Chinese New Year falls on February the 8th 2016 in the sign of the…

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2016 is the perfect time to create change. With the Monkey’s enthusiastic energy, anything can happen, plans can succeed and risks are minimal because they are rewarded.  However, look out for trusting the wrong people in 2016 because some of them may resort to tricks to take advantage of the too trusting and naïve ones. And avoid a useless tail-chasing cycle, which Monkey minds are prone to.

There are five Taoist elements which are Fire, Water, Earth, Wood and Metal. The New Year 2016 will be especially bright and blazing because it is the Year of the Red Fire Monkey. A little fire won’t hurt once in a while. It gives off both heat and light…

Fire represents life, it also represents passion and is said to bring joy and creativity. Just be careful not to play with fire, or you will get burned literally and figuratively.

The year of the Monkey is ideal for a massive leap in your life! Now is the time to shake things up, create change, and innovate a new path. Join Monkey’s enthusiast energy when risks are rewarded and anything can happen. Even the most ambitious plans can succeed. There will be more than enough action and opportunity to keep you busy. In Monkey year, it’s fine to just make it up as you go along. Just don’t be gullible and trust the wrong people, or wily Monkey will take all the peanuts and leave you only shells. monkey2

Those born in Monkey years (1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016) are clever, sharp, unpredictable and entertaining. They are wonderful to be around because they are fun, creative, and bring the sparkling energy that only Monkey can provide. Monkeys embodies strong leadership potential and, like their best friend the Dragon, won’t allow anyone to tell them what to do. Uninhibited Monkey rarely gets embarrassed by anything, and is free to express herself fearlessly in all walks of life.

In addition to acute mental alertness, Monkey also possesses physical stamina. Monkey is good with her hands, has skills and dexterity with machines, naturally has technological talents, and can easily master new concepts. A superb generalist, Monkey can do anything! In relationships, a Monkey loves romance, and is very sensitive and generous. But they can be fickle, run hot or cold, and treat relationships like a game. But everyone loves the Monkey, and the birth rate skyrockets in Asia during a Monkey year. red-monkey

Of the five Taoist elements Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood, this is the year of the red Fire Monkey. Red means go! Fire brings passion, creativity, and joy. Fire types are strong, dynamic, and can overcome illness and obstacles. Just be aware to not jump ahead of yourself this year, especially during the heat of summer. And try to calm what is called Monkey mind in Buddhism: jump to a branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, drop it. Then jump to the next branch, grab a banana, peel it, take a bite, and drop it in a useless tail-chasing cycle. As soon as you realize that a path is not fruitful, try a new one instead of staying stuck and trying to analyze the past.

Monkey year is very fortunate for all Monkeys, and for Monkey’s friends the Rat, Dragon, and Snake. Monkey energy can, at times, be problematic for the Tiger. Monkey correlates to the western sign Leo.

 What the Fire Monkey briefly has in store for you….

chinese zodiacRAT – You and Monkey are best friends along with Dragon. Now life can be fun and exciting, full of Monkey-inspired treats and surprises. Monkey 2016 is excellent for you to get married or engaged, to launch new endeavors, or have a child. Periodically, take time to stop and regroup or rethink when needed, especially during the 2016 Mercury retrograde cycles April 28 – May 22, Aug 30 – Sept 21, and Dec 19 – Jan 8 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rat is most compatible with another Rat, a Dragon, or Monkey. Ox is also compatible.

OX – Wily Monkey energy adds some liveliness to Ox’s routine, and Monkey year is a great time for you to experience a big change of scenery. But Monkey’s fast ways aren’t your style. Ox prefers slow, steady, and natural. But Ox respects Monkey, who takes risks, is a good leader, and knows how to succeed. Next year Phoenix (Rooster) 2017 is your lucky year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Ox is most compatible with another Ox, a Serpent, or Phoenix. Rat is also compatible. Sheep is least compatible.

TIGER – Monkey is your opposite. But you still benefit from the action and liveliness of Monkey year. Monkey can stretch the truth, so think before you pounce. Not all ideas are worth pursuing. Looking for love in Monkey year? Tiger is most compatible with another Tiger, Horse, or Dog. Pig is also compatible. Monkey is least compatible.

