February 9, 2016

Aquarius NEW Moon and 11 Universal Month on Monday February 8th. Many New Beginnings! by Tania Gabrielle


written by Tania Gabrielle
contact her at www.taniagabrielle.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

Here’s your exciting Aquarius NEW Moon Forecast.

Nearly EVERY planet is activated by this New Moon! And it’s all happening in the powerful 11 Universal Month of February.

Plus – it’s also the Chinese NEW Year!

With the Sun and Moon at 19° Aquarius on a 19 Universal Date, the New Beginnings factor is super magnified. The “Prince of Heaven” number 19 is lighting you up from within, continuing a very important storyline that began with the same code on January 9.

To add to the powerful shift, this exciting, breakthrough New Moon takes place on February 8 – the number of infinity – and infinite opportunities are what you will have!

Aquarius is about breaking FREE.

Taking anything you’ve boxed up and hidden and revealing what’s inside, so everything is out in the open, transparent, visible – ready for lift-off.

Have a blessed, spectacular New Moon!

Love and Abundant Blessings,
Tania

Aquarius New Moon on Monday February 8th. Fortune Favors the BOLD! by Kelley Rosano


written by Kelley Rosano
she can be contacted at: http://www.kelleyrosano.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

There is an auspicious Aquarius New Moon on Feb 8. This is your moment to acknowledge how far you have come. Where you are now and where you want to go. Is it time for you too boldly go where you have not gone? New Moons are new beginnings. They are new cycles. New Moons are outstanding opportunities to make new starts. Make a promise to improve your health. You are to initiate new projects. Start that new job or business. Free your mind. This is an excellent energy to set your intentions. What do you want to create in your life this year? There is tremendous support for your projects and ambitions with the New Moon. Do not get ready. Be ready. This is your green light from the universe to move forward. Do not allow your fears to get in the way. Take a leap of faith. Take action now!

You are getting a fresh start wherever Aquarius lands in your natal birth chart. You can expect the unexpected. You may take risks that surprise others who know you. All things are possible for you now when you trust your instincts. Lead by your intuition. Liberate your mind first and your freedom will follow. Aquarius reminds you to follow the beat of your own drum. Be unique. Be original. Be who you really are. Today is the first day of your life. Dance like no one is watching. Love you more than the need for approval of others. Love your creative side. Love your weird self. Love you.

“You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
But when you talk about destruction
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be alright
Alright, alright.”
—- Revolution, the Beatles

The New Moon in Aquarius reminds you that you are the Star of your life. You are the Sun center of your universe. If your life is hard, look inside yourself and make the needed changes. You change on the inside first. Then your life will change for the better. Coach yourself. Be honest.
  • Where are you giving your power away?
  • What are doing that sabotages your success?
  • Is it time to tell a better story about your life?
  • Go back in time and re-write events. Now tell the story with you as the winner. You as the wise one.
  • What does that feel like for you?
  • What choices can you make today that will improve your life?
Do three things every day that take you to your success. There is magic in the number three. Three is creativity. Do no more or less than three things every day. You will arrive at your goals faster than you imagined. Do what empowers you. Be proactive. Be positive. Be humble. The change you want to see in the world begins with you. Change your mind. You change your life. See your challenges from a different perspective. See your trials as opportunities for growth. They build muscle and make you strong. They keep your life fresh and lively. Your life can be much freer than you may have realized. In this way, new opportunities will emerge for you. Believe in your dreams coming true. Believe. When you wish upon a Star, your dreams do come true. The Star is shining on you. The New Moon is lighting up a new pathway for you. Perhaps it was there all along and now your eyes are opened.
  • What do you believe is possible?
  • Are your beliefs holding you back?
  • What makes you feel safe and secure?
  • Are you giving up your freedom for a false sense of security?
  • What would you do if you were ten times bolder?
Saturn is the traditional ruler of Aquarius. He is in positive energy flow with both lights (the Sun and the Moon.) This is an excellent energy for building solid structures. This is an awesome energy for strengthening you. Empowering you. This is useful for building relationships based on reality not fantasy. Having Saturn supporting the New Moon gives you strength and endurance. You are to balance your emotional needs with your sense of obligation. You are to get your ducks in a row. Saturn encourages you to be focused and disciplined. You can accomplish a great deal. You are not in the mood to be frivolous. You will be in an orderly state of mind. You may have a strong sense of self-discipline. This is a smart approach to the New Moon and New Year.

Uranus is the modern ruler of Aquarius. Uranus too is in harmonious energy flow with both lights (the Sun and the Moon.) This energy is good for innovation and creation. You could change your personal habits like quit smoking. This would improve your health and vitality. You could make positive personal changes in your home. Get organized. Get rid of the clutter. This would make your life easier and more effortless. You will be much freer. Yes, you learn from the hard times. You can also learn from the good times. This is one of them.

The Chinese New Year is on February 8. This is the year of the Red Monkey. Red means fire. Chinese astrology uses the Five Elements. They are Metal, Water, Wood, Fire and Earth. Red is in the Fire group. This is a fire Monkey. The Monkey is about intelligence and creativity. He is impulsive and resourceful. The fire element is courage and dynamism. This is assertion and strength. This is a beneficial year for learning and innovation. This is a year for you to go after your heart’s desire. Fortune favors the bold and brave. What you waiting for? Go for it!

Mars is the planet of action and desire. Mars is challenging the New Moon. This requires you to dig deep and look at what is motivating you. Are you coming from Love or fear? Are you coming from your authentic self or ego? Mars is in a positive energy flow with Chiron. This energy can empower you to trust your intuition. Trust your instincts. Be a spiritual warrior. There could be strong sexual tension. Make Love not war. Mars is in an awkward aspect with Uranus. Where do you need to make adjustment? Do you need to find a different path to your goals? Do you need to reach out to new people? What changes do you need to make to have what you want? Use the light of this New Moon to strengthen your network of friends. What are your gifts? How can you use your gifts to make the world a better place? Gifts + Passion + Values = Calling.

