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Chinese New Year of the Snake 2013

February 7, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year! You can join a billion Chinese in raising the chi (energy) of the planet on Sunday, February 10. This is a time to let go of stress from the past and welcome wealth, prosperity and long life. Chinese New Year is also known as the Spring Festival. It is the most important festival, celebrated by decorating the home, eating special foods, visiting family and friends, giving gifts and preparing for the new year. It lasts for 15 days.

This is the Water Snake Year (unlike the metal snake of 12 years ago). Those born in 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013 were born in the Year of the Snake. It’s said that the most beautiful women and most powerful men are Snakes. They are considered charming, elegant, passionate and mysterious. They make great politicians and do well in the financial world. Famous Snake people include Abraham Lincoln, Bob Dylan, Chris Rock, Frank Sinatra, Howard Hughes, Jackie Kennedy, Elizabeth Taylor, Martin Luther King Jr., Oprah Winfrey and Sarah Jessica Parker.

In the West, the snake is often held in disdain. However, in the East, the snake is considered a symbol of good luck. Snakes are flexible and mysterious, able to camouflage themselves or powerful, like a python. While the Year of the Snake is expected to be generally good for business prosperity, it will also have it’s ups and downs both in terms of the economy and with continued unusual weather patterns. Therefore, "flexibility" is the key approach for 2013. In the words of the late Grandmaster Lin Yun:

"Where a mountain stands in the way, the road bends

Where the road does not bend, man bends

Where man does not bend, chi bends"

Here are some ways you can participate:

1. Complete all clutter clearing and sweeping of your front entrance before February 10. This symbolizes releasing all of last year’s negativity and welcoming the new. Refrain from housework on February 10.

2. Wear something red. Red is the most popular color throughout Chinese New Year. Red is believed to ward of negative spirits, bad luck, invite prosperity and happiness. Red also symbolizes virtue, truth and sincerity. The sound of the Chinese word for red "hong" also means prosperous.

3. Reflect on the nature of the Snake as a clue to help guide you in 2013. Snakes generally represent fertility, or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin to be born again, they represent transformation, immortality and healing (symbol of medicine). What is the "old skin" you are ready to shed and have outgrown? What NEW aspect of yourself are you ready to embrace in 2013?

4. Some foods to enjoy:

Spring rolls – symbolize wealth (shape is similar to gold bars)

Tangerine/oranges – represent luck and wealth

Pomelos/grapefruits – signifies abundance

Sticky rice cakes – symbolizes sweet, rich life

Eggs/duck – fertility

Noodles – longetivity

Fish (preferably whole) – word for fish "yu" sounds like the word for riches or abundance. Eating fish will help your wishes come true!

Update on Surgery

On January 15, I had a R hip replacement surgery. Discharged within 48 hours I am recovering remarkably well. I had my first outing on Day 18 – walking with a cane from the parking lot to the beach. My heart was warmed by all the well wishes and prayers I received from so many of you! It really made a difference in the healing process. I plan to resume onsite consultation by the beginning of March and am ready and able to do long distance consultations and clearings now.

With deep appreciation and gratitude,

Me ke aloha

Terumi Leinow

Certified Feng Shui and Energy Clearing Consultant


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