Happy New Year! This year the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Horse, is January 31st. Horse represents energy, intelligence, and success. Horse year is considered a fortunate year bringing good luck and hope, according to Chinese astrology.
And the new moon is on January 30th – get your haircut on the new moon, especially if last year, the Year of the Snake was a tough one. Because of the new moon, it’s called the lunar new year. This is great time to tackle spring cleaning, clear out the old and unused, and make room for the new, literally and metaphorically. For me, any new moon is a great time to clean out the closets, change the sheets, set intentions, and put out to the universe what I need.
And here are a few tips on what to do to set yourself up for a lucky new year…
One to five days beforehand:
- Do a thorough cleaning. Sweeping and cleaning on the first day of the New Year is considered bad luck because it can sweep all the good luck out the door. The god of luck is said to avoid dirty houses. So clean now but don’t clean your house on January 31st or for 3 days after. If you can’t physically clean your house, do a psychic cleaning of your space. (Go counter-clockwise around your space to the door and then return clockwise from the door, use incense or a bell to help you get there “mentally”.)
- Take Time to Clear & Forgive. When cleaning your space, physically or mentally, take time to forgive and clear out bad energy from your mind, anger, envy, fear, worry. Forgive yourself most of all. After you forgive, invite in goodness, for yourself and others. Invite all that you wish for yourself. (I find writing everything down in a notebook really cements it, at least in my mind.)
- Be Present. Be present with all that you have in your home.
- Make New Year Preparations. Organize, buy a new outfit (or find one in your closet you really love), clean, declutter, re-arrange and refresh your decor.
- Purchase flowers. Bulbs, such as daffodils or hyacinths, are especially auspicious. Display these bulbs in a prominent place.
- Make a List of Your Wishes. Make your wish list for what you want in the Year of the Horse.
And here’s what to do on the New Year, January 31st:
- Go out to eat for your meals. Share your food with others, share your prosperity and good luck. Go out for dinner. No work today. And if you do eat at home, keep it simple. Cutting and chopping food represents cutting your luck — and work.
- Wear new clothes today. Why? So that you can renew yourself. And if you can’t find something new, wear your best this day. Look good, feel good.
- Have a good day. Take the day off from worry and anxiety. No yelling, getting angry, worrying or fretting. Be kind.
- Have an open heart and the best intentions for this new year, for yourself and the planet.
- You are your own oracle. Your actions set up the year for you. So act with pure, good intention.
“The Year of the Wooden Horse will commence at 12:01 a.m. on January 31, although Joseph Chau Kam Shing stressed that the formal duration of the year will be from February 4 at 6:03 a.m. to February 3, 2015.
While not all signs are ‘lucky’ this 2014, Chau said these can be reversed or enhanced through the use of charms. Some of them include treasure buckets for wealth, a jade dragonhead fish for career, a jade master protection pendant for safety, longevity coins for health, and a Mandarin duck for romance and relationships.
For overall luck, one may try the benefactor jade, he said.” To read more about which signs are lucky this year, keeping reading this piece on ABS-CBN News.
This is meant to be a time of reflection, rejuvenation and joy… and spring cleaning! A time to let loose all anger, worry, fear, and sadness. Shake it loose, my friends! Start fresh on this new moon and new year!
Happy New Year, everyone! Wishing you all a bright, happy, healthy, prosperous Year of the Horse.
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About the Author: Tania Van Pelt is the creator of Happiness Series. She is a writer and content creator, working in film, tv, and online. She wrote the popular lifestyle book "Ageless Diet," published in late 2015. And she is currently working on her next book. She also developed a sitcom pilot set in the restaurant business called "Employees Only TV" and is developing another web series comedy about Denver.