The Chinese New Year, 2008 is Coming! What YOU should know....by Feng Shui Long Island

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We will be ringing in the New Year on February 7th, 2008.  The CHINESE New Year, a very Auspicious Day for many.  Every year I do a special mailing and strongly suggest to my clients that they follow the relatively simple things on the list I've provided....and every year I get the most wonderful feedback from them; they believe doing these simple and inexpensive things have helped and so do I.

Feng Shui Long Island Consultant

Because I am adding to the list this year, I am putting this post in parts.  (Believe me I've read enough posts telling me to keep it short and to the point).  And I TRY-which doesn't mean I succeed.  It is important to me that I relay the information correctly...

I do follow all these things myself and I do believe they help a great deal in the year we are projecting for ourselves.  So I've added again to the list for this year and I will also include information for those that have a home/office as well.  They generate money and clients and are very valuable rooms in our homes! 

One note:  I have a wide variety of clients.  Most of them take the suggestions I make and do make the changes and report success.  And I have other clients that literally put their heart and soul and INTENTION into each and every change, keeping in mind what they want to attract back (The Law of Attraction).  These are the people that report the BEST news---they and their energies are fully engaged and they are focused on what they want to achieve.  For years I have been writing that ENERGY FOLLOWS INTENT. If you want the Energy to change, keep your intentions focused.  Here's to the BEST 2008 for All of you!

If at all possible, pay down your credit cards and bills prior to the Chinese New Year.  Try to start the year off with as little debt as possible.  If we want to start a clean slate, this is one of the best ways to do so.

* CLEAN. Clean out dust, clear out the cobwebs (from your home as well as your thoughts) and start the new year with a different environment.  The very act of cleaning helps to energize your surroundings!

Long Island Feng Shui Consultant Chinese New Year

* At the risk of repeating myself (over and over again) it does mean clear out that clutter.  Remember the rule of clutter:  If you don't need it, use it or LOVE it, get rid of it.  Pass it along to someone who will be very grateful to have it.

* Make some changes. They could be changes in your routine, changes in your thoughts or physical changes.  New Years and New Beginnings mean a new way of doing things, disregarding things that aren't working for us and incorporating or trying new things that may.  It's time to be truly open to change to allow the new energy IN.

* Fruit to Feng Shui Consultants signifies Abundance....Abundance in ALL areas.  Put a bowl of fruit out on your kitchen and/or dining room tables to signify the abundance that is sure to follow. You can eat them the day after New Years, not before!

Feng Shui New York Consultant Carole Provenzale

* Add fresh flowers.  They not only are pure "Chi" (Energy) but they actually can help change the energy in a space with the use of colors that signify elements as well...make sure you get a few red flowers in the bunch.  Some people put them in one room; some put a small bunch in many rooms.  (Last year I bought quite a few, they gave my home a lovely feeling).

* Sweep the kitchen floor as close to midnight as possible. It symbolizes letting go of the old and putting it right outside.

Chinese New Year

* If you are home on the New Year, burn a candle.  Blow it out as close to Midnight as possible with your wishes and Intentions for the New Year in place.  Celebrate this night as if it were a birthday.

Feng Shui Candles

* Finally, open the doors and windows as close to midnight or at midnight if possible.  We are welcoming in not only a New Year but also new hope and new beginnings! 

These things don't take very long and don't cost much money at all but it's a wonderful way to start any new year and let go of the previous year, particularly if you had struggles or difficulties.  Now that you've cleaned out your home, let go of old thoughts that no longer benefit you.  We need room for all the new, wonderful energy that you are attracting!

*For additional changes that I myself am incorporating into this year, please visit my next post.  

http://www.FengShuiLI.com

*Carole Provenzale has been a Certified Feng Shui Practitioner since 1997 and is the Founder of Feng Shui Long Island providing Feng Shui Consultations for All of Long Island including Oyster Bay and Feng Shui Consultations for New York City (Manhattan) Apartments for over a decade.  Phone consultations are available for those at a distance.  Feng Shui consultations for homes, offices, businesses, corporations, renovations, real estate, pre purchase and new construction.  All Consultations are personalized and affordable.                                                       LOVE

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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. 

