by Madhu Mati Brodkey
Is this going to be a year where the DOG nips at your heels or adoringly climbs into your lap for a nap? Any way you look at it, it’s going to be attention-grabbing.
The eternal optimists, dogs always see the best in themselves and others and have a naturally happy disposition….Unless they get in a mood! They are enthusiastic which can be contagious or it can be annoying, for they never give up. This year is a Yang (strong) Earth Dog Year and can inspire others to look to The Dog for leadership. Mostly trusting and loyal, dogs can also be jealous and unforgiving when you don’t agree with them. Their innate stubbornness also means they will rarely admit when they are wrong. Sound like anybody you know in the public eye for the last couple of years?
Come to The Way of Life on the evening of Wednesday, January 24, to learn more about the year and what we can expect from this Yang Earth Dog. I promise it will be illuminating and fun!
This year Chinese New Year falls on Thursday, February 15. It is a time of ritual and gathering with friends and family. Celebrations can go on for 15 days. No expense is spared and I have found from personal experience that every restaurant in China Town is filled at this time with families and friends celebrating. Preparing for the Chinese New Year involves many activities. Here are some tips to help you get ready:
Pay off debts with friends before the New Year so that they can start the year fresh.
About three weeks before the New Year families start their spring cleaning to welcome in the New Year. Do this with the intention that you are sending old stuck Qi away and welcoming fresh invigorating energy into your home. It’s a great time to DE-CLUTTER!
New Year decorations are displayed to create a festive atmosphere and invite the gods to bestow blessings on the household. An orange tree known as kum quat is a favorite found in Asian homes at this time. It represents abundance and is placed near the front entrance. A major activity of the New Year is the exchange of gifts. Most of the gift items have symbolic meanings to demonstrate good will or to express good wishes and are presented to family and friends.
GUNG HEY FAT CHOY!
*Madhu will lead the Golden Cicada New Year Ritual on Saturday, February 17, followed by a potluck of favorite New Year foods. Space is limited, so, please reserve your space by contacting Madhu.
Madhu Mati Brodkey, BTB MFS, is a graduate of the BTB™ Feng Shui Masters Program (based on the teachings of Professor Lin Yun, founder of BTB™ Feng Shui. Madhu is a frequent guest speaker at events and bookstores, television and radio programs, and is a contributing writer for several local publications. For a personal forecast for the Year of the Yang Earth Dog, contact Madhu at: 831-722-3669 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org