The New Year always inspires me to want to make changes, to sort out clutter, tidy up things and start the new year with a positive outlook.
I have some traditions that I like to carry out including some Feng Shui as it makes a lot of sense to me, their principals are about clearing out the old to make room for the new, having symbols of abundance and having a positive frame of mind.
They advocate cleaning your entire house before the New Years Day to help give the old year the push out the door and to clear the way for new energy, however you should avoid cleaning on the first day of the new year as this will clear away the fortune and luck on its way to you.
Fill your sugar canisters to ensure a sweet year. You can also fill a fruit bowl with oranges and sprinkle gold coins around, this also is a sign of abundance.
Have lots of cash in your purse/wallet (red of course), so you start the year encouraging more fortune and abundance. Sprinkling ginger (or money powder) over the cash is also a great way to add an extra boost to your abundance chi (energy).
At midnight open the back door of your house and create a few loud noises using firecrackers, party poppers or a pot and spoon – these are said to scare off the negative energy of the previous year, then close it and open the front door to welcome in all the new year and all it’s promise, along with a positive new chi. Although not Feng shui you could also choose to burn some white sage as this is also believed to clear out negative energy from a house.
It’s also considered auspicious if the first thing you see is a red bird, so endeavour to have a picture, ornament, or some other symbol of a red bird somewhere that you will easily see it either immediately after midnight or first thing when you wake up.
Start the new year as you mean to go on. No crying, no arguments, yelling, etc. Keep the day relaxed and enjoyable.
Best thing about the above? don’t worry if you don’t get it all done on the 31st of December as this is the European New Year however the Chinese New Year is the 23rd of January 2012, so you have a month to get all the things in place for that celebration.
“Expect your every need to be met. Expect the answer to every problem, expect abundance on every level…”