Li Chun or the first season of the Year of the Wu Xu Dog (戊 戌) commences at 5.28 am (LST) on February 4th. However welcoming Cai Shen or the God of Wealth at the Lunar New Year is another particularly important event in the Chinese New Year Festival.
The Chinese believe that welcoming the God of Wealth into your home on the first day of the first lunar month ushers in good wealth luck for the year. The time and direction varies each year and people whose Zodiac sign conflicts with the day should not participate in the ceremony; which applies this year to those who are born in the Rabbit or Rooster.
In 2018 the first day of the first Lunar Month commences on February 16th and Cai Shen arrives from the North (15°) very early in the morning between 1.00 to 3.00 am. The most auspicious time to receive Cai Shen is actually 1.40 am LST or 2.40 am if you are observing DST.
If you would like to invite Cai Shen into your home then follow these steps and may you enjoy much happiness, health, success and prosperity in the Year of the Earth Dog!
The first thing you must do is to clean your home, paying particular attention to all the main ch’i openings (windows and doors) that are located in the North, as this is the direction that Cai Shen arrives from.
Start at the main entrance and work your way around in a clockwise direction. Ideally kaffir lime juice and leaves should be added to your bucket of water for extra cleansing properties, but this is up to you. Alternately you can also use a few drops of Kaffir Lime Essential Oil, which is available online at www.fengshuistyle.com.au.
Please note that this type of spring cleaning can be done at any time, but is really best done during auspicious days leading up to the Lunar New Year and those remaining dates are:
- January 27 - Avoid cleaning if born in the Monkey year• January 25 - Avoid cleaning if born in the Horse year
- January 27 - Avoid cleaning if born in the Monkey yearJanuary 26 – Avoid cleaning if born in Rat
- January 27 – Avoid cleaning if born in Ox
- January 31 – Avoid cleaning if born in Snake
- February 01 – Avoid cleaning if born in Horse
- February 03 – Avoid cleaning if born in Monkey
- February 04 – Avoid cleaning if born in Rooster
- February 08 – Avoid cleaning if born in Ox
- February 09 – Avoid cleaning if born in Tiger
- February 10 – Avoid cleaning if born in Rabbit
- February 14 – Avoid cleaning if born in Goat
Just before 1.00 am LST (or 2.00 am DST) on the morning of February 16th you should shower and change into fresh clothes in order to demonstrate your sincerity. Then open all North facing windows or doors in order to receive the auspicious ch’i into your home.
Following this light 3 tea-light candles and place them in the North sector of your home. Please do so safely and do not leave them unattended.
At 1.40 am LST or 2.40 am DST stand (or sit) next to the open window or in the door way and face towards the North. Inhale the prosperous influences, welcome them into your home and visualize the positive goals you wish to achieve this year in both your professional and personal life.
Alternately you can burn 3 sticks of incense in the North sector of your home, bow three times and sincerely pray for well wishes, whilst inviting Cai Shen to come into your home.
You may even need to take a nap due to the early arrival of Cai Shen; as long as everything is in readiness beforehand and you remember to set your alarm so that you wake up in time!
For more Feng Shui Tips on how to prepare for 2018 and the Year of the Earth Dog please watch our free video below from the recent International Feng Shui Convention in Manila.