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Feng Shui For The New Year: Year of the Yin Water Rabbit
Create Space For New Energy
by Amanda Sophia
2023 is the Year of the Water Rabbit, and we will experience quite a few shifts in all aspects of our lives, especially since we’re moving from the fierce energy of the Tiger to the more delicate energy of the Rabbit. Let’s take a look at how we can prepare for this year.
What does the Rabbit represent?
The Rabbit represents the moon, Yin energy, and, through its softness, gentleness and caring nature, the Divine Feminine. It promotes the journey of inward reflection, a gentle dissection of the self. The Rabbit may appear soft and cuddly, but its confidence and selflessness are admirable – moving steadily toward its goals regardless of adversity, through planning, perseverance and the embrace of spontaneity. The Year of the Water Rabbit can be your year of perseverance, abundance and grace, and a time of inwardly seeking your true authenticity in everything you do! This is a beautiful way to seek new adventures, venturing into the underworld, and celebrating the magical opportunities and challenges that you may face. The Rabbit invites you to practice a greater sense of gentleness on yourself, allowing room to grow, plan, create and restore.
The Rabbit’s symbolism reminds us to reflect, going inward to examine our subconscious, to use self-compassion and other intentional practices to heal our inner wounds. The Rabbit invites us to continue the journey of remembrance, to root ourselves in authenticity, and to honor ourselves in every aspect of our lives. Are you being your authentic self, Beloved?
This energy encourages us to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, ground ourselves in nature, and create a sense of balance within ourselves. Take this year to focus on inner growth, self-care and nourishment.
How you can align your home for the New Year using Feng Shui
Decluttering is always a top tip in Feng Shui! Clutter has a way of keeping us stuck in the past and not supporting us as we move forward in life. We hold onto things that provide us with a false sense of security instead of trusting that things will come to us as we need them. In fact, the less attached we are to things, the happier we are. When we move from one year to the next, clearing out the clutter is a great way of welcoming new energy.
Scheduling time to clear the clutter is important. If you don’t plan out a specific day or time to start, then eventually you’ll put it on the back burner. Be truly honest with yourself as you clear. For what reasons are you keeping any item? If you’re keeping it ‘just in case’, because you’re going to fix it, it was a gift, you inherited it, it was from a previous relationship, or it is tied to monetary value, then it is probably time to let go of it.
Here are some ways to clear out the clutter:
• Start by opening all doors and windows to allow fresh air to circulate and provide an outlet for stale energy to leave through, while you go through the home.
• Consider donating unwanted items to your favorite charity shop.
• Unpack cupboards entirely to see what’s inside, and see what items you don’t use.
• When you think about clutter, think also about your wallet, for this is the place where abundance flows in. Feng Shui invites us to keep clean wallets and regularly file or throw out receipts.
• Remove all items from the house that are broken, torn, stained, or perhaps just not functioning as intended. In Feng Shui, broken items can create energetic blocks, which we want to avoid.
How you can raise the vibration in your body and home this year
Beloved, it’s important to remember that the conscious use of words and symbols can help you raise the energy vibration of your home and body. Changing your language is just as powerful as changing your environment.
Instead of telling ourselves lies about not being good enough, we should come from a place of self-love, speaking mindfully and kindly. To raise your vibrational energy and attract what you want in your life, use words such as ‘I choose this’, ‘I am’, ‘I can’, ‘I have’, ‘I am grateful for…’, etc.
Similarly, negative words and images around our homes impact our physical and energetic bodies. Using Feng Shui, we can see that artwork has the same power. Images of war and darkness lower the vibration in the home, and therefore in our personal energy fields. If you have statues or artwork of war, death or darkness, I invite you to reconsider having them in your home. The items we keep in our homes create and support our reality. The home is an expression of internal healing, so only keep what you love and what inspires you.
In your home, I invite you to place a doormat that says ‘Welcome’ and that feels good to you. Ensure your front door area is always clean and decluttered; this space easily becomes the drop-off area the moment you get home, so rather dedicate areas where you will leave your shoes, keys and bags. Take a moment to look at the accessories, statues, artwork, text on decals (even humorous ones), and notice the messages they are giving out.
What you need to know about the Feng Shui Flying Stars for 2023
The East and Northwest are the least auspicious areas this year, which means intentionality when it comes to these areas is vital. Try to keep these areas in your home calm, and try not to disturb or dig in these areas (e.g. no renovations). Also, try to keep fire colors, like reds, out of these areas. Keep both of these areas as clutter-free as possible and place all the remedies necessary, including adding more of the metal element to this space. If you’re spending a lot of time in the East area of your home, be mindful of potential health challenges.
The South is the most supportive and auspicious area in the home in 2023. This area is supportive of relationships going to the next level, and is the ideal energy for bringing a baby into the world. To enhance promotions and career advancements, add fire colors, like red, pink and burnt orange, and earth tones, like yellow and beige. Fire is the only Feng Shui element where the color alone is enough to remedy the space.
The Rabbit wrapped up
Allow yourself space, and welcome newness and adventure while grounding yourself in authenticity. There’s potential this year for ideas to become realities and inner healing to expand; allow yourself to flow with, not against, this gentle and
conscious energy of the Water Rabbit. Be one with the moon, align your home and life using Feng Shui, step into your truth, and you will see flourishing results.
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