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In feng shui, understanding the energetic implications of the changes in time (years, seasons, etc.) is an important part of the practice.
By becoming sensitive to how Universal energy shifts over time, we can plan accordingly, and move forward with the least obstruction.
Unlike the Western New Year, the Chinese mark the beginning of the year according to the lunar calendar, so the date is usually different each year.
It is traditional to prepare for the celebration by cleaning the house thoroughly, to move out the old energy, and then display traditional decorations, often with lots of vibrant red colors and festive dragon images.
This is also an important time for families to gather, and people will typically visit friends and relatives over a period of a week or more. For many, this is considered the most important part of the celebration.
2014 was the Year of the Horse, which was marked by tumultuous energy and rapid changes. In the coming year, you can expect life to calm down a lot.
The Sheep is known for its placid temperament, kindness, and creativity. This will be an excellent year for artistic pursuits, remodelling homes, and enjoying the finer things in life at a more relaxing pace.
Consider the coming year as a chance to take a breath, appreciate what life has to offer, and to share generously with others. The energy is less about "conquering the world", and more about sharing the rewards with others.
People born in the year of the Sheep are apt to be artistic, kind, and creative. But don't presume that all Sheep are pushovers! In the natural world, sheep are tough and are able to endure harsh weather and a difficult life. So, too, are those born in Year of the Sheep. They may seem calm on the outside, but inside, they have the determination to make a good life for themselves and their families.
However you decide to celebrate, I hope that you experience an auspicious and rewarding year ahead.
E. J. Shaffert