- February 4: Solar New Year: Place Annual Cures
- February 9: Full Moon
- February 16: Mercury Retrograde through March 10
- February 23: New Moon in Pisces … Health and the Center of your Home
January Recap: Focus on Helpful People and Travel
The January 24th new moon in Pisces correlated with the Helpful People and Travel gua. This is the front right corner of your home, every room in your home and your workspace or office. This area is governed by Metal energy and it correlates to heavenly help. The family member associated with this area is the father and father figures in your household and life. If you’d like to strengthen or shift energy related to father figures and Helpful People, adjust and energize all front-right spaces.
From a health perspective, this area also relates to your head and brain. See this month’s tip if you would like to reduce or minimize headaches or strengthen brain activity. In short, remove clutter and all blockages. Make sure everything is working well and that passageways are free and clear. Enhance with metal objects as well as white, pastels, or grey colors.
Each new moon is the best day to set intentions related to the corresponding gua. If you set intentions with the January 24th new moon, check in with the February 9th full moon to notice what’s taking shape.
2020: Flying Star Update for the Metal Rat
The year of the Metal Rat began on January 25th with the Lunar New Year. This is the traditional day of parades and celebrations. Here’s a link to January’s blog post about the attributes for the year of the Metal Rat: https://fengshuiconnections.com/2020-year-of-the-yang-metal-rat. The Rat is intelligent, industrious, adaptable, and clever. It’s a year for new beginnings. 2020 marks a new decade and a new twelve-year zodiac cycle. Things that get started this year will influence the next twelve years.
If you work with Flying Star feng shui, the Lo Shu number for 2020 is 7. To get the annual Lo Shu number, you add the digits of the year together and subtract them from 11. Two plus two is four. Eleven minus four is seven. Thus, 7 is in the center of the nine-block grid and the stars “fly” accordingly.
The concept behind the annual adjustments is to tamp down negative energy from stars 2, 3, 5 and 7. It’s also helpful to ramp up beneficial energy that comes in from stars 1, 4, 6, 8 and 9. The day to make annual changes to your home and workspace is February 4th, the solar new year. Prior to February 4th, remove and cleanse last year’s cures. Toss out salt water cures and used bagua mirrors. Place fresh salt water cures in the East and the South for 2020, the location for stars 5 and 2. If you’d like help with these or a deeper explanation, contact Peg for a consultation. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 9: Full Moon … Notice What’s Emerging
The light of the full moon shines brightly for all to see. It represents the height of energy for the month. It’s a time when what’s been hidden come to light. It’s also a time for the seeds that you’ve sewn to begin emerging. As a result, look for signs that your intentions have taken root and are beginning to emerge. Think of the new moon as a time to sew the seeds of your intention and the full moon a time to notice the seeds bursting forth and gathering strength and power. If you adjusted your Helpful People and Travel guas last month and then set your intentions, look for signs that what you asked for is taking shape. The shifts might be subtle at first. Be curious and aware. Tune in to everything around you and notice what’s unfolding.
February 23rd: New Moon in Pisces; Focus on your Health
The February 23rd new moon in Pisces correlates to the Center of your home, every room in your home, as well as your workspace or office. The Center of your space holds the energy for overall health and well-being. Thus, February is a month to take stock of your health. Adjust the Center of your home prior to February 23rd and set intentions accordingly.
The energy of the Center permeates throughout your entire environment and life. It represents an integration of all of the guas. Aim to create feelings of balance, openness, harmony and well-being as you traverse through the Center of your home.
The Center of your space is associated with Earth energy. The feng shui color is yellow.
Set an Intention for Your Overall Health and Well-Being
After assessing the Center of your home and all of your spaces, give the Center a thorough cleaning. Open up any blocked or clogged areas. Clear tabletops and counters. Remove clutter or return misplaced items to their proper area. Let go of all that you don’t use or no longer want or need. Then, intentionally refresh the Center.
Sunday, February 23rd is the day to do a meditation related to your overall health and well-being. Your intention could relate to:
- Resolving a specific health issue
- Finding solutions to nagging health problems
- Feeling your best
- Genuinely being happy and living your best life
Adjust the Energy of your Space Via the Five Elements
The Center of your space is governed by Earth energy in the Five Element system. Earth energy is strengthened by Fire and weakened by Metal, Water and Wood.
Although you would typically add items with Fire and Earth qualities to the Center of your home, during 2020 it is more favorable to tone these down and keep the area relatively still. Royal blue is a favorable color to introduce to this area. If your kitchen is in the Center, guard against fires. If you have windchimes, remove them, as they activate energy and stir things up.
There’s no need to worry about Fire and Earth items you may already have in the Center of your home, just don’t add more. If you’re in the habit of regularly burning candles here, hold off for this year, or for at least the beginning of the year. A quiet, calm approach to create a more “still” environment will serve you well. This year add items with Metal, Water or Wood qualities.
Metal energy helps bring clarity to a space. Metal items include:
- all metal: gold, silver, brass, aluminum and more (pots & pans, lamps, picture frames…)
- marble, granite, flagstone
- natural crystals and rocks dug from deep in the earth
- circles, oval and arch shapes
- white, gray and pastel shades.
Water brings reflective and philosophical qualities to a space. Water items include:
- all water, water features, pictures and art with water (rivers, streams, lakes, ocean, etc.)
- glass, mirrors, reflective surfaces and shiny objects
- free form and symmetrical shapes
- black and very deep, dark colors.
Wood energy is about growth and expansion. Wood energy is represented by:
- Fresh flowers, plants and trees
- Floral fabrics and patterns
- Vertical stripes and tall columns
- Green and blue
Check-in at the Full Moon
The full moon check-in that aligns with adjustments to the Center of your space is March 9th. This is the time to reflect on the objectives you set during the February new moon and notice how things are changing for you. I’ll include a reminder about this in the March newsletter.
If you’d like some ideas and suggestions of ways to adjust the Center of your space, contact Peg email@example.com.
The planet Mercury will be retrograde from February 16th through March 10 2020. This is an excellent time to catch up with loose ends. Remember to avoid purchasing electronics and mechanical items during this period. Sign contracts before and after this cycle as well. For best results, work around these three-and-a-half-weeks, when dealing with new initiatives and purchases. If you must make electronic or automobile purchases during this time, get a warranty.
Be attentive while driving … traffic accidents are more frequent and more intense during Mercury retrograde cycles. Slow down, allow more space between cars, and let others move ahead of you. Build in extra time to get to work and to do your errands. Plan to arrive a few minutes early for appointments.
Here are some suggestions to help you make good use of this cycle:
- Review projects or information that’s been lying around or piling up
- Renovate a room or area of your home or workplace
- Repair items that are worn or broken. Catch up with projects.
- Reorganize closets, drawers and storage spaces.
- Release extras that you no longer need.
- Research topics you’d like to learn more about.
- Relax and read. This is great for your body and soul.
- Reach out to family, friends and colleagues for support, if you need some.
- Recapture your zest for life and interest in joyful activities.
- Rest and recuperate if you’ve had setbacks or you’re pushing too hard.
- Redesign or refinish something to give a favorite piece a new life.
- Reflect on your life and what you’d like to change, strengthen or improve.
- Redirect your activities and rejuvenate yourself. Plan or take a vacation.
- Remain focused and centered.
- Retreat to a sanctuary or sacred place to reflect on what’s most important.
Plan ahead and mark your calendar for the following Mercury Retrograde cycles:
- June 18 – July 12, 2020
- October 14 – November 3, 2020