2013 Year of the Snake by Diane Gallin

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Are you ready for the year of the Yin Water Snake – Gu Si?  The Chinese New Year is approaching on February 10 and if you haven’t already begun, this is the time to finalize your preparations.  It is customary to complete the following projects before the new year so that you can start off on the right foot, minus your baggage from the previous year.  Remember, the energy all around you is constantly changing and the ideas and items that helped guide you through the Yang Water Dragon year become obsolete in the year of the Yin Water Snake.   I’ll be keeping you posted on how to make the best of the coming year, but in the meantime, here are 18 ideas to help you get started:

Before February 9, 2013:

  • Clean your home and business thoroughly, including basements, garages, porches, attics and storage rooms
  • Wash windows, touch-up or paint walls, clean filters, vents and drains
  • Clear your clutter by donating, selling or disposing of items you no longer need
  • Organize files, closets, drawers, calendars and schedules
  • Clean out refrigerators and pantries and replace only the freshest and healthiest foods
  • Repair or remove anything that is broken (especially clocks and watches or faulty electronic equipment)
  • Trim or remove any trees or branches that need cutting on your property
  • Check lighting inside and out to be sure fixtures and bulbs are in working order
  • Remove your hanging crystals and soak them in a solution of sea salt and water. Place them in the sunlight for several hours to absorb yang energy, restring with new red ribbon and rehang
  • Clean every mirror, crystal and glass fixture in your home or business
  • If you have an altar or meditation area, clean and re-state your intentions for the coming year
  • Service and clean your automobile
  • Pay your debts and balance accounts
  • Clean and oil the hinges on your front door
  • Reconcile any disputes you may have with others
  • Get a haircut now to prevent cutting into your good fortune in the new year
  • Clean out and optimize your computer files and drives
  • Remove your front doormat and replace with a new one on New Year’s Eve (February 9.)

Wishing you good ch’i,

Diane Gallin, CFSC

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