Lunar New Year

Welcome Metal Rabbit February 3, 

2011 

Lunar Year

METAL RABBIT Astrology Feb 3, 2011 to Jan 22, 2012
People under this Chinese Astrology are very colorful people. They are very curious and respond to power and beauty naturally. Luck walks along with them. But it comes when they work towards it. They are very pleasant around people and are generally warm and affectionate by nature.

For metal rabbits the values of life are very important. Riches and fame are only temporary but one's reputation is for life. Metal rabbits strongly believe in this lesson of life. They hardly ever seek the limelight, but always pave the way for others success. Metal rabbits make fine book agents, art critics, teachers, political campaigners and great organizers. Though they may shy away from the limelight, they are extremely trustworthy and are always surrounded by friends. Since they are so pure of heart, their finances sometimes run deep into trouble. But on the other hand their love lives are picture perfect and complete in themselves.

SPOTLIGHT: Welcome the Year of the Rabbit!

Friday, January 28, 2011 2:05 PM EST, 
By Susan Van Dongen Special Writer 

     Reliable as clockwork (or perhaps a sundial) is the arrival of the Chinese New Year. Out goes the Year of the Tiger, and in hops the Year of the Rabbit or Hare, arriving Feb. 3 and lasting until Jan. 22, 2012. With a zodiac that consists of 12 animals, each creature in Chinese astrology reigns every dozen years. Other “rabbit years” include 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963, 1951 and 1939. Think back to those years in your life and look forward to similar energy for this year.  Chinese astrology also takes into account five natural elements, and so an animal is not only a tiger or a rabbit, but a water, wood, fire, earth or metal tiger or rabbit. 2011 happens to be the year of the “metal” or golden rabbit.

Of the many main courses (up to 20, Ms. Lee says), a whole fish — not filleted — is an important element for the dinner table New Year’s Eve. Each dish has a special, positive meaning, and “thoughtful eating” is a way to set an upbeat tone for the coming year.
    “There is a lot of eating and drinking, and we stay up until midnight, when you would traditionally set off firecrackers,” Ms. Lee says. “This is when we say ‘good words,’ aspirational words, to our families and friends and es
pecially grandparents and other seniors. Normally (in the U.S.) we say ‘happy New Year,’ but we also wish ‘good fortune for the coming year.’”

    Although Ms. Lee is not an astrologer, she says most Chinese and Chinese-American people know about Chinese astrology and enjoy learning about the traits of the different animals as they concern people, and reflect on how their own personalities compare with the animals. However, a serious Chinese astrologer doesn’t just consider a person’s birth year and their animal — the month, dates and especially the time when a person is born is of utmost importance when drawing a chart.That said, the traits of the animals are a playful way to analyze a person, and someone born in a rabbit year would be keen, wise, fragile (at least fragile- looking), serene, considerate, compassionate, sensitive and fashionable. They are quite calm, non-aggressive and will avoid confrontation at all costs.

    Often gifted in the arts, rabbit people are talented and enjoy artistic ventures, finding themselves in art and music classes or groups, or surrounded by creative friends. Although introverted and private, they are also very hospitable, good hosts and warm- hearted companions, with lovely, organized homes and workspaces. A symbol for mercy, elegance and beauty, the rabbit is associated with the Moon.   A rabbit year is a time to catch one’s breath, and the next 12 mon
ths should feel considerably more relaxed than the year that is going out – the Year of the Tiger.

    “Generally, the year reflects the energy of the animal in the Chinese zodiac,” Ms. Lee says. “So, naturally, a rabbit year will have different energy than a tiger year, since a tiger is a very determined and forceful animal. I think this year will be more flexible and softer.”

    It is not suggested to force a dispute or issue during a rabbit year. Rather, to reap the greatest benefits from this time, focus on home, family, security, diplomacy, and relationships with women and children. In addition, this is a bonus year for rabbit people, so this would be a positive time to launch a new creative endeavor, and forge fresh, pleasant relationships. As the fourth animal in the Chinese zodiac, you might compare rabbit with Cancer, the fourth sign in the Western zodiac, another gentle sign which is concerned with family, children, home and the Moon.

    If you really want to tap into the lunar energy of a rabbit year, take the time to observe the full moons of this year, and when warmer weather comes, find a place in nature and admire the light of the moon. Enjoy the moon’s glow and absorb its intuitive, healing, yin energy, especially if your sign is the rabbit. Traditions even suggest this is a year to wish upon the moon, strengthen your chi energy and grow in wisdom. Thank you http://www.centraljersey.com/articles/2011/01/28/lifestyle/doc4d42fec1cfd2c095612690.txt

In the weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year, it is customary to make preparations for the 15-day Spring Festival.  Here are some tips!

