Thank you to Derelle Ball from Centaine Consultants for providing this great information. The Year of the Ren Chen (Water Dragon) begins on 23rd;January 2012 (according to the Lunar Calendar) and on the 4th February 2012, (according to the Solar Calendar); 2012 is also the Chinese Year 4710. The Lunar Calendar is used for traditional Chinese New Year celebrations, as listed below, however keep in mind, the Solar Calendar is used when calculating the Feng Shui of the year and 4 Pillars/BaZi Astrology for individuals.  Traditionally, it is considered good luck to greet people on the first day of the Chinese New Year with a friendly “Happy New Year”, or “Kung Hei Fat Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai)”, which means “congratulations on getting rich”.  The Chinese New Year can also be celebrated as follows:

10 Days Before Chinese New Year (13th – 21st January): Clean your house and count your blessings!  If there have been any recent arguments or illness in the home, space clear each room with a brass bell, singing bowl or gong.  Light a sage smudge stick or some sandalwood incense or burn a mix of orange, bergamot and lavender essential oils, and let the cleansing scent help clear your home of any residual negative energy.  Think back over the past year and give thanks for the positive influences in your life.  Also, give thanks for the lessons learnt over the past year and view them as valuable learning experiences that will help better prepare you for the future.

New Year’s Eve (22nd January): have a happy social gathering at home and encourage plenty of music, laughter and game playing with lots of lights turned on.  Light sparklers at midnight to welcome the New Year energy into your home.  Guests can be given a lucky red envelope containing a small gift or a handwritten wish for their health and happiness over the coming year.  If you are attending a Chinese New Year party, consider bringing a gift (ie chocolates, cake, a fruit basket, dumplings, a healthy pot plant)

First Day of New Year (23rd January): Clear your thoughts of all negativity and begin the New Year in a positive frame of mind.  Spend time meditating on all the positive things you wish to achieve in the coming year.  Celebrate the New Year energy with family.  Visit, contact and spend quality time with parents and mentors (ie people who have been a nurturing/guiding light in your life).

Second Day of New Year (24th January): Visit your in-laws and pay your respects to ancestors and family members who have passed on.

Third Day of New Year (25th January): This day is best spent at home relaxing and unwinding with family.  Try to avoid visiting others or having any visitors today.  It’s a day best spent in restful meditation and planning for the year ahead.

Fifth Day of New Year (27th January): Invite abundance energy into your home by replenishing water features with fresh, clean water in the lucky siang sin /water star 8 and 9 locations of your home according to the flying star natal chart of your house.  This is also a good date to sign contracts (except if you were born in the year of the Snake) and pay homage to deities representing abundance and protection (eg Tsai Shen Yeh and Kuan Kung).

Seventh Day of New Year (29th January): This is a positive time to spend with friends and attending fun social/networking gatherings and sharing a feast together.  Give your friends food and flowers and best wishes for future health and abundance.

Eighth Day of New Year (30th January): Share a special dinner with friends/work colleagues and loved ones discussing positive goals and aspirations for the coming year.

Ninth Day of New Year (31st January): This is a great day to begin a cleansing diet to detox your system.  Make sure you drink plenty of water and green tea.  Pay homage to the Jade Emperor’s birthday and honour mentors, teachers and people who have shared their wisdom and insight with you.

Tenth Day of New Year (1st February): Purchase a new lamp or candles for your home and place in the chor sin/mountain star 8 location of your home (according to the flying star natal chart) to support the health and relationship energy of the household.

Thirteenth Day of New Year (4th February): Eat a healthy blend of fresh fruit and vegetables and plenty of water today to help cleanse your body and also focus on cleansing your mind and focusing on positive aspirations and ethical values.  In business, a positive saying to inspire your thoughts for the coming year is as follows:

“Three Rules of Work:
Out of clutter find simplicity;
From discord find harmony;
In the middle of difficulty
lies opportunity.”

–        Albert Einstein –

From a feng shui perspective, you should also place a gourd or gourd-shaped object (ie an empty gold, yellow, silver or white vase with a big belly, narrow neck and an opening at the top) in the North sector of your home, and a collection of metallic ornaments and/or I-Ching coins and a metallic windchime in the Southeast sector of your home to help protect against annual sickness and misfortune energies in 2012.

15th Day of New Year (Lantern Festival) 6th February: Spend some time in the light of the full moon, or if it’s overcast, burn candles and sparklers and/or hang bright coloured lanterns and create your own festival of magical moonlight.  Let go of any grudges or feelings of depression and focus on tying up loose ends and resolving any conflicts with others in readiness for new beginnings and the development of a positive new attitude.

Note: remember, the annual Feng Shui energy influences and Ba Zi/4 Pillars of Astrology New Year for 2012 begins on 4th February according to the Solar/HSIA Calendar.

Derelle Ball
Derelle Ball is an internationally trained Xuan Kong Fei Xing/Flying Star consultant providing Feng Shui consultations in Brisbane QLD and its surrounding suburbs. Off-Site/Remote Feng Shui reports are also available for interstate and international clients.

Derelle has studied Landform and 8 Mansions Feng Shui with Master Rosemary Stevens and travelled to Malaysia to study Flying Stars and Space Clearing with Master Lillian Too. She has also successfully completed Dynamic Business and Residential Xuan Kong Feng Shui, Advanced Water Feng Shui Methods and Sun Ceremony Date Seminars with Master Joseph Yu.
Derelle can be contacted through: derelle@fengshui1689.com