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The countdown to Chinese New Year has begun. Feb. 18 marks the beginning of the year of the fire boar, which brings with it a clash of the fire and water elements. How does this affect you? And how can you arrange your home in a feng shui style, to make the most of what the year has to offer?
Before learning about the year of the boar, it is important to establish some basic feng shui principles. Feng shui is the practice of
creating a pleasant living environment within your home or workspace. It promotes the right balance of yin and yang energy, while incorporating the five elements in our cosmic universe: fire, earth,metal, water and wood.
One traditional feng shui item is a gourd made of brass, calleda wu lou. Feng shui experts usually recommend placing this item
near the bedside to absorb the illness energy and curb disease. However, because illness will besuch a prominent concern this
year, experts recommend placing the wu lou somewhere in the centre of the home. “Another item that we recommend is a painting
called the Mandala of Medicine Buddha. It symbolically represents different herbs and medicines for healing,” says Ms. Johl.
Minimizing hostility The hostile energy brought by the year ofthe fire boar will affect the patriarch of the family. “The hostility
star is in the northwest sector of the Chinese astrological chart this year. It will bring problems,with plenty of misunderstandings that escalate quickly into serious differences. The northwest sector is also the home of the patriarch of the family, which will cause the father or husband to be less tolerant and more bad tempered,” Ms. Sidhu says.
In other years, the recommendation was to use a red item, which symbolized fire, to suppress hostile energy. However, fire cannot be used in the northwest sector because it will burnaway the father’s good luck (a phenomenon referred to as “fire at heaven’s gate”). So, feng shui experts recommend using what’s called a ksiddigarbah star. Made of metal, the star can stand alone
and is easy to place in the northwest corner of the home. The points of the star symbolize the tips of a flame.
Minimizing violence Violent energy is hitting the north sector this year. “We have to watch out for people cheating or betraying
us, which often results in loss or physical danger. [People who live in] homes facing north have to be extra careful because they
are vulnerable to violent energy this year,” Ms. Sidhu says.
One remedy for this problem is to place a double-horned rhinoceros statue, or two single horned ones, on the floor beside
the door, looking out. The rhinoceros is like a protective guard, and it helps to suppress violent energy. If you want to kill two
birds with one stone, make it a blue-coloured rhino. The colour blue represents the north, which governs the career. So a blue
rhino not only suppresses violence, it also enhances the career.