The Lunar New Year celebrated as the 15-day Chinese New Year Festival, arrives on January 25th in 2020 as the Year of the Metal Rat.
Before the traditional altar cleaning and decorating days, it’s time to tend to these pre-ceremonial preparations…
- Deep clean your living and working spaces—everything should be sparkling! As you clear away dirt, clutter and old stagnant chi, you’re making physical and energetic space for New Blessings in the New Year! When cleaning, wear brightly colored clothing; keep the window open for fresh air; play happy and uplifting music; burn sandalwood incense or diffuse organic sweet or mandarin orange essential oil. While you clean, visualize sweeping away any illness, obstacles, bad luck, negative attitudes or heavy emotions out the open window.
- Toss any china, crockery or glassware that is broken, chipped or have hairline cracks as these portend bad luck, poverty, and betrayal.
- Schedule your hair cut and mani|pedis to happen before Chinese New Year’s Eve (January 24th this year) so you don’t “cut” away good fortune.
- Make amends with anyone with whom you’ve had a row or falling-out.
- Pay your bills as well as pay down (or off!) any debts as best you can so you go into the New Year feeling debt-free.
- Shop for some new clothes for the New Year—a new red outfit or red accessories for the celebrations.
- Begin to gather 15 very special gifts, one for each day of the Chinese New Year Festival, to woo your romantic partner or express love, care and cherishing feelings for beloved friends or family.
- Treat yourself to a brand new red purse and tuck $108 or $27 crisp uncirculated bills or nine $1 gold coins inside. If you receive any money from a wealthy person, add this to your purse but don’t spend it—let it be a “money magnet” for your wallet.
- Bring one new item such as a piece of furniture, décor or art into your home and business to stimulate growth chi and to compound your sheng chi. Also, give away one item (or more!), too, leaving physical and metaphoric space for new blessings. These two practices are even done by Taoist monks in their temples.
As we clear and clean our abodes in preparation for the Lunar New Year, I thought it might be inspiring to share how clutter in different areas of your home can affect you and your life.
PARTNERSHIP (back right area facing into your space) : difficulty finding a romantic mate; problems in your partnership; a lack of passion; reproduction, digestion or stomach challenges; troubles with your primary business partner or existing clients.
CAREER + LIFE’S PATH (front center area facing into your space): difficulty finding employment; a work|life imbalance; ear or kidney issues; blockages in advancing in your career or getting the promotions and raises you deserve; an unsatisfactory social life.
WEALTH + FORTUNATE BLESSINGS (back left area facing you’re your space): difficulty accumulating and saving money; a lot of expenses; issues with your pelvis, hips, legs or knees; difficulty finding start-up capital; lack of gratitude or philanthropy.
HELPFUL PEOPLE + TRAVEL GUA (front right area facing into your space): feelings of hopelessness, fatigue, inertia, overwhelm without receiving the help you need; lack of referrals, new clients or joint venture opportunities; a blockage of flow, support, timely help or synchronicity; sluggish national or international business growth; hindered travel plans; issues with your head such as headaches or high blood pressure.
CHILDREN + CREATIVE PROJECTS (middle right area facing into your space): not finishing projects; disharmony with your children; issues with your mouth, gums or teeth; blocked creativity; a lack of joy, pleasure or satisfaction; not being productive.
FAME + RECOGNITION (back center area facing into your space): a lack of respect or a poor reputation; ineffective media, marketing or PR; an absence of enthusiasm, passion or inspiration; feeling “invisible”; problems with your eyes or heart; not getting the credit you deserve.
KNOWLEDGE + SPIRITUALITY (front left area facing into your space): not thinking clearly or making poor decisions; difficulty studying; lack of personal or spiritual growth; lack of knowledge to take care of things; needing to update your business, data, or technology; issues with your hands, wrists or arms.
FAMILY or EMPLOYEES (center left area facing into your space): difficulty with close family members or relatives; employees who are unhappy or keep quitting; difficulty running the day-to-day home or business; challenges with keeping up with the household bills; tension in the home; a lack of growth; issues with your feet.
HEALTH (center area facing into your space): lack of vitality and stamina in family or employees; chronic illness, depression or emotional upset; feeling out of balance or harmony; your business not in a healthy place.
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**Editor’s Note: Gwynne is a new teacher with Mystery School of the Goddess – check out her new classes here!