March 19, 2020 is the Spring Equinox. It’s the day when we have a relatively equal amount of day and night throughout the world. It’s also one of the two days when the Sun rises due east and sets due west. Following this day, the Earth’s Northern Hemisphere will point toward the Sun, until the Fall Equinox, when it will begin to point away from it. The days will keep growing longer until the Summer Solstice, on Saturday, June 20th.
Spring is a season of new beginnings, birth and rebirth. The longer days bring more light and with it, celebration, inspiration, creativity, and action. Calendar sites, found throughout the world, are famous for marking the passage of the sun. In New England, America’s Stonehenge in Salem, NH (https://www.stonehengeusa.com/) will host a public celebrate of the Equinox. There will also be celebrations at sacred sites around the world.
Spring and the Family Gua
From a feng shui perspective, Spring is associated with the Family gua. This is the left-center of your space, when divided into a grid of nine blocks, similar to a tic-tac-toe board. This area is also affiliated with the Thunder trigram, the liver and gall bladder, your feet, the color green, the East direction and the Eldest son. When out of balance, anger sets in, among other things.
The Thunder trigram is about breaking new ground. In the Spring, seeds and plants sprout from the ground after a long winter’s rest. The trees also wake up and begin growing and flowering again. In ancient China and many cultures, the Eldest Son was the one who broke new ground and thundered through things, learning as he went along. He paved the way for others to follow.
The liver and gall bladder organ network is also associated with spring. This network is responsible for storing blood and modulating and distributing nourishment throughout your body. This is why it’s recommended to do a spring cleanse to shed your body of winter accumulation and to rejuvenate yourself and your chi.
The Connection with your Ancestry
The Family gua, associated with your ancestry, is energetically connected to parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, siblings and cousins. It’s about your deep roots and where you came from, thus a connection to your feet. If you’d like to develop stronger family connections, working with your Family gua can help. Green is the color for this gua, and the element is Wood.
The Wood element (trees, flowers and plants) is about growth. Feng shui correlations are the colors green and blue, stripes and floral patterns, vertical columns and stripes, trees and plants. Placing these colors, shapes, items and patterns in your environment, strengthens the Wood element.
The Wood archetype is The Pioneer. Pioneers are hardy people who are driven by adventure, carve new paths and do many things for themselves. Fiercely independent, pioneers are drawn to exploration, to embark on new directions and to revolutionize.
Incorporate Feng Shui Fundamentals
A desire to strengthen family bonds, correct foot problems, strengthen your liver or gall bladder, and/or eliminate anger are all good reasons to attune to the Family gua in your house. Use the four fundamental principles of feng shui as a guide:
- Live with what you love.
- Make sure everything is comfortable and safe.
- Put your heart and soul into your space.
- Eliminate clutter and organize everything else.
Look to see what might be out of balance, or what might need to be fixed. Make sure that your electric, plumbing and windows are in good order. Eliminate all clutter and give everything a home, in other words, put things away. Then focus on creating a calm and comfortable environment, one you love and where you feel at ease. If you have family photos, only display them if they are flattering and were taken during happy times or occasions.
After you’ve made some adjustments, do a mediation and reflect on the way you’d like your family relationships to be. Visualize the final result, the end game. Don’t worry about how you’ll get there, leave that to the powers that be. Your job is to focus on the goal and then get out of your own way to allow it to happen.
Make this spring a wonderful time of new beginnings for you and your family.