March 20, 2016 is the beginning of spring or what we call the spring equinox. The spring equinox, technically called the vernal equinox, is not an arbitrary date. There are very specific astrological reasons for the exact date of this first day of spring. It is when the sun crosses the celestial equator on its way north on the ecliptic. The word “equinox” is from the Latin words “equal night.” All over the world, days and nights are almost equal.
The equinox is often confused with the solstices, which are when the sun is at either its northernmost or southernmost point on its travels, and is misunderstood from a meteorological viewpoint when springtime technically starts on March 1, 2016. The spring equinox is still an important time of transition from one season to another.
No matter what date you choose to celebrate the beginning of spring, it is always a time to dance for joy with the longer days and increasing sunlight!
Springtime is the season of New Beginnings. It is often seen as the time to start fresh and clean house, both literally and figuratively. The vitality of the season is a wonderful energy and one we all crave to capture and enhance in as many ways as possible.
Do you want to welcome in the positive energy of spring and let go of anything that is holding you back to make room for a more abundant life?
Feng Shui is the practice of mindful arrangement of your spaces to enhance your life in positive and meaningful ways. Using the power of your own space and environment you can increase your odds for a better life through bringing in positive energy, removing obstacles, and making your spaces smoother, nicer and better to live in.
A key principle in the practice of Feng Shui are the Five Elements, which are a symbolic way to categorize the cycles or phases in our natural world. There are Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Metal, Water, Earth. Each element has a series of characteristics that represent them. Understanding and utilizing the Five Elements will allow you to embrace the energy of the season of spring in a powerful way for more health, happiness and abundance in your life. You can follow the simplified tips below which I have outlined for you to adjust the design and décor of your spaces for this very purpose. As a Feng Shui expert and Licensed Interior Designer, I have made it part of my mission to simplify these complex principles, such as the Five Elements, so more people start to benefit one space at a time from these ancient practices.
In Feng Shui, the season of spring is really important. It is where the cycle begins and therefore it is symbolic for the birth or the beginning. To ensure you have solid grounding for this new beginning, you can adjust your space to have a balanced amount of the main element in spring – Wood.
The Wood element, or spring in Feng Shui terms, symbolizes family, ancestry, community and fertility, new beginnings and growth. It is the time for all things to take root and start to grow.
Additionally in Feng Shui, each element is categorized with a color and shape among many other things. For now, we will focus on the three main things only: shape, color and material or object. Learning to recognize this element in your spaces will give you the power to see what needs to be shifted when things are not working right.
Here are five tips on how to change your space to change your life using Feng Shui enhancements for spring:
CLEAR OUT THE CLUTTER. Clear out the clutter! It is time to literally make some space for better things to come. Go to your closet and pull out all the winter clothes you never wore during the entire season. Unless it is a specialty item, such as skiwear, these things may no longer serve a purpose for you. Every spring, I purge things I no longer need and give them away to my favorite charity, providing for others and making space for myself at the same time. A Win-Win for everyone!
LIFE FORCE. Add plants in the house! Living things can enhance the positive chi in your home or office space, bring more oxygen in, and focus your attention on nurturing. Plus the added beauty and reminder of the season of new beginnings makes us generally happier. Having tall plants are especially positive during this season, such as vertical rectangular-shaped plants like bamboo, to maximize the Wood Element. Tip; make sure to take good care of your plants and not allow ‘dead’ or ‘dying’ energy to remain long in your space. If you have difficulty maintaining houseplants, fresh flowers will work just as well.
SEASONAL DÉCOR. Change your décor for the season. Swap out some of your decorative items that you have had in the space during the wintertime. A new season requires a new feeing in the space. I often recommend seasonal décor, removing heavy curtains and replacing with sheers, removing large rugs and replacing them with smaller ones, and adding a seasonal wreath or other welcoming element to your front door to greet in the new season. You can add some green into the space as well to enhance the Wood element as needed.
HONOR YOUR FAMILY. Take more photos! Add new photos of your family, friends or loved ones in your space. You can swap out the old photos in the same frames or create a specific area where you can add new photos of your current activities with your loved ones. Having reminders of our connections to those that we love is a wonderful way to honor our heritage.
GO GREEN. Your space is the sacred sanctuary for yourself and your family. Make a commitment this season to remove all toxic-cleaning products from your home, once and for all, and replace them with environmentally conscious cleaning products. As the season calls for a good, thorough cleaning of everything, this is the perfect opportunity to use only the products that will be healthy for everyone including the Earth. If you are not ready to make your own cleaning products from vinegar, baking soda and lemons, there are plenty of good products out there such as Meyers or Ecover to choose from.