Please join me this coming Saturday February 11 2017 at East West Books in Mt. View CA for my annual Chinese New Year talk!
Fire Phoenix year 2017 is time for transformation. Read about the personality traits of the Phoenix. Phoenix correlates to the Western sign Virgo, the sign of health, healing, rebirth, and dedicated work that brings rewards.
All eight limbs of Chinese medicine work together to create good health: feng shui, astrology, herbology, exercise (tai chi, chi kung), meditation, diet, massage and acupuncture, and moxibustion. (Moxibustion uses heat to stimulate points in the body, similar to how acupuncture needles stimulate points.)
Feng shui is the limb of Chinese medicine whereby health is restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. Phoenix year is ideal for restoration of your health.
Tidy up before you leave your home and office. Then a peaceful home awaits you as you enter into a clean, not chaotic, environment. Especially at your place of work, it is not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Stop mess before it builds up to create good luck in Fire Phoenix year.
Fire Phoenix is an active go-getter. Home is important to Phoenix to provide a secure, safe place when they come home, especially for Phoenix children. Some activities might be out of your control in a Phoenix year, but you can control how you maintain and keep clean your living space.
Where to start to bring in luck in Phoenix year? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year.
Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, porch, entry hall, lobby –whatever the entry is where you live. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug.
One style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.
Ba-gua focus to create abundance for Fire Phoenix year is to emphasize the Wealth and Prosperity corner. This is located in the far left-hand corner from the entry. The more money that Phoenix receives for their hard work, the more inspired they are to accomplish and create. Acquiring, spending, and investing money offers Phoenix a sense of security and power. Once Phoenix feels secure about finances, they can make a powerful contribution to humanity as healers and helpers.
Because Fire Phoenix’s strong personality can clash with others who do not want to hear the truth, also embellish the Partnership and Relationship corner, located at the far right-hand corner from the entry. This can ease the path to harmonious interactions, especially with co-workers. Fire Phoenix energy can, at times, bring out the type A personality in even the most laid back person.
When using the ba-gua map, be sure that all areas are clean with no clutter! Don’t get stuck in life by living with too much stuff. Avoid all clutter in Phoenix year, or you could experience poor health.
Enhance Your Living Room
Every room of your home or office has a Wealth corner to focus on in Phoenix year. But the most important room this year is your living room because that is the room of the element Fire, and 2017 is the year of the Fire Phoenix. Fix your living room, a major yang room.
Start by standing at the entry of your living room. Then observe what is in your Wealth and Prosperity corner. Really look at your living room to make it the living room that you want. Then focus on the Partnership and Relationship corner.
In a feng shui system of flying stars, every year the stars change location. I know this system but do not use it. For those who do, the direction South is supposed to be bad, and the Southwest is also unfortunate and a place for robbery. See why I don’t use this system? It’s too fatalistic. If you have concerns about a direction being unlucky, then be sure that area is clean, made conscious, and nicely decorated!
East is good, avoid the West. But no need to avoid half of a room. Just make the entire room balanced. The Southeast is good, and I’ve seen recommendations online to add a SE fountain. But I do not recommend any fountains where the climate is cold, snowy, damp, prone to flooding, foggy, or close to a body of water.
Phoenix is Thrifty
Phoenix year is time to manage your finances. Phoenix, like Phoenix’s buddies Ox and Snake, are good with money. But Phoenix can be a dandy, and pays attention to the details of clothing. Looks matters to Phoenix so groom well and perhaps purchase one or two items for an upgrade this year. Travel is fortunate this year, but find the best bargain.
First Thing Seen
What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes the room inviting to enter. Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of mess. Stay tidy, especially in a Fire year that brings lots of activity.
Pay Off Debt
It is most fortunate to start the New Year with no debt. (A mortgage or a school loan are not in this category.) If you have personal debt on New Year, think ahead by budgeting and planning. Organize your finances to get out of debt this year. Watch out for overspending, especially in autumn.
Paint One Room
The energy of any environment can be transformed completely by adding a coat of paint. If each room of your home has white or ivory walls, all that white is too much of the element Metal which can lead to arguing and bickering. Be sure to paint at least one room with color.
The painted room can be a small room such as a bathroom. Good colors for a small room are light blue for a bathroom or light green for a bedroom. Be sure the blue or green are restful and not too bright. Yellow is good in the kitchen, or gold in the dining room.
Which room to paint? Paint the room that looks the most rundown and is in the most need of sprucing up.
Paint colors correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:
FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best in bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, and all shades of red or with bright accents to stimulate conversation and activity.
EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colors. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast.
METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful.
WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm color for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering. Light blue is fine.
WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room.
Flowers and Plants
Add beautiful flowers to welcome the New Year! It’s fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. Fresh flowers bring fresh aroma that clears the air for New Year, especially if your home feels dark, over heated, or musty.
The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen to improve health. So be sure to add fresh cut flowers or a healthy plant to your home for New Year.
For both home and office, add green house plants with round leaves such as a lily (peace plant), jade, pothos, Chinese evergreen, or orchids with round leaves. If you do not have a green thumb, bring in fresh flowers on Monday to the office, or add silk flowers in lively colors.
Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like a cactus, indoors or outdoors. Instead, grow lush plants that have soft round leaves like a jade plant or philodendron.
Outdoors, it is more fortunate to have plants that stay ever green and do not ever lose their leaves. Bamboo is especially lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is stronger and longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it is easily adaptable to change. But be sure your bamboo does not dry out and become yellowed. If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container.
Healthy Plants Only
Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. A bouquet of fresh flowers is excellent to add beauty, fragrance, and luck, but be sure to recycle the flowers when they lose energy and begin to wilt. No dead or dried flowers, and no potpourri.
Silk flowers are superb in feng shui because they are a wonderful way to add color and life to your environment. If you bring home a lovely orchid, after the flower wilts, cut away the dead stalk and insert a good-quality silk orchid into your container. Then your orchid appears to be always in bloom — instead of a dead stalk tied to a stake.
Avoid the Money Plant
Perhaps you’ve seen what is referred to as a “money plant.” This potted plant usually is decorated with gold or red charms. But this type of plant tends to get leggy as it grows, with long stringy branches weighed down by the charms. So this money plant is not a good choice. A lush round jade plant is better choice than the so-called money plant.
Fish Tank or Fountain?
If you do add a fish tank or fountain, be sure you can commit to the work involved in maintaining a tank. These are living creatures! A fountain requires maintenance too, not an item you just plug in and then neglect.
A fountain in this Fire year is not particularly fortunate because Water extinguishes Fire, although adding Water can help calm Fire energy if it gets too argumentative in Fire Phoenix year.
Contact Susan to schedule your own feng shui consultation or astrology forecast.
Wishing you good luck in Fire Phoenix year!