If you have read my 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey Feng Shui Forecast, you would know by now that the year extremely lacks the element of Water. And so today allow me to share a short ritual that you can do on the eve of Chinese New Year. This ritual will help ensure that you symbolically create the presence of the water element and thus provide some buffer or slight relief from the full effects of not having a the water element. However, it should noted that depending on your bazi chart, this is not a replacement for wearing a blue stone or semi – precious stone bracelet.
Chinese New Year or Lunar New Year this year is on February 8. So on February 7 gather a big jar of water, about a gallon, fill it up with clean water and place petals from 8 kinds of flowers. Do not use flowers with thorns like rose.
On the eve of the Chinese New Year at around 4pm, collect the water and put the petals in. Leave it in front of your altar, if you don’t have one, put it at the center of your house. Then the following day, on Lunar New Year, before 8AM sprinkle the water around your house. You can also sprinkle a little with member of your family. Pour the remaining water on your garden or a plant together with water.
Voila! This simple ritual should ease some of the effects of the missing water element.
Again to better understand the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey it will be good to read all the forecast. I know it is quite long but it is important for you to see the big picture.
Today, I would like to share another simple yet quite effective way to make sure our Feng Shui luck is reenergized with the use of perfume.
Perfume is a natural way of enhancing your chi or if you’re having a bad Feng Shui day. All you have to do is to spray on some perfume and you will have naturally, albeit temporary, cured your Feng Shui for the day.
I first learned about the ‘Perfume Cure’ when I was still young man and still under the guidance of my Feng Shui teacher. I was in Hong Kong at that time and my Feng Shui teacher and I are about to leave his office to do a Feng Shui home audit when somebody called him on the landline (mobile phones are not yet in vogue then). My Feng Shui teacher who is in a hurry listened for awhile to the woes of the person, and he somewhat told him that we were in a rush and that for now all the person have to do is spray some perfume. Well, I personally haven’t tried this but have recommended this cure to some friends before and they said it worked. But remember this is a temporary and only a cure for a day.
According to my Feng Shui teacher, preferably natural perfume oil extracted from plants or flowers is the best one to use. However, these days it is quite impractical so commercially available perfumes are a very good alternative. Just try to make sure that the oil versus alcohol ratio is still high in favor of the oil. Meaning, the more natural perfume oil the better. The sad news is that the more perfume oil there is the more expensive the perfume is. I personally, prefer the following brands Clinique Happy, Banana Republic, Hermes, Eternity, only because they have more fruity scent, which is also very good for Feng Shui use.
You can also make your own perfumed water by boiling some water with fragrant herbs or flowers. For this I personally prefer cinnamon or saffron. But saffron is quite expensive.
Just be careful, because some Buddhist temples, in particular Zen Buddhist temples, frown upon people who wear excessive perfume inside the temple because it is deemed disrespectful because perfumes are more often used as an offering for the Buddhas or Bodhisattvas.
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