A Rip-Roaring Year!

February 13, 2010
Year of the Tiger 2010
A beautiful vision of the White Tiger

Folks, we are just hours away from Chinese New Year. Isn’t that exciting? I am finishing up my last chores  – vacuuming, cooking, putting out my fresh flowers. And later I’ll be meeting some colleagues for some Chinese New Year rituals that help welcome in the new year.

This year is the Year of the White Metal Tiger and it is quite different from the one we are just exiting – the Year of the Ox. The ox is slow and close to the earth while he plows and diligently trudges along. You get the idea. And not surprisingly, it was a tough year for many as you may be able to attest to. This coming year though, the energy level and Chi will definitely be changing as the Tiger is definitely a more energetic and dynamic entity. Boy I can tell you, I am sure ready for the new year!

But as with all exciting and dynamic relationships, there may be extreme moments of ups and downs. Sorry to break the news to you. As the above photo demonstrates, the tiger can be beautiful and serene but once it gets moving, look out! This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be a bad year per se, just one that you may need to brace yourself for. It is important to make sure that your personal Chi and home are ready for this powerful year. In Feng Shui, there are many ways that we mitigate these affects. Depending on your animal in the Chinese calendar, there are specific ways to do this as each year interacts differently with each animal.

Happy dragon illustration
Are you as happy as this little guy? photo: u-handbag.typepad.com

For the sake of time, here’s one suggestion to help you start this new year off with a bang. (whew, we were getting so serious there for a minute!) Between the hours of 11pm and 1am (the most auspicious hours of the night), open up all your windows and doors of your home that connect to the outside for about 15 minutes. This is a Feng Shui tradition that helps change the Chi or energy of your home. I know, it’ s cold out there, so just don’t forget to put on your hat and scarf.

If you’d like more information on how to get more specific remedies for yourself this Tiger year, please don’t hesitate to contact me for a phone or in-person consultation. Until then, Happy Chinese New Year! And of course, Happy Valentine’s Day! Which ever holiday you are celebrating, I wish you all the blessings for auspicious changes this new year. Tiger Love is in the House! Whoops, not that Tiger.

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