Venus is the goddess of love and beauty. She enters Aquarius on February 16. You may enjoy unusual people, pleasures and pursuits. This is an excellent energy to work on humanitarian goals. This is also helpful for working in groups. Your heart and head can work as one.

The Aquarius New Moon message is trust your intuition. Rely on your instincts. Love you more than the need for approval. Strengthen your boundaries. Do not walk away from yourself. Accept the real you. Do not hide your light. Shine your light. Love you more than the need for others to get you. You support you. Goddess will support you. It does not matter what is going in the stock markets. God has unlimited abundance. Go to God for your wealth. What you need is inside of you. Accept who you are. Accept other people for who they are. Merge with your Soul Self and you will be successful. Be creative. Be wise as the serpent and harmless as the dove. Get daily physical exercise. This will help to release your tension and anxiety. This is not the astrology for being sedentary. You want to be building your strength. Go outdoors. Breathe the fresh air. Allow Mother Nature to nurture you. She can heal you. Release what no longer serves you. Align yourself with what you want. Do not allow anyone including you to get in your own way. Be fearless. This is your green light from the universe to move forward. Do not allow your fears to get in the way. Take a leap of faith. Take action now! Be Blessed. Be Safe. Be Well. Be Prosperous. You Are Loved. We are in this together. All Are One.

“Hard work is not the path to Well- Being. Feeling good is the path to Well-Being. You don’t create through action; you create through vibration. And then, your vibration calls action from you.” —- Abraham

Magical Blessings,
Kelley Rosano

Aquarius New Moon on Monday February 8th by Lena Stevens at PowerPath

Intro written by Lena Stevens at www.thepowerpath.com
Body written by Patricia Liles. Contact her at PATLILES@aol.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

Dear Friends,

NEW MOON IS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8, AT 7:40 AM MOUNTAIN TIME (MST).

The time around this moon can be testy especially around unexpected events and changes you did not plan on. Watch for accidents and pay attention to your body and your physical environment a little more than usual.

On the other hand, this moon provides beautiful opportunities for new connections, new plans, and inspiring ideas of things to come. Make sure to honor this New Moon with a commitment to your intentions by making an action plan of disciplines that will support your choices.

This is also the beginning of the Chinese New Year and we are entering the year of the fire monkey. The monkey is one of the allies for the year and can be helpful if used well. (For more on the monkey as an ally, get TRENDS 2016)

Blessings,
Lena

Astrological Notes:

Aquarius New Moon
Sun and Moon in Aquarius ~ 19º
Monday, February 8, 7:40 AM Mountain Time
(February 8, 2:40 PM Greenwich Mean Time)

Gung Hay Fat Choy! This New Moon marks the beginning of the Yang Fire Monkey Chinese New Year (the second new Moon after Winter Solstice). Monkey will bring us creativity, innovation, and strengthen our mental gymnastics and determination with maybe a little restless mischievousness to go with it!

In the Sun cycle, we’ve passed the midpoint of winter at Imbolc/Candlemas/Ground Hog’s Day on February 2 welcoming the fertile seed in the belly to the light of coming spring. Our winter gestation is soon to see the sprouting of manifestation if you live in the northern latitudes.

What influences do the Sun and Moon in Aquarius bring? Aquarius is where we begin to balance personal freedom with collaboration with the greater whole. We move beyond Capricorn’s perspective of personally building resource for community and society to Aquarius’ global, boundary less point of view where we are united one and all as humanity. The Internet and the Web have catalyzed this perspective rapidly during the opening acts of the Age of Aquarius.

As the power sign for the element air, mental abilities are brought to the level of intuitive brilliance, inspiration and innovation. Aquarius’ outlook is futuristic and governs our goal setting abilities. With a broader worldview, Aquarius is the humanitarian and political activist holding the best interests for the evolution of the collective and the planet. Viewed as The Outsider, The Exile, or The Rebel, Aquarius is neutral, platonic, detached from outcomes, and protective of their personal freedom.

Uranus is planetary ruler of Aquarius and source of its unusual qualities. Uranus is the eccentric planet that rotates on its side and was discovered in 1781 when the fitting motto of the French Revolution “Liberty, equality, fraternity” ~ was prominent. All qualities Aquarius values highly. Uranus brings sudden, unexpected circumstances to our lives. It’s the game-changing shift that renders the habitual and mundane obsolete. Our egos hate it; our life’s trajectory demands it. In your personal birth chart, Uranus spends about seven years traveling through each house, so that area of your life gets a real change up. If it traverses your 10th house, you get career changes, 6th house Uranus may show up in health issues, 9th house may see you getting an education, or traveling extensively, 4th house may see you moving unexpectedly. Who knows how this unpredictable planet will challenge you to let go, break pattern, and bring you insights and inspirations that push you to evolve on your life path.

In our New Moon chart, Uranus is traveling with asteroid Vesta. She holds our archetype of the vestal virgin where we hold the power to focus and dedicate our kundalini energy to an ideal or higher purpose – sometimes to a spiritual practice, to art, to a political idea, to a personal commitment. Perhaps Uranus will fuel Vesta to help you dedicate your energies to focus and push through to create a new way to work, to create a new space in your home, to become politically active, to step up and commit to changing your life. With these two in fiery Aries, there is a big energy for the new and for creative risk taking. Because Uranus remains in square to Pluto, we may be challenged and tested psychologically to see how strong our commitment is to our goals. Here at New Moon, go back, refine/revise and recommit to your New Year’s goals. Saturn is trining Uranus so we have strength, perseverance and a strong vision of the long-term goal we are pursuing. Now just add doing the work.

