Today, January 23, 2012, is the Lunar New Year – the first New Moon of the year and the start of the Chinese Year of the Yang Water Dragon.
Dragon years are usually very exciting, matching the big energy of this proud and passionate mythical animal.
Every year is associated with one of 12 astrological animals as well as one of Feng Shui’s Five Elements, creating a 60-year astrological cycle. If you were born in 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988 or 2000, the Dragon is your animal.
The Dragon is always associated with Wood, the element of expansion and growth. Since Wood is nourished by Water, this year promises a sense of good health and cooperation if you align yourself with the energy of the powerful Dragon.
The reflective, nourishing qualities of Water will also bring some cool balance to this very Yang animal, modifying its extreme qualities into creativity and flexibility.
Make The Most Of The Dragon Year
No matter which animal you’re associated with you can make the most of this year in a few key ways.
- Carry a Rooster! The Rooster is the Dragon’s “best friend” in the Chinese Zodiac, so you can make sure the Dragon is always happy and content by keeping a picture or charm of a Rooster nearby.
- Attend to the Water Element in your space. Be alert to extremes in your mood or the mood of those around you, smoothing things out by activating Water with Feng Shui’s wonderful Elemental techniques.
- Anchor the remaining three elements: Fire, Earth & Metal. The Water Dragon’s natural expansive tendency will thrive with the warmth, stability and good organization that’s represented by the other three elements. Find creative ways to activate them in your home or office.
- Create a “landing pad” for the Dragon. The New Year is an especially auspicious time to declutter and create space for the big energy to come. Make the Dragon feel welcome, and enjoy all the benefits this wonderful mythical animal has to offer.
Remember: The greater the balance in your home, the greater the possibility for harmony and joy. The Lunar New Year is a wonderful moment to make changes for the better.
If you’re feeling stuck, or are looking for ways to increase the feeling of Dragon energy in your life don’t hesitate to schedule a Feng Shui consultation.
(photo by Jeremiah Tran on Creative Commons)