The best kinds of holidays are smooth-sailing and hassle-free, which is why we always keep a few feng shui details in mind when preparing for our trips. Small efforts like this go a long way in improving how things turn out for us, so we thought we’d share them with you so you too can have safe and pleasant travels!
CHOOSE GOOD DAYS TO TRAVEL
When deciding on travel dates, make sure to pick auspicious days to move around. After all, it is no fun rushing on the day, dealing with delays, luggage issues or problems with customs. Giving yourself enough time gives you the assurance that things will go as planned, and you don’t end up being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Challenges are usually minor and easy to resolve, interactions with others more amicable and helping hands never too far away. More importantly, this allows positive energies to set the right tone for the rest of your trip.
In December, especially auspicious days for travel are 2nd-3rd, 5th-8th, 15th-16th, 18th-20th, 27th-28th and 30th-31st.
If you travel a lot or like to plan your holidays in advance, Lillian Too’s 2022 Feng Shui Almanac and Diary are out now! This planner and desktop almanac make planning your life around good feng shui super simple by charting the most auspicious and inauspicious dates from the traditional Chinese calendar, in one easy-to-reference place.
PACK YOUR TRAVEL AMULETS
There are of course occasions when we cannot avoid travelling on bad days. Bad days indicate an increased risk of accidents, injuries, spiritual harm… so there is much need for overall protection. A fabulous travel protection is the 8 Amulet Shawl, designed to keep you safe from all kinds of dangers when on the move. You can also carry the 28 Hums Protection Lotus Amulet.
Though travel restrictions in many parts of the world are easing, we are not free from COVID just yet. Should you be headed into crowded public spaces, in transit or during your stay, don’t forget to abide by the SOPs. Keep your facemask on, sanitise your hands frequently, and always have a health amulet with you!
The Stay Healthy Amulet and Medicine Buddha Pendant are excellent protection to bring with you on your travels. Carrying protection is particularly important for people born in Rat, Rabbit, Dragon and Snake years who are planning to travel this month, as you have annual and monthly afflictions putting you at greater risk of harm.
We all know the inconvenience that can be caused by losing luggage in transit or falling victim to pickpockets, so do include the Armoured Rhino and Elephant Amulet in your arsenal of protection.
Those born in Ox, Tiger, Dog and Boar years need to be extra vigilant as the #7 Loss Star afflicts you personally in December, increasing your risk of getting robbed and attracting dishonest people. Be careful with your belongings and don’t be too trusting of new acquaintances, no matter how friendly they may seem.
PERFORM A RITUAL FOR SAFE TRAVELS
Depending on the direction you are travelling in, there is a ritual you can perform on the day to help clear your path of danger and ensure a safe and successful passage. These take no more than 5 minutes of your time to do, but can make a big difference to the quality of your journey.
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS||RITUAL|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: NORTH||RITUAL: If travelling to the North, scoop a mound of Earth and throw towards the North direction before you start your journey.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: NORTHEAST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the NE, swipe the air three times with a bamboo stick tied with red thread.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: EAST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the East, ring a bell 6 times in the easterly direction before setting off. Alternatively, hang a windchime in the East until you return.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: SOUTHEAST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the SE, strike a 7-Metal Singing Bowl with a wooden mallet seven times before leaving your home.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: SOUTH||RITUAL: If travelling towards the South, drink a large glass of water just before leaving home. Alternatively, wash your hands and feet before travel.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: SOUTHWEST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the SW, swipe the air three times with a bamboo stick tied with red thread to safeguard against harm.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: WEST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the West, light a red candle or burn some incense and point in the direction of your destination.|
|DIRECTION YOU ARE TRAVELLING TOWARDS: NORTHWEST||RITUAL: If travelling towards the NW, light a red candle or burn some incense and point in the direction of your destination.|
PROTECT THE HOME WHILE YOU’RE AWAY
At the beginning of every year, we always recommend to put your cures and remedies in their respective required locations… this is one of the most important aspects of feng shui practice. Energies change with the passing of time, and the annual stars can bring about big swings of fortune, thus should always be given due attention.
Once your remedies are in place, you can usually just forget about them. But things can sometimes inadvertently get moved, so before you lock up your homes to go away on your trip, a quick check is all it takes to make sure everything is still in the right place. These holidays, give your home an added layer of security by displaying the Armoured Rhino and Elephant or Anti-Robbery Protection Tablet in the Northwest. In Feb 2022, you will need to move them to the West sector of your home.
Including these useful tips when preparing for your travels this December will help you close the Year of the Ox in the best possible way. Take lots of pictures, make wonderful memories and most importantly, stay safe! Happy holidays!