Mars is demanding attention by squaring the Sun and Moon and in a stressful relationship to ruling planet Uranus. Mars is the red Warrior planet, masculine and hot, where we get our energy and courage to act, where our personal drive comes from, where our relationship to our physical bodies and athleticism originates, where assertiveness and passion lay. In stressful formations like we have here, Mars irritation can come out in accidents, aggression, heated exchanges. Take the higher road and channel this power surge energy into physical activity, acknowledge your own irritation and avoid needless confrontation when you can. It’s an opportunity to tame the beast within and use this energy for initiating what you desire at a gut level. It seems to be a lesson the whole planet needs at this time. With a trine from Chiron – he who makes things whole, we have access to our Divine Masculine energy and can make ourselves whole by emotionally balancing our inner masculine and feminine.

Benevolent Jupiter aligned with the North Node in Virgo for another month is trining powerful Pluto so there is strong support for ridding ourselves of deep patterns that are keeping us from manifesting our true natures fully on the earthly plane. If you challenge yourself, you can reap the benefits.

We are preparing for the eclipse package in March on New (solar) and Full (lunar) Moon when we can expect the opportunity to release, reset, and revitalize as the Sun and then the Moon move offline.

February 7, 2016

HAPPY Chinese New Year 2016; Forecast For The 12 Animal Signs.


[source: Sun Signs]

Welcome to the 2016 Year of the Red Fire Monkey predictions for the 12 Chinese zodiac signs. Let’s take a brief look at the Chinese horoscope 2016 forecasts and find out what this year has in store for you!

2016 is the Chinese Year of the Monkey. This Chinese New Year 2016 starts from February 8th, 2016 up to January 27th, 2017. This year belongs to the element Fire. And the Chinese lucky color for 2016 is symbolized by color Red.

The Monkey is the ninth sign in Chinese astrology. Number “9” is associated with ambition, activity, smartness, mischief and adventure.

The 2016 Chinese horoscope predictions for the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig signs are just a click away! Read them now to know about your health, wealth, love, career and much more in 2016.

Also get free 2016 Feng Shui Yearly Predictions for the Year of the Monkey.

Rat Horoscope 2016: In 2016, the Chinese rat zodiac sign should focus on completing pending projects. Patience is the key to the success of your relationships, both personal and professional. The Rat predictions 2016 show that you really need to relax as your chi body constitution is very weak.
Read Full Rat Horoscope

Ox Horoscope 2016: The Chinese zodiac 2016 predictions for the Ox foretell a year of major transformations in your life. The love compatibility between singles will blossom. Do not let stress lead to other illnesses. The cow sign should be careful while dealing with finances in 2016.
Read Full Ox Horoscope

Tiger Horoscope 2016: In the Year of the Red Fire Monkey, the tiger will have a better idea about what they want out of life. The Chinese 2016 horoscope asks you to train yourself to look at the details rather than only the big picture. Sex will be an integral part of all your love relationships.
Read Full Tiger Horoscope

Rabbit Horoscope 2016: The Rabbits will have an emotional and financially rewarding 2016. The Chinese compatibility predictions for 2016 forecast better relations towards the end of the year. This is a good time to learn a new skill.
Read Full Rabbit Horoscope

Dragon Horoscope 2016: Dragon, do not be scared of taking up challenging jobs in 2016. If you think you are capable of it, then go for it! The Dragon 2016 predictions also suggest you take help when required. After all, failures are a part of going on to become successful.
Read Full Dragon Horoscope

Snake Horoscope 2016: The Chinese 2016 horoscope forecasts suggest that the Snakes slow down their pace in this New Year. This year might be challenging when it comes to finances and career. Love life will be confusing. But sexually, it might be satisfying with even news of pregnancy.
Read Full Snake Horoscope

Horse Horoscope 2016: The Horse horoscope 2016 foretells that you will need to control your hyperactivity and put it to good use if you wish to be successful in the future. Love, dating and marriage are very high on the cards. Overall this will be an exceptional year for career and business deals.
Read Full Horse Horoscope

Sheep Horoscope 2016: The 2016 Chinese horoscope predicts that the Sheep zodiac sign will be financially and emotionally stable. Big projects will come your way and so will good income. Love and romance are high on the cards for the Goats.
Read Full Goat Horoscope

Monkey Horoscope 2016: Monkeys, this is your year so go for it! Everything you dream of can be achieved in this Year of the Red Fire Monkey. This is a favorable year for new business ventures and changing of career. If you are thinking of marriage, then this is the right time to tie the knot.
Read Full Monkey Horoscope

Rooster Horoscope 2016: The first few months of the Year of the Monkey will be extremely auspicious for the Roosters. Cut down your expenses and see how much you save. It might be a good idea to take the help of a few alternative healing techniques to reduce your stress.
Read Full Rooster Horoscope

Dog Horoscope 2016: The Dog Chinese Horoscope 2016 foretells that you will have a chance to live life the way you want. Your perseverance and dedication will be the secret to your success. Do not let fights with your spouse spoil your marriage. The 2016 Feng Shui forecasts show that career related decisions will need to be made with a calm and clear mind.
Read Full Dog Horoscope

Pig Horoscope 2016: The 2016 Chinese Horoscope for the Pig predicts that you will face challenges in life with optimism and independence. Your goals are very clear and you will go all out to achieve them. Boars, be ready for a highly passionate and sexually stimulating relationship.
Read Full Boar Horoscope

2016 Chinese New Year Celebrations Customs and Traditions — What Chinese Do


[source: China Highlights]

Chinese New Year is celebrated for sixteen days (from New Year's Eve to the Lantern Festival). Many activities for this period are traditional customs, but some are quite new... Here is a daily guide to the celebrations in 2016.