RABBIT – Monkey brings many opportunities that you will enjoy: travel, social events, fine dining, fairs, and festivals. Enjoy the Monkey fun, and express your creative side. Rest if you feel overwhelmed by too much activity. Feng shui of your home and office is a must for sensitive Rabbit to maintain balance during Monkey year. Looking for love in Monkey year? Rabbit is most compatible with another Rabbit, a Sheep, or a Pig. Dog is also compatible. Phoenix (Rooster) is least compatible.

DRAGON – Your lucky year! Say yes to everything! Monkey is your best friend (along with Rat) so you’ll like the vibrant and exciting energy of this Fire Monkey year. There are opportunities for success in business. Just avoid lawsuits or any type of legal entanglement. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dragon is most compatible with another Dragon, a Rat, or a Monkey. Phoenix (Rooster) is also compatible. Dog is least compatible.

SNAKE – You and Monkey are on the same wavelength. Luck is with you this year, especially during summer. And your good luck continues in Phoenix (Rooster) year 2017. But lay low when in doubt because 2016 yang Fire energy can, at times, be too stimulating for yin Snake, even the 1977 Fire Snake. Looking for love in Monkey year? Snake is most compatible with another Snake, an Ox, or Phoenix (Rooster). Monkey is also compatible. Pig is least compatible.

HORSE – Fire Monkey brings lots of active, yang energy that Horse thrives on and finds inspiring. A year for adventure, new journeys, and excitement. Just don’t let affairs get out of hand in summer. Looking for love in Monkey year? Horse is most compatible with another Horse, a Dog, or Tiger. Sheep is also compatible. The Rat is least compatible.

SHEEP – Success can continue from the previous Sheep year. But Monkey’s fast pace is not always to your liking. Extravagance is popular in a Monkey year, and people want luxuries. So be sure to avoid debt because “Sheep eat paper” meaning that Sheep can really spend. Travel is highlighted, especially in summer, but do it on your own terms. Looking for love in Monkey year? Sheep is most compatible with another Sheep, a Pig, or Rabbit. Horse is also compatible. Ox is least compatible.

MONKEY – Now is your year for action! All seasons are fortunate but luck is strongest in autumn. You benefit from the strong, fiery, yang energy of your own year. An excellent time to start new endeavors, succeed in business, and make big change happen. Seek new horizons through travel and adventure this year when risks are rewarded, and reticence loses out. Fire Monkey year is not a yin cycle when things come to you, but a yang cycle to go out and get! Looking for love in Monkey year? Monkey is most compatible with another Monkey, a Rat, or Dragon. Snake is also compatible. Tiger is least compatible.

PHOENIX (Rooster) – Roster, Chicken, Cock, Hen? I call you Phoenix, offering a lifetime of opportunities to be reborn and transformed. Monkey year is a time of excitement, adventure, and new experiences for you. It’s fine to take risks and discover new outcomes. Take a chance because you’ll discover very quickly what does work, or what’s not worth pursuing. You start a new life cycle in Fire Phoenix year 2017. Looking for love in Monkey year? Phoenix is most compatible with another Phoenix (if they don’t peck each other), an Ox, or Snake. Dragon is also compatible. Rabbit is least compatible. In Phoenix year 2017 you’ll start a new life cycle.

DOG – Monkey year brings yang energy to get things done, and Dog likes accomplishments. There’s much activity and personal involvement in this passionate Fire Monkey year. This new energy is inspiring to Dog, but it might encourage you to be overly enthusiastic or unrealistic. So stay vigilant and responsible, natural Dog traits, because projects might not develop as planned. A year to stay balanced and avoid extremes of temperament. You’ll start a new life cycle in Earth Dog year 2018. Looking for love in Monkey year? Dog is most compatible with another Dog, a Tiger, or a Horse. Rabbit is also compatible. Dragon is least compatible.

PIG – Monkey year can inspire you to be the life of the party! So join the whirlwind activities in this exciting Fire Monkey year. Accept all social invitations, and travel is highlighted. Just keep a clear perspective and not get carried away. Don’t let people take advantage of your generosity, or mistake kindness for weakness. Looking for love in Monkey year? Pig is most compatible with another Pig, a Sheep, or Rabbit. Tiger is also compatible. Snake is least compatible.

