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The Year of the Dragon!
Chinese New Year on January 23rd celebrates the beginning of the year of the Dragon. Contrary to other more dire forecasts, Chinese Astrology does not predict an end of the world scenario. In fact, the theme for the year is one of transformation, change and new beginnings.
The Dragon is the auspicious creature of spring and the wood element, however, in the cyclical sequence of Chinese elements, we move into the year of the Water Dragon. With the powerful forces of water feeding wood, we will experience a year of renewal, overcoming the disasters of the past few years, with new political and economic developments on a global scale.
The missing element in this year’s zodiac is fire. When we add fire, we run the risk of clashing with water, therefore, we might consider adding wood in a sequential process of feeding fire. According to Lillian Too, the fire element in 2012 signifies intelligence and creativity, therefore, bringing well thought out ideas to any situation improves the outcome and success. The clever and the wise will prevail.
Since fire adjustments will be needed, we will continue our research and series on light bulbs with an additional section on the color of the year. Keeping your home brightly lit is an easy way to keep the fire element in your environment. Bright lights add sparkle, brilliance and luminescence, which can be uplifting and invigorating. We do however suggest balancing the yang of bright lights with the yin of indirect lighting for times of relaxation and winding down before bedtime. Then, upon waking, it is best not to illuminate brightly, causing a sudden dilating of the pupil, but to gradually adjust the eye from darkness to a dimmed shine of a low wattage candelabra. I like to use a reading light, a hurricane lamp or a candle in the early am.
Ironically, as of January 1, 2012 100-watt incandescent bulbs have been eliminated. We can hoard what is left in inventories, but supplies will not be replenished by manufacturers. Exceptions to these new laws cover specialty bulbs. Therefore you can still enjoy a range of luminescence with three-way bulbs, as well as many types of halogen bulbs, which are a type of incandescents that meet the new standards.
Stay tuned in February for more enlightenment on light bulbs and new regulations.
Brighten up your Day
With Pyramid Feng Shui!