Pre-Chinese New Year Preparations (January 31 - February 6, 2016)
Cleaning the House

From the 23rd of the 12th lunar month (January 31, 2016), Chinese people carry out a thorough cleaning of their houses. The cleaning is called “sweeping the dust”, and represents a wish to put away old things, bid farewell to the old year, and welcome the New Year.

New Year Shopping

People buy New Year food and snacks, New Year decorations, and clothes for New Year before New Year’s Eve. Chinese New Year, like Christmas in China, is a shopping boom time.

Chinese people may be thrifty most of the time, but they seem quite generous in their spending during their traditional festivals. For example, they buy everyone new clothes for the festival, whether they need them or not. There are New Year street markets on the days before the festival.

New Year's Eve Activities (Sunday, 2/7/2016)

Putting Up New Year Decorations

Although some people decorate their houses several days before the festival, most people do it on New Year’s Eve. Houses are decorated with red lanterns, red couplets, New Year paintings, and red lanterns. 2016 is a year of the Monkey, so monkey images will appear on decoratons. People may decorate their houses using some or all of the following things...

Affixing Door God Images

Pasting a door god image on the door is an important custom among Chinese people during Spring Festival. In the beginning door gods were made of peach wood carved into the figure of a man, hanging by the door. Later people pasted printed images on doors.

People paste door gods on doors as a prayer for blessings, longevity, health, and peace. Two door gods on double doors are thought to keep evil spirits from entering. The door gods symbolize righteousness and power in China, therefore Chinese door gods are always scowling, holding various weapons, and ready to fight with evil spirits.

Putting Up Spring Couplets

Spring couplets or New Year couplets (春联: Chūnlián /chwn-lyen/) are paired phrases, typically of seven Chinese characters each, written on red paper in black ink, and pasted one each side of a door frame. Sometimes a phrase of four or five characters is affixed to the top of the door frame as well. New Year couplets are filled with best wishes. Some people write the couplets themselves, but most people buy them (ready printed) from the market. Pasting spring couplets is thought to keep evil away.

Putting Up New Year Paintings

New Year paintings carrying best wishes are put up to decorate houses, creating a happy and prosperous Spring Festival atmosphere.

The subjects of New Year paintings are often flowers and birds, plump boys and Guanyin (the Goddess of Mercy... and fertility), golden roosters, oxen, ripe fruit and treasure, or other legends and historical stories, showing desires for bountiful harvests and a happy life.

”The Four Homelands of the New Year Painting” are New-Year-Painting Village in Mianzhu, Sichuan Province; Taohuawu in Suzhou, Yangliuqing in Tianjin, and Weifang in Shandong.

Putting Up Paper Cutouts

In the past people pasted paper cutouts on windows facing south and north before the Spring Festival. Paper cutouts are still popular with northerners, but people in the south only paste paper cutouts on wedding days.

The subjects and themes of paper cutouts are rich. As the majority of buyers are peasants many are about rural life: farming, weaving, fishing, tending sheep, feeding pigs, raising chickens, etc. Paper cutouts sometimes depict myths, legends, and Chinese operas. Also flowers, birds, and Chinese Zodiac creatures are popular paper cutout designs.

Paper cutouts are usually diamond-shaped in lucky red, with beautiful and exaggerated patterns. They express hopes of a merry and prosperous life, in line with the Spring Festival theme.

Enjoying a Reunion Dinner

The New Year's Eve Feast is a "must do" dinner with all family members reuniting. Chinese try very hard to make this family event, often traveling long distances. This is the main reason for the huge travel stress throughout China.

People from north and south China eat different foods on this special occasion, and many New Year foods are symbolic. In northern China a traditional dish for the feast is jiaozi (dumplings). They are shaped like old Chinese ingots, symbolizing wealth. Southern Chinese eat niangao (sticky rice cake) on this special day, because niangao sounds like "yearly higher", symbolizing improvement.

Watching CCTV's New Year Gala

It's become a China custom for many familes to watch the CCTV New Year Gala while having their dinner. The Gala starts at 8pm and ends at midnight when the New Year arrives, featuring traditional, folk, and pop performances from China's best singers, dancers, and acrobats.

Giving Red Envelopes (Lucky Money) to Kids

Parents usually give their children red envelopes after the reunion dinner, wishing them health, growth, and good studies in the coming year. Red envelopes always have money in. Money in red envelopes is believed to bring good luck, as red is China's lucky color, so it's called lucky money.

Staying Up Late

This custom is called shousui (守岁 /show-sway/ ‘to keep watch over the year’). Chinese stayed up all night in the past, but now most stay up only till the midnight firecrackers and fireworks die down.

Listening to a New Year Bell

A bell is a traditional symbol of Chinese New Year, and Chinese believe that ringing a large bell can drive all bad luck away and bring good fortune. Chinese people like to go to large squares or temples where there are huge bells rung on New Year's Eve at midnight.

In recent years people have begun to go to mountain temples to wait for the first ringing of a bell in the new year. Hanshan Temple in Suzhou, in East China's Jiangsu Province, is famous for its bell to herald Chinese New Year. The custom is even beginning to be adopted by the expat community there.

Chinese New Year's Day

Chinese people believe what they do on the first day of the lunar year affects their luck in that year.

Setting Off Firecrackers and Fireworks

The moment New Year arrives there is a cacaphony of fireworks and firecrackers all around, even in rural China. Consider earplugs — it's like World War III! Fireworks sound like rocket lauchers, and chains of firecrackers make machine-gun-like noises. Families stay up for this joyful moment.

In major cities: Lighting firecrackers is one of the most important customs of the Chinese New Year celebration, but because of the danger and the noise disturbance they cause, the government has banned this practice in many major cities, such as Beijing, Guangzhou, and Shanghai. Fireworks that explode in the air are still allowed in most of the country.

