When we honor the beginning of the New Year on the lunar calendar system by celebrating Chinese New Year, we align with mother earth’s seasonal rhythms. As we align to natural cycles, we experience the natural patterns of our entire lives: birth, growth, death and regeneration. Each season has its own connection to our internal clock and we are connected with Mother Nature’s beats.
Every aspect of our lives is affected by seasonal shifts, our sleep, the food we eat and our energy is connected to the particular season we are experiencing. We play in the summer and rest in the winter. It is a more cosmic, universal, and connected way of living our lives. While the seasons are similar, each year holds something new in our lives. A new energy is born in the earth’s energy grid and we experience it as well.
The Chinese astrological system provides us with yearly predictions which give us clues as to the theme of the energy for each year. While each individual is influenced in a unique way, we all can feel a common thread as it unfolds. So, what is this year about?
This Chinese New Year is the year of the Earth Dog. Dogs are sensitive and loyal; they are also a symbol of intelligence and protection. It is a year that is bound to bring up issues of inequality and what it means to be safe for all of us on this planet. It is time to review what can each of us do to ease the suffering of so many on this planet. It is a year that we will feel moved to roll up our selves and do something about it. The #MeToo movement is an example of that shift in which women across the planet are arising with huge concerns of being dismissed, abused and mistreated. I am doing my part to start Wise Women Sacred Circles that will help us to strengthen our resolve to stand in our power as teachers of life on this planet.
On a more personal note, The year of the earth dog is great time to make that shift in your own daily lifestyle from making better health choices like dropping that 10 extra pounds or quitting smoking to changing residences, or starting a new business. Changes can be emotionally challenging and with the sensitivity of the dog even more so, so make sure you nourish the sensitive and creative parts of yourself so that you can keep on keeping on. You can do this!
To make sure that your home environment is safe, protected and nourishing for this year I am providing a few tips and strategies to kick off this Chinese New Year’s shift to The Year of the Earth Dog.
Please feel free to can adapt these ideas accordingly to your own intuition and creativity as we live in a different culture so we need to be sensitive to that. But, the main idea is to use this opportunity to become more intentional about your life for this New Year.
Harmony for the Home and your Life
Get Ready for New Energy on Chinese New Year, February 16, 2018 from now until the eve before February 16, 2018 by doing some or all of these suggestions.
It is always beneficial to encourage the best energy you can before Chinese New Year.
Here are some suggestions:
- Get the energy flowing by starting with de-cluttering and cleaning the home.
- Add purification sprays, oils, and soaps, lotions such as lemon, lemongrass or what smells clean to you after you clean.
- Then, prepare a beautiful floral arrangement on February 16, near the entrance with fresh lemons, oranges, or any citrus to encourage the good energy and dispel the negative.
My Personal Ceremony for Chinese New Year, based on adaptation of a Black Hat Sect New Year’s celebration.
On the actual day of the Chinese New Year, February 16, 2018 I will not be sweeping or cleaning as to disturb the new energy that day.
I will open the front door in the morning between 9am – 12pm and say a prayer that has two parts: 1) To keep all ill will away from entering and; 2) To invite the spirits of good to enter throughout the year for a year of blessings, protection and prosperity. (You can add your own mix of intentions)
Later that day my family usually meets at a local Chinese Buffet to get into the spirit of day or I prepare a meal and invite my family to celebrate the New Year that is ahead of us.
And that is it. If I were on vacation during this day I would simply visualize doing this at my own home during those hours.