Attract positive chi into your home this 2016 by following these feng shui tips for the Chinese New Year.
As a country whose culture is highly influenced by Chinese tradition, it’s pretty much expected of Filipinos to use feng shui—the art of harmonizing one’s home with the environment—when designing their home. And with Chinese New Year (February 8) fast approaching, families are scrambling to make their dwellings as attractive to positive chi (energy force) as possible for an auspicious 2016.
Philippine feng shui expert Hanz Cua offers a few words of advice for people hoping that, with a little luck, this year will be better than the last.
Decluttering one’s home removes physical and spiritual clutter and allows one to start fresh.
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1. Remove the clutter
Holding on to items in the home that are broken and useless creates physical, mental, and spiritual clutter, Cua said. By decluttering, you’re allowing positive chi to enter and flow through your home with ease. A clutter-free home also keeps your thoughts clear, allowing you to learn and accept the present and future. Once you’ve remove any clutter from your home, give it a thorough cleaning for a fresh start.
Incense smudging is said to ward off the negative vibes or stale energy of a home.
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2. Cleanse the home
After scrubbing your home clean from top to bottom, it’s time to do another type of cleaning. Incense smudging, Cua explained, removes the negative and stale energy from your home. Take nine incense sticks (either red or yellow) and light them. When smoke starts emanating from the sticks, begin the cleansing; move in a clockwise direction through your home, letting the smoke waft through each side and corner of each room.
In feng shui, round fruits like apples, oranges, and grapes are said to represent wealth and abundance. (Photo from Shutterstock)
3. Show off the right food
Food is a good sign of abundance, but more to that, there are certain types of food that represent luxury, and these need to be present on your dinner table come Chinese New Year. Start with having 12 kinds of fruit to represent 12 months of good luck. Choose round fruit, Cua says, as they represent prosperity. He suggests apples (abundance), oranges (money), and grapes (luxury), but any round fruit can be included. On top of that, luxurious menu items like chicken, lechon, and fish should also be served.
Opening the doors and windows not only lets in the bright energy of yang, but also lets in positive chi. (Photo from Shutterstock)
4. Open up
Achieving a balance of yin (passive) and yang (active) energies is ideal in maintaining harmony in your home. A closed up and dark home has too much yin, which is said to be a soft, slow, relaxed, and silent type of energy. To amp up the home’s yang, open up the doors and windows to let in vibrant and bright energy. While you’re at it, check the doors, windows, and walls and repair the damages you spot.
Positive energy is attracted to bright light, so never turn off your front door’s light.
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5. Keep it bright
The main door of the home is considered the mouth of chi, so it’s necessary to keep it bright at all times. At night, remember to switch on the light of the main door. If the light has long since burned out, replace it.
Weeding the garden represents the removal of negative energy from the home to allow positive chi to flow easily. (Photo from Shutterstock)
6. Tend the garden
Another thing that might keep positive chi from entering your home is an overgrown garden. Be sure to put away the clutter, prune the hedges, and pull out weeds. The last one is especially important, Cua mentioned, as doing this symbolically means removing negative chi from your home.
The Year of the Fire Monkey lacks the element of water, so having an aquarium or painting your walls blue will bring balance and also attract wealth. (Photo from Shutterstock)
7. Use water
Because 2016 is the Year of the Fire Monkey, water is one element that will be lacking this year, Cua noted. This is unfortunate, as water represents wealth luck, but there is a so-called “cure” to this. To maintain the balance, you need to incorporate a water feature in your home design. Set up an aquarium or get a waterfall or fountain for your garden. The color blue is not just lucky for 2016, says Cua; it can also represent water, so paint your walls blue, or use blue accents all over your home.
Displaying foo dogs at your main door (one on each side) will help guard your home from negative energy. (Photo from Shutterstock)
8. Display charms
According to Cua, there are certain charms that work in thwarting specific types of bad luck. If your priority this year is ensuring your wealth luck, you need to display elements that represent abundance, such as figurines of the arowana fish, the monkey king, or a piyao (a winged lion), as well as an aquarium. To ward off misfortune from the home, you can display foo dogs (Chinese guardian lions), a statue of General Kwan Kong (a powerful Chinese god of war), a figurine of the rhino and elephant (cures against accidents and burglary), or stones like black tourmaline (protection from negative energy), black onyx (promotes strength), or lapis lazuli (offers wisdom and balance).
Hanz Cua is a celebrity feng shui, astrology, tarot reading, face reading, and palm reading specialist. For consultations, contact +63 922-829-0382 or visit his shop, 8 Treasures, located at Level 1, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, EDSA corner Shaw Boulevard, Mandaluyong City.