Feng Shui energies shift from year to year, so if you’re yearning for love and romance, what does 2016 have in store? It’s the year of the fire monkey, so abandon the usual routine. Instead, look for additional excitement, stimulation and variety. That’s super news for singles, however if you’re in a long term relationship, injecting a little additional fun into things could be a wise plan.
With Mars hanging around in the freedom-loving sign of Sagittarius for 5 months (a remarkably long time) journeys away and out of doors can help couples reconnect and rekindle those romantic feelings. March through late September is tailored for travel and exploration, however if you can’t take a vacation, why not grab a daypack and explore some national parks or out-of-the-way spots … or check out your local Chinatown?
For singles, sporting and outdoor-focused jaunts set the scene for fun, and with the chatty Monkey Year prodding everyone on, communication ought to flow freely. It’s also a good year to book a trip away with friends; you could even find romance along the way.
On the home front, the highest romantic (and creative) energy in 2016 is flowing from the West. If your outside door faces the setting sun or your sleeping room is positioned within the western part of your home you’re in luck.
To enhance the romance, begin by clearing any clutter or broken things from the western a part of your home (grab a compass to be sure). Clearing out your bedroom is key, particularly under and around your bed. Singles, weed out your wardrobe too. Filling your home with an excessive amount of ‘stuff’ will tempt you to examine the past, therefore if you want new love and romance into your life, let it go.
If 2015 was less than perfect, splurge on some fresh linen or if you’ve just had a breakup, think about shopping for an entirely new bed, as mattresses hold on to unhealthy vibes. Also, perform a sage cleansing, or or hire an expert to do a ‘space clearing’. The energy shifts are immediate.
Avoid an excessive amount of red or ‘fire’ in your home’s western sector this year, and select cooling colors like blues, blacks and greens. Actual plants are best, particularly ones that are displayed in pairs. Make sure to keep them healthy and avoid cacti – they should never be used in the home, due to the prickers. Real flowers are great, but avoid fake or dried flowers, which contain “dead chi”.
If you’re yearning for love, place romantic pictures in the western part of your home (unless it’s the loo) or show a classic image of intimacy, like a pair of mandarin ducks. Any pairings should work well, so if you like cats or rabbits or birds, go for it. As long as they make you happy!
Another love and romance-related sector is the Southwest sector of your home. Stimulate this area with romantic pictures or flowers, and not just in 2016 — you can do this in any year.
On a parting note, don’t forget that color has a powerful effect on you, on a primal level. If you really want to pump things up, redo your bedroom. Pale greys and whites are common design trends, however they feel cold. Hot shades starting from pink and purple to deep burgundy, represent passion and arousal, whereas white symbolizes purity and innocence. Also bear in mind that smells can awaken the senses. Why not add an essential oil burner by your bed or purchase some delicious new candles? Ylang ylang’s exotic qualities work as an aphrodisiac for many, while oils like Cedar, Jasmine, Neroli, Patchouli, Rose and Sandalwood may also increase desire.
Wishing you a contented, exciting and stimulating 2016! Here’s hoping your most secret desires come true!