- January 5: New Moon and Solar Eclipse in Capricorn
- January 21: Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse in Leo
2019 Mercury Retrograde Dates
We have a new moon and solar eclipse in Capricorn on January 5th. New moons represent new beginnings and eclipses are periods of change. What a wonderful way to begin 2019! It’s time to leave the challenges of 2018 behind and move forward with a clean slate. Capricorn is a very practical and grounded sign. This is the time to envision your plans for the year ahead and take inspired action to get them started.
From a feng shui perspective, Capricorn is associated with the Fame and Reputation gua. This is the back-center of your house, every room in your house, your land, your workspace …wherever you spend time. This energy is about shining your light! It’s time to be clear about what you want and to bring attention to it.
The Fame gua is opposite the Career gua, the front-center of your home, every room in your home and various spaces where you spend time. The Career gua is about your life’s purpose and journey. The two areas work together to help you bring visibility to your intentions, work, reputation and integrity. The Fame gua is associated with Fire energy and the Career gua is related to Water energy, creating a dynamic relationship between these opposite energies. A push-pull, of sorts.
I recommend that you begin 2019 by defining or specifying your intentions and long-term goals. How would you like the year to unfold for you? The Capricorn new moon is a perfect time to do this. Visualize and write your plans or story with an expectation that things will easily fall into place for you. Use positive, present tense language. Envision a magical year unfolding before your eyes. Doing so helps to lay the groundwork and get things moving in your favor. Omit self-sabotage, including stories you carry about struggle, blame, lack of resources, things not happening, etc. Such stories reinforce those patterns. As you begin 2019, leave the past behind. It’s time.
2019 Planning Guide
Here’s a link to Susannah Conway’s annual planning guide. “Unravel Your Year 2019.” The password is “delight.” Give yourself the gift of time and thought that this guide requires. It’s well worth the effort. As project managers know, the more time you put into planning the easier the process unfolds. It’s the same with planning your life. Rather than rushing through life or sitting back and reacting to what’s happening, partner with your inner self and desires. Focus on what you really want and then take inspired action to clear your pathways and allow your desires to come to you.
In your home or workspace, give attention to the center-back (Fame gua) this month. Look around and quietly observe the condition of your space. Without judgment, note how it looks and feels. Pay attention to anything that captures your attention. If you can, give the area a thorough post-holiday cleaning prior to January 5th (or shortly thereafter). Put away holiday décor, remove clutter, excess and things out of place. Dust and vacuum deep into the corners, high and low. Note anything that needs repair or is broken. Remove or mend the items if you can. If you’re not able to do this, set an intention to do so. Your intention will initiate the process.
After you’ve thinned out and cleaned your Fame gua, enhance it using guidance from the Five Element system. Note that “less is more.” One intentional, strategically placed, item can go a long way.
Fame and the Five Elements
Fire energy supports and strengthens the Fame gua. Fire is represented by:
- lights, candles and sunlight,
- people and animals (including pictures of people and animals),
- animal products such as leather and fur,
- electrical items,
- triangles, pyramid and cone shapes (including volcanos),
- red (including burgundy and pink).
Note such items in your Fame areas. When you think of Fire energy think about electrifying or brilliant and dazzling items.
Fire is enhanced by Wood energy. Wood is represented in your space by:
- trees, plants, flowers and floral patterns and décor
- rectangular shapes, stripes and columns
- blue and green.
When you consider Wood energy, think about life force, vibrancy and growth.
Feng shui is all about balance. Items with Fire and Wood qualities bring more of the same to your Fame gua. If your Fame gua is too fiery, tone it down using items with Earth, Metal and Water qualities.
Too Much Fire? Rebalance Using Earth, Metal or Water
Earth items help to ground and anchor the energy in your space. Earth items include:
- pottery, earthenware, bricks and clay
- seashells and natural items
- square shapes
- oversized or heavy furniture that hugs the floor
- yellow, brown and earth tones.
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.
Balance Is Unique to Each Person and Space
Balancing the energy in each space is an art. It’s all about how a space looks, feels and relates to the people who are living or working there. A space that works well for one person, group or family may require a different approach for another person, group or family. This is because you bring your energy (including emotions and intentions) to your space and your space reflects your energy back to you in the way your life unfolds. Each person is unique and therefore your environment should be as well.
This month take time to reflect on where you are and what you’d love to happen for you in 2019. Then activate your Fame gua (the center-back of your home and every room in your home, as well as your work space) with your intentions in mind. If it feels quiet or flat, fire it up. If the space is too active, calm it down. If you’d like some help figuring it out, contact me. (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tune in to the January 21st Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse
Things come to light at the full moon. This month the full moon is January 21 when there’s also a lunar eclipse. Eclipses are periods of change and lunar eclipses are associated with endings or completions. You may find that your emotions run high during this eclipse. Tune in and notice how you’re feeling, without judgement or resistance. Just “be” and go with the flow. Acknowledge your emotions without allowing them to get the best of you.
2019 Mercury Retrograde Cycles
At the beginning of each year I like to note the Mercury Retrograde cycles on my calendar. Doing so helps me to plan my year. You might like to do this too. Here they are:
- March 5 – March 28, 2019
- July 7 – July 31, 2019
- October 31 – November 20, 2019