Chinese New Year is January 23, 2012! Feng Shui Tips for how to prepare by Laura Cerrano

Chinese New Year is January 23, 2012! Feng Shui Tips for how to prepare by Laura Cerrano

Chinese New Year is January 23, 2012! Feng Shui Tips for how to prepare by Laura Cerrano

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It is time to get ready for the Chinese New Year which takes place on January 23, 2012.  This is the year of the most powerful animal in the Chinese Zodiac, the year of The Dragon.  The Dragon is highly revered and respected in the Chinese culture.  It is a mystical creature created by various animals such as the tiger, fish, snake and eagle which gives it magnificent power to accomplish a great deal.  The Dragon is powerful, energetic, generous, wise, sensitive, honest, but be aware also short tempered and at times unpredictable. 

The year of the Dragon is a time to welcome longevity, wealth and prosperity and to release any negative energy from the past. Also be mindful this year brings, excitement, unpredictability, exhilaration and intensity. During this time many are in the mode of "Go for it!" but, be wise with the decisions you make.  Do not through all your commonsense out the window, for you may find yourself in unnecessary situations.  Be open to change knowing it is always for the better and Go with the flow.  This is a year to work hard and manifest your goals.

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1. As the Dragon says, clear out the past.  Delcutter your home, offices and anyplace that you have occupied this year.  If you don't USE it, NEED it or, LOVE it, get rid of it.  By doing this, you lighten up the energy of your home and mind. Release the old and allow new, fresh and beneficial energy to enter into your life. Be sure to declutter the basement and if you can the attic as well.  Objects do carry energy, so as you sort them, do they represent good fortune of the past year and offer you positive memories or should they be released because they hold negative or sad content.  

2. Give your home a "Deep Cleaning or cleansing".  Dust away the cobwebs from your home and office spaces...and dust off your mind.  Positive thinking never hurt anyone.  Turn something around in your mind until you can find the POSITIVE-and keep it there.  Like attracts Like.  We get back what we send out.  Send out the best.

Extra tip: When cleaning be sure to start your cleaning from the front of your home to the back.  Sweep away negativity gathered from last year.  If you sweep from back to front, you risk sweeping away good fortune.

Attention to detail goes a long way. Look inside your refrigerator, get RID of old food and restock to start your New Year with Abundance.  BUY SOME COLORFUL FRESH FRUIT as another sign of abundance and place it on your kitchen or dining room table.  With Intention

4. Purchase those Red Envelopes. These red envelopes symbolize luck and are to be filled with brand new one dollar bills which represent an abundance of wealth for the upcoming year.  Traditionally, they are given to the younger generations but, are also passed to close neighbors and friends.  How much money to put in each? I suggest eight or nine dollar bills, because in Feng Shui they are Lucky Numbers. This is also the time to write down your intentions before the next tip on how to prepare for the New Year.

5. Preform a Space Clearing for your home and business.  Native American White Sage is a great way to bless your home before the Chinese New Year. Do everything with INTENTION on what you'd like to attract this year.  Space Clearings should ONLY be done during the day, when the sun is at its highest point---between 11:00 am to 1:00 if possible.  Never at night.  Make sure you address the corners where Energy can get ‘stuck' or linger. All levels of your home should be cleared, basement, attic and even closets.

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6.  Pay off whatever credit cards or other bills if possible.  The extra amount is not as important as the idea that you are creating a Debt Free year and starting it off with as little debt as possible.

7. Welcome the New Year with beautiful Fresh flowers :) Take the time to hand pick them from your local florist and place them in a vaze.  flowers are symbol of abundance and new life energy.

8. Treat yourself kindly.  Take some time out to do something special for yourself.   When we treat ourselves well, it is said others will treat us well, too!  Maybe it's a manicure or that special outfit you've been wanting; maybe it's just taking home a movie you have wanted to see.  YOU are Special....treat yourself that way :)

 Photo © Robert G. Swetz Jr.  All Rights Reserved

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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 


Comment balloon 9 commentsLaura Cerrano • January 06 2012 02:49PM


It's hard to believe that CNY is just around the corner when we just celebrated Christmas. This year, the YEAR of the DRAGON is important to so many Chinese. I'm sure we'll have lots of Dragon babies. LOL.

Posted by Loreena and Michael Yeo, Real Estate Agents (3:16 team REALTY ~ Locally-owned Frisco TX Real Estate Co.) almost 7 years ago

LOLOL hahahah that is too funny!! :) Embrace those Dragon Babies haha :)

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) almost 7 years ago

These are some great tips for the new year from another culture.  I feel cleansed just reading them.

Posted by Jane Peters, Connecting you to the L.A. real estate market (Home Jane Realty) almost 7 years ago

Laura, I had heard about this being the year of the dragon, but you provided me much more in depth background on this, so thanks so much. Happy New Year to YOU!!!

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) almost 7 years ago

Hi Laura.....Great Information on the Year of the Dragon. I de-cluttered my desk and office  before Christmas, now my desk looks worse today..ha



Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

Laural and Carole

Thanks thanks for sharing the information and tips for the Chinese New Year.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Posted by Lou Ludwig, Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC (Ludwig & Associates) almost 7 years ago

Laura:  I've been thinking about the Chinese New Year, as I have a friend who always has insight about it also, but you've really done a very detailed account of the year of the dragon so I will send her your blog!  

Posted by Sidney Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula Kutchuk - Realty Works Temecula, Realty Works Temecula (Realty Works Temecula) almost 7 years ago

Another one to bookmark and follow up on!  Thank you for these fabulous posts Laura!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) almost 7 years ago

Although I am reading this late, I love the idea of the Year of the Dragon and I am going out to buy red envelopes tomorrow.  I am thinking positive thoughts for 2012!

Posted by Sharon Parisi, Dallas Homes (United Real Estate Dallas ) almost 7 years ago

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