Before the New Year

  • Clean your home thoroughly, including basements and attics.  Wash windows, paint, clean filters and drains, dust, clear clutter
  • Organize files, closets, drawers,  calendars and schedules
  • Replace, repair or remove anything that is broken (especially clocks and watches)
  • If you have an altar in your home, clean and re-state your intentions
  • Pay your debts and balance accounts
  • Reconcile any disputes you may have
  • Clean and optimize your computer files and drives

On New Year’s Eve (February 2)

  • Sweep the entire house, starting at the front door and ending at the back door
  • Get a haircut
  • Prepare a reunion gathering and meal that continues through the midnight hour, bridging the old year and the new
  • Replace your front door mat to avoid dragging remnants of last year’s energy into your home in the new year
  • At midnight, open all windows and doors to allow old energy to escape and new energy to enter – smudge or ring bells to clear
  • Light firecrackers or display decorative Chinese firecrackers to frighten away unfriendly spirits and introduce yang energy to your celebration
  • Set your intentions for the New Year

On New Year’s Day (February 3)

  • Put all brooms, knives and scissors away so as not to cut into or sweep away good fortune for the year
  • Welcome deities from heaven and earth to guide you through the year
  • Honor and pay respect to elders
  • Wear new clothing to put your best foot forward in the new year
  • Do not lend or borrow money on this day
  • Do not cry so as not to bring sadness with you into the new year
  • Decorate with and wear the color red – the color for joy and virtue
  • Distribute red envelopes (ang pow) to children
  • Display fresh flowers (especially peach and plum blossoms) for abundance
  • Put out a bowl of oranges
  • When leaving your home, the words exchanged with the first person you meet influences the luck of the year so make them positive!
Relatives,

2011 heralds the year of the Yin Metal Rabbit.  While the western calendar recognizes January 1 as the first day of the New Year, Chinese tradition celebrates a ten day New Year Festival, geared to both the agricultural seasons (yang) and astrological moon phases (yin).  The solar (Hsia) calendar marks the beginning of spring on February 3 when we welcome the year of the Rabbit.  Gentler in nature than the ferocious Tiger it follows, the Rabbit lends an air of beauty, grace and diplomacy to the year.  For many, this will be a welcome respite from the turmoil of 2010.

In Chinese Astrology the Rabbit is associated with springtime and all the joy and optimism it brings.  Nature begins to recover from the cold yin winter, farmers ready their fields for planting, animals and insects stir. We envision longer days, warmer temperatures and fertile pastures.  Nature gives birth to itself again in the cycle of life, and the tranquil Rabbit accomplishes her tasks with careful discernment rather than force.  In Five Element Feng Shui, the Rabbit belongs to the Wood element aligned with flowers, morning, family and new beginnings.  How appropriate for the New Year to begin on the first day of spring!

During the weeks leading up to the Chinese New Year Festival, it is customary to clear away old energy (and bad luck) from the previous year and to set the stage for all that is new and promising.  It is proper to clean house, make repairs, paint, wash windows and pay debts so as not to carry burdens from the previous year with you into the next.  In Feng Shui we advise clutter clearing in every bagua area of your home and office to make room for new and inspiring changes in these areas of your life.

As the Tiger begins his retreat and the gentle Rabbit peeks out from her warren, borrow some of her good manners, social responsibility and kindness to guide you through the year.  As always, I wish you good ch’i and  ‘si ji ping an’ ~ peace and prosperity in all seasons.  

Happy New Year! Diane Gallin, CFSC, Wind and Water Feng Shui Consulting windandwaterfengshui.com

Wind and Water2011 Flying Star Cures Year of the Yin Metal Rabbit

The following Flying Star cures are transitional in 2011 and should be used in conjunction with the permanent (natal) Flying Star cures associated with your building or person.  Please seek the advice of a professional Feng Shui consultant when placing these cures ~ Diane Gallin

5 Yellow (Wu kuei) is located in the East 

  • Place a metal wind chime or chiming metal pendulum clock in this sector to prevent obstacles, accidents, financial loss and bad luck.  You may also place a salt water cure in this sector.  Avoid loud noise and the color red/fire.  Do not move earth or undertake construction/noisy renovations in the East in 2011.

 2 Black (T’ien yi) is located in the South

  • Place 6 metal coins tied together with red ribbon to avoid illness.  You may also place a metal wind chime and salt water cure.  

 3 Jade (Huo hai)) is located in the North

  • Place a piece of red paper, a bright light or another red object to avoid legal troubles and arguments.  No metal or water in this sector. 

 7 Metal (Chueh ming) is located in the Center

  • Place 3 pieces of bamboo growing in clear (yin) water or add the color blue to prevent robbery or deception.  Avoid fire and earth in this sector.

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Asian New Year is associated with many symbols and customs. Each of these Chinese New Year symbols has its own importance. Every Chinese New Year symbol has a deep meaning in it. So let's learn more about these Chinese New Year symbols and bring prosperity and happiness in our lives. 

