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Go With the Flow – Feng Shui Tips for Winter

Tis the season! It is only 2 weeks to Thanksgiving and 5 weeks to the holiday/Christmas season. This month officially kicked off the season of Water in the Chinese calendar. This is poignant because this marks the beginning of the cycle of elements in Feng Shui & Chinese medicine. The cycle of elements is made up of five elements that represent the seasons for the Chinese calendar. Each element feeds the next with the cycle starting with Water, which represents winter. Water then feeds Wood, which represents Spring. Wood feeds Fire, which represents Summer. Fire feeds Earth, which represents late summer and lastly, Earth feeds Metal, which represents fall. The first three elements form the generating part of the cycle, while the last two form the mitigation and destruction part of the cycle.

Feng Shui, literally translated, means ‘Wind & Water.’ So, as you can see, Water is a very important element in the field of Feng Shui. The season of Water/Winter comes a little earlier in the Chinese calendar than in the west.

Nonetheless, we are starting to see the changes around us: daylight is shorter, leaves are falling and the universe’s energy is shifting. This is the season that is darkest. When we come to the point of the season of Wood and Spring in early February, we will start to feel a sense of renewal, see more daylight and sense a season of growth.

Water is connected to many things in Feng Shui: colors, shapes, seasons, time of day, directions in space, parts of the body and so much more. Water flows freely, moves along the path of least resistance and finds its way to the ocean where it comes and goes with the ebb and flow of the tides. Further, Water cleanses, refreshes and restores all life.

If you were born in the season of Water, approximately November 7th to February 4th, you may have a deep emotional aspect to your personality and although you may be outgoing you may keep certain things about your inner self concealed to the outside world. Unlike the counter element of people born under the season of Fire, who may be gregarious, outgoing, and need to surround themselves with people all the time, those born under the season of Water tend to be more secretive and enjoy solitude and privacy. The positive qualities of a person born under the season of Water are intelligence, wisdom, reflection, willpower and ambition. The negative qualities are coldness & fear. Be careful of these aspects when you are in a state of imbalance.

The colors associated with the element of Water are navy and/or black. It is best to not use these colors in areas of space where Water is predominant, such as the bathroom. Using colors associated with elements of Wood, such as greens and light blues is better, as it gives the already existing Water element in those areas of space ‘something to do.’

Water is connected to the undulating shape – much like a figure eight or infinity sign, or even like a body of water in nature, such as a pond. In Feng Shui, Water is a strong aspect of Chinese medicine & preventative care. During the stressful holiday season, be especially watchful for imbalances in your body, and take care of yourself by remembering that health comes first.

In the midst of the Water season, it is a great time to stop, slow down and reflect on the past year and make corrections for the New Year coming. Individually, and as a nation, this is something we should all consider for the betterment of ourselves and our planet. Take these next few months to take positive steps forward, both personally and in the arrangement of space at home or in the office.

Here are four easy steps to do so:

  1. Clean out the clutter: Figuratively and literally, make room for the new. Go through your drawers and closets and if something doesn’t fit or if you didn’t wear something this past season, give it away to charity. For every new piece of clothing or item you bring into your home, get rid of an old one. Out with the old and in with the new!
  2. Get Rid of Negative Energy: Look around your home/office and make sure you are not holding onto objects that bring negative energy into your space. These may include: old pictures of past relationships, reminders of a marriage that didn’t work, files from deals that went south, etc. Remove these objects from your space. Everything holds vibrations and energy. As a result, it is important to let go of those things that bring negative energy into your home or space.
  3. Find Your Ying to Your Yang: Decide what you want to surround yourself with, including people, in your space and environment. Take your lifestyle into consideration. If you are always on the go and live a hectic lifestyle, make sure you create a peaceful & yin (calm) home. If you are shy and introverted, create a stimulating and thriving environment with big, bold statement pieces, and bright and invigorating colors.
  4. Allow for Change: Remember that all things change and nothing remains the same. Not in life. Not in Feng Shui. Everything must change. This means your goals in life, your space, your children, etc. If we want new things to come into our lives, we must let go of the old to create room for the new.

Have a wonderful holiday season and a happy and balanced New Year.

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