When I experienced New Year’s Eve in a different time zone, watching TV, I saw the Times Square Ball drop at 9 PM. It reminded me of New Year 2000 when the magic of television made New Year celebrations roll like a wave, crossing time zones, around the globe. It made me realize that New Year is something other than a date on the calendar.
Therefore, when we consider the significance of holidays, and how they relate to basic feng shui principles, we associate New Year with the center, the Tao and the Taiji symbol. New Year is a holiday of cyclical renewal, and it is celebrated by other happy new year thoughts 2022 cultures at various and different times from the western (Gregorian) calendar. All New Year observances call for inner reflection about the old and the new, a world we have lived, and a new world not yet born.
Just in case we missed setting up our list of resolutions by January 1st, we have two weeks to a month before Chinese New Year gives us another chance to get it right. Then, after the half way mark, we can check again during Jewish New Year, at varying dates in September, to see whether we are somewhat on track. Or, we could look to Orthodox and Islamic New Year for interim mile markers? If all of these opportunities don’t provide the necessary incentive, there is still Kwanzaa as a reminder to reflect on the meaning of life.
Our New Year holiday is thus not seasonal in global terms. It is cosmic and universal as different cultures and religions choose to observe New Year according to solar or lunar phenomena in ever-spinning cycles of renewal.
Since each New Year celebration deals with the old and the new, the Taiji, meaning “the grand ultimate” is a powerful symbol of the fundamental order of nature. As a circle it is whole, and yet it is binary, as it introduces the notion of duality, opposition and differentiation in its combination of black and white fields. It implies movement with a serpentine line while each side contains the seed of the other, in what is sometimes referred to as fish eyes. There are many versions of this ubiquitous symbol, having made its way from Asian origins to global recognition. We find it in art work and fabric, precious stones and metals, and we can draw our own talisman with brush and ink.
With New Year thus having a central and multi-cultural significance, feng shui offers meaningful adjustments for our physical space. With floor plan and ruler, or with a tape measure, we can determine the geometric center point of a house, a business or a room. Surrounding this point is the central sector of the feng shui bagua, the symbolic map that gives focus to all relevant matters of life. The center gua relates to health and well-being and serves as a transition point in radiating to all other guas and life issues.
Five tips to consider for enhancing the taiji in our space could be valuable additions to any list of New Year’s resolutions.
- The central gua should the most uncluttered area in your space
- The taiji sector needs a powerful focal point
- The center should feel grounded and anchored
- Adjustments should include the earth element
- Illumination should be special
Feng shui suggestions for these five recommendations:
- A general space clearing to declutter, clean and enhance the center with sound and fragrance
- A powerful focal point can be an object, a work of art, a special color, a bouquet of flowers, or a moving object such as a mobile
- Shapes, colors and weight can make us feel grounded and anchored
- The earth element resonates with square shapes, earth colors including yellow, earthenware objects, crystals and stones, coarse textures
- A crystal chandelier, a hidden light fixture for indirect illumination, a spot light to emphasize a focal point, or a sky light to connect to the stars