 

Fire Monkey ~ Feng Shui Basics

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Luo Pan CompassFire Monkey year 2016 is time to take action. Monkey correlates to the Western sign Leo, the Fire sign of passion, creativity, and children.

Chinese Medicine

All eight limbs of Chinese medicine work together to create good health: feng shui, astrology, herbology, exercise (tai chi, chi kung), meditation, diet, massage and acupuncture, and moxibustion. (Moxibustion uses heat to stimulate points in the body, similar to how acupuncture needles stimulate points.)

Feng shui is the limb of Chinese medicine that aids health and healing. Health is restored and maintained in a calm, peaceful environment. When Monkey year arrives in February, you can jump to any branch, keep climbing, and succeed. But if you experience delays, spend slow time balancing and strengthening the weaker limbs to help you stay balanced in Fire Monkey year.

Monkey Advice

Do a quick tidying up before you leave your home and office. Then a peaceful home awaits you as you enter into a clean, not chaotic, environment. Especially at your place of work, it is not favorable to leave a mess over the weekend. Stop mess before it builds up is a tip for good luck in Fire Monkey year.

Monkey is an active go-getter. Home is important to Monkey to provide a secure, safe place when they come home, especially for Monkey children. Some things might be out of your control in a Monkey year, but you can control how you maintain and keep clean your living space.

Luck Enters

Where to start to bring in luck in Monkey year? Start at your front door. Clean your entry to welcome all the good luck that will come into your home and place of business in the new year. Wash, sweep, or vacuum the front steps, veranda, foyer… whatever the entry is where you live. Make this area clean, well lit, and inviting. Check the entry’s lighting fixtures, make sure the doorbell works, and touch up scuff marks with a fresh coat of paint, or add a new rug to welcome the New Year.

Ba-Gua Map 

One of many styles of feng shui is to overlay a map of eight tri-grams, called ba-gua in Chinese.

Ba Gua Basic Grid

Ba Gua Basic Grid

Ba-gua focus to create abundance for Fire Monkey year is to emphasize the Fame/Reputation area. This is located in the far back wall from the entry. The more fame and recognition that Monkeys receive for their wild schemes and innovative concepts, the more inspired they are to accomplish and create.

The second area for focus in Monkey year is the Career area, located opposite the Fame/Reputation area. Monkeys apply more of their ingenious wit and dynamic energy to a career that they find personally satisfying.

When using the ba-gua map, be sure that all areas are clean with no clutter! Don’t get stuck in life by living with too much stuff. Avoid all clutter in Monkey year, or else you could experience overwhelm and confusion.

Energise Your Living Space

Every room of your home or office has a Fame/Reputation area to focus on in Monkey year. But the most important room this year is your living room because that is the room of the element Fire, and 2016 is the year of the Fire Monkey. Fix your living room, a major yang room. Start by standing at the entry of your living room. Then observe what is in your Fame/Reputation area. Really look at your living room to make it the living room that you want.

Monkey Loves Extravagance

Monkey 2016 is time to be fancy and treat yourself! And eat very well. Monkey, like Monkey’s buddies Rat and Dragon, adores fine dining and rich entertaining. Monkey aspire to be a dandy, and pays attention to the details of  clothing. Looks matters to Monkey so upgrade your wardrobe. Monkey (and Dragon) knows how to manipulate images. What we see is not always what we get. Clever Monkey can be a trickster, and leader Dragon know how to create success with smoke-and-mirrors illusions.

If this year you feel a Monkey-like tendency to “fake it ’til you make it” that’s fine. Just do not overspend. Instead, use Fire Monkey ingenuity to make your own good food, bath salts, perfume, your own clothing, or create whatever luxuries you want in your life. In risk-taking Fire Monkey year, it’s auspicious to do something you’ve never done before. At least travel to a new place, not the same old spot.

First thing you see

What is the first thing seen when you enter your home? Your eye goes somewhere, so direct the eye by organizing each room so that the first thing seen sets a pleasant tone. This makes the room inviting to enter. Make sure that the first thing seen in each room is clean and inspiring. You do not want to see a pile of paperwork or any type of mess. Stay tidy, especially in a Fire year that brings lots of activity.

Pay Off Debt

It is most fortunate to start the New Year with no debt. (A mortgage, school or Uni loan are not in this category.) If you have personal debt on New Year, think ahead by budgeting and planning. Organize your finances to get out of debt this year. Watch out for overspending in a Monkey year, especially in autumn.