People in smaller cities, towns, and rural areas still practice the firecracker tradition, and it isn't generally considered dangerous. Just as the clock strikes 12, cities and towns are lit up with the bang and sparkle of fireworks bursting in the air. The booms from man firework displays help to make it astoundingly loud in many places.

Kids, with (mini) firecrackers in one hand and a lighter in another, cheerfully celebrate by throwing the small explosives one-by-one on the street whilst plugging their ears. Mini hand-held rocket launchers are also popular with children, which launch 10 or 20 small fireworks at 5 second intervals, looping across the streets.

Many people attend or watch the public and private firework displays exploding for about forty minutes from their windows.

The Legend of the Monster — Nian

Like all traditional festivals in China, Chinese New Year is steeped with stories and myths. One of the most popular is about the mythical beast Nian (/nyen/), who ate livestock, crops, and even people on the eve of New Year. (It's interesting that Nian, the "yearly beast", sounds the same as "year" in Chinese.)

It's said... a wise old man figured out that Nian was scared of loud noises (firecrackers) and the color red. So, to prevent Nian from attacking people and causing destruction, people put food at their doors for Nian. They also put red lanterns and red scrolls on their windows and doors to stop Nian from coming inside. Firecrackers were lit to scare Nian away.

Offering Sacrifices to Ancestors

Where: A popular custom since ancient times, ancestor worship varies widely across China — from sweeping tombs in the wild to worshipping ancestors in ancestral halls or temples. Many (especially rural) people offer sacrifices to their ancestors in the main hall of the house, where an ancestor altar is displayed. Then family members kneel and bow in front of the wall-mounted shrine, from the oldest to the youngest.

When: This custom is performed on several days of the Spring Festival, but most importantly on New Year’s Day. Ancestor worship has been practiced in China every year for thousands of years.

Why: Offering sacrifices to ancestors shows respect, piety, and missing departed relatives on such a special festival. It is also believed that ancestral spirits will protect their descendants and make them become prosperous (if regularly worshiped with incense and offerings).

New Clothes and New Year Greetings

On the first day of the New Year, Chinese put on new clothes, and say "gongxi" (恭喜 /gong-sshee/ literally ‘respectful joy’, it means ‘greetings’ or ‘best wishes’), and wish each other good luck and happiness in the New Year. It is customary for the younger generation to visit their elders, and wish them health and longevity.

In recent years, a new way to do New Year greetings has appeared, especially among the young. Busy people who don't have time to visit their friends or relatives send a New Year card or a text message instead. See Chinese New Year Greetings.

Watching Lion and Dragon Dances

Lion dances and dragon dances might be seen too on New Year's Day. Once very popular in China, they are reappearing in many places though. They are more popular in Hong Kong and Macau.

New Year: Day 2 (February 9, 2016)

Traditionally a married daughter visits the house of her parents on the second day of Chinese New Year.

New Year: Days 3–7 (February 10–14, 2016)

From the third day to the seventh day, Chinese visit relatives and friends.

On the third day, some Chinese go to visit the tombs of their clan or relatives, but some think being outside on the third day is inauspicious because evil spirits roam around.

The first house sweep of the new year: Chinese don’t clean the house the first two days of the New Year, as sweeping then is believed to sweep away the good luck accrued by the mess of firecrackers, red paper, wrappers, and other evidence of the celebrations on the floor.

New Year: Day 8 (Monday, February 15, 2016)

Officially the holiday is only 7 days, and many will work Sunday, February 14th in 2016, day 7 of the new year. All government agencies should reopen then.

However, as eight is the luckiest number in China, most businesses prefer to reopen on New Year day 8.

New Year: Day 15 (February 22, 2016)

The fifteenth day of the New Year is the Lantern Festival (元宵节 Yuánxiāo Jié /ywen-sshyaou jyeah/). It is the traditional end of the Spring Festival celebrations. People send aloft glowing lanterns into the sky while others letfloating lanterns go on the sea, on rivers, or set them adrift in lakes.

HAPPY Chinese New Year Everybody! We're Welcoming In The Year of the Yang Red Fire Monkey. Gong Xi Fa Cai :)

written by Tanaaz
an intuitive coach, astrologer and the creator of Forever Conscious.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia,
Tanaaz now lives in Los Angeles, USA.
contact her at www.ForeverConscious.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

On February 8, 2016 we will shift out of the year of the nurturing Yin Wood Sheep and into the year of the passionate Yang Fire Monkey.

As the name suggests, the year of the Yang Fire Monkey is all about having fun, taking risks, being proactive and going after what you truly desire.

Yang energy is action based energy, so 2016 will really favour making bold decisions, getting ahead and staying assertive.

This is the perfect year to create change, follow your heart and stir things up a bit by being daring and taking chances.

The Fire Monkey is smart and ambitious, and it is through taking risks that it is often rewarded.

This year we are all going to feel challenged to take some risks and leap from tree to tree in order to move forward.

2016 is also a great year to follow your passions and to expand and grow your income. In fact investing, entrepreneurship and finances are all likely to be lucky endeavours this year as long as you pay attention to the details and know who to trust.

Even though the year of the Fire Monkey is considered to be very lucky in most areas, it is important to remain observant and aware of who you trust and who you enter into business with.

The year of the Fire Monkey can also be an impulsive one, so definitely remember to look before you leap and to not get too ahead of yourself. If things seem to good to be true, they probably are in the year of the Fire Monkey.

The ego can also tend to shine during the year of the Fire Monkey. When using this energy in a positive way, the year of the Fire Monkey can help you to get your personal affairs in order and to take calculated risks in order to achieve your dreams, desires and goals.

When abused however, the Year of the Fire Monkey can leave you financially ruined, left behind or stuck in hot water.

The Fire Monkey knows exactly how to get what it wants and is not afraid to play games in order to get it, so just be mindful over getting sucked into this energy.

