Chinese New Year Feng Shui

FENG SHUI TIPS for 2019 Pig Year

2019 is an Earth year, so time to focus on earthly matters such as health, food, home, and other material things. During an Earth year, create a warm, cozy, and inviting environment so you can live comfortably.

There won’t be another Earth year until 2028 for strong focus on earthly-plane issues, so this is the year to heal a lingering illness or pain, clean your kitchen cupboard, organize your closet, upgrade your home, go to the dentist, and other mundane matters. Especially take care of your diet and digestion this year because the element Earth rules the stomach in Chinese medicine. 

Chinese Medicine

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. This Earth year is naturally fortunate years to focus on your home environment. Create your home the way you really want it to be. If you’re home is OK, then maintain and refine what you have, and be appreciative! Those born in Pig year are naturally gracious. 

Tidy and Beautiful Pig

Stop mess before it builds by creating the habit of tidying up before you leave your home or office. Then a peaceful environment awaits you when you enter. You arrive to a clean environment, not chaos. Especially at your place of work, it is not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. 

Pig year is an excellent time to beautify! Pig is in the harmony trine with Sheep and Rabbit who are the artists of the Chinese zodiac. Pig is creative and artistic and has exquisite taste in the arts. Pig pays great attention to hygiene and appearances. Contrary to popular misconceptions, Pig is not a slob. Pigs like to dress neatly and nicely and usually have a flair for fashion.

Home is important to those born in Pig year or on Pig day. They require a secure, safe environment, they can be very protective of their space, and they respect clear boundaries. 

Luck Enters

Where to start to bring in luck in 2019? 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.

For a business, make sure that your entry is clean and inviting, and that there is good signage with clear address numbers. A business must be easy to find, and attractive to enter. One third of business success is good feng shui at the entrance. 

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 to make 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 during this element Earth year when it’s easy to get bogged down in clutter and just too much stuff.

Ba-Gua Map

One style of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.

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, or you could experience poor health.

Focus on the Marriage and Partnership corner in Pig year to create an abundance of love. Social Pig enjoys good times! And a good year for a second honeymoon. This corner is located in the far right-hand corner from the entry. Good connections with their partner are important to Pigs who are sensitive souls, and truly give their heart when they fall in love. Every room of your home and office has a Marriage and Partnership corner to focus on during this Pig year. 

Soften Your Dining Room

The main room to focus on this year is your dining room because that’s the room of the Element Earth, and 2019 is the year of the Earth Pig. This is a yin room, so round or oval shaped tables are preferred, and round or oval mirrors. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terracotta, or other soft yin colors. Bright red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and can cause people to eat too fast. 

If you do not have a dining room in your home, you can still focus on diet, nutrition, food choices — what you dine on. Keep your kitchen clean and inviting in this Earth Pig year.

Paint Colors

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 

5 elements brightof red or with bright accents to stimulate conversation and activity.
Strong FIRE brings passion, energy, and creativity.

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.
Strong EARTH brings stability. balance, and patience.

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.
Strong METAL brings logic, clarity, and intelligence.

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.
Strong WATER brings wisdom and serenity.

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.

Strong WOOD brings growth, enthusiasm, and creativity. (Fire, the most yang element, also brings creativity. Wood is minor yang in Chinese medicine.)

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. Even a backsplash will do.

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.

Flying Stars

In a feng shui system of flying stars, every year the stars change location. I know this system but don’t use it because each year a direction indicates an unfortunate place, meaning unfortunate for events such as a robbery. If you have concerns about a direction being unlucky, then be sure that area is clean, made conscious, and nicely decorated! If you fear robbery, install a security system or rescue a dog.

Lucky Plants

feng_shui430x300It can be fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen.

Indoors or out, it’s best to have plants that stay evergreen all year; plants that do not lose their leaves in any season. Bamboo is lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it’s easily adaptable to change.  If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container. 

If your bamboo dries out and becomes yellow, put the dried bamboo in the mulch pile and get a new one, or replace it with a different type of plant that you can grow. Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. 

Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Also favored are colorful tulips and roses. 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 most types of cacti.

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.

Be creative! Pig year is an excellent time to redesign your home. Pig is naturally artistic, along with Pig’s most compatible signs Rabbit and Sheep.

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