Welcome the ‘year of the yellow dog’ home...
The Chinese New Year
has just started and according to their calendar, the year 2018 is all about calmness and peace. That’s because it is the year of the Yang Earth Dog or WU XU, which is supposed to usher in fairness and honesty in your life. According to Chinese rituals, the Yellow Earth Dog is portrayed as peacefully lying down on the grass, looking at the setting sun, without fatigue, accumulating life wisdom, and a calm which brings with it the well-earned rest. So, the dog is not weary; rather, it is relaxed. BOW-WOW DECOR
Your home should mirror it but keep the liveliness. Dogs like to play, so make sure there are games, dancing, running around, and general merriment. The yellow dog will help you create more luck. Decorate the patio or entrance with roses, and fairy lights. Stick to yellow, orange and gold, as this year’s ruler colour is yellow.
Interestingly, yellow is characteristic of 2018 and embodies both tranquillity and conservatism. Do not wear animal print dresses, shirts or pants. Avoid zebra, giraffe or leopard print — in clothes or home decor. Keep a tray of yellow oranges, red envelope and tea on your table to attract luck and abundance. TIPS TO ENHANCE LUCK
- Place a metal Wu Lou (a feng shui artefact) or suspend six Chinese coins with red tassel in the west to overcome the illness star.
-Hang a six-rods metal wind chime in the north direction to counter misfortune star.
-Place some red dÃ©cor at northeast of the living room to counter argument star.
-Place three bamboo stems in a vase with water at east of the living room to protect the house from violence or robbery star.
-Place water feature or a bowl with gem stones and citrine chips at southeast to activate good luck, wealth.
- A figurine of a pair of birds, ducks or rooster, south of living room, activates romance.
-Display more of metal artefacts and brass decor as the missing element of the year can be activated to maintain equilibrium of the five elements in feng shui.
-Display figurines of dog in northwest direction to harness the good energies of the year of the dog.
-Adapt blue, black, gold or white dÃ©cor to activate good luck for home or workplace.
Inputs: SBS Surendran, feng shui expert What not to DO
-Don’t have empty pockets, or it’ll be a year of want.
-Don’t celebrate with just your gender. n Don’t lend or borrow money. n Don’t break any plates. n Don’t quarrel.