Another thing to be mindful of in the year of the Fire Monkey is to avoid getting stuck in a repetitive pattern or cycle.

Sometimes the monkey, as smart as he is, can get stuck in leaping in a circle again and again and wondering why he is not moving forward.

The year of the Fire Monkey can also be unpredictable, so try not to be too rigid in your plans this year as things are likely to surprise you.

It may also be helpful to keep a sense of humor this year, as the cheeky Fire Monkey has a big bag of tricks to use and may send you on a bit of a roller-coaster in order to get you where you need to be.

In matters of love and relationships, the year of the Fire Monkey favours fun social gatherings, meeting new people and forming new friendships. This would definitely be the year to look for love within your own friendship circle.

By nature, the Fire Monkey is flirtatious, passionate and lively. This year may bring a lot of short, passionate romances as well the desire to explore your sexuality.

Long term relationships can be strained under the Fire Monkey due to issues surrounding trust, ego, jealousy and control. However, when channelled positively, this energy can bring excitement, a stronger sense of intimacy and growth.

The Fire Monkey is here to shake up some energy and help us all to see things with a fresh, new perspective.

2016 is expected to be an innovative and powerful year and those who are able to go with the flow, make bold choices and keep their eyes on their target are likely to do well with the energy of the Fire Monkey.

In Chinese Astrology, the year of the Fire Monkey is most fortunate for those born under the sign of the Dragon, Rat, Snake and Monkey.

HAPPY Chinese New Year! :) How to Spiritually Prepare for the 2016 Year of the Fire Monkey.

written by Selacia: Council of 12
contact: www.Selacia.com
[source: Crystal Wind]

- TIPS FOR CHINESE NEW YEAR STARTING 2/8 AT NEW MOON -

A new Chinese New Year is about to begin - with some key energies you will want to take advantage of and understand on a personal level. In this article I provide insights and some helpful preparations you can apply in your life. This indeed can be a significant year for you, full of new opportunities to be more of who you are destined to be. Knowing this, seize these moments and actively participate in creating your best self to date.

For most people, 2015 had quite challenging moments and 2016 so far has had its share of wild energies. The world is like a grand chaotic melting pot at the moment - thousands of years of evolution coming to an apex and complex sets of unresolved issues coming to the forefront.

Feeling the Apex Moment

The more conscious you are, the more you will feel this apex moment, simply because awareness makes you awake to what is.

Don't be afraid or make the chaos into something bad. It's not something to fight. Do, however, stay present and use your tools of awareness to stay centered and in balance. As you do this, you can take advantage of the good that's coming and you will have fewer challenges when things are rocky.
Fire Monkey Year

February 8 at the New Moon is the official start of the fire monkey year - the monkey being the 9th sign in the Chinese zodiac - with some significant differences from the previous goat year. Some trends - like the world's mega-restructuring and roller-coaster energies - will continue.

Differences between the two years will range from the subtle to the dramatic. You will want to pay attention to these, regardless of the year you were born and your Chinese animal in the zodiac that year.

There are different types of monkey years - each corresponding to an element. The last fire monkey year was in 1956 - so any of you born then are fire monkeys, and for you this year could be very significant.

One reason for this: fire monkeys are the most active of all types of monkeys and they tend to take a leadership role. The fiery energy they carry needs to be channeled into productive directions, though - it's very strong! One trait of fire monkeys is competitiveness and sometimes impulsiveness - and these energies, if not managed, can lead to problems.

This background is being mentioned here because whether or not you are a monkey or fire monkey in the Chinese zodiac, this is a year when you likely will be encountering these energies in the world.

Examples of challenging energies: if you have loved ones or colleagues carrying the fire monkey energy, you may notice some explosive tempers, impatience, bad timings, and power manipulation.

Positive attributes of fire monkeys may also be seen: creativity, cleverness, openness to risk taking, flexibility to go in new directions, socializing to hear the views of others, having imagination and intuition, being very energetic, curious, and able to see what others don't see.

Both the positive and challenging qualities of fire monkeys will be playing out this year on the world stage - between groups of people, between countries, and between humans and other species.

You will notice this in your family and circle of friends. It will play out at the workplace regardless of what type of work you do or whether you work independently or for someone else.

You will see it when you go out in public - like to shop in a market or to drive across town in traffic.

You have just experienced the goat year, with a more yin or feminine energy than monkey years. Monkeys have much more fire and are more prone to lash out if they don't get their way.

Relationship Mastery Vital

Keep this in mind as you encounter others this year. Mastery within relationships continues as a vital element in your success on all levels.

Do what you can to find the middle path of balance, and to be the one who takes the high road of spirit.

When you are in situations involving intensity and polarized views, check in regularly with your intuition and common sense about how to respond.

Be the one in your circle who avoids reaction. Go to your heart and connect with a sense of calm before you say or do things.

This calendar year of 2016, as described in my Predictions Message, is to be a time when people will focus on truth and justice. Those themes coming more to light in a monkey year are likely to dominate discussions on both individual and global levels.

Because monkey energy can lead to surprising developments, watch for sudden agreements and breakthroughs not possible before.

It may seem like a bolt out the blue, something no one expected happening - perhaps in a big and dramatic way.

Some of the changes to unfold will become historical markers for progress creating the kind of world you want to live in.

Watch for news involving global climate, energy resources, and peace. Look for new developments in technology. Years like this can bring previously futuristic inventions into the mainstream, with potentials for significant positive changes in how life is lived.

Historical Markers in Monkey Years

On the other hand, some big bolts out of the blue may not be welcome news. For historical reference, in the last fire monkey year of 1956 there was the Suez Crisis and related oil rationing. There were also revolutions in Hungary and Cuba that year.

Personal Level Things to Know

On a personal level, here are some things to know.

For optimal success in this monkey year, you want to be grounded and in your heart so you can be open to new ideas and directions.

