The Lunar New Year, fondly known as Chinese New Year, falls on Friday, Jan 31st in 2014. The year of the water snake will come to a close and the year of the wood horse will begin. According to the lunar calendar, this occasion marks the beginning of spring. Similar to the solar new year, it is a time to celebrate new beginnings and start fresh. In feng shui tradition, we don’t look backwards so much as forwards. How can we welcome the best energy at this time? The best way to do this is to do a little new year space clearing. Here I’ll share with you three steps to clear your space and make room for some positive chi!
1. Open all your windows and doors
I know it might still be really cold, but the first step to clear your space is to open up all the outside windows and doors at the same time. Walk around your home starting at the front door, and go clockwise. Open all the windows and doors to the outside as you go around, then wait for 9 minutes. While the windows and doors are open, visualize that all the old stagnant energy in your space is being swept out with the breeze and into the outside air. Then go back around the same way and close them all. All the stuck energy from all the dark corners and hidden areas in your home and life have exited your space and being. Picture bright white sunlight filling your home with positive and fresh, clean life affirming energy.
2. Get some oranges
The most traditional feng shui method for space clearing uses oranges. Oranges are very auspicious in Asian cultures because they represent prosperity and luck. In ancient times, fruit was very precious and not so easy to obtain. Fortunately, in modern times fruit, including oranges, are readily available. In feng shui, oranges are yang; bright and strong energetically. This means that the scent of oranges, especially the peels have the power to clear spaces. That’s why you see so many non-toxic green cleaning products with orange essential oil as an ingredient. It has the energetic and physical properties to really clean. The smell is also uplifting and bright—it just makes you happy!
There a few ways you can use oranges to clear your space. First you can simply get some oranges and peel them. Nine is a good feng shui number, so get nine oranges. You can keep the orange peels in bowls around your home for a few days. When they start to dry out you can toss them into your compost pile. Another option is to use some organic orange essential oil and use an aromatherapy diffuser or make your own spray with water and a few drops of oil in a spray bottle. Try 27 drops of essential oil. Orange essential oil spray is also easy to find at the store, just make sure they use pure orange essential oil, and it’s not an artificial fragrance. Be sure to get the orange essence all around your home, in the dark corners as well as the center of each room. An easy way to make sure you get every area is to walk around clockwise then to the center of each room.
3. Re-dedicate your space
Finally, the third step to clear your space is to formally rededicate your intention for it. What exactly does this have to do with clearing space, you ask? Once you have cleared your space with oranges and fresh air, you have a blank slate to start with. How wonderful to be able to start over with new beginnings! I recommend you sit down at a table and write down 9 wishes for this new lunar year. Dedicate these wishes to your space, so that your space can help you manifest these intentions.
I encourage each of you take these three simple steps based on feng shui principles to celebrate Chinese new year! Make some space in your life to welcome all the new and fantastic things that the year of the wood horse has to offer!
Anjie Cho is the founder of Holistic Spaces and Anjie Cho Architect, integrating beauty, spirituality and green design. She creates and enhances balance and harmony by designing spaces with an understanding of sustainability and informed by the ancient practice of feng shui. Her focus is to create a nurturing and supportive environment for each of her clients. Anjie is a registered New York State Architect, Interior Designer, LEED Accredited Professional, and certified Feng Shui consultant. For over 14 years, she has been creating beautiful and nourishing environments. A graduate in Architecture from the University of California at Berkeley, Anjie is a sought-after expert in the fields of feng shui and green design.
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