 

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Marzena Melby
Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty - Richfield, MN
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Carole,

Thank you!  Great tips and very easy to follow.

Happy New Year! 

Jan 20, 2008 10:13 PM #59
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Chris, Thank you very much, I wish the same to you and your family!

Elaine, It is going to be a wonderful year, there is more about the general forecast in the next post.  Chinese astrology is quite complicated and it's difficult to address some of your questions but I can tell you that they go by a lunar calander so they are following phases of the moon which changes the dates every year.  They also celebrate for 15 days, it is their most important holiday.  If you are (or may be) between signs you have to determine it by the time you were born.  Sites on the internet differ so if you want to be really precise you'd need to get a book about it by a highly respected author on the subject, it can become very confusing.

Kathy, It's funny that you asked that because I do celebrate both (can't have too many celebrations :) and I do things things on OUR New Year as well!  To me the biggest expense if the flowers and you have to clean anyway...I also like to cover all the bases :)  Thank  you for asking, I thought it was a great question.

Marzena, Thank you for your comment, I do hope you'll try them, we can expect a great year ahead :)

Jan 21, 2008 09:18 AM #60
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Kathy McGraw
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Carole- thanks for always being open to questions.....and for answering them too :)
Jan 21, 2008 01:06 PM #61
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Carole: I went to the Los Angeles Chinatown today to buy some Chinese New Year red envelopes. My original plan was to put 8 chocolate coins in each envelope and give them to my Chinese clients and Chinese REAs as a Happy New Year present. As I couldn't find anyone who worked in the store who spoke enough English to help me, I approached one of the other shoppers and asked her for her opinion of what I was buying. Turns out I had picked up the red envelopes for newly weds. Glad I asked. She told me that putting candy in the envelope was for children only, and that I should put money in the envelope $1 or $2 in each because "Chinese people like money" (her words). Then she suggested that I put $1 lottery tickets in each envelope, which would suggest good luck. Sounded like a good idea to me. When I went to pay for my purchases, I asked the cashier (who was also Chinese) if she thought the lottery tickets were a good idea. She thought it was a bad idea, because if the recipient didn't win, they would think it was bad luck and that hiring me would be a gamble. She thought $1 or a few $ was the best idea, "because Chinese people like money" (I'm sensing a theme here).

So, what are your thoughts on this? Also, if I go with the $1-$2 thing, is it OK to also include my business card in the envelope to hint that hiring me would bring the REA prosperity? I am trying to do a positive thing here and don't want it to blow up because I have made some kind of etiquette blunder.

Jan 21, 2008 01:27 PM #62
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BILL CHERRY
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Miss Carole--

I have to admit I love this stuff!  And I loved yoga, too.

Billycherry

Jan 21, 2008 01:46 PM #63
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kathy, How nice of you to come back just to thank me, that's so nice of you!

Hi Michelle,  They do make separate cards for the chinese new year but they are often difficult to find.  They are also used for weddings and have the symbol of "double happiness" on those; I don't think they would be offended if you offered them the newlywed envelopes as I know some people who buy plain red envelopes from OfficeMax and they are fine.  The Chinese and other cultures do like money and during a consultation I suggest 3 LIKE coins (3 dimes, quarters) in the envelopes but in the New Year they want something more significant so it has to be paper...a dollar is fine. I would absolutely NOT give a lottery ticket, however. 

They are also given to Children so I think that if your clients have children you might give to the children and not the clients or everyone but I don't know how many people you're planning on doing this with and don't want it to cost you a fortune.  You can put a business card in, I can't see that would offend them in ANY way.  I hope this explains it better, if not just give me a call and I'd be happy to go over anything with you.

