S. LEE WRIGHT
HOLISTIC INNER DESIGNS

Every year presents an opportunity for transformation- a chance to embrace change and chart a new course. In the realm of Feng Shui and Eastern philosophies, the shifting energies of each year hold a wealth of wisdom. For centuries, these patterns have been meticulously observed and analyzed. They’ve provided a form of divination that guides life decisions for billions worldwide – from choosing the right time to move homes or start a new job to deciding on renovations or family planning.

Let’s discover how you can use it to help make 2024 a fulfilling and successful year for you, too.

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Unraveling Eastern Wisdom

Yin Yang Duality forces play a role in the universal principals in Feng Shui and Chinese Divination. Credit Image, SLW archives/istock

Understanding Eastern philosophies can be challenging for Western minds and is often dismissed as mystical fortune-telling. However, as the world becomes more globalised, understanding and utilising information available from other cultures will be pragmatic to your success and survival.

A comprehensive system known as Chinese Metaphysics offers such wisdom. This system incorporates the Five Elements, the Yin/Yang theory, the Chinese astrological 12-Animal System, the 12 Earthly Branches, and the 10 Heavenly Stems. Together, these elements and concepts are integral to traditional Chinese practices such as Feng Shui, Chinese medicine, and Chinese astrology. This system provides a holistic framework for understanding the natural world, human behaviour, and the flow of energy.

Therefore, it is this flow of energy that revealed the following 5 tips to guide you into the next year with some insights and ideas on what will appease the Dragon’s energy and help you sail through the next four seasons with grace and skill.

Energetic Ingredients for the Next Year

As with any tricky recipe, it is key to understand the key ingredients required for a successful outcome. Navigating the upcoming twelve months entails an energetic interplay with some of the Eastern elements noted above. These include the wood element, Yang energy, and the Dragon from the Chinese zodiac. Furthermore, this period aligns with the 9th position in the Feng Shui 20-year cycle, signifying the presence of the fire element.

Since the year of the Dragon is eminent, it’s good to consider these key ingredients before diving into the 5 tips for the recipe to make 2024 great. These are the main four ingredients in 2024’s energy dynamic to take into account:

Wood Element:

Symbolizing upward growth, expansion, flexibility, new beginnings, family, and ancestry–akin to the vibrancy of Springtime.

Yang Energy:

Representing brightness, activity, boldness, masculinity, and energy in the Yin/Yang philosophy.

Dragon Animal:

The mythical and powerful 5th animal of the 12 Chinese astrological animal system, the Dragon embodies auspiciousness, magic, transformation, protection, courage, and intelligence. The shadow side of the Dragon can be short-tempered, holding back, and have an imbalance in power.

Feng Shui 9 Fire cycle:

An added bonus this year! We enter a new 20-year cycle of the 9 Fire version. It  heralds a period of enlightenment focused on passion, fame, reputation, and self-expression. Yet, this transformative time demands careful management to avoid destruction. This new cycle moves us away from a 20-year cycle of abundance centered on the earth’s element to a fire-driven era, marking a significant energetic shift. Notably, the transition from a young male overseer to a midlife female offers a new perspective.

The Recipe for 2024 and Beyond

As a result, the New Year 2024 is a combination of many powerful and potentially transformative energies. Starting February 10, 2024, we embark on an evolving journey demanding courage and tenacity. It’s about staying in the flow, authenticity, and catching the wave of change. As noted above, the midlife female emerges as a beacon of light, and technology is anticipated to play a pivotal role in the future. Therefore, this period of enlightenment may bring turbulence as old beliefs break down, giving rise to new ones—a time of rebirth, albeit potentially painful in this transitional period.

5 Tips for a Delicious 2024

So consequently, it’s a smart move to get prepared, and gather the necessary ingredients to help you create the most delicious new year possible. Especially given the dynamics and powerful ingredients in the recipe for the Dragon New Year 2024.

Below are 5 tips gathered from ancient universal wisdom and from those in the know. These tips are a resource for you. In other words, they serve as a guide to navigating the energetic landscape of 2024 for personal development and to help the world be a better place for us all.