Paint A Room

The energy of any environment can be transformed completely by adding a coat of paint. If each room of your home has white or ivory walls, all that white is too much of the element Metal which can lead to arguing and bickering. Be sure to paint at least one room with color.

The painted room can be a small room such as a bathroom. Good colors for a small room are light blue for a bathroom or light green for a bedroom. Be sure the blue or green are restful and not too bright. Yellow is good in the kitchen, or gold in the dining room.

Which room to paint? Paint the room that looks the most rundown and is in the most need of sprucing up.

Use Colours

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Paint colours correlate to the five Taoist elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water, and Wood:

FIRE/HEART/LIVING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element fire is represented by the heart. The living room is the heart of the home. Your living room is best in bright and lively Fire colors red, purple, and all shades of red or with bright accents to stimulate conversation and activity.

EARTH/STOMACH/DINING ROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element earth is the stomach. The dining room is where we eat and digest food. The dining room is best in earthen tones of gold, terra cotta, or other soft yin colours. Red paint in a dining area is too stimulating and people eat too fast.

METAL/LUNGS/BEDROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element metal is the lungs. The bedroom is where we sleep and breathe deeply while resting. Best bedroom colors are white, cream, and soft pastels. Avoid bright big prints on bedding and drapery, especially in a child’s room, because it’s too yang and not restful.

WATER/KIDNEYS/BATHROOM – In Chinese medicine, the element water is the kidneys, and therefore correlates to the bathroom. Paint this room in a soft, quiet, and calm colour for peaceful elimination of waste and for soothing bathing or showering.

WOOD/LIVER/KITCHEN – In Chinese medicine, the element wood is the liver. Wood is used in a kitchen to feed the cooking fire. The kitchen must be kept very clean because this is where food is prepared, so white walls are best. But green accents or a plant are recommended to introduce the Wood element into this Wood room.

Flowers and Plants

Add beautiful flowers to welcome the New Year! It’s fortunate to add plants, flowers, and healthy bamboo to your home and workplace to increase abundance. Fresh flowers bring fresh aroma that clears the air for New Year, especially if your home feels dark, over heated, or musty. The energy of a room is brightened by the addition of flowers and plants. And plants offer fresh oxygen to improve health. So be sure to add fresh cut flowers or a healthy plant to your home for New Year.

For both home and office, add green house plants with round leaves such as a lily (peace plant), jade, Chinese evergreen, or orchids with round leaves. If you do not have a green thumb, bring in fresh flowers on Monday to the office, or add silk flowers in lively colors.

If you do add a fish tank or fountain, be sure you can commit to the work involved in maintaining a tank or fountain. A fountain in this Fire year is not always fortunate because Water extinguishes Fire, although adding Water can help calm Fire energy if it gets too strong.

Lucky flowers are orchids, peonies, and lilies. Chrysanthemums have a scent that not everyone likes, so pay attention to scent. Roses are fine in a home or office, but remove them if there’s arguing (influence of the rose’s thorns.) Avoid thorny plants like a cactus, indoors or outdoors. Instead, grow lush plants that have soft round leaves like a jade plant or philodendron.

Outdoors, it is more fortunate to have plants that stay ever green and do not ever lose their leaves. Bamboo is especially lucky in feng shui because as it grows, the new growth is stronger and longer. Bamboo sways gently in the wind, meaning that it is easily adaptable to change. But be sure your bamboo does not dry out and become yellowed. If you have bamboo, keep it watered and transfer it to a larger container when it outgrows the original container.

Be sure that your plants stay healthy throughout the year. If not, recycle the withered plant and replace it with a fresh, healthy one. A bouquet of fresh flowers is excellent to add beauty, fragrance, and luck, but be sure to recycle the flowers when they lose energy and begin to wilt. No dead or dried flowers, and no potpourri. A lush round jade plant is better choice than the so-called money plant.

Silk flowers are superb in feng shui because they are a wonderful way to add light and life to your environment. If you bring home a lovely orchid, after the flower wilts, cut away the dead stalk and insert a good-quality silk orchid into your container. Then your orchid seems to be always in bloom — instead of a dead stalk tied to a stake.