February 14, 2010

Happy Chinese New Year: Year Of The Tiger


It is auspicious that Chinese New Year will coincide with Valentine’s Day.  On February 14, 2010, (although, technically according to many feng shui masters the New Year began on February 4th), the Year of the Tiger will be ushered in by those celebrating Chinese New Year.  Many Chinese peoples around the world will gather with friends and family and celebrate this joyous occasion in grandeur.

The tiger is the 3rd year in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.  It is a very powerful symbol.  The tiger is fearless, powerful, dependable, unpredictable, loving and tender.  In addition, tigers are often unpredictable.

As it relates to the world, many Chinese will proceed with the Year of the Tiger with caution.  Nonetheless, with over sixty percent of the world celebrating Chinese New Year, take a hint, slow down, enjoy your friends and family and wish everyone a year of joy and prosperity.  If you happen to have red envelopes (or specifically ‘lai-see’ envelopes) fill them with money in an even amount – $8 is very auspicious! –  and pass it along to so that they may have prosperity and good luck in the new year.

I believe in the power of positive energy.  As a matter of fact, for the past several years we have had a feng shui master come to our home to provide us with ways to take advantage of the good things that exist each year and also provide us with ways to balance those aspects that might work against us.  I have to say that I have experienced the benefits of this belief system and have seen the positive effects in my friends who have also undertaken a feng shui tune-up for the New Year.

For many, the past year or so has been filled with much stress, anxiety and uncertainty.  Greet the Year of the Tiger with joy and love and a renewed hope for prosperity and good luck.  Xin Nian Kuai Le!

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