends and kindly allow others to do the same with you, there is no relationship that cant be fixed (even if fixing it means finally letting it go). This is especially true if we are late into our years in life; for if there is life, there is still hope. Dont let it get too late. And what if they dont want to mend the relationship with you? As long as you have honestly done all you could to mend your side of the fence then there is nothing more you can do. (Just be honest with yourself in the process and make sure you really are doing all you can.)
Why is it so important to fix all these things before the New Year starts? Because the newly arriving energy of the year can either be supportive for you or not supportive. If you are stuck for a whole year with un-supportive energy all things that are precarious in your lifephysically, health-wise, and in your relationshipswill come back to haunt you. You can bet on that! And theres nothing better than preventing the drama from happening just by doing these 4 tips.
And dont forget to attend our 1 hour,Live Online Webinar Presentationon the2020 Feng Shui Forecast, the Year of the Rat,on January 18 at 11 AM, PST (2pm East, 1pm Central) . The session isFree,but you do need toRegister Hereto receive the log in link.
Let me know when youd like to schedule your consultation for the New Year. Since you are cleaning and decluttering your space, you might as well let me tell you how to rearrange your furniture now too for maximum benefit for this New Year!Call me at 310-860-8989 to schedule an appointment.See you soon!
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