Healing requires you to take responsibility for the part you play in your own stagnation and suffering...but how do we do that? A good place to start is to gently recognize your patterns. The last time we had a year of the Dragon was in the year 2012 (which was another year filled with unsettling shit – remember the freaky theories over the Mayan calendar ending in 2012?). Consider the past 12 years of your life. Close your eyes and take yourself back to 2012. Where were you in life? What you were doing? Can you recall your emotional or mental state from then? What was your biggest problem then? What about now? Who were the people closest to you? Are they still around you? What were your aspirations? Did they come to fruition? Did you start something that year? Did you finish? What were your biggest fears? What did prosperity and happiness mean to you then? Is it different now? Do you remember the things you learned at that time? Did you pay attention to those lessons? If you could go back to your younger self, what advice would you give them?
Reflecting on the past 12 years, do you find yourself assigning blame to someone for negative things that happened? First thing to do is get over that. Sure, some people are a catalyst for shit happening in our life, but until we let go of blame and take responsibility, there is absolutely no way to move forward. The second thing is to gently notice a pattern in behaviors, emotions, events and problems. Do the same things keep happening over and over in certain aspects of your life? The Universal Laws of Vibration and Attraction say that everything in the Universe has a unique vibrational frequency and like attracts like; the frequency that you radiate, you will also attract. So, what frequency are you sending out (via your thoughts, words and actions) to keep attracting the same experiences? It takes a lot of courage and self-awareness to figure out the nuances of your vibrations, but damn, it’s so worth it…and the transformational energy of the Dragon is here to assist you.
There is so much shit going on in the world - from wars to alien invasions to environmental issues to psycho world leaders - and that doesn’t include all our personal stuff – so while feeling apprehensive about the future is natural, shifting your perspective is essential for broadening your awareness and attracting higher vibrational experiences into your life. In return, the Dragon will assist in bringing new opportunities and a new way of looking at the world. But, you have to do the work. Take ownership of your unconscious reactions and the voices in your head that no longer serve you. Slay those bitches.
Next, it’s time to look at your surroundings. If you want to change what you attract, then it is absolutely necessary to use a little Feng Shui and modify your living and work environment. If you make the effort to change your habits/patterns and then enhance it with new surroundings, your changes will be profound and lasting. I find it interesting that many people are so concerned about our global environment, yet don’t give a hoot about their personal environment. The change you wish to see in the world should start with you. If we all were responsible for our own backyard and village, the world would be a more beautiful place J
Every Chinese zodiac animal is associated with a specific compass direction, and each direction exerts its unique influence on the energy that surrounds us. Ancient Feng Shui masters spent centuries observing the effects of these energetic patterns and learned how to harness and manipulate the shifting forces to optimize luck and harmony. As we usher in a New Year and a new animal, it becomes essential to assess our surroundings and implement appropriate Feng Shui adjustments to harmonize with the evolving energy.
Here are my Feng Shui suggestions for the Year of the Dragon:
1. The most auspicious energy is coming from the North, NE and NW this year, so locate these sections in your home. If your front door faces one of these directions, do a little dance of gratitude, but no matter where they are located, make sure you enhance the energy in those places. Keep it free of clutter, clean, inviting and inspirational.
2. Do all the paintings, photos and symbols you have in your home/office bring you happiness? If not, get rid of that shit. Images affect us energetically in ways you cannot imagine! Get rid of any images that are disturbing or make you sad…and just because someone is related to you, doesn’t mean you have to keep their picture in your house. If you don’t like the person, chuck that shit.
3. Time to fix anything that is not working in and around you, so repair anything that is broken in your home. Replace any burnt out bulbs, anything that is cracked, any doors that do not open properly and anything that does not work as it was meant to.
4. Get the Qi (energy) moving in your house! We don’t realize too often that the energy in our home is stagnant, especially during the winter months. Take a few moments to open some windows, turn on that ceiling fan, let the water run in the sink and tub, turn up the volume of some spirited music and light some incense. Invigorate all 5 senses. This all will invite fresh, new flow of vital, Qi energy throughout your home.
5. One Chinese proverb says that for good luck, you should move 27 things around in your home. This is actually an amazing way to stir up the energy in your house and circulate fresh Qi also.
6. Throw out or file 9 items on your desk that you no longer need. Do the same on your computer and phone.
7. Celebrate! Feng Shui is all about living in harmony and good energy. The best way to bring about positive energy is to celebrate with good friends and family in your home. Too many of us have been isolating too much and while that is necessary sometimes, it’s also important to remember that it is our connections that help us experience love and connection. Get out of your PJs and be grateful for all that you have.
Other interesting tidbits for you:
It is also the Chinese year 4722.
This is going to be an especially auspicious year for:
-Those born the year of the Rooster (1933,1945,1957,1969,1981,1993, 2005)
-Those born the year of the Monkey (1932, 1944,1956,1968, 1980,1992, 2004)
-Those born the year of the Rat (1936, 1948,1960, 1972,1984, 1996, 2008)
I am sure that most Dragons (1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012) think this is their lucky year, but Chinese astrology doesn't work that way. For Dragons, this is considered a “self-penalty year”, which can bring about some challenges and changes…that does not mean it's going to be a bad year, it just means that many things will be revealed to you and there will be changes in how you see the world. You will be required to do some deep inner reflection and the work will be your ability to shift your perception. You need to pay attention and practice self-awareness. Do not unconsciously react to things; instead, practice pausing and then responding with presence. You will learn many lessons that will serve you greatly for the rest of your life if you pay attention.
The animal sign that “clashes” with the Dragon is the Dog (1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006). It is suggested that Dogs lay low this year, not make any huge changes and practice being more present.
If you are a Rabbit (1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011) you may have had a very challenging 2023, but you can sigh a bit of relief now, because the year of the Dragon will be a little easier on you…especially if you honor the lessons you learned this year...surely there were many.
If you are a Pig (1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007) the year of the Dragon will bring the “Flower of Romance” to you, so you can anticipate a sociable year, deeper romantic relationships and lots of helpful people entering your life.
If you were born in the year of the Tiger (1938, 1950, 1962,1974, 1986, 1998, 2010) expect a lot of traveling and a change in homes and/or work.
If you are an Ox (1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009) you will find greater opportunities in your career and bring you in contact with helpful people wo will help you increase your income.
I hope you all have a healthy, beautiful and prosperous New Year!