Here are 5 tips for you to embrace the Dragon’s qualities and avoid unseen pitfalls:

Cultivate Growth:

Bamboo shoots symbolise the wood element in the five elements.Image credit, Unsplash Eleonora Albasi

First tip is to cultivate growth. This year, it’s important to nourish personal and professional development, planting seeds of aspiration amidst change in the fertile ground of the Yang Wood Dragon Year. Like bamboo reaching for the sky, growth is the essence of life. As you cultivate your personal garden of aspirations in this transformative year, each step forward, no matter how small, contributes to the flourishing tapestry of your journey.

“The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.”
Author: C. JoyBell C.

Adapt Effectively:

Adaptability is a key tip to the Dragon New Year 2024 success. Image credit, Unsplash Brett Jordan

Secondly, to adapt effectively is pretty essential to ride the Dragon Year. This flexibility will make sure you’re able to seize opportunities when they arise. Being able to respond resourcefully to the dynamic global landscape shaped by the Yang Wood Dragon’s influence is going to be your superpower this year. During the dance of change, adaptability is your most graceful partner. In other words, embrace change as a dance with opportunities, and let adaptability be your rhythm, guiding you through the symphony of transformations that the Yang Wood Dragon Year presents.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”
Author: Charles Darwin

Innovate Creatively:

The Dragon New Year 2024 is all about new technology advancements. Image credit, Unsplash Kvalifik

The third tip is to hone your creativity and to recognise that necessity is the mother of invention. So use the Dragon’s breath to unleash the power of creativity in you to navigate the intricate web of challenges that the Yang Wood Dragon Year may present for us all. Moreover, innovation is not merely a skill; it’s a mindset that turns obstacles into stepping stones for triumphs. Embrace the blank canvas of possibilities, where every problem is an opportunity. In the realm of innovation, you become the artist, sculpting the path to success. Since massive change is coming, it’s a wise move to have some fun seeking solutions together.

“Creativity is intelligence having fun.”
Author: Albert Einstein

Connect Positively:

Fostering deep relationships improves your mind body and spirit. Image credit, Unsplash Helena Lopes

The fourth tip for you is a powerful one. For the best year, every year, forging meaningful connections that extend beyond the surface enriches the quality of your life and sets you up for success. Break the pattern of individualism, and create a supportive network that enriches your well-being and collaborative potential. In the intricate tapestry of life, connections are the threads that not only provide strength during challenging times but also weave a story of resilience and shared victories. Dive into the depths of meaningful relationships, where each connection is a chapter contributing to the novel of your personal growth.

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.'”
Author: C.S. Lewis, “The Four Loves”

Harmonize Living Spaces:

Harmony in the Home as shown here, is essential to your well-being in Dragon New Year 2024.Image Credit, S. Lee Wright design Soho/NYC project

Last but not least, the power of your space on your success is necessary to highlight. Making sure your home is a safe haven and a stable foundation for success is key during the next challenging year. As you rearrange and decorate your living spaces with this intention, you have the opportunity to set the stage for success. Remove damaged/broken items, create soothing experiences, and ensure your home reflects your authenticity. Feng Shui principles are more than aesthetics or decoration; they’re the essence of how your space feels. If you want a Feng Shui Consultation for your home, book this free 20-minute holistic design consult.

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.”
Author: Maya Angelou, from her book “All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes”

Seize the Dragon’s Reins: Unlock Your Success

Go for it! Take back your power and grab the reins of your life this Dragon Year.

Guided by universal wisdom, you can cultivate a mindset of growth, strengthen your personal adaptability, and embrace creative innovation while nurturing meaningful connections and redesigning your harmonious home.

Stay tuned for more tips on how to create a home overflowing with the energy of abundance and balance this year. If you want some help to kick-start the Dragon New Year 2024 with some holistic design expertise, book your appointment here.

May these 5-tips serve as your personalized recipe book to foster the dynamic energy of the Yang Wood Dragon Year into a future defined by transformation, resilience, and impactful change on a global scale.

You’ve got this. May the Dragon New Year 2024 bring you success on every level of your life.