According to Eastern beliefs, how a year begins is a clue to how it unfolds.
However, the Chinese view the Lunar New Year a little differently. A Chinese proverb states that all creations are reborn on New Year’s Day, providing hope and energy for good things to come into your life.
On Feb 16th, 2018 the world will celebrate the beginning of a new lunar year. In the Chinese calendar, this is described at the 4714th year – the Year of the Earth Dog.
Millions of people, not just the Chinese, are studying and reading the Chinese Almanac and calendar seeking to understand and benefit from the upcoming energies of 2018.
And that’s because the Lunar New Year is not only a time for celebrations but also a time of new beginnings and intentions.
In China, the Lunar New Year is celebrated as the Spring Festival. It’s considered the most significant of holidays, heralding the start of a new cycle and energies both in heaven and on the earth.
The holiday integrates themes of family, friends, home and food. It is a time to bring intentions, resolutions and respect to practice and seek fortune, prosperity, longevity, happiness and health.
There is a full month of customs and traditions associated with this occasion. The days leading up to the Chinese New Year are very busy with preparation. Families prepare a month or more in advance. While some may seem odd to us in the West, these activities are steeped in ancient logic and custom.
What does Feng Shui say about the energy for 2018?
Change is the inevitable fact of life: all energies change with time. The ancient Chinese discovered centuries ago that change occurs in cycles within predictable patterns. Feng Shui helps us understand the vibrational energy signatures of the year ahead.
Feng Shui teaches us that in order to understand what is coming and to achieve a better 2018, you need to be able to make better choices. To make better choices, you need better options and need to know how to turn your options into choices.
So, if you know what to expect, you can act to change the outcome rather than blindly react.
2018 is the year of the Earth Dog. The predominant elements of 2018 are Wood, Fire and Earth; Water and Metal are the weaker elements. Depending on your BaZi chart (personal code of energy that you were born with), these elements will influence different aspects of your life. If your chart resonates with the dominant elements, you will feel good and your energy will be high. If your chart does not resonate with the stronger elements, the strategy is to acquire new skills and knowledge so that you can be ready and prepared and change your “low energy” into “good luck”.
As you prepare for this holiday, think of the changes you want to make in your life and then let the power of the new moon and the New Year make them happen. Good fortune may mean love and romance for single people. For others, it may mean a promotion, increased prosperity, good grades, a job, better health, or improvement in existing relationships.
A life with good fortune is one where you learn to make better decisions consistently. To learn more about how you can prepare for the coming Chinese New Year, join me on Feb. 11th for a full day of Feng Shui and Astrology Insights and Tips for 2018.
I wish you all the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2018.
Gung Hei Fat Choy!