Individual Actions the Key

Individual actions are the key to your progress - appropriate actions you take with divine timing, common sense, and intuitive knowing.

This is not the year to give your power away to others, especially institutions and societal structures that are in the process of major overhaul.

This in short is the best year to date for applying your divine changemaker tools and conscious awareness. It is a year to apply all that you have learned and mastered over lifetimes.

You will want to reach deep into your spiritual toolbox to access and perfect skills you began developing long ago.

These skills will be needed in this monkey year.

Approaching Challenging Situations

You will see plenty of situations that challenge you. Your role, however, is to stay in your divine power and avoid taking on the negativity you see around you.

Do not get discouraged this year if you see societal changes that seem to take humanity back to another less enlightened time.

The dance of polar opposites is still quite active this year. Know, however, that it is part of the world's mega shift.

Keep the following in mind.

When the people of the Earth awaken to truth about something - the collective updating its view of what is appropriate or acceptable - people do not forget that truth.

People can, however, in a temporary way, be influenced through fear to adjust their thinking. It can be shocking when this happens, but remember that it is not permanent.

Light and truth will prevail.

Remember your true power to create. It is vast and boundless!

You are encoded to be here to witness the world's chaos and to be a pivotal force of positive change.

Trust that you are loved and supported each step of the way!

Copyright 2015 by Selacia - author of Earth's Pivotal Years, healer, and teacher * All Rights Reserved * www.Selacia.com * Feel free to share these articles with your friends and post to your blog or website as long as you include this entire copyright notice, with link back to website, and the full article text.

Thank you for sharing these articles and for your connection and feedback over the years. May light shine on you and your path!

Pokémon 20 Super Bowl Commercial :D


I LOVE this Pokemon commercial. SO inspirational. Had to share. :D

I. Can. Do. This.
I. Can. Do. That.
We. Can. Do. This.
You. Can. Do. This.

I've taken the following from The Official Pokémon Channel on YouTube.

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GO Broncos!!! Go Broncos!!!
Go Broncos!!!

Life Is Not Serious

Osho, Beyond Enlightenment, Talk #27
[source: Osho International]

Every event that is happening has its own humorous side, you just need a sense of humor. No religion has accepted the sense of humor as a quality. I want a sense of humor to be a fundamental quality of a good man, of a moral man, of a religious man. And it does not need much looking; you just try to see it, and everywhere....

Once I was traveling in a bus when I was a student. The bus conductor was in trouble because there were thirty-one passengers and he had money only for thirty tickets. So he was asking, 'Who is the fellow who has not given his money?' Nobody would speak. He said, 'This is strange; now how am I going to find out?'

I said to him, 'Do one thing: tell the driver to stop the bus, and tell the people that unless the person who has not given the money confesses, the bus will not move.'

He said, 'That's right.' The bus was stopped. Everybody looked at each other, now what to do? Nobody knew who the person was...

Finally one man stood up and said, 'Forgive me, I am the person who has not given the money. Here it is.'

The bus conductor asked, 'What is your name?'

He said, 'My name is Achchelal.' Achchelal means 'a good man.'

And I was surprised that out of thirty people, nobody laughed! When he said 'Achchelal' I could not believe it-a 'good man' doing such a thing... and nobody seemed to see the humor in it.

Seriousness has become almost part of our bones and blood. You will have to make some effort to get rid of seriousness, and you will have to be on the lookout-wherever you can find something humorous happening, don't miss the opportunity. Everywhere there are people who are slipping on banana peels-just nobody is looking at them. In fact, it is thought to be ungentlemanly. It is not, because only bananas slip on banana peels.

Laughter needs a great learning, and laughter is a great medicine. It can cure many of your tensions, anxieties, worries; the whole energy can flow into laughter. And there is no need that there should be some occasion, some cause.

In my meditation camps I used to have a laughing meditation: for no reason, people would sit and just start laughing. At first they would feel a little awkward that there was no reason-but when everybody is doing it... they would also start. Soon, everybody was in such a great laughter, people were rolling on the ground. They were laughing at the very fact that so many people were laughing for no reason at all; there was nothing, not even a joke had been told. And it went on like waves.

So there is no harm... even just sitting in your room, close the doors and have one hour of simple laughter. Laugh at yourself. But learn to laugh. Seriousness is a sin, and it is a disease. Laughter has tremendous beauty, a lightness. It will bring lightness to you, and it will give you wings to fly. And life is so full of opportunities. You just need the sensitivity. And create chances for other people to laugh. Laughter should be one of the most valued, cherished qualities of human beings-because only man can laugh, no animals are capable of it. Because it is human, it must be of the highest order. To repress it is to destroy a human quality.

The Real Treasure... ♥ This Is So BEAUTIFULLY Expressed

The Real Treasure

Don't waste your life for that which is going to be taken away. Trust life. If you trust, only then can you drop your knowledge, only then can you put your mind aside. And with trust, something immense opens up. Then this life is no longer ordinary life, it becomes full of God (Love), overflowing. When the heart is innocent and the walls have disappeared, you are bridged with infinity. And you are not deceived; there is nothing that can be taken away from you. That which can be taken away from you is not worth keeping, and that which cannot be taken away from you... why should one be afraid of its being taken away? It cannot be taken away, there is no possibility. You cannot lose your REAL TREASURE. ~ Osho

INSPIRATIONAL POEM: Hidden Mystery ♥

written by Fred Burks

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the most beautiful jewel
Shining forth eternally

Within that precious jewel
Within that priceless piece of we
Lies a time beyond all time
Lies a place beyond all space

Within that sacred source of radiance
Lies a love beyond all love
Waiting
Waiting
Waiting
Ever so patiently

Waiting for you, waiting for me
Waiting patiently for all to see
The beauty that is you inside of me
The beauty that is me inside of thee