Luna
r Calendar: Asian Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar.

This Lunar New Year symbol often shows the dates of both the Gregorian (Western) calendar and the (Eastern) Lunar Calendar. The Gregorian dates are printed in Arabic numerals, and the Chinese dates in Chinese numerals. 

Flowers: Flowers are an important part of the Chinese New Year decorations. In old China, much use was made of natural products in celebrations as well as in daily life. The two flowers most associated with the New Year are the plum blossom and the water narcissus. Flowers form an important symbol for the Chinese New Year. 

Lai-See Envelopes: (Also called Hong-Bao) Money is placed in these envelopes and given to children and young adults at Chinese New Year's time, much in the spirit as Christmas presents. Presents are also often exchanged between families. This is also a very important Chinese New Year Symbol.

Lucky CharacterThe single word “FOOK", or fortune, is often displayed in many homes and stores. They are usually written by brush on a diamond-shaped piece of red paper. This is supposed to be a lucky Chinese New Year symbol. 

Plum Blossoms: This Chinese New Year symbol stands for courage and hope. The blossoms burst forth at the end of winter on a seemingly lifeless branch. In Chinese art, plum blossoms are associated with the entire season of winter and not just the New Year. 

Spring CoupletsThis Chinese New Year symbol is a very old one and holds traditional significance. Spring couplets are traditionally written with black ink on red paper. They are hung in storefronts in the month before the Chinese New Year's Day, and often stay up for two months. They express best wishes and fortune for the coming year. There is a great variety in the writing of these poetic couplets to fit the situation. A store would generally use couplets hat make references to their line of trade. Couplets that say "Happy New Year" and “Continuing Advancement in Education” are appropriate for a school. 

Tangerines, Oranges, Pomelos: Tangerines and oranges are frequently displayed in homes and stores. Tangerines are symbolic of good luck, and oranges are symbolic of wealth. These Chinese New Year symbols have developed through a language pun, the word for tangerine having the same sound as "luck" in Chinese, and the word for orange having the same sound as "wealth". Pomelos are large pear-shaped grapefruits. 

Tray of Togetherness:
 Many families keep a tray full of dried fruits, sweets, and candies to welcome guests and relatives who drop by. This tray is called a chuen-hop, or "tray of togetherness". This Chinese New Year symbol was traditionally made up of eight compartments, each of which was filled with a special food item of significance to the New Year season. 

Water Narcissus: This Chinese New Year symbol signifies good luck and fortune. Flower that blossom at New Year's time. If the white flowers blossom exactly on the day of the New Year, it is believed to indicate good fortune for the ensuing twelve months. 

Chinese Zodiac: The rotating cycle of twelve animal signs was a folk method for naming the years in traditional China. The animal signs for one another in an established order, and are repeated every twelve years. 1976 was the Year of the Dragon, 1977 was the year of the Snake. 2006 in the Chinese New Year was the year of the dog, 2009 was the year of OX, and 2010 is the year of Tiger.  
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Per

sonality of the Rabbit

Occupying the 4th position in the Chinese Zodiac, the Rabbit symbolizes such character traits as creativity, compassion, and sensitivity. Rabbits are friendly, outgoing and prefer the company of others. They also prefer to avoid conflict. In confrontational situations, Rabbits approach calmly and with consideration for the other party. Rabbits believe strongly in friends and family and lacking such bonds can lead to emotional issues.

Their serene nature keeps Rabbits from becoming visibly upset. Because they’re serene animals, Rabbits are easily taken advantage of. Their sensitive nature makes them shy away from aggressive or competitive situations. They’re overall conservative and not interested in taking risks.
 
Classy, sophisticated, expressive, well-mannered and stylish, those born under the Sign of the Rabbit enjoy leaning about cultural issues and learning about people from other countries. Rabbits are most comfortable being home, and their homes are always neat and organized. Home is also where Rabbits prefer to entertain. Rabbits are conservative in their decorating tastes.
 
Rabbits should work at building more self-confidence and self-worth so they can feel more secure. The desire for remaining in safe, comfortable environments keeps Rabbits from taking risks which sometimes causes them to miss out on good opportunities. 


Health

Even though Rabbits don’t usually get visibly upset or stressed, they do tend to keep these feelings inside. When they don’t express these feelings, such feeling can cause Rabbits to become ill. Rabbits could benefit from more everyday activity which would reduce their stress levels and better their health.

Relationships

Rabbits are very sexual, but tend to give more of themselves than they should. This can lead to unrealistic expectations and unhealthy situations. Rabbits need partners who won’t take advantage of their giving nature. Such pairings will be strong.

Career
Rabbits are articulate and good communicators which is why friends and acquaintances seek out their advice. It’s also why Rabbits make excellent diplomats and politicians. Other good careers for Rabbits include: writer, publisher, actor, fashion designer, therapist, doctor, administrator, public relations, and teacher.
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