Jan 21, 2008 01:54 PM #64
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Michelle Minch
Moving Mountains Design Home Staging, Pasadena, CA - Los Angeles, CA
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Thanks Carole.
Jan 21, 2008 02:01 PM #65
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Julie Neerings~Lifting Hearts ♥ Building Dreams~
Agent Referral - Salt Lake City, UT
Ahhhh...Now that was truly refreshing Carole. I could just visit with you for hours and feel completely comforted by the loving words that you say. Congratulations on your feature and this entire post is filled with complete goodness.  I have learned so very much from you my friend. Have a fantastic week.
Jan 22, 2008 12:43 AM #66
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Trace Galle
Designs by Trace - Kelowna, BC

Hi Carole,

Great post, thanks! I am bookmarking this to make sure I follow it. 

Jan 22, 2008 02:34 AM #67
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Bill, Thanks for your comment, I love it too!

Michelle, You're welcome, I hope it helped...

Julie, As always thank you for the lovely comment.  I hope this helps people, I really do believe in it!

Trace, Good, I'm glad to hear that, they're not difficult changes but they sure do help ensure a wonderful New Year.

Jan 22, 2008 02:51 AM #68
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Kate Bourland
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Oh Carole, I missed this post.  I'm actually going to print this and follow it.  How far in advance of New Year do you put the fruit on the table?  What if it does go bad? 

 Someone mentioned a two week celebration.  So much to learn.

I know that in a previous post you had mentioned the red envelope energy.  I've missed that post if you have already written it?  This is something that I definitely want to incorporate into my life.

So glad that I met you here on AR!

Jan 22, 2008 03:08 AM #69
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
HI Kate, You didn't miss it, I just posted it last night.  You would only buy the fruit and flowers a day or two before--the fruit can be eaten the day after the New Year so it should be fine.  I buy threes of different colors (3 apples, 3 oranges, 3 pears) because they are different colors and that's what I like to eat so choose fruit that you'll eat.  Thanks for your questions, I'm so glad you'll be incorporating these suggestions.
Jan 23, 2008 01:00 AM #70
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Kate Bourland
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Kewl Carole, thanks so much for this.  I just love it. 
Jan 23, 2008 08:39 PM #71
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Rick & Ines - Miami Beach Real Estate
Majestic Properties - Miami Beach, FL

Hi Carole - I'm lost - do we celebrate and do the rituals to bring in the new year tonight (the 6th) or tomorrow night (the 7th?).

thanks,

ines

Feb 06, 2008 12:56 PM #72
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Kate, Thank you, I've been cleaning out for weeks!  Happy New Year!

Ines, I'm SO sorry to get back to you late, I was not really on the computer much the past two days and am trying to catch up.  It would have been done on the EVE which was the 6th but the Chinese celebrate this event for two weeks so if you can do some of the things I mentioned it is certainly not too late.  Fresh flowers and fruit (for chi and abundance) and sweep the kitchen floor to remove old energy!

Feb 08, 2008 01:49 AM #73
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Not to worry Carole - I did a little searching and was able to celebrate it and be ready for it - I have to tell you that I woke up the next morning and my house felt refreshed and alive, it was pretty surreal - THANK YOU!!
Feb 09, 2008 02:31 PM #74
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Ines, Several other people mentioned that as well...I'm so glad.  I love having fresh flowers all over the house, I don't usually get them very often in the winter and my home feels good as well!
Feb 09, 2008 02:44 PM #75
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you better believe there are fresh flowers all over my house - even in the kids' rooms! :)

I try to always have fresh flowers and NEVER do fake.  I find that they add color and the right energy in spaces that need it (without having to reupholster or paint walls).  Flowers are the easiest fix.

Feb 09, 2008 03:08 PM #76
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Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher
Ines, I love them as well but they're so expensive here in the winter!  The Chinese New Year gives me a good excuse to have them in most of my rooms and I love them!
Feb 10, 2008 10:49 AM #77
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Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
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Hi Carole..am I right we have ten days to get things in order not just one night like the Western Culture? I need to clean up my desk.

Cheers

Feb 10, 2008 05:11 PM #78
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