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the love and wisdom
Of all Eternity ♥

Cranky Old Man. Heart-tugging Story...♥

This story was shared on facebook. I looked up this story on the internet and it's apparently not true. But I don't care. It's a beautiful story and poem that makes a pretty powerful statement about how we treat our elders. ♥
via Hoax-Slayer: Brief Analysis - This is an Australian version of several older stories that have circulated in the United States and the UK for many years. The stories attached to this version of the poem are fictional. The scenario described in the message did not happen and the poem was not found in the belongings of an old man in a nursing home as claimed. The poem itself has a long and somewhat obscure history. The original version featured an old woman rather than an old man and is sometimes attributed to English nurse Phyllis McCormack who reportedly penned it in the 1960's. The "old man" version of the poem was apparently adapted from the original by David L. Griffith of Texas and can be seen in its original context on the poet's website.
When an old man died in the geriatric ward of a nursing home in an Australian country town, it was believed that he had nothing left of any value.

Later, when the nurses were going through his meagre possessions, They found this poem. Its quality and content so impressed the staff that copies were made and distributed to every nurse in the hospital.

One nurse took her copy to Melbourne. The old man's sole bequest to posterity has since appeared in the Christmas editions of magazines around the country and appearing in magazines for Mental Health. A slide presentation has also been made based on his simple, but eloquent, poem. And this old man, with nothing left to give to the world, is now the author of this 'anonymous' poem winging across the Internet.

CRANKY OLD MAN

What do you see nurses? . . .. . .What do you see?
What are you thinking .. . when you're looking at me?
A cranky old man, . . . . . .not very wise,
Uncertain of habit .. . . . . . . .. with faraway eyes?
Who dribbles his food .. . ... . . and makes no reply.
When you say in a loud voice . .'I do wish you'd try!'
Who seems not to notice . . .the things that you do.
And forever is losing . . . . . .. . . A sock or shoe?
Who, resisting or not . . . ... lets you do as you will,
With bathing and feeding . . . .The long day to fill?
Is that what you're thinking?. .Is that what you see?
Then open your eyes, nurse .you're not looking at me.
I'll tell you who I am . . . . .. As I sit here so still,
As I do at your bidding, .. . . . as I eat at your will.
I'm a small child of Ten . .with a father and mother,
Brothers and sisters .. . . .. . who love one another
A young boy of Sixteen . . . .. with wings on his feet
Dreaming that soon now . . .. . . a lover he'll meet.
A groom soon at Twenty . . . ..my heart gives a leap.
Remembering, the vows .. .. .that I promised to keep.
At Twenty-Five, now . . . . .I have young of my own.
Who need me to guide . . . And a secure happy home.
A man of Thirty . .. . . . . My young now grown fast,
Bound to each other . . .. With ties that should last.
At Forty, my young sons .. .have grown and are gone,
But my woman is beside me . . to see I don't mourn.
At Fifty, once more, .. ...Babies play 'round my knee,
Again, we know children . . . . My loved one and me.
Dark days are upon me . . . . My wife is now dead.
I look at the future ... . . . . I shudder with dread.
For my young are all rearing .. . . young of their own.
And I think of the years . . . And the love that I've known.
I'm now an old man . . . . . . .. and nature is cruel.
It's jest to make old age . . . . . . . look like a fool.
The body, it crumbles .. .. . grace and vigour, depart.
There is now a stone . . . where I once had a heart.
But inside this old carcass . A young man still dwells,
And now and again . . . . . my battered heart swells
I remember the joys . . . . .. . I remember the pain.
And I'm loving and living . . . . . . . life over again.
I think of the years, all too few . . .. gone too fast.
And accept the stark fact . . . that nothing can last.
So open your eyes, people .. . . . .. . . open and see.
Not a cranky old man .
Look closer . . . . see .. .. . .. .... . ME!!

Remember this poem when you next meet an older person who you might brush aside without looking at the young soul within ... We will all, one day, be there, too!

God's Message For You Today...♥

February 6, 2016

Something's Coming...♥


Hi everyone, good morning to you! I woke up this morning singing this song in my spirit. GET INSPIRED! Expect a miracle. ♥

Life may seem a bit confusing at times and we may not be where we would like to be yet. But that doesn't mean we can't still be happy. So we might as well smile, and play some amazing feel good music in the midst of the confusion... ;) We may not be able to fully control the situation around us, but we can control how we choose to respond to it, right! Let's celebrate, get excited about life again and what our future holds. ;)

This is such a GREAT song. YES SOMETHING GREAT IS COMING, I CAN FEEL IT IN MY BONES!!! The person who made this video did an AMAZING JOB! "The video includes a crossover motion picture presenting Babra's acting and performing career from 1961 to 1985."

Something's Coming ~ by Barbra Streisand
[from the West Side Story musical]


Could be!
Who knows?
There's something due any day
I will know, right away
Soon as it shows

It may come cannon-balling down
Through the sky
Gleam in its eye, bright as rose
Who knows?

It's only just out of reach
Down the block, on the beach
Under a tree

I got a feeling there's a miracle due
Gonna come true, comin' to me... :)

Could it be, yes it could
Something's comin', something good
If i can wait

Something's comin'
I don't know what it is
But it is gonna be GREAT

With a click, with a shock
Phone'll jingle, door will knock
Open the latch

Something's comin'
Don't know when
But it's soon
Catch the moon
One handed catch

Around the corner
Or whistlin' down the river
Come on, deliver to me

Will it be, yes it will
Maybe just by holding still
It'll be there

Come on, something
Come on in
Don't be shy
Meet a guy
Pull up a chair

The air is humming
And something GREAT is coming

I feel like drumming
And something GREAT is coming
Who knows?

It's only just out of reach
Down the block, on a beach
Maybe tonight...
Maybe tonight...
Maybe tonight...!