Applications of bird characteristics are subject to individual interpretations, and Feng Shui adjustments are always tailor to lifestyle and circumstances of the person and place. Neverheless, in the new year of the Fire Rooster, we can all strive for a higher level of bird energy. In doing so, we have three choices:
• We could seek the domestic ambiance of the very productive Chicken, build a nest, lay eggs and then raise chicks.
• In Rooster mode, we can supervise and keep our flock in check, fertilize eggs and create offspring, while we hold our head high and announce each new day with cocky fanfare.
• We could aim for the transformative energy of the Phoenix, go through a fiery initiation and rise from the ashes.
Of course there's no rule that says that you must choose between one or the other. Why not analyze your personal needs and adapt to a given situation with the type of energy that is required to achieve your goal and complete your task.
Balance will keep you healthy and flowing, sometimes rising and soaring, at all times. Very often Feng Shui is an art of symbols and reinforcements. Think carefully about the potential of visual cues that will wire your brain and keep you on track. It is mental mapping that will help you walk the path towards success. We would like to get you started with a few tips that will launch you on the creative path of bird energy.
• As the Rooster, we could have to be a benevolent ruler and provide a happy home for our flock.
• With the yang energy of a leader, we rise above nitpicky trivia and find magnanimous solutions.
• The Wood element which feeds the Fire of this year's Rooster will support your efforts. With Greenery as the color of the year, we have lots of opportunities to refresh our environment with the right kind of plant life. Stay away from spiky and thorny species as they will aggravate belligerent behavior, and choose instead peace-loving plants that will clear toxins from the air or promote money-growing endeavors. Peace lilies and jade plants are good examples. You can also camouflage poison arrows of protruding corners with the cascading and lush greenery of variegated philodendron.
• You can tune into the Fire element of the Rooster by dressing for success with a new red sweater or a crimson necktie. Remember that bright lights are yang and help you focus on a task.
• If you want to calm down with the Earth energy of the Chicken, you can dim the lights, create yin with earthy scents and promote a homey ambiance with root vegetables. Relax and count your blessings, create a gratitude list to serve as your base and cuddle into a soft pillow for a nap. In Chicken mode, you may also want to quietly contemplate and research the transformation you seek for the year of the Rooster.
• Once you have renewed your strength with the yin of nesting at home, it's time to emulate the rising energy of the Phoenix. In Form School Feng Shui, the Phoenix is the focal point in the Ming Tang or bright hall as seen from the facing wall of a property. As the foot stool in the arm chair position and slightly elevated, it symbolizes support and rising energy. In practical terms this means that we should have a focal point in our visual field where our gaze can come to rest. Also, our entrance area should be clearly lit and provide welcoming features.
• As you transition into Phoenix mode, keep your number one goal in mind for this year of transformation and be mindful of the center space in your home or business. In Chinese astrology for this year of the Rooster, the bagua shows number One occupying the center which accounts for exclusivity and significance. To strengthen the productive cycle of the elements, we could add Water to the center area, thus creating a Water-Wood-Fire sequence of support. Most important, keep the area clear, clean and prominent as the central life form of your space.
• Focus on your lofty endeavors with the magic